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. 

  • 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.

  • Unity Athens

    1–5 p.m. FREE!

    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.

  • Bishop Park

    8 a.m. FREE!

    Athens Farmers Market

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

  • 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

  • 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." 

  • The Office Lounge

    9 p.m. 706-546-0840

    BOX OF RAWKS Five-piece blues band from Madison.

  • 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 Barcafé

    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.).