No cooler place to enjoy a hot summer day than in Athens! From local food and drinks to unique festivals and hiking spots, there’s so much to discover. There are four special events happening now through mid-September that you just must add to your summer bucket list.
Sip Ohio craft beers during the 10th annual Ohio Brew Week. This nine-day celebration of Ohio beer is a tradition that brings together beer lovers and brewers from throughout the Buckeye State. More than 30 breweries will take over our famous Athens bricks with craft beer, music, local art and food.
Join us for Rock ‘n Roast on Friday, July 10, to kick off Brew Week with a specially-brewed Rock & Roast Session IPA from Columbus-based Elevator Brewing Company, and enjoy the sounds of Backwords Band, a local favorite. Don’t miss keynote speaker Patrick Conway, co-founder of Great Lakes Brewing Company, on Monday, July 13, as he discusses how the brewery has made an impact on the craft brewing industry. Click here for a full schedule of events.
The 30 Mile Meal is the nation’s first “super-local” food campaign and highlights food and spirits crafted within a 30-mile radius of Athens. The movement is an effort to help both visitors and residents find local foods and restaurants to savor the flavors of Athens.
This year, several restaurants in Uptown Athens are participating in 30 Mile Meal Restaurant Week to offer guests specials on favorite dishes and to showcase local ingredients. Support the community and enjoy a wold-class meal at a participating restaurant, including Athens icons Casa Nueva, Jackie O’s Pub & Brewery or O’Betty’s Red Hot!.
Wednesday is Athletic Day, and kids, ages 3 to 18 will test their skills and stay active during a variety of athletic events. There are also three parades during the event – the Main Street Welcome Home Parade, Bicycle Parade and the Grande Parade. Check out the full agenda here.
The 17th annual Ohio Pawpaw Festival celebrates North America’s largest native tree fruit – the pawpaw! Southern Ohio is home to some of the largest and best tasting wild pawpaw patches on the planet.
This fun-filled and educational community event highlights the rich history and future possibilities of the pawpaw through pawpaw food and drinks, entertainment, unique arts, crafts and local businesses. Find out how to grow and cook pawpaws, participate in an obstacle course and attend a variety of workshops on sustainable living. Plan your trip with this schedule of events and activities.
While you’re here, there are a few other places you must add to that growing Athens to-do list:
- Take an afternoon and visit Ohio’s second-largest state forest, Zaleski State Forest for a hike on one of Ohio’s most scenic and historic backpacking trails.
- Pop in the Dairy Barn Arts Center and visit the 19th annual international Quilt National The gallery features never-before-exhibited works of art and showcases the world of quilting.
Sink your teeth into locally-grown, fresh produce at the Athens or Nelsonville Farmers Markets, and meet those who devote their time, resources and land to feeding the community. Both are open on Saturday mornings, and Athens also has vendors on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.