Athens has the charm of a small southern town while still retaining many of the qualities of a larger city. Its surrounding countryside and lakes offer a perfect backdrop to the many artists and other talented people that call Athens home. While progress is evident everywhere, Athens embraces its heritage and celebrates its colorful past. Athens is nationally acknowledged as “The Home of Original Hamburger” and is also home to the Annual Texas Fiddlers Contest and Reunion, the oldest such event in the U.S. Things to do while in Athens include taking a walk along a tree-covered path in the forests of the East Texas Arboretum, learning how to bait a hook and then catch “a big one” at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, adventuring onto the ziplines at New York, Texas Zipline Adventure, or enjoying tasting wines and beautiful scenery at Tara Vineyard & Winery.

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Athens Events

April 29, 2017

Plant Sale

East Texas Arboretum 2nd annual plant sale inspires you to create or add to your own garden. Plants of all colors and types will be...

May 5, 2017

Spring Fling at the East Texas Arboretum

Enjoy a fabulous dinner with wines from local vineyards Silent Auction and Raffles- including a hunting trip and Dak Prescott autographed and...

May 26, 2017

86th Annual Old Fiddler's Contest & Reunion

Friday night jam session with main contest on Saturday. Also includes acoustic guitar picking competition, concessions, carnival, and a street...

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