Every summer, the heart of Athens, GA, beats a little louder and brighter with AthFest, a free, three-day celebration of the city's dynamic creative scene. This annual festival attracts thousands to historic downtown Athens, where local and regional musicians take to the stage, and visual artists showcase their work, creating a vibrant tapestry of sound, color, and energy. Attendees can wander the streets, enjoying an eclectic mix of live music across multiple genres, while exploring local art and indulging in delicious food.

AthFest features three outdoor stages, offering continuous live music performances that capture the essence of Athens' diverse musical landscape. The Artist Market spans an entire block, brimming with the creations of visual artists, artisans, and makers. For families, KidsFest provides a dedicated space where even the youngest festival-goers can engage with music and art.

As night falls on Friday and Saturday, the festivities continue with the AthFest Club Crawl. Local music venues and clubs host extended lineups, ensuring the party keeps going well into the night. Beyond the fun, AthFest also supports a worthy cause, raising funds for AthFest Educates, a nonprofit that provides grants for music and arts education in Athens' K-12 schools.

 

The outdoor stage lineup

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Top Tips for AthFest

1. Plan Your Schedule

  • Research Performances: Before the festival, check out the schedule of performances and events. Identify must-see artists and activities, and plan your day accordingly.
  • Arrive Early: Popular performances can attract large crowds. Arriving early ensures you can grab a local beer and find a spot in the shade to enjoy the show.

2. Hit the Before and After Parties

3. Hydrate and Eat

  • Bring Water: Staying hydrated is crucial, especially in the summer heat (especially if you're partaking in any of the variety of local beer available). Carry a refillable water bottle.
  • Snacks: Sample the Athens food scene at booths and food trucks throughout the day, and pack some small snacks so you can get an energy hit if the lines get long. Also keep in mind the restaurants that line the festival area. Check out The Rook and Pawn, Ted's Most Best, Clocked!, Paloma Park, Taco Mama, and more

4. Explore the Festival Fully

  • Visit the Artist Market: Take time to explore the Artist Market. Find a new centerpiece for your living room, favorite handmade mug, festival wear, and more!
  • Check Out KidsFest: If you’re attending with family, make sure to visit KidsFest for engaging activities for children- think kids' music, bouncy houses, crafts and more!

5. Make Use of Public Transport or Ridesharing

  • Parking Considerations: Parking can be challenging in downtown Athens during the festival, but consider one of the downtown parking decks or The Classic Center if you want to drive. Consider using public transportation or ridesharing services to get to and from the event.

By following these tips, you'll be well-prepared to make the most of your AthFest experience, enjoying all the music, art, and community spirit the festival has to offer.

 

 

AthFest Rocks!