Looking for something to do this week? Sample brews from over 50 breweries at Augusta Beerfest. The world-famous tunes and vibes of Pink Floyd will be performed by a renowned tribute group. For the film buffs, there are two film festivals, the Black Cat Picture Show and the Christian Georgia Film Festival, showing a variety of movies and other entertainment. Those needing a laugh can also visit multiple comedy shows. There are also several food truck nights and crafts markets that allow residents to shop for meals and merchandise made by local creators. Here are more details on these and other upcoming festivities in the Augusta area:
The 8th annual Augusta Beerfest is back at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at James Brown Arena at 601 Seventh St. in Augusta. Breweries from across the U.S. will be visiting to offer guests over 125 beer variations. Some of the brewers include Savannah River Brewing Co. from Augusta, Jekyll Brewing from Alpharetta, and Eagle Creek Brewing Company from Statesboro.
General admission ticket holders will receive one souvenir tasting cup, with which they can sample as much beer as they'd like. Designated drivers get in free. Admission is restricted to ages 21 and older. Tickets can be bought at the box office or by going online to augustaentertainmentcomplex.com.
The tribute band Brit Floyd will bring the sights and sounds of Pink Floyd to Bell Auditorium at 712 Telfair St. at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17. Guests can expect to experience plenty of the Hall of Famers' hits including "Dark Side of the Moon" and a 23-minute note-for-note performance of "Echoes." Tickets are available at the James Brown Arena box office and at the Augusta Entertainment Complex website, aectix.com.
Several drag performers will wage a "War On The Catwalk" at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19. Tickets can be bought by calling (706) 842-4080, at the box office at 708 Broad Street in Augusta, and online at millertheateraugusta.com.
Grantski Records is hosting a concert series, with the next show featuring metal groups at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the record store at 1151 Broad St. in Augusta. The proceeds from the series will go to the record store's efforts to build an all ages venue space, including a stage, within the store. Tickets can be bought online at eventbrite.com.
Atlanta stand-up comedian Adam Murray, who gave South Aiken High School a retro shoutout in "Stranger Things" season four, will be performing a benefit comedy show for the school at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, at the Amentum Center for the Performing Arts at 126 Newberry St. SW in downtown Aiken. Murray will be joined by two other comics he chose to perform with him: Jimmy Fontaine and Alyx Libby, also from Atlanta. Admission is restricted to ages 18 and older. Tickets can be bought online at eventbrite.com, and the Eventbrite app is required for admission.
Back to Nature Garden Center's comedy night is at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the garden center at 1815 Kissingbower Road in Augusta. Guests will laugh with local comics Skyler Andrews and Olo while enjoying a meal of pasta, salad, garlic bread, dessert bar and both wine and non-alcoholic drinks. Admission is restricted to ages 21 and older. Tickets can be bought online at backtonatureaugusta.com.
"Comedy Night Augusta" starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at Art on Broad at 1028 Broad St. in Augusta. It will be headlined by Duke Desdunes from New Orleans, plus there will be some Augusta comics and musical acts. Tickets can be bought online at eventbrite.com.
The 8th annual Black Cat Picture Show, an international independent film festival, will return Thursday, Aug. 18, through Sunday, Aug. 21, at Le Chat Noir at 304 Eighth St. in Augusta. Over 40 feature films, documentaries, animations and other productions will be screened throughout the festival, culminating in an awards ceremony Sunday. Food will be available Friday and Sunday. Tickets can be bought online at simpletix.com.
The Christian Georgia Film Festival is Thursday, Aug. 18, through Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel at 2651 Perimeter Parkway in Augusta. Uplifting movies and music videos will be screened and paired with seminars and workshops. Awards will be given out at the end of the festival. Tickets can be bought online at filmfreeway.com.
Food truck festivals
Mayor-elect Garnett Johnson and Host Committee's Food Truck Fridays return 5-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, outside Johnson's political headquarters at 4102 Windsor Spring Road in Hephzibah. In addition to a variety of food trucks, there will be live music and family-friendly activities. Admission is free.
Summerville's Food Truck Event is 5-7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 19, outside Trinity on the Hill United Methodist Church at 1330 Monte Sano Ave. in Augusta.
The Augusta Handmade Fair's Night Market is 7:30-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Doris Building at 930 Broad St. in Augusta. Local vendors will be selling their handmade creations, including food and gifts, with live musical accompaniment. All of the proceeds will go to Redemption Church's youth group.
Harlem Java House is hosting a "Back-to-School Artisan Market" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the coffee shop at 211 North Louisville St. in Harlem.
Family fun events
The Augusta Museum of History's "Family Fun Day: Games of the Past" is 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. Guests will be able to enjoy various classic games like marbles and pickup sticks and an "I Spy" challenge asking them to locate specific items around the museum. The museum is located at 560 Reynolds St. in Augusta.
For the LEGO fans, CSRA Brick Con is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20, at the Columbia County Library at 7022 Evans Town Center Boulevard in Evans. Guests will be able to buy LEGOs and see detailed brick structures from cities and castles to dioramas inspired by "Harry Potter" and "Star Wars." Admission is free.
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