The 2019 Augusta Harvest Festival kicks off Friday night, Sept. 20, with “Swingin’ in the Vines”, a gourmet picnic at “Honey Bee Vineyard”, a private vineyard estate in Augusta. Take a ride in a pumpkin wagon, collect your picnic basket-for-two, select your (included) bottle of wine, enjoy a port tasting in a historic wine cellar, and dance under the stars to a live band. Tickets are $100 for two people. This event sells out early. Call 636-228-4005.
Saturday, Sept. 21, will be a full day of family activities around the Augusta Town Square with “something for everyone.” Beginning at 8 a.m. bring the kids for pancakes and children’s activities in the Town Square, then cheer on your favorite runners in the 5K race at 8:30 a.m. (register at augustaharvestfest5k.com). The Harvest Parade begins at Augusta Elementary School at 10 a.m., proceeding east on Locust, south on Lower Street, west on Walnut, North on Ferry St, and back to school.
You’ll want to hang around all day for the homemade-pie walk (with pies from the pie-baking contest), pony rides, a timed obstacle course, adult and kid’s trike races, an inflatable, a pumpkin launch contest, an old-fashioned square dance, a Buster Keaton silent movie with live musical accompaniment by The Hannah Grey Duo, and more. Food and drink available all day. The Town Square activities conclude with line-dancing to foot-stompin’ live music by the Texas Giants (facebook.com/TheTexasGiants) from 3-6 p.m. A wrist band purchased onsite will gain you access to all this fun!The festival finale is the “Fruit of the Harvest Wine Maker’s Dinner” at Shultz Haus, a private vineyard estate, on Saturday night. This will be a multiple course gourmet meal with dessert and wine pairings. The “farm-to-table” menu will feature local ingredients; and Augusta winemakers will mingle with guests and introduce their wines. The estate offers a beautiful setting for this more formal dinner. Guests may tour the wine cellar, and the appetizer course will be served by the lake. The cost is $85 per person. Tickets may be purchased by calling 636-228-4005.