5 can’t-miss events this fall in Athens, GA

Historic Athens Porchfest
Courtesy of VisitAthensGA.com

The leaves are changing, the weather is cooling down, and there’s a chill in the air — it’s the perfect time to visit Athens, Georgia.

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In addition to the live music, there will also be artists, traditional craft demonstrators, food vendors and plenty of activities for the kids. This year’s headliner is Cicada Rhythm!

Location: Athens - 400 Bob Holman Rd, Athens, GA 30607; Time: 11 a.m. to dark; Date: Saturday, Sept. 24; Admission: $8-$15; Website: visitathensga.com


If you’re looking for a fun way to end the weekend, check out the Historic Athens Porchfest on Sunday, Oct. 2.

This free-to-attend event features 155 performances on 150 porches in six historic neighborhoods — all over a day. There’s no better way to experience the creative energy of the Athens music scene and authentic Athens neighborhoods.

Location: Athens - Various locations; Time: 1-8 p.m.; Date: Sunday, Oct. 2; Admission: Free; Website: visitathensga.com

Athens Haunted History Walking Tour

If you want to learn about the history of Athens and its haunted past, book a tour with historian Jeff Clarke! You’ll walk along the streets of this college town while learning about ghosts from Colonial Georgia, the Civil War, Prohibition and more. This tour is family-friendly and sure to be a great time.

Location: Athens; Date: Recurring daily; Tours by appointment; Admission: $18; Website: visitathensga.com

Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle

Get ready for Athens’ own Mardi Gras — the Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle.

The streets of downtown Athens are transformed into a dazzling display of hand-crafted, wildly imaginative costuming that you won’t find anywhere else in the Southeast. It’s an incredible sight to see and it’s FREE to attend!

So what are you waiting for? Get your costume on and get ready to march through the streets of The Classic City. You won’t be disappointed.

Location: Athens - Downtown Athens; Time: 8 p.m.; Date: Saturday, Oct. 29; Admission: Free; Website: visitathensga.com


If you’re looking for an opportunity to see all of Athens in one day, look no further than AthHalf.

This event combines the best of Athens’ historic districts, downtown and UGA campus into one race course. You’ll get the chance to run or walk through the city while passing live music performances along the way. If you’re not up for the half marathon but still want to participate in this fantastic event, they also offer a 5K race a day before!

Location: Athens - Downtown Athens; Date: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, and 7:30 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 23; Admission: $30+; Website: visitathensga.com

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