Summer will soon be in full swing in Augusta, which, for us, means saving all the pennies we can for the ice cream truck. This spring, we plan on biking the swamplands and getting lost in lush gardens with our favorite books before the Georgia heat sets in. So, if you’re like us and want to soak up the best Augusta has to offer without having to miss out on any Choco Tacos, here are 10 things for $10 or less happening around Augusta’s River Region this spring. Be sure to check out our Free Things to Do page for more year-round suggestions!
Local Pro Tip: Grab the fam and spend a warm afternoon at Pelican's Snoballs. Try one of 100 different shaved ice flavors and start a friendly game of cornhole or giant Connect4.
1. Storytime in the Gardens: Follow the winding trails through one of Aiken’s most enchanting, fairytale gardens for an afternoon of fun that will instill a lifetime love of reading in your child. Every Tuesday at 4pm. Cost per person: FREE
2. Gertrude Herbert: Don’t miss two new exhibits featuring artists Liselott Johnsson and Augustan Troy Campbell, at the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art between April 21 and June 2. Whether tiptoeing through the poetics of Johnsson’s Immersive Reflections, which utilizes painted spinnaker sail cloths to create “atmospheric dreamscapes,” or wandering through Campbell’s Stickbag gallery, where ideas of loss meet brightly colored mixed-medium, these two new galleries will give you a fresh appreciation for the arts. Cost per person: FREE
3. Music in the Park: Bring a chair or blanket, and enjoy local jazz, rock, shag, and bluegrass every Thursday evening from May until June in North Augusta’s Maude Edenfield Park. Cost per person: FREE
4. Springboard by Westobou: Meet your friends and family at the Augusta Common for this fun-filled, two-night festival featuring curated evenings of music, live art, cornhole tournaments, a pop-up skate park, yoga, tot soccer, and a children’s activity tent. Stay after dark and watch Moana and La La Land. With attractions like glowing cotton candy, popcorn, life-size games, beer and food trucks, this is an event you won’t want to miss! May 19-20. Cost per person: FREE
5. Free Movie Tuesdays: Come enjoy a variety of eclectic movie selections that you can’t find on Netflix at Augusta’s Public Library Headquarters. Added bonus: you can also check out your favorite book! Cost per person: FREE
6. Swamp Bike Saturday: Enjoy a guided bike ride through approximately 7 miles of wetlands trails just minutes from downtown Augusta. With a variety of wildlife, both children and adults will enjoy learning about the diverse plant life and importance of urban wetland ecology. BYOB (Bring Your Own Bike), helmet, and water, and enjoy a morning of blue heron, otter, and alligator sitings. Cost per person: $2 (general park admission is FREE)
7. Art in the Park: Celebrate local artists and artisans at Columbia County’s annual Art in the Park festival, highlighting visual and performing arts. There will be several performances, a variety of arts vendors, demonstrations for adults, and plenty of activities to entertain the children. Also, you won’t want to miss out on showing off your own artistic ability in the annual sidewalk chalk festival. May 13. Cost per person: FREE
*BONUS: After chalking up the sidewalks at the Memorial Garden and Amphitheater, hop across the street to Lady Antebellum Pavilion at Evans Towne Center Park for Pops! Under the Stars, to croon to the sweet sounds of the Symphony Orchestra Augusta underneath the fireworks. Cost per person: Also, FREE
8. Fourth Friday Dance: Dance the night away with the teachers and staff of The Ballroom Dance Center on the fourth Friday of the month. With a variety of musical selections ranging from ballroom, to rhythm, to West Coast swing, and contemporary music, there’s a dance for everyone. All levels of dancers welcome and no partners are necessary. So, dust off your dancing shoes, and meet up with some of Augusta’s most fabulous toe-tappers. Cost per person: $10
9. Augusta's Handmade Fair: Browse through hand-made goods, from locally made dog treats, to hand-crafted soaps in historic downtown Augusta. If you missed this free event on May 5, keep an eye out for the fall fair dates later this year!
10. Sundays at the Greenjackets: There’s never been a better time to take your kids out to the ballgame than Sunday at the GreenJackets, especially if they’re a member of the Jr. Jackets Kids Club! With joining as easy as filling out a free online registration, it’s hard to give up benefits like FREE Sunday games, 10% off in the Hive Pro Shop, pre-game catch on the field, and special featured events such as the high five tunnel, and opportunities to be the first pitch kid, the play ball kid, and the guest PA announcer! With registration, your child will also receive a FREE Child’s Pass to Edventure Children’s Museum in Columbia, SC. Cost per person: FREE for kids 12 and under, $8 general admission