Author: Matt Porter
Published: February 14, 2019
Music & Theater
Downtown Augusta has a rich history of entertainment reflected in some magnificent theaters on Broad Street. That’s where you’ll find the Imperial Theatre, showing everything from local stage productions to great regional bluegrass, rock, or soul concerts. Across Broad, the renovated Miller Theatre offers a variety of artists, comedians, and other live performances. If a little improv or maybe an edgier original play is more your speed, local black box theatre Le Chat Noir is always doing something unique.
Families love spending time at the Augusta Canal Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill and taking a tour on one of their electric Petersburg boats. You can’t go wrong visiting the Augusta Museum of History. I love their James Brown exhibit, but with their huge collection, there’s surely something for everyone there. Our town is home to the boyhood home of President Woodrow Wilson, built in 1859. The site is maintained as a historic home open for tours Thursdays through Saturdays.
The Morris Museum of Art has a permanent collection spanning antebellum portraits to contemporary works. Located on the Riverwalk the museum features extensive programming for families, aspiring artists and art lovers of all stripes. I’d also recommend visiting the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art for workshops and rotating exhibitions. Tire City Potters has kept the fire burning downtown for years- check out one of its kiln openings for first crack at beautiful hand made ceramics, or visit their gallery space.
Among the locally owned restaurants and specialty stores, you’ll also find a number of galleries featuring paintings, sculpture, jewelry and gifts. There’s a homegrown quality to many of downtown’s independent businesses, and the personality and creativity of their owners is half the fun. A fresh food and juice bar doubles as an art gallery/meeting space at the Humanitree House on 8th Street. And, at Mod Ink on Broad Street you’ll find the owners screen printing original designs for striking visual art, and original apparel.
Augusta also hosts enough festivals, outdoor concert series, and sporting activities to keep your calendar pretty full all year long. While tourists and locals alike take part in watching the internationally known, Masters Tournament, catch exclusive acts during the Major Rager, Rock Fore Dough, or partake in the Partee on the Green. In September downtown transforms for the Arts in the Heart festival, where arts vendors and crafts people from all over the South East set up shop alongside foods stalls from almost every country imaginable. And now a decade old, the annual Westobou festival brings contemporary art, music, and films to the garden city and is not to be missed.
There’s no shortage of things to do – I recommend getting out there and having some fun!