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AthFest Music & Arts Festival

AthFest is an annual free, three-day festival that celebrates Athens, GA’s vibrant creative culture, featuring local and regional musicians and visual artists. Thousands of people flock to the streets of historic downtown Athens each AthFest to experience live music by artists from a variety of genres, enjoy local artwork, and soak up the vibe of one of America’s coolest cities. Locals mingle with out of towners while music fills the air and art, food and fun fill the streets.

The festival includes three free outdoor stages with live music performances, a block-long Artist Market with dozens of visual artists, artisans and makers, and a block-long KidsFest area to make sure even our youngest fans get in on the music and art fun!

After the free outdoor stages wrap up Friday and Saturday nights, the official AthFest Club Crawl kicks into gear. Music venues and clubs will host lineups filled with local music.

AthFest raises money for the nonprofit AthFest Educates, which awards grants to support music and arts education for K-12 students in Athens.

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The 2023 AthFest Music & Arts Festival Raised $100,000 for AthFest Educates!

Thank you to all the musicians, artists, vendors, sponsors, donors, volunteers, organizing committee members and attendees for making the 2023 AthFest Music & Arts Festival — the 25th AthFest — the most successful yet! See y’all next year!

50% of purchase price will be donated to AthFest Educates until January 16, 2024


KidsFest is a block-long area of the AthFest Music & Arts Festival with the KidsFest Stage hosting performances by and for young people. The UpNext Showcase features middle and high school aged musicians/bands and takes place on the KidsFest Stage on the Friday night of the festival from 6pm-9pm. Activities and performances are free. There are some ticketed rides/experiences.

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AthFest Artist Market

The juried Artist Market at the AthFest Music & Arts Festival focuses heavily on local artists, craftspeople and makers. Over 70 booths make up the Artist Market, with work for sale in most every artistic medium. Applications to apply open in February.

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AthFest Vendors

The block in front of the main stage of the AthFest Music & Arts Festival features sponsor booths, retail vendors, the AthFest Merchandise Tent, and food trucks, all with a beer garden in between! For information on being a vendor, or sponsoring AthFest, contact [email protected]

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