AUGUSTA, GA - From 5pm to 10pm the event will be privately managed. After that period the Richmond County Sheriff Office will take over. On the First Friday of each month, a family-friendly celebration is held in downtown Augusta on Artists' Row; from Seventh Street to Twelfth Street. Galleries and studios remain open on those evenings to debut new works. Arts and craft vendors set up to sell their wares, and music is performed in various outdoor locations. The last First Friday shootings near midnight won't end the festival.
Public meeting at the Library on July 18, 2012. Civic organizations and the Richmond County Sheriff Office made pledge to keep safe the festival downtown.