Thanksgiving Events & Family Fun in Augusta GA

We've pulled together more than 20 fun and exciting events this November. Whether you're looking for a date night or family event to celebrate fall or prepping to host your friends and family for Thanksgiving, Augusta's River Region is bustling with events and things to do.

Outdoor Fall Events      Seasonal Shopping      Thanksgiving Events      Nightlife 

Outdoor Fall EventsFall on the Riverwalk 

Steed's Dairy (Saturdays & Sundays thru November 12)

Dig through the corn pit, jump on the giant inflatable pillow, take a hay ride or find your way through the secret twists and turns of the corn maze. Cost per person: $11  /  $8 Military or Seniors  /  FREE for Children 3 and Under

Walk Your Pet Hike (November 4)

Enjoy a guided, leisurely 2.5-mile hike through nature park trails with your 4 legged best friend. Pets & their humans will see a variety of wildlife and learn about the diverse plant life & importance of urban wetland ecology at Phinizy Swamp. Wear comfortable closed toe shoes and bring water to drink. Strollers are welcome. Dogs must be leashed. Cost per person: $2 Humans  /  FREE for 4 Legged Friends  /  FREE for Friends of Phinizy

Hike and Craft (November 4)

Join the naturalist on a one-hour hike through the trails of Mistletoe State Park. Afterwards, create a craft to take home. Please wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Bring plenty of water. Cost per person: $2 plus $5 parking per car

CanalFEST (November 11)

A celebration of all things outdoors at the Augusta Canal! Gather in one of Augusta's best parks, and celebrate all that the canal and community have to offer together. This full day of family fun, fresh air, fitness, and food will include races, tours, haunted trolley tours, sports demonstrations, live music, a pet costume contest and much more. Cost per person: FREE

Canal Trail Talk - What Trees Give Us The Best Colors (November 12)

Meet at the Lock Keeper's Cottage at Savannah Rapids Park for a walk with Sid Mullis, coordinator of the UGA extension service for Richmond County, as he talks about the fall foliage in the Augusta Canal National Heritage Area. Cost per person: FREE

Augusta on Ice (Daily starting November 17)

This holiday season Augusta on Ice rolls out the white carpet as it transforms the Augusta Common into a winter wonderland. Complete with an expansive outdoor ice-skating rink, twinkling lights and festive decorations, Augusta on Ice is the premiere winter festival for all ages. Cost per person: $5 General Admission / $20 Unlimited Skate, Slide & Ride Activity Pass

Seasonal Shopping

Junior League Holiday Market (November 10 - 12)

Feel great about the gifts you share this holiday season knowing that a portion of that gift is making a difference in the life of someone in the Augusta community. Shop from local and regional vendors at the Columbia County Exhibition Center during this 3-day market. Cost per person: $10

Sacred Heart Holiday Open House (November 16)

Take time out from the flurry of the season, enjoy baked holiday treats and join the fun with a day of shopping, entertainment and refreshments at the Sacred Heart Gift Shop. Shop for holiday decorating items, home accessories, jewelry, regional books, and artwork. Don't miss the holiday cooking demonstration by Havird Usry of Fat Man’s Mill Café or the book signing by Sid Mullis for his new book, Sid Sez - Grow it in Augusta. Cost per person: FREE

Annual Gingerbread Village (November 16 - 26)

The rotunda of the Augusta Museum of History transforms into a seasonal confectionary village showcasing the intricate and whimsical interpretations of iconic architecture by bakers throughout Augusta's River Region. Cost per person: FREE

 

Thanksgiving Week Events

 
Augusta on Ice (Open Daily & Thanksgiving Day)

This holiday season Augusta on Ice rolls out the white carpet as it transforms the Augusta Common into a winter wonderland. Complete with an expansive outdoor ice-skating rink, twinkling lights and festive decorations, Augusta on Ice is the premiere winter festival for all ages. Cost per person: $5 General Admission or $20 Unlimited Skate, Slide & Ride Activity Pass

Pioneer Day  (November 18)

Take a step back in time! The Lincoln County Historical Park features a grist mill, saw mill, smokehouse, an early town doctor's office, a blacksmith's shop, a late 1700's log cabin and so much more! On the third Saturday of November, the entire village comes to life for the Historical Society's annual Pioneer Day complete with period costumes and food. Cost per person: FREE

Thanksgiving: Weaving a Story (November 20)

Children will learn about the history of Thanksgiving, play with the Native American Touchcart, and learn the art of weaving! Cost per person: $4

Bloodies and Bagels (November 23)

It’s the place to be on Thanksgiving morning. Bring your houseguests, neighbors and friends to celebrate the holiday on the lawn of the Aiken County Historical Museum. Bagels of various flavors, cream cheese, coffee and Bloody Marys will be served. Enjoy this event before the walk into Hitchcock Woods for the Blessing of the Hounds at 11 a.m. Cost per person: FREE

Blessing of the Hounds (November 23)

The annual Blessing of the Hounds in the Hitchcock Woods is one of Aiken’s favorite, longstanding Thanksgiving traditions. Each year, the ceremony is part of the Aiken Hounds’ Opening Meet, which officially kicks off the busy hunt season. The ceremony pays homage to the various traditions of foxhunting, to the heritage of Aiken’s historic hunt culture, and to the skilled hounds that make this sport so engaging. Cost per person: FREE

One Table  (November 23)

Bring a dish to share, or come as you are to the annual community dinner in downtown Aiken. Cost per person: FREE

Christmas Tree Lighting (November 24)

Bring your family and friends for the Annual Town of Edgefield Christmas Tree Lighting. There will be Christmas Music, Cookies and Hot Chocolate and SNOW! Cost per person: FREE

Colton Ballet's Nutcracker (November 24 - 26)

An Augusta tradition for more than 40 years, Colton Ballet Company (formerly Dance Augusta) brings this holiday classic to life on the historic Imperial Theatre stage with beautiful dancing and stunning backdrops. 5 shows span the entire weekend after Thanksgiving. Cost per person: $17 - 40

Christmas in the Backcountry (November 25)

This low-key event at the Living History Park demonstrates how Christmas was observed by colonists in the backcountry. Christmas traditions and celebrations varied throughout colonial communities, usually as a result of the cultures of their citizens. Father Christmas, better known to many as St. Nicholas, looks forward to meeting with all those who love the true Spirit of Christmas and the joy the season can bring. He will be dressed as in ages past, in his traditional Victorian coat and cap. Cost per person: FREE

 

Nightlife Fall Events

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis (November 16)

America’s favorite holiday tradition for the past 30 years! Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Cost per person: $60 - 81

Secret Record Night (November 19)

A music buff's dream - enjoy drink specials and tapas created by locally sourced ingredients while a guest DJ spins rare records from his or her collection at The Bee's Knees. Cost per person: No Cover Charge

Thirsty Thursday Thanksgiving Party (November 23)

After the turkey is carved, the gravy is gone and your faithful stretchy pants are out, head out for a night of fun at Club Argo's annual Thanksgiving Party.