Local Events

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September 21-22
“Beauty and the Beast”
Imperial Theatre
The Columbia County Ballet presents Michael Viator’s performance of the classic tale. 7 p.m. $14-$30. 

September 21-24
Disney on Ice – Dream Big
James Brown Arena
Characters include Tinker Bell, Ariel, Rapunzel, Cinderella, Belle, Jasmine, Snow White, Olaf, Anna, Elsa and more. Show times vary. $15 and up.

September 22
Silent Movie Night
Sacred Heart Cultural Center
Featured film is “The Merry Widow” (1925) starring Mae Murray, John Gilbert and Roy D’Arcy. Musical accompaniment by theatre organist Ron Carter and soprano Melanie Wade Larsen. 7:15 p.m. $20 general seating; $60 for recliner seating and concessions. Call for reservations. (706) 826-4700

Shovels & Rope
Jessye Norman Amphitheater
The American folk duo performs its Little Seeds tour. 7:30 p.m. $20 advance tickets, $25 day of show.

September 23
Free Fishing Day
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 this day.

September 24
Augusta Ironman 70.3
Downtown Augusta
Annual event includes a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run. Offers 30 qualifying slots to the 2018 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.

September 26
Tuesday’s Music Live
Saint Paul’s Church
The Marari Brass Quintet kicks off the program’s new season. Noon-12:30 p.m. Free. Lunch is available after the concert for $12; advance lunch reservations required. (706) 722-3463

September 29-October 1
Imperial Theatre
The Augusta Players present Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel. Fri. and Sat. 8 p.m. and Sun. 3 p.m. $20-$48.

September 30
Mega Yard Sale
Wesley United Methodist Church
Sale includes furniture, clothes, books, household items, toys and more. All proceeds benefit local and foreign missions. 7 a.m.-1 p.m. 825 North Belair Road, Evans. (706) 869-0888

Augusta’s Next Top Dog
Pendleton King Park
Dog pageant raises funds for animal rescue group “That’s What Friends Are For.” Nine categories. $20 per dog, $5 per spectator not entering a dog, $2 children over 10, ages 10 and under are free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Registration 10-11 a.m. Contest begins 11:15 a.m. Event includes raffles, silent auction and food and beverage vendors. (706) 726-2559

October 1
Augusta University Golf Tournament
Gordon Lakes Golf Club
Annual event benefits prostate cancer research. Registration/lunch begins 11:30 a.m., shotgun start 1 p.m. $80; includes cart, range balls, lunch and goody bags. (706) 721-2519

Swanee Quintet
Bell Auditorium
The gospel group celebrates its 78th Anniversary Gospel Comedy Show with standup comedian and TV and radio host Rickey Smiley. 4:30 p.m. $35-$45. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

October 5
“A Tribute to the King”
Hardin Performing Arts Center
Elvis tribute artist Travis LeDoyt performs. 7:30 p.m. $36. Pre-show dinner also available; reservations required. (706) 726-0366. augustaamusements.com

Old Dominion
Bell Auditorium
The five-member country music band performs at 7:30 p.m. $27-$39. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com 

October 6
Films on Friday
Morris Museum of Art
Featured film is The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter (1968) starring Alan Larkin, Sondra Locke and Stacy Keach. Noon. Free. Participants are invited to bring a lunch. themorris.org

“Don Juan”
First Baptist of Augusta
Symphony Series features Daniel Mumm on cello. 7:30 p.m. soaugusta.org

October 6, 13, 20, 27
Moonlight Music Cruise
Augusta Canal Interpretive Center
Music includes songs from classic female vocalists with Gaffney Jarrell (10/6); classic rock with Double “D” (10/13); powerhouse and soulful vocal songs from Christian Ndeti (10/20); and folk, bluegrass and Americana from The Henry’s (10/27). Bring snacks and beverages. 6-7:30 p.m. $23-$25; reservations required. (706) 823-0440, augustacanal.com

October 7
Buckshot & Bourbon
Palmetto Shooting Complex
Event includes skeet shooting and instruction, bourbon tasting, food pairings and live music. Shooting and instruction 3-5 p.m. Tastings and entertainment 5:30-9 p.m. $75; $200 VIP. Guns and supplies provided. buckshotandbourbon.com

POP Walk
First Baptist Church of Augusta
People of Parkinson’s fundraising walk includes interactive exercises, entertainment, refreshments, children’s activities and raffle. Registration 9 a.m., walk begins at 10 a.m., activities continue until noon. Walk is free; donations accepted. (706) 364-1662, POPWalk.org

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

Swing & Sway
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
Garden City Jazz presents an evening of live music, local food vendors and dancing. Bring blankets or lawn chairs, beverages and bug spray. 7 -9 p.m. $15. (706) 396-1416, phinizycenter.org

Praise Beneath the Stars
Wyldmont Farms, Appling
Singer, songwriter and Christian worship leader Sarah Reeves performs at this iCare fundraiser that assists local women and children who are victimized by sexual exploitation or are at risk of being victimized. 7 p.m. $25 general admission, $75 VIP. All tickets include dinner. wafj.com

October 7-8
Kevin Hart
Bell Auditorium
The comedian, entertainer and author performs stand-up comedy two nights at 7 p.m. $47-$77. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

October 8
Russia String Orchestra
Maxwell Performing Arts Theatre
The 14-piece chamber orchestra performs. 3 p.m. $25 adults, $7 school-aged students. (706) 951-6877. hjcms.org

October 10
Tuesday’s Music Live
Saint Paul’s Church
Pianist Mark Valenti performs. Noon-12:30 p.m. Free. Lunch is available after the concert for $12; advance lunch reservations required. (706) 722-3463, tuesdaysmusiclive.com

October 11
Brown Bag History Series
Augusta Museum of History
Guest speaker Elizabeth Vance, director of the McDuffie County CVB, discusses “Distinctive Communities of the River Region: Thomson.” Bring a lunch. 12:30 p.m. $3 non-members. (706) 722-8454, augustamuseum.org

October 12
Bash on the Banks
River Island
Oyster roast on the river raises funds to protect local rivers, forests, fields, wetlands and greenspaces. Includes steamed oysters, barbecue, live music, raffle and live auction. Casual attire; must be 21 or older. 6-9 p.m. $50. Cash bar. csrlt.org

October 13
The Snelling Center
Event features chocolate-crafted cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, live music by Not Even Brothers Band, a raffle and a silent auction that includes trips and original art. Fundraiser supports people of all ages who cannot afford mental health counseling. 6-9 p.m. $35-$45. eventbrite.com

Melissa Manchester
Hardin Performing Arts Center
The Grammy-winning singer/songwriter performs. Limited VIP Meet & Greet tickets available. 7:30 p.m. $55. Pre-show dinner also available; reservations required. (706) 726-0366. augustaamusements.com

Southern Soul and Song Series
Imperial Theatre
The Becky Buller Band performs with special guests Kenny and Amanda Smith. 7:30 p.m. $15 and up. (706) 722-8341, southernsoulandsong.org

October 14
Art in the Park
Library Amphitheater
Local visual and performing artists demonstrate their talents throughout the day. Includes artists’ market, stage performances, sidewalk chalk competition and children’s activities. Performers include Columbia County Ballet, Kane & Co. Dance Productions, Eastern Star Belly Dancers, Suzuki Strings of Augusta, Harmony River Chorus, Musical Theatre Workshops and other area arts groups. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. columbiacountyarts.org

Miss Columbia County Fair Scholarship Pageant
Evans High School
Sponsored by the Columbia County Merchants Association. Winner goes on to compete in the annual Southeastern States Fair Queen pageant in Atlanta. 7 p.m. Free. columbiacountyfair.net

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

Matthew West
Millbrook Baptist Church
The contemporary Christian music artist performs his All In Tour with special guests Jordan Feliz and Leanna Crawford. 7 p.m. $22-$65. millbrook.cc 

CSRA Buddy Walk
Annual walk raises awareness and funds for the support and acceptance of those with Down syndrome. (803) 648-1652, upsideofdownsinc.com

October 14, 21
Voices of the Past
Augusta Museum of History
Character monologues by actors include “The Other Tubmans” (10/14) and “A Petersburg Boat Pilot” (10/21). 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. Free with museum admission. (706) 722-8454, augustamuseum.org

October 15
Music at the Morris
Morris Museum of Art
Athens-based father and son John and Kiran Fernandes perform improvised ambient soundscapes. 2 p.m. Free. themorris.org

October 16
Augusta Civil War Roundtable
The Snelling Center
Guest speaker Jack Davis presents on “Love Amid the Ruins: The Romance of Nannie Radford and General Gabriel Wharton, CSA.” 6 p.m. $15 per meeting; includes dinner. (706) 736-2909, civilwarroundtableaugustaga.com

October 19
Cirque Spooktacular
Bell Auditorium
Cirque de la Symphonie’s acrobats, jugglers and aerial flyers perform to music performed by the symphony. 7:30 p.m. soaugusta.org

October 20
The Art of Chocolate
Legends Club
Fundraiser for abused and neglected children includes cocktail party, catering, chocolate dessert stations, silent auction, raffle, live music and open bar. 7-11 p.m. $75. Black tie optional. (706) 737-4631, childenrichment.org

October 21
Light the Night
Evans Towne Center Park
Event includes a fundraising walk, colored lanterns for participants, family activities, survivors’ circle and fireworks. Registration 5 p.m., walk begins at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks follow about 8:30 p.m. lightthenight.org

Jaimee Paul
Hardin Performing Arts Center
The singer performs jazz, blues and gospel standards. 7:30 p.m. $39.50. Pre-show dinner also available; reservations required. (706) 726-0366. augustaamusements.com

Harlem Ladies’ Night
Downtown Harlem
Ladies are invited to stroll through downtown shops and sample appetizers and drinks. 5-8 p.m. Free concert by Jason White begins at 8 p.m. See Harlem Merchant’s Association Facebook page for details. 

Chris Janson
Bell Auditorium
The country music artist whose “Buy Me a Boat” went #1 Platinum last year performs at 8 p.m. $20-$29. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

October 22
“Brava, Jessye!”
Imperial Theatre
The annual Jessye Norman School of the Arts benefit concert features a musical tribute by Russell Joel Brown and Damien Sneed. 4 p.m. $20-$40. imperialtheatre.com

October 24
Tuesday’s Music Live
Saint Paul’s Church
Ensemble Chaconne performs. Noon-12:30 p.m. Free. Lunch is available after the concert for $12; advance lunch reservations required. (706) 722-3463, tuesdaysmusiclive.com

October 25
Bell Auditorium
The classic rock band performs at 7:30 p.m. $45-$95. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.

October 28
Terri Gibbs & Friends
Imperial Theatre
The native Augustan and Grammy-nominated country music singer performs a benefit concert to support Augusta University vision research. 6 p.m. $20-$60. imperialtheatre.com

November 1
Bell Auditorium
The rock band known for its signature horn section performs its hits and selections from its “Now” album. 7:30 p.m. $59-$99

November 2
“The Wizard of Oz”
Bell Auditorium
With all the songs from the original film, this new staging also includes new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice. 7:30 p.m. augustaentertainmentcomplex.com

November 3
Border Bash
Pre-game pep rally for Georgia-South Carolina football game. Live entertainment, vendors, food, drinks and games available. 4 p.m. General admission $15 in advance, $20 at gate. Military and students $10 with ID. Kids 12 and under free. borderbash.net

November 4
Art After Dark
Hardin Performing Arts Center
The signature event for the Artists’ Guild of Columbia County features local artists showcasing and selling their works. Includes watercolors, oils, acrylics, photography, pottery, fiber arts, jewelry and mixed media. Free admission and hors d’oeuvres. Cash bar. 7-10 p.m. artistguildcc.org

Paw-ty for the Animals
St. Teresa of Avila Church
Animal rescue fundraiser features live entertainment, heavy hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, live and silent auctions and vendor marketplace. Wear plaid. 6-9 p.m. (706) 863-2067, pawprintsfoundation.org

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