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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 an extensive calendar of upcoming events in Athens.

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

Red and Black Event Calendar
Event calendar provided by The Red and Black, an independent student newspaper serving the University of Georgia community.

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.

Athens-Clarke County Government Calendar
A schedule of upcoming government meetings and other events.

weekly / monthly events

ACC Federation of Neighborhoods
An independent, non-partisan volunteer organization providing public forums to inform citizens and neighborhood groups about local community issues that affect them.

Athens Farmers Market
An organization of local farmers, craftspeople, and volunteers working to make locally grown food and sustainably produced food and crafts available in Athens. Markets on Saturdays at Bishop Park and Wednesdays at Creature Comforts Brewing Coompany, April through December.

Athens Science Café
Sharing a love of science with the Classic City. Offers meetings held in places such as coffee houses, pubs and community centers where everyday people come together and learn about a variety of topics from professional scientists.

New Town Revue
New Town Revue is a reading and music series showcasing Athens literary and music talent: fiction, poetry, essays, storytelling, and songwriting.

Rabbit Box Storytelling
Provides a monthly storytelling series for the Athens area that offers an inclusive forum for people in the community to tell true-life stories.

Sunday Center Market
Located in The Classic Center’s 440 Foundry Pavilion, Sunday Center Market features artists, farmers, crafters, food trucks, live music, kids activities and more, each Sunday from May through October.

Third Thursday
A monthly evening of visual art in Athens every third Thursday, 6–9 p.m.

West Broad Farmers Market & Garden
A community-driven, education-oriented, weekly farmers market that supports local economical development & community wellness. The market features locally produced fruits, veggies, dairy, baked goods, and crafts. Open every Saturday 10am-2pm, with a produce stand every Tuesday 4pm-7pm, from May to December.

annual events


JANUARY

Athens Wine Weekend
Showcases hundreds of wines from around the world. The event is a benefit for The Classic Center Cultural Foundation, which helps provide performing and culinary arts scholarships for high school and college students and supports performing and visual arts programs.

Chess and Community Conference
An annual youth chess tournament held in Athens, Georgia.

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.

MLK 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.



FEBRUARY

adDRESS a Need Designer's Challenge & Top Model Competition
A one of a kind fashion challenge that was inspired by Project Runway.

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

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

AthCon
An annual convention that celebrates popular culture focusing on Star Wars, Anime, Comics, and Gaming.

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

Athens Kids Expo
Features products and services for toddlers to young teens, along with entertainment and games. The Kids Expo benefits Wee Read, a program of United Way of Northeast Georgia to increase literacy.

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.

Bulldog Inn Annual Art Show
A one night event that serves as a venue for experimentation and alternative art void of the restrictions and expectations from the typical gallery setting, featuring a variety of works ranging from installations to performances and beyond.

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.

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.

Athens Beer Week
An exciting week of spring beer events featuring tours of local breweries, beer dinners, craft beer celebrations, special tappings and more.

Athens International Children's Film Festival
Screens international independent movies for children and youth including animation, documentaries, and fiction films that enhance and foster greater understanding of diverse cultures from around the world.

Athens Job Fair & Career Expo
Job seekers of all ages, experience levels, and industries are encouraged to attend. Employers will be looking to fill full-time, part-time, and internship positions. Free and open to the public.

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.

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.

FLUKE Mini-Comics & Zine Festival
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.

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.

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 Business Rocks
Ever wondered what would happen if you got together with your co-workers and formed a band? Well, here's your chance to find out! A competition and fundraiser benefit for Nuçi's Space.

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.

Classic City Chalk Fest
Watch as local professional artists create works in chalk and draw your own chalk masterpiece in Athens' chalk-drawing festival.

Indie South Fair Springtacular
A curated open-air market that brings together artists, designers, and creative entrepreneurs to showcase their work in a festive atmosphere that includes music, artisanal food and drink, and kids craft activities. Held biannually in May and December.

Ripple Effect Film Project
Filmmakers of all ages and levels of experience create original short films about water conservation and water stewardship.

Winterville Marigold Festival
Each year the festival features juried arts and crafts, barbecue and other food vendors, live music and entertainment in the park, the Marigold 10K, a parade, and other events.



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

Sprockets International Music Video Festival
The longest running film festival exlusively for music videos in the world.



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 Water Festival
A celebration of water with activities and fun for the whole family.



OCTOBER

AthHalf: Athens GA Half Marathon
A race winding through downtown Athens and several diverse historic neighborhoods. Proceeds benefit music and arts education programs for young people in grades K – 5.

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

Classic City Fringe Festival
A live performance and art festival showcasing artists working outside traditional forms and structures. Features cutting-edge indie performers on the fringe such as street theater, circus and cabaret performers, burlesque and vaudeville, performance art and avant-garde dance and movement, stand-up comedy and improv, experimental art and film and music.

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 Clarke County. 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

Athens Free to Breathe Run/Walk
An opportunity for the community to come together to raise awareness and support to help lung cancer patients and their families.

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

Downtown Parade of Lights
The annual parade 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 Holiday Hooray
A curated open-air market that brings together artists, designers, and creative entrepreneurs to showcase their work in a festive atmosphere that includes music, artisanal food and drink, and kids craft activities. Held biannually in May and December.

Stomp Out Domestic Violence
An annual step show benefiting Project Safe and its programs to stop domestic violence.

Walk to End Alzheimer's
An annual event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research.