The Wild Rumpus

Photo Credit: Elliott Anderson

Photo Credit: Elliott Anderson

Looking for an amazingly interactive Halloween activity in one of America’s most exciting college towns? In the style of Burning Man or the Oregon Country Fair, Athens, Ga., hosts its own explosion of creative energy: the Wild Rumpus Parade and Spectacle. On Oct. 26, 2013, thousands of creatively costumed revelers will march their way through downtown Athens. Last year saw nearly 3,000 people flood the streets of the Classic City, and 2013 aims to see even more. The parade is free for spectators and participants, so start planning your costume and head to Athens to enjoy the festivities!

Wild Rumpus encourages creativity and group spirit. Attendees can walk the parade alone, in pairs or small groups. Or, even better, you can form your own themed brigade with friends or join an existing brigade. Examples of past brigades include Leather and Lace, Dead and Famous, Zombies, Belly-dancers and Disney characters. Basically, if you can theme it, you can form it! Floats, banners, performances and music are all welcome. Those wanting to walk in the parade MUST be dressed in costume, so don’t forget to dress up in your Halloween best.

rumpusThis year’s 5th anniversary of the Wild Rumpus brings with it many exciting new features. A new outdoor stage at the end of the parade route will host live, local music. There also will be many daytime activities aimed at including the younger crowd into the festivities. Kids can look forward to a “Monster Mash” party complete with musical acts, puppeteers, crafts stations, a haunted house and all sorts of Wild Things.

Top off the evening with a concert at the world-famous 40 Watt Club. The after-party extravaganza, for those 18+, will feature local bands Ghost Owl, Space Trucks, and Wild Rumpus master of ceremonies Timi Conley with Kite to the Moon. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m., and the party starts at 9 p.m.

The 5th incarnation of the Wild Rumpus Parade is sure to be unlike any other. With many new activities for children, this year’s event aims to get the entire family involved. Whether you want to dress up on your own, in a brigade, or just come down and watch, the Wild Rumpus is really a special treat for all of Athens.

Ready to join in? Head to www.wildrumpus.org to review the participation guidelines and to register if you plan to enter a float or vehicle. Then, meet at the corner of Clayton St. and Pulaski St. in downtown Athens Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. The parade will begin at 7:30.

The Wild Rumpus isn’t the only fun event going on in Athens this Halloween. For a complete list of events, travel information and everything else Athens-related, check out VisitAthensGa.com.

Top 5 Things to Do in Athens, Georgia

Photo Credit: @picturesbecrazy via Instagram

Photo Credit: @picturesbecrazy via Instagram

This fall when you and thousands of others head to Athens, Georgia to cheer on the Dawgs in the Sanford Stadium, be sure to check out all that the Classic City has to offer beyond the hedges. With so many available activities, the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau has compiled a ”Top 5 Things To Do in Athens on Football Weekends” list!

  • dtExplore downtown Athens: Just a short walk from Sanford Stadium, downtown Athens is bursting at its seams with stylish and quirky shops, a variety of bars and music venues, unbeatable dining, and more. The Victoria-era architecture creates an inviting atmosphere for both visitors and locals to take a leisurely stroll and explore the local shops. While you’re checking out the town, keep a look out for the world’s only Double-Barreled Cannon on the corner of College Ave. and Hancock Ave and the Tree That Owns Itself, which is a few blocks away on the corner of Dearing St. and Finley St. Bordering downtown, the University of Georgia’s beautiful North Campus, which also makes for a beautiful walk, begins at The Arch on Broad Street.
  • Feast on Local Fare: No football fan will be underfed this season with dozens of delectable restaurants lining the streets of downtown Athens. The Classic City’s food scene is booming and has recently caught the attention of national media. Among the most recognized eateries are Five and TenTop Chef Hugh Acheson’s restaurant, and The Last Resort Grill on Clayton St., which is always a family favorite. Mama’s BoyHeirloom CafeThe GritPorterhouse Grill, and East-West Bistro are also popular choices for weekend brunch. There is no shortage of traditional “tailgating food” such as pizza, burgers, and wings, which can be found downtown at Amici Italian CafeThe Volstead, and Dirty Birds. A complete list of Athens restaurants can be found here.
  • Enjoy a Cold Brew: While in Athens, fans will want to try local Athens beer. Known for its unsurpassed flavor and character, Terrapin beer is quickly winning over the nation. Adding to their collection of awards, Terrapin Beer Co. recently claimed a spot on The Best 25 Craft Breweries in the U.S. list, and visitors will understand why. The whole family, including leashed four-legged friends, is invited to tour the brewery on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Live outdoor music, free tastings, lawn games, and brewery tours every half-hour make for a pleasant, relaxing environment for all. A $10 souvenir beer glass secures eight four-ounce tasting tickets for visitors ages 21+.
  • meltingRock Out: Named the “Number One College Music Scene in America” by Rolling Stone Magazine, Athens is gushing with awesome music!  The local venues attract rising stars, old favorites, and everything in between. Not only have world-renowned bands such as R.E.M., the B-52′s, and Widespread Panic originated from the Classic City, but hundreds of new and upcoming bands make their debut in Athens each year. Between famous Athens venues such as the Georgia TheatreThe Melting Point, and 40 Watt Club, and intimate venues such as Caledonia LoungeLittle Kings Shuffle Club, and the Green Room, there is always a great show to be seen. Check out the performance schedule here!
  • Take a Tour: For visitors interested in learning about the historical components of Athens, guided tours are available. The Classic City Tour of Athens is offered daily through the Athens Welcome Center, along with free self-guided brochures/maps, audio tours, and pod tours. Details can be found at hereAthens Food Tours are a delicious and exciting option for those wanting to learn about and taste local and regional cuisine. Lastly, the self-guided Athens Music History Walking Tour focuses on the history of Athens music and the locations that made the music scene into such a success. The tour brochure is available at the Athens Welcome Center or online.
For more information about Athens, Georgia visit http://www.visitathensga.com/.