Local Events

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Moonlight Music Cruise
Augusta Canal Interpretive Center
Bring refreshments and cruise down the canal with live entertainment every Friday evening. Music includes original tunes and popular hits with Tara Schyer (6/1), dulcimer, guitar, easy-listening and Celtic music with Mathew Dickerson (6/8), jazz standards and oldies with Garden City Jazz (6/15), smooth R&B, jazz, pop and Motown with Art of Expression (6/22) and classic rock, pop, R&B and jazz with Keith Gregory (6/29). 7-8:30 p.m. $25; reservations required. (706) 823-0440, augustacanal.com

June 5, 12, 19, 26
Evenings in Appleby Gardens
Appleby Branch Library
Outdoor concert series features a variety of musicians. Bring chairs, picnics and portable lawn party décor. Food trucks available. 8 p.m. Free. (706) 736-6244, arcpls.org 

June 7, 14, 21, 28
Music in the Park
Maude Edenfield Park
Outdoor concerts in North Augusta feature the Mike Frost Band (6/7), Backline Bluegrass (6/14), Doug & the Henrys (6/21) and the 246th Army Band (6/28). Free. Bring seating. Children’s playground available. 7 p.m. naartscouncil.org

June 22
Fourth Friday Dance
Ballroom Dance Center
Teachers and staff host an evening of fellowship and dancing to ballroom, rhythm, West Coast swing and contemporary dance music. Open to public and all levels of dancers. No partners necessary. 8-10:30 p.m. $10. augustaballroomdance.com

June 23
Blackwater Summer Festival
Aiken State Park
Festival features a barbecue lunch, wildlife demonstrations, music, swimming, canoe and kayak trail, hiking trails, boating facilities and campgrounds. Bring a cooler (no alcoholic beverages) and lawn seating. 9 a.m. $10. Parking $2. edistofriends.org

June 26
The Wood Brothers
Imperial Theatre
The folk trio performs selections from its newest album, One Drop of Truth, along with other hits. 7 p.m. $25-$35. imperialtheatre.com

June 27, July 11, 18, 25
Summer Soakin’ Series
Columbia County Amphitheater
Water-filled event features water slides, inflatables and other water fun. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $2 per child ages 2 and older; free for pass holders. evanstownecenterpark.com

June 29
Fort Gordon’s Independence Day Celebration
Barton Field
Celebration includes food and craft vendors, a children’s carnival, family activities, fireworks show and live music by Justin Moore, Colbie Caillat and Wordsmith. Bring blankets and chairs, but no pets, tents or coolers. 5-11 p.m. Free admission. Guests 16 and older must present a photo ID at gate. (706) 791-8878, fortgordon.com

Movies on the Common
Augusta Common
Featured film is Despicable Me 3. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks. Food vendors will also be available. Pre-movie activities begin at 7:30 p.m. and show begins at dusk. Free. (706) 821-1754, augustaga.gov

June 30
Free Film Series
Imperial Theatre
Featured film is Star Wars: The Force Awakens. PG-13. Free. 11 a.m. imperialtheatre.com

Clarks Hill Lake 4th of July Fireworks
Amity Recreation Area
Community group Friends of Clarks Hill Lake presents a fireworks show for boaters and onlookers from shore. Best viewing areas on land are from Amity Recreation Area and Raysville Marina. Free. 8-10 p.m. Bring seating and picnics. exploremcduffiecounty.com 

July 1
SouthEast Crab Feast
Brookfield Park
Family friendly event includes music, fish and chips and all-you-can-eat blue crabs. Optional snow crab platter available. 1-3:30 p.m. and 4-6:30 p.m. $10-$55. southeastcrabfeast.com

July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Candlelight Music Series
Augusta Common
Outdoor evening concerts feature the Matthew Davis Band (7/1), Versatility Project (7/8), Sequence 8 Band (7/15), Mike Frost Band (7/22) and Sounds of 824 (7/29). Bring lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic.7:30-9:30 p.m. $8. Children 13 and under are free. augustaga.gov

July 3
Bring It! Live
Bell Auditorium
New summer tour features Miss D and her Dancing Dolls performing original routines. 7:30 p.m. $35-$52. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

Freedom Blast
Thomson-McDuffie Government Center Lawn
Event includes family games and activities, live music by Xtreme Party Band and food and drink vendors that offer barbecue, hamburgers, hot dogs, ice cream and more. The Thomson Fire Department will be on hand with its ladder truck, spraying water for kids to play in. 7-10 p.m. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Bring lawn seating. Coolers are allowed, but no alcohol. Free. (706) 597-1000, thomsonmcduffiechamber.com 

July 4
Boom in the Park
Patriots Park
Bring chairs, blankets and picnics to Columbia County’s annual Independence Day celebration. Event includes live music, local food vendors and fireworks. 5-10 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. General admission is free; carnival rides, inflatables and train rides require a $5 wristband. (706) 868-3484.

Grovetown Fourth of July Barbecue
Liberty Park Community Center
The City of Grovetown’s community-wide picnic features free barbecue sandwiches (while supplies last), craft vendors, food vendors, family activities, live entertainment by David Doane Entertainment and a kiddie fun zone with inflatables and face painting. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (706) 860-7691, cityofgrovetown.com

Independence Day Celebration
Augusta Common
Downtown Augusta’s Independence Day Celebration features live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, patriotic merchandise, family activities and children’s play area with inflatables. 4-10 p.m. Fireworks begin at dusk. Bring blankets and chairs but no coolers or pets. Free admission. (706) 821-1754, augustaga.gov

July 5, 12
Music in the Park
Maude Edenfield Park
Outdoor concerts in North Augusta feature Garden City Jazz (7/5) and the Phillip Lee Band (7/12). Free. Bring seating. Children’s playground available. 7 p.m. naartscouncil.org 

July 7
Swamp Saturday Hike
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
Take a guided 2.5-mile hike through the park’s nature trails. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water to drink. No pets. Limited space; registration required. 9:30-11:30 a.m. $2; free for Friends of Phinizy and children age 3 and under. (706) 396-1426, phinizycenter.org

The Real Southern Blues Jam
Bell Auditorium
Music jam features performances by Theodis Ealey, Nellie “Tiger” Travis, Latimore, Nelson Curry, Car’letta, Joe Nice & the Soul Posse and Hennessey Williams. 7 p.m. $39-$59. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

Patriotic Fireworks and Boat Parade
Plum Branch Yacht Club
Event features a boat parade, food, games, live entertainment and fireworks over the lake. Boat parade is 1-2:30 p.m., games and live entertainment begin at 3:30 p.m. and fireworks begin at dark at Buoy 62. Fireworks show is free for those on boats; $10 cover charge for those at the yacht club. (864) 852-2835, mccormickscchamber.org or (864) 443-3001, plumbranch.com.

July 11
Johnnyswim & Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors
Bell Auditorium
The country/Americana musicians present their Goodbye Road Tour with special guests Penny & Sparrow. 8 p.m. $32-$92. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

July 12
Art Exhibit Opening Reception
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Artists Karen Banker and Jan Jackson display their works. Reception 5-7 p.m. Free. Paintings will remain on display through August 24. (706) 826-4700, sacredheartaugusta.org

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Miller Theater
The jug/country/pop rock band performs at 7:30 p.m. $39-$50. millertheateraugusta.com

July 14
Tri-the-Parks Triathlon, Duathlon & Aquabike
Mistletoe State Park
Athletes compete in combinations of 600-meter swim, 11.8-mile bike ride and 3.1-mile run. Check-in 6-7:30 a.m., race starts 8 a.m. Final registration cutoff is July 7. Limit 500. tribluesky.com

Alex’s Lemonade Stand
AR Workshop
Fundraiser for pediatric cancer features lemonade and support activities for the national Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. 1-4 p.m. arworkshop.com/evans

Grovetown Farmer’s Market
Goodale Park
Find homegrown fruits, vegetables and plants along with prepared food and handmade items from local farms and artists. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free admission. (706) 860-7691, cityofgrovetown.com

Summer Concert Series
8th Street at Riverwalk
Outdoor concert series features classic rock from the Phillip Lee Band. Bring lawn chairs and picnics. 7:30-9:30 p.m. Free. augustaga.gov

July 14, 21
Voices of the Past
Augusta Museum of History
Character monologues by actors include “The Other Tubmans” (7/14) and “A Petersburg Boat Pilot” (7/21). 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. (706) 722-8454, augustamuseum.org

Free Film Series
Imperial Theatre
Featured films are Dreamgirls (7/14), starring Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé, Eddie Murphy and Jennifer Hudson (PG-13); and Big Hero 6 (7/21), a 3D computer-animated superhero film by Disney (PG). Free. 11 a.m. imperialtheatre.com

July 16
Civil War Roundtable Augusta
Snelling Center
Guest speaker is Wayne Wei-Sianh Hsieh, co-author of A Savage War: A Military History of the Civil War. 6 p.m. $23, includes dinner. (706) 736-2909, civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com

July 17
Indigo Girls
Miller Theater
The Grammy-winning Georgia folk-rock duo performs at 8 p.m. $39.50-$60.
millertheateraugusta.com

Newsboys United
Millbrook Baptist Church, Aiken
The Christian pop rock band performs its Summer 2018 Tour with current band members and band alumni. Special guests Zealand and Adam Agee. 7 p.m. $20-$100. wafj.com

July 27
Gladys Knight
Bell Auditorium
The seven-time Grammy winner performs her hits and new selections. 8 p.m. $49-$100. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

Time Travel Ball
Ballroom Dance Center
Dress from any millennium, century or decade, past or future as teachers and staff host an evening of dancing to ballroom, rhythm, West Coast swing and contemporary dance music. Open to public and all levels of dancers. No partners necessary. 8-10:30 p.m. $10. augustaballroomdance.com

Drivin’ N Cryin’
Miller Theater
The Southern rock/fuse country band performs at 8 p.m. $10. millertheateraugusta.com

Movies on the Common
Augusta Common
Featured film is Paddington 2. Bring blankets, lawn chairs and snacks. Food vendors will also be available. Pre-movie activities begin at 7:30 p.m. and show begins at dusk. Free. (706) 821-1754, augustaga.gov

July 28
Johnny Hensley and the Red Hots
Imperial Theatre
The rock ’n’ roll band presents its 60th and final reunion concert, “The Going Home Tour,” with member of The Sassy Brass Band. Events include pre-concert entertainment outside the Imperial with vintage cars and dancers from the CSRA Shag Club; a concert of rock ’n’ roll hits from the ’50s and ’60s; and an after party. 8 p.m. $30-$38. imperialtheatre.com

August 3-6
Library Book Sale
Columbia County Library
Sale includes fiction and non-fiction books. Fri., Sat. and Mon. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 2-5 p.m. Library foyer, Evans branch.

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