I love when people say there isn’t anything to do in Augusta. Don’t get me wrong. I wish people wouldn’t complain, especially when there’s no action to back it up, but there will always be complainers. I like proving them wrong.
There’s a great internet spot called Google that can get you all of this info and more, but I’ve taken the liberties of streamlining things a bit. Know that this is all for September, and I’m not listing everything. If I left your event out, it wasn’t intentional.
For theater fans, September is a great month. Aiken Community Playhouse has been in rehearsals for “The Addams Family,” a hilarious musical take on the classic show. The Augusta Players, whose home is the historical Imperial Theatre, opens their season with the Broadway hit “Anything Goes.” Le Chat Noir is doing “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime,” along with their Extreme Theatre games. If you need specific dates, you can check out the groups’ websites.
Not into theater? That’s OK. I’ve got more. Chris Isaak is coming to the newly renovated Miller on Sept. 11. Jerry Seinfeld will be at the Bell Auditorium on Sept. 14. Travis Tritt is performing there on Sept. 28. The ever-popular Southern Soul and Song series kicks off its season in September, too, at the Imperial. Try Bee’s Knees, Luigi’s, The Hive, Frog Hollow, Mellow Mushroom, Kawa or Whiskey Bar for pre-show dinner and drinks.
Like drinks? We have two breweries right here in Augusta. Riverwatch Brewery is on Fourth street, and Savannah River Brewing Company is on Fifth. Both offer tastings and special events. If you’re up for a little ride and you have a driver, there’s a distillery in Edgefield. Carolina Moon offers several small-batch spirits and also has tasting hours. Y’all know how to look them up.
If drinking isn’t your thing, try yoga at Sky City or the Jessye Norman school on Tuesdays. There’s a quick-start tennis program for adults, which is a steal at $50. That gets you a racquet and six lessons. Ironman brings its ever-popular 70.3 race back to downtown again this year. That’s 70.3 miles of biking, swimming in the river and running downtown. Make posters and support the athletes. They come from all over the world to experience Southern hospitality and stifling humidity. No, really. It’s pretty cool to watch them all cross the finish line. Most will tell you, spectators are the biggest motivators.
Border Bash, the annual party for Georgia and Carolina football fans, will be at the Augusta Common on Sept. 7. Also at the Common is the Food Truck Festival on Sept. 29. Each week, head downtown for the Saturday Market. Not only can you buy tons of local produce, it’s one of the best lunches in town.
I wouldn’t dream of missing the festival powerhouse, Arts in the Heart of Augusta. Multiple stages offer all sorts of entertainment, the Global Village includes food from around the world, and you can finish most of your holiday shopping. Dates: Sept. 14 to 16. Location: most of downtown.
Little ones will love Super Awesome Story Time at the Book Tavern on Wednesdays. There’s a Historic Trolley tour, originating at the museum on Reynolds, every Saturday. Phinizy Swamp hosts a Saturday Hike every first Saturday. Pizza Joint and World of Beer both have trivia nights, as do many others.
Are you tired yet? I’m excited. I’ve just written almost 600 words about the nothings that happen in our little city. This is September. I didn’t even mention the Westobou Festival or “Man of La Mancha” at Fort Gordon Dinner Theatre, which are October events. Funny enough, most of these take place in the horrible, scary, desolate downtown Augusta. There’s so much more, too. Get out there, y’all. If you don’t like what you see here, grab some friends and make your own. Feel free to try something new, too. You might just surprise yourself. You might find yourself, well, too busy to complain.