Special Alert

Athens, GA Arts and Culture Itinerary


Art is everywhere in Athens, from the state’s official art museum to local galleries to pottery studios to lining the walls in restaurants and shops. There are even galleries inside our convention center and at Hotel Indigo.

Your Arts and Culture Itinerary:

Explore iconGeorgia Museum of Art
  • Explore the state’s permanent collection with strengths in American painting and southern decorative arts, plus exhibitions from around the world.  
  • Save time to visit the well-curated gift shop and stop for coffee at the café. Cross the plaza to the Lamar Dodd School of Art to see what students and faculty are creating.
Explore iconLyndon House Arts Center
  • Originally housed within the historic Ware-Lyndon House, the community visual arts complex is a local treasure, with large airy galleries overlooking the Appalachian foothills.
    Shopping icon
    • In the Lyndon House gallery shop, the Visual Arts Guild of Athens offers a wide selection of works for sale in a variety of media.
restaurant iconLunch:
  • Head a few blocks outside downtown to Pulaski Heights BBQ, a spot known not only for its flavorful meats but also inventive sides and vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options,
  • Pulaski Heights is southern ‘que, elevated. Enjoy the porch in nice weather and watch the trains go by!
Explore iconExplore the Warehouse
  • The Chase Street Warehouse District is a hotbed of local artists!  
  • Check out innovative, contemporary art at ATHICA: Athens Institute for Contemporary Art, or high flying performance art at Canopy Studio.
Shopping iconDowntown Shopping
  • Walk down Clayton Street for shop after shop filled with one-of-a-kind and locally made products.
  • Look for R. Wood ceramics to grace your table, Bee Natural luminaries for any décor, and hand-crafted leather goods at Masada. Native America and Frontier are other shops with local flair. Grab some UGA Bulldogs gear to mark your time in Athens.
  • Bonus: a college town makes for some of the best vintage shopping around, so check out Atomic Athens, Agora Vintage, Community, and others.
restaurant iconDinner Downtown

Treat yourself to...

Live music iconAn Evening Out
  • Headliner entertainers, touring Broadway productions, and top comedians grace The Classic Center Theatre stage.
  • Athens is the proud home of several local theatre companies, as well as attracting world-class talent to the UGA Performing Arts Center. Be sure to look up the schedules when you’re in town!