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What to Do on a Saturday in Athens When the Dawgs are Off the Field

Madi Imparato, a PC '19 member of Alpha Phi, shares some fantastic ideas of what to do on a Saturday in Athens when the dawgs are off the field!

Saturday in Athens is characterized by tailgates, game day brunch, and soaking up the Bull Dawg spirit. And while we can not argue that there is nothing as serotonin-inducing as celebrating a win, we are here to tell you about all the fun activities to do during a bye weekend. Our perfect Saturday line-up includes day and night-time activities, delicious eats, and lots of Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.

1. Pumpkin Patches

As the leaves start to change, and it gets a little chiller in Athens, you can visit a pumpkin batch to get in the fall spirit. Our favorite pumpkin patch is located at the Milledge Avenue Baptist Church, commonly nicknamed “The Pumpkin Church”. All the proceeds generated from the pumpkin batch benefit local and international charities, such as the Family Promise of Athens. If you want to go embark on a mini-road trip, then Washington Farms is a great option. They have a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and lots of field games. They also sell mouthwatering fall treats that have us restlessly waiting for the return of fall.

2. Iron Horse

Iron Horse is a tried-and-true excursion for many UGA students, and for good reason. Go for sunrise,

sunset, or even a mid-afternoon picnic and we promise you will not be disappointed. We love hanging out, playing games, listening to music, and taking photos at this fun sculpture.

3. Picnic on North Campus

If you and your friends want to have a picnic but do not want to drive to the location, we have the perfect solution. We love getting take-out downtown and bringing it to North Campus to eat. As we wait for Athens to cool down, we recommend having your picnic in the late afternoon or evening. If you are a poke bowl lover, we recommend Bubble Cafe for customizable poke bowls and boba tea. If Mexican food is more your speed, Barberitos not only has delicious food but also has complimentary chips. If you’re craving something more light and refreshing, Frutta Bowls is the place to visit! Their Nutella Bowl is a fan favorite.

4. Brunch

If you feel like dressing up and going out to brunch, Athens has a plethora of options. Seriously, there are so many restaurants that are deserving of their own blog post. But we’re going to explain what makes our favorites shout-out-worthy. Arguably the most popular brunch spot in Athens, Pauley’s has extravagant crepes and other delicious food. Big City Bread and Mama’s Boy will both satisfy your biscuit cravings with an extensive menu of biscuit sandwiches. South Bar and Kitchen and the Place both put an upscale twist on southern classics, and it couldn’t be tastier. Our honorable mentions go to The Grit, Heirloom, and farm.cart.

5. Shopping Downtown

If you looking for new jewelry, outfit, or just want to browse around, then downtown Athens is the place to be. Pitaya, The Indigo Child, and Cheeky Peach have the best earrings for all imaginable date night themes, game days, or for everyday life. They also have adorable clothing to match those occasions. Dress Up Athens, American Threads, fab’rik, and Fringe are also must-visit boutiques. There is nothing better than supporting local businesses and finding a new accessory or item of clothing to elevate your wardrobe.



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