Unveil the hidden gem of fall festivals and events in Athens, GA - a destination that goes far beyond football fever! Fall isn't just a season here; it's a sensational celebration of artistry, music, and community spirit that you won't want to miss. As the leaves turn brilliant hues of yellow and scarlet, Athens comes alive with vibrant festivals that captivate the senses.

From the enchanting melodies of the Athens Folk Festival to the soaring heights of Above Athens Hot Air Balloon Festival, there's an event perfectly tailored to your desires. Our comprehensive guide will help you curate an unforgettable itinerary for you, your friends, and your family.

So why wait? Embark on an autumn adventure that transcends clichés, and let Athens, GA redefine your fall getaway experience.


September 2023 Events


Lederhosen encouraged, good times required. Get ready for Oktoberfest at Athentic Brewing Company on September 22, with traditional German vibes, mouthwatering German fares, beer releases, and live music to keep the party going.But the excitement doesn’t stop there. This free event will feature live music by a 3 piece polka band, The Auf Ghets from 6-8 pm.

September Days

Aubrey Entertainment & Super Canoe present the 3rd Annual September Days, back at Southern Brewing Company. Two full days of music, open to all ages. Single day tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Two-Day passes are $35 in advance, $40 at the door. Kids 12 and under are FREE.


Athens Pride and Queer Collective returns for 2023 PRIDEFEST to be held September 30, 2023 at Terrapin Beer Co! Featuring vendors, entertainment and performances, a drag show, and more. Come out and join in for a day of celebration! Free general admission.


Come on out to the State Botanical Gardens of Georgia on September 30 for Insectival! Participants will meet and interact with a variety of entomological experts and their buggy friends. Activities include presenter booths, a puppet show, and the popular butterfly release on the Flower Garden lawn. Join garden staff and partners as they celebrate our beloved six-legged neighbors.


Above Athens Hot Air Balloon Festival

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department will host the Above Athens Hot Air Balloon Festival on Saturday, September 30 from 3pm until around 8pm at Sandy Creek Park. Participants will have the opportunity to see these majestic balloons up close and kids can even explore the inside of a balloon! Other highlights of the event include tethered balloon rides, food trucks, and free children's activities. The event will conclude with a beautiful balloon glow after the sun sets.

October 2023 Events


On Sunday, October 8 from 12-7pm Southern Brewing Company will welcome their beloved Bumpkin beer, brewed in a giant pumpkin, at their annual Bumpkinfest Fall Market! Admission is free, so stop on by for a taste of fall! 


North Georgia Folk Festival

Athens will celebrate the 34th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival on Saturday, Sept. 29 at Sandy Creek Park. This day-long festival includes musicians, artists, storytellers, food, kid's activities, and craft demonstrations. This exciting event is open to all ages, so bring the whole family! Student tickets are only $8, $15 for adults, and kids under 12 get in for free! There are plenty of activities to keep everyone busy all day long.

Athens Improv Festival

October 20-21, the first annual Athens Improv Festival celebrates improvisers near and far, with a weekend full of performances and workshops. Check back soon for the full event lineup. Tickets are $15-25, available for Friday and Saturday (one day), or a Weekend Pass (online only). Tickets are for performances only and do not include admission to workshops.

AthHalf Half Marathon

AthHalf 2023 is the 14th annual half marathon and 7th annual 5K! The AthHalf, held this year on October 21 and 22, is a fundraiser for AthFest Educates, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting high-quality music and arts education programs for K -12 youth in Athens-Clarke County. The course highlights Athens's vibrant downtown, beautiful historic buildings, University of Georgia campus and the world-renowned music scene.

Historic Athens Porchfest

On October 15 Porchfest features 155 concerts on 150 porches in historic neighborhoods … all over the course of a single afternoon. There's no better way to experience the creative energy of the Athens music scene and authentic Athens neighborhoods. The event is free to the public thanks to the generous contributions of performers, hosts, and sponsors. All proceeds benefit Historic Athens, the 55 year old 501c3 non-profit that works to celebrate and conserve the community heritage of Athens, Georgia.

The Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle 

The Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle is an event that never fails to impress. On Saturday, October 28 join the pre-parade Rumpus Rally at Creature Comforts Brewing Co., and then enjoy the parade itself, which marches through the historic downtown district with an outdoor stage show, followed by a gigantic after-party. You can enjoy the spectacle from the sidewalks, or dress up in costume to join in on the march. Whichever you choose, The Wild Rumpus sets out to amplify the massive display of creativity by its residents and celebrates their self-expression in an inviting and safe environment.

November 2023 Events

UGA Homecoming Weekend 

Get ready for an unforgettable week at the University of Georgia's Homecoming! On Saturday, Nov. 4, the Bulldogs will face off against Missouri at Sanford Stadium (kickoff time TBA). But that's just the start—join in on the excitement with a jam-packed week of festivities. Don't miss the Homecoming Parade and the crowning of our King and Queen during halftime. Stay tuned for more exciting updates as we gear up for an epic Homecoming celebration! For even more information, visit our football page or the UGA homecoming page

There is plenty for you to enjoy beyond the hedges. Start planning a fall getaway to Athens today and make Athens your prime festival and event destination! For a complete list of fall festivals and events, please visit our events page.