The A List: September Events in Augusta's River Region
The September A List:
All Month Long
Augusta Canal Music Cruises : Fridays in September, grab a picnic dinner and a growler of wine or beer and head over to the Augusta Canal for a night of live music on the water.
Behind the Scenes : A special look behind-the-scenes at the Augusta Museum of History. Lauren Virgo, the Museum's Registrar, demonstrates how artifacts are collected, cataloged, preserved, cared for and displayed. Get a glimpse of artifacts that are not display to the general public during three Saturdays in September.
Sunday Dinner : Described by some as a performance art picnic, Sunday Dinner is the inaugural pop-up dinner party hosted by Garden City Jazz. Modeled after the hugely popular Diner en Blanc, guests dress in white and dine al fresco from picnic baskets they’ve packed beforehand.
A Sense of Place Exhibition Opening : Gertrude Herbert's annual exhibition recognizes the outstanding quality and diversity of work being generated by contemporary American artists selected by 2016 juror Michael Rooks, of the High Museum of Art in Atlanta.
Exhibition Celebration: American Ballads - The Photographs of Marty Stuart : Meet famed musician and accomplished photographer, Marty Stuart at the opening of his exhibition at the Morris Museum of Art.
Marty Stuart & His Fabulous Superlatives : Morris Museum of Art & Budweiser True Music's Southern Soul and Song Series kicks off at the Imperial Theatre with five-time Grammy winning artist Marty Stuart covering his latest album, "Saturday Night & Sunday Morning."
September 9th & 10th
Aiken's Makin' : This two-day juried arts & crafts event in features handmade craft exhibits and street food in downtown Aiken - just twenty minutes from Augusta.
Alice : Michael Viator creates a fanciful adventure in Wonderland with his original ballet, "Alice" - a stunning visual fantasy with vibrant colors and a powerful music score that follows Alice through the rabbit hole and begins her adventures with the fantastic inhabitants of Wonderland on the Imperial Theatre stage.
Full Moon Hike : From the serenade of tree frogs to the soothing calls of Barred Owls, the sounds of Phinizy Swamp come alive at night! Take a guided tour in the light of a full moon through the Nature Park trails to celebrate September's full moon.
September 16th - 18th
Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival : This 2 1/2 day celebration of food, arts, diversity and culture features a Global Village with authentic ethnic food from more than 20 countries, a juried Fine Arts & Crafts Market and five stages of non-stop entertainment in the heart of downtown Augusta.
Silent Movie Night : Sacred Heart hosts the silent film "The Man Who Laughs," which follows the hard life of a young aristocrat who finds love while working as a circus freak after the king takes revenge on his father by carving his mouth into a grotesque grin. The film will be accompanied by live theatre organ music and soprano opera.
Museum Day Live! : The Morris Museum of Art and the Augusta Museum of History will both be participating in Smithsonian Magazine's Museum Day Live! Get free admission into both museums for the day by downloading a Museum Day Live! ticket.
Ironman 70.3 Augusta : Bring your cow bells and signs and cheer on athletes from around the world as they compete in the largest Ironman 70.3 in the U.S. The morning starts with a 1.2 miles swim down the Savannah River followed by a 56 mile bike ride through Georgia and South Carolina and finished with a 13.1 mile run through downtown ending at the Augusta Common.
An Evening with Esperanza Spalding & Preservation Hall Jazz Band : Westobou Festival's marquee music event this year features musical shape-shifter, Esperanza Spalding and the caretakers of New Orlean's musical soul, Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a night of musical magic.
Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto : The Symphony Orchestra Augusta opens their 2016 season with pianist Alexander Schimpf who joins the orchestra for this performance.
Miss Sharon Jones : 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. Westobou Festival brings this inspiring documentary to the Imperial Theatre for their marquee film event.