Westobou Festival

The Westobou River, the former name of the Savannah River, was derived from the Westo Indians who migrated to Augusta in the 1660's. The Savanna Indians defeated the Westo Indians in 1680, and the river that now runs through downtown Augusta remains named after the Savanna Indians, the Savannah River. Westobou Festival puts a spotlight on the Central Savannah River Area through a celebration of national and international talent. The festival prides itself on its ability to connect our audience with everything from award winning premier artistic performances to rock concerts. Westobou maintains a high quality of performances appealing to all.Celebrating excellence in the arts, the festival includes an array of performances and exhibitions featuring distinct talent in the disciplines of dance, film, music, spoken words and visual arts. Westobou Festival gives audiences the opportunity to experience the power of art within the backdrop of our exciting city.

Westobou Festival

Ambitious and innovative, Westobou is an ever-evolving multi-arts festival dedicated to enriching the cultural fabric, economic sustainability and social vitality of the region. Over the course of five fantastic days every autumn, the festival transforms downtown Augusta into a vibrant, creative playground where friends, family, neighbors and visitors connect and celebrate infinite creative possibilities.

The five-day gathering’s performances, exhibitions and screenings represent the very best in music, dance, film, spoken word and visual arts – the world stage comes to Augusta.

Westobou events – be they engaging and accessible or pushing creative boundaries and encouraging conversation – are all planned, designed and staged with a single goal in mind – a richer regional understanding of creative impulse.

Meal Series by Westobou

Chef/artists pairs will prepare and present meals in interesting, non-traditional venues that employ creative, elevated and unique concepts with rich thematic ties.


October 3rd 2019 7-9 pm, SECURITY FEDERAL :: 1109 Broad Street, Augusta, GA 30901

Artist Sara Searle and Chef JD Wier come together to create a beautiful meal experience in the upcoming Security Federal Bank lobby, previously the home of the Augusta Genealogical Society. This building was constructed in 1924 by Georgia Railroad Bank & Trust and was its first branch location apart from their main office. Security Federal will use historic tax credits to preserve its original use as a bank. See it before the historic renovation begins. Chef and owner of Noble Jones, JD Wier's career spans from roadside dives to high-end Charleston eateries to private clubs from Augusta to Texas. He is known for his funky twist on timeless Southern classics. An Augusta native, Sara studied studio art and art education at Furman University followed by post-graduate studies in Italy. She taught art formally for 9 years and now teaches classes and camps in her home studio. Continually inspired by the beauty of nature and the power of colors, her art has evolved from a free-form painting approach to more precise designs in mixed media. Recent work incorporates colored pencil, gouache, acrylic, and watercolor to create floral art on birch panels, up-cycled wood and paper. Sara’s art can be found locally at Art on Broad and West End Collective and in Madison, GA at Zeb Grant Designs.

October 6th, 2019 7-9 pm, FOX'S LAIR :: 410 4th Street, Augusta, GA 30901

This unique dining experiences will be concepted and hosted by the Poetry Fox (Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina) and Chef Jordan Tejeda of Ironwood Tavern (Evans, Georgia). The Poetry Fox is known for writing on-demand poems based on one-word prompts on a vintage typewriter. Also, he is a giant fox.

Westobou Central


A place to meet, greet and engage, Westobou Central features a live music stage sponsored by Cadence Bank, food vendors, a beer garden and an assortment of family-friendly activities. Make sure you take a spin on the FREE Ferris wheel sponsored by MAU.


Join us at Westobou Central for FREE evening concerts and more!

Thursday: Starlight Cinema ft. Gremlins

Friday: Magic Giant

Saturday: The Suffers

IDEA GENERATED PROJECTS Individuals, groups and organizations were invited to submit proposals for Westobou’s new Idea Generated Project funds. The recipients received sponsorships up to $1,000 to implement their project during Westobou Festival. The projects will include a variety of Box Truck Studios, public and performance art, and special programs during the Festival. Come check them out at Westobou Central daily!

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Westobou Festival

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Westobou is proud to present our 12th Festival with five days of exciting, unique and fun events. Buy your VIP Pass today!

 Individual tickets can be purchased at Westobou Gallery during regular business hours or at the door on the day of the event.

VIP Pass - $125

Includes: - Entry to all Westobou Festival ticketed events (excluding Meal Series) - Invitation for two to the exclusive Festival Launch Party on October 2 - Reserved seating at free music concerts - Complimentary drinks at Westobou Central - Early access to purchase Meal Series tickets  - Designated parking in downtown Augusta Plan to arrive early. A VIP Pass does not guarantee seating or access to limited capacity events and venues. Designated parking and reserved seating at free music concerts is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

For a full list of events, visit www.westoboufestival.com/events