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A trip to Aiken means getting outdoors, experiencing history, meandering through beautiful parks and bustling shopping. As you explore Aiken you will notice a thriving downtown that has much to offer. Aiken hosts world-class events and festivals showcasing music, dance, outdoor concerts, food, history, and much more. In Aiken there's always something new to discover.

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Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, an avid shopper, or a history buff Aiken has more than enough to keep you on the go. See what Aiken has to offer!


Aiken Festivals & Events

Aiken festivals and events are certainly world class--from  prestigious equestrian events, to street festivals, to one-of-a-kind celebrations you won't find anywhere else!

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Aiken Trials

Ceremonies and Carriage Parade begins at 1:00 pm. Races start at 2:00 pm.

This 75th annual event is a fun-filled full day of horse racing to showcase Aiken and the Aiken Training Track. Begun in 1942 as a way to give young horses in training the enlightening opportunity to experience every aspect of live racing, the Aiken Trials has become a time honored tradition as the first leg of Aiken's Triple Crown events, held annually for three consecutive Saturdays in March.

Gates open at 10:00 am

Vendors and concessions open at 11:00 am

Tent party starts at 11:00 am

Opening Ceremonies and Carriage Parade begins at 1:00 pm

Races start at 2:00 pm

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Aiken Spring Steeplechase

Gates open at 9:00 am. Vendors and concessions open at 10:00 am. Tent party starts at 11:00 am. Races start at 1:00 pm.

The tradition of Steeplechasing continues in Aiken with the 52nd Renewal of the Aiken Spring Steeplechase. 

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Joye in Aiken

The 9th annual Joye in Aiken Performing Arts Festival and Education Outreach Program brings the world’s finest young musicians, actors and dancers to the charming, historic city of Aiken. Students, faculty and alumni of Juilliard travel to Aiken every March for this community-wide event. The outreach program offers local students an opportunity to attend classes and performances by this talented group. Performances are also available to the public. Joye in Aiken, founded in 2009 under the name Juilliard in Aiken, is a non-profit organization dedicated to making the very best in the performing arts available to as many of our citizens as possible, especially students.

Joye in Aiken is named for Joye Cottage, a beautiful Gilded Age mansion that serves as a place of retreat and renewal for the artists who participate in our Festival and Outreach Program. The name is meant to honor the central role that Joye Cottage has played in our history, while suggesting the nature of the program itself, which has brought boundless joy to thousands of adults and children. Concert and performance schedule available here.


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