We are very sad to announce that the 2021 AthFest Music & Arts Festival has been cancelled. Unfortunately, AthFest did not receive its final permit from the Athens-Clarke County (ACC) government due to the high number of current COVID-19 cases in the area. Because the COVID-19 community spread numbers were above ACC’s threshold to permit special events, the county will not issue a final permit for the 2021 AthFest Music & Arts Festival scheduled for September 24 - September 26.
The team of dedicated volunteers and professionals who plan and organize the festival have been working for months on this year’s festival, with sponsors lined up, musicians booked, vendors in place and plans for a great festival in the works, with every intention for it to happen this year. We are heartbroken to say the least, but we understand: the community’s health and safety must come first. We strongly urge everyone to follow CDC recommendations for community safety so we all can move on and enjoy events like AthFest in years to come.
We’d like to thank our dedicated sponsors who chose to support this event regardless of the potential for cancellation and we encourage everyone to support those businesses and their products and services. You can see a list of our generous sponsors under the “Sponsors” tab at athfest.com website.
We’ll assess the situation in January 2022 when considering moving forward with a 2022 festival. Until then, thank you to all the musicians, visual artists, vendors, sponsors, and volunteers for your continued support. Hopefully we’ll see you next year!