Thursday, May 5

32 events


  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    8:30 a.m. FREE!

    Nature Ramblers

    Learn more about the flora and fauna of the garden while enjoying fresh air and inspirational readings. Ramblers are encouraged to bring their own nature writings or favorite poems and essays to share with the group.

  • Morton Theatre

    8 a.m.–5 p.m. $95-175.

    SoundBoard Marketing Conference

    Learn how to integrate your online marketing to build your business or personal brand.

  • 4-6 p.m. $20. 706-338-5746

    Wine Tasting

    (Luscious, 1452-C Prince Ave.) Sample wines for "Cinco de Wino." RSVP.

  • Body, Mind & Spirit

    6 p.m. $5. 706-351-6024

    Healing Circle & Meditation

    Experience a variety of healing and meditation modalities.

  • Georgia Museum of Art

    5:30–8:30 p.m. $18.,

    Wine Tasting Night

    Enjoy wine, snacks from The National and a gallery talk of the exhibition "David Ligare: California Classicist." RSVP.

Karaoke & Open Mic

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    Dr. Fred's Karaoke

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

  • The Bar-B-Que Shack

    7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-6752

    Bluegrass Jam

    BLUEGRASS JAM Bring your own instrument! All pickers are welcome every Thursday.

Live Music

  • DePalma's Italian Cafe

    7 p.m. FREE! 706-552-1237 (Timothy Road location)

    THE LUCKY JONES Rockin' rhythm and blues from this local band.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m. $5.

    CLAIRE CRONIN Local singer-songwriter by way of Los Angeles who plays delicate, haunting folk music.

    THREE MAN CANNON Smooth, sultry, sweet indie-garage-rock band from Philadelphia.

  • 40 Watt Club

    AthFest Compilation Release Party. 8:30 p.m. $5.

    DREAM CULTURE Jammy local psychedelic rock group. See Calendar Pick on p. 20.

    THE ORANGE CONSTANT Playing melodic jam-rock with a hint of folk.

    WALDEN Local four-piece playing anthemic rock akin to U2, Mumford and Sons and Coldplay.

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $15 (adv.), $18 (door).

    THE CALIFORNIA HONEYDROPS Energetic five-person Delta blues and twang-funk band with the goal of getting the audience to dance and sing.

  • Georgia Theatre

    On the Rooftop. 9:30 p.m. FREE!

    PARTIALS Local psychedelic pop four-piece.

    THE NIGHT SHIFT A group of high-spirited musicians based out of Atlanta.

  • Georgia Theatre

    6:30 p.m. $25 (adv.), $28 (door).

    PUNCH BROTHERS An infusion of modern classical and progressive bluegrass.

    GABRIEL KAHANE Americana singer-songwriter from NYC.

  • The Grotto

    11 p.m. 706-549-9933

    LEAVING COUNTRIES Louis Phillip Pelot and company play funky Southern folk rock 'n' roll.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    Old Skool Presents… 8 p.m. FREE!

    BIG C Nobody in Athens sings the blues quite like Big C. Expect lots of soulful riffs, covers and originals.

  • Iron Factory

    10 p.m. FREE! 706-395-6877

    TWO9 Atlanta-based hip hop crew with a trap-heavy sound and a punk aesthetic.

    DJ GOLDEN Local DJ Adam Golden spins dubstep, hip hop and electro.

    DJ BRANSTONE Atlanta-based DJ and producer mixing dreamy, synthy sounds.

  • Live Wire

    10 p.m. FREE!

    TECROPOLIS Athens' longest-running electronic dance music series, with special guests.

  • Madison Morgan Cultural Center

    7:30 p.m. $25.

    JOHN MCCUTCHEON Legendary, deep-rooted folk singer-songwriter, storyteller and Georgia resident.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    REVEREND Local trio showcasing originals and covering singer-songwriters such as Neil Young, Townes Van Zandt and Howe Gelb. 

  • The Office Lounge

    8 p.m. 706-546-0840

    REV. CONNER MACK TRIBBLE Tribble is a Georgia rock and roll fixture. He hosts an "all-star jam" every Thursday.

  • Tlaloc El Mexicano Restaurant

    12 p.m. FREE! 706-613-9301

    CINCO DE MAYO FESTIVAL An all-day lineup of live music, featuring 10 bands from Athens and 10 from Atlanta, including Richard Gumby, Los Meesfits, Wet Garden, Wild of Night, Dandy Warhol, Half Acid, Smokedog and more. See story on p. 16.

  • Your Pie

    6:30 p.m. FREE! 706-355-7048 (Gaines School Road location)

    HALEM ALBRIGHT A blend of unique songwriting and electrifying guitar, from rock to reggae, Americana to experimental.


Lectures & Lit



  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    5–7 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650

    Pottery Class

    Pat Shields and Janice Hall Shields of Georgia Mudcats Pottery lead a class that reviews the history of traditional pottery in the Southeastern U.S. Participants can decorate a piece of pottery.


  • Rocksprings Community Center

    10 a.m. $5–7.50.

    Cinco de Mayo

    This program for ages 2–5 with an adult includes crafts, games and music.

  • ACC Library

    4:30 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650, ext. 329

    Cinco de Mayo

    Ages 11–18 can celebrate by learning the history behind Cinco de Mayo and making mini pinatas and cookie tacos.



Ending Thursday, May 5



  • Georgia Museum of Art

    Studio Workshop

    Hope Hilton leads "Studio Workshop: Realism and Representational Art." All levels of experience welcome. May 5, 12, 19 & 26, 6:30–8:30 p.m. $15. Call or email to register. 706-542-8863,


  • Oconee County Library

    Puppetry Camp

    Learn the basics of puppetry and create your own foam puppet to keep. For ages 8–14. All materials provided. Registration required. This program is funded by a grant from the Georgia Council of the Arts as part of the Oconee Inspiration series of creative workshops for children. Thursdays, May 5–26, 4 p.m. FREE! 706-769-3950,