Arts in the Heart of Augusta

Chacos and Teva sandals
Thai beefball sticks pad thai and spring rolls at Arts in the Heart of Augusta
Thai food at Arts in the Heart of Augusta
Mango lassi at Arts in the Heart of Augusta
The Miller Theater marquee reanimation in Downtown Augusta GA

During the second weekend of September each year (which is, undoubtedly, the hottest weekend before the Fall season arrives), Downtown Augusta is home to the Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival. Arts in the Heart is a three-day festival that celebrates global arts, food, and culture. There are various stages scattered throughout the core of downtown Augusta that highlight music, spoken word poetry, acting, and more. The Global Village located in the Augusta Common highlights food from over twenty different countries. The streets are transformed into a sea of tents featuring art from local fine artists and craftsmen. 

Our favorite part of the festival by far is the food. While we're no stranger to dining at local restaurants that feature international cuisine, it's much more convenient to have everything in a central location to pick and choose from and share! At this year's festival, we sampled food from India (Maharani platter + samosa + mango lassi), Thailand (beefball skewers + pad thai + spring rolls), Greece (gyro + feta fries), and Guam (rice + bbq chicken + spicy chicken + lumpia). 

Friday night we listened to music from a local band called the Village Sticks while we ate dinner on the lawn. Afterwards, we walked over to the Miller Theater for the marquee lighting. For the first time in over 30 years, the historic theater's marquee was reanimated! It was exciting to see so many people come together to celebrate. We can't wait to go to a show sometime next year. I've been lucky enough to see the Miller in various stages of construction and I know the grand reveal will be breathtaking.

Saturday after lunch we were able to walk around and look at a little more of the art in the daylight! We had a great weekend celebrating our ten year dating anniversary at the very place we first became boyfriend and girlfriend!

Does your town have any similar festivals? We'd love to travel to new places and check them out someday!