Fun Summer Activities For The Whole Family: July 1st – 14th

7-1-2016 2-04-03 PMThe fun the kids have been waiting for since last year arrives with the Athens Lions Club Kiddie Carnival at 309 East Forrest Street in Athens is back! Now through July 30th, the kids can come out on Thursday through Saturday and enjoy the carnival from 6:30PM to 9:30PM. The Kiddie Carnival will be closed on July 4th so that workers may enjoy the festivities with their families.
On July 1st our Summer Concert Series continues with Glenn Hall and DJs and Friends at the Vietnam Veterans Bldg 17915 West Elm Street Athens, AL. Athens-Limestone County Tourism and sponsor Jimmy Smith Buick – GMC bring you this great oldies concert at no charge. It begins at 6:00PM. Be sure to bring your lawn chair as there are a limited number of chairs. For more information, visit

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Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives 100 West Pryor Street Athens, AL has their monthly Coffee Call July 2nd. All veterans and their families are invited to the museum for breakfast and a time of fellowship with fellow veterans at 8:00AM. Contact 256-771-7578 for more information.
Later, head to the Downtown Square to see the Cars and Trucks at the monthly Cruise In, Downtown Athens, AL. Bring your hot rod, motorcycle, truck or unique vehicle and park on the square to share your love of automobiles with other enthusiast from 3:00PM to 6:00PM. Shop the boutiques and stores, and enjoy a meal downtown at one of the restaurants.

The July 4th Athens Firework Show will be held at Athens High School Stadium 100 U.S. Highway 31N Athens, AL. The sky above the Athens High School Stadium (no seating in stadium) will be filled with a colorful display of fireworks after the sun has gone down. Location and directions: From Interstate 65: Take Exit 354 south and travel three traffic lights. Location on left. Parking is available at adjacent businesses along U.S. Highway 31. Spectators can bring blankets and chairs to sit outside the stadium and around the Athens Recreation Center and Swan Creek Park areas. Weather conditions permitting, the show will start at dark, which should be between 8:45 to 9 p.m. Central Church of Christ next to the Athens High School stadium on U.S. 31 will host the 4th of July Community Cook-Out, which is free and open to the public. Starting at 6 p.m., the church will provide hamburgers, hot dogs, chips and drinks as long a supplies last. The band “Dean” will perform at 7 p.m. In addition, there will be cornhole tournament, face painting, games and activities for the children.

Spirit of Athens begins their Fridays After Five on July 8th in Downtown Athens. Enjoy an evening of shopping, dining, arts, antiques, music and more as the doors stay open later. Come out and join us on the second Friday of each month (July – October) for Fridays After Five in downtown Athens.
On Jul 9th Athens Saturday Market comes alive at the Limestone County Farmers Market Pavilion 409 West Green Street Athens, AL. Join the Athens Saturday Market from 8:00AM to12:00PM Noon for local growers, producers and artisans. Activities for the kids. Live music.

The next Saturday Supper with Belle Chevre will be held on July 9th at the Belle Chevre Cheese Shop and Tasting Room 18849 Upper Fort Hampton Road Elkmont, AL. Back by popular demand, Belle Chevre is again offering their Saturday Suppers cooked by our award-winning “Chief Cheese” Tasia Malakasis and Chef de Cuisine Rick Vonk. Saturday Suppers are inspired by fresh, local ingredients, including Belle Chevre’s fine artisanal goat cheeses made in Alabama. Southern-made 5 Course meals that reflect Southern heritage and our passion for spreading love around meals. Two Seating options: 5:30PM and 7:30PM. Cost is $75/person. To view their menu or make a reservation go to

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To complement the Kiddie Carnival, the Donnell House will be staying open Jul 14th, 15th & 16th for Family Fun Days at the Donnell House. Donnell House 601 North Clinton Street Athens, AL. The historic Donnell House will be open for families to enjoy each evening from 4:00PM-6:00PM for free.
We will be glad to tell you more about beautiful Limestone County. Visit our website at email – call 256-232-5411.
“We have what you love about the South!”

By: Teresa Todd
Athens-Limestone County Tourism President
100 Beaty Street, Athens, AL 35611