Though Arts in the Heart won’t officially open until 5 p.m. Friday, downtown Augusta will start feeling the effects of the festival later today, when certain street closures take effect.
Here’s everything you need to know about the street closing plan, thanks to a Greater Augusta Arts Council announcement:
Augusta, GA – STREET CLOSINGS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ARTS IN THE HEART OF AUGUSTA FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED
This year’s Festival dates are September 19-21, 2014, and the Festival will again be located at the Augusta Common and Broad Street (836 Reynolds Street) for the fourth year in a row. This well-loved, 2 ½ day Festival features Augusta’s ethnic community providing at over 20 types authentic food booths in the Global Village, a Fine Arts and Fine Crafts Market with over 120 artisans, and five stages stacked with entertainment. New Orleans’ newest indie breakout band, THE REVIVALISTS, headline the event with a concert on Saturday evening at 7:30PM on the Global Stage. Additionally there is an expanded Family Area with free hands-on activities and a Young Artist Market for artists under 18.
On September 9, 2014, the following STREET CLOSING PLAN was approved by City of Augusta and Richmond County Sherriff’s Department:
- Monday: the parking well on the 700 block of Broad Street (across from the Chronicle & Imperial Theater) will close late afternoon.
- Tuesday: 9th Street (next to the Board of Education from Ellis to Broad) and McCartan Street (next to the Downtown Y) will close late evening.
- Wednesday: 8th Street (from Ellis to Broad) will close in the evening; Albion & Broad St. will close in the evening; Broad Street will close from 7th Street to 10th Street late Wednesday evening until Sunday evening.
- Friday: One lane (eastbound) of Reynolds will close from 9th to 8th street in the morning.
The Festival ends Sunday night at 7pm. Streets will open as soon as tents are removed and the Sherriff’s Department deems them safe for traffic.
Badges are $10 at the gate and are good for the entire weekend. $5 Advance sale badges are on sale at all SunTrust locations, Vintage Ooollee on Broad Street and New Moon Café in Aiken. Children 10 and under get in free.
Stage schedules, maps, menus and more can all be found at www.artsintheheart.com.
Arts in the Heart of Augusta is now on Instagram (@ArtsInTheHeartOfAugusta), as well as Facebook and Twitter (@artintheheart14). Patrons following the Festival on these platforms will stay abreast of all updates and breaking news before and during the Festival. More information is available at www.artsintheheart.com.
The Greater Augusta Arts Council is located at 1301 Greene St. in Augusta, GA. Its mission is to advance the arts and thus, enrich the quality of life in Augusta and the Central Savannah River Area.