Weekend is full of festivals, fun

Festival season continues this weekend, beginning Thursday with the 28th annual Augusta Greek Festival.

 

Head over to Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 10th and Greene streets to indulge in Greek food, watch Greek dancers perform, hear live music, shop at the bazaar and more.

Hours are 4-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Oct. 13-14; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15.

For more, visit holytrinityaugusta.org.

 

Starting Friday, the Augusta Common will be home to the 25th Hispanic Festival of Augusta.

Hours are 6-11 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, noon-11 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, and noon-6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 15. Festival-goers will see folkloric groups, hear live music, browse arts and crafts, entertain the kids with special activities and, of course, eat.

Admission is $5 with ages 12 and younger admitted free. Learn more at elcervantino.org.

 

The Georgia-Carolina State Fair returns to the Exchange Club Fairgrounds for a nine-day run beginning Friday, Oct. 13. Gates will open at 5 p.m. weekdays and at noon Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 22.

The normal fair offerings will include rides, live entertainment, food, and numerous contests and exhibitions, including art, china painting, photography, crafts and talent.

Admission is $6; unlimited rides are $20 Monday-Thursday and $25 Saturday-Sunday. Advance-only admission is $4 or an admission and unlimited rides combo ticket for $20 are available until the fair opens. The fairgrounds is at 308 Hale St.

For more details, visit georgiacarolinastatefair.com.

 

On a smaller scale, the CSRA Great Escape Outdoor Expo is planned for 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at the USC Aiken Penland Building, 471 University Parkway, Aiken.

More than 60 outdoor exhibitors, food vendors, and kids’ activities will keep attendees busy.

Admission is $8 advance at any Security Federal Bank or $10 at the door; $2 for USC Aiken students with ID, ages 10 and younger free. Learn more about this new event at usca.edu/epcec.

 

In Evans, the Art in the Park Fall Fest returns from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14, at Memorial Garden and Amphitheater next to Columbia County Library.

The event will include local performers, arts vendors, a sidewalk art contest, and more. See columbiacountyarts.org.

If you’re willing to make the trip to Columbia, the South Carolina State Fair is going on daily through Oct. 22. Major attractions include the concert series with Brothers Osborne, Keith Sweat, Chris Young, ZZ Top, Tobymac and Sabrina Carpenter, as well as a tinsmith, Blend a capella quartet, the High-Pockets Parade of silt-walking characters and the Barnyard Cackle Review singing chicken show. See SCStateFair.org for all the details.

 

And coming up ... the Western Carolina State Fair will be Oct. 20-29 in Aiken; the 33rd annual Jack-O-Lantern Jubilee is Oct. 27-28 in North Augusta; and the Columbia County Fair returns Nov. 2-12.

 

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