Each year spring comes and proves there is more to Saturdays in Athens than the colors red and black as Athens plays host to dozens of spring events celebrating the traditions of music, art, food and sport. During March and April Athens is offering an abundance of spring festivals guaranteed to entertain any individual. With all the enticing events, Athens earns a must-visit spot on any spring calendar and is a perfect Georgia getaway.
The 7th annual Jewish Film Festival will be held in Athens March 15 - 18 after kicking off with an Opening Gala on March 14. The Opening Gala will be hosted at the Georgia Museum of Art with the rest of the festivities taking place at Cine in downtown Athens. Festival programming includes a variety of films that celebrate Jewish interests, discussions with visiting filmmakers, a short film-making competition for aspiring filmmakers and more. The annual festival will also feature selections from Athens notorious food scene.
The popular Slingshot Athens Music & Arts Festival is set to once again take over downtown Athens March 26 - 28. Spread over five city blocks and dozens of venues, Slingshot brings international, national and local artists to the spotlight. The festival champions music, comedy, electronic art, film and a technology conference while boasting a uniquely Athens culture.
On April 11 the Fabulous 40 Watt in downtown Athens will host the 14th Annual FLUKE Mini-Comics Festival. FLUKE prides itself on not being the standard, large comic convention and merchandising event, but rather a small venue for the discussion and exchange of mini-comic, magazine and independent publishing information.
College Square in downtown Athens will once again be home to the International Street Festival on April 11. Boasting an attendance of 3,000 - 5,000 visitors each year, the family friendly festival programming includes informative and interactive student displays, musical and dance performances, crafts and more. Dozens of UGA international student community organizations sponsor this 17-year strong event.
Athens will host the annual Plantapalooza!, three simultaneous plant sales, on April 11. Participants will find a vast assortment of unique plants that are often difficult to find at the event's three locations of The State Botanical Garden's Visitor Center and Conservatory, The Trial Gardens at UGA and the UGA Horticulture Club.
The 20th Annual Classic City Brew Fest will be hosted at Graduate Athens on April 12. Festivities will expand across three of the hotel's meeting halls, the music venue, terrace and central pavilion in addition to tours of Athens' own Terrapin Beer Co. and restaurant tastings. Festival attendees have the opportunity to sample an estimated 350 rare, regional and world craft beers while enjoying live music and good company. All proceeds from the event benefit the Athens-Area Humane Society. Stil can't get enough? Warm up for Classic City Brew Fest with Athens Beer Week in the days leading up to the event.
The 22nd Annual Piedmont Gardeners Tour features access to five local, private gardens. The event will be hosted rain or shine and all proceeds go toward a scholarship fund for UGA students studying horticulture or other related fields.
The 36th Annual Twilight Criterium in downtown Athens is a professional cycling event and festival tailored to be enjoyed by fans, families and racers alike. Held April 24 - 25, it is a favorite spot on the national cycling tour circuit, both for its unique evening format and the large, energetic crowds that gather in Athens' vibrant downtown. The event was founded in 1980 by Gene Dixon, serving as the first nighttime cycling race in the United States in over 60 years. Twilight Criterium has since grown from 40 cyclists to 150 competitors plus a music festival, running races, kid-friendly events and more. (Blog Primary Image Source: Athens Twilight.)
The 37th annual Athens Human Rights Festival will be held May 2 - 3. The event will be held at College Square in downtown and promises speakers from local, national and global organizations and live music while the younger crowd enjoys an array of informational booths and youth performances.
To plan your spring getaway, see our complete Athens Spring Travel planner.
Spring looks good on Athens. Athens will look good on you too.