While we can’t expect a drastic drop in temperatures, the lack of humidity we’re experiencing now that October is almost here makes the air feel downright crisp. That alone may put an extra spring in the step of the average Augustan.
Columbia County Fair
Add to that the vast number of events headed our way in the next few months, and many in the CSRA are almost giddy with anticipation.
Here’s a handy list of events happening between now and Thanksgiving. All we want is a pumpkin spice latte (can we get that iced?) to carry around while we stroll the aisles of a festival, shopping, listening to music, eating and looking at some art.
Sounds like heaven.
Ironman 70.3 Augusta
Sunday, September 29
The swim start is at Augusta Riverwalk Marina and the finish line is at the Augusta Common. Spectators can take in the breathtaking views of the Savannah River from the train bridge and marina from the Riverwalk, the ramp at 6th street or at 5th street. Visit ironman.com.
Fort Gordon’s Barton Field (Free/Open to Public)
Friday and Saturday, Sep 27 & 28 Friday 5 p.m. – 11
Saturday, September 28 Children’s activities, vendors, flea market, food, drinks and much more. Call 706-791-8878
Wednesday, October 2-Sunday, October 6
Westobou Central will be open throughout the festival. Visit the website for more.
Saturday, October 5, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
The 31st annual event will feature food and craft vendors, inflatables, live entertainment and Laurel and Hardy impersonators. The parade will begin at 10 a.m.
Friday, October 11, 4-9 pm
Featuring the UGA and USC cheerleaders and mascots, as well as live music from the Swingin’ Medallions and the Embers. Gates will open at 4 PM at SRP Park. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 on the day of the event. Kids 12 & under are free.
Evans Towne Center Park
Friday, October 18, 10 am until
Saturday, October 19, 10:30-until
An event that includes authentic food stands from several different countries, entertainment from folkloric and musical groups, arts and crafts, activities for children and families and more.
Callaway Plantation, Washington
Saturday, October 12th 9 am – 4 pm
An event that includes mule contests, primitive demonstrations, food, an arts and crafts show, family activities and more. Demonstrations of lost arts such as Cornhusk Weaving, Blacksmithing, Rope Making, Soap Making and much more.
Belair Conference Center
Sunday, October 13, 2019 at 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM
A fundraiser for the Augusta Mini Theatre featuring food from 25 area chefs, caterers and restaurants. Admission is $44.00 (adult), $20.00 (students/children ages 2-18) and adult Table(seats 8) – $352.00, and student/ children table – $160.00
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
Thursday, October 10, 4-9 p.m.
Friday-Saturday, October 11-12, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Sunday, October 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
A four-day celebration that includes traditional foods, drinks and entertainment, as well as shopping in the marketplace and church tours.
Saturday, October 19, 7:30 a.m.
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., with a pre-walk program starting at 8:00 a.m. and the walk beginning at 9:00 a.m.
North Augusta’s Living History Park
Saturday-Sunday, October 19-20, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
A two-day, free event that includes demonstrations and living exhibits of Colonial life, a Colonial dance and more. Call 803-279-7560
Saturday-Sunday, October 26-27
Tours begin each 20 minutes. Not recommended for children under 5. $20, adults; $10, children 5-18. Pre-registration encouraged. Call 706-724-0436
Augusta Museum of History
Friday, October 18, 7:00-11 p.m.
Southern Suds: Come for the History, Stay for the Beer!
Enjoy flights and a variety of craft beer, participate in beer history trivia, tour our galleries and kick back and listen to live music by Whiskey Run. Learn about the history of brewing beer in Augusta and pairing food with specific beers. Back by popular demand is the Museum’s limited-edition beer, Per Simma Down, a challenging beer brewed by Riverwatch Brewery! This persimmon wheat beer is based on a historic recipe from an 1870’s cookbook from the Museum’s collection. Get this special beer on tap and in bottles; available for one night only during Southern Suds while supplies last. Presented by the Augusta Museum of History, Riverwatch Brewery, and Kruhu.
$25-$40; $10, designated driver; Call 706-722-8454
Appleby Branch Library
Saturday-Sunday, Oct 26 – Oct 27, noon-5 p.m.
The 2019 Tour of Homes will feature homes on Glenn Avenue, a goal of Mary Lou Garren, co-founder of the Summerville Neighborhood Association. Mary Lou recently passed, but her legacy lives on. The Village will also come back, relocating to the St. Mary on the Hill parking lot to have better proximity to the tour.
Tour of homes hours are noon-5 p.m. each day.
Fort Gordon Dog Park
Saturday, October 26, 2-4 p.m.
An event that includes a costume contest, activities, giveaways, prizes and more. Call 706-791-4300
Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 5 PM – 8 PM
Free activities include: FREE and SAFE TRICK-OR-TREATING Carnival rides, Petting Zoo, Train rides, Hay rides, Two costume contests for kids: 7 & under 8 & up
Admission is the donation of one canned food item per child.
River Island Settlement
October 24, 6:00 – 9 pm
A benefit for the Central Savannah River Land Trust featuring live music, an oyster roast, an auction, raffle, music by the Mason Jars and more. $75 Call 706-312-5263.
Georgia Avenue, North Augusta
Friday, October 25, 6-10 p.m.
Saturday, October 26, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
A family friendly festival that will include live entertainment on two stages, food, arts and crafts vendors, a car show, cornhole tournament, amusement rides, activities for kids and more. The headliner on Friday night is Mark Chestnutt and on Saturday night Smash Mouth and the Spin Doctors perform. Call 803-441-4311
Ware’s Folley, Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
November 7, 7-10 p.m.
This annual event features an open bar, raw and steamed oysters, a Cajun feast, raffles, a silent art auction and live music. $75; pre-registration required. Visit
Sacred Heart Cultural Center Gift Shop
Thursday, November 21, 10:00 AM – 4 PM
An event that, in addition to shopping, features a bake sale, book signings Call 706-826-4700
Odell Weeks Center, Aiken
Saturday, November 2
A 10K, 5K and 1-mile race to benefit the Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons.
Thursday, November 28, 8:30 a.m. start
A benefit for the Salvation Army that also includes a 1 Mile Fun Run and a 10K wheelchair race.
Steed’s Dairy, Grovetown
Open September 28-November 10
A real working dairy farm that has activities that include a corn maize, a petting zoo, a jumping pillow and giant tube slide, rubber duckie races, a preschool play area, hayrides, a pumpkin patch, cow milking demonstrations and more.
Exchange Club Fairgrounds
308 Hale Street, Augusta
An annual Exchange Club event that includes carnival rides, shows, exhibits, food and more. Hours are Monday-Friday from 5 p.m. and Saturday-Sunday from noon. Advance tickets available. Call 706-722-0202
561 May Royal Drivee
An annual event that includes carnival rides and games, exhibits, shows, food and more.
Columbia County Fairgrounds
October 31st – Sunday November 10th
An annual event featuring carnival rides and games, food, shows, a demolition derby and more.