Saturday, September 28

42 events


  • Ciné

    7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m. $14.

    Found Footage Festival

    Nick Prueher ("The Colbert Report") and Joe Pickett (The Onion) showcase odd and hilarious videos salvaged from thrift stores across America. See Calendar Pick on p. 19.

  • ACC Library

    2:30 p.m. FREE!

    Athens in Our Lifetimes

    This documentary film, directed by longtime Athens residents Kathy Prescott and Grady Thrasher, examines the evolution of the personality of Athens as a community over the past six decades, as experienced and told by 90 Athenians from differing viewpoints. 



  • 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.

  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. $5/person, $20/family.

    28th Annual Insect-ival

    This event features educational games, discovery stations, roach races, an insect café and puppet shows. A butterfly release will take place in the International Garden at 10:30 a.m & 12:30 p.m.

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    2 p.m. FREE!

    Banned Books Festival

    Celebrate Banned Books Week and the freedom to read! Crafts, giveaways, and a talk about censorship and freedom of speech from guest speaker Jonathan Peters of the University of Georgia College of Journalism.

  • The Rook and Pawn

    4 p.m. $20–30.

    Wizard Pub Crawl

    Wizards, witches and Potterheads alike materialize in downtown Athens for a house competition, themed drinks, photo ops, and live music at five bars. 

  • Downtown Athens

    12–8 p.m. FREE!


    (Washington St.) The 10th annual LatinxFest will include live music, dance performances, authentic food, kids activities and more. See Story on p. 13.

  • Sandy Creek Park

    3–8:30 p.m. $5–10 (cash only).

    Above Athens Balloon Festival

    Festivities include tethered balloon rides, food trucks, free children's activities, a beer garden, and a business expo presented by the Athens West Business Group. Bulldog 93.3 will also host a live broadcast during the event. See Story on p. 13.

  • First Baptist Church

    9–11 a.m. FREE!

    Access to Justice Initiative Pop-Up Clinic

    Attorneys provide brief consultations on topics including family law such as divorce and child support, adoption law, immigration law, expungement/record restriction, probate law, disability law, employment law, criminal law, small claims, landlord/tenant law, personal injury, and general civil law. Spanish translation services available.


  • 5–11 p.m. FREE!

    Deerlick Astronomy Village Fall Open House

    (Deerlick Astronomy Village, Aaron Grier Rd. SE) Enjoy the new moon weekend with family fun and plenty of views into the (night) sky!

  • Athens-Clarke Heritage Foundation, Firehall #2

    10 a.m. $12 (members), $15.

    Henderson Avenue Historic District Walking Tour

    (Register for Meeting Address) The neighborhood is part of the original 633-acre tract purchased by John Milledge in 1801. House styles include Folk Victorian, Queen Anne and Craftsman.

  • Southeast Clarke Park

    3–7 p.m. FREE!

    Athens Recovery Fest

    A safe space for people in recovery from substance use and mental health issues to celebrate their recovery with friends and family. Come out and enjoy free food, live music, face painting and games for kids.

  • Hard Labor Creek State Park

    9 a.m.—12 p.m.

    Volunteer Day at Camp Rutledge

    Enjoy a day of work, company, and spooky stories near Hard Labor Creek. Volunteers will receive a free parking pass for the day.  

  • UGA Golf Course

    6:30 a.m. (registration), 8 a.m. (race). FREE! 706-889-6156,

    Blue & Gold Run for the Dawgs 5K

    Vendors will be available, prizes will be given to the top finishers in each age group, and grand prizes will be given to top male and female finishers. All proceeds from the race will go to benefit both UGA Collegiate FFA Alumni and Supporters and the Georgia FFA Foundation.

  • Hilton Garden Inn

    3 p.m. FREE!

    John Q. Williams for Sheriff Announcement Event

    ACCPD Sgt. John Q. Williams has announced his campaign for Sheriff of Athens-Clarke County. The announcement speech will be followed by a meet-and-greet with light refreshments.

  • ARTini's Art Lounge

    7 p.m. $35.

    Beetlejuice Paint & Trivia Night!

    Test your Beetlejuice knowledge while you paint. Sign up required.

  • 2 p.m.

    Basketball Tournament

    (East Athens Community Gym) Learn about a new mentor program during a fundraising event hosted by Tony B. The event includes a three-on-three basketball tournament with prizes.


  • ACC Landfill

    8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3512,

    Vulture Festival

    Join the ACC Recycling Division, Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail and the Oconee Rivers Audobon Society as they celebrate nature's clean-up crew, the vultures! Activities include a photo booth, a scavenger hunt, a guided bird walk and more. See Story on p. 12.


Live Music

  • Akademia Brewing Co.

    6 p.m. (Fri), 3 p.m. (Sat–Sun). FREE!

    ATHTOBERFEST A three-day festival featuring live music from Monsoon, Four Eyes, Shehehe, Misnomer, Wieuca, Clip Art, Caulfield, The Family Recipe, Vision Video and more. 

  • Bishop Park

    Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE!

    RACHEL O'NEAL Locally based solo folk singer-songwriter. (8 a.m.)

    ALEX CULBRETH Edgy alt-country singer-songwriter from Virginia. (10 a.m.)

  • Cloverleaf Farm

    5 p.m. (Fri). 10 a.m. (Sat–Sun).

    WILDWOOD REVIVAL The three-day Americana festival features performances by Lucinda Williams, Son Volt, Shovels & Rope, Rebirth Brass Band, Lily Hiatt, Cedric Burnside, Langhorne Slim, T. Hardy Morris, Super Doppler, Mandolin Orange and lots more. See story on p. 12.

  • Downtown Athens

    12 p.m. FREE!

    LATINXFEST A celebration of Latinx culture, featuring music from El Chupaskabra, Incatepec, Tonali, Lydia Brambilia, Aklla Sumak and more. See story on p. 12.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    7 p.m. $25.

    KEN STRINGFELLOW Former Posies frontman and R.E.M. collaborator whose solo work lies firmly in the power-pop tradition. See Calendar Pick on p. 19.

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $20.

    WHITE DENIM Texas trio that flows effortlessly from "soft-hearted to ferocious" with their funk-rock sound. 

    SON OF STAN Solo vehicle of Grammy-winning multi-instrumentalist and producer Jordan Richardson.

  • Front Porch Book Store

    6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-353-0029

    BICHOS VIVOS Local band playing forró, accordion and triangle-driven country music from Brazil.

    GRASSLAND STRING BAND Local traditional and progressive bluegrass group.

  • Fully Loaded Pizza Co.

    7 p.m. FREE! (Watkinsville location)

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

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    9:30 p.m. $5.

    MAGNAPOP Linda Hopper and Ruthie Morris' long-running alt-pop group is known for its high-energy performances. Album release show! See story on p. 16.

    PYLON REENACTMENT SOCIETY Vanessa Briscoe Hay and an all-star cast of locals play the music of Pylon, plus new originals. 

    DJ TEAM SPUD GO Local DJ spinning goth, post-punk and more.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m.

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

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    4 p.m. $32.

    RECFEST Featuring live music from Greensky Bluegrass, AFTM and Grassland String Band. See story on p. 12.

Lectures & Lit

  • UGA Special Collections Library

    2–4:30 p.m. FREE!

    Hargrett Writers Circle

    (Room 321) A safe haven for writers to share and discuss their work (any genre) and all aspects of the writing process.

  • ACC Library

    1 p.m. FREE!

    Genealogy Research Trip Planning

    (Meeting Room A) Donna Weathers speaks on how to get the most out of a visit to your old home town.


  • 8 p.m. $10.

    Small Box Series: Where the Heart Is

    (Nimbl, 160 Winston Dr.) Music, poetry, movement and more on a 4'x4' stage. Tonight features work by Aesia Cade-Brown, Brent Temple, Timera Temple, Joe Leone, Mara Bastow, Ari Bastow, Rebecca Gose and Lisa Yaconelli.

  • Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall

    7:30 p.m. $10 (w/student ID), $55. 706-542-4400,

    An Evening with Sutton Foster

    UGA Presents is bringing two-time Tony Award winner Sutton Foster to Athens. The Georgia native and former Athens resident will perform music from Broadway and the American Songbook.

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9:30 p.m. $3.

    The Kourtesans Pride Extravaganza

    Celebrate Athens PRIDE weekend with performances by Karmella Macchiato, Alex Suarez, Cola Fizz, Semaj Onyx-Coxring, Miss He and many more drag performers.

  • St. Gregory's Episcopal Church

    7–9 p.m. $10–15.

    RespirOpera Company Inaugural Gala

    The gala will introduce the company to the public, showcasing the talents of soloists and chorus, and serve as a fundraiser to help underwrite the company’s upcoming season. Featured performance pieces include works by Verdi, Puccini, Korngold, Massenet, Copland and Bernstein. A reception will follow the performance.


  • Bogart Library

    11 a.m. FREE!

    Beginnings for Beginners: Baby Steps to the Family Tree

    Interested in your ancestry, but no idea where to start? Come out for an introductory look into researching genealogy with the Bogart Historical Society.

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Help Out

  • LatinxFest

    (Washington St. and Hull St.) Volunteers are needed during LatinxFest. Sign up for a two-hour shift. Fest runs 12–9 p.m. on Sept. 28.