Saturday, March 23

47 events


  • Memorial Park

    10 a.m.-1p.m. FREE!

    Bears' Birthday Party

    (Bear Hollow Zoo) Celebrate the birthdays of DJ, Athena and Yonah by watching them unwrap their presents and dive into an enrichment cake.

  • UGA New Dance Theatre

    10 a.m.

    Saturday Morning Club

    The UGA Wind Symphony will perform music from Star Wars. This program is for ages 4–12 and their guardians.

  • Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries

    1-4 p.m. FREE!

    Family Day

    An afternoon of family fun including gallery games, crafts, Canopy studio aerialists and magician Tong Li. 

  • ACC Library

    11 a.m. FREE!

    Drum Dream Girl

    Listen to stories of girls who stayed true to themselves and make drums. For children ages 4-11 and their caregiver.

Lectures & Lit

  • Madison Morgan Cultural Center

    Mar. 22, 7 p.m. Mar. 23, 10 a.m.–8 p.m. $5–15.

    Do Tell! Storytelling Festival

    This year's storytellers include Kevin Kling, Kim Weitkamp, Rev. Robert Jones and Andy Offut Irwin.

  • Max

    5 p.m.

    Hip Hop Awards Music Conference

    Various industry professionals and music executives from around Georgia are invited for an industry panel and mixer. Followed by an open mic. See story on p. 13.


  • The Foundry

    2–8 p.m. $15–30.

    BreastFest Athens

    A day of beer, catered food, a silent auction and live music to help increase awareness of breast cancer. Performers include Box of Rawks, Welfare Liners, The Moonshine, Monday's Alibi, Rachel O'Neal and Sara O'Brien and Friends.

  • 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 Random Acts.

  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    8 a.m. $25–30.

    March for Meals 5K

    Proceeds benefit the ACCA Meals on Wheels program.

  • The Classic Center

    9 a.m.-3 p.m. FREE!

    Chess and Community Conference

    The seventh annual conference will include leadership development, a celebration of local students, chess and more. See Story on p. 7.

  • Pittard Park

    Mar. 22–24. $75.

    Tree Climbing Competition

    The 21st annual tree climbing competition features a family fun climb, BBQ dinner and food trucks. 

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    11 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    Puppy Day

    Meet adoptable buddies from the Madison-Oglethorpe Animal Shelter.

  • 12-1:30 p.m. FREE! 706-542-5788

    5th Annual School Lunch Challenge

    (Whitehead Elementary School, 555 Quailwood Dr.) Teams will compete to create a school lunch plate for a panel of student judges. 

  • ACC Library

    12-5 p.m. FREE!

    She Persisted: A Day of Women's History

    Enjoy a day filled with enriching activities about women's history. 

  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    9 a.m.-4 p.m. FREE!

    Children's Garden Grand Opening

    Children can learn more about Georgia's natural resources as they plant, climb and explore the 2.5 acre land. See Story on p. 8.

  • Ciné

    $49 (festival pass).

    Athens Jewish Film Festival

    The festival celebrates its 11th anniversary with feature films, shorts and documentaries. Visit the website for the full lineup.

  • Southern Brewing Company

    7:30-10 p.m. $5-10.

    SVW Wrestling

    Live professional wrestling taped for broadcast on Fite TV.

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    9 p.m. $5.

    Queer Prom

    Athens PRIDE hosts its annual Queer Prom. This year's theme is To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Julie Newmar! Strawberry Festival. Hosted by Semaj Onyx Coxring and Karmella Macchiato, and starring DJ Kelly Romo.

  • OCAF, Watkinsville

    10 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    Honeybee Conservation Workshop for Families

    Learn about the 341 species of bees native to Georgia, then learn how to create your own honeybee swarm trap.

  • Lyndon House Arts Center

    9 a.m.–3 p.m. 706-613-3623

    Sacred Harp Singing Convention

    Shape note music is a 200-year-old American style of hymn singing. Newcomers welcome.


  • Oconee Youth Playhouse

    Mar. 22–23, 7 p.m. Mar. 23–24, 2 p.m. $15–20.

    Dear Edwina

    The Oconee Youth Playhouse presents a musical comedy about 13-year-old Edwina Spoonapple and her friends from Paw-Paw, MI. See Theater Notes on p. 9.

  • UGA Fine Arts Building

    Mar. 19-23, 8 p.m. & March 23-24, 2:30 p.m. $7-12.

    Three Farcical Arts of the Deal: Peas, Patelin and Purgation

    UGA Theatre presents a tale of three men and how they handle what life throws at them. See Theater Notes on p. 9.

  • UGA Fine Arts Building

    Mar. 19-23, 8 p.m. & March 23-24, 2:30 p.m. $7-12.

    Three Farcical Arts of the Deal: Peas, Patelin and Purgation

    UGA Theatre presents a tale of three men and how they handle what life throws at them. See Theater Notes on p. 9.

  • UGA Ramsey Concert Hall

    2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. $40.

    One-Man Star Wars Trilogy

    Canadian actor Charles Ross single-handedly plays all of the characters in the classic trilogy.

  • Moonlight Theater

    Mar. 21, 8:30 p.m. Mar. 22–23, 7:30 p.m.


    The Thalian Blackfriars and Moonlight Theater Company present a story about the glue that holds friendships together.

  • Athens Little Playhouse

    Mar. 29–30, 7 p.m. Mar. 31, 3 p.m. $5-10.

    Getting to Know...Once Upon a Mattress

    Retelling of the classic musical comedy with a few fun twists.

  • Seney-Stovall Chapel

    Mar. 22–23, 7 p.m. FREE!

    Citizen: An American Lyric

    Staged performance of the award-winning book by Claudia Rankine. See Theater Notes on p. 9.


  • Morton Theatre

    3 p.m. FREE!

    Ripple Effect Blue Carpet Premiere

    The ACC Water Conservation Office presents a competition for filmmakers to create shorts on water conservation. View finalists' films and a "best of the best" from previous showcases.

  • Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens

    4 p.m. FREE!

    UUFA Chalice Film Series

    This documentary, Below Baldwin, by Joe Lavine showcases a community’s persistent efforts to connect to its past, and to win recognition and redress – for both past and present injustices.  


  • Georgia Museum of Art

    8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Emerging Scholars Symposium

    Current graduate students and other emerging scholars share their knowledge in conjunction with the exhibition "Life, Love and Marriage Chests in Renaissance Italy."

  • 1–5 p.m. FREE!

    The Bare Bones of Winter

    (Watkinsville Woods City Park) "The Bare Bones of Winter" is a sculpture competition and exhibition curated by Barbara Odil. Artists of all ages were invited to submit sculptures inspired by the park. Activities include a picnic on the grounds, an installation of sculptures, a children's fairy house building workshop and a presentation of awards. See Calendar Pick on p. 16.

Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18–20).

    GUILLOTINE Hard-hitting local death-metal band. 

    THE ASOUND North Carolina-based heavy rock band.

    DEAD VIBES ENSEMBLE Two-piece local sludge-metal band.

    FLEET OF PIGS New local death-metal five-piece.

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $18 (adv.), $22 (door).

    SHALLOU Melodic, beat-centric indietronica producer from Los Angeles.

    SLOW MAGIC Masked producer playing "cosmic electronic music culled from the ether."

    YOSTE The performing alias of ambient-electronic producer Kurt Sines.

  • The Foundry

    2 p.m. $10 (adv.), $15 (door).

    BREASTFEST The annual breast-cancer-awareness event features performances by Monday's Alibi, Sarah O'Brien, The Welfare Liners, Rachel O'Neal, Box of Rawks and The Moonshine.

  • The Foundry

    9 p.m. $8 (adv.), $10 (door).

    MONDAY'S ALIBI Local band specializing in '70s and '80s rock and roll.

    LARRY'S HOMEWORK New local acoustic duo specializing in rock and Americana covers.

  • Georgia Theatre

    7:30 p.m. SOLD OUT.

    BEN RECTOR Best-selling pop pianist and singer-songwriter from Nashville, TN.

    JOSIE DUNNE Nashville-based pop singer-songwriter. 

  • Georgia Theatre

    On the Rooftop. 6:30 p.m. FREE!

    MMHMM Nashville-based "modern-day Hee Haw" duo of Raelyn Nelson and Hannah Fairlight.

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    COSMO JR. Local group playing pirate-themed swamp-jazz-rock with a dash of Broadway punk.

    FRANK HURRICANE Experimental artist that describes his music as "spiritual mountain psych gangsta folk."

    DJ MAHOGANY & DJ FOG JUICE Dance the night away with this all-star local team-up.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m.

    PLAY ON SIX Local jazz musicians play a grooving set of tunes.

  • Nowhere Bar

    SkyFest. 9 p.m. 706-546-4742

    HEART OF PINE Roots-rocking local four-piece. 



  • UGA Performing Arts Center

    2–3 p.m. $40.

    One-Man Star Wars Trilogy

    Charles Ross retells the classic trilogy in 60 minutes with no costumes, no props and no sets, but with all the characters, music, ships and battles people expect. 


  • Southern Brewing Company

    8–10 p.m. $5–10.

    Live Wrestling

    Bring your own folding chair and watch some live wrestling.


  • Dancefx

    1-4:30 p.m. $10-25.

    Weddings & Waltzes

    Dance workshop that will be covering the basic steps of common wedding dances. East Coast Swing at 1 p.m., Foxtrot at 2 p.m., Waltz (beginner) and Viennese Waltz (intermediate) at 3 p.m., practice at 4 p.m.

  • 10 a.m. FREE!

    Nature Play and Learning in the Early Years

    (Brambleberry Kids, 357 Cleveland Ave.) Explore different ways to encourage nature exploration, learning sensory activities and more for ages 0–6. Presented by Brambleberry Kids.

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  • The Bare Bones of Winter

    (Watkinsville Woods) Artists are invited to make sculptures out of natural materials for an exhibition called "The Bare Bones of Winter." A celebration will be held Mar. 23, 1–5 p.m., featuring fairy house building, a picnic on the grounds and other activities.