Pub run, family fun, cool cars, baseball
What’s ahead for the weekend? A colorful pub run, a festival of fun and fitness, and a few different events for all kinds of motorheads. Here are more details on these festivities and other events around the Augusta area:
Pride Pub Run
Run Augusta running group is inviting LGBTQ members and allies to put on their most colorful clothes and grab a drink for a pub run celebrating Pride Month on Friday night in downtown Augusta. The route is three miles long with one of the following bars at each half-mile mark: Metro Coffee House, Tipsey McStumbles, Fox’s Lair and Stillwater Taproom. The run is free to participate in.
Family Fun Day
SWAT Foundation is looking to promote healthy living and fun for everyone with a festival from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Kroc Center on Broad Street. The nonprofit organization’s founder Marquitta Rucker said free food, music and games will be offered along with goods and services from more than 40 vendors. But healthcare is a big part of this event, which is why free COVID-19 vaccines and various screenings will be administered including vision exams, HIV screenings, and blood pressure/vitals checks.
“My mother was not detected until she was in stage 4 of her cancer,” Rucker wrote on Messenger. “The purpose of this health fair is to bring awareness to all the programs that are out there for the community. This way families won’t have to endure a loss like mine did.”
Those seeking more information can email Rucker at email@example.com.
Laney Museum Heritage Gala
The Lucy Craft Laney Museum of Black History is once again hosting its annual Heritage Gala, but in a virtual format. The museum’s 30th Heritage Gala will be held Saturday at 7 p.m. and will include special guests like TV actor/comedian James Stephen III as the featured performer. Stephens has appeared on HBO, Showtime and “The Tonight Show.” There will also be a raffle for a cash prize.
Tickets are $100 per person and include dinner vouchers from The French Market Grille in Surrey Center on Highland Avenue in Augusta. The proceeds from the gala will go directly toward repairing the museum’s elevator, which will allow disabled children to access the Children’s Academy in the basement.
For more information and to purchase tickets, go to lucycraftlaneymuseum.com/heritage-gala.
Car, truck, motorcycle events
Journey Community Church on Hardy McManus Road in Evans is inviting all kinds of vehicle clubs to a laid-back show at the church on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Outreach pastor Tracy Pressley said guests will be able to check out Corvettes, Mustangs, classic cars and more while enjoying music and barbecue plates that are being sold for $10.
On the first Friday of every month, The Tenth Inning Bar and Grill on East Buena Vista Avenue in North Augusta hosts a motorcycle night at 7 p.m. Manager Mike Dernetz said everyone with a bike gets a free raffle ticket with more tickets available for purchase. This week the bar is doing a 50/50 with the proceeds going to the family of “RED” Tammy Vincent, a bartender at the Tenth Inning who died Saturday from metastatic cancer.
Coffee and Cars Augustawill race at Carolina Speedway on Dragstrip Road in Aiken on Saturday from 5 to 11 p.m. The street car and truck race will cost $10 to watch and $20 to race, with the pot increasing from $1,000 as more racers sign up. The event will also feature food vendors, rides for kids and is pet friendly as long as pets are on leash.
Calvary Chapel of Aiken is inviting families to a free drive-in movie event on Friday at 8:30 p.m. Assistant Pastor Mike Sadzinski said guests will be watching “Despicable Me” on a big inflatable screen either from inside their cars or relaxing on lawn chairs. There will also be free snacks, including popcorn. While the event is free, donations are encouraged and will go to Stand at the Cross Roads, an organization that offers transitional housing to women.
Joye in Aiken
Joye in Aiken events continue Sunday with The Joye of Jazz from 3-9 p.m. under the tent at The Willcox at 100 Colleton Ave. in downtown Aiken. Hear music from Evan Christopher and Wycliffe Gordon at this all-day affair. An Afternoon Pass is $125, an Evening Dinner Pass is $150, or stay all-day for $250. Learn more at joyeinaiken.com.
GreenJackets baseball at home
The GreenJackets are at home this weekend with games against the Charleston RiverDogs at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; at 6:05 p.m. Saturday and 2:05 p.m. Sunday at SRP Park. Saturday adds fireworks after the game and Sunday is Bark in the Park, when leashed pets are welcome. Get tickets at greenjacketsbaseball.com.