Saturday, September 22

40 events


  • Georgia Square Mall

    9 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3512

    Shred Event

    Residents and small businesses can shred two boxes of sensitive materials for free (size of bankers box). Additional boxes can be shred for a fee of $5 per box, payable in cash. 

  • Bishop Park

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

    Athens Farmers Market

    The market hosts around 45 vendors, children's activities, cooking demos and live music. All produce is grown locally, sustainably and by those who are selling it.

  • 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.

  • Unity Athens

    12–5 p.m. $5.

    Holistic Healing Fair

    Local practitioners demo reiki, sound therapies, acupressure, angel harp, crystal singing bowls and aromatherapy. Items for sale include crystals, handmade jewelry, salves and sprays.

  • 6–9 p.m. $150.

    Harvest Moon Dinner

    (Williams Farm, 235 Northside Dr.) The annual farm-to-table dinner will be prepared by LRG Provisions and Last Resort Grill. Proceeds benefit the Athens Land Trust. 

  • Sandy Creek Park

    4–8:30 p.m. $5–10.

    Above Athens Balloon Festival

    Festivities include hot air balloons, tethered balloon rides, KACCB's Daffodil Disco, dance performances, face painting, a photo booth and more. 

  • 12–4 p.m. FREE!

    Democrats at the Depot

    (Old Train Depot, Colbert) The Madison County Democrats present a meet-and-greet with Democratic candidates. Festivities include local music, a bounce house, ring toss, face tattoos, bingo, raffles, craft vendors and food from Duke's BBQ.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    12–7 p.m.

    Handmade Harvest Fall Fest

    Indie South hosts an outdoor market with live music, a photo booth and over 50 vendors of vintage and handmade goods. See Calendar Pick on p. 15.


  • Rock Eagle 4H Center

    8:30–11:30 a.m. $3.

    Family Fishing & Canoe

    Participants can learn about fishing. No permit required. Bring a picnic lunch.

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.

Live Music

  • 9 p.m. 706-546-0840

    BOX OF RAWKS Five-piece blues band from Madison.

  • Bishop Park

    11 a.m. FREE!

    ATHENS JAZZ FESTIVAL The family-friendly, outdoor fest features music from Lawless Quintet (6 p.m.), Starkey, Coy and Norris (4:50 p.m.), The Hobohemians (4 p.m.), Trey Wright & Laura Coyle (3:10 p.m.), Clouds (2:20 p.m.), Romanos & Ellington (1:30 p.m.), Chris Enghauser Trio (12:50 p.m.), Big Band Athens (12 p.m.), DJ Segar (11:30 a.m.) and Putnam High School Jazz (11 a.m.). See story on p. 11.

  • Bishop Park

    Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE!

    RACHEL O'NEAL Locally based solo folk singer-songwriter.

    LAVON & NANCY Local folk duo.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18–20).

    OUTERSEA Athens-based psychedelic surf-rock five-piece.

    RUDE DUDE & THE CREEK FREAKS Psychedelic punk band from Savannah.

    QUEST GIVER Local experimental indie trio.

    WHYOMING No info available.

  • The Classic Center

    7 p.m. $39.50–$75.

    BRANDI CARLILE Genre-defying artist that straddles the line between country, soul, pop and gospel.

    DARLINGSIDE Acoustic chamber-rock band from western Massachusetts.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m. $5.

    SAINT SYZYGY Experimental solo project of Kwazymoto frontman Ian Hemerlein.

    DAN CLIFFORD Local artist playing lo-fi power-pop.

    CARRIERS Melodic indie-rock group from Cincinnati, OH.

    GROH Folky indie-pop project from Nashville, TN.

    SPORK Emo- and post-rock-tinged group from Tampa, FL.

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $10.

    ROCK*A*TEENS Canonical indie-rock band born from Atlanta's Cabbagetown neighborhood. See Calendar Pick on p. 15.

    SPIDER BAGS North Carolina-based punk band led by songwriter Dan McGee.

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $15 (adv.), $20 (door).

    MOUNTAIN HEART Energetic and virtuosic progressive folk/bluegrass group from Nashville.

  • Front Porch Book Store

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

    MRJORDANMRTONKS Tommy Jordan and William Tonks' collaboration features rootsy guitar picking and paired vocal melodies. 

  • Georgia Theatre

    7:30 p.m. SOLD OUT.

    SOCIAL DISTORTION Influential, rockabilly-tinged punk band fronted by singer and lyricist Mike Ness. 

    JUSTIN TOWNES EARLE The son of leftist-country king Steve Earle, the younger Earle has earned a spot in the folk pantheon with his earnest, incisive songwriting.

    VALLEY QUEEN L.A.-based indie-rock band.

  • Georgia Theatre

    On the Rooftop. 6 p.m. FREE!

    KACY & CLAYTON Canadian folk-rock duo with classic and new influences. 

  • Go Bar

    11 p.m. $5. 706-546-5609

    SHORN SILK Atlanta-based experimental techno group making modular-synth magic.

    GROUP GROPE Local modular-synth and drum-machine duo with early techno and house influences.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m.

    ATHENS JAZZ FESTIVAL JAM A post-fest jam featuring performers from this year's event. 

  • Highwire Lounge

    8 p.m. FREE!

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

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    SUNNY SOUTH BLUES BAND Local band combining a blues and soul spirit with riffy rock and roll.

    TY MANNING & THE SLAWDOG BISCUITS New local band led by former Bearfoot Hooker Manning described as "Ronnie Milsap meets Tom Petty." 

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE!

    SCOTT LANIAK Member of garage-punk band Free Associates performs a set of foot-stomping blues.

  • White Tiger Gourmet

    6 p.m. FREE!

    GEORGIA DISH BOYS Local rock group fronted by songwriter Seth Martin.




  • Morton Theatre

    2:30 & 6:30 p.m. $30. 706-247-6777,


    The Etheridge Arts Ensemble of Marietta presents a production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play. Proceeds benefit the Athens Area Paine College Club's Annual Scholarship Drive and UNCF Campaign. See Theater Notes on p. 9.

  • UGA Fine Arts Building

    Sept. 25–28, 8 p.m. Sept. 30, 2:30 p.m. $12–16.

    The Tall Girls

    (Cellar Theatre, Room 55) The drama follows the girls of Poor Prairie after they form a basketball team in Depression-era America. 

  • Winterville Auditorium

    Sept. 28–29, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30, 2 p.m.

    A Midsummer Night's Dream

    The Circle Ensemble Theatre presents William Shakespeare's comedy. 

  • Brightstone Theatre

    Sept. 21, 6 p.m. Sept. 22–23, 2 & 6 p.m. $20–30.

    Arsenic and Old Lace

    Brightstone Productions presents a dinner and dessert theater. Food by Texas Roadhouse and desserts by local vendors. When Mortimer Brewster pays a visit to his two aunts, he has no idea the crazy night he's in for. See Theater Notes on p. 9.

  • Winder-Barrow Community Theatre

    Sept. 21–22, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 23, 3 p.m. $13–15.

    Showtime at First Baptist

    First Baptist of Ivy Gap has caught fire. The plucky wife of the pastor gets together with her fellow church ladies to plan a fundraising showcase, in hopes of cheering folks up and rebuilding the sanctuary. See Theater Notes on p. 9.


  • Georgia Museum of Art

    Sep.21, 4 p.m. Sep. 22, 9:30 a.m.

    Scholarly Symposium: "One Heart, One Way"

    The symposium accompanies the exhibition of the same name with a coffee reception and keynote lecture on Friday, then three sessions on Saturday.



  • Ciné

    1 & 10 p.m. $0–5.

    Arthouse Theatre Day

    Ciné celebrates the purchase of its building. Watch The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (1 p.m.) and Schlock (10 p.m.).