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.
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.