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Visiting Athens Beyond Game Day

Fall. It means going back to school, cooler temperatures and football. Everyone knows Athens, home to the University of Georgia Bulldogs, is tons of fun on game day, but we challenge you to visit the Classic City on a non-football weekend and explore beyond the Dawgs. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

The 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia
The 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia

Check out the live music scene

Athens is known for its music scene. Groups like R.E.M., The Black Crows and Drive-By Truckers got their start here. So, what better way to spend an evening in Athens than take in a live show? Georgia Theatre and the 40 Watt Club are two of the most well-known music spots in town, hosting concerts for local bands and world-famous artists.

Wander the 313 acres of themed gardens and nature trails at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. Free admission. - State Botanical Garden of Georgia
Wander the 313 acres of themed gardens and nature trails at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia in Athens. Free admission. - State Botanical Garden of Georgia

Stroll through the garden

See why the State Botanical Garden of Georgia has appeared on the list of best botanical gardens in the United States by USA Today. Take a walk along the long and sprawling trails, sip coffee at the arboretum, explore the chapel, or just admire the beautiful flowers and fountains. On a sunny day, this place is easily one of the prettiest sights in Athens.

The mural at Last Resort Grill in Athens
The mural at Last Resort Grill in Athens

Eat locally

The Last Resort Grill is one of the most well-known eateries in downtown Athens, serving up Southwestern-style Southern cuisine. Food isn't the only art form here; take a selfie in front of the beautiful mural that graces the side of the building. The original Last Resort opened as a music club where bands like Doc Watson and Jimmy Buffet played. Now, the menu offers a symphony of flavors from local farmers.

When is the best time to visit Athens?

Athens is a fantastic town to visit any time of year, but for an extra layer of fun, schedule your trip around one of the city's many festivals and events. Check the calendar for music and art festivals, holiday celebrations, races, sporting events, and much more.

Want more tips? Read the Explore Georgia Guide to Athens for tips on things to do, places to stay, and great restaurants in town.

Published: January 2022
Written by: Sue Rodman