These familiar happenings highlight the year in Athens. Check Flagpole’s Calendar in print and at for a comprehensive community events roundup each week.

Athens PopFest | Aug. 9–12, 2017
The quirky, impressively curated festival features pop, rock and experimental music from the region and beyond.

Groovy Nights | Aug. 26, 2017
Rock out for local nonprofit Project Safe at the 40 Watt Club.

UGA Football Home Games 2017 | Sept. 2 Appalachian State • Sept. 16 Samford • Sept. 23 Mississippi State • Oct. 14 Missouri • Nov. 4 South Carolina • Nov. 18 Kentucky.

Indie South Fair | Sept. 9 & Dec. 2–3, 2017 | This large outdoor market of folk and functional art also has several other events throughout the year.

North Georgia Folk Festival | Oct. 7, 2017
Enjoy a day of local and regional folk music at family-friendly Sandy Creek Park.

Classic City Fringe Festival | Oct. 19–22, 2017 | Experimental performing arts festival featuring theater, dance, video and film, puppetry, comedy, music, circus, cabaret, burlesque, vaudeville and more.

AthHalf | Oct. 21–22, 2017
This popular half-marathon begins downtown, features live music along its course and is designed to showcase Athens and UGA.

Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle | Oct. 27–28, 2017
The Halloween parade has grown to include kids’ events, music and an after-party.

Downtown Parade of Lights | Dec. 7, 2017
Floats, marchers and Santa himself make their way through downtown and wind up at City Hall for a tree-lighting..

Fluke Mini-Comics and Zine Festival | Mar. 24, 2018 | Local comic and zine creators get together to show off their stuff at the 40 Watt Club.

Boybutante Ball | Apr. 21, 2018 | A glamorous tradition at the 40 Watt features drag queens and kings raising funds for the Boybutante AIDS Foundation.

Dancing with the Athens Stars | Apr. 21, 2018
Local celebrities work hard with their paired dancers for Project Safe in the Classic Center.

G-Day Game | Apr. 21, 2018
UGA football’s spring intrasquad game provides fans a first look at next year’s team—which is surely gonna win it all.

Twilight Criterium | Apr. 27–28, 2018 | This world-class bicycle race draws thousands downtown, and includes lots of associated activities.

Athens Human Rights Festival | May 2018 | The people’s fest celebrates its 40th anniversary, featuring speakers, music and more.

Athens Community Council on Aging Retro Prom | May 11, 2018 | Dress up and show up at The Foundry to support ACCA.

Winterville Marigold Festival | May 12, 2018 | Music, food, arts, a race and more—a day of fun for adults and kids in a cool little nearby town.

Hot Corner Festival | June 8–9, 2018 | Music, food and fellowship at Hull and Washington streets downtown, celebrating Athens’ African-American business roots.

Flagpole Athens Music Awards | June 2018 | Readers vote for their favorite local musicians, we hand out awards, and live music fills the Morton Theatre.

AthFest Music and Arts Festival | June 2018 | Hundreds of local bands play the outdoor stages and the clubs, plus an artists' market, kids’ activities, comedy, food and drink and more.