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New Location for Athens Storytelling Festival

Nation’s Top Storytellers to Entertain on the campus of Athens State University

Decatur, Ala. – Some of the nation’s most highly acclaimed storytellers will make their way to Athens next month for the city’s annual celebration of storytelling, tall tales, and readings. Now in its sixteenth year, the Athens Storytelling Festival returns to Athens October 18-22, 2022, and this year the festival will be held on the campus of Athens State University.  

The Athens Storytelling Festival kicks off on Tuesday evening, Oct. 18 at 7:00 p.m. with Music in the Tent (admission charged). Slated to perform are The Dill Pickers, featuring old-timey music with tunes from the 40s and 50s, and legendary Birmingham-based band Three on a String.

For a sampling of what’s to come, make plans to attend the Storytelling Olio on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. The Storytelling Olio brings all the tellers together for a wonderful medley of stories (admission charged).

Slated to appear on Friday and Saturday are many of the favorite performers from previous years including author Donald Davis, National Storytelling Festival favorite Bil Lepp, highly accomplished old-time, bluegrass, and swing musician Josh Goforth and award winning storyteller Dolores Hydock.

Stories will be told under the big tent on the campus of Athens State University by Brown Hall, located at 300 N. Beaty Street, five blocks from downtown Athens. Hours are 9 a.m. to 9:10 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 9:20 p.m. Saturday. In addition, food vendors, local restaurants and an eclectic mix of shops offering a wide variety of antiques, gifts, gourmet foods, clothing and hardware will be open just a short walk from the festivities.

Ticket price for admission to all events (excluding school days) are $90/adult and $50/child (16 years and younger). Tickets for any combination of events or daily admission are also available. For complete ticket pricing, a biography on each storyteller and a schedule of events, visit Tickets may also be purchased at UG White Mercantile located on the square in downtown Athens.


About Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA)

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