A Mecca of sorts for music lovers, Athens, Georgia was the birthplace of bands like REM, The B-52’s, Widespread Panic, Indigo Girls, The Whigs and most of the Elephant 6 projects. It goes without saying, then, that the charming Southern town is well worth visiting, particularly in June during AthFest. The annual music and arts festival draws thousands of fans, critics and bloggers. Now in its 13th year, the fest promises to feature the best in local and national talent.
Over 175 bands will perform over the course of the three-day event, including headliners the Black Lips, Dead Confederate, Patterson Hood & the Screwtopians, Bloodkin, Randall Bramblett Band and a special reunion of Athens legends Dreams So Real. One thing that sets AthFest apart from other big festivals is many of the acts can be seen for free on the event’s three outdoor stages. When you do have to pay, the cost of admission is extremely reasonable: wristbands that can get you into participating venues for the weekend’s evening club crawl cost just $16.
In addition to the music, head to AthFest for the massive open-air Artist Market, screenings of independent films and even a kids’ area complete with arts and crafts, special performances and a petting zoo. Affordable, family-friendly and a whole lotta fun, this is one fest that’s worth the drive!
AthFest takes place in downtown Athens on June 25th through June 28th. Head over to to purchase wristbands, get a complete lineup and get more info on the festival.

WHAT: AthFest
WHEN: June 25 – 28
WHERE: downtown Athens, Georgia