Saturday, April 18

50 events


  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    9–11 a.m. $5/person, $15/family.

    Family Hiking Club

    Andie Bisceglia takes families out to explore woods, streams and gardens. Meet at the fountain. Second Saturday of the month.

  • Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall

    10 a.m. $6 (children), $10 (adults).

    Saturday Morning Club

    The UGA Symphony Orchestra performs. For ages 4–12 and their families.

  • Avid Bookshop

    10:30 a.m. FREE!

    Story Time

    Miss Rachel reads to kids of all ages.

  • ACC Library

    10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m. FREE!

    Saturday Movies

    Family fun movies are shown in the story room. Call for movie title.

  • Lyndon House Arts Center

    Apr. 18 & 25, 9 a.m.–12 p.m. $35–53.

    Kid's Chess Workshop

    Participants can design and create one-of-a-kind chess sets. Chess matches to follow. Ages 7–14.

  • Georgia Museum of Art

    10 a.m FREE!

    Family Day: Earth Day Celebration

    Kids are invited to explore the work of environmental artist Patricia Leighton, experiment with earth pigments and create a recycled hanging planter from a plastic bottle.

  • Four Athens

    10 a.m.–3 p.m. $93.

    Building Minecraft Mods with Java

    Students will learn the basics of Java and will leave class with a basic Minecraft mod completed. Ages 10–15.


  • Morton Theatre

    7:30 p.m. $7–10.


    The UGA Accidentals’ annual spring invitational a cappella concert features the Accidentals, Noteworthy, WSEM and a surprise guest.

  • Canopy Studio

    Apr. 17, 8 p.m. Apr. 18, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. Apr. 19, 2 p.m. & 6 p.m. $6–15.


    Canopy Repertory Company's spring production features comic book heroes, sci-fi characters and iconic figures from past and future worlds taking flight in aerial dance performances.


  • The Classic Center

    7 p.m. $20.,

    Dancing with the Athens Stars

    Local celebrities pair up with experienced dancers to compete with choreographed dance routines. All proceeds benefit Project Safe. Visit Project Safe's website to vote for couples.

  • ACC Recycling Facility

    9 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! $5 for each additional box.

    Super Shredder Saturday

    Residents and small businesses can shred up to two boxes of personal documents for free. 

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    12–3 p.m. $15–30.

    Will Rock for Food

    Food from over 20 local restaurants in addition to Terrapin's craft brews. Live music by Carl Lindberg and Soul Fellowship. Proceeds benefit the Food2Kids program of the Food Bank of NE Georgia.

  • Memorial Park

    7:45–8 p.m. (lesson), 8–11 p.m. (dance). FREE! (under 11), $4 (ages 11–17), $8.

    Contra Dance

    Presented by Athens Folk Music & Dance Society with caller George Snyder and music by String Theory.

  • 9 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE!

    17th Annual Southland Jubilee

    (Greensboro, GA) Find unique vendors lining Main Street with handmade crafts and festival snacks. A petting zoo will include sheep, lambs, pot belly pigs, rabbits and ducks.

  • Bishop Park

    8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE!

    Athens Farmers Market

    Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods and crafts. Live music by Christina Austin (8 a.m.) and Dixieland 5 (10 a.m.).

  • Oconee County Courthouse

    8 a.m.–1 p.m.

    Oconee Farmers Market

    (Watkinsville) Locally grown produce, meats, grains, flowers, soaps, birdhouses, gourds and more.

  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m. $10-20.,

    22nd Annual Piedmont Gardeners' Tour of Gardens

    (Multiple Locations) This self-guided tour features five inspiring private gardens in the Athens area. All proceeds benefit The Piedmont Gardeners Scholarship in Landscape and Architecture. See Calendar Pick on p. 20.

  • St. Gregory's Episcopal Church

    5:30–9:30 p.m. $22.

    Athens Montessori 37th Annual Auction

    This year's theme is Cirque du Montessori. Montessori students, alumni and staff will perform. Funds will be distributed for need-based scholarships, instructional materials, teacher education and support.

  • Entourage Warehouse

    Apr. 17, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. & Apr. 18, 7 a.m.–2 p.m.

    Entourage Warehouse Sale

    (Comer) Shop Entourage Clothing & Gifts' first warehouse sale. All proceeds will go to charity.

  • 40 Watt Club

    9 p.m. $25.

    26th Annual Boybutante Ball

    Enjoy the sights, sounds and tantalizing fun of over 20 professional drag performances from all over the South. This year's theme is "Dragvengers: Earth's Mightiest Sheroes." Proceeds benefit HIV/AIDs support, education and prevention. See Calendar Pick on p. 20.

  • Multiple Locations

    Apr. 17–19.

    Georgia Trust Spring Ramble

    View stunning private homes and grand architectural gems in Athens and Lexington. View itinerary online.

  • 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Bird Box Build

    (Watkinsville Woods Park) Participants will learn a simple method for constructing a bird box, hear an expert presentation about cavity-nesting birds and, weather permitting, take a nature walk in the park.

  • Downtown Athens

    10 a.m. FREE!

    Record Store Day

    Celebrate Athens' independent record stores. Wuxtry and Secret Sounds will have RSD exclusives available for purchase. See story on p. 10.

  • Revival Yarns

    Apr. 18, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. & Apr. 19, 1–5 p.m.

    One Year Anniversary Sale and Book Fair

    Avid Bookshop will present a collection of knitting and crochet books for all levels, plus reference and pattern books, children books and more.


  • Tyche's Games

    12 p.m. FREE! 706-345-4500

    Pathfinder Society Event

    Fantasy RPG. Bring your imagination.



  • The Classic Center

    7:30 a.m.–1 p.m. $75.

    2nd Annual Chick-fil-A Half Marathon

    Runners from across the Southeast will stampede across downtown while dressed as cows. Participants will run for cash prizes, Chick-fil-A products and more.

  • The Tasting Room at Jittery Joe's Roasting Company

    9 a.m.–2 p.m. $25–35.,

    Pedal for Paws 2015

    Join the eighth annual benefit ride to support Athens Canine Rescue. The ride will be along the historic Watson Mill Bridge Loop with 41-mile and 61-mile options. Early registration ends Apr. 16.

Live Music

  • Bishop Park

    Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE!

    CHRISTINA AUSTIN No info available. (8 a.m.)

    THE DIXIELAND 5 Local trad-jazz/Dixieland band that features a front line of trumpet, clarinet and trombone and a rhythm section of piano and tenor banjo. (10 a.m.)

  • Boar's Head Lounge

    10 p.m. 706-369-3040

    KELLY AND THE NECESSITIES Playing funk, soul and blues.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18-20).

    PROTOMARTYR Noisy post-punk group from Detroit, MI. See story on p. 11.

    GOTOBEDS Punk rock outfit from Pittsburgh, PA.

    WYMYNS PRYSYN Atlanta-based punk band fronted by Andrew Wiggins (Hawks, Blame Game).

    THE RODNEY KINGS Scuzzed-out local garage-punk trio. 

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m. $3.

    SWAMP Melodic and wiry local indie rock band.

    MAN UP, YANCEY Indie rock group from Decatur.
  • Front Porch Book Store

    6 p.m. FREE! 706-372-1236

    THE STARLITE DEVILLES Local, passionate country-rock outfit.

  • Georgia Theatre

    AthFest Compilation Release Party. 8 p.m. $5.

    TEDO STONE Rootsy, Atlanta-based Americana band with a touch of psychedelic fuzziness.

    DANA SWIMMER Local band playing a garage rock montage with sweet, soulful undertones.

    NEW WIVES Charming Athens indie rockers inspired by groups like Modest Mouse and Cursive.

    UNCLE DAD Local four-piece indie band with a reverb-heavy rock and roll sound.

    SATURN VALLEY Local progressive jam fusion band.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. $5.

    SHANNON LABRIE Blues-inspired singer-songwriter from Nashville.

    SONS OF KATIE ELDER New local folk-rock group.

  • Highwire Lounge

    8 p.m. FREE!

    LIVE JAZZ Jeremy Raj is bringing together the best that Athens jazz has to offer. A trio of incredibly talented musicians play to a great crowd every weekend.

  • Iron Factory

    10 p.m. 706-395-6877

    THE HONEY SLIDERS Original, Detroit-influenced rock from Catropolis.

  • Live Wire

    6 p.m. FREE!

    CARRY THE LOVE A night of inspiration and worship. Uplifting music. 

  • Live Wire

    10 p.m.

    MANGER Speed thrash metal "with a dash of Satan." The band harks back to the days of NWOBHM: ripping solos and screeching vocals.

    BEAST MODE Local heavy metal group.

    SYBARITIC Melodic death and thrash-metal band from Atlanta.

  • The Office Lounge

    8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840

    JACLYN STEELE & THE REVEREND Reverend Conner Tribble teams up with singer Jaclyn Steele for a night of music.


  • 3–5 p.m. $10–15. 706-542-9842,,

    WUGA's Artists in Residence Series

    (450 N. Harris St.) View the home of photographer, painter and songwriter Jeremy Ayers. John English, an art critic and professor emeritus of journalism at UGA, will speak about Ayers' work at 3:30 p.m. Ayers will read a few of his short pieces around 4:30 p.m. Proceeds benefit WUGA.


  • Revival Yarns

    3 p.m. FREE! 706-850-1354,

    Crochet 1 Class

    Get acquainted with the tools and craft of crochet. The class is free with the purchase of materials. RSVP.

  • Oconee County Library

    2–4 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950

    Intro to Word

    Learn the basics.

  • Rock Eagle 4H Center

    9:30 a.m. $5.

    Saturday at the Rock: Reptiles & Amphibians

    Learn about Rock Eagle's reptiles and amphibians and the role they play in the ecosystem. Registration required.


  • UGA Tate Student Center

    Apr. 17–19, 3, 6 & 9 p.m. $1–2.

    The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

    (Theatre) The third and final installment of Peter Jackson's adaptation of J. R. R. Tolkien's The Hobbit.


  • Athens Community Theater

    Apr. 16–18, 8 p.m. Apr. 19, 2 p.m. $8–15.

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Criminal McMurphy (Joel Altherr) rallies the patients to take on the oppressive head nurse (Amy Miller) upon his admittance to a mental institution. Based on Ken Kesey's 1962 novel.

  • UGA Fine Arts Building

    Apr. 15–18, 8 p.m. Apr. 19, 2:30 p.m. $12 (w/ student ID), $16.

    Much Ado About Nothing

    Directed by Kristin Kundert-Gibbs, this production of Shakespeare's romantic comedy will feature eight musical numbers, four of which will be performed by a live band.

  • Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA

    Apr. 18, 2 p.m. & Apr. 19, 10:30 a.m.

    No Shame Playwrights Festival

    A weekend dedicated to playwrights with staged readings, a workshop led by Kevin Ferguson, a panel of artists and a potluck dinner.

Lectures & Lit

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    3 p.m. FREE!

    Meet the Author

    Meet UGA alumna JoyEllen Freeman in celebration of her first book Morning Glory

Ending Saturday, April 18



  • KA Artist Shop

    Introductory Watercolor

    This is an immersive, introductory class that teaches basic drawing and watercolor skills. Saturdays, Apr. 18–May 16, 1–4 p.m. $150.