Thursday, December 5

35 events


  • Georgia Museum of Art

    Dec. 3–6, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE!

    Holiday Book Sale

    Shop for your loved ones at the museum’s annual holiday book and frame sale, featuring new and used publications in all genres.

  • Downtown Athens

    7 p.m. FREE!

    Downtown Parade of Lights

    Over 60 local organizations will march through the streets of downtown. This year's theme is "Home for the Holidays." The parade begins at the corner of Hancock and Pulaski and ends in front of City Hall for the traditional tree lighting ceremony hosted by Santa. See Calendar Pick on p. 15.

  • Georgia Museum of Art

    5:30–7:30 p.m. FREE! $5 (coffee & dessert)

    Make It An Evening

    Enjoy Jittery Joe's coffee, Cecilia Villaveces' cakes and gallery tours prior to the performance in Hodgson Hall by Danú.

  • UGA Tate Student Center

    11 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    Sustainable UGA Semester in Review

    (Fifth Floor) Celebrate people, programs and courses that encourage sustainability at UGA with presentations, displays and lunch. RSVP.

  • Bogart Library

    6–8 p.m. FREE!


    Knitters of all levels are invited to have fun, share ideas and knit. Beginning knitters are encouraged to attend. Ages 16 & up.

  • 4–7 p.m.

    UGArden Holiday Market

    (2510 S. Milledge Ave.) Herbs grown using organic practices have been incorporated into a variety of teas, soaps, salves, lip balms and seasoning blends. Gift wrapping will be available, as well as a bonfire for keeping warm.

  • BikeAthens

    6–8:30 p.m. $10 (suggested).

    Fix Your Own Bike

    Get help fixing your bike from experts so you're safe to ride.

  • Sandy Creek Nature Center

    7 p.m. FREE!

    Oconee Rivers Audubon Society

    (Education and Visitor Center) Special guest Gary Crider will discuss how managing invasive plants can benefit birds.

  • 11 a.m.–3:30 p.m. FREE! 706-850-7792

    940 Prince Holiday Open House

    (940 Prince Ave.) Shakti Power Yoga, CJ&L Real Estate and Tribe Hair Company will host a holiday market. Enjoy light refreshments, a power-hour yoga class, crafts, local artist vendors and more.

  • (230 W. Clayton St.) Dec. 5–6, 5–9 p.m. Dec. 7, 10 a.m.–12 p.m. (decorating party), 12–5 p.m. Dec. 8, 12–3 p.m.

    Athens Gingerbread House Competition

    See elaborate gingerbread houses in this second annual competition. This year's proceeds benefit the Young Urban Builders. A Gingerbread Jr. activity on Saturday morning will be held for children to decorate houses.

Karaoke & Open Mic

  • Go Bar

    10 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. 

  • Southern Brewing Company

    5-10 p.m. FREE!


    KARAOKE Hosted every Thursday by DJ Gregory. 

  • Veronica's Sweet Spot

    7 p.m. FREE!

    Open Mic Night

    OPEN MIC NIGHT Showcase your creative talent.

Word on the Street

  • Oconee County Library

    Holiday Cards for Heroes

    Swing by the library and make a holiday card for a soldier, veteran, police officer or whoever you see as a hero. Supplies are located in the children's area, and the library will mail them to the appropriate address.

  • Oconee County Library

    Gift Card Collection

    Drop off gift cards to help the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support at Piedmont Healthcare and The Cottage Sexual Assault Center and Children's Advocacy Center. Through Dec. 20.



  • ACC Library

    10 a.m. FREE!

    Mother Goose on the Loose

    A unique, early-literacy storytime program for children ages 024 months and their caregiver. This three-week class incorporates books, nursery rhymes, musical instruments and interactive play. Space is limited, please register to attend.

  • Bogart Library

    4 p.m. FREE!

    Kids Cook

    Kids are invited to learn a healthy, easy recipe they can make at home. This month's recipe is taco soup.

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    5–7 p.m. FREE!

    Teen Thursdays

    Teens can drop in each week for a different activity. This month’s activities include book themed snacks, a superhero movie and button making. No registration necessary. Ages 1318.

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    4 p.m. FREE!

    Crazy 8s Math Club

    Explore math games at this interactive program for students in grades K–2.

  • ACC Library

    3:30 p.m. FREE!

    Culinary Playground: Gingerbread Mug Cake Class

    Learn basic cooking skills while making a holiday treat. For ages 7–11 and their caregivers. Registration required.

Help Out

Lectures & Lit

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    1 p.m. FREE!

    Inclusive Book Club

    This facilitated book club serves adults of all abilities and will be reading out loud and discussing book of the month Cat Stories by James Herriot.

  • Normal Books

    6 p.m. FREE!

    Meet the Author

    Normal Books presents Seth Martin for his book, Two Stories. Enjoy refreshments from Half Shepherd Market & Cheese Shop and a short set performance by Taylor Chmura


  • ACC Library

    11 a.m. FREE!

    Caregiver Crafting Support Group

    Caregivers are invited to bring crafting supplies and express the joys and struggles of caring for a loved one while practicing self-care creatively.


  • VFW

    6 p.m. $5–10. 706-543-5940

    Grown Folks Dance Party

    GROWN FOLKS DANCE PARTY WXAG's DJ Segar plays jazz and R&B.

Live Music

  • Caledonia Lounge

    8 p.m. $15 (21+), $17 (18–20).

    LAURA STEVENSON Acclaimed New York folk musician formerly of Bomb the Music Industry. See Calendar Pick on p. 15.

    ADULT MOM Buzzy lo-fi pop act from New York state.

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $10.

    THE HEAVY PETS R&B-infused rock band known for its energized live performances.

    ROOSEVELT COLLIER BAND Group led by acclaimed Florida-based steel guitarist Roosevelt Collier.

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $5 (adv.), $7 (door).

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

  • The Globe

    5 p.m.

    THE FUSILIERS New area project featuring well-known musicians playing original and traditional Celtic greengrass music.

  • Nowhere Bar

    9 p.m.

    SISTER MOON Rock project led by Atlanta singer-songwriter Ashley Rivera.

    HIT LIZARD Athens-based grunge band.

    ASHES TO OMENS Five-piece local hard-rock band.


  • Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall

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

    An Emerald Isle Christmas

    UGA Presents brings Irish traditional music band Danú for a holiday performance. Lead vocalist Nell Ní Chróinín and a band of virtuoso Celtic musicians on fiddle, flutes, button accordion, percussion and pipes will be accompanied by Irish step dancers. See Calendar Pick on p. 15.


  • Oconee Youth Playhouse

    Dec. 13–15, 7 p.m. & Dec. 15, 2 p.m. $15–20.


    Return to the rockin' 50s with a production of this classic musical, featuring a cast of talented local teens. Presented by Oconee Youth Playhouse.