Fort Gordon’s Barton Field
Thursday-Sunday, October 1-4
One of the biggest yearly events held on post is Oktoberfest and, if you haven’t been, you’re missing out. The event starts with a carnival on Thursday night, and that carnival keeps going until the end of the festival on Sunday. But the party really starts on Friday, at least for adults. Beginning with the tapping of the keg, there will be food, beverages and live entertainment from Ted Lange and Alpenpower throughout the weekend. On Saturday, add to that a flea market and shopping, a BOSS car, truck and bike show and a pumpkin party at the indoor pool. The party is open to the public and the hours are 4-10:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, 8 a.m.-10:30 p.m. on Saturday, and noon-6 p.m. on Sunday.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, downtown Augusta
Friday-Sunday, October 8-11
Going strong for more than a quarter of a century, the Augusta Greek Festival is a celebrate of all things Greek, from faith to entertainment to shopping to food… but mostly the food. The rest of the year, Augustans dream of the feta fries and the baklava cheesecake (splurge for the chocolate baklava cheesecake). And for football fans, that taverna has televisions, so feel free to sit and drink a Greek beer while you watch the game. One aspect of the festival that tends to get lost among all the food and fun is the fact that the church offers sanctuary tours. The ornate fixtures and decorations are awe-inspiring, however, and shouldn’t be missed. Hours for the festival are Thursday from 4-9 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. A full festival schedule, as well as menus and more, is available on the church’s website.
Friday-Saturday, October 9-11
The great thing about this weekend is that festivalgoers can have lunch at the Greek Festival and dinner at the Hispanic Festival… or vice versa. Trailing the Greek Festival by just a couple of years, The 23nd Annual Hispanic Festival features authentic food stands from several different countries, entertainment from folkloric and musical groups, arts and crafts, activities for children and families, and more. It begins at 6 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday and Sunday. $5 admission; children 12 and under, ACHA members and active-duty military and those dressed in authentic costume of their country, free.
Jessye Norman Amphitheater
Friday, October 9
The weather should be perfect for the second of the Riveralk Revival concert series presented by Friends with Benefit. This time around, the concert will feature Drive-By Truckers and T. Hardy Morris. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. for the 7 p.m. show, and tickets are 25.
Saturday-Sunday, October 17-18
Gates open at 9 a.m. and opening ceremonies are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. both days of this event, which was first held 22 years ago to honor the memory of the Boshears brothers by raising awareness of general aviation and its history in Augusta. And organizers do it in style, with a variety of air shows, car shows, and chances for participants to take a ride in a Huey helicopter or a monster truck. Add to that food vendors and plenty of stuff for kids to do, and festivalgoers may never want to leave Daniel Field. Tickets are $15 in advance and $18 at the gate. Children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult.
Kicks 99 Guitar Pull
James Brown Arena
Tuesday, November 17
Besides the Masters, these are the hardest tickets to come by in all of Augusta. And it’s no wonder. This year’s lineup includes Craig Morgan, Thomas Rhett, Jerrod Niemann, Maddie & Tae, Sam Hunt and Jana Kramer. The tickets may be difficult to come by, but it’s far from impossible and that’s where checking the website often for the ticket stop calendar comes in handy. Head to these businesses at the right day and time and you just may win some tickets. We’re headed to University Healthcare in Evans on Friday, September 25, sometime between noon-2 p.m. and, hopefully, we’ll walk away with one of the 20 pair they’ll be giving away. Happy hunting!