Band playing at AthFest in Athens, Georgia

AthFest in Athens, Georgia

Top 5 Things to Do in Athens, Georgia

This fall when you and thousands of others head to Athens, Georgia to cheer on the Dawgs in Sanford Stadium, be sure to check out all that the Classic City has to offer beyond the hedges. With so many available activities, the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau has compiled a “Top 5 Things To Do in Athens on Football Weekends” list.

View of downtown Athens, Georgia.
Athens, Georgia. Photo by Jake Gee,

Explore downtown Athens

Just a short walk from Sanford Stadium, downtown Athens is bursting at its seams with stylish and quirky shops, a variety of bars and music venues, unbeatable dining, and more. The Victorian-era architecture creates an inviting atmosphere for both visitors and locals to take a leisurely stroll and explore the local shops. While you’re checking out the town, keep a look out for the world’s only Double-Barreled Cannon on the corner of College Ave. and Hancock Ave and the Tree That Owns Itself, which is a few blocks away on the corner of Dearing St. and Finley St. Bordering downtown, the University of Georgia’s beautiful North Campus, which also makes for a beautiful walk, begins at The Arch on Broad Street.

Group of people dining at Last Resort Grill in Athens, Georgia
Last Resort Grill in Athens, Georgia. Photo by Jason Thrasher,

Feast on Local Fare

No football fan will be underfed this season with dozens of delectable restaurants lining the streets of downtown Athens. The Classic City’s food scene is booming and has recently caught the attention of national media. Among the most recognized eateries are Five and Ten, Top Chef Hugh Acheson’s restaurant, and The Last Resort Grill on Clayton St., which is always a family favorite. Mama’s Boy, Heirloom Cafe, and Porterhouse Grill are also popular choices for weekend brunch. There is no shortage of traditional “tailgating food” such as pizza, burgers, and wings, which can be found downtown. A complete list of Athens restaurants can be found here.

Creature Comforts Brewing in Athens, Georgia.
Creature Comforts Brewing in Athens, Georgia. Photo by @creaturecomfortsbeer

Enjoy a Cold Brew

Athens is quickly becoming an all-American beer town with six breweries creating sudsy goodness. Pick up a Field Guide at any of the following breweries, collect stamps at each one, and once you’ve visited all six, you’ll get a free mug at the Historic Athens Welcome Center!

Pip the Pansy at AthFest in Athens, Georgia
AthFest in Athens, Georgia

Rock Out

Named the “Number One College Music Scene in America” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Athens is gushing with awesome music! The local venues attract rising stars, old favorites, and everything in between. Not only have world-renowned bands such as R.E.M., the B-52’s, and Widespread Panic originated from the Classic City, but hundreds of new and upcoming bands make their debut in Athens each year. Between famous Athens venues such as the Georgia Theatre, The Foundry and 40 Watt Club, and intimate venues such as Little Kings Shuffle Club, there is always a great show to be seen. Check out the performance schedule here.

Dudley Park Railroad Trestle in Athens, Georgia
Railroad trestle made famous by R.E.M. in Athens, Georgia

Take a Tour

For visitors interested in learning about the historical components of Athens, guided tours are available. The self-guided Athens Music History Walking Tour focuses on the history of Athens music and the locations that made the music scene into such a success. The tour brochure is available at the Athens Welcome Center or online.

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Published: August 2022
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