2024 FESTIVAL FEATURES

  • Over 150 Fine Arts & Fine Crafts Booths
  • Five Stages Of Non-stop Performances including Cultural Performances, Spoken Word, Pop, Rock, Alt, R&B, Jazz, Theater, Dance and more!
  • Featuring 90’s alt rock band Fastball on the Global Stage
  • Featuring Jazz Sensation
     Georgia Muldrow on the Jazz Stage
  • Featuring acclaimed Atlanta puppeteer Lee ‘That Puppet Guy’ Bryan on the Family Stage
  • Young Artists Market
  • Large Interactive Family Area
  • Georgia Authors Area With Book Signings
  • Artzilla: Live Painting By Local Artists
  • Street Performers
  • Global Food Village With Authentic Cuisine From  20 Countries
  • Specialty Beer Garden
  • Advance $15 Badges Good For Entire Weekend – Available In July
  • Children 10 & under are admitted FREE
  • In Downtown Augusta On Greene And Telfair Streets

arts in the heart of augusta festival 2024

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival is September 20 – 22 in downtown Augusta, Georgia. The festival is returning this year to its original location on Telfair Street and will encompass a large footprint that includes part of Greene Street, Telfair Street, the Old Medical College, old Richmond Academy, Parade grounds, the Municipal Building parking lot, and the Linda Beazley Room.

Brenda Durant, Executive Director of the Arts Council said “We are excited to return to our roots, knowing we had to move off Broad Street to accommodate the TIA projects we searched the City for a suitable replacement.  Securing the whole Municipal Building campus and the historic buildings and Parade Ground across the street could not have been a better fit.  We are looking forward to our new digs as we expand the Festival to fill our new space.”

 

With over 100,000 attendees, the festival has grown to become an iconic representation of Arts in Georgia. We expect over 150 juried Fine Arts and Crafts artists this year, with artists coming from all over the United States to be a part of our award-winning festival. We are pleased to announce Menia Chester as our new Festival Chairperson for 2024. Menia said, “I’m excited about guiding the festival forward in its new location and presenting some very exciting and diverse performers this year!”

 

Our five stages of non-stop entertainment include everything from hip hop to jazz to rock. This year we’re very excited to be featuring Augusta as a Music City. Thanks to a special grant from Destination Augusta, we will be featuring nationally renowned performers on the Global Stage and the Jazz Stage. Headline acts will be announced as they are secured. Music has grown to be a dynamic part of Arts in the Heart and that will be especially true this year.

 

The global food village is famous for its authentic taste of global cuisine and will tempt food lovers with 20 authentic cuisine booths. The large Family Area is packed with interactive children’s activities, street performers, public art, and a Young Artists Market. Artzilla returns with local artists painting live all weekend. The Authors Lounge also returns and will feature Georgia authors and book signings. Limited edition 2024 Festival Merchandise will also be available, including the collectible Festival Teddy Bears. Last year we sold out of everything quickly.

 

Advanced Festival badges will be available online in July. Check the Festival website and social media for updates. Pets and coolers are not allowed in the Festival. Lawn chairs are welcomed. Arts in the Heart of Augusta is a rain or shine event.

 

Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival was named the Best Festival by the Southeast Tourism Society in 2020 and “Best for 2023” Festival (ranked 52nd best in the entire country!) by Sunshine Artist. We were also awarded Best Festival in 2023 by the readers of Augusta Magazine and Columbia County Magazine.

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With five performance stages, music is a dynamic component of Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival and that will be especially true this year. The Greater Augusta Arts Council is pleased to announce that thanks to a partnership with Destination Augusta, we will be......

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Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival is please to announce the following Artists awards and Global Food Village Awards. 2023 Fine Arts winners: 1st Place: Leif Johansen, Booth 934-936 2nd Place: John Carraby, Booth 960-962 3rd Place: Lisa Mote, Booth 930-933 And our Merit......

It’s finally here! Arts in the Heart of the Augusta Festival kicks off a weekend of art, music, food and family fun today! Don’t miss opening ceremonies at 6pm on the Global Stage, located on the Augusta Common, followed by Wayne Hoey Big Band with......

Artzilla is a group of exceptionally talented local artists who paint live all weekend during the the festival. This year they will be painting on the Augusta Common! Back where the live painting event started over a decade ago. This year artists include Blaine Prescott,......

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For the first time some of the official Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival Merchandise is available to purchase in advance of the festival! And for the first time we have items created just for kids (okay, kids of all ages)! Grab yours before......

This year the Family Area is getting a makeover. Family Area Managers Heather Dunaway and Erica Pastecki have been working hard to bring some color and activation to the Family Area to make a more engaging experience for our littlest arts lovers. Part of that......

There are about one hundred and forty artists coming to this year’s Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival to share their hand-crafted works of art.  While Arts in the Heart attracts the finest festival artists from around the country, it also showcases an array......

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