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Eight Athens Festivals Perfect for Spring Getaway

ATHENS, Georgia (February 27, 2017) — This spring, experience art, music, food and sport with a weekend in Athens. From March to May, Athens is offering an abundance of festivals worthy of a visit on any traveler’s spring calendar.

March 2017 Events

The Athens Jewish Film Festival | March 18-21, 2017

The festival will begin at Ciné in downtown Athens with a screening of the romantic comedy “Moo.” Following the film, there will be an opening celebration party at Hotel Indigo featuring hors d’oeuvres by local Athens restaurant home.made and music by DJ Andrew Byrd. The three-day festival continues with showings of a variety of films that celebrate Jewish culture. More information on the annual Jewish Film Festival can be found at http://www.athensjff.org.

April 2017 Events

UGA International Street Festival | April 8, 2017 

Experience interactive cultural displays, traditional costumes, dances, crafts and international bands at the UGA International Street Festival. This family-friendly festival is hosted by dozens of UGA international student and community organizations and aims to promote internationalization and cultural awareness in Athens. For more information on the International Street Festival, visit www.isl.uga.edu.

Plantapalooza! | April 8, 2017

Will feature plant sales at three locations: the State Botanical Garden, The Trial Gardens at UGA, and the UGA Horticulture Club. This event will offer unique and difficult-to-find plants, in addition to providing access to horticulture professors, garden curators, and master gardeners to answer any horticulture questions! More information on Plantapalooza! can be found at www.botgarden.uga.edu/.

Classic City Brew Fest | April 9, 2017

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Hosted at the Foundry, the Classic City Brew Fest is known as one of the Southeast’s most enjoyable craft beer events, as it offers a sampling of 400 craft beers along with a tour of Terrapin Brewing Co. and a tasting from local Athens restaurants. All proceeds benefit the Athens-Area Humane Society. Additional information on the event can be found at www.classiccitybrew.com.

Piedmont Gardeners Tour | April 15, 2017 

This self-guided tour is the perfect way to get outdoors during the spring season, rain or shine. All proceeds go towards scholarships awarded to UGA students studying horticulture and related fields. For more information on the Piedmont Gardeners Tour visit www.piedmontgardeners.org.

The Annual Twilight Criterium | April 28-30, 2017

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A professional cycling event and festival tailored to be enjoyed by fans, families and racers alike. Founded in 1980, the event served as the first nighttime cycling race in the United States in over 60 years and has since grown from 40 competitors to 150! The Athens Twilight Criterium is a favorite spot on the national cycling tour circuit for its unique evening format and the large crowds that gather in Athens’ vibrant downtown area. For more information visit www.athenstwilight.com.

FLUKE Mini-Comics and Zine Festival | April 29th, 2017

Comic book lovers will come together in an intimate venue for discussion and the exchange of mini-comic, magazine and independent publishing information. Additional information on FLUKE can be found at www.flukeisawesome.blogspot.com.

May 2017 Events

Athens Human Rights Festival | May 6-7, 2017

This two-day event is free to the public and is dedicated to promoting free speech and confronting issues that challenge human rights. The event will feature live music and discussions of relevant social and political topics. Detailed information on the Athens Human Rights Festival can be found at www.athenshumanrightsfest.org.


Athens Travel Information

To plan a spring getaway in Athens, go to www.VisitAthensGA.com/spring for a wealth of official visitor information. More information on Athens, Georgia is available at 706-357-4430 and tourinfo@visitathensga.com.

Once in Athens, visit the Athens Welcome Center at 280 E. Dougherty Street. The center is open daily to provide maps, brochures, self-guided tours and visitor information. Information on the Athens Welcome Center can be found at www.AthensWelcomeCenter.com.

About the Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau

The Athens Convention & Visitors Bureau is a proactive sales and marketing organization whose primary goal is to increase the economic impact of the hospitality and visitor industry by attracting individual visitors, group tours and meetings and conventions to Athens. Tourism WORKS for Athens, contributing $281.31 million in spending, 2,664 jobs and $19.04 million in local and state tax revenue in 2015.

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