Athens Leisure & Art

Music, Arts, Recreation: Athens is Where Fun Begins

While Athens may not be the original “city that never sleeps,” the phrase certainly fits the spirit of our city well. Brimming with life and entertainment from all sides of the spectrum, and fueled by the artistic students who attend any number of liberal arts programs offered at UGA, Athens is filled with music, art, and theatrical experiences to ignite the aesthetic nature in us all. The recently reopened Georgia Theatre is a fine example, thrilling audiences with musical, dance, and theatrical performances that have been known to bring crowds to a standing ovation.

In a city also known for athletic ventures, there are plenty of physical competitions to enter or support. The Twilight Criterium combines art, athleticism, and community spirit. Established in 1980, the Twilight Criterium is the first-night cycling race in the United States in more than 60 years. For those not interested in joining the cyclists in the race, the streets are filled with vendors specifically for the occasion and other family-friendly activities abound as colorful-clad cyclists whoosh by on their bikes.

Athens is also home to countless festivals and spirited parades. If your taste leans toward an eclectic musical appreciation, AthFest features more than 200 bands and musicians who appeal to music lovers of all genres; it is a festival you won’t want to miss. In a city full of life and entertainment, you’ll never experience a dull moment in Athens.