Labor Day Weekend in Athens; What to do, see and eat!

Looking for a Labor Day getaway this holiday weekend? Head to Athens County for the perfect way to rest and explore over the long weekend.


Friday: Relax and Unwind

After finishing the work week, celebrate by checking into one of our convenient hotels, cozy cabins, or quaint bed and breakfasts.  Relax and familiarize yourself with the area before hitting the town for a night out.



Recharge over dinner at one of Athens County’s many locally-owned restaurants that source their ingredients from nearby farms. Not sure which restaurants emphasize the flavors of our region? Look for the 30 Mile Meal logo and you’ll know you’re in locavore heaven. End the evening at one of Athens’ breweries, distilleries, and wineries.




The Athens Harvest Festival kicks off on Friday. Enjoy an evening full of free music. The rest of the weekend the price increases along with the number of activities. Compete in apple bobbing and pie eating then end the night with fireworks later in the weekend.



Saturday: Ohio University Football

It’s #GameDayInAthens! Celebrate the upcoming fall football season and cheer on the Ohio University Bobcat football team in the season opener versus Hampton University. Alumni, students, and families make up the Best Fans in the MAC. Celebrate touchdowns and don’t miss the first game performance by The Most Exciting Band in the Land, The Marching 110. Call 800-575-2287 for tickets or click here.

Before and after the game, explore the shops of Uptown Athens. From funky and fresh to vintage and chic, the quaint shops that line Court Street will refresh your home and closet for fall. Take a break from shopping and enjoy the shade under the trees of Ohio University’s historic College Green.



Sunday: Guitars and Cars

Skip the hassle of having your own barbeque and let Guitars and Cars do the cooking for you. Dine on the lawn at the Athens Community Center with ribs, burgers, brats and hot dogs with a toppings bar. Free admission includes performances from Backwords Band, An Innocent Band, and a seven-piece Billy Joel tribute band. A KidsZone and Cruise-In means there’s something for the entire family to enjoy.


Celebrate an end of Summer celebration at Eclipse Company Store & Beer Hall with of the music, food, spirit, and cultural heritage of the city of New Orleans. The New Orleans Crab Boil & Dance Party will be a deliciously fun time. Two bands will be featured: The Word of Mouth Jazz Band, from 5:30 to 7:00, and the Wild Honeybees, from 7:30 to 9:00. Feast on authentic New Orleans Low Country Crab Boil, which will include Snow Crab legs, shrimp, house made andouille sausage, corn, potatoes and more.  The event is free and open to the public.



Monday: Explore the Outdoors

Savor the last of the warm temperatures and explore some of the scenic places in the area. Athens County is full of hiking and biking trails. Soak up the last summer rays by spending a day on the water or even at the beach at Burr Oak State ParkStroud’s RunLake Hope or Lake Snowden.

Looking for a relaxing way to spend time with the family? Grab some street eats at one of the many area food trucks then head outside to picnic like a local.


Anytime: Brewed on the Bikeway

Discover the best brews in Athens County along the Hockhocking Adena Bikeway with Brewed on the Bikeway!

Ride up to several award-winning craft breweries, a craft beer hall, and a cider house all easily accessible along the 21-mile bike trail. Along the way, discover what else Athens has to offer as a side trip. Bring your own bike, or local rentals are available. Come find out what’s brewing in Athens! And bring your map!


Adventure awaits you in Athens County! Be sure to tag photos by using #AthensOhio. We might even share and feature your photo on our social media.