AthFest Music & Arts Festival

Music and Arts Trip in Athens, Georgia

Explore Downtown Athens, and you're sure to find unique art and music along the way.

What to See and Do

AthFest Music and Arts Festival – If you're visiting in June, the annual AthFest Music and Arts Festival (named a top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society) offers original music, art, local film screenings and fun for all ages.

Morton Theatre – Take a walk back in time to see what one of the first African-American owned and operated vaudeville theatres in the U.S. was like in the early 1900s in the middle of a thriving downtown black business district. Now a performing arts venue, it hosts many dramatic and music performances throughout the year.
195 West Washington St., 706-613-3770

The Classic Center – You’re in for a real treat when you see a performance at the Classic Center, the “crown jewel of downtown Athens.” The 2,100-seat convention center and performing arts theatre is home to the world-class Broadway Entertainment Series and the Athens Symphony, plus regularly hosts concerts and entertainers.
300 N Thomas St., 706-208-0900, 800-918-6393

Local music venues – A local musician's paradise, Athens is home to many clubs featuring live music. Check out the Georgia TheatreThe Foundry, Cine and the 40 Watt Club for a great show.

  • Cine: 234 West Hancock Ave., 706-353-3343
  • 40 Watt Club: 285 W. Washington St., 706-549-7871
  • Georgia Theatre: 215 N. Lumpkin St., 706-850-7670
  • Melting Point: 295 E. Dougherty St., 706-254-6909

Georgia Museum of Art – Browse more than 9,000 pieces of American, European and Asian art on the campus of the University of Georgia, then take in more art in the museum’s sculpture garden.
90 Carlton St., 706-542-4662

Bulldawg Sculptures – A quirky display of public art that’s been a downtown Athens staple for years, several fiberglass bulldog statues painted by local artists pay homage to the University of Georgia’s beloved mascot. Once you spot one, be sure to take a picture with your “dawg.”

Where to Stay in Athens

With so much to see and do, you may not want to rest – but there are many great places to stay once you do. For a spot in the heart of downtown, book a room at the Graduate Athens (formerly the Foundry Park Inn and Spa). If you long for something a little more serene, both The Colonels on Angel Oak Farms and Fair Havens Plantation are good choices for relaxation.

  • Graduate Athens: 295 E. Dougherty St., 706-549-7020, 866-928-4367
  • The Colonels: 3890 Barnett Shoals Road, 706-559-9595
  • Fair Havens Plantation: 75 Old Edwards Road, 706-208-8900, 706-338-0900
Published: December 2014