Saturday, September 30

36 events


  • Sandy Creek Nature Center

    8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE!

    Rivers Alive!

    Georgia's annual volunteer river cleanup event that encourages civic involvement in the preservation of Georgia's precious water resources. Includes free breakfast and live entertainment. Bring a water bottle and glives, and wear long pants and closed toed shoes.

  • Georgia Square Mall

    2–6 p.m. FREE! 706-369-5714

    Athens Recovery Fest

    This annual festival celebrates recovery and provides hygiene kits, interview clothing, raffle items, scholarships, free Hepatitis C screenings and raffle items. Performances by Lexington Jam, Convince the Kid, Fat Arm Daddy and Mister Tie Dye.

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    6–8 p.m.

    Athens Black Market

    The market supports local minority business vendors. Offerings range from local food, artisan home goods and natural beauty products. 

  • Southern Brewing Company

    12–7:30 p.m. $12.


    Celebrate the release of a beer brewed inside of a giant pumpkin.

  • West Broad Market Garden

    9 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    West Broad Farmers Market

    Shop for fresh and affordable produce and prepared foods. The market also includes kids activities, cooking demonstrations, educational booths and entertainment.

  • The National

    10 p.m.–12 a.m.

    Zhou Night

    Shay Lavi of Let's Eat takes over the bar for a late night pop-up featuring Middle Eastern-inspired tapas and cocktails.

Live Music

  • Bishop Park

    Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE!

    SCOTT BAXENDALE Guitar dynamism from the owner of Baxendale Guitars. Classic bluesy riffs and a lot of soul. 

    FOLK SOCIETY BAND Local group playing folk tunes. 

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20).

    BURNS LIKE FIRE Stewed, screwed and tattooed punk rock band from Athens. See Calendar Pick on p. 14.

    EL ESCAPADO Punk rock group out of Nashville.

    CAULFIELD High-energy local garage-rap band.

    CUDDLEFISH Local self-described "snot-punk heartthrobs."

    BLUE BODIES New local punk band.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    8 p.m.

    MULTIPLE MIGGS High-octane local harcore band.

    RAT BABIES Doomy, psychedelic, long-running local two-piece.

    TEARS FOR THE DYING Local death-rock group fronted by longtime Athenian Adrya Stembridge.

  • The Foundry

    6 p.m. $6 (adv.), $8 (door).

    REBEL UNION Local country duo with influences like Miranda Lambert and Sugarland.

    RYLY Singer-songwriter promoting his first EP.

  • Front Porch Book Store

    6 p.m. FREE! 706-742-7735

    JOE CAT Local troubadour whose influences range from Steve Earle and Townes Van Zant to Johnny Cash.

  • Georgia Square Mall

    2 p.m. FREE! 706-369-5714

    ATHENS RECOVERY FEST Featuring performances by Lexington Jam, Convince the Kid, Fat Arm Daddy and Mister Tie Dye.

  • Georgia Theatre

    9 p.m. $15 (adv.), $17 (door).

    WHITNEY Melancholic indie-rock group out of Chicago featuring former members of Smith Westerns. See story on p. 9.

    KWEKU COLLINS Young, melodic hip-hop artist from Chicago.

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    IMMATERIAL POSSESSION New, Atlanta-based duo.

    FEMALE IMAGINATION Local experimental act.

    JIMENA LOREDA Surrealist artist and puppeteer.

    DJ MAHOGANY Popular local DJ spins freaky funk, sultry soul, righteous R&B and a whole lotta unexpected faves.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m.

    WHITEHALL JAZZ COLLECTIVE Local jazz pianist Greg Hankins leads his sizeable group through an eclectic set of music.

  • Highwire Lounge

    8 p.m. FREE!

    LIVE MUSIC Rotating local jazz groups play every Friday and Saturday night.

  • Iron Factory

    10:30 p.m. FREE! 706-395-6877

    GENKI GENKI PANIC Instrumental horror-surf group from Chattanooga.

    THE FLAMETHROWERS Athens-based surf-rock band.

    FORBIDDEN WAVES Surfy local garage-rock combo.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    LADY LOVE & THE LOSING STREAK Rootsy, riffy rock quartet from Atlanta.


  • ACC Landfill

    8 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3512,

    Vulture Festival

    Join the ACC Recycling Division, Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail and the Oconee Rivers Audobon Society as they celebrate nature's clean-up crew, the vultures! Activities include a guided bird walk, a "Birds of Prey" presentation and a vulture-themed costume contest.


  • Highwire Lounge

    11 p.m. $1 (headphone).

    Silent Disco

    SILENT DISCO Dance the night away with wireless headphones and three channels of music. The first hour is free!

  • Georgia Theatre

    On the Rooftop. 10:30 p.m.

    Booty Boyz

    BOOTY BOYZ DJs ImmuzikationTwin Powers and Z-Dog spin dance hits into the night. 

  • Max

    10 p.m. FREE! 706-286-0339

    Chief Rocka

    DJ CHIEF ROCKA Local DJ spins Top 40, hip hop, funk, soul and more.

Lectures & Lit

  • Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

    2–4:30 p.m. FREE!

    Hargrett Writers Circle

    (Hargrett Library) Writers may bring pages of their work, any genre, for group feedback. Each meeting will highlight books from Hargrett's Collections.

  • 2 p.m. FREE! 706-335-2665

    Meet the Author

    (Wall of Books, Watkinsville) Retired professor of Ecology at UGA Dac Crossley celebrates his book, Escape from the Alamo.



  • Georgia Museum of Art

    10 a.m. FREE!

    Family Day: The Science of Art

    Check out 19th- and 20th-century drawings from the Ceseri Collection, them try out different drawings, materials and techniques to create your own work of art.

  • Lay Park

    7:30–10 p.m. $17–22.

    Girls Night Out

    Bring a flashlight and take a nighttime adventure out to Washington Farms for their corn maze. Ages 12–14. Registration required.

  • ACC Library

    11 a.m. FREE!

    Anne of Green Gables Country Picnic

    A country party based on the beloved novel. Light snacks provided. For ages 6–11 and their caregivers.

  • 10:30 a.m. FREE! 706-335-2665

    Super Special Story Time

    (Wall of Books, Watkinsville) Author Julie Landon will read The Little Voice.


  • Southern Brewing Company

    2:30–7:30 p.m.

    UGA vs. TN Screening

    Watch the game on two big screens. Today is also Bumpkinfest, which stars a beer brewed inside of a giant pumpkin.


  • Lyndon House Arts Center

    12–4 p.m.

    Master Bookmaking Workshop

    Margot Ecke leads a workshop. Held in conjunction with the exhibition "All That Remains is Nowhere: A Sampling of 21st Century Book Arts," which features a collection of simple book structures, sculptural work and conceptual book art by various artists including Brian Hitselberger, Eileen Wallace and Ecke. Register online.

  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    10 a.m.–3 p.m. $50.

    Garden Photography Basics

    (Visitor Center) Learn about the equipment, composition and other skills to enhance your flower photos.

  • Fuel Hot Yoga

    10 a.m.

    "The Proven Science of Yoga"

    See yoga demos and hear Jeff and Mardy Chen give a presentation on healing benefits.


  • Athens Community Theater

    Oct. 5–7, 8 p.m. & Oct. 8, 2 p.m. $8–15.


    The Town & Gown Players present Ira Levin's Deathtrap. A thriller author who has lost his mojo will do anything to get it back.

  • UGA Fine Arts Building

    Sept. 26–30, 8 p.m. & Oct. 1, 2:30 p.m. $12 (w/ UGA ID), $16.

    The Last Witch

    UGA Theatre presents Rona Munro's tale based on the true story of the last woman legally executed for witchcraft in England. See Calendar Pick on p. 14.

  • The Tasting Room at Jittery Joe's Roasting Company

    6 p.m. $7.

    Romeo & Juliet

    Rose of Athens Theatre presents a one-night performance of a touring show.

Ending Saturday, September 30



  • Fuel Hot Yoga

    Hot Yoga

    Classes in hot yoga are offered seven days a week. Beginners welcome. Student discounts available. 706-353-9642,

Help Out

  • PALS Institute

    Seeking Mentors

    Women to the World offers programs for obtaining a GED, computer literacy, language and job-skill training. 706-548-0000,

Help Out

  • Athens, GA

    Animal Shelter

    Volunteers are needed to help socialized adoptable cats and dogs, participate at adoption events around town, and assist at the spay/neuter center and general shelter.

Help Out

  • Athens, GA

    Disabled American Veterans Network

    Seeking volunteers to drive veterans to their medical appointments at the Athens CBOC and VAMC in Augusta, as well as to provide dispatch help in the DAV Athens office. Contact Donna Ingram at 1-800-836-5561 ext. 5959 or

Support Groups

  • Heart Path Studio

    Reiki Healing Circle

    Reiki is an ancient Japanese technique of healing which reduces stress and promotes relaxation. Each circle involves meditation, sound healing, and Reiki treatments. Second and fourth Thursday of each month, 7–9 p.m. $10 suggested donation.,


  • ACC Library

    Digital Media Center One-on-One

    Get individual instruction for graphics, audio or video editing projects or learn to convert albums and cassettes to DVDs and CDs. Thursdays, 6 p.m. and Saturdays, 11 a.m. 706-613-3650

Help Out

  • Free IT Athens

    Free IT

    Volunteers wanted to refurbish and recycle computers. Free IT Athens provides technology resources to Athens residents and organizations. No experience necessary, but first-timers should come to an orientation.


  • Lyndon House Arts Center

    Art Passport

    The Art Passport is a new free booklet that provides an interactive visit for families and children. Get your passport stamped each time you visit an exhibit, or feel free to draw on its pages in response to what you see in the galleries. Available at the front desk. 706-613-3623


  • Personal Safety & Security Workshop (Protective Reach)

    (Let It Be Yoga Studio, 100 Barnett Shoals Rd.) This four-hour self-defense class incorporates lectures and scenario based exercises. Tactics include self-defense spray, kubaton and grappling release. Nov. 12, 12:30–4:30 p.m. $75.

  • Photography Classes

    (Craig Gum Photography Studio, 160 Winston Dr., Suite 10) "Shootout at Oconee Brewery." Apr. 21, 3 p.m.  $20–25.,

Word on the Street

  • Athens, GA

    Community Survey

    The ACC Leisure Services Department is seeking public input regarding the benefits of its programs and services to the community. Give feedback in the Community Survey.