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AthFest is a free annual music and arts festival in Athens, Georgia, first held in 1997. Jared Bailey founded the festival to promote the music of Athens, Georgia; he was formerly of the free alternative weekly Flagpole and the influential early nightclub the 40 Watt Club. In 2009, AthFest became the 501(c)3 non-profit AthFest Educates, which seeks to advance high-quality music and arts education for local youth and the Athens community through direct support of school and community-based programs and events, including an annual music and arts festival. In 2010, AthFest Educates started the annual AthHalf Half Marathon as an additional fundraiser.[1][2]


  1. ^ Laughlin, Alex (2011-10-22). "Runners in Athens Half Marathon race for arts education". The Red and Black. Archived from the original on 2012-07-15. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  2. ^ "Home". AthFest. Retrieved 23 February 2013. 

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