Spring Happenings in Augusta

Stacie Wells

Spring 2018 will be here before we know it. The official date is Tuesday, March 20, but the locals know that the real keepers of Augusta’s spring clock are the dogwoods, redbuds, and azaleas, most notably the ones that bloom each Spring Break at the big golf tournament held by the Augusta National.

But spring in Augusta is so much more than golf. With springtime temps climbing into the upper 70s, it’s a perfect time to take in some of the nearby outdoor attractions. Here are five of my favorites:

  • The Augusta Market, also known locally as the Saturday Market at the River, is an open-air farmer’s market held at the 8th Street Plaza at the Riverwalk. You can expect to find fresh produce, food trucks, live entertainment, and local vendors. The 2018 market opens on Saturday, March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day) and will be open every Saturday from 8am-2pm until the market closes for the season on November 17th,
  • Monetta Drive-in movies  – opening day of the 2018 season is March 2nd. Definitely worth the drive to nearby Monetta, SC. The Big Mo offers a different double feature on each of their 3 screens each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night, with the occasional triple feature on holiday weekends. Make sure to bring cash for ticket purchases at the gate (currently $9 for adults and $4 for ages 4-11). You’ll also want to grab a Frequent Star Gazer card at the concession stand to earn free food. Get there early and be prepared to wait in line for best parking spots for the movies.
  • The Augusta GreenJackets baseball – baseball fans will be excited to know that the GreenJackets will celebrate opening day on April 12, 2018, at the new SRP Park in North Augusta.This brand new park is located just across the 13th Street bridge on the Savannah River next to Hammond’s Ferry. Season tickets are selling fast  so make sure to grab yours while you can.
  • Petersburg Boat Tours of the Augusta Canal – sign up for a cruise along the Augusta Canal, taking in all the sights of nature as well as local history on one of the replica Petersburg boats. Guided tours leave from the Canal Interpretive Center at Enterprise Mill.
  • Greek Festival (dates to be announced) – if you love gyros as much as I do and think that tzatziki sauce should be the national condiment, makes plans to attend the Greek Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Augusta. Greek pastries, feta fries, gyros, local vendors and live music make this event tops in my book.

If you’re thinking of moving to Augusta and you have questions about the area or nearby events, I’d love to chat. Text or call 706-945-7649 or email me at stacie@staciewells.com. Looking forward to hearing from you!