Welcome to Athens!

Welcome to Athens! Whether you’re a new or returning Ohio University student, a proud Bobcat parent, relocating to the county, or just visiting, we’re here to help you get familiar with the area. You be living and loving like a local in no time. Everyone could use a little Peace….Love…Athens.



Uptown Athens is the center of the action
. Just steps from Ohio University’s College Green, and you’re on Court Street in Uptown Athens; the center of the city. Here, you’ll find bookstores, unique shops & boutiques, restaurants, bars and coffee shops. Multiple times throughout the year, street fairs and festivals take over the streets to celebrate local arts, music, craft brews and more. Don’t miss the annual Halloween Block Party, which is kicked off by the larger than life Honey for the Heart Puppet Parade!



Local food is woven into our fabric.
Athens is home to the nation’s first “super local” food campaign; the 30 Mile Meal, which celebrates foods and spirits crafted within a 30-mile radius of Athens. Dining on dishes featuring locally grown foods gives you the true taste of our region. Make your own local meal by shopping for ingredients at the Athens Farmers Market, consistently recognized as one of the best farm markets around.



Soak in the sounds of local live music. 
 Almost every night of the week at spots throughout town, there is a performance; sometimes on the Court House steps! From hard-core punk to quiet acoustic… open stage to national acts; you will find your groove.There is never a shortage of events, music or otherwise, in Athens County. Plan for fun and keep the good times rolling.



Grocery shopping is deliciously fun—and it’s easy to find locally-made foods. Locally owned Seaman’s Grocery is an easy walk from uptown and carries local meats, produce, salsas, sauces and more. New on the scene is the Kindred Market, packed with a bounty of local fruits & veggies, meats, coffee and oh so much more. The Farmacy also makes taking home a taste of Athens simple and delicious with their wide selection of local foods. As previously mentioned, The Athens Farmers Market is a perfect spot to taste fresh foods produced just miles down the road, and get to know local farmers.



Outdoor adventures await, just outside your doorstep. Ohio University has one of the most beautiful campuses in the world, and it’s surrounded by the allure and majesty of the Appalachian foothills. Exquisite, world class hiking trails are found throughout Athens. Visit the Wayne National Forest for some of the best of nature’s beauty. Experience what might be the best view in Athens from atop Radar Hill. Take a magical and memorable moonlit paddle across the water with Touch the Earth Adventures! There’s always something new to explore in the great outdoors.




Stand up and Cheer! As a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC), Bobcat athletics bring crowds together. Ohio University fields 15 intercollegiate teams and has earned several championship titles. The town bleeds green and white during the annual Homecoming Week. A full week of events that celebrate ‘town and gown,’ capped off with packed house at Peden Stadium for to cheer on the football ‘Cats!



The best way to get to know Athens by getting out there and exploring. Plan your Athens getaway by booking a stay!