Each fall, Westobou Festival transforms downtown Augusta into a vibrant, creative playground, a place where friends, family, neighbors, and visitors can connect and share in celebration of artistic inspiration and creativity. Now 10 years old, the Festival offers dozens of innovative performances, events, exhibitions and screenings representing the best in music, dance, film, spoken word, and visual arts.
The Festival features both indoor and outdoor programs at various venues and spaces across downtown Augusta. Indoor events include world-class visual art exhibits, and unforgettable performances. The outdoor program at The Augusta Common features a free Ferris wheel, outdoor concerts, movies under the stars, and other unique attractions. Created by the Trustees of the Academy of Richmond County, acting on behalf of the Porter Fleming Foundation, Westobou Festival debuted in 2008 and that first Festival became the blueprint for an annual event that continues to evolve and engage today. In 2017, Westobou Festival hosted a record 11,200 patrons, and past performers have included Janelle Monae, Ben Folds, Peter Bogdanovich, Ira Glass and Kevin Hart.