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Flagpole Events Calendar
Flagpole Magazine's weekly guide to what's happening in Athens. Covers events, music, theatre, classes, meetings, kidstuff and more.

Athens Georgia Events Calendar
The Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau provides this day-by-day calendar of upcoming events in Athens.

OnlineAthens: Calendar of Events
This week's top events along with detailed listings for upcoming events.

AthensPatch: Events Calendar
Get the latest on what's happening in Athens.

University of Georgia Master Calendar
Upcoming performances, lectures, exhibits, athletic events, and more along with links to academic and holiday calendars.

ACC Leisure Services Program Guide
A schedule of events held at facilities of the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department including Lyndon House Arts Center, the Morton Theatre, Sandy Creek Nature Center, area parks, and more.

Athens Parent Online Calendar
Community events of interest to parents and kids.

Summer Camps
A guide to Athens-area summer camps for dance, theatre, art, gymnastics, volleyball, martial arts, soccer, golf and more, provided by Athens Parent.

ACC Governmental Meeting Schedule
A calendar of upcoming local government meetings.

annual event websites


JANUARY

Green Life Expo
A community-wide public expo of green concepts and environmentally responsible living ideas for families, homes, and businesses. Discover ways to reduce your carbon footprint and save money by implementing more earth-friendly practices in everyday life.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
The Athens MLK Day of Service offers opportunities to "make it a day on not a day off" by participating in a variety of community service projects.

Mental Health Benefit
This yearly festival seeks to spread awareness of mental health issues. Features art events, films, concerts, mental health screenings, and more.



FEBRUARY

AIDS Walk/Run Athens
A fundraiser to help care for people affected by AIDS and to prevent future cases of HIV and AIDS. The funds raised are donated to AIDS Athens, a nonprofit organization that supports nearly 300 individuals and families affected by HIV and AIDS in ten Northeast Georgia counties.

Animal Voices Film Festival
A film festival that explores human relationships with other species and promotes a more compassionate and humane world for animals.

Athens Home & Garden Show
Area builders, realtors, retailers and other professionals exhibit the latest in home construction, home improvement, and landscaping.

Athens Jewish Film Festival
An annual weekend of films and discussions to celebrate American and international films of Jewish interest.

A Taste of Athens
A benefit for Community Connection of Northeast Georgia. Features the cuisine of local restaurants and caterers along with a silent auction.



MARCH

Bargainza
"Athens' Giant Thrift Sale" is an annual fundraiser presented by the Junior League of Athens.

BreastFest
An annual event which increases awareness and raises money for breast cancer research and medical services.

Dancing with the Athens Stars
The event pairs notable Athenians with local dance instructors in a competition to raise money for Project Safe, an anti-domestic violence agency that serves Clarke and Oconee counties.

Dawg Trot 5K Run/Walk
The UGA Alumni Association sponsors Athens' largest annual 5K event.

EcoFocus Film Festival
EcoFocus showcases world-class environmental films along with panels featuring experts, filmmakers, artists, and special guests. The festival aims to promote discussion and to inspire audiences into awareness and action on behalf of the environment.

Empty Bowl Luncheon
An annual event designed to raise awareness about the problem of hunger in the Athens community.

National Gymnastics Challenge
A multi-event weekend featuring all levels of women's gymnastics.

Slingshot Festival
Spread over 4 city blocks and dozens of venues, Slingshot spotlights international, national, and local music acts on stage, boundary pushing artworks, and a tech conference with leading innovators.



APRIL

Athens Americana
A three-night music festival featuring Athens' finest folk, country, bluegrass, and 'Americana' acts.

Boybutante Ball
This annual ball and stage show is northeast Georgia's largest fundraiser for AIDS support services.

Classic City Brew-Fest
The longest-running indoor beer festival in the Southeast offers samples of over 200 handcrafted beers from around the world. Benefits local charities.

Eco-Adventure
Compete against other teams in a nature-based challenge course that includes backpacking, cycling, running, canoeing, archery and more.

FLUKE Mini-Comics Show
A mini-comic festival organized by Athens-area comic artists, underground publishers, and enthusiasts as a venue for the discussion and exchange of timely ideas related to mini-comics, zines, and independent publications.

Greenfest
Greenfest is an annual community-wide celebration of environmental awareness featuring programs and events focusing on nature and community improvement.

Hands On Athens
Assists low-income homeowners in historic neighborhoods to maintain, repair, and restore their properties as part of neighborhood revitalization.

International Street Festival
Created by the International Student Organizations at UGA, this festival brings together a community of all nations and cultures to promote international cultural awareness to the Athens community. Features cultural displays, traditional costumes, dances, music, and more.

Junk Yard Jog 5K
An annual cross-country 5K event in support of the environmental education programs of Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful.

Run/Walk for Home 5K
Thousands of runners and walkers participate in this fundraising event to help the homeless and hungry in Northeast Georgia. Proceeds benefit Athens Area Habitat for Humanity and Athens Area Homeless Shelter.

Twilight Criterium
Features nationally recognized professional bicycle racing , live music, workshops, and other events held throughout downtown Athens. Offers eight separate race classes and 150 cyclists competing in the main event, the men's criterium, a 60-km night race around downtown Athens.



MAY

Athens Human Rights Festival
Brings together political activists, musicians, and artists to share information about human rights issues across our nation and around the world. Offers a wide range of featured speakers, local music, and more.

Greenfest
Greenfest is an annual community-wide celebration of environmental awareness featuring programs and events focusing on nature and community improvement.

Indie South Fair
A forum for artisans to fill the demand for locally-produced, handmade goods. Includes a marketplace, workshops, demonstrations, musical performances, and local food carts. Held biannually in May and December.

Relay For Life
An event that raises funds and awareness to save lives from cancer. Participants take turns walking or running around a track to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.

Stadion Athens Classic
A professional golf tournament held at the UGA Golf Course with proceeds benefiting need-based student scholarships through the Arch Foundation.



JUNE

AthFest :: The Athens, GA Music and Arts Festival
Annual music and arts summer festival in downtown Athens with over 150 local and regional bands playing outdoor stages and downtown clubs. Features an artists market, film screenings, a KidsFest, music business seminars, and more. The event kicks off each year with the Flagpole Athens Music Awards at the Morton Theatre.



JULY

Athens Dawg Derby
A weekend-long flyball tournament featuring dog racing in regular, multibreed, veterans, and open classes. Held at the Classic Center in downtown Athens.



AUGUST

Athens Area Maternity and Baby Fair
A free event for everyone with a baby or young child in their life now or in the future. Educational sessions, health institutions, and social service agencies provide an opportunity to learn about maternal and child community resources.

Groovy Nights
A flashback to the 1970s featuring food, music, raffles, and a silent auction. All proceeds support the ongoing mission of Project Safe to eliminate domestic violence.

Spirited Spelling Spectacular
A spelling bee fundraiser sponsored by the Athens-Clarke Literacy Council to raise money for and awareness of literacy issues.



SEPTEMBER

Athens Intensified
A hand-curated, artist-driven music event in and for the city of Athens GA with a wide scope of musical tastes.

Athens Volunteer Fair
Explore volunteer opportunities with local nonprofit organizations and find out how you can get involved and strengthen our community.

Athens Run for the Dogs
Volunteers from the Georgia chapter of Canine Companions for Independence host this fundraising event featuring a 5K race for runners, a 1-mile fun run/walk for people and their canines, a raffle, and canine rescue groups with adoptable pets.

Race for the Dream 5K
Athens Area Habitat for Humanity holds the annual "Race for the Dream" 5K fundraiser to support their mission of providing affordable homes.

Toast in the Garden
An annual fund-raising event at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia featuring wine tasting and hor d'oeuvres from local eateries along with live music. All proceeds support the litter prevention, beautification, and community improvement projects of Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful.

Walk With Me
A 5K walk to benefit Easter Seals and raise funds that support more than 3,000 children with special needs and disabilities in North Georgia.



OCTOBER

Athens, Georgia Half Marathon
A race winding through downtown Athens and the historic UGA campus, along the North Oconee River, and through some of Athens’ diverse neighborhoods. Proceeds benefit AthFest, Inc. to support after-school music education program in local schools.

Athens' Got Talent
An amateur talent competition with all proceeds supporting Women to the World, an international non-profit organization headquartered in Athens.

Clarke Oconee Heart Walk
A 5K walk sponsored by the American Heart Association to raise funds for heart disease and stroke research and education.

Community Tree Fair
The annual event includes a tree climbing demonstration, exhibit booths, kids booths, tree care demonstrations and more. A wide variety of tree species native to North Georgia are available for purchase.

Dixie Film Festival
Showcases national or regional premieres of more than 30 independent films including "Mason-Dixon" screenings that honor Georgia filmmakers.

Fall Classic Century Bike Ride
A metric century ride with two course lengths, 62 miles and 31 miles, winding through scenic Clarke County. Also features a 6 mile family fun ride option. All proceeds benefit Athens Area Habitat for Humanity.

In Their Shoes
A 13 mile one-day walk recognizing and honoring women who have lived through breast cancer. All proceeds from the walk support the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support through the Athens Regional Foundation.

North Georgia Folk Festival
Features music styles traditional to the North Georgia region such as bluegrass, blues, and old time music along with traditional crafts.

Rivers Alive
Help clean our rivers, streams, lakes and wetlands by volunteering in support of the annual Athens-Clarke County Rivers Alive event.

The Wild Rumpus
A Halloween Parade and Spectacle channeling the creative spirit of Athens into an inventive mix of fun, creativity, and revelry for all.



NOVEMBER

Spotlight on the Arts at UGA
Each year, the Spotlight on the Arts festival shines a light on the breadth and the quality of arts programming at the University of Georgia, with dozens of events offering something for everyone.



DECEMBER

Christmas Parade
The annual Parade of Lights ushers in the holiday season with over sixty floats, bands, and other groups parading through downtown streets. Sponsored by ACC Leisure Services.

Indie South Fair
A forum for artisans to fill the demand for locally-produced, handmade goods. Includes a marketplace, workshops, demonstrations, musical performances, and local food carts. Held biannually in May and December.