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Guide to AthFest Arts and Music Festival

Heading to Athens in June for the three-day music and art festival? Here's what you need to know.

  • AthFest

    The annual AthFest Music and Arts Festival in Athens, Georgia

Each year, Athfest Arts and Music Festival takes over downtown Athens for three days with a lineup filled with local and regional musicians, an Artist Market and family-friendly activities. This year's festival is set for June 23 - 25, 2017. Before you head out, here's what you need to know.

Mike Mills plays with The Baseball Project at AthFest 2015

Getting There

Location: AthFest takes place in downtown Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, and one hour and 45 minutes from Augusta.

Festival Stages: The AthFest Main Stage area is located at the corner of East Washington and Pulaski streets. Expanding out from the Main Stage area four blocks are the areas of the outdoor stages, Artist Market, KidsFest and vendors. The second stage is located on the corner of North Hull and West Hancock streets.

Public Transportation: Athens is accessible from Atlanta via Megabus. However, most festival attendees will get to Athens via vehicle.

Parking Map of Downtown Athens. Credit: Athens Downtown Development Authority

Street Parking: Parking is at a premium during AthFest. There are numerous metered spots throughout the downtown area, but attendees should not count on those to be unoccupied.

Parking Decks: There are seven parking decks located in downtown Athens, all within a short walking distance of the festival. Be prepared to pay with cash. To see a map of all the decks, visit

EV Charging: There are electric vehicle charging stations at the corner of Washington and Thomas streets.

Schedule of Events

Arrested Development at AthFest 2016. Photo Credit: Jake Gee

Plan on enjoying two full days of fun at the outdoor stages, then plan on enjoying the AthFest Club Crawl after hours. During the Club Crawl, Athens music venues come alive with performances all night long. A ticket/wristband is required for the Club Crawl. Prices vary.

Who's Playing

AthFest 2015 - Photo by Porter McLeod

Visit to see the full music lineup.


Artist Market at AthFest in Athens, Georgia

Visit the Artist Market on East Washington Street between Hull and Lumpkin streets during the festival. The market will feature 50-60 artists from throughout the Southeast.


Kids activities at AthFest in Athens, Georgia

Children are not only welcome at AthFest, when they attend they will be able to enjoy programming designed just for them. Stay tuned to to see the full KidsFest lineup.

Where to Stay

Athens hotels go fast during AthFest. There are a number of local hotels offering AthFest promotional pricing. Visit to see affiliated hotels.

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