Saturday, October 27

37 events


  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    6 p.m. (pre-party), 8:30 p.m. (march). FREE!

    Wild Rumpus Parade

    Throw on your most creative Halloween costume and march through the streets of downtown. Anyone can participate by wearing a costume and joining the procession. A pre-party will be held at Creature Comforts, and live bands will perform along the route. See Story on p. 9.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • The Foundry

    9–10 a.m ($10), 11 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE!

    Secret Record Swap

    Sift through thousands of rare records, CDs, tapes and more presented by local and out-of-town dealers. 

  • Bishop Park

    8 a.m. FREE!

    Athens Farmers Market

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

  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    8:45 a.m. (kids run). 9 a.m. (adults run). FREE! (kids), $30.

    Wild RUNpus 5K Race & Fun Run for Kids

    Loosen up your parade legs with a costumed run. A fun run will be held for kids, and a Monster Dash 5K for adults. See Story on p. 9.

  • West Broad Market Garden

    9 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    Fall Festival

    In addition to the market's produce and artisan goods, the festival features live music, trick-or-treating, a cake walk, pumpkin painting and a kids costume contest. 

  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m. $20.

    Legendary Home Tour

    (Oglethorpe Courthouse, Main St., Lexington) The walking tour features historic homes in Lexington, the Beth-Salem Church and Manse, and the Old Lexington Jail. Tickets will be sold at the day of at the courthouse.

  • Hard Labor Creek State Park

    6:30–9 p.m. $5.

    Fall Festival and Nighttime Spooky Wagon Rides

    Enjoy face painting, apple cider, marshmallow roasts, games and more. Spooky wagon rides venture through the darkened forest on the Road to Nowhere and depart every 30 minutes.

  • J & J Flea Market

    10 a.m.–3 p.m.

    Halloween at J&J Flea Market

    Trick-or-treating, a costume contest and a vendor booth decorating contest.

  • 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m.

    All Howls Eve

    (1580 Prince Ave.) Chico Lou's Fine Tattoos hosts a Halloween event with prizes for prints and tattoo time. Food on site from Lucky Boy Luke's BBQ. Proceeds benefit the Athens Area Humane Society.


  • UGA Golf Course


    Hurricane Junior Golf Tour

    Compete with junior golfers at the College Prep Series tournament. Registration required. 


Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9:30 p.m.

    NAIRVANA Sludgy Nirvana cover band led by guitarist Gene Woolfolk.

    ROCKET Local Smashing Pumpkins tribute band.

    THE PROXIES Athens-based Pixies tribute band.

  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    Rumpus Rally. 6 p.m. FREE!

    MONSOON Beloved local pop-punk band that dabbles in rockabilly and new wave. See story on p. 9.

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

  • Downtown Athens

    8:30 p.m. FREE!

    WILD RUMPUS Bands perform live at various points on the parade route, including Calico Vision, Cabbage Looper, El Chupaskabra, Squalle, White Rabbit Collective, Family Recipe, Thrüm and The Flamethrowers. The Booty Boyz host a post-parade dance party. See story on p. 9.

  • The Falls

    6 p.m. FREE! 706-850-2217

    LEAVING COUNTRIES Louis Phillip Pelot plays solo sets of country-rock and acoustic Southern soul.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    Nuci's Space Benefit. 8 p.m. $8.

    8-TRACK GORILLA PARTY Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 8-Track Gorilla with music from Marshmallow Coast, Joe Rowe, Don Chambers, Tears for the Dying, Jacob Morris and more. See story on p. 15.

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $16 (adv.), $20 (door).

    JAMES MCMURTRY Critically acclaimed folk-rock artist with a politically charged lyrical style.

    BONNIE WHITMORE Country singer-songwriter who has been touring and performing since the age of eight. 

  • Georgia Theatre

    Royal Rumpus Ball. 9 p.m. $10.

    LADIES OF LCD SOUNDSYSTEM LCD Soundsystem members Nancy Whang and Gavin Rayna Russom lead a high-energy, femme-positive dance party. See story on p. 9.

    LINQUA FRANQA Rapper and Athens-Clarke County Commissioner Mariah Parker spits politically charged lyrics over boom-bap beats.

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    WIEUCA Local band playing cheeky, guitar-driven indie rock.

    DEAD NEIGHBORS Local band playing punky, emotive garage-rock.

    CLIP ART Local rap group featuring emcees Vann Johnson and Arizona Zimmerman with drummer Patrick Stewart.

    DJ FOG JUICE Spinning disco, new wave, old-school R&B and current and classic dance hits.

  • Highwire Lounge

    8 p.m. FREE!

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

  • Iron Factory

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

    TRAP OR TREAT VOL. 2 A hip-hop showcase featuring The YODBYVDictatorKxng Blanco, Quanny Peso & IB DieselAD SantanaYoung Bean$lum and El Capo.

  • No. 3 Railroad Street

    7 p.m.

    SOFIA TALVIK Acclaimed Swedish neo-folk singer-songwriter.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    LIQUID DYNAMITE Local drummer Dwayne Holloway leads his group through improvised jazz, blues and funk.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE!

    JOE CAT Local troubadour whose influences range from Steve Earle and Townes Van Zant to Johnny Cash.




  • Tyche's Games

    1–5 p.m.

    Learn Basic Miniature Techniques

    Bring a primed figure and learn the basics of miniature painting.

  • Akademia Brewing Co.

    10 a.m. $10. 678-726-2288

    Brewpub Fitness Class

    Stretching, strength training and cardio. Bring a water bottle, yoga or fitness mat, light handweights and a towel. 

  • Heart Path Studio

    1–5 p.m. $40.

    Acrylics Class

    "You Can't Do It Wrong," is an acrylic painting class for beginners. 


  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens

    7 p.m. $5.

    Jamie Monck

    The Athens GA Guitar Society presents a classical guitar concert by Jamie Monck.


  • Athens Community Theater

    Oct. 26–27, 8 p.m. Oct. 28, 2 p.m. $5.


    The black comedy centers around the meeting of a divorced waitress and a Gulf War drifter in a seedy Oklahoma City motel room. See Calendar Pick on p. 20.