What’s ahead this weekend? There’s a unique art show happening at the baseball park, some medieval entertainment and an ultimate game night. Here are more details on these and other festivities:
Augusta Poster Show
For a different point of view on Augusta, check out this weekend’s Augusta Poster Show. Local graphic designer Jason Craig invited artists from around the country to create posters to illustrate the Garden City. Thirty answered the call, and their creative works will be on display and available for purchase at the Wow! Club at SRP Park. A VIP ticket is $10, which grants an early look Friday from 6-9 p.m. The show is open to the public free from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Visit augustapostershow.com for more information.
Palmetto Knights will be visiting Savannah River Brewing Co. on Fifth Street in Augusta at 6 p.m. Saturday. Guests will enjoy the sights and sounds of clashing swords and smashing shields as fighters duel in full suits of historically accurate medieval armor. Between fights, they will be teaching sword fighting to any who are interested. Palmetto Knights events coordinator Laurence Lagnese said they are a part of the Historic Medieval Battle USA league and are regular competitors in the Battle of the Nations international tournament.
Project Lifting Spirits 5k/10k Fundraiser
Runners are invited to a run at Lake Olmstead Trailhead on Milledge Road in Augusta on Saturday morning. Strollers, dogs and children are allowed to take part. It’s $10 to participate, and all proceeds benefit Project Lifting Spirits, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting active and veteran service members. Registration and bib pick-ups are from 6 to 6:45 a.m. The 10k starts at 7 a.m., while the 5k starts at 7:15 a.m. To register, go to projectliftingspirits5k10k.itsyourrace.com.
All-nighter for gamers
Level Up Game Center on Martinez Boulevard in Augusta will be offering a full night of fun Saturday. From 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. the next day, attendees will be able to enjoy all kinds of games, from table-top to classic Nintendo and PS5 games and virtual-reality competitions, according to manager Robert Steele. Pizza, snacks and drinks are also available. The cost is $35 for one gamer, $25 each for groups of three or more and $20 for those who just want to play until midnight.
Knock Out the Need bookbag drive
Augusta Boxing Club is organizing its third annual Knock Out the Need drive from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the club at 1929 Walton Way. Secretary Tiffany Cannon said 500 bags will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis and are each full of notebooks, crayons, pens and other school supplies. There also will be free food, several vendors, bounce houses and Johnson & Johnson vaccinations being administered.
Food Truck Friday
This weekend’s Food Truck Friday celebrates America’s melting pot with music by Cash Money Experience, a funk band based in Columbia, and a variety of food trucks with options including pizza, Mexican and more. It’s happening from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Columbia County Amphitheater behind the Evans Library on Evans Towne Center Boulevard in Evans.
BarkStock pet drive
The Southern Roots Team with Keller Williams Realty will be hosting a pet drive from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. For the price of one pet item donation, guests can enjoy music, food vendors and family fun at Generations Park on Mack Henry Holland Drive in Aiken. Items accepted for donation include toys, pet food, treats, cleaning supplies, towels/blankets, collars/leashes and food/water bowls. Entry will also be allowed for those with proof of a monetary donation to any pet shelter.