Saturday, August 27

51 events


  • Go Bar

    10 p.m. $3.

    Athens Showgirl Cabaret

    Featuring Ms. Sasha Nicole Stephens-Jones, Kellie Divine, Alice Divine, Jenn Sparx, Muffy VanderTits, Kai Hudson and Cola Yasmine. 

  • 40 Watt Club

    8 p.m. $25.

    Groovy Nights: Battle of the Decades

    Take a trip through the decade that taste forgot. This year's theme is '70s vs. '80s. Participate in raffles, dance 'til you drop and compete in the Groovy costume contest. Proceeds benefit Project Safe.

  • Little Kings Shuffle Club

    5–9 p.m. $3-5.

    6th Annual Dirty Dance Party

    A family-friendly event including food vendors, a silent auction, dancing and face painting. All proceeds benefit Keep Athens-Clarke County Beautiful.

  • Bishop Park

    8 a.m.–12 p.m. FREE!

    Athens Farmers Market

    Local and sustainable produce, meats, eggs, dairy, baked goods, prepared foods and crafts. Live music by Gary Grossman (8 a.m.) and M.S.R.P. (10 a.m.).

  • 9:30 a.m.–3p.m. FREE!

    Tug of Love

    (ESP Jackson County Camp, Jefferson) Extra Special People host a day of tug-of-war competitions with food, water activities and games.

  • 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.

  • Madison County Library, Danielsville

    4–6 p.m. FREE!

    Adult Coloring Program

    Coloring sheets and pencils will be provided for participants to drop in, color and relax.

  • Oconee Veterans Park

    7 a.m. (registration), 8:30 a.m. (race). $20–25.

    4th Annual Running for Rankin 5K

    The 5K run/walk raises funds for the Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Foundation.

  • The Rook and Pawn

    8–11 p.m.

    Dragon Con Dry Run

    A costume party to test out your cosplay creation before Dragon Con and the Wild Rumpus parade. Prizes.

  • Bar Georgia

    9 p.m. $5 suggested donation.

    Pre-PRIDE Week Benefit

    Start PRIDE Week early with a benefit for Ms. Lori Divine.

  • 8 a.m.–12 p.m.

    "In Their Shoes" Fundraiser

    (Athens Regional Medical Center, front lawn of Outpatient Surgery Center) Shop at this community yard sale to support the Loran Smith Center for Cancer Support.



  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. $94.50 (members), $105.

    Certificate in Native Plants

    Learn about "Protecting Plant Diversity." 

  • State Botanical Garden of Georgia

    9 a.m.–5 p.m. $105. 706-542-6156,

    Protecting Plant Diversity

    This course surveys threats to biodiversity worldwide, examples of rare plant research, techniques for restoration and reintroduction and ways to make a difference in protecting rare plants of Georgia.

Live Music

  • Bishop Park

    Athens Farmers Market. 8 a.m. FREE!

    GARY GROSSMAN Local folk artist whose music is informed by his scientific teaching background. (8 a.m.)

    M.S.R.P. The Michael Spence Rock Project plays a set of acoustic tunes. (10 a.m.)

  • Caledonia Lounge

    9 p.m. $7 (21+), $9 (18-20).

    DOUBLE FERRARI This local band plays virtuosic, high-speed, instrumental rock.

    MONSOON Female-fronted local post-punk band that dabbles in rockabilly and new wave. 

    GRAND VAPIDS This local alt-rock band has a dense, dreamy, slowcore-inspired sound.

    JANA HORN The lead singer of Austin band Reservations performs a solo set.

  • Cloverleaf Farm

    11 a.m.

    WILDWOOD REVIVAL Day two of the Americana festival, featuring Gillian Welch, Big George Brock, Hackensaw Boys, the Legendary Shack Shakers, Indianola, JP Harris and Susto. See story on p. 12.

  • Creature Comforts Brewery

    1 p.m.

    DIABLO SANDWICH & THE DR. PEPPERS Local band that dabbles in country, bluegrass, jazz, rock and more.

  • Flicker Theatre & Bar

    9 p.m.

    SYOP Local rock band with driving guitars.

    RABIES SCYTHE FIGHT Experimental electronic local band.

  • The Foundry

    8 p.m. $7 (adv.), $10 (door).

    GRASSLAND STRING BAND Local traditional and progressive bluegrass group. EP release show! See story on p. 13.

    SAM BURCHFIELD The Atlanta-based singer-songwriter plays a set of his folk-pop tunes.

  • Front Porch Book Store

    6 p.m. FREE! 706-742-7735

    BETWEEN NAYBORS Local trio playing a variety of folk-based music that ranges from '60s coffeehouse to Richard and Linda Thompson-esque duets to rhythmic, Tom Waits-y rants.

  • Georgia Theatre

    8 p.m. $15.

    THE WHIGS Hard-driving former Athens rock trio with heavy pop sensibilities. 

    MUSIC BAND Psychedelic garage-rock band from Nashville.

    CHIEF SCOUT Bracing local rock band led by songwriter Trey Rosenkampff.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m.

    MACK MAVIS Local experimental jazz combo featuring Zack Milster, Garrett Burke, Geoff Wood and Eric Fontaine. Expect improvisation, originals and different takes on standards.

    CULT OF RIGGONIA Experimental soundscapes with tribal, world music beats and ornate instrumentation.

  • Hendershot's Coffee Bar

    8 p.m.

    ADRON The strong, fluttering voice of Atlanta's Adrienne McCann meanders through her blend of mellow Tropicalia and low-key jazz.

  • Highwire Lounge

    8 p.m. FREE!

    LIVE JAZZ Jeremy Raj is bringing together the best that Athens jazz has to offer. A trio of incredibly talented musicians play to a great crowd every weekend.

  • Lumpkin Street Station

    10 p.m.

    HEAVY MOJO Alternative hip hop group from Atlanta.

  • Mama Jewel's Kitchen

    11 a.m. FREE! 706-850-9797

    HUNTER GRAYSON Playing classic country music.

  • Nowhere Bar

    10 p.m. 706-546-4742

    ERIK NEIL BAND Local trio playing blues/rock covers and originals.

  • The Office Lounge

    9 p.m. 706-546-0840

    ELI CARLAN BAND Commerce-based group exploring blues, rock and pop.

  • Saucehouse Barbeque

    7 p.m. FREE!

    JULIE HOLMES Local singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who specializes in acoustic jams. 

  • Saucehouse Barbeque

    6 p.m. FREE!

    PAUL TURNER Acoustic soul singer-songwriter.

  • VFW

    7 p.m. $15.

    THE SENSATIONAL SOUNDS OF MOTOWN Six veteran musicians entertaining crowds in the Southeast for nearly 18 years promise an exciting, live-energy show. Featuring Mr. Motown!

  • White Tiger Gourmet

    6 p.m. FREE! 706-353-6847

    THE FEEL GOOD THEORY Young, uplifting local rock band. Formerly known as Classic City Live.


  • OCAF, Watkinsville

    1–4 p.m. FREE!

    Pottery Demonstration

    Demorest potter Chris Kelly demonstrates various techniques. Part of the 14th annual "Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational."

  • Lyndon House Arts Center

    10–11 a.m. FREE! (AAAC members), $15 (non-members).

    Brunch and Learn

    The Athens Area Arts Council presents a panel discussion on the pros and cons of working with creative collectives. Speakers include Peter Muzyka (Abandoned Rural America), Courtney McCracken (Athens Free School) and Philip Goulding (Farmington Depot Gallery).

  • 7–9 p.m. FREE!

    "Eye Candy" Juried Summer Pop-Up

    (Indie South, 1377 Prince Ave.) TV Gallery's first pop up exhibition features artwork selected by guest jurors Jessica Smith (Flagpole arts editor), Kristen Ashley (KA Artist Shop) and Victoria Chamblin (editor at ART PAPERS) along with TV Gallery curator Tatiana Veneruso. The reception will be held in Indie South's new brick-and-mortar space. Music by Zelium. See Calendar Pick on p. 17.

  • OCAF, Watkinsville

    10 a.m.–5 p.m. FREE!

    "Perspectives" Opening Day

    The 14th annual "Perspectives: Georgia Pottery Invitational" includes an exhibition and sale of 7,500 pieces by 50 potters. Additional exhibitions include "Participating Potters: 2016," with two works by each potter; "American Ceramic Masters" featuring works by top ceramicists; and "Atomic Clay," clay robots by Michael Klapthor. The sale continues through Sept. 14.

Lectures & Lit

  • ACC Library

    Aug. 24, 2–6 p.m. (Friends of the Library members only), Aug. 25, 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Aug. 26–27, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Most books $2 or less.

    Book Sale

    Shop from thousands of books, including fiction, non-fiction, children's books, hardbacks, paperbacks, DVDs, CDs and more. Proceeds benefit the ACC Library. On Saturday, fill an entire bag for $10.

  • Zombie Coffee and Donuts

    2-4 p.m. FREE!

    Meet the Author

    Meet local author Jim Evans in celebration of his novel Zombies in Paradise.


  • Memorial Park

    12–3 p.m. $2–3.

    Zoo Day 2016

    Activities include arts and crafts, concessions, exhibitors and discussions regarding zoo animals. Participants can play the role of a zookeeper who has lost their keys and must solve clues in order to get the spare set.


  • The Bottleworks

    7:15 a.m. FREE!

    Athens Road Runners

    Go on a three or six mile group run. Coffee afterwards. Meet in the parking lot behind Bottleworks on Prince Avenue.


  • Oconee County Civic Center

    Aug. 19–20 & Aug. 26–27, 7 p.m. Aug. 21 & Aug. 28, 3 p.m. $14–18.


    Plus-size, Baltimore teen Tracy become a dance star in this musical adaptation.

  • Morton Theatre

    6 p.m. $15–25.

    Tom Cat

    This pre-Civil Rights stage play about an ill-fated, interracial love triangle echoes many of the same social ills that plague American society today: racism, classism, sexism, police brutality, crime and violence. 

  • Athens Community Theater

    Aug. 26 & 27, 8 p.m. Aug. 28, 2 p.m. $5.

    The Clean House

    A funny and moving play about a Brazilian maid, her boss, the boss's wandering husband and his lover. 


  • Tyche's Games

    12 p.m. FREE!

    Day of Board Game Demonstrations

    Learn to play new games.

  • ACC Library

    1 p.m. FREE! 706-613-3650

    Adult Chess Tournament

    The Swiss-format tournament features prizes like a one-year membership to The Rook and Pawn, a Kindle Fire HD and a $50 gift card. Chess sets provided. 


  • Rashe's Cuisine

    7–9 p.m. FREE! 706-850-4164

    Comedy Show and Benefit Concert

     Benny Pitts hosts with guest DJs. A percentage of food sales will benefit Chess and Community. 


  • Ciné Barcafé

    7 p.m. (fashion show). 8:30 p.m. (screening). $9.75.


    See styles inspired by the movie in a local fashion show then watch the '90s classic in celebration of its 20th anniversary.

Ending Saturday, August 27



  • Just Pho...and More

    "Clever" Juried Art Student Exhibition

    Seeking two-dimensional artwork inspired by the word "clever" from current undergraduate art students. Email up to two images. Works must be under 20x30 inches and ready to hang. Customers will vote on their favorites; winner receives solo exhibit in October. Deadline Aug. 27. Exhibit runs Sept. 6–Oct. 9.