ACC Leisure Services Department

Tis the Season!

The Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services Department announces that entries are now being accepted for the 2018 Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights. This year’s parade is scheduled for Thursday, December 6. The deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 15, 2018.  The parade entry fee is $40, with checks payable to “Athens-Clarke County.”  

More than 60 entries compete annually, for such prizes as “Most Original Float,” “Best Use of Theme, “ and “Best Use of Lights,”  and the best overall float receiving the “Mayor’s Award.” This year’s theme is “Christmas around the World.”

The parade begins on the corner of Hancock Avenue and Pulaski Street, ending in front of City Hall for the traditional Community Christmas Tree lighting ceremony.

The Athens-Clarke County Downtown Parade of Lights is sponsored by the Leisure Services  Department and the Athens Downtown Development Authority.  

Parade information and application forms can be found at and by contacting Melanie McElroy at 706-613-3800 or

House Party


The Lyndon House Arts Center (LHAC) and Lyndon House Arts Foundation (LHAF) will present HOUSE PARTY on Saturday, October 20 from 1:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the LHAC. HOUSE PARTY is a fundraising event to support innovative art and arts education programming. 

The event includes an afternoon concert featuring local bands Dixieland 5, Ecudadorain-Niacaraguan singer/songwriter Sarah Zúñiga, Lucky Jones, DJ Mahogany, and Pylon Reeanctment Society.

All seven studios will be open for touring while Open Studio Members and Teaching Artists demonstrate and display art in techniques ranging from painting to printmaking, and ceramics to jewelry.  

All day long, local brewers will serve beer made in Athens. Brewers include Akademia, Creature Comforts, and Southern Brewing Company.  Food trucks, including Damunchiezz, King of Pops, and Manila Express will be onsite as well.

All attendees are invited to make red poppies out of a variety of art materials to be included in a garland of flowers in the atrium gallery.  As the event continues throughout the day, the poppy chain will grow. Moina Michael, an Athens resident known as The Poppy Lady, introduced red poppies as a symbol of remembrance during WWI. 

All proceeds of the day goes to supporting the growth and reach of art and education programs presented at LHAC.

LHAF is an independent nonprofit that provides funding and resources to support the innovation, reach, and diversity of the Lyndon House Arts Center.  For more information, please visit

For more information, please call 706-613-3623. 

Get in the Race!

Make plans to run or walk in the annual Jack-O-Lantern Jog and Goblin Fun Run on Sunday, October 28 at the Sandy Creek Nature Center. The one-mile Goblin Fun Run starts at 2:00 p.m., with the 5K Jack-O-Lantern Jog starting at 2:30 p.m. Both race routes follow the beautiful paved path of the Greenway, starting and finishing at the Nature Center. A costume showcase for registered runners age 10 and younger will be held at 1:40 p.m. 

This event benefits Sandy Creek Nature Center Inc., the non-profit support organization which founded the Nature Center over 40 years ago. It now works with Leisure Services in support of the environmental education and natural resources preservation efforts of the Nature Center. 

Entry fees are $20 per person for either race, a $60 family rate for up to four family members, or $17 per person for a “no shirt” option, and must be postmarked or paid in person before October 18.  All entries received after October 18 and on race day are $25 per person. Pre-registered participants will receive a short-sleeved, 100% cotton T-shirt plus other goodies from sponsors. 

Race entry forms are available at Sandy Creek Nature Center, Classic Race Services, or online at Registration is also accepted online at

For more information, please call 706-613-3615, ext. 235



The Leisure Services Department has Halloween activities gore-lore!

Take a moment and review the selection of Halloween events at and start planning for a scary good time.

For more information, please call 706-613-3800.
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Please take a moment and learn more about the Department's accomplishments by reviewing the         ACC Leisure Services Department Annual Report.

For more information, please call 706-613-3800.
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