Happy August, RCM readers! August means back to school for the kids, but there are still lots of family-friendly things to do in Athens on the weekends! For your younger kids who might not be in school yet, visit our local library for weekday entertainment. Be sure to visit our local parks for story time in the park on Wednesdays!
Special Athens, AL Events in July
Piney Chapel American Farm Heritage Days
Friday, August 2nd and Saturday, August 3rd, gates open at 7 AM
Cost: $5 admission; free for 10 & under
20147 Elkton Rd, Athens | More Info
This annual event is a great way to learn more about farming! Farm equipment of all kinds, including antique farm equipment, is available for viewing at this event. Starting at 7 AM both days, there are many activities for kids of all ages. At 10:00 AM on Friday, there is a 20 mile tractor parade that you won’t want to miss! Live music, food vendors, and competitions for people of all ages make this a great family experience.
Athens Saturday Market
Every Saturday in August (except Aug. 31st) from 8 AM-noon
Green St. Pavilion, Athens | More Info
Come shop for local produce and products! Live music and kids’ activities every week.
Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival
Thursday-Saturday, August 1st – 3rd, 6:30-9:30 PM
Cost: 50 cents/ticket
309 E. Forrest St., Athens | More Info
This is the last weekend of the Kiddie Carnival season! Take your little ones for a night of fun and excitement at a great price! Rides include the train, cars, airplanes, ferris wheel, swings, and more. Bring your appetite and enjoy delicious burgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, and funnel cakes!
Singin’ on the Square: ASU Community Band
Friday, August 9th, 7-9 PM
Downtown Athens | More Info
Visit Downtown Athens, get dinner, do some shopping, and enjoy live music! Bring your camp chairs and blankets to sit and relax as the ASU Community Band performs for the last night of Singin’ on the Square. This concert is in conjunction with the Fridays after Five in downtown Athens, where shops and restaurants stay open late and often have discounts!
Justus Storm Band at Art After Hours
Friday, August 9th, 7-9 PM
High Cotton Arts, Athens | More Info
Stop by High Cotton Arts with your furry friends for the Hot Dogs and Cool Cats best dressed pet contest! There will be live music by Justus Storm band, light refreshments, and art activities for the kids.
Auditions for The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
Thursday, August 15th, 5-8 PM
Clinton St. Theater, Athens | More Info
Do you have a thespian in your family? Our local community theater, Footlights, is holding auditions for their upcoming show, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane. Parts for all ages and abilities are available!
9/11 Heroes Run Pancake Breakfast
Saturday, August 17th, 8-10 AM
Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives | More Info
Bring the whole family for a great breakfast and support the 9/11 Heroes Run! Breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, and orange juice.
VVA Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Monday, August 19th, 11 AM – 1 PM; 5-7 PM
VVA building, 17915 W Elm St, Athens | More Info
This fundraiser benefits the VVA High School Scholarship fund. Dinner includes spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, dessert, and a drink. Live music will be the entertainment during dinner hours. Eat in or carry out.
Athens-Limestone Public Library Events
Storybook Ball’s “Galactic Glow Party”
Saturday, August 3rd, 4-6 PM
Cost: $10/person, free for ages 3 & under
Athens-Limestone Public Library | More Info
Come celebrate the conclusion of the summer reading program! Proceeds from this event will benefit the Athens-Limestone Public Library Foundation. Enjoy games, food, crafts, glowing face paint, and more for kids of all ages! Tickets available online or at the library.
Storytime in the Park
Wednesday, August 7th, 10:15-10:45 AM
All Kids Park, Hwy 31, Athens | More Info
Babies and preschoolers are invited to join Ms. Amanda and Ms. Ambre for storytime in the park! Songs, finger plays, and of course stories are all part of the fun. Can’t make it? There’s another one at Athens Wellness Park August 14th.
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Rachel Bloemer is a stay-at-home mom of two kids from Athens, Alabama. She enjoys singing, reading, and spending time with her family.