GreenJackets Homestand, Garden City Fest, Downtown Concerts

Want to have some fun this week in the Augusta area? The Augusta GreenJackets are playing their first homestead this season, and guests can check out the Atlanta Braves world champion trophy at one of the games. The spring tradition of the Garden City Festival returns to the Sacred Heart Cultural Center. Downtown Augusta will see a music festival this weekend featuring several artists. There are also high energy musical theater themed events. Here are more details about these and other events:

See Augusta GreenJackets, the Atlanta Braves Championship Trophy

The Atlanta Braves' world championship trophy stops in the Augusta area this month as part of its 151-stop tour across the United States

Tuesday, April 19 is opening night for the GreenJackets at SRP Park in North Augusta’s Riverside Village. They will face the Fayetteville Woodpeckers with games starting at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 6:05 p.m. Saturday and 1:35 p.m. Sunday. The Atlanta Braves World Championship trophy will visit the stadium during Friday’s game (ticket required). Tickets can be purchased at the box office or online at milb.com/augusta.

There’s an early chance to see the Braves trophy if you can’t make it to Friday’s GreenJackets game. Fans can catch him from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, April 19 at Academy Sports + Outdoors on Fabian Drive in Aiken.

Garden City Festival

After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 precautions, the Garden City Festival has returned to the Sacred Heart Cultural Center on Greene Street in Augusta. The main festival will feature floral and landscape displays as well as mini information sessions and will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, April 22 and 23. There are also several other events that run congruently, such as “Seedling Saturday” and the butterfly house. Tickets are available online at Sacredheartgardencityfestival.com.

Laine Hardy won "american idol" in 2019, and sang the hit single "Flame" on his "coronation night."

Downtown Music Festival

Several musical maestros perform at a Downtown Music Fest at Augusta Common on Reynolds Street. Headliners include “American Idol” champ Laine Hardy on Thursday; Jones County, Georgia native Demun Jones, Friday; Charlotte Summers, “America’s Got Talent” quarter-finalist, Saturday; and “Grand Ole Opry” regular William Morgan on Sunday. General admission and VIP tickets can be purchased online at downtownmusicfest.com.

On the scene

Here is a fun show for the youngest: Daniel Tiger’s neighborhood live! will take the stage at the Miller Theater this Wednesday, April 20 at 6:30 p.m. This traveling show brings the Emmy-winning PBS Kids series to life with a musical adventure of friendship, mutual support, and plenty of surprises. Tickets are on sale at millertheateraugusta.com.

Henry Boshart stars as Charlie Bucket in the musical's nationwide tour

The National Broadway Tour “Charlie and the chocolate factory” takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 at the Bell Auditorium. Get tickets at the James Brown Arena box office or online at aectix.com.

from Augusta Musical theater workshops is creating a Disney show featuring children “The jungle Book” at 7 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at Augusta Preparatory School Hull Fine Arts Center on Flowing Wells Road. Buy your tickets at onwiththeshow.biz.

Colton Ballet Company will present “You are always on my mind” at the Imperial Theatre. The show begins at 7 p.m. on Friday, April 22 and features musical selections from Rachmaninoff and The Beatles to Sam Cooke and Billie Holiday. See www.imperialtheatre.com or call (706) 722-8341 for seating.

Also on Friday, Theresa Caputo, star of the TV show “Long Island Medium”, will be on stage at the Bell Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. She talks about her life and her gift. Tickets start at $42.75 at aectix.com.

The Augusta Broadway Singers are hosting a “Big Night with Rodgers and Hammerstein” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, April 23 at the First Baptist Church of Augusta on Walton Way Extension. The singers will pay tribute to the legendary musical team with songs from “The Sound of Music”, “Cinderella” and similar hits.

Also on Saturday, Augusta Symphony presents “Embrace the World” at 7:30 p.m. at the Miller Theater. The performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 will feature mezzo-soprano Abigail Nims. Seats are available at millertheater.com.

Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School students perform a Disney show “The little Mermaid” From April 21 to 24, with shows at 7 p.m. from Thursday to Friday, at 1 p.m. on Saturday and at 3 p.m. on Sunday. The school is located on 12th Street in Augusta.

Food Truck Fridays

Columbia County Parks, Recreation and Events is bringing their food truck back Friday this week from 5-9 p.m. April 22 at the Columbia County Amphitheater on Evans Towne Center Boulevard. Vendors arrive at 6 p.m. and live music with The Unmentionables begins at 7 p.m. Free entry.

The next Food Truck Friday will be April 29 at Gateway Park, 215 Partnership Drive in Grovetown, featuring live music from the Harlem Sons.

A musical and artistic Sunday

Listen instrumental guitarist Tanner Duckworth perform in the Music at the Morris series at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 24 at the Morris Museum of Art. Admission is free on Sundays to see the exhibits. To visit themorris.org for more details.

Plus, a little wrestling

WWE returns to James Brown Arena for a “Sunday Stunner” at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 24; doors open at 3:30 p.m. Fans can see Cody Rhodes vs. Seth “Freaking” Rollins, Bianca Belair vs. Becky Lynch vs. Rhea Ripley, and more. Enter the door for $23, with tickets up to $103 starting at aectix.com.

David H. Henry