AthFest: A great way to explore Athens’ music scene

ATHENS – Perhaps the only thing more synonymous with Athens than college football is music.

The home of R.E.M., the B-52s and many more, live music is still very much a part of present-day Athens.

But, AthFest might just be the best way to experience the Classic City’s music scene. The three-day festival, held annually in downtown Athens, launched in 1997.

The festival’s mission is to educate people about the city’s music and arts community.

“Locals and travelers alike came together for a weekend of music and merriment,” one attendee at this year’s festival said. “Attending AthFest is a great way to experiencing what Athens has to offer.”

This year, AthFest is auctioning a Gretsch Hollow Bodied Electric Guitar that has been signed by the B-52s. The proceeds of the auction, which ends June 30, will benefit the festival educational mission.

This year’s event kicked off Thursday and continues through tomorrow. For more information, visit

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