Local Events

May 26-27
Banjo-B-Que Music Festival
Evans Towne Center Park
Festival features barbecue, craft beer, petting zoo, pig races and more than 20 bands, including the Avett Brothers, Greensky Bluegrass, The Defibulators, Banditos, Natchez Tracers, Cicada Rhythm and the Hog Slop String Band. Bring blankets and chairs. $35 and up; children 12 and under are free with ticketed adult. Fri. 4-11 p.m. and Sat. 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. banjobque.com

May 27
Memorial Concert
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Concert recognizes and honors the sacrifices of fallen American military members. 7:30 p.m. $10-$30. (706) 826-4713.

June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Music in the Park
Maude Edenfield Park
Outdoor concerts in North Augusta feature the John Kolbeck Trio (6/1), 7 Ounce (6/8), Double D (6/15), Backline Bluegrass (6/22) and the Philip Lee Band (6/29). Free. Bring seating. Children’s playground available. 7 p.m.

June 2-4
Library Book Sale
Columbia County Library
Sale includes fiction and non-fiction. Fri. and Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. 2-5 p.m. Library foyer.

June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Moonlight Music Cruises
Augusta Canal Interpretive Center
Music includes jazz, blues and pop with Gwen Hughes (6/2); Americana and country with Carey Murdock (6/9); folk, indie, country and classics with Angela Easterling (6/16); bluegrass, gospel, Celtic and country with Eryn Eubanks & the Family Fold (6/23); and country, Southern rock, alternative and pop with Daniel Johnson (6/30). Bring refreshments. 7-8:30 p.m. $25; reservations required. (706) 823-0440

June 3
Summer Beach Blast
Evans Towne Center ParkJimmy Buffett tribute band A1A headlines the outdoor concert with special guest Pirate Flag. Bring chairs or blankets. Food and beverage vendors available. 5-11 p.m. $15 in advance; $20 at gate; $80 VIP.

Mudbugabeaux-N-Brew Crawfish Festival
Augusta Commons
Annual crawfish and craft beer festival by French Market Grille West includes local live bands, crawfish eating contest, shrimp and Cajun fixin’s. 5-11 p.m. Rain or shine. Bring chairs; no pets. $10 in advance; $20 day of event; $50 VIP. (706) 855-5511. 

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. Strollers allowed; 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

Walk Your Pet Hike
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
Take a guided 2.5-mile hike through the park’s nature trails with your dog. Wear closed-toe shoes and bring water for you and your pet. Strollers allowed; dogs must be leashed. Limited space; registration required. 9:30-11:30 a.m. $2; free for Friends of Phinizy and children age 3 and under. (706) 828-2109

Run for the Hills 5K
Greystone Preserve
Trail run to benefit Central Savannah River Land Trust. 8 a.m. $25 early registration; $35 after April 30. 

June 3, 10
Free Fishing Days
Georgia waters
See if fishing is for you. Georgia residents do not need a fishing, trout or wildlife management area license to fish in fresh water and saltwater areas on these two days.

June 10, 17
Voices of the Past
Augusta Museum of History
Character monologues by actors include “The Other Tubmans” (6/10) and “A Petersburg Boat Pilot” (6/17). 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. (706) 722-8454

June 11
Swamp Bike Saturday
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
Take a guided bike ride through 7 miles of wetland trails. Bring your own bike, helmet and water; wear closed-toe shoes. 9:30 a.m.-noon. $2; free for Friends of Phinizy. Registration required. (706) 828-2109

June 13
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Bell Auditorium
The blues-rock band presents its “2017 Tour” of modern roots music. 8 p.m. $19-$80.

June 14
Brown Bag History Series
Augusta Museum of History
Guest speaker Elizabeth Laney, park interpreter at Redcliffe Plantation, discusses “Distinctive Communities of the River Region: Beech Island.” Bring a lunch. 12:30 p.m. $3 non-members. (706) 722-8454

June 15
Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers
Columbia County Amphitheater
The famed singer-keyboardist and his band perform with Grateful Dead tribute band Scarlet Begonias. General admission $35, VIP $100

June 16
Hank Williams Jr.
James Brown Arena
The country music singer-songwriter performs his “It’s About Time Tour.” 8 p.m. $34-$90.

Artist Opening Reception
Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art
Tom Crowther and Natalia Bowdoin display their works. Reception 6-8 p.m. Works remain on display through August 4. (706) 722-5495

June 17
Candlelight Wine and Dine
Columbia County Library Amphitheater
Bring blankets, chairs and a picnic for an outdoor concert. 7:30 p.m. $10 in advance, $15 day of show. Children ages 12 and under are free. (762) 233-5299

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.

June 19
Civil War Roundtable
The Snelling Center
Guest speaker Gerald Prokopowicz discusses his book “Did Lincoln Own Slaves and Other Frequently Asked Questions About Abraham Lincoln.” 6 p.m. $12; includes dinner. (706) 736-2909

June 20, 27
Evenings in Appleby Gardens
Appleby Branch Library
Outdoor concert series features bluegrass, gospel, Celtic and country music with Eryn Eubanks & the Family Fold (6/20) and a Musical Open Mic Night (6/27). Bring chairs, picnics and portable lawn party décor. Food trucks available. Free. (706) 736-6244

June 23
Fourth Friday Dance
Ballroom Dance Center
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 all levels of dancers. No partners necessary. 8-10:30 p.m. $10.

June 24
Soiree: Jazz + Wine
Jessye Norman School of the Arts
Evening features classic and contemporary jazz music, wine and a collaboration of dance, performance art and the spoken word. 7:30 p.m. $7 in advance, $10 day of show.

Greatest American Superhero Run
Fort Gordon
Participants dress like superheroes in this un-timed 5K fun run and 1-mile stroller storybook walk that raise awareness for Wounded Warriors.  Family event includes a children’s craft area, inflatables, fitness course and music. Prizes will be given for best costumes. All ages. 8 a.m.-noon.

WWI History Detective
Augusta Museum of History
Museum education manager Amy Schaffman showcases the museum’s World War I memorabilia and explains the impact the war had on the River Region. Program includes reproductions and tours with retired Lt Colonel Tom Sutherland. All ages. 10 a.m. Free. 

June 30
Family Movie Night
Kroc Center Theater
Free movie; call for title. Concessions available for purchase. Children must be accompanied by an adult. 6 p.m. Limited seating.

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