Boardman Lake, Fort Gordon MWR Kid's Fishing Derby
With beautiful waterways, verdant forests, and abundant wildlife, there’s too much to mention all of the sporting events and outdoor recreation in Augusta. Grab your gear and pick your preferred activity – fishing, boating, biking, hiking, swimming and more are just minutes away from you, no matter where you are in town.
CanalFEST – The Augusta Canal National Heritage Area is both beautiful and functional, providing hydroelectric power to the city and an outlet for outdoor recreation. It is as much a symbol for Augusta as golf or cybersecurity. Each year we honor its role with a day full of canoeing, kayaking, fishing, historic boat tours, crafts, food and live music. Centered around the Mill Village Trailhead at 109 Eve St., Augusta, Ga., but spilling over onto the nearby Kroc Center grounds at 1833 Broad St, Augusta, Ga., and adjacent Sibley Mill at 1717 Goodrich St., Augusta, Ga. Visit augustacanal.com/festival or call 706-823-0440.
Sacred Heart Garden Festival – Known nationally as a premier botanical and ornamental gardening exposition, thousands visit the Garden City each year for tours, teas, competitions, exhibits, education and markets. Located at 1301 Greene St., Augusta, Ga., 30901. Visit sacredheartaugusta.org/garden.html, or call 706-826-4700.
Kid's Fishing Derby & Shooting Day – While not technically a festival, you really can’t talk about outdoor sporting events in the Augusta area without mentioning the multitude of hunting and fishing opportunities. This one is unique. Each year, Fort Gordon hosts the annual family event with a fishing competition for children. After the fish are all gone, families can enjoy an afternoon instruction of archery, skeet and trap, and distance shooting on Boardman Lake on the grounds of the military base. Visit https://gordon.armymwr.com, or call 706-791-3579.
Whatever you love, there’s someone in Augusta just itching to celebrate it with you. So pack your stuff, pick your people, and get going!