What’s going on this weekend? A concert by some of America’s greatest rappers and the return of some of the Augusta area’s most beloved fall festivals. Here are more details on these and other festivities:
Legends of the Streetz Tour
Hip-hop and rap fans are on the big show Thursday at the James Brown Arena. The Legendz of the Streetz tour stops in Augusta with performances from major artists like Rick Ross, Jeezy, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, Trina and DJ Drama. The show starts at 7 p.m. and tickets start at $ 53 at aectix.com.
Oliver Hardy Festival
This beloved Harlem festival is back in its 32nd year and celebrates the life of Harlem resident Oliver Hardy, half of the world-famous comedy duo Laurel and Hardy between the 1920s and 1950s.
As tradition has it, attendees will enjoy the opening ceremonies at 9 a.m., followed by the parade at 10 a.m., as well as dozens of vendors along North Louisville Street offering a variety of food, crafts and entertainment. ‘other goods from local businesses until about 4 p.m. New this year will be live music from 6 p.m.
The festival is known to feature several lookalikes and there is a museum that showcases their lives and careers as well as screenings of the duo’s films.
Fort Gordon Fall Festival
This is another fall favorite and takes place all weekend long. The festival will be open Thursday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 7 p.m. A carnival will take place daily at Barton Field, with an Oktober Fest-themed Friday night and a flea market on Saturday. Admission is free, but there are prices to ride on the carnival rides starting at $ 1.25. For more information, visit gordon.armymwr.com/view-event/50811.
Cancer awareness events
This year’s Relay For Life celebration could not have a luminaria ceremony, but the regional chapter hopes to compensate for this with its Night of hope at Augusta Common on Saturdays at 6 p.m. Light fixtures purchased by individuals and families in honor of loved ones killed by cancer, a person battling cancer or a cancer survivor will be placed throughout the region.
FireK 21 invites families to a 5K on Saturday at 8 a.m. that begins and ends at Evans Towne Center Park. The product benefits firefighters in the region who are battling cancer. There will also be family fun at the park, such as a hot dog lunch, fire related activities and superheroes until noon.
Return from the visit of the lofts
The annual Augusta Downtown Lofts Tour returns Friday and Saturday, giving guests the opportunity to see the interiors of the lofts and other historic buildings. Tours are available from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on October 1 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on October 2. Tickets are $ 20 in advance and $ 25 per day at historic Augusta headquarters at 936 Broad St.
Love at first sight: American AC / DC
This tribute group will perform a wide range of AC / DC hits on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Columbia County Performing Arts Center on Market Street in Evans. Thunderstruck was formed in 2015 and has since performed in theaters and festivals across the country. Tickets start at $ 49 and are available at ticketmaster.com.
Kids will be able to spend time with Augusta first responders on Saturday at 10 a.m. at Augusta Common. Activities include visiting the fire trucks, meeting with the K-9 team from the Sheriff’s Office, playing in a fire safety smokehouse, and exploring the agencies. For parents, COVID-19 vaccines will be available with $ 100 gift cards as part of the Vax Up Augusta program. There will also be free food and a drive-thru area for child safety seats which will be installed by a certified Safe Kids technician.
Vernissages of art exhibitions
The 5th annual Absurd meaning will demonstrate the skills of Augusta tattoo artists on paper, canvas, glass and other mediums at 600 Broad Gallery. A free public reception will be organized on Friday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and the exhibition will run until October 29. The gallery will be open Monday to Friday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The 5th annual October Spooktacular will showcase the spooky and spooky art of 20 local artists at the JB Whites Building. Opening reception events at the New Moon Cafe and Book Tavern on Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. will include snacks, scary story reading and a food donation drive for It’s Spooky To Be Hungry. Guests are encouraged to come in themed outfits and will be required to wear masks. The exhibition will run until October 30, when a closing reception will be held from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and will include a charity art auction and a mini arts market.
Tuesday’s Music Live concert series includes a free Channelheimer Oompah Band concert starting at noon on Tuesday, October 5 at St. Paul’s Church in downtown Augusta. Parking is available at the nearby Augusta Church and History Museum. Find more details on the series on TuesdaysMusicLive.com.