We've brushed off the last gasp of winter (and brrrr, that last week of March was a doozy) and can now say, finally, that Spring has sprung in Athens, Georgia.
Springtime in Athens brings a whirlwind of life and activity back to the Classic City, especially after a long, cold winter. As spring blossoms, visitors can enjoy the beautiful scenery via historic tours and numerous outdoor events. The Athens live music scene also comes to life with concerts and festivals celebrated throughout the city. Between the renowned sporting events, beautiful gardens and exciting festivals, springtime in Athens, GA is a unique and captivating time for people of all ages!
UGA's Annual International Street Festival showcases a variety cultures from throughout the world and will take place Saturday, April 6. Dozens of UGA international organizations and groups from the local Athens community will bring their cultures to life in the heart of downtown from noon - 5:00 p.m. Live musical and dance performances, informative and interactive displays, as well as children's activities help showcase the many cultures of Athens. For more information about this wonderful event and the international student organizations represented, please visit www.uga.edu/isl.
The State Botanical Garden of Georgia, The UGA Horticulture Club and The Trial Gardens at UGA are coming together again to host Plantapalooza, a combined plant sale. This event will take place Saturday, April 6 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Gardeners are expected to travel to Athens from throughout the state for the wide array of beautiful garden plants that will be available. Horticulturists, volunteers, and Master Gardeners will be available to assist with plant selections. More details are available at www.ugatrialgardens.com.
Georgia's 5th Annual, award-winning, Antebellum Trail Pilgrimage will be April 18 - 21. Visitors who travel down Georgia's Antebellum Trail enter a magical place where time has stood still. Each community, from Macon to Athens, holds hidden treasures from the past. This event features events and tours along the Trail as well as entrance into private, historic homes not generally open to the general public. A $25 Pilgrimage Pass will provide unlimited access to participating events and attractions throughout the weekend in all Antebellum Trail communities. For more information about the event, please visit www.atpilgrimage.com.
Athens' 20th Annual Piedmont Gardeners' Garden Tour Saturday, April 20 offers visitors an inside look at the Athens area's most inspired private gardens. Five gardens will be featured in this event. Tickets include maps and directions to the gardens. The Garden Tour happens rain or shine. More details about the five featured gardens are available at www.piedmontgardeners.org/GardenTour.html.
Athens will host its 34th Annual Terrapin Twilight Criterium
April 26 - 27. This professional cycling event and festival provides fun for fans, families and racers. The Terrapin Twilight Criterium is a popular spot on the national cycling tour circuit. In addition to the marquee men's and women's races Saturday evening, there will be kids' activities and races, live music performances, an all ages 5K run/walk, and a BMX Jam. More than 30,000 fans pack the exciting streets of downtown Athens every year to witness the best in American criterium racing. For more information about the event, please visit www.athenstwilight.com
The Indie South Fair
will be held on May 4. This bi-annual handmade market brings together an eclectic selection of emerging artists and crafters from the South and beyond. For more information including applications, visit www.athensindiecraftstravaganzaa.com
Professional golf returns to Athens April 29 - May 5 during the Stadion Classic at UGA. This is one of two Nationwide Tour stops in Georgia. The Stadion Classic at UGA is the only event on the Nationwide Tour that is owned and operated by an institution of higher education. All net proceeds from the event will support need-based scholarships for UGA students through the Arch Foundation. Tickets can be purchased through the TICKETS Fore CHARITY program which supports non-profits in Georgia and nationwide. Ticket and event information can be found at www.stadionclassic.uga.edu.
The Athens live music scene is ready to kick off the 17th Annual AthFest Music and Arts Festival
June 19 - 23. This has been named a Top 20 Event by The Southeast Tourism Society. AthFest features more than 150 bands on outdoor stages and in Athens' renowned clubs. Between the live music, art, local film screenings and KidsFest, there is entertainment for all ages. More event information is available at www.athfest.com
The 35th Annual Athens Human Rights Festival will be May 4 - 5. This is a springtime political and cultural tradition in Athens. The festival features a dynamic, educational, and family-friendly weekend of oratory, music, activities for the children, and street theater performances in an outdoor setting. More information about the event is available at www.athenshumanrightsfest.org.
For more information about spring events taking place in Athens, along with special offers and discounts on accommodations, activities, shopping and dining, visit www.visitathensga.com/spring or contact the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau at 706-357-4430, toll-free 800-653-0603.