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5 things to do in Augusta this Labor Day weekend

Labor Day marks a three-day weekend for most that means traveling to a nearby getaway or hitting up the festivals and festivities near home. 

»RELATED: Your complete guide to Labor Day weekend in Atlanta

If you are searching for jazz, hiking, art, music or good eats, Augusta may be the right choice for you! Located just two and a half hours away from Atlanta this east Georgia gem is a city full of surprises. Augusta may be world-famous for The Masters but there is so much more to the Garden City.

If plan to be in Augusta Labor Day, here’s some of the top ways to celebrate the holiday and enjoy the long weekend there.

(Contributed by Visit Augusta)

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1. Downtown Art Crawl

Kick your holiday weekend off with the Downtown Art Crawl. A new addition to the holiday weekend, this one is sure to be a hit with the in-crowd. Visitors can enjoy fifteen different galleries in the charming downtown area. Not familiar with Augusta? That's ok. The tour is guided by a digital roadmap so the art aficionados can stroll at their own pace.

Check in at the newly renovated Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 1010 Broad St. to begin your experience. But you better hurry, this once-a-year event takes place noon to 5 p.m. Friday, August 31.. Use the hashtag #labordayartcrawl18 at each stop to be eligible for prizes!

2. Garden City Jazz

After taking in the art scene you may be in the mood for drinks and the finest of true American art forms, jazz. From discussion panes to pop-up soirees, to impromptu jams there is sure to be something for all jazz lovers. The premier event is, of course, the Rooftop Soiree: Pop-Up Jazz Club. Once a year the Penthouse of the Partridge in is transformed into a musical lounge complete with a full service bar and the best city view around. For a full calendar of events and ticket prices (many events are free) click here.

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3. Movies on the Common

If you are looking for a more family-friendly event on Friday, Aug. 31, look no further. Movies on the Common will be showing "Lion King", a favorite for kids of all ages. Pack a picnic basket (food vendors will also be available on site), bring a blanket or your lawn chairs, and lay back to enjoy the Circle of Life on a splendid southern summer night. Come early for the best seats on the common. Pre-movie activities start at 7:30 p.m. with the main event starting at dusk. Free.

The winding boardwalk in the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park near Augusta is a prime birdwatching spot. (Charles Seabrook)

4. Swamp Saturday Hikes

For the early risers and nature lovers take a stroll out to the Phinizy Swamp Nature Park. From 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 1, you can enjoy a leisurely guided hike through the beautiful wetlands. The nature walk is approximately 2.5 miles so you'll want to be sure to wear comfortable, close-toed shoes and bring plenty of water. Kids of all ages will enjoy learning about the diverse flora and fauna as well as the diverse wildlife. Please check into the Visitor's Center prior to 9:30 a.m. No dogs, please. $2 for adults, free to children under 3 and "Friends of Phinizy" members. Please register online here or by calling 706-396-1410.

5. 2018 White Dinner

Held at a secret location, the 2018 White Dinner will certainly be an affair to remember. The all white attire event is the first ever pop-up dinner in the Augusta area. Guests dine al fresco on picnic baskets they have packed prior to the event. The White Dinner is modeled after the hugely popular Diner en Blanc and is sure to be a hit. The event is rain or shine. No pets, please.

There are three ticket tiers for you to choose from. Location will be revealed to ticket holders 24 hours prior to the event. All we can tell you is that it will be held on 6-9 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2. For tickets and information please click here

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