Named after the Westo IndiansWestobou Festival is a five day multi-arts festival that turns downtown Augusta into a creative wonderland each fall. It's designed in a way that encourages festival goers to curate their own experience and offers everything from high energy marquee events to low key elements. You could start the day finding your center at Inhale Westobou: Yoga Nidra at the Imperial Theatre before you dance the night away at the Late Night Series: Pretty Sweet Party at Solé

Here are 5 can't miss events to get you started.

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Day 1: Wednesday, Sept. 28

Unelectable You: The Second City's Complete Unbiased Political Revue 

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Wouldn't you like to take this whole election process and rip it apart with your bare hands? Why not let The Second City and Slate do it for you! Unelectable You: The Second City's Complete Unbiased Political Revue, a 90-minute, fast-paced combination of sketch, improv, music and multi-media taking a hard hitting look at our election process.

Where: Imperial Theatre

When: Doors open at 7:30pm | Show at 8:00pm

Cost: $35-$45, $10 student/military* (*Available at the Box Office or at the door only. Must have valid student or military ID.)

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Day 2: Thursday, Sept. 29

Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Esperanza Spalding 

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Preservation Hall Jazz Band is nothing less than the caretaker of New Orlean's musical soul. Named for the famed French Quarter venue where they act as resident house band and happy hosts, the band is known for its traditional approach to New Orleans-style Jazz. Esperanza Spalding is a musical shape-shifter whose interests have included jazz, neo-soul and art rock. Bearing hard into her ubiquitous bass, Spalding sings both soulful standards and original work marked by both her innate musicality and ability to draw something new and unquestionably theatrical out of established forms.

Where: Bell Auditorium

When: Doors open at 6:30pm | Show at 7:30pm

Cost: $35 and up, $10 student/military* (*Available at the Box Office or at the door only. Must have valid student or military ID.)

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Day 3: Friday, Sept. 30

Miss Sharon Jones! With Sharon Jones and Filmmaker Barbara Kopple

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The heroine of her own story, Augusta's own soul siren Sharon Jones has lived a life filled with hard-earned successes, sudden set-backs and heroic comebacks. The most significant of these - a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer of the eve of a release of an album touted as her & her band's, the Dap-Kings, breakthrough - is a documented in the new film Miss Sharon Jones! The Film, directed by two-time Academy Award Winner Barbara Kopple (Harlan County USA and American Dream) transcends the expected artists profile, offering an intimate entree into the world of a determined woman fighting for her career, her musical family and quite literally, her life. Q&A with Sharon Jones and Barbara Kopple will immediately follow the screening.

Where: Imperial Theatre

When: Doors open at 7:30pm | Show at 8:00pm

Cost: $20, $5 student/military* (*Available at the Box Office or at the door only. Must have valid student or military ID.)

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Day 4: Saturday, October 1

Westobou Central

Westobou Central

A place to meet, greet, and engage, Westobou Central features a live music stage, food trucks, and an assortment of family-friendly activities. Make sure you take a spin on the FREE Westobou Wheel and check out the Sweet Sticks skate ramp painted by local artist Jay Jacobs. And don't forget the Gallery Hop - it's another free event where you can jump on a trolley at the Westobou Gallery and visit 7 unique galleries around the city.

Where: Augusta Common

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Cost: Free

 

Day 5: Sunday, October 2

​Wendy Wheelan & Brian Brooks In Some of a Thousand Words

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Some of a Thousand Words is the second collaboration between Wendy Wheelan and Brian Brooks featuring music  by the New York-based string quartet, Brooklyn Rider. The evening includes the duet First Fall, which Wendy and Brian first developed for Restless Creature (co-produced by The Joyce Theater in 2013). Described as 'luminous' and a 'tour de force' in the Boston Globe and 'instantly intimate' in the Chicago Tribune, First Fall bears testament to the personal friendship and effervescent artistic chemistry which emerged from these two collaborators. Existing music from composers John Luther Adams, Tyondai Braxton, Philip Glass, Evan Ziporyn and new composition from Brooklyn Rider's own Colin Jacobsen will accompany the piece.

Where: Imperial Theatre

When: Doors open at 7:30pm | Show at 8:00pm

Cost: $35 and up, $10 student/military* (*Available at the Box Office or at the door only. Must have valid student or military ID.)

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Make sure you pick up a Festival Companion at the Westobou Gallery to help you plan your festival experience!