Saturday, October 26

54 events


  • Morton Theatre

    Oct 25, 7:30 p.m. & Oct. 26, 4 p.m. $13–16.

    DanceAthens 2019

    This concert is hosted by Dancefx Athens and features performance companies from all over the Southeast.

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $8–10.

    The Kourtesans

    The drag troupe presents Hallowatt, an evening of performances and dancing with Luxury Vehicle.

  • East Athens Educational Dance Center

    4 p.m. $10–12.

    G.I.F.T.E.D. Performing Ensemble Annual Fall Concert

    This year's theme is "Emotions."


  • 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 Tom Crossen (8 a.m.) and Derek Sheffield (10 a.m.).

  • Downtown Athens

    8:30 p.m. FREE!

    Wild Rumpus Parade & Spectacle

    An opportunity to 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. Enjoy live music, street performers and more. See story on p. 10.

  • 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.

  • 440 Foundry Pavilion

    12–6 p.m. FREE!

    AthHalf Fitness Expo

    Running and fitness merchandise, free samples of runner nutrition, demos of fitness products and more. The AthFest Educates 5K Race begins at 2:30 p.m.

  • 10 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE!

    Good Hope Poppy Festival

    (City Hall, Good Hope) A festival honoring Moina Michael, who used the red poppy to honor fallen WWI veterans. The event will feature craft vendors, live music, food and a hayride.

  • Hugh Hodgson School of Music

    10 a.m.–12 p.m. $10.

    Chamber Music Pizza Party

    UGA's Community Music School invites all violinists, violists, cellists and doublebass players ages 10 and up to their second annual Chamber Music Pizza Party. Participants will be organized into small groups to play with professionals from the area and the Community Music School.

  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    6 p.m. FREE!

    Rumpus Rally

    A pre-parade gathering with live music from Elf Power, Calico Vision and DJ Kountry Boy. Creature Comforts will be releasing a holiday-themed "Dracula's Blood" Transylvania Weiss Beer brewed with passion fruit, cocoa nibs, hibiscus and lactose.

  • Lay Park

    6–9 p.m. $5–7.50.

    Halloween Karaoke Bingo

    A costume themed event with the perfect blend of karaoke and bingo. For ages 18 and older. Registration required.

  • Cornerstone Church

    11:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m. (registration), 1 p.m. (ride). $35 (bike/vehicle).

    Sheriff Ira Edwards Jr. Charity Motorcycle Ride & Car Show

    Come out for the 19th Annual Sheriff Ira Edwards Jr., Charity Motorcycle Ride in partnership with Cornerstone Church. The ride will begin in historic Madison, GA and lead back into the Classic City where participants can enjoy food and door prizes.

  • Canopy Studio

    5 p.m. $20.

    Where the Wild Things Start

    This costume party benefits Love.Craft Athens, a job skills training program for adults with developmental disabilities.  Enjoy food, drinks and activities like face painting, a silent auction and a live performance.  

  • (296 S. Main St., Madison) 7:30 p.m. $15. 706-340-4357,,

    Haunted History Ghost Tour

    Join experienced storyteller Melissa Piche for a haunted evening in the shadows of Madison's antebellum homes. Reservations required.

  • Sandy Creek Nature Center

    12–2 p.m. FREE!

    Science Tales & Trails

    Join Science for Georgia for a walk along the Greenway to talk about "Fungi in Research & Disease" with Dr. Michelle Momany.

  • KA Artist Shop

    3:30 p.m. $10.

    Halloween Face Painting

    Get in the Halloween spirit with some spectacular face paint. Bring a reference photo if needed.

  • Off the Vine Produce

    9 a.m.–2 p.m. 706-899-0400,

    Off The Vine Harvest Festival

    The market features various arts and crafts, unique merchandise, house-made goods and seasonal specialties.


  • 12–5 p.m. $13/team.

    4 Horsemen Rally

    (Cream & Shuga, Commerce) A car rally and photo scavenger hunt for the whole family. Participants will follow the route provided while recreating photos given to them in their vehicle. Costumes (for teams or cars) are optional. 

  • ACCPD Headquarters

    10 a.m.–12 p.m. (children under 10), 2–8 p.m. (general public).

    ACCPD Haunted House

    Take a walk on the scary side through the Athens-Clarke County Police Department Haunted House. Attendees are asked to bring a canned non-perishable food item for admission.


  • 3–5 p.m. $15–20. 706-542-9842,,

    WUGA's Artists in Residence Series

    (Contact for Location) Celebrate the work of local artist Lawrence Stueck, an artist, former instructor and a founder of OCAF in Watkinsville who has designed more than 60 playscapes in surrounding areas. The public can meet the artist in his home, an old church in Watkinsville that dates to 1909. See Calendar Pick on p. 20.

  • Georgia Museum of Art

    2 p.m. FREE!

    Tour at Two

    Dale Couch, curator of decorative arts, will lead a special tour of the “Material Georgia 1733–1900: Two Decades of Scholarship” exhibition.

  • Georgia Museum of Art

    10 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE!

    Family Day: Abstract and Contemporary

    Families are invited to explore works of contemporary art from the permanent collection, participate in gallery activities and create an abstract work on a miniature canvas.

  • 1–2 p.m. FREE!

    Bosque: Outdoor Art Installation & Music

    (Oconee Forest Park, Lake Herrick Trail) Experience an outdoor art installation created with masking tape by Paula Reynaldi with a music performance by Natalie Smith.

  • 1–4 p.m.

    Town & Gown Pop Up Folk Art Sale

    (1149 Athens Rd., Crawford) Shop at a sale of folk art donated by local artist Bob Hart. Proceeds benefit Town & Gown Players. See Pub Notes on p. 31.

Lectures & Lit

  • Miller Learning Center

    7:30 a.m. $10–45

    Women and Girls in Georgia Conference

    (Room 350) This year’s conference theme is "Community," and will include a keynote performance entitled “Not Quite: Navigating Citizenship and Belonging” by professor-turned-storyteller, Ada Cheng. There will also be a roundtable discussion on the importance of community building in local and state-level activism and workshops facilitated by the Feminist Women’s Health Center, Georgia 4-H, the University of Georgia LGBT Resource Center, and more.

  • ACC Library

    11 a.m. FREE!

    Meet the Author

    Avid Bookshop and the ACC Library present Mike Lowery for his book, Everything Awesome About Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Beasts. Purchase a copy of the book and get it signed by the author.


Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    8 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18–20).

    COCOON OF HORROR A Wild Rumpus afterparty featuring music from Monsoon, Nihilist Cheerleader, McQQeen, Art Contest, Nuclear Tourism, Josey, Nina Garbus, Five Eight and Hunger Anthem.

  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    6 p.m. FREE!

    RUMPUS RALLY A pre-party for the Wild Rumpus parade featuring music from Elf PowerCalico Vision and DJ Kountry Boy. See story on p. 10.

  • Downtown Athens

    8:30 p.m. FREE!

    WILD RUMPUS Bands perform live at various points on the parade route, including Shakti, Caulfield, El Chupaskabra, Fishbug, Cabbage Looper, In Sonitus Lux, The Family Recipe, The FlamethrowersAd Blanco, LG, Kxng Blanco and Seline HazeBooty Boyz host a post-parade dance party in front of City Hall. See story on p. 10.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    10 p.m. $8.

    SURFACE TO AIR MISSIVE Psych-pop experimentation from local songwriter Taylor Ross.

    LASER BACKGROUND Psychedelic, doo-woppy dream-pop project from Philadelphia's Andy Molholt.

    TRUE BLOSSOM Low-rent sophisti-pop quintet from Atlanta.

  • Georgia Theatre

    On the Rooftop. 8:30 p.m. FREE!

    JEREMY & THE CLONES Garage-punk band from St. Petersburg, FL.

  • Georgia Theatre

    Royal Rumpus Ball. 10 p.m. $15.

    BOOMBOX Vintage-oriented eletctro-psychedelic group from Muscle Shoals, AL.

    WONDERLAND RANGERS Local rabble-rouser Timi Conley performs dance-tastic psych-pop with his all-star backing band.

  • Go Bar

    9 p.m.

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

    CLIP ART Local rap group featuring emcees Vann Johnson and Arizona Zimmerman.

    WIEUCA Local four-piece experimental outfit that fuses indie rock, psychedelia and trip hop. 

    DJ OHMU Synth-heavy dance sounds from musician Winston Parker.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m.

    CORTEZ GARZA Local singer-songwriter who pushes the envelope with his unique blend of Americana.

    ADAM KLEIN Local songwriter playing a rustic blend of country, folk and Americana.

    JOHN LAYDUM No info available.

    NICHOLAS NANCE No info available.

  • Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall

    7:30 p.m. $50.

    RICKY SKAGGS & KENTUCKY THUNDER Bluegrass legend Skaggs leads an all-star band through a set of favorites and originals.

  • No. 3 Railroad Street

    7 p.m. $10.

    JANET & THE BLUE DOGS Smokin' classic rock and blues from this new Athens outfit, featuring members of the Original Screwtops and the Smillies.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m.

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


  • On Stage Walton

    Nov. 1–2, 8 p.m. & Nov. 3, 2 p.m. $15.

    Steel Magnolias

    On Stage Walton presents Steel Magnolias, the beloved comedy-drama that explores the humor and strength of Southern women in times of crisis.

  • UGA Fine Arts Building

    Oct. 22–26, 8 p.m. Oct. 26 & Oct. 27, 2:30 p.m. $7 (w/ UGA ID), $12.

    Niagara Falls

    (Cellar Theatre) UGA alumnus Steve Yockey's Niagara Falls is a surreal comedy in which newlyweds must face pressing marital issues. See Theater Notes on p. 12.

  • UGA Fine Arts Building

    Oct. 22–26, 8 p.m. Oct. 26 & Oct. 27, 2:30 p.m. $7 (w/ UGA ID), $12.

    Niagara Falls

    (Cellar Theatre) UGA alumnus Steve Yockey's Niagara Falls is a surreal comedy in which newlyweds must face pressing marital issues. See Theater Notes on p. 12.

  • Athens Community Theater

    Oct. 25–26, 8 p.m. Oct. 27, 2 p.m. $5.


    Town and Gown Players presents monologues from Alan Bennett's award-winning BBC Television series. See Theater Notes on p. 12.

  • Winder-Barrow Community Theatre

    Nov. 1–2, 7:30 p.m. Nov. 3, 3 p.m. $13–15.

    It Was a Dark and Stormy Night

    Things get strange at the possibly haunted Ye Olde Wayside Inn.

  • Jefferson Civic Center

    7 p.m. $10. 706-367-5714

    Speaking of History: An Evening Visiting Jefferson's Notable Citizens

    Dr. Crawford Long (Andy Garrison) takes the audience on a journey through time to meet eight of Jefferson's influential and interesting residents from 1840s through 1960s. See Theater Notes on p. 12.


  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    1–3 p.m. (hourly time slots) FREE!

    Haunted Library Escape Room

    Escape from library ghosts and other ghoulish scenarios. Call and register for your preferred time slot. Ages 10 and up.

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    1–3 p.m. (hourly time slots) FREE!

    Haunted Library Escape Room

    Escape from library ghosts and other ghoulish scenarios. Call and register for your preferred time slot. Ages 10 and up.

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    1–3 p.m. (hourly time slots) FREE!

    Haunted Library Escape Room

    Escape from library ghosts and other ghoulish scenarios. Call and register for your preferred time slot. Ages 10 and up.

  • Oconee County Library

    Oct. 25–26, 6–8 p.m. FREE!

    Malice in Wonderland: Haunted House

    See characters you love like the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter and Cheshire Cat in this spooky haunted house. 


  • Ciné

    1:15 p.m. FREE!

    Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin' Down a Dream

    A screening of Peter Bogdonavich's 2007 concert documentary followed by a Q&A with Petty biographer Warren Zanes.


  • 1–5 p.m. $110–150.

    Painted Floor Pouf

    (STATE the Label, 585 Barber St.) Students will learn various techniques for painting on canvas fabric to create a pouf.

  • Fuel Hot Yoga

    2 p.m. FREE!

    Yin Yoga

    A yoga class for all half marathon runners.