Saturday, August 25

36 events


  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $25.

    Groovy Nights: Battle of the Decades

    This year's lip-sync contest theme is '70s vs. '80s. Participate in raffles, tarot readings, dance 'til you drop and compete in the Groovy costume contest. Proceeds benefit Project Safe. See story on p. 7.

  • 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 from Scott Baxendale (8 a.m.) and Dixieland 5 (10 a.m.).

  • Athens, GA

    Aug. 25, 10 a.m.– p.m. Aug. 26, 12–4 p.m. Most items $3 or less.

    BFK Book Sale

    (1055 Gaines School Rd.) Thousands of books for adults and kids. Proceeds benefit Books for Keeps and kids living in the Athens area. On Aug. 26, shoppers can fill up a grocery bag for $5 or a tote bag for $20.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    4:30–7:30 p.m.

    Will Rock 4 Food

    Sample beers, eat treats, hear live music and compete in the area's largest contest of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Proceeds benefit the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia's Food 2 Kids program. See story on p. 7.

  • 6 p.m. $25-35.

    Bark & Wine Auction

    (Boutier Winery & Inn, 4506 Hudson River Church Rd., Danielsville) Live music from The Kate Morrissey band, wine, food, a silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit the Madison Oglethorpe Animal Shelter. 

  • 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.

  • Farmview Market

    11 a.m.–5 p.m. $100 (to enter), FREE! (to attend).

    Southern Classic BBQ Competition

    The competition awards prizes for best chicken, pork ribs and beef tri-tip recipes. Other festivities include live music and family activities.

  • Athens, GA

    9 a.m.

    Over the Edge

    (SPARC, 2040 W. Broad St.) Participants rappel down the side of an Athens building to raise funds for Children First. See story on p. 7.

  • Hip Vintage and Handmade

    10 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE!

    Hip Summer Market

    Browse local art and vintage wares. Live music by Lucky Jones Band and Todd Lister. Snacks from Rashe's Cuisine.

  • Normal Books

    4–6 p.m. FREE!

    Adoption Day with AAHS

    Snuggle a pup from the Athens Area Humane Society.

  • 1–4 p.m. FREE!

    UGA Clinical and Translational Research Unit Open House

    (109 Bowstrom Rd.) Find out with the unit does, and learn how to improve health and medicine by volunteering for research studies.


  • 3–5 p.m. $15–20. 706-542-9842,,

    WUGA's Artists in Residence Series

    (Contact for Location) See the home of local sculptor Harold Rittenberry, Jr. Bob Clements will speak on the sculptor's work.


  • Go Bar

    10:30 p.m. $3.,

    Athens Showgirl Cabaret

    Drag performances by local artists.

  • 40 Watt Club

    7 p.m. $10.

    Broad River Watershed Association Benefit

    Spoken word by Davis Ripley Keller and Bret Eades. Live music by Nic Goodson, Leaving Countries, Summer Hymns, Joe Willey and the Movin' Men, Diet Dangfly and more.

Live Music

  • Akademia Brewing Co.

    8 p.m. FREE!

    FOXFIRE REVIVAL Folky local string band.

  • Bishop Park

    Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE!

    KATHERINE BALL Singer-songwriter delivering a taste of Southern gothic blues.

    WHITE RABBIT COLLECTIVE Local ensemble with influences ranging from Tuvan folk songs to psychedelic rock anthems to jazz-funk grooves.

  • Boar's Head Lounge

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

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

  • Boar's Head Lounge

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

    LEAVING COUNTRIES Local power trio playing country-rock and Southern soul.

  • Caledonia Lounge

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

    CLASSIC CITY BASH A hip-hop showcase hosted by L.G. and featuring performances by Motorhead2x, Squalle, Kxng Blanco, Valley Girl D, T-Roy 3Mill, Dictator, Solo 10K and more. See Calendar Pick on p. 15.

  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    7 p.m. FREE!

    FULL MOON JAM Communal jam session open to the public, with instruments and refreshments provided.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    10 p.m. $5.

    VILLAGE STICKS Indie-rock band from Augusta. 

    NINEVAH'S GARDEN Local progressive metal band. 

    YAMS CLUB Jazz-influenced indie-rock five-piece from Atlanta.

  • 40 Watt Club

    7 p.m. $10.

    BRWA BENEFIT A concert to benefit the Broad River Watershed Association, featuring Leaving Countries, Diet Dangfly, Summer Hymns, Zach Gresham, Nic Goodson, Joe Willey & the Movin' Men and more.

  • Georgia Theatre

    7:30 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door).

    THE TUTEN BROTHERS Athens-based country-rock band.

    JESTER Local rock and roll quartet.

    REID HAUGHTON Alabama-based country singer-songwriter. 

  • Georgia Theatre

    On the Rooftop. 8:30 p.m. FREE!

    MATTHEW MCNEAL Americana singer-songwriter from Texas. 

  • Georgia Theatre

    On the Rooftop. 10:30 p.m. $3.

    BOOTY BOYZ DJs Immuzikation, Twin Powers and Z-Dog spin a set of Beyoncé hits. 

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. $10.

    MARK HOSLER A founding member of seminal experimental group Negativland, Hosler plays improvisational electronic music. See Calendar Pick on p. 15.

    JOHN & KIRAN FERNANDES Father and son perform a duet featuring American primitive guitar, piano, clarinet and more.

    MICHAEL POTTER Local guitarist creates a blend of ambient folk and psychedelic songs and soundscapes.

  • Highwire Lounge

    8 p.m. FREE!

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

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    Georgia Equality Night. 11 p.m.

    POP SENSATION Local good-time cover band.

    DJ QUINCY Local musician John Swint spins a dance party.

  • The Office Lounge

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

    ADAM KIRALY BAND Greenville, SC band playing "groove music from the water's edge."

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE!

    STEPHEN EVANS Asheville, NC-based folk-rock artist.



Lectures & Lit

  • 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

    Friends of the Bogart Library Book Sale

    (Main St., Bogart) Browse books priced at $3/bag and BOGO. Festivities include food, crafts and children's activities. Local authors Gail Karwoski, K.B. Hoyle and John Vance will be on site.

Ending Saturday, August 25


Word on the Street

  • Rocksprings Community Center

    Adult Trips

    "Hannah's Cherokee." Feb. 11, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. $25–37.50. All trips depart and return to Rocksprings Park. Ages 18 & up. Register online.


  • Old Fire Hall #2

    Vision + Vocation Business Planning Course

    Artists, healers and change-makers will be guided through the process of creating viable business plans. Led by Jodi Rhoden using Birds Eye Business Planning Curriculum. Aug. 25–26, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. $325–375.