Athens Water Festival

Attention water warriors, we need you! Join your fellow Athenians at the Athens Water Festival in a quest to find six infinite stones. These will unlock the secret to saving our water resources. Through various water activities, you will discover how to protect the world and water from threats too large for one warrior to handle.  

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Make a Splash at the Athens Water Festival

What happens at the Athens Water Festival?

Water organizations come together to make water sparkle! Touch sea life, become a water drop, or create a water delivery system. With open-ended activities, participants of all ages enjoy the activities at the festival. To get an idea of what the festival offers, watch the official video from the 2012 Athens Water Festival. Click here to view! 

Are you interested in being a presenter?

If your organization is interested in presenting at the 2018 Athens Water Festival complete the presenter form. If you have any questions, email Jackie Sherry at

Water Fun!

Check out below to see the groups who have participated in the past and get an idea of the types of hands-on, interactive, and educational displays and games we have for festival participants of all ages to enjoy.
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Saturday, September 8, 2018
10:30 AM - 2:00 PM


Sandy Creek Park
400 Bob Holman Road


FREE festival activities
Park admission $2 per person ages 4-64

These organizations made the 2017 Athens Water Festival possible.

ACC Public Utilities Dept: Play "Toilet Toss Trivia", battle the through the FOG, and learn how we clean both your drinking water and dirty water everyday

Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful: Our gutters lead straight to the river.  Help keep them clean!

ACC Cooperative Extension & Master Gardeners: Make a pot out of newspaper & plant a seed inside. Remember to water!

State Botanical Gardens of GA: Water is essential to growing a garden that attracts wildlife.

ECOGOG:  Explore the Ocean Discovery Zone using a model ROV, build a sea coral, or learn about tube worms.

UGAquaponics:  Learn about aquaponics and how it can be used to grow life.

Public Utilities & Transportation and Public Works: Splash in the spray and explore the trucks needed to take care of our water in ACC

ACC Stormwater: Sewer Heroes travel the maze a water drop must battle through before arriving at the source

UGA Marine Sciences: Get up close & personal with creatures from the Georgia coast.

UGA Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resource: Meet some animals who remind us of water's importance to all life

UGA Bug Dawgs:  Did you know bugs need water, too?  Visit with live insects & arthropod

UGA EcoReach:   Discover the Amazing Underwater Tape of the Caddisfly, a true superhero of the steam

UGA Water Resource Team: To flush or not to flush, that is the question.  Test your flushing knowledge

UGA Environmental Health Science Club:  Test your eyesight as you hunt for microbes in the water.

ACC Leisure Services: Prepare to get wet as you Fight the Grease Menace & Wipes Monster or swim in Lake Chapman. Canoes available for small fee

ACC Recycling: No Sewer Hero is complete without a cape.  Join us as we transform recycled t-shirts into capes

Upper Oconee Watershed Network:  Macroinvertebrates call our local streams home.  UOWN brings a few along to join us in the festival fun. 

Sandy Creek Nature Center: Everybody poops!  We flush it down the toilet.  Discover what animals do with their waste.

Waterhshed UGA & Meet our aquatic swimming mates...the macroinvertebrates! Find out how they keep our water clean.

Bag the Bag UGA: Plastic bags wreak havoc in our water. Recycle a t-shirt into a bag and bring it the next time you go shopping. 

.AND MORE: Create a Sewer Hero costume, play with Athens Area Humane Society puppies, pick up some goodies, and more!

You don't have to tell the kids, but we splash learning into all of this fun. Most water festival activities meet the Georgia Performance Standards in science.

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