Saturday, June 23

131 events


  • Athens Welcome Center

    10:30 a.m. $20. 708-353-1820

    Athens Music History Tour

    The combination walking-bus tour passes landmarks of local musical significance including Kindercore Vinyl, the Steeple, Nuci's Space, REM Trestle and spots downtown. Call to make reservations.

  • Bishop Park

    8 a.m.-12 p.m. FREE!

    Athens Farmers Market

    The market hosts around 45 vendors, children's activities and cooking demos. All produce is grown locally, sustainably and by those who are selling it. Live music by Caleb Moore (8 a.m.) and Making Strange (10 a.m.).

  • Max

    10 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Swadeshi Black Market & Coop

    Swadeshi includes music, food, vendors, DIY craft tables and community networking. For the past two years, the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement has hosted a market place to support and promote black and brown business owners, women and entrepreneurs. 

  • Max

    10 a.m.-1 p.m.

    Swadeshi Black Market & Coop

    Swadeshi includes music, food, vendors, DIY craft tables and community networking. For the past two years, the Athens Anti-Discrimination Movement has hosted a market place to support and promote black and brown business owners, women and entrepreneurs. 

  • West Broad Market Garden

    9 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    West Broad Farmers Market

    WBFM offers a wide-variety of fresh and locally-sourced produce, hot food, handmade crafts, and other functional goods as well as entertainment, activities, and educational workshops. The WBFM is an inclusive space for cross-cultural and inter-generational engagement.

  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    6–9 p.m.

    Get Artistic

    In this Meet the Artist event, David Hale will guide participants to create their own art on clayboard. Pre-registration required. Hale will also release two new print editions with a percentage of profits benefiting Get Artistic.

  • Cycle World

    11 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE!

    Open House Party

    Cycle World of Athens celebrates 43 years of fun. 

  • Athens, GA

    June 21, 5 p.m.–2 a.m. June 22, 10:30 a.m.–2 a.m. June 23, 12–8 p.m.


    The annual festival returns with outdoor stages, an artist market, kids activities and a club crawl.

  • 10 a.m. FREE!

    Athens Poor People Campaign Sibling Rally

    (UGA Arch) Stand against poverty.


  • Ciné

    Nov. 2–3, 12 a.m.

    Gonzoriffic Underground Movie Show

    The underground film collective presents a program of locally made microcinema including "The Bloody Brides of Bad Girl Dracula" and "Vincent Price's Skull." See Calendar Pick on p. 19.

  • Live Wire Athens

    7 p.m. $6.

    Athens Rising

    Local filmmaker James Preston's documentary takes a look at music, dance, food, stand-up comedy, art and the origins of AthFest.

  • Ciné

    2 p.m.

    Knights to Kings: A Journey to Ethiopia

    The documentary follows the journey of the Classic City Knights as they travel to the village of Kutaber, Ethiopia. 

  • Ciné

    4:30 p.m.

    Down & Yonder

    Two friends examine their lives in a new drama made by UGA students in their rural hometowns. 

Live Music

  • 8:30 p.m. 706-546-0840

    SANCTIFIED REVIVAL Classic and Southern rock-influenced band from Atlanta.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    2 p.m. FREE!

    DIRTY ATHENS DAY PARTY An unofficial festival throwdown featuring music from Monsoon, T. Hardy Morris, Calico Vision, Justin and the Cosmics, Double FerrariApparition, Hot Fudge, Oak House, Shade, Art Contest and Palace Doctor.

  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    10 a.m. FREE!

    BREAKFAST OF CHAMPIONS New West Records' day party features food, drinks and music from T. Hardy Morris, Los Coast, Parker Gispert, Rose Hotel and New Westie Boyz.

  • 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.

  • Go Bar

    3 p.m. FREE! 706-546-5609

    DAY PARTY Featuring Lambda Celsius, Michael Potter, Echo Constant, Small Science, Christopher Without His Liver, Severe Blush, Space Brother, Goddess Complex and Social Circle.

  • Go Bar

    6 p.m. FREE! 706-546-5609

    QUEENS OF HIP HOP Featuring Seline Haze, Valley Girl D, Torie Raven, BRL F.E.E.L. and the Plushtones, Lady Valore and K'Shon.

  • Highwire Lounge

    8 p.m. FREE!

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

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    12 p.m. FREE!

    SLUSH FUND & BMI DAY PARTY An all-day show featuring music from Bexley, DEGA, Supafuzz, Mammabear, Parker Gispert and Billy Bennett's Middle Tennessee Post-Modern Experimental Pop Band.

  • Live Wire Athens

    1:30 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door).

    THE MELTING POT Onyx Echelon 85 presents a day party featuring music from Revel in Romance, Zale, The Night Shift, Skinny-C, Sydney Rhame, Stella Groove, M. Lewis and Indee Killed the Popstar.

  • Nowhere Bar

    8 p.m. 706-546-4742

    PARTIALS Local psychedelic pop band with a rich, danceable sound. 

    THE DICTATORTOTS Longtime local chaos-cultivators trash the night with post-grunge grooves. 

    REV. CONNER TRIBBLE Local artist playing old-fashioned rock and roll with a sprinkle of good-humored irreverence.

  • The Roadhouse

    8 p.m. FREE! 706-613-2324

    WHAT WRISTBAND? An unofficial festival showcase featuring Michael Tracy, Sylvia Rose Novak, Quiet Coyote and Last Chance Riders.

  • Southern Brewing Company

    7 p.m. FREE!

    UP/DOWN PERCUSSION Columbus-based percussion quartet that interprets classic compositions by the likes of Steve Reich and Jacob ter Veldhuis.


  • Max

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

    DJ Zelium

    DJ ZELIUM A bumpin' deep house outdoor dance party featuring video projections.

Lectures & Lit

  • ACC Library

    1:30 p.m. FREE!

    The Georgia Gerrymandering Tour

    Members of the California Redistricting Commission will discuss what they did to address gerrymandering and redistricting in their state and how citizens can become Protectors of Democracy in Georgia.



  • Elbert Theatre, Elberton

    June 22–23, 7 p.m. June 24, 2 p.m. $9–16. 706-283-1049

    Red Velvet Cake War

    The lives of three cousins spin out of control during a family reunion.

  • Athens Community Theater

    June 21–23, 8 p.m. June 24, 2 p.m.

    Urinetown, the Musical

    The play skewers the human tendency towards acts of dangerous irresponsibility.

  • Brightstone Theatre

    June 22–23, 7:30 p.m. June 24, 2:30 p.m. $16–18.

    Tuck Everlasting

    Eleven-year-old Winning Foster becomes unexpectedly entwined with the Tuck Family, who hold the secret for unending youth.

  • Crawford School

    June 28–30, 7:30 p.m. $13–18.

    The Addams Family

    America's goth family comes to life in a musical production. See Theater Notes on p. 19.



  • Bogart Library

    2–4 p.m. FREE!

    Midsummer Magic Family Festival

    Attendees can celebrate Midsummer Day by building a fairy house, making magic wands and learning about magical folk.