If you're searching for some fun this fall, look no further! Athens is serving up some of the coolest festivals and expos around to help you celebrate the fabulous weather and changing colors. Check out local films, crafts, music, and food. We've got an overview of 8 of them happening in the next two months so that you can mark your calendars. Events are listed below by date order.
1. 3rd Annual EcoFocus Film Festival- September 24 - October 3
EcoFocus celebrates environmental stewardship in Athens with high-quality films and shorts. The festival, presented by The University of Georgia's Odum School of Ecology, hopes to inspire viewers to take up the cause in their own lives by reducing, reusing, and recycling.
2. Dixie Film Festival- October 1 - 3
The Dixie Film Festival allows independent, international film makers to show off their craft in the heart of the South. High-quality full length films, shorts, and documentaries will compete for awards like Best Comedy and Best Animation. There is sure to be something for everyone here.
3. Clips of Faith Beer and Film Tour- October 1
New Belgium Brewing, hailing all the way from Colorado, is touring the country with 20 handpicked amateur short films. Local food will be served with samples of some of the latest New Belgium creations. Bring a lawn chair to Hot Corner and expect some incredibly funny films.
4. 26th Annual North Georgia Folk Festival- October 2
The beloved North Georgia Folk Festival is back in Athens for it's 26th year! The festival will kick off with bluegrass music, craft demonstrations, and some of the tastiest soul food you will ever have. Kids are welcome too! Sandy Creek Nature Park employees will have crafts and activities just for the youngest folk lovers as well as animal demonstrations.
5. 3rd Annual Next To Last Festival- October 28 - 31
The Next To Last Festival will offer music lovers the unique experience to check out over 70 musicians, bands, and artists. The acts will be taking over nearly every major musical venue in Athens. Concerts will be followed by the Wild Rumpus parade, warehouse parties, and haunted houses.
6. 2nd Annual Cask Ale Festival- November 7
Taste 20 cask-conditioned ales at Aroma's Wine Bar on South Milledge Avenue in the heart of Athens, Georgia.
7. Athens Christmas Art & Craft Show- November 19 - 21
Shop for all your Christmas and holiday gifts at one of the largest theme craft shows in the area. More than 150 artists and craftsmen from around the country will be showing off their wares and giving demonstrations . You're sure to find something for everyone on your list; from jewelry lovers to pottery collectors.
Check out www.visitathensga.com for more upcoming events in The Classic City.