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12 Summer Happenings on Georgia's Antebellum Trail

  • AthFest Music & Arts Festival

Georgia's Antebellum Trail is a 100-mile stretch of historic communities located just an hour east and south of Atlanta, from Athens to Macon. Summer is the perfect time to explore these charming towns, when schedules are just a little slower and excitement is still to be had at special events all along the Antebellum Trail.

Here are 12 events to mark on your calendar.

Rutledge Summer Concert Series, Fridays starting June 2

Summer Concert Series in Rutledge, Georgia
Summer Concert Series in Rutledge, Georgia

Rutledge gets groovy during the summer months with the Annual Rutledge Summer Concert Series. The series kicks off on June 2 and will bring a new performer to the gazebo each Friday night. Enjoy the show and pack a picnic, or order dinner from the Caboose or Yesterday's Cafe!

First Fridays in Milledgeville: June 2, Aug. 4, Sept. 1

First Fridays in Milledgeville, Georgia
First Fridays in Milledgeville, Georgia

First Fridays encourage the celebration and exploration of all that downtown Milledgeville has to offer. Participating First Fridays merchants, restaurants, cultural venues and nightlife hotspots stay open late, present special events, and offer activities for the young as well as young at heart; making downtown Milledgeville an ideal destination for an evening out. First Friday dates are June 2: Beach Bash; August 4: End of Summer Shakedown; and September 1:  Fall Frenzy. 

Putnam County Dairy Festival, June 3

Putnam County Dairy Festival parade in Eatonton, Georgia
Putnam County Dairy Festival parade in Eatonton, Georgia

Hosted by the Pilot Club of Eatonton, the annual Putnam County Dairy Festival is an exciting day for the whole family and a tribute to the dairy industry. The day starts with the Torture Trail 5K (a Peachtree Road Race qualifier) and an authentic hometown parade. Children will enjoy the carnival games and livestock displays, while adults stroll through the craft booths lining the downtown streets.

Blueberry & Blackberry Picking, Mid-June to Mid-August

Pick blueberries and blackberries mid-June to mid-August in Georgia
Pick blueberries and blackberries mid-June to mid-August in Georgia

Pick your own berries at Miller's Blueberry Farm and Washington Farms during blueberry and blackberry season. You can find more locally grown produce at the Oconee Farmers Market each Saturday in Downtown Watkinsville, and at produce stands along Hwy 441 in Bishop.

Thursdalusia at Andalusia Farm, Home of Flannery O'Connor: June 15, July 20, Aug. 17, Sept. 21

Thursdalusia at Andalusia in Milledgeville, Georgia
Thursdalusia at Andalusia in Milledgeville, Georgia

Light played a significant role in Flannery's fiction, and Andalusia light is so special, it's worth sharing. Every third Thursday at 5 p.m., April through September, is Thursdalusia, open mic without the mic at Andalusia Farm in Milledgeville. Bring your creative game – music, reading, dancing and storytelling. Everyone gets five minutes of fame on the Nail House deck. 

AthFest, 21st Annual, June 23-25, 2017

Photo Credit: Jake Gee
Photo Credit: Jake Gee

AthFest showcases more than 100 bands on three free outdoor stages and a Club Crawl Friday and Saturday night. The event spans 14 of Athens' renowned music venues, all in historic downtown Athens. Bring the whole family – it's the best time of the year for all ages to sample the best of Athens' music scene! The festival also includes an artist market and KidsFest.  

Classic City American Music Festival, 9th Annual, July 2, 2017

Packway Handle Band photo by Adam Davila
Packway Handle Band photo by Adam Davila

Nothing is more American than fireworks on the Fourth, but here's a contender… plenty of bands, food, drink and BBQ galore comes in a close second! At the Classic City American Music Festival, a family-friendly event in Athens, headliners include the Packway Handle Band and the Chickasaw Muddpuppies, who will be joined by many others.

Oconee 4th of July Spectacular, July 4, 2017

Oconee Fourth of July Spectacular in Watkinsville, Georgia
Oconee Fourth of July Spectacular in Watkinsville, Georgia

The Oconee County Parks and Recreation Department and Walton EMC & Walton Natural Gas will host the Oconee 4th of July Spectacular at Oconee Veterans Park from 6 – 9:30 p.m.  The event will feature the Classic City Band. Activities and music will begin at 6 p.m., and fireworks will follow at 9:30 p.m. At the park, view a memorial honoring Armed Forces veterans of Oconee and a relic from the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center.

Macon Film Festival, July 20-23

Macon Film Festival
Macon Film Festival

Surrounded by a rich musical and southern culture, the Macon Film Festival celebrates independent films while promoting filmmaking for entertainment, inspiration, education and economic development. The festival features film screenings, celebrity guests, special screenings and workshops throughout the festival weekend. 

Bragg Jam, July 28-29

Bragg Jam in Macon, Georgia, July 28-29, 2017
Bragg Jam in Macon, Georgia, July 28-29, 2017

The ultimate summer music festival where, rain or shine, 80+ bands take on 20+ stages and put on one unforgettable show after another in a jam-packed, country, rock, blues, electronic and soul-infused night. You'll also enjoy arts, children's events and a 5K at Bragg Jam in Macon.

Firefly Festival, July 28-29

The Sensational Sounds of Motown will perform at the Firefly Festival in Madison
The Sensational Sounds of Motown will perform at the Firefly Festival in Madison

Madison celebrates the last weekend of July with the annual Firefly Festival held in Town Park. This two-night celebration begins with the Friday Family Frolic, a night of fun with face painters, bouncy inflatables and more! Saturday night of the festival is Date Night! Leave the kids at home with a babysitter and enjoy a night of live music in the park. While downtown, make sure to grab dinner or something sweet from one of Madison's many restaurants and specialty shops.

A Chorus Line, July 28-30

Presented by the Putnam Alliance for the performing arts at The Plaza Arts Center in EatontonA Chorus Line is a musical with music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban and a book by James Kirkwood, Jr. and Nicholas Dante. A Chorus Line examines one day in the lives of 17 dancers, all vying for a spot in the "chorus line" of a Broadway musical.

Hannah Smith

Hannah Smith is the Director of Marketing & Communications for the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau, the northern gateway to the Antebellum Trail. She is inspired by trend-setting culture, music and events set amidst historic backdrops in her region of Georgia.

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