Athens is nationally famous for its music scene with the likes of REM, Widespread Panic, the B-52’s, and Drive-by Truckers calling the area home. has just declared the Athens music scene America’s #1, outside of Los Angeles, New York, and Nashville. The area hosts numerous widely known music festivals and boasts music clubs and record stores that have been praised by Rolling Stone and Paste Magazine.

The Athens Music and Arts Festival is a highly acclaimed event held annually in historic downtown Athens. For the past 15 years, AthFest has used the festival to showcase the best in regionally and nationally recognized Athens-based talent. This year, around 200 bands and artists will perform on three outdoor stages and in over a dozen of the town’s best music venues. The outdoor stages are all ages and free of charge.