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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!

Festivals & Events
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Palmetto Indoor Pickleball Doubles Invitational

Compete in or come watch one of America’s fastest growing sports.  200 players convene for a weekend of women’s, men’s, and mixed doubles on 9 indoor courts.  While most players are from SC and GA, tournament entrants typically come from up to 8 states.  Spectators are always welcome; admission is free. Sponsors include Hearing Associates of South Carolina and Scott Singer of Janney Financial Advisors. Sept. 5 - 8,  2019 Aiken, SC

Indoor Courts. Lunch on-premises. Evening Dinner & Social Event. Register at: pickleballtournaments.com
Men’s, Women’s, & Mixed Doubles 3.0 - 5.0, ages 19 & up

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Aiken Music Fest

The Aiken Music Fest is a six-concert series that runs from May to October. Once a month on Saturdays, concerts will be held at the Highfields Event Center from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Gates open at 6 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m. Each concert will feature an opening from a local band, followed by a headliner performance from musicians touring the Southeast. 

Entry is $10 per vehicle, and leashed pets are welcome. Patrons are encouraged to bring folding chairs to the show. There will be food and drinks from local vendors. Proceeds from alcohol sales at Aiken Music Fest will benefit local nonprofits. The organizers of the festival also aim to promote music in Aiken by driving traffic from the event into town to other venues.

There will also be a Field of Dreams Makers and Creators market that will feature crafts, clothes and more from vendors across the Southeast. 

Aug. 17 — Possum Jenkins, opening by Christian Ndety

Sept. 14 — A.J. Ghent, opening by Vicky Grady

Oct. 16 — Hans Wenzel and The Eighty Sixers, opening by Alec James

Highfields Event Center is located at 118 Gaston Road NE. For additional information about the event, contact Highfields at 803-649-3505 or visit the event's website, aikenmusicfest.com.

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Aiken’s Makin’

A two-day arts  and crafts event in beautiful downtown Aiken featuring handmade craft exhibits, food and performing artists.

Join us for the 43rd Annual Aiken's Makin'! Vendors show everything from pottery, wood-crafts, furniture, baskets, stained glass, quilts, clothing, needlecrafts, toys, jewelry, ceramics, art and many other items. Food is also a major part of this event. Applications for crafters and food vendors are now available.


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