AthFest Music & Arts Festival Offers Free Fun in the Classic City

It’s summertime in Athens, which means it’s time for the AthFest Music & Arts Festival!

AthFest Music & Arts Festival Offers Free Fun in the Classic City
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AthFest 2024

Each year, the AthFest Music & Arts Festival draws thousands of people into the vibrant atmosphere of downtown Athens, Georgia. With over 100 acts performing across various stages and venues, this three-day festival is set to showcase the incredible artists and creators that define the Classic City.

From June 21-23, Athens will host an array of attractions, including three outdoor stages, the official AthFest Club Crawl, KidsFest, and a block-long Artist Market offering hand-crafted items from over 50 local artists.  The best part? The outdoor stages are FREE!

New this year, visitors aged 21+ can buy a $5 Beer Wristband to carry purchased beer or wine throughout the designated Festival Zone.

AthFest raises money for the nonprofit AthFest Educates, which awards grants to support music and arts education for K-12 students in Athens — so you can have fun for a good cause!

Here’s everything you need to know about AthFest 2024…

Outdoor Stage Lineups and Hours

The outdoor stages are FREE and will feature lots of great music over the course of the 3-day festival. Enjoy performances by Family And Friends, Linqua Franqa, Bea Porges, Nuclear Tourism, Hunger Anthem, and many more. You can find the complete musical lineups for both the Wicked Weed Brewing Main Stage and Hospitality South Hull Street Stage HERE.

Don’t miss the Silent Disco at the Hull Street Stage on Friday night!

Outdoor stage hours will be…

  • Friday: 5pm – 10pm
  • Saturday: Noon – 10pm
  • Sunday: 12:30pm – 8pm

KidsFest at AthFest

Even the littlest rockers will have a blast at AthFest! A special block-long area of the festival is dedicated to KidsFest — a FREE spot filled with music and activities for kids. KidsFest can be found on Washington Street between Lumpkin Ave. and College Ave.

Here, you’ll find kid-friendly bands on the KidsFest stage, arts and crafts, demos, and more. There are also ticketed bounce houses and inflatables in this area. You can find the complete musical lineup for KidsFest HERE.

KidsFest hours are…

  • Friday: 6pm – 9pm
  • Saturday: 10:30am – 6:15pm
  • Sunday: 12:30pm – 5:30pm

There will also be a FREE KidsFest Dance Party at the Georgia Theatre with DJ Mahogany on Saturday, June 22 from 1pm – 3pm. Enjoy this free event on an inside stage. It’s open to all ages.

Club Crawl

The official AthFest Club Crawl ticket is your pass to get the full experience of what AthFest has to offer. The Club Crawl takes place during the evenings on June 21st and June 22nd at different Athens venues, and features more than 70 performances.

Venues include Georgia Theatre, 40 Watt Club, Live Wire Athens, Hendershot’s, The Foundry, Ciné, Flicker Theatre, Nowhere Bar, The Globe, The Roadhouse, Paloma Park, and Clarke’s Collective. See the full musical lineups HERE.

In addition to the General Club Crawl tickets, you can also get a VIP Passes, including a weekend-long VIP Pass.

Club Crawl tickets are $35 (price increases to $40 on 6/21) and VIP Passes are $75/day. You can get your tickets HERE.

Artist Market

In addition to lots of music, you’ll also find an amazing open-air Artist Market at AthFest as well.

Over 70 amazing makers will have their works on display for sale during the weekend. Booths will feature everything from paintings and artwork to crafts, accessories, jewelry, woodworking, furniture, and more.

The Artist Market takes place on Washington Street between Hull and Lumpkin streets. Hours for the Artist Market are…

  • Friday: 5pm – 10pm
  • Saturday: Noon – 10pm
  • Sunday: 12:30pm – 8pm

Gospel Brunch

And finally, start the last day of AthFest at the Gospel Brunch on Sunday, June 23 from 11am – 2pm at 1055 Barber Street.

At the Gospel Brunch, you’ll find many talented performers including Matt and Emily Joiner of Cornerstone Church, Marco Hull & Friends, the Athens Y Kids Choir, and more.

All are welcome to attend the Gospel Brunch. The music is FREE, but it you want to add-on the delicious brunch by Epting Events, be sure to purchase a ticket!

Brunch plates are $15 when purchased in advance. There will be a limited amount of brunch plates available the day of for $20. Purchasing in advance is strongly encouraged. Cash bar.

Looking for more music festivals in the Atlanta area? Check out our Noteworthy List of 31+ of Metro’s Best!

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AthFest Music & Arts Festival Offers Free Fun in the Classic City