Saturday, December 10

47 events


  • 12–2 p.m. FREE!

    Really Really Free Market

    (Reese & Pope Park) Bring what you can; take what you need. No bartering, trading or paying. Second Saturday of every month.

  • 10:30 a.m. & 2 p.m. $25. 706-353-1820,

    Holiday Spirits Museum Mile Tour

    (Various Locations) This tour focuses on period holiday traditions spanning the 19th century by exploring historic houses from the Federal, Greek Revival and Victorian periods. The tour includes live entertainment and refreshments. 

  • Bishop Park

    8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE!

    Athens Farmers Market

    Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods, crafts and live music. Live music by Todd Lister (8 a.m.) and Small Opera (10 a.m.). Today features an educational activity with the Master Gardeners.

  • Lyndon House Arts Center

    10 a.m.–4 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3623

    Holiday Open House

    The Ware-Lyndon Historic House will be decorated in the spirit of a Victorian Christmas. Festivities include music from the Athens Flute Choir, children's activities and a visit from Santa. "Deck the Walls," the Lyndon House's annual market, features a huge selection of items made by local artists. 

  • West Broad Market Garden

    9 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    West Broad Farmers Market

    Shop for fresh and affordable produce and prepared foods. The market also includes kids activities, cooking demonstrations, educational booths and entertainment.

  • Multiple Locations

    Dec. 8, 7 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens. Dec. 10, 7 p.m. at Seney-Stovall Chapel. $7.

    Yuletide Celebration: Community Showcase

    This year's performances will be presented by members of the UU, the North Oconee Titan Thrill Dance Team, the North Oconee Swing Team, Colortura Music group and more. Crafts, games and treats will be provided before the show. See Story on p. 13.

  • West Broad Market Garden

    9 a.m.–1 p.m.

    Holiday Craft Festival

    The West Broad Farmers market offers a special festival with a turkey raffle, a collard greens cook-off, live music and more. 

  • Magnolias

    7–9 p.m. $25.

    YPN Athens Holiday Party

    Meet other young professionals at a mixer with local food, raffles and live music. Proceeds benefit Samaritan Center for Counseling and Wellness. 

  • ACC Library

    2–4 p.m. FREE!

    Join Together: A Multicultural Afternoon of Music, Peace and Holiday Crafts

    Hear Indian music, Christmas carols, songs of Hanukka, Kwanzaa and the Festival of Our Lady Guadalupe. Make crafts and enjoy a holiday beverage. 

  • 9 a.m.–1 p.m. FREE!

    Holiday Market

    (Farmview Market, 2610 Eatonton Rd. Madison) Festivities include: a visit from Santa (10:30 a.m.), the MCMS Chorale (11 a.m.), a tour of the gristmill, kids crafts, demos and samples.

  • 9 a.m.–3 p.m FREE!

    Advantage Office Inventory Sale

    (240 Mitchell Bridge Rd.) Advantage Behavioral Health Systems is moving to a new location in the spring. This yard sale will offer chairs, sofas, desks, tables, cabinets, appliances, decor and more.


  • The Classic Center

    8:30 a.m. $20-25. 706-357-4444,

    Breakfast with Santa

    Enjoy a special breakfast with Santa and Buddy the Elf. Tickets to the breakfast include access to Santa's workshop craft station and an ice skating discount.

  • Sandy Creek Nature Center

    2:30–3 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3615

    Critter Tales

    Families are invited to listen to a story about nature. Staff will then bring it to life by visiting a critter or going outdoors for an activity.

  • OCAF, Watkinsville

    10 a.m.–12 p.m. & 1–3 p.m. $2 or unwrapped toy donation.

    Mingle with Kringle

    Activities include photos with Kringle, festive storytelling, construction of the Peaceful Village, a puppet show and more. Toy donations will benefit Toys for Tots.

  • ACC Library

    11 a.m. FREE!

    Star Wars: Rogue One Death Star Party

    Gear up for Rogue One with crafts and exploding Death Stars. Costumes encouraged. Ages 5–9.

  • Barnes & Noble

    11:30 a.m. FREE!

    Special Storytime

    Meet author Carol Bland Dolson and illustrator Elaine Hearn Rabon for a reading of Marguerite and Me.  


  • R. Wood Studio

    9 a.m.–4 p.m.

    Holiday Sale

    Join R. Wood for the pottery studio's annual holiday sale. 

  • 572 Nantahala Ave.

    Dec. 10–11, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. 706-546-7235,

    Carter & Friends Pottery Market

    Local potter Carter Gillies is joined by Geoff Pickett, Jeff Bishoff and Kyle Jones for a group sale of woodfired, salt glazed and oxidation fired pots.

  • Normaltown Pottery, 410 King Ave.

    Dec. 9, 4–9 p.m. & Dec. 10, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 762-728-0575

    Holiday Sale

    Shop for handmade pottery by Juana Gnecco and Nancy Green.

  • Mbare

    Dec. 9, 5–9 p.m. & Dec. 10, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

    Africa in Athens

    Shop for unique, handmade gifts from Zimbabwe, Senegal, Ivory Coast and South Africa.

  • Heirloom Cafe and Fresh Market

    10 a.m.–2 p.m. FREE!

    Heirloom Holiday Market

    Handmade wares range from printmaking, textiles, jewelry, jams, bath items and more. Shop for local gifts during brunch hours.

  • David Morgan Pottery

    Dec. 10, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. & Dec. 11, 12–5 p.m. 706-795-3418

    Holiday Sale

    Potter David Morgan has been creating functional stoneware for the past 30 years. Shop for new works.

  • Athens Institute for Contemporary Art: ATHICA

    10 a.m.–5 p.m.

    ATHICA Holiday Market

    The market features local art and handmade goods. Part of the Tracy Street Arts Crawl.

  • Bishop Park

    8 a.m.–12 p.m.

    Holiday Craft Markets

    The Athens Farmers market will include its Holiday Craft Market featuring ceramics, jewelry, textiles, woodworking and more. 

  • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

    Tracy Street Arts Crawl

    (Chase Street Warehouses) Participating artists include Beth Cyr, David Hale, Nancy Everett, Erin McIntosh and more. The crawl will also have food trucks and kids crafts. See Calendar Pick on p. 21.

  • 66 Morrison St., Watkinsville

    Dec. 10, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Dec. 11, 12–4 p.m.

    Studio Holiday Art Sale

    The sale will feature glass works by Larry Hamilton, paintings by Leigh Ellis, folk art by Chris Hubbard and pottery by Lynette Phillips.

  • Hi-Lo Lounge

    1–5 p.m. 706-850-8561

    Art Show Fundraiser

    An art market with local art, lotion, soap, wooden bowls, jewelry and more. Proceeds benefit Campus Cats.

  • Sexy Suz Adult Emporium

    6–10 p.m.

    Erotic Art Show

    (Sexy Suz Couples Boutique) The boutique hosts an art show of works ranging from mildly sensual to XXX themed. Ages 18 & up.


  • The Classic Center

    Dec. 10, 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 3 p.m. FREE! (tickets required).

    Athens Symphony Christmas Concert

    Featuring the Athens Symphony Orchestra. Musical pieces include Bach's "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," Guaraldi's "A Charlie Brown Christmas," selections from Handel's "Messiah" and more.

  • The Globe

    Dec. 9–10, 9 p.m. $5–8.

    Drunk! Romeo and Juliet

    The "Boozy Bard Players" present a drunk rendition of Shakespeare's classic love story. See Story on p. 13.

Live Music

  • Bishop Park

    Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE!

    TODD LISTER Folky local singer-songwriter. (8 a.m.)

    SMALL OPERA No info available. (10 a.m.)

  • Caledonia Lounge

    10 p.m. $5 (21+), $7 (18-20).

    BURNS LIKE FIRE Stewed, screwed and tattooed punk rock band from Athens.

    KARBOMB High-speed, long-running local punk band.

    WOLVES & WOLVES & WOLVES & WOLVES Indie-punk band from Winston-Salem, NC.

    TIGHT BLACKS Local punk band inspired by Jawbreaker and Dinosaur Jr.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m.

    FLAP Eclectic, Atlanta-based acoustic guitar duo that has been performing for over 25 years.

    FRENCH EXIT Local rock band featuring members of Circulatory System and Faster Circuits.

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $6.

    THE WELCOME HOME Local four-piece indie rock band.

    MOSAIC Indie-folk group from Athens.

  • Georgia Theatre

    8 p.m. $10.

    BLOODKIN AND FRIENDS The long-running Athens quartet plays a bluesy style of roots-rock. This is the annual holiday benefit show featuring many special guests.

    JERRY JOSEPH Prolific longtime folk-rock singer and guitarist from New York, formerly of Little Women.

  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-5609

    DREAM CULTURE Jammy local psychedelic rock group.

    MOCCASIN COWBOY Tennessee band that fuses indie rock with bossa nova, surf and more.

    SUZY HOMEMAKER Tennessee-based indie rock three-piece.

    FAT NEPTUNE Up-and-coming Athens psych-rock four-piece.

  • Highwire Lounge

    8:30 p.m. FREE!

    TRACE CAULSON Playing a selection of holiday favorites.

  • No. 3 Railroad Street

    8 p.m. FREE!

    JAKE N'EM Band led by father-son duo Joe and Jake Bennett plays country-tinged rock and roll.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    CHARGE THE ATLANTIC Reggae- and funk-influenced rock band from Rhode Island.

  • Terrapin Beer Co.

    4:30 p.m.

    MICHAEL MARTIN Americana artist from Indiana.


  • Highwire Lounge

    11 p.m. $1 (headphone).

    Silent Disco

    SILENT DISCO Dance the night away with wireless headphones and two channels of music. One of them is a request line!

Lectures & Lit

  • Barnes & Noble

    2–4 p.m. FREE!

    Ransom Jackson, Jr.

    Jackson and co-author Gaylon H. White will sign copies of Ransom's memoir about playing third base for the Cubs and the Dodgers, Handsome Ransom Jackson: Accidental Big Leaguer.

  • Bar Georgia

    5–8 p.m. FREE! 706-338-4872

    Book Signing

    Larry Acquaviva will sign copies of his new book, Nobody Cares Who You Are—The Life and Times of Aceman—A Widespread Panic Roadie

  • Avid Bookshop

    4 p.m. FREE!

    Book Launch Party

    (Avid Bookshop, 493 Prince Ave.) A book launch party and coloring event celebrates The Sapelo Island Coloring Book with illustrator Abigail West.


  • Elbert Theatre, Elberton

    Dec. 9-10, 7 p.m. & Dec. 11, 2 p.m. $9–16.

    Always a Bridesmaid

    Encore Productions presents a country comedy in which four friends have sworn to keep their promise from the night of senior prom: be in each other's weddings no matter what. See Story on p. 13.

  • Athens Community Theater

    Dec. 9–10, 15–17, 8 p.m. Dec. 11 & Dec. 18, 2 p.m. $8–15.


    Town & Gown Players present a play set in a mysterious, magical world of imperiled princesses, cursed warriors, speaking rodents and vile villains. See Story on p. 13.


  • Hard Labor Creek State Park

    8–10 p.m. $5. 706-557-3001,

    Geminids Meteor Shower

    Sit on the shore of Lake Brantley and view the last major meteor shower of the year. Bring a lawn chair, thermos of your favorite warm drink and a cozy blanket. Pre-register by calling.

Ending Saturday, December 10



  • The Natural Baby

    Events for Moms and Children

    Infant & Toddler Sensory Playgroup is for infants 4–12 months. $2/drop in, $5/month. Fridays, 11 a.m.–12 p.m. Saturday Open Playgroup. Saturdays, 1–3 p.m. MOMs Playgroup. Dec. 6, 13 or 20, 1–3 p.m. Babywearing Lunch & Learn. Dec. 14 or 21, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.,