Downtown Athens' family-friendly summer festival, AthFest, is coming up on June 19th-23rd! This celebration of music, art, film and family are five of our favorite days in Athens each year. Over 150 bands will perform outdoors in downtown Athens alongside a variety of other attractions including an artists' market, a club crawl, and film screenings. Kids will love this event as much as you will, as there's a special area just for them called KidsFest. KidsFest will have performers and activities intended for a youthful crowd. The best part is that all of these performances, for adults and children, are free! We encourage you to purchase a $20 wristband, however, which will provide entry to the club crawl and other special events. We are offering hotel packages at Holiday Inn Express, Foundry Park Inn & Spa, and Hotel Indigo Athens. The packages start at just $105 and include your hotel room reservation, wristbands, t-shirts, and AthFest CDs! We are proud to share that AthFest was named a Top 20 Event by Southeast Tourism Society and one of the Top 10 Summer Music Festivals by Livability.com! No matter the age range of your family, we think you'll agree that there's plenty of fun to be had by everyone.
What sounds better than a concert set in a beautiful outdoor garden on a warm Athens night? We don't know either, so luckily the State Botanical Garden's Sunflower Series has us taken care of. The Garden will host four shows this summer as follows:
- June 4th- Shonna Tucker and Eye Candy (Previous musicians with the Drive By Truckers; Alternative Country)
- July 9th- Caroline Aiken (Folk/Blues/Rock)
- August 20th- Grogus (Latin/World)
- September 17th- Arvin Scott Quartet (Jazz)
There are plenty of opportunities to enjoy some quality family time in Athens while getting some exercise this summer! In addition to concerts, the State Botanical Garden offers Full Moon Hikes. Set out with a guide to explore elements of nature such as the moon, nocturnal creatures, and constellations. The gorgeous surrounding gardens are an added bonus. The Family Hiking Club, also at the Botanical Garden, will educate you and your loved ones about diverse birds and flowers each month through an exciting exploration of the surrounding woods, gardens, and streams from 9-11 a.m. The cost of each of these events is $5 for an individual or just $15 for the whole family!