If it’s fall, y’all, it’s festival season! If it’s not fall – okay, look, this is the South. Every season is festival season. And Augusta loves a festival. Most weekends, you can find a large group of us in a gravel-strewn field, crossbody purse in place, wristband secured, plastic cup at our lips, moving in rhythm with the music.
You can’t talk about Augusta without mentioning the glorious array of food choices. The city has deep connections to Germany and Korea through nearby Fort Gordon. Immigrants from China helped build the Augusta Canal and their ancestors still live here today. We enjoy beautifully diverse Asian, African, Middle Eastern and Latin American neighbors, attracted by the medical district, the cyber community, and the universities in the area. And our vibrant African-American history flavors almost everything we eat. This extends to our
Augusta Boucherie – This newcomer to the Augusta festival scene is a celebration of the fall livestock harvest, when farmers harvest mature farm animals to feed families through the cold winter. At this jamboree, farmers and chefs provide instruction, meals, yard games, adult beverages and more. We’re already getting the meat sweats! Located at White Hills Farm, 1419 Fort Creek Road, Dearing, Ga., 30808. Visit augustaboucherie.com or call 706-595-5081.
Augusta Craft Beer Festival – The craft brew scene in Augusta is growing, with breweries like Riverwatch Brewery and Savannah River Brewing Co. leading the way. Add their tasty concoctions with live music and food and… what more do you need, we ask you? Location subject to change from year to year. Visit augustacraftbeerfest.com.
Augusta Labor Day Soul Festival – We got soul! Soul food and soul music run through Augusta like the Savannah River. This celebration of all things soul includes live performances, traditional cuisine, and dancing under the stars. Get on the good foot and get down in downtown. Location subject to change from year to year.
Food Truck Festival – Once a year, food truck fans gather for a day of music, games and an array of dishes from around the world. Location subject to change from year to year. Visit csrafoodtruckfest.com.
Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que – Augusta takes barbecue seriously, and nowhere more so than the pro competition at Banjo-B-Que. This applauds the South’s two favorite things – music and food. Come hungry for the Kansas City Barbeque Society Professional BBQ Cook-Off, and relax with some of the best roots, Americana and bluegrass music, craft beer, a petting zoo, and more. Location subject to change from year to year. Location subject to change from year to year. Visit facebook.com/BanjoBQue or banjobque.com/
There are a ton of things to love about Augusta, but the best include a large group of friends, time in the sun, and frosty adult beverages. There’s a festival for everyone, so, grab some friends and go!