There’s so much to see and do in Athens, with annual options including, but not limited to, festivals, parades, fundraisers, sporting events, craft markets and lots of outdoor fun. Here are a few familiar happenings to look forward to each year. Check Flagpole’s weekly calendar in print and at for a comprehensive community events roundup.

Athens Popfest | Aug. 8–11, 2018 | This cool, eclectic indie festival features pop, rock, hip hop and experimental music from Athens and well beyond.

Groovy Nights | Aug. 25, 2018 | Get good and groovy with local nonprofit Project Safe at the 40 Watt Club.

UGA Home Football Games 2018 | Sept. 1 Austin Peay • Sept. 15 Middle Tennessee • Sept. 29 Tennessee • Oct. 6 Vanderbilt • Nov. 10 Auburn • Nov. 17 Massachusetts • Nov. 24 Georgia Tech.

North Georgia Folk Festival | Sept. 29, 2018 | Enjoy a day of local and regional folk music at family-friendly Sandy Creek Park.

Classic City Fringe Festival | Oct. 18–21, 2018 | Experimental arts showcased include theater, dance, video, puppetry, comedy, music, circus, cabaret, burlesque and vaudeville.

AthHalf | Oct. 21, 2018 | AthFest Educates’ half-marathon features live music along its scenic course and is designed to showcase Athens and UGA.

Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle | Oct. 26–27, 2018 | Don your best costume and howl at the moon with your fellow Athenians on Halloween weekend. Enjoy kids’ events, music and more.

Indie South Fair | Dec. 1–2, 2018 & Apr. 13–14, 2019 | This large outdoor market of folk and functional art has several other events throughout the year.

Downtown Parade of Lights | Dec. 6, 2018 | Floats, marching bands and Santa Claus make their way through downtown and wind up at City Hall for a tree-lighting ceremony.

Athens Jewish Film Festival | March 2019 | Enjoy feature and short films celebrating and exploring Jewish identity.

Fluke Mini-Comics and Zine Festival | Mar. 30, 2019 | Comic and zine creators get together to share and sell their stuff at the 40 Watt Club.

Dancing with the Athens Stars | Apr. 6, 2019 | Local celebrities work hard with their paired dancers for Project Safe at the Classic Center.

Boybutante Ball | Apr. 13, 2019 | A glamorous tradition at the 40 Watt features drag queens and kings raising funds for the Boybutante AIDS Foundation.

G-Day Game | Apr. 20, 2019 | UGA’s free spring scrimmage provides fans a first look at next year’s football team.

Twilight Criterium | Apr. 26–27, 2019 | This world-class bicycle race draws thousands downtown and includes lots of associated activities.

Athens Community Council on Aging Retro Prom | May 3, 2019 | Dress up in throwback attire and show up at The Foundry to support ACCA.

Athens Human Rights Festival | May 4–5, 2019 | Athens’ all-inclusive people’s fest features progressive speakers, live music and lots more.

Winterville Marigold Festival | May 11, 2019 | Music, food, arts and a race highlight a day of fun for all ages in a quirky, cool pocket of Clarke County.

Hot Corner Celebration and Soul Food Festival | June 2019 | Music, food and fellowship at Hull and Washington streets downtown, celebrating local black culture and commerce.

Flagpole Athens Music Awards | June 20, 2019 | Readers vote for their favorite musicians, we hand out awards, and music fills the beautiful Morton Theatre.

AthFest Music and Arts Festival | June 20–23, 2019 | Dozens of local and regional bands play the free outdoor stages and the ticketed Club Crawl. There’s also an artists market, kids activities, comedy, food and drink and more.