Photos by: Sean Cook
By Dawn Johnson
The annual three-day arts and music festival has returned to downtown Athens for its 22nd year. Athfest began in 1997 when founder, Jared Bailey, started the festival as a way to promote local music. A decade later, Athfest became a non-profit that supports music and arts education for children through direct support of programs in schools and in the community. An additional fundraiser, the AthHalf Half Marathon was added in 2010. AthFest reported a revenue of $313,827 for 2017 that was a combination of donations, grants and revenue generated from fundraising events.
Athfest 2019 has outdoor music and artist market, a Club Crawl (that requires a wristband purchase of $25) and a family-friendly KidsFest.
Today is the last day to catch AthFest. You can find schedules for Sunday's events at https://athfest.com/ .