Local Events

April 19
Thomas Rhett
James Brown Arena
The country music singer and songwriter performs his Life Changes Tour with special guests Brett Young and Carly Pearce. 7:30 p.m. $41-$77. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

April 19-22
Sacred Heart Garden Festival
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Festival events include a Preview Party with candlelight dinner, floral exhibits and live music (4/19); Friday Night in the Garden cocktail party with signature beverages and music (4/20) and three-day festival of landscape and floral exhibits, vendor market, guest speakers and private garden tours (4/20-22). (706) 826-4700, sacredheartgardenfestival.com

April 20, 27
Boots, Brews & BBQ
Evans Towne Center Park
Event features country music, barbecue and craft beer. No outside food, drink or coolers; bring chairs and blankets. 5:30-9:30 p.m. evanstownecenterpark.com

April 21
Spring Yard Sale
Wesley United Methodist Church
Mega yard sale includes furniture, clothes, books, household items, boats, lawn care equipment, appliances, outdoor furnishings and more. All proceeds benefit local and foreign missions. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. (706) 869-0888, wesleyumc.net

Grovetown Heritage Festival
Goodale Park
Annual festival includes live entertainment, food vendors, car show, arts and crafts and kids activities. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. (706) 860-7691, cityofgrovetown.com

Chopin and Beethoven
Miller Theater
Symphony Series features Vadym Kholodenko on piano. 7:30 p.m. augustasymphony.com

April 22
Rockin’ Road to Dublin
Bell Auditorium
A new generation of Irish rock and dance performs the Spring 2018 national tour. 7 p.m. $27-$65. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

April 26
Exhibition Opening: Stephen Estrada
Morris Museum of Art
Preview the artist’s exhibition of seascapes before it opens to the public. Artist lecture 6 p.m.; reception in the galleries 7 p.m.. Member are free, non-members $5. (706) 724-7501, themorris.org 

April 27
“Ray Charles on My Mind”
Jabez S. Hardin Performing Arts Center
Pianist/vocalist Kenny Brawner leads his 12-piece orchestra and vocalists The Raelettes in a performance of the American legend’s most popular hits. 7:30 p.m. $47. Pre-show dinner also available; reservations required. (706) 726-0366. augustaamusements.com

Rastrelli Cello Quartet
Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre
The ensemble performs works by Bach, Saint-Saens and Tchaikovsky along with those by George Gershwin, Dave Brubeck and Leroy Anderson. 7:30 p.m. (706) 951-6877. hjcms.org 

“Mood Swings”
Imperial Theatre
Colton Ballet presents an evening of music and dance to create a swinging, jazz club atmosphere. Features Colton dancers, Karen Gordon, Garden City Jazz, Russell Joel Brown, Christopher Wilson and guest artists Olivia Powell and John Deming. 7 p.m. $25-$35. imperialtheatre.com

April 28
90’s Block Party
James Brown Arena
Headliners include Guy, Teddy Riley, Jagged Edge, 112, SWV and Next. 7:30 p.m. $39-$90. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com 

Sweet Celebrations
North Augusta Community Center
Dessert buffet and silent auction help support individuals with disabilities. 6-10 p.m. $10. (803) 426-1284, therecingcrew.com

April 26-May 15
Augusta Jewish Film Festival
Hardin Performing Arts Center
Featured films are The Testament (4/26), Mr. Kaplan (5/1), Shelter (5/7) and 1945 (5/15). $10 each. (706) 228-3636, augustajcc.org

May 3
Aubrey Logan
Miller Theater
The singer-musician performs with the Augusta Symphony. 7:30 p.m. augustasymphony.org 

May 3-5
Little Roy & Lizzy Music Festival
Elijah Clark State Park
Outdoor bluegrass festival features 15 bands including The Little Roy & Lizzy Show, Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, Jeff and Sheri Easter, Dailey & Vincen, The Gibson Brothers, Gene Watson, The Inspirations, Remington Ryde, The Malpass Brothers and more. Prices vary. $5 parking fee. adamsbluegrass.com

May 4
Films on Friday
Morris Museum of Art
Featured film is To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), starring Gregory Peck. Participants are invited to bring lunch. Noon. Free. (706) 724-7501, themorris.org

Kentucky Derby “Hat Party” Gala
Imperial Theatre
Imperial Theatre gala celebrates the Kentucky Derby. Reception includes hors d’oeuvres, drinks, photo booth and spectacular hats. JAMP Band concert and Marx Brothers film “Day at the Races” follow the reception. 7 p.m. Reception $15; concert and movie are free. imperialtheatre.com

May 4, 11, 12
“Gathering in the Shire”
Kroc Center
In Enopion Theatre’s newest musical, King Edwin disguises himself and searches the land for a Royal Storehouse Regent to help prepare for times of famine. Songs by Marty Goetz. Various times. Adults $16; children, seniors and groups of 10 or more $12. (706) 771-7777, enopion.com

May 4, 11, 18, 25
Moonlight Music Cruise
Augusta Canal Interpretive Center
Bring refreshments and cruise down the canal with live entertainment every Friday evening. Music includes blues, pop and jazz with John Hobbs (5/4), indie and acoustic rock with Chris Hardy (5/11), powerhouse soul with Christian Ndeti (5/18) and bluegrass and honkeytonkwith The Clydes (5/25). 7-8:30 p.m. $25; reservations required. (706) 823-0440, augustacanal.com

May 5
Giant Community Yard Sale
Columbia County Fairgrounds
More than 200 vendors sell a variety of goods including appliances, furniture, arts and crafts, jewelry and plants. 7 a.m.-noon. Free admission; parking donations accepted for charity. giantcommunityyardsale.com

Cinco Saturday
Evans Towne Center Park
Cinco de Mayo celebration features pinatas, margaritas and music. 2-10 p.m. evanstownecenterpark.com

“The Michael Jackson Experience”
Hardin Performing Arts Center
Tribute artist Michael Firestone performs Michael Jackson’s greatest hits in I Am King. 7:30 p.m. $46. Pre-show dinner also available; reservations required. (706) 726-0366, augustaamusements.com

Date Night Auction
Surrey Tavern
Easter Seals fundraiser features eligible area bachelors and bachelorettes. Social hour 6-7 p.m. (meet bachelors and bachelorettes 6-6:30 p.m.); auction begins 7 p.m. $15, includes hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar. (706) 667-9695. 

Derby Day
The Legends Club
Watch the Kentucky Derby with mint juleps and Southern cuisine. Includes ladies’ hat contest, gentlemen’s fashion contest, entertainment, auctions and raffles. Benefits Augusta Training Shop. 4-8 p.m. $75 in advance; $100 at the door. (706) 738-1358, augustatrainingshop.com

Dragon Boat Race & Festival
Lake Olmstead
Rowing festival features dragon boat races, Asian-themed marketplace, food, music, live entertainment, crafts and children’s activities. Festival is free; fee for rowing participants. Benefits Goodwill. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (706) 650-5760, goodboats.org

Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival 
Musicians include JD McPherson, Samantha Fish, Amy Helm, Kenny Neal, The Randall Bramblett Band and Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton. Bring blankets and chairs; no coolers or pets. 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. $40. (706) 597-1000, blindwillie.com

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

May 6
Croquet for Ballet
Aiken County Historical Museum
Augusta Ballet fundraiser features croquet on historic grounds, live music, seated picnic lunch and open bar. Guest croquet instructor will be available. 2-5 p.m. $75. augustaballet.org

May 9
Whose Live Anyway?
Bell Auditorium
The cast of Emmy-nominated TV show “Whose Line is it Anyway?” performs 90 minutes of improvised comedy and song based on audience suggestions. Appropriate for all ages. 8 p.m. $45-$73. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

May 10
Artist Opening Reception
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Pat Warren and Frank Carstarphen display their oil, acrylic and watercolor works. Reception 5-7 p.m. Works remain on display through June 29. sacredheartaugusta.org

Exhibition Opening
Morris Museum of Art
Preview “Street Scenes: The Magical World of Robert Vickrey” before exhibit opens to the public. 6-8 p.m. Member are free, non-members $5. (706) 724-7501, themorris.org

May 11-12
Aiken Bluegrass Festival
Aiken Fairgrounds
Festival includes live music from nearly 20 nationally and regionally acclaimed bluegrass artists. Vendors available; no coolers. Gates open at noon. $30 and up. aikenbluegrassfestival.org

May 11-13
“The Little Mermaid”
Imperial Theatre
The Augusta Players present Disney’s musical based on Hans Christian Andersen’s classic story. Various times. $28-$48. imperialtheatre.com

May 12
Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive
U.S. Postal Service letter carriers collect non-perishable food items during their national Stamp Out Hunger food drive. Place items in bags by your mailbox for pickup. nalc.org

Savannah River
New route from downtown Augusta to New Savannah Bluff Lock & Dam. Annual leisurely paddle and competitive race features canoes, kayaks, stand-up paddleboards and a poker run for recreational boaters. 9 a.m. Afterparty at Lock & Dam Park includes barbecue, game and fish cook-off, live music and vendors 11 a.m.-2 p.m. savannahriverkeeper.org

May 16
Brian Wilson
Bell Auditorium
The Beach Boys artist presents his Pet Sounds: The Final Performances tour. 8 p.m. $42-$116. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

May 18
Heartland Spring Concert
First Baptist Church of Evans
The Columbia County Chorale Society performs with The Augusta Chorale. 7:30 p.m. Adults $17-$20; students and children are free. columbiacountychoralsociety.org

Hops & Hogs
Downtown Aiken
Festival features local barbecue, beer from more than 20 regional craft breweries and live music from 3rd Time Charmers. 6-10:30 p.m. Admission is free. Corner of Pendleton Street and Hayne Avenue Ext. aikendda.us

May 19
Thunder Over Evans
Evans Towne Center Park
Armed Forces Day celebration features military exhibits, flyovers, live entertainment, food vendors and fireworks. Free admission. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. thunderoverevans.com

May 20
Lock to Lock Ride
Savannah Rapids Pavilion
Bicycle ride features an 18.5-mile route and a 37-mile route. Sign-in 12:30-1:30 p.m.; ride starts 2 p.m. $25 if registered by 5/17 (receive a T-shirt); $35 day of event. Includes snack, Powerade stations and lunch. Helmets required. (706) 724-2453; andyjordans.com

Music at the Morris
Morris Museum of Art
The Mike Frost Band performs a set of jazz selections. 2 p.m. Free. (706) 724-7501, themorris.org

May 21
Civil War Roundtable Augusta
Snelling Center
Guest speaker Dr. Edward Hightower, Clark Atlanta University professor, presents “The Reconstruction Period.” 6 p.m. $23, includes dinner. (706) 736-2909, civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com

May 22
Memorial Day 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. augustacs.org

May 25
James Brown Arena
The country duo performs its Still the Same Tour with special guests Brandy Clark and Clare Bowen. 7 p.m. $31-$101. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

May 25-26
Papa Joe’s Banjo-B-Que Music Festival
Festival features barbecue, craft beer, petting zoo, pig races, Kansas City Barbeque Society Professional BBQ Cook-Off and 20 bands, including Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit, Old Crow Medicine Show and The Infamous Stringdusters. Bring blankets, chairs, sunscreen and bug spray. $45-$275; children 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult, but all VIP patrons must have a ticket regardless of age. Fri. 4-11 p.m. and Sat. 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m. banjobque.com

June 2
Harlem Arts Council Open House
Harlem Civic Center
Event features works by Chicks That Click Photography Club and Clay Artists of the Southeast. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. harlemartscouncil.org

Rock and Run 5K
Blanchard Woods Park
Benefit for local nursing home residents includes a 5K and 1-mile fun run/walk. 9 a.m. (706) 650-9467, whenhelpcantwait.com, active.com

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 food. Rain or shine. Bring chairs; no pets. (706) 855-5511.

50th Year Dr. MartinLuther King, Jr. Commemorative Tribute
Lucy C. Laney High School
Event features the Dream Keeper Award Ceremony, “Trashing the King” play, celebrity and VIP reception, red carpet photos and achievement highlights of James Brown, General Robert Gray, Robert “Flash” Gordon and Tim “Minnesota Fatz” Snell. 3-8 p.m. Free. 50thmlktribute.wordpress.com 

June 2, 9
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. georgiawildlife.org 

June 3
Bell Auditorium
The rock musical performs its 20th Anniversary Tour. 7 p.m. $49-$70. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

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