What awaits you this weekend? Musical performances in the Augusta area, the return of a major wedding exhibit and a few fundraising events to give back to those in need. Here are more details on these and other festivities:
Live music concerts
Four-time Grammy-nominated artist Eric Benet will bring “An Evening of Love” to the Bell Auditorium in Augusta on Saturday at 8pm. Benet is an American R&B and neo-soul singer and songwriter. He will be joined by artists Keke Wyatt and Calvin Richardson, the three-time Grammy nominated “Prince of Soul”. Tickets start at $ 45 and can be found online at the Augusta Entertainment Complex website.
Miller Theater in Augusta hosts a performance of .38 Special Friday at 7:30 p.m. The southern rock group has been performing for over 40 years with hits like “Hold On Loosely”, “Rockin ‘Into the Night” and “Caught Up in You”. Tickets start at $ 53 and are available online at Miller Theater website.
Georgia Wedding Show
The wedding exhibit on display in cities across Georgia returns to Augusta Sunday at the Bell Auditorium starting at 12:30 p.m. Professionals from the region such as Elegant weddings, 2 earthy moms and Memorable moments will be on hand to provide goods and services to couples getting ready for their special day. A bridal fashion show will take place at 3 p.m. Engaged couples will be entered into a raffle for an all-inclusive honeymoon with the winners announced at the end of the fashion show.
Tickets cost $ 15 at the door, but can be purchased $ 10 in advance at georgiabridalshow.com/augusta-georgia-bridal-show-wedding-expo-at-bell-auditorium. Use the code “WEDDING” for $ 5 off a ticket. Children five and under enter free.
Augusta’s businesswoman, Kandi Nunnally, hosts a 5 km awareness walk for kidney disease Saturday at the Henry Brigham Community Center near Deans Bridge Road. The event will feature food, music, games and vendors. Nunnally, who is fundraising for her own kidney transplant, is collecting donated blankets, gloves, scarves and socks to help keep dialysis patients warm. Masks and social distancing will be required. Registration begins at 9 a.m. with the walk starting at 10 a.m. and activities until 4 p.m. Admission is $ 15 for adults, $ 5 for ages 5 to 12, or $ 10 for ages 13 to 18.
Stop Da Stigma invites residents to laugh with a comedy show at the American Legion Post 232 off the Palmetto Parkway in North Augusta, Saturday at 5 p.m. The show will feature Cookie Hull, a touring comedian who has been on the circuit for over 10 years. The profits will go to the fight against HIV and AIDS. Tickets can be purchased from $ 30 on the Stop Da Stigma Facebook page.
Dog owners can bathe their furry friends at the Albrecht SPCA Center on Willow Run Road in Aiken from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Proceeds will go to the centre’s efforts to house, care for and relocate dozens of dogs and cats. A basic wash costs $ 20 to $ 30, depending on the size. Add ear cleaning and nail trimming for $ 10. Find animals available for adoption on letlovelive.org.
Public Safety and Preparedness Fair
Columbia County’s Emergency Management Agency is having a unique type of festival at Evans Towne Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Families will be able to engage with area security agencies and get a closer look inside emergency response vehicles, dive team boats, HAZMAT trucks and more. A civilian air patrol simulator will also be on-site, and the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office will offer children’s ID cards and a K-9 demonstration. This event is free and open to the public. The festivities will also include water slides, food trucks, a giant swing and a musical performance by Whiskey race.
Super Smash Bros. Tournament Ultimate
Players are called to fight in a Nintendo “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” tournament at the North Augusta Community Center on Brookside Avenue on Sunday. A singles installment will take place at 1 p.m. and a doubles installment will take place at 2 p.m. Participants must bring their own controllers. They can bring their game consoles and televisions to speed up the game, but it doesn’t have to be. Masks will be compulsory. It is recommended to register in advance on the tournament webpage at smash.gg. Admission just to play is $ 6 and to compete is $ 11. The first place winner in each competition per tranche will receive 60% of the total entries as prize money, second place will gain 30% and third place will gain 10%.
This will be the first in a bimonthly series of gaming tournaments titled “Ravage by the river” by CSRA Fighting Game Community where players can meet. CSRA FGC co-founder Chris Lloyd said they were not making any profit on the events; the money is just to keep their place at the community center and they organize the games for sheer fun.
Augusta Sports and Trading Card Fair
Baseball, Pokémon and other card collectors are invited to an Augusta sports and collectible card show from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Sunday at the Hilton Garden Inn on Stevens Creek Road off Washington Road. Organizer Ed Schumacher said entry is free and there will be 32 vendors. Former Georgia Bulldogs and Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Odell Thurman will be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs.
Pizza and politics
The Columbia County Republican Party invites young adults for dinner and political talks from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the Columbia County Government Center, Building A, on Ronald Reagan Drive in Evans. Several congressional staff and field organizers will be in attendance, and district party chairwoman Debbie McCord said via text that a candidate or two may also be running. This event is suitable for 18-35 year olds. There is no charge, but those interested are kindly requested to confirm their attendance at [email protected]
The GreenJackets are at home this week to face the Charleston RiverDogs. The games until Friday start at 7:05 pm; Start of Saturday and Sunday matches at 6:35 p.m.
Thursday is “South Carolina Gamecocks Night”. Fans are encouraged to wear their Gamecocks gear and former USC quarterback Connor Shaw will make a special appearance. $ 20 VIP packages are sold and include reserved tickets, food vouchers, and a chance to meet Shaw. The evening will also include a gift of sunglasses for the first 1,000 fans.
On Saturday there will be a 5 km race before the match at 7:30 am The runners will take the green lane and finish at the stadium. It’s $ 30 to participate and runners will also receive a GreenJackets gift card and a ticket to the game, which will end with a fireworks display. More information can be found at strictlyrunning.com.
Sunday’s game will have several promotions, including:
- “Girl Scouts Evening” where Girl Scouts will receive a commemorative patch and are invited to the pre-game parade at 4:15 p.m.
- “Night of the comic book heroes” where fans are invited to dress up as their favorite super heroes and the first 1,000 fans will receive commemorative capes.
- “Annual SRP Park Motor Show”. Admission costs $ 15 per car and includes admission to the game. Prizes are awarded for Best Paint, Best Interior, Best Engine, Popular Vote and Best in Show. To register, contact Troy Pakusch at (803) 349-9411 or email [email protected]
- Post-match race. Children 12 and under will be allowed to run the bases after the game.