Saturday, April 21

60 events


  • The Classic Center

    7:30 p.m. $21-26.,

    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. 

  • Memorial Park

    6:15 p.m. (lesson), 6:30–9:30 p.m. (dance). $8 (adults), $4 (ages 11–17) FREE! (ages 11 & under).

    Contra Dance

    A monthly dance presented by Athens Folk Music & Dance Society with live music by Emerald Isle and calling by Deanna Palumbo. 

  • 9 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE!

    22nd Annual Southland Jubilee

    (Greensboro, GA) Find unique vendors lining Main Street with handmade crafts, snacks, live music, classic cars and kids activities.

  • Athens, GA

    10 a.m.–4 p.m. $15-20.

    Annual Piedmont Gardeners' Garden Tour

    (Multiple Locations) This self-guided tour features five inspiring private gardens in the Athens area. Tickets are brochures that include a map and directions. See Calendar Pick on p. 20.

  • 40 Watt Club

    9 p.m. $30.

    30th Annual Boybutante Ball

    Enjoy the sights, sounds and tantalizing fun of professional drag performances from all over the South. This year's theme is "Divas are Forever". Proceeds benefit HIV/AIDs support, education and prevention. 

  • Downtown Athens

    8 a.m. FREE!

    Record Store Day

    Celebrate Athens' independent record stores. Wuxtry Records and Low Yo Yo Stuff will have RSD exclusives available for purchase. See story on p. 13.

  • Saucehouse Barbeque

    12 p.m. $10–30.

    Crawfish Fest

    Festivities include all-you-can-eat crawfish boil, live music, games and more.

  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    2–6 p.m.

    Athens Black Market and Cultural Experience

    The market supports local minority business vendors. Offerings range from local food, artisan home goods and natural beauty products, plus live performances, guest speakers and more.

  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    2–6 p.m.

    Athens Black Market and Cultural Experience

    The market supports local minority business vendors. Offerings range from local food, artisan home goods and natural beauty products, plus live performances, guest speakers and more.

  • Revival Yarns

    10 a.m.–6 p.m.

    4th Anniversary Sale and Celebration

    Revival Yarns celebrate Local Yarn Store Day and their 4th anniversary with giveaways and sales.

  • Bishop Park

    8 a.m. FREE!

    Athens Farmers Market

    Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods and crafts.

  • 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $5 (park pass). gastateparks.orb/hardlaborcreek

    Spring Pioneer Festival

    (Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge) See demonstrations and displays in quilts, spinning wool, clay, campfire cooking, blacksmithing and more.

  • Live Wire

    10 a.m.–2 p.m.

    Red and Black Rally: G-Day Tailgate

    Win UGA apparel, accessories and autographed photos. RSVP through Ticketfly.

  • Southern Brewing Company

    3–6 p.m. $5.

    Southern Woodpile Derby

    Classic Pinewood rules, open class and unlimited team brackets. Awards given for first, second, last, artistic and weirdest.

  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    12–2 p.m. FREE!

    Spring Festival

    Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the State Botanical Garden with hourly garden tours, a ballet performance, art and master gardener advice.

  • Graduate Athens

    10 a.m.–1 p.m.

    Kendra Scott Pop Up Shop

    Shop from classics and new collegiate styles.

  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    Apr. 21, 1–10 p.m. Apr. 22, 1–6 p.m. $25.

    Anniversary Party

    Creature Comforts Celebrate their Fourth Anniversary with live music, a Get Artistic art station and special t-shirts. Manila Express and 1000 Faces Coffee will be onsite. Tours of the new Southern Mills brewery will be offered on Saturday from 10 a.m.–12 p.m. for $10. See Story on p. 8.

  • Pinewoods Library

    8:30–11 a.m.

    Pop-Up Clinic

    Free, basic health assessments, HIV/HepC testing and more will be available to the Latino community and others in the Athens area. 


  • Sanford Stadium

    4 p.m. FREE!


    The UGA football team splits into the Red and Black squads and goes at it. See Flag Football on p. 10.

  • East Athens Community Center

    Mondays, 6–8:30 p.m. & Saturdays, 1–4 p.m. First visit free.

    Table Tennis Matches and Training

    Beginner to advanced skill levels welcome.

Live Music

  • Boar's Head Lounge

    10 p.m. FREE! 706-369-3040

    CLASSIC CITY JUKEBOX Local all-star rock and roll cover band.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9:30. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20).

    SALINE Local four-piece "shoegrease" band with hints of post-punk and fuzz-rock. Album release show!

    NIHILIST CHEERLEADER Local buzz band plays energetic, lo-fi punk rock. 

    SCOOTERBABE Scrappy, jangly local emo group fronted by songwriter JJ Posway.

  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    5 p.m. $25.

    ANNIVERSARY PARTY Featuring music from Cougar Sweat, The Hernies, The Artisanals, Oak House and Velveteen PinkSee story on p. 8.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    8 p.m. FREE!

    THE HONEY SLIDERS Detroit-influenced rock band from Catropolis. 

    THE PLAGUE Original, ballsy rock harkening back to The Stooges, Sonic Youth and The MC5.

    SCOTT LANIAK Member of local garage-punk band Free Associates performs solo.

  • Front Porch Book Store

    6 p.m. FREE! 706-372-3928.

    ADAM KLEIN & THE WILD FIRES Local songwriter playing a rustic blend of country, folk and Americana.

  • Georgia Theatre

    On the Rooftop. 6 p.m. FREE!

    AIRPARK Groove-oriented, Nashville-based indie-pop duo.

  • Georgia Theatre

    8 p.m. $20.

    WOLF ALICE British band that has performed at fests like Coachella and Lollapalooza. 

    THE BIG PINK Electronic rock band from the United Kingdom. 

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    SELINE HAZE Athens-based hip-hop artist who makes "music to inspire, to empathize and to motivate."

    DK Detroit-born, Athens-based hip-hop artist.

    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. $17.

    GLEN PHILLIPS Former frontman of alt-rock mainstays Toad the Wet Sprocket performs solo.

  • Highwire Lounge

    8 p.m. FREE!

    LIVE JAZZ Rotating local jazz groups play every Friday and Saturday nights.

  • Iron Factory

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

    DANCE PARTY Featuring hip-hop and electronic music from Auntie Venim, SLZRD, 3FT, Motorhead2x, The YOD and BYV.

  • Kindercore Vinyl

    7 p.m. $26.34.

    LOU BARLOW Known for his work with indie-rock icons Dinosaur Jr. and Sebadoh, Barlow's current tour finds him playing solo. See Calendar Pick on p. 20.

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    6 p.m. $5.

    ATHENS SURF STOMP A showcase of local surf-inspired music, featuring The Mystery Men?, Outersea, The Flamethrowers, The De Lux Interiors, Forbidden Waves, Kinky Waikiki and The Nice Machine, plus DJ Kurt Wood and DJ Nate From Wuxtry.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    THE HEAP Funky local indie-soul band with a killer horn section and fronted by Bryan Howard's low, bass growl.

  • Oconee Brewing Co.

    8 p.m. $20.

    SHAWN MULLINS Atlanta-based, adult-alternative singer-songwriter known for hits like "Lullaby."

  • Saucehouse Barbeque

    6 p.m. FREE!

    LEAVING COUNTRIES Louis Phillip Pelot performs tasty sets of funky Southern folk rock 'n' roll.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE!

    WHISKEY DAWGS Atlanta group "spreading the truth three chords at a time."

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    10 p.m. $5 (21+), $8 (18–20).

    OAK HOUSE Melodic and complex post-rock group from Athens and Atlanta. 

    ESTUARIE Atmospheric indie-rock duo based out of Greenville, SC.

    WAKEVILLE North Carolina-based indie-rock band.


  • Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall

    7:30 p.m. $6 (w/ UGA ID), $20.

    The Hodgson Wind Ensemble

    Highlights include Katy Abbott's "Punch!" and Adam Schoenberg's "Picture Studies."

  • Canopy Studio

    Apr. 20, 8 p.m. Apr. 21, 4 p.m. & 8 p.m. Apr. 22, 2 p.m. $6–15.

    Lightness of Being

    Canopy's advanced students present "Lightness of Being," an aerial arts performance featuring silks, cubes, trapezes and more. See Calendar Pick on p. 20.

  • Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA

    8 p.m. Donations encouraged.


    For the third installment of Surrender, Kyle Lewis and friends will perform selections from Parts 1-8 by Robert Blatt, a contemporary composer and sound artist, as well as Fluxus works including ones by George Brecht.

  • Trio Contemporary Art Gallery

    Apr. 20, 7–8 p.m. & Apr. 21, 3–4 p.m.


    Tooth to Tail, artists Heather Foster and Drema Montgomery, give a performance inspored by Dostoyevsky's short story Crocodile.

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.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    8 p.m. FREE!

    Book Release

    Meet local author Larry Acquaviva for his book Nobody Cares Who You Are: The Life and Times of Aceman, a Widespread Panic Roadie—The Panic Years, Pt. 1. Live music by Scott Laniak, The Plague and The Honey Sliders.

  • Avid Bookshop

    6 p.m. FREE!

    Meet the Author

    (Prince Ave.) Meet Suzanne Matson for her book Ultraviolet.

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    2 p.m. FREE!

    Preplanning and Pie

    Lord and Stephens Funeral Home gives a presentation on end-of-life planning for yourself and family. Pie will be seved. 


  • Oconee County Library

    10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. FREE!

    Coloring Club

    Spend the morning relaxing with the therapeutic practice of coloring.

  • Stan Mullins Art Studio

    10 a.m.–3 p.m.

    Pop-Up Gallery and Artist Market

    The Georgia Museum of Art Student Association presents a market of student work and community artists.

  • 11 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE!

    Lexington Art Crawl

    (111 W. Main St. Lexington) Tour the studios of open artists and see other art around town. There will be stations for rock painting and a kids sidewalk art contest. The Athens A-Train Band will play at 7 p.m.


  • 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

    DJ Kut Daily

    DJ KUT DAILY A member of Atlanta's El Camino Boyz spins funk, soul and more.

    CHIEF ROCKA Local DJ expertly spins a set of old-school hip hop and more.

  • Wonderbar

    10 p.m. FREE!

    George the Infinite

    GEORGE THE INFINITE Local DJ spins the best in Top 40, EDM and bass music every Saturday.

  • Low Yo Yo Stuff Records

    8 a.m. FREE!

    Record Store Day

    RECORD STORE DAY Featuring special guest DJs spinning music all day long. Wuxtry Records will also participate in this year's RSD. See story on p. 13.



  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    9 a.m.–12 p.m. $25.

    Ta-ran-tula 5K

    Interact with tarantulas after the race. Proceeds benefit the UGA Insect Zoo.


  • Athens Community Theater

    Apr. 19–21, 8 p.m. Apr. 22, 2 p.m. $8–15.

    Suddenly Last Summer

    Town & Gown Players presents Tennessee Williams' Southern gothic tale. Starring Gay McCommons and Ming Vase-Dynasty.

  • Winder-Barrow Community Theatre

    Aug. 17–18, 7:30 p.m. & Aug. 19, 3 p.m. $10–15.

    Thoroughly Modern Millie

    A small town girl searches for new life in the bright lights of 1920s New York City.

Ending Saturday, April 21




  • Youth Summer Theatre

    (Lavonia Cultural Center, 12221 Augusta Rd.) Auditions will be held Apr. 21, 9 a.m. Participants will stage a musical after a two-week program July 9–20. Ages 8–15.