Pride, Relay For Life, River Race, Comic Book Show


What awaits you this weekend? The return of big events like Augusta Pride and the Relay For Life in the Augusta region, but also a brand new festival by the water. Here are more details on these and other festivities:

Augusta Pride, Beats On Broad

Several LGBTQ pride events have taken place over the past few weeks, now Augusta Pride Month ends with a bang.

Augusta Pride is hosting her Beats On Broad dance party from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday at Augusta Common. Augusta Pride Chairman James Mintz said live music and entertainment will be featured, including a Vintage Ooollee fashion show and a performance by “American Idol” singer Ada Vox.

On Saturdays, there is no parade this year, but the 11th annual Augusta Pride festival begins at 10 a.m. at Augusta Common. Mintz said more than 60 vendors will be in attendance to sell food, gifts and other items. There will also be opportunities for COVID-19 vaccination and HIV testing. Further stage entertainment as well as commentary from executives such as Commissioners Augusta Jordan Johnson and Francine Scott as well as Georgia Senator Harold Jones II are planned. Free entry.

After:Spotted 2019 Augusta Pride Parade & Festival Gallery

Mintz said Augusta Pride is “Just happy to be back… it’s been two long years of preparation.” The theme color this year is blue to signify peace and harmony in the community.

Mintz added: “We… want to remember all of these lives that have been lost, not just because of COVID, but because of the violence that needs to be tackled.”

For more information on pride events, visit and the Augusta Pride Facebook Page.

Relay for Life

Another big event in the Augusta region is making a comeback after a hiatus due to the pandemic. The Relay For Life for Richmond, Columbia and Aiken counties will take place from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at Evans Towne Center Park. Normally this event is much longer, but organizer Ta’Nedria Platt said via email that he wanted to support the American Cancer Society and celebrate patients while limiting how long guests need to be nearby. , thus decreasing the chances of COVID-19 contaminations.

Cancer survivors take the first round at the 2015 Relay For Life event at Midland Valley High School.  This year's event will be a three-hour Saturday rally at Evans Towne Center Park.

“This event supports cancer survivors, who are a population vulnerable to the COVID-19 virus, and it is certainly one of our priorities to keep everyone safe while participating,” Platt wrote.

Guests, who are encouraged to wear masks, can always expect a track to walk on, live music, games and other forms of entertainment that accompany Relay For Life celebrations.

Betty’s Bash 2021 Paddle Race & Music Festival

Competition, the outdoors, music and more come together in a new event Saturday at Riverside Park in Evans. It’s organized by Outdoor Augusta Rentals, according to business owner Andy Colbert.

“It’s been in my head and in my wife’s head for some time to have a festival there,” he said. “I want it to be an experience where people are on the water able to cheer on passing people. It focuses on the recreation of the area, not the event itself.”

Betty's Bash 2021 Paddle Race & Music Festival is a new event taking place on Saturday at Riverside Park in Evans.

At 9 a.m., kayakers and canoeists will descend Betty’s Branch, a tributary of the Savannah River, in hopes of winning a trophy. Only competitors are welcome as well as groups. Registration is $ 10.

During and after the race, food trucks and other vendors will be on site with live musical performances at 6 p.m. General admission is free. For more information, visit

JoeFest: A Real Augusta Toy & Comic Book Show

While this annual toy and comic book convention has a strong “GI Joe” presence, there is more to it.

WWE Wrestler Robert Remus, also known as

This show promises 20,000 square feet of toys, comics, cosplay, and more variety of pop culture. Celebrities such as Robert Remus aka WWE’s “Sgt. Slaughter” will also be on hand to meet fans and sign autographs. The convention takes place Friday through Sunday at the Augusta Convention Center in downtown Augusta.

Tickets start at $ 10 and are available at the door and online at Children under 12 enter for free with an adult entrance fee.

Freedom Fun Run / Health Show

The YMCA will promote fun and fitness during its Freedom Fun / Health Show run from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Saturday at the Steiner Branch Family YMCA at 218 Partnership Drive in Grovetown. People of all ages are encouraged to dress in patriotic colors for a walk / run in addition to games, a bounce house, and vendors with healthy snacks. Strollers and pets on a leash are welcome. Register on Admission is $ 25; Children 12 and under enter this YMCA scholarship fundraising event for free.

Rescheduled events

Two events to celebrate Father’s Day were planned last weekend but had to be postponed due to inclement weather.

Augusta resident Patricia Rocke is hosting a Fathers day celebration Saturdays at 6 p.m. next to the Baptist Friendship Church on Deans Bridge Road in Augusta. Live music will be presented and tickets cost $ 10 with proceeds going to the church.

Savannah River Brewing Company welcomes his Mile of beer for fathers day Sunday at 11 am at the Cinquième Rue brasserie in Augusta. Beer is included in the entry fee and prizes are available for male and female winners.

Community Care Day

This is a new event from the Silver Bluff Volunteer Fire Department that seeks to give the public a better understanding of what they are doing.

“We want to show the community what we’re doing in addition to responding to fires,” said Captain Bruce Turner. “They have to pay fire fees and things of that nature, we want to show them what their fire fees are for.”

Customers will get a behind-the-scenes look at the fire department and receive free vital signs checks to promote a healthy lifestyle. Food and door prizes will also be offered. The event is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fire station at 1119 Williston Road in Aiken.


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