Saturday, August 24

43 events


  • 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. This is the last market of the season.

  • Athens, GA

    Aug. 24, 10 a.m.– 6 p.m. Aug. 25, 12–4 p.m. Most items $3 or less.

    BFK Book Sale

    (1860 S. Barnett Shoals Rd.) Thousands of books for adults and kids. Proceeds benefit Books for Keeps and kids living in the Athens area. On Aug. 25, shoppers can fill up a grocery bag for $5 or a tote bag for $20.

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $23–30.

    Groovy Nights

    A '70s vs. '80s lip sync battle. Dance 'til you drop and compete in the Groovy costume contest! Proceeds benefit Project Safe. See Calendar Pick on p. 15.

  • 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.

  • Southern Brewing Company

    12–11p.m. $25

    Anniversary Party

     The Southern Brewing Company celebrates its fourth birthday and a new look! Enjoy a variety of beers, yard games like giant beer pong, and food from Freddy's Steakburgers and Frozen Custard. Live music from Samer, Electric Avenue, The Booty Boys, and DJ EnsembleTickets include three beer tokens and a commemorative anniversary glass. A portion of proceeds and sales at this event will benefit Extra Special People and Bulldawgs Battling Breast Cancer.

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    5-9 p.m. $3-5.

    Keepin' It Clean Dirty Dance Benefit

    A family-friendly event including crafts, a photo booth, raffle and dance performances. Proceeds will benefit Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful. 

  • Farmview Market

    11 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE!

    3rd Annual Southern Classic BBQ Competition

    Local teams face off in amateur and pro-divisions for cash prizes. Guests will enjoy lots of sampling, live music, kids crafts and more.

  • ACC Library

    11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. FREE!

    Athena Weavers Open House

    Athena Weavers present information about their hands-on weaving programs. Learn about band weaving with cards and inkle looms, view work samples, and browse a rack of hand woven clothing by guild members.

  • Piedmont Athens Regional Medical Center

    9 a.m. FREE!

    Women’s Leadership Institute

    (Medical Services Building) Junior League of Athens hosts the third annual Women’s Leadership Institute, a one-day training meant to empower and celebrate women in leadership with topics ranging from budgeting, delegating to negotiating. Breakfast and lunch will be provided; RSVP to attend. 

  • 11 a.m.–8 p.m. FREE!

    Kempt Clothing Launch Party

    (175 N. Lumpkin St.) Kempt Clothing aims to be your go-to for modern menswear and a place where you can feel at home. This event will have drinks, snacks, music, giveaways and more to celebrate their grand opening.

  • 5–10 p.m.

    Classic City Block Party

    (College Square) United Group of Artists and Onyx Echelon 85 Enterprises present a party with live music, vendors, food and more.

Live Music

  • Akademia Brewing Co.

    8:30 p.m.

    HIP HOP OPEN MIC Local artists showcase their emcee skills. Plus, the Classic City Cypher and music from Chief Rocka and Mon2.

  • Bishop Park

    Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE!

    JOSH MATTHEWS-MORGAN Piano player and singer. (8 a.m.)

    SAM & GABE Duo of singers. (10 a.m.)

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18–20).

    MISNOMER Local improvisational fusion group with a funky, jazzy sound.

    ALL THE LOCALS Atlanta band blending soul, R&B, rock and pop.

  • College Square

    12 p.m. FREE!

    CLASSIC CITY BLOCK PARTY Enjoy live music and lots more, including food trucks and informational booths.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m. $5.

    HUNGER ANTHEM Local indie power-rock trio.

    NICHOLAS MALLIS & THE BOREALIS Local pop group with classic melodies and clever lyrics. 

    BABY TONY & THE TEENIES Local band playing doo-wop-inspired pop songs about wasting time and having crushes.

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $8.

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

    SCARLET STITCH Straight-up rock and roll band from Athens.

    DESPERATE MEASURES High-energy classic-rock cover band from Atlanta.

  • Fully Loaded Pizza Co.

    7 p.m. FREE! (Watkinsville location)

    GRANT COWAN Local jazz-influenced, piano-playing singer-songwriter.

  • Georgia Theatre

    9 p.m. $12 (adv.), $15 (door).

    COSMIC CHARLIE Talented local Grateful Dead cover band celebrating its 20th anniversary. See story on p. 12.

  • Georgia Theatre

    On the Rooftop. 5:30 p.m. $6.

    COSMIC CHARLIE Talented local Grateful Dead cover band plays an acoustic set. Free for those with tickets to the late show. See story on p. 12.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m. $10 (adv.), $12 (door).

    GEORGIA WOMEN OF SONG Songwriters Marty WinklerMaggie Mason HunterSusan Staley and SJ Ursrey play individual sets and join each other onstage.

  • No. 3 Railroad Street

    7 p.m. $10 (suggested).

    THE ORIGINAL SCREWTOPS Athens blues band performing fresh-take originals, plus classics by the old masters.

  • Nowhere Bar

    9 p.m. $5.

    THE GEORGIA HEALERS Long-running local jump blues band.

  • Southern Brewing Company

    6 p.m. $25.

    FOURTH ANNIVERSARY PARTY Featuring music from Samer, Electric Avenue, DJ Ensemble and Booty Boyz.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    5 p.m. FREE!

    THE COSMIC COLLECTIVE Nashville group exploring jazz, pop, funk and beyond.

  • VFW

    7 p.m. $40. 706-546-0543,

    THE SENSATIONAL SOUNDS OF MOTOWN Six veteran musicians deliver an exciting, live-energy show to usher in the new year. Featuring Mr. Motown! Plus, a set from DJ Mellow Myers.


  • Memorial Park

    10 a.m.–1 p.m. $2–3.

    Zoo Day

    This year's theme is “Animal Artists,” where participants will  experience a day of animal art, educational animal encounters, crafts, and special guests.

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

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

    Kids Can Cook

    Enjoy a savory story featuring the new book Pete the Cat and the Perfect Pizza Party by James Dean and make your very own pizza. Ages 5–10 with a caregiver. Space is limited, please call to register.

  • Oconee County Library

    6 p.m. FREE!

    Teen Mural Project

    Help design a new young adult mural to go in the library. All artist levels welcome. Grades 6-12. 


Lectures & Lit

  • Normal Books

    5 p.m. (sign-ups), 6–8 p.m. (readings). FREE!

    Open Mic

    Share your favorite poems, a passage from your novel or a story from days gone by. Each reader can share up to eight minutes of material. Co-hosted by Normal Books and the Athens Writers Association.



  • 7–9 p.m. FREE!

    Let Freedom Ring Art Showcase

    (Give Back Real Estate, Glass Building, 624 S. Milledge Ave.) An art showcase presented by Flanigan's Portrait Studio with the goal of raising awareness about baby bonds, a resource that can benefit children born into or living in poverty.

  • Georgia Museum of Art

    10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE!

    Family Day: Women of the WPA

    Celebrate the contributions of women artists to the Works Projects Adminstration while enjoying gallery activities and learning about printmaking.


  • Moonlight Theater

    Aug. 23–24, 8 p.m. $8–14.

    August Wrestle Fest

    A comedy show inspired by the original 1985 Wrestlemania. The night features live music by Honeychild on Friday and performances by drag queens.


  • 1–3 p.m. $15–30.

    Women’s Self Defense Class

    (Gracie Jiu-Jitsu, 165 Ben Burton Road, Bogart) Learn how to avoid and maneuver out of someone’s grasp, and how to disable your attacker without causing injury to yourself.  A great class for women and girls 12 years of age and older. No previous experience required.

  • 2–4 p.m. Sliding scale up to $20.

    Making and Performing Solos

    (Nimbl, 160 Winston Dr.) MAPS is a workshop for dance makers to exchange ideas, movement styles and create solos in a generous and spacious environment.

  • 10–11 a.m. FREE!

    Youth Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

    (X3 Sports Athens, 2026 S. Milledge Ave.) Youth can enjoy a positive outlet that increases focus, discipline and self-defense while practicing the gentle martial art of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu.