Saturday, May 18

40 events


  • Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall

    7:30 p.m. $7.50–12.50.

    Athens Master Chorale 30th Anniversary Spring Concert

    The 55-memeber group performs Mozart's "Requiem" and Dan Forrest's "Lux: The Dawn from on High." See Pub Notes on p. 26.

  • Georgia Museum of Art

    5 p.m. FREE!

    Chamber Music Athens: George Crumb at 90

    The program "Metamorphoses" will be preceded by a panel discussion at 4 p.m. See Calendar Pick on p. 16.

  • Madison Morgan Cultural Center

    10:30 a.m. FREE!

    Huntertones Family Concert

    A bike parade is followed by a family-friendly concert and free ice cream.


  • Sandy Creek Nature Center

    12–4 p.m. $3–4.

    Snake Day

    The annual Snake Day where experts will be on hand to answer questions and fascinate you with snake facts.  Activities will include animal interaction, crafts, games and food from local vendors. 

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    4 p.m. FREE! 706-795-5597

    Fancy Nancy Tea Party

    Come for tea and cookies, games, stories and crafts in the spirit of the Fancy Nancy children’s book series by Jane O’Connor. Dress up if you want!  

  • ACC Library

    10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE!

    Family Fun Day

    Celebrate the start of Summer Reading with games, crafts, an astronaut-themed photo booth and live music by Maggie Hunter, a petting zoo, drone demonstrations, and a puppet show by David Stephens of All Hands Productions.

  • Georgia Museum of Art

    10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE!

    Family Day: Color, Form, and Light

    Explore the exhibition “Color, Form and Light” inspired by the dramatic compositions and bold colors of minimalist works of art. After complete gallery activities and create art to take home.

  • 10 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    Mud Pie Bake-Off

    (Athens Forest Kindergarten, Winterville) Play in the mud and support nature-based early childhood education. Frog Stomp Art Studio will lead activities, and the event also includes music by Allegro, food and a raffle.

Karaoke & Open Mic

  • Go Bar

    9 p.m. FREE! 706-546-5609

    Dr. Fred's Karaoke

    KARAOKE Hosted by karaoke fanatic Dr. Fred and featuring a large assortment of pop, rock, indie and more.


  • 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 Josh Matthews-Morgan (8 a.m.) and Sam & Gabe (10 a.m.).

  • 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.

  • 11 a.m.–5 p.m. $5 (park pass). gastateparks.orb/hardlaborcreek

    Spring Pioneer Festival

    (Hard Labor Creek State Park, Rutledge) See demonstrations and displays in quilts, spinning wool, clay, campfire cooking, blacksmithing and more.

  • 6:30 a.m. $20-60. (search Maxeys, GA)

    Maxeys in May 5K

    (Maxeys Community Center) Join other runners for the inaugural Maxeys in May walk/run. Proceeds will benefit the Maxeys Firefly Trail Fund.

  • Memorial Park

    6:15 p.m. (lesson), 6:30–9:30 p.m. (dance). $8 (adults), $4 (ages 11–17), FREE! (ages 11 & under).

    Contra Dance

    A monthly dance presented by Athens Folk Music & Dance Society with live music by Oatcakes and calling by Charlotte Crittenden.

  • Town and Gown Players

    6–8 p.m. $25.

    Wine Tasting in the Garden

    Enjoy an evening in the garden to support the Town & Gown Players.

  • Taylor-Grady House

    12–2 p.m. $75.

    Tea at Taylor-Grady House

    The Junior League of Athens celebrates the 50th anniversary of its renovation of the historic Taylor-Grady House with tea service, plus a floral demonstration by James Farmer, author, interior designer and speaker. Proceeds benefit community literacy programs and service projects of the Junior League.

Live Music

  • Akademia Brewing Co.

    7:30 p.m.

    BLIND DELTA WOLF Local band playing "dangerous rock and roll."

  • Bishop Park

    8 a.m. FREE!

    ATHENS FARMERS MARKET Featuring music from Mark Plemmons (8 a.m.) and The Chastains (10 a.m.).

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $5 (21+) $7 (18–20).

    GEORGIA DISH BOYS Raucous and rootsy local rock group fronted by songwriter Seth Martin.

    TYLER KEY Local indie-folk singer-songwriter with a canny lyrical style. Album release show!

    JACK EVAN JOHNSON Las Vegas singer-songwriter blending "honky tonk twang and back alley punch."

    TODD MCBRIDE Local roots-rock singer-songwriter known for fronting Dashboard Saviors.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m.

    SEA BRAIN Experimental music from North Carolina songwriter Benjamin Joseph Clancy.

    ANNIE LEETH Local violinist and multi-instrumentalist composer.

  • 40 Watt Club

    6 p.m. $5.

    ATHENS BUSINESS ROCKS A fundraising event for Nuçi’s Space that challenges local businesses to showcase the talents of their employees by forming bands to compete against other businesses.

  • Front Porch Book Store

    6 p.m. FREE!

    STEVE ERWIN Long-running, Maine-based folk singer-songwriter.

    REPENT AT LEISURE Celtic pub band playing "Irish rock," including traditional, punk, modern and original Celtic music.

  • Fully Loaded Pizza Co.

    6 p.m. FREE! 706-705-6150

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

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m.

    TIM EASTON Acclaimed singer-songwriter with a story-based folk style.

    DON CHAMBERS Longtime local favorite who delves into pastoral folk and experimental rock with equal passion. 

    DAVE MARR Local singer-songwriter and bandleader with a deep, resonant country twang.

  • J&J Flea Market

    2 p.m. FREE! 706-613-2410

    RC COWBOY Local performer playing country and gospel standards and originals.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    HUGHES TAYLOR BAND Energetic blues and classic rock outfit from Macon.

  • Pub on Main

    4:30 p.m. 706-310-4450

    CONNOR BYERS Young local singer-songwriter blending rock, pop and hip hop. Album release show!



  • 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.  

  • Ciné

    11:45 a.m. FREE! 404-428-6755

    HEAR Film Festival

    HEAR is a partnership between Ciné, Family Counseling Service of Athens, Inc. (FCS) and Nuçi’s Space to raise awareness and de-stigmatize mental illness by screening relevant mental wellness-related videos and films for the Athens community. FCS will provide post-screening Q&A sessions with licensed mental health professionals who specialize in addressing the issues depicted in each film. See Calendar Pick on p. 21.


  • KA Artist Shop

    1–5 p.m. $90.

    Screen Printing Basics

    Courtney McCracken leads a crash course to get you ready to start your first project, be it a flyer, an invitation, T-shirts for your organization, or fine art prints. Materials provided.

Lectures & Lit


  • Moonlight Theater

    May 17, 10 p.m. & May 18, 8:30 p.m. $6-12.

    Nathan Owens

    Owens has performed comedy all over the Southeast and opened for Greg Behrendt, Ryan Singer, Erin Foley, Chad Daniels, Brian Moote and David Perdue. Owens hosts a podcast on Forth District called Forth and Ten.

  • Moonlight Theater

    May 17, 8:30 p.m. May 18, 10 p.m. $6–12.

    Shaunak Godkhindi

    Godkhindi performs comedy throughout the Southeast and has been a resident at the Laughing Skull and featured at Punchline Atlanta, Zanies Nashville and the Georgia Theater.


  • 9:30 a.m.–4 p.m. $25. 706-795-3242,

    Canoe Float

    (Broad River Camp Ground, Highway 79) The Broad River Watershed Association hosts a canoe float to view the rare shoal lily along the lower section of the Broad River.


  • Athens Arena

    4 p.m. (doors) & 7 p.m. (doors). $10–20.

    Classic City Rollergirls Double Header

    Come out for the the last home double-header of the 2019 season! Enjoy cold beer and cocktails, great music from DJ Q, and watch as the CCRG Bad News B's compete against the Atlanta Jukes of Hazard, followed by the CCRG All-Stars against the Atlanta Rumble B’s.