Residents of Augusta-Richmond and Columbia counties will enjoy a variety of annual events, festivals and community gatherings.
Blind Willie McTell Blues Festival
This annual music festival celebrates influential bluesman Blind Willie McTell, who was born in Thomson. The festival is recognized as being one of the best, one-day, cultural events in the Southeast, and the lineups of musicians read like a who’s who in blues, roots and Americana masters.
Dragon Con is a four-day event comprising approximately 3,500 hours of panels, seminars, demonstrations and workshops, with over 30 specialized programming tracks for fans of science fiction, fantasy, comic books and other elements of fan culture. Since the late 1980s, tens of thousands have flocked to Atlanta for Labor Day weekend to participate in Dragon Con. Attendance has exploded, and each year the convention gets bigger and better — a record 80,000 attendees were estimated in 2017.
Freedom Fireworks Extravaganza
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Named among USA TODAY’s “Top 10 Small Town Celebrations in America” Washington’s Freedom Fireworks Extravaganza is held July 3 with live music, a 90-foot zip line, bounce house, spider jump, food court and watermelon eating contest.
Georgia-Carolina State Fair
The Georgia-Carolina State Fair, held in October, has thrilled and entertained people for nearly 100 years at the fairgrounds in Augusta. The fair features free concerts, livestock shows, boxing and America’s only “railroad carnival” that provides fair goers with numerous spectacular thrill rides, as well as great family rides.
Hephzibah Founders’ Day
Celebrate Hephzibah’s birthday! The community, once called Brothersville, officially became the town of Hephzibah on Oct. 24, 1870. Bring the family for a fun day of crafts and inflatables, music and more and help celebrate the town’s birthday. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the free musical entertainment.
The Masters Tournament
The annual Masters Tournament, also known as The Masters or The U.S. Masters, is one of the four major championships in professional golf. The Masters is scheduled for the first full week of April, and it is the first of the majors to be played each year. Unlike the other major championships, the Masters is held each year at the same location, Augusta National Golf Club, a private golf club in Augusta. Since 1949, a green jacket has been awarded to the champion, who must return it to the clubhouse one year after his victory, although it remains his personal property and is stored with other champions’ jackets in a specially designated cloakroom. Jack Nicklaus has the most Masters wins, with six between 1963 and 1986. Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods have won four each.