The AthFest Music and Arts Festival returns June 22–24, 2018 with outdoor main stage headliners to include Linqua Franqa, the Athens hip-hop artist whom the New York Times just named as one of the 17 standout acts at SXSW in Austin, New Orleans legends Dirty Dozen Brass Band, folk-rock collective Family and Friends, Athens’ indie rock royalty Elf Power and a set by a North Carolina band once hot on the Southeast scene, The Connells.
This year is the 22nd year of AthFest, which will once again kick off with the Flagpole Athens Music Awards on Thursday, June 21 at the Morton Theatre. The festival includes the outdoor stages, the open air Artist Market, KidsFest and the nightly Club Crawl showcases in venues including the 40 Watt, Georgia Theatre and for the first time this year, at Creature Comforts and Terrapin breweries. Outdoor shows are free; Club Crawl wristbands are $25.
The full outdoor schedule includes:
FRIDAY, JUNE 22: Velveteen Pink, Luxury Vehicle, The Voltures, The Norm, The Kannons, Caulfield, Lingua Franqa, Golden Cage, Misnomer (formerly Mister Tye Dye), The Varsity Band, Dirty Dozen Brass Band
SATURDAY, JUNE 23: Rebecca Sunshine Band, Ty Rumble & Company, Richie Bruckshot, Wise Xpressions Dance, PV-23, Sara O’Brien & Community Rocks, Sarah Zuniga, Grant Cowan, Andrew Blooms, Light Brigade, The Drapes, Wanderwild, Girls Rock Camp, Drew Beskin, Cheese Dream, Dangfly!, Palace Doctor, The Tuten Brothers, Oh, Jeremiah, Universal Sigh, Partials, Family and Friends
SUNDAY, JUNE 24: Mary & The Hot Hotty-Hots, Camp Amped, Cortez Garza, Timi Conley and the Wonderland Rangers, The Sandels Music Party, Joe Willey & The Movin’ Men, Eggboy, Athens Cowboy Choir, Cicada Rhythm, Dance FX, Don Flemons, Allegro, Chris Stamey Group, Elf Power, Dexter Romweber Duo, The Connells
AthFest is presented by AthFest Educates, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustaining and advancing music and arts education for youth in Athens-Clarke County. In 2017, AthFest awarded $28,000 in grants to ten music and arts programs and schools.