With its rich history, exciting activities and cosmopolitan flair, Aiken offers something for everyone. With equestrian sports, year-round recreational sports, history, the arts, shopping, hiking, fishing and a host of other ventures available, there is something that appeals to every interest. For more information on the exciting events scheduled in Aiken this year, visit the Aiken Chamber of Commerce, the City of Aiken or Equestrian Calendar of Aiken.
Aiken Ladies Invitational Polo
October 1, 2013
Aiken Ladies Invitational 14th Annual Tournament benefiting the Child Advocacy Center for Aiken County. General admission is $5.00 per person with all proceeds going to the charity. The event will take place at the Hilltop Farm Arena located at 1539 Hatchaway Bridge Road in Aiken, SC. For more information, please call (803) 507-2853.
Aiken Center for the Arts
October 2, 2013 – November 18, 2013
Throughout the year, over 50 visual art exhibitions are shown in the Arts Center's exhibition galleries. Many of the artists are well known in the state, the South, nationally and internationally. Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All gallery exhibitions are free and open to the public. For more info, call (803) 641-9094 or visit www.aikencenterforthearts.org.
Aiken Center for the Arts presents “Wildlife Exhibit!”
October 2, 2013 – November 8, 2013
Aiken Center for The Arts Wildlife Exhibits starts October 2 – November 8. The opening reception is October 3, 2013 from 6:00-8:00 pm. For more information, call (803) 641-9094. The Aiken Center for The Arts is located on 122 Laurens Street, Aiken, SC.
Aiken Performing Arts ‘Simply Swingin with Sinatra and Friends!”
October 3 – 4, 2013
The Aiken Performing Arts presents’ Steve Lippia’s “Simply Swingin with Sinatra and Friends!” Steve Lippia is one of the nation’s most prominent in-demand vocalist and finest interpreter of Sinatra favorites. For more information, please call (803) 643-4774.
St. Mary’s Chocolate Festival
October 5, 2013
Join St. Mary’s school on October 5 from 10:00am – 3:00 pm for a day dedicated to chocolate. There will be games for kids, a bake sale, entertainment, and plenty of fun for the entire family. For more info, call (803) 649-2071 or visit www.stmaryschoolaiken.com.
Downtown Aiken Oktoberfest
October 12 2013 at 10:00 am
Oktoberfest will be held downtown on October 12. For more info, please visit the website www.downtownaiken.com.
West Carolina State Fair
October 17 – 25, 2013
Come out and enjoy the Western Carolina State Fair at the Aiken County Fairgrounds. This event is perfect for the entire family. For more information, call (803) 648-8955 or visit website at www.letsrideaiken.com.
Aiken Performing Arts ‘Lend Me A Tenor!”
October 18, 19, 25, 26, 2013 and November 1, 2, 2013 at 8:00 pm October 27, 2013 at 3:00 pm
The Aiken Performing Arts presents’ “Lend Me A Tenor!” October 11-26, 2013. For more information, please call (803) 643-4774.
The Odd Couple
October 22 – 23, 2013 at 8:00pm and October 24, 2013 at 3:00pm
The Aiken Community Playhouse will present a classic comedy of Oscar Madison and Felix Unger. They ultimately decide to room together with hilarious results.
Trick or Treat on Pendleton
October 26, 2013
Come and enjoy all the fun on Pendleton Street. There will be lots of treats for kids 12 and under in costumes. Games, candy, costume contents, etc. Contact (803) 642-7649 or visit www.aikenis.com for more information.
22nd Running of the Aiken Fall Steeplechase
October 26, 2013
The Gates open at 9:30am for the Aiken Fall Steeplechase at Ford Conger Field located off Audubon Drive. The first of six races start at 1:00pm. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. Children under 6 are admitted free. For more info, visit www.aikensteeplechase.com.
Progressive Show Jumping
October 27, 2013
Progressive Show Jumping Just for Fun at the Highfields Center on October 27 starting at 9:00am. Casual attire is permitted, but we do ask that you wear an approved helmet and boots and breeches. Highfields is located on 198 Gaston Rd., Aiken, SC. For more information, call (803) 649-3505.
Progressive Show Jumping
November 1-3, 2013
Progressive Show Jumping medal Finals Horse Show at Highfields Event on November 1st through November 3rd. this event begins at 8:00 on all days. Spectators are welcome! Highfields is located on 198 Gaston Rd., Aiken, SC. For more information, call (803) 649-3505.
St. John’s Applefest
November 2, 2013
Come enjoy St. John's Apple Fest on November 2, 2013 from 8:00am -2:00pm. This will be a fun-filled day. Enjoy apple desserts from Apple Bake Shop, games for the kids, trash and treasures, variety of booths and silent auction. Call (803) 648-6891 for more information.
November 4-24, 2013
The Aiken Co. Historical Museum will have its annual Quilt Show November 4th - November 24th. This is always a treat for the eyes. Do plan on visiting the Museum for this. The Museum is closed on Mondays. For more information please call Brenda Baratto at (803) 642-2015 or visit their website at www.aikencountyhistoricmuseum.org.
Aiken Performing Arts Group “Galway to Broadway Ciaran Sheehan and Friends”
November 7, 2013
Aiken Performing Arts Group presents Galway to Broadway Ciaran Sheehan and Friends on November 7th starting at 7:30 pm. Don't miss this lovely evening of Broadway and Irish music and mirth. For more Information please call (803) 643-4774 or visit the website APAGonline.org.
Aiken Community Playhouse “A Tale of Two Cities”
November 15, 16, 22 & 23, 2013 at 8:00 pm and November 17 & 23, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Aiken Community Playhouse presents a "Tale of Two Cities". It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. So begins Charles Dicken's classic tale of love, loyalty, friendship, and triumph of the human spirit. To purchase tickets, please call (803) 648-1438.
Blessing of the Hounds
November 28, 2013 at 11:00 am
The Blessing of the Hounds will be held on November 28, 2013 in Hitchcock Woods at 11:00 am. Those attending should park by the Aiken County Historical Museum and enter the woods from South Boundary for 20 minute walk to Memorial Gate. Children are welcome, but please NO PETS. Call (803) 643-DRAG for more information.
Aiken Community Playhouse “Dear Santa”
November 29-30, 2013 at 8:00 pm
Aiken Community Playhouse presents “Dear Santa”. This play touches on every aspect of the holidays: Christmas lists sent in August, various stages of belief and disbelief and what's Santa Christmas is really like. It is a wonderful tradition for all ages. For more information please call (803) 648-1438. The Aiken Community playhouse is located at 126 Newberry St.