Athens Family Fun in July

Welcome to our monthly roundup of Athens Family Fun! Each month Rachel will be delivering fun and family-friendly events in Athens to busy parents there.  Of course, our specialty is free/cheap things to do in Athens but the ultimate goal is spending time together in your community. Enjoy!

Happy July, RCM readers! I hope you’re enjoying your summer with your children and are finding lots of exciting things to explore! If you need a little help finding fun things to do in Athens, look no further. Our great town offers so many wonderful events for families, and summertime is definitely busy here! Art is a big theme this year in Athens, and there are lots of art-related camps and learning days just for kids. Also, if you haven’t gone to the Kiddie Carnival yet, make sure to check it out this month! There are also several fireworks shows happening in Athens on and around the 4th of July; read on for more information!

Special Athens, AL Events in July

Athens Saturday Market

All Saturdays in July, 8 AM-noon
Cost: Free
Green St. Pavilion, Athens | More Info

This weekly market features local farmers, artisans, and small businesses. Here you can find music, art, local produce, baked goods, and more!

Athens Lions’ Club Kiddie Carnival

Thurs-Sat in July from 6:30-9:30 PM (except July 4th) 
Tickets 50 cents each; purchase at gate
309 E. Forrest St, Athens | More Info
The Kiddie Carnival is a true, classic Athens experience! Kids of all ages will enjoy the carnival rides and games at the Kiddie Carnival. This is a great way to spend a summer evening with the family. Tickets are 50 cents each, and rides cost 1 ticket. Tickets can also be used to purchase concessions including burgers, hot dogs, cotton candy, funnel cakes, Dippin’ Dots, and more. Read the RCM Parent Review before you go!

Red, White, and Boom

Thursday, July 4th, dusk
Athens Stadium
Cost: Free | More Info
The annual fireworks display at the AHS stadium takes place at dusk on Independence Day. There will be no stadium seating; viewers can park at the middle school, park, Central Church of Christ, or Athens Shopping Center. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and prepare for a spectacular show! More info by visiting Athens-Limestone Visitor’s Center or by calling 256-232-5411

Fourth of July Celebration with Central Church of Christ

Thursday, July 4th, 7:00 PM
Central Church of Christ, Athens
Cost: Free | More Info
Members of Central Church of Christ invite the public to join them for food, live music, and games prior to the Red, White, and Boom Fireworks show at Athens Stadium.

Fourth of July Celebration with Cultivate Church Athens

Thursday, July 4th, dusk
Cultivate Church Athens, Athens Plaza Hwy 31
Free | More Info
Cultivate Church Athens will offer hot dogs, cotton candy, and soft drinks to the public during the Red, White, and Boom fireworks display at Athens Stadium on July 4th.

4th Annual Bay Village Fireworks Show

Saturday, July 6th, 8:30-9 PM
Bay Hill Village Way, Athens
Cost: Free | More Info
Come to Wheeler Lake to enjoy the 4th annual fireworks show put on by Bay Village neighborhood. Bring your boat to watch on the lake, or view from Lucy’s Barge.


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Alabama Music Series with Plato Jones

Saturday, July 6th, 5-9 PM
Scout Music House, East St, Athens
Cost: Free | More Info 
Athens Arts League presents a free community concert featuring local talent Plato Jones. This concert is the first in a series of free concerts put on by the League. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and appetite! The Spud Truck and Baldemar Tacos food trucks will be on site so you can enjoy dinner and a show.

LLCA Fundamentals Baseball Camp

Monday – Wednesday, July 8th-10th, 9 AM-12 PM
705 W. Sanderfer Rd.
Cost: $80 | More Info 
This baseball camp is open to boys Kindergarten-8th grade. Players will learn new skills and practice old ones to better their playing ability. Registration form and more info available here:

Summer Art Camp

Tuesday-Friday, July 9th – 12th
July 30th – August 2nd, 10 AM-2 PM
The Broken Brush Studio, Marion St, Athens
Cost: $185 | More Info 
Is your child wanting to learn more about how to create art? The Broken Brush Studio in Athens is offering a summer camp for children ages 5 and up! Students will discover many mediums of art, from painting to pottery, woodworking to water colors. They will even learn about famous art work! Visit the link for more info and details on how to register.

Art After Hours with Good2Go

Friday, July 12th, 7-9 PM
High Cotton Arts, Athens
Cost: Free | More Info 
This family-friendly concert is a great way to spend a Friday evening in Athens! Live music, refreshments, and kids’ activities including hula hoops, Athens ROCKS painting, and sidewalk chalk are sure to entertain everyone. Bring your lawn chairs!

Second Sundays on the Square

Sunday, July 14th, 12-4 PM
Downtown Athens
Cost: Free | More Info 
Businesses on the square in downtown Athens offer extended hours and special deals on the second Sunday of the month. At High Cotton Arts, there will be cookies, lemonade, live music, and a stained glass demonstration.

In the Wild! VBS

Sunday – Thursday, July 14th – 18th 6-8:30 PM
First Union Baptist Church, Athens
Cost: Free | More Info 
Join members of First Union Baptist Church for “In the Wild!”, a VBS journey to learn more about Jesus. Games, snacks, crafts, and more available for students grades K-6.


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Singin’ on the Square with Matt Prater & Friends

Friday, July 19th, 7-9 PM
Downtown Athens
Cost: Free | More Info 
Bring your lawn chairs and come enjoy some local talent with Matt Prater & Friends! Plan to eat dinner at one of the local restaurants downtown before the concert.

Kids Art Classes at High Cotton Arts

Wednesdays in July from 10 AM – 1 PM
Register: call or text 256-206-6662

Cost: $35 | More Info 
Do you have a child who loves art? Would they like to learn more about painting techniques and grow in their love for art? Val Michael at High Cotton Arts in downtown Athens offers pallet classes for kids ages 7-12 every Wednesday in July. These classes will help your child expand their knowledge of painting techniques while having lots of fun! Students should wear old clothes or bring a smock, as they will be using acrylic paints. Themes for each class are as follows:

  • Fireworks – July 3rd
  • Garden Flowers – July 10th
  • Small World (Bees and Snails) – July 17th
  • Your Town Pallets – July 24th

Summer Reading at the Athens Library: A Universe of Stories

School is out, summer is here, and it’s time for the summer reading program at the library! The summer calendar at the library differs from the rest of the year, so be sure to check out the calendar at alcpl.org on the home page for changes to the regular story times and other programs.

All programs are free! The kick-off for the summer reading program is Monday, June 9th. Stop by the library to pick up your reading logs, enjoy story time from 10:15-11 AM, and watch the movie Space Jam from 1:00-3:30 PM!


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Mission Control
Every week in July
Athens-Limestone Public Library | More Info
This is a do-it-yourself program. The activities will be available at the front of the library all week long. Each week will bring new activities. Play Book Bingo, hunt for planets during the scavenger hunt, “Planet Passport,” make your own astronaut helmet, and so much more! These activities will be for all ages. Prizes will be awarded to patrons for the Book Bingo and Planet Passport. New activities will start on Mondays.

Mission Control for Teens
Every week in July
Teen Room, Athens-Limestone Public Library | More Info
These activities will include a poetry wall, intergalactic coloring, and board games, available in the teen room all week long!

Space Academy
Tuesdays, 10:15-11:00 AM
Community Room, Athens-Limestone Public Library | More Info
This is a program for students who have completed kindergarten through sixth grades. They will read stories, play games, do science projects, and make crafts! Get excited about science, space, and reading! Space Cadets will also get a Learning Extension where they can take home the learning and fun! For safety reasons, parent/guardian must stay in the Community Room with child.

Mini Moon Explorers
Wednesdays, 10:15-11:00 AM
Community Room, Athens-Limestone Public Library
This program is for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers (0 – 5 years old). During this storytime program, kids will read a book, sing songs, do finger plays, have interactive storytelling, and make a craft. Mini Moon Explorers will also receive a Learning Extension where families can continue the educational experience and fun at home. For safety reasons, parent/guardian must stay in the Community Room with child.

Teen Time
Thursdays, 3:30-5:30 PM
Teen Room, Athens-Limestone Public Library
This program is for students who have completed 7th through 12th grades. Meet new friends as you paint, cosplay, karaoke, and craft. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Spectrum Storytime
Fridays, 10:15-10:45 AM
Community Room, Athens-Limestone Public Library
Spectrum Storytime is a storytime program for children of all ages with special needs. It focuses on children on the autism spectrum. Join us as we read books, do finger plays, sing songs, enjoy puppets, have interactive storytelling, and more! For safety reasons, parent/guardian must stay in the Community Room with child.

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