RICHMOND COUNTY, GA (WFXG) - Thousands of people are expected to show up in Augusta for the 38th Annual Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival. The two and half day celebration of food, arts, diversity and culture kicks off Friday, September 14 and ends Sunday, September 16.

With thousands of people flocking the streets of Augusta, organizers want people to stay informed and stay safe if weather turns severe.

"Festival personnel are closely monitoring the weather situation with assistance from state local and federal agencies," said Executive Director of the Arts Council, Brenda Durant. "We are working with those agencies and we have contingency plans in place. We will provide updates continuously and, as always, the safety of our patrons is our top priority. We will open at 5 p.m. Friday."

The Festival committee is very excited to announce some brand new features and family fun to be had all weekend long, from September 14 to September 16.

  • Soweto Street Beat, an African Drum and Dance group, will take to the stage Saturday night on the Global Stage

  • The largest number of Fine Arts and Crafts Market booths yet – over 160!

  • The return of Author’s Alley with even more local writers and authors

  • New in the Global Village: Food booths for France and Yemen, with Pakistan returning. 26 countries & cultures represented!

  • Family Area: Interactive pop-up performances throughout the weekend, Young Artist Market, and free craft activities for kids!

  • Special Concerts all weekend on 5 stages of entertainment: Livingroom Legends, Bethany and the Southside Boys, Dolo Jayy, voxnbass, King Cat & the Elders, and more!

Festivities will take place at the Augusta Common (836 Reynolds Street) and Broad Street from 7th to 10th . The Festival will comprise the Global Food Village with authentic international foods from 26 countries; a Fine Arts and Crafts Market with over 160 juried fine arts and crafts booths; an interactive Family Area; a Young Artists Market where school-aged artists sell their work; five stages stacked with live local and regional talent, and a craft beer garden.

You can keep up to date on their weather plans on their Facebook page by clicking here.

Festival Hours:

  • Friday, September 14, 5-9pm
  • Saturday, September 15, 11am-9pm
  • Sunday, September 16, 12-7pm

Copyright 2018 WFXG. All rights reserved.