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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!

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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 Antique Show 2020

The Aiken Center for the Arts’ Aiken Antique Show is celebrating its 21st year. Come experience and celebrate one of the Southeast’s most distinctive events. The show and sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, January 31st and Saturday, February 1st and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, 2020. The Aiken Antique show preview party (Cocktails and Collectors) will be on Thurs, January 30, 2020 from 6:30-9:00pm. Tickets are $50 for ACA members and $60 for non-members and include entry to the Show & Sale that weekend.

The Aiken Antique Show is the largest fundraising event for the Aiken Center for the Arts. Proceeds help to support access to the arts, arts education, cultural activities, and art exhibits, as well as community outreach and the Center’s day to day operations. The event enables us to fund scholarships for classes, camps, programs, and art instruction allowing the Aiken Center for the Arts to offer unparalleled learning experiences to interested children and adults throughout the CSRA.

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Southern City® Film Festival

The Southern City Film Festival will be back for its fourth annual film festival February 20 – 23. The Southern City Film Festival presents an array of recently-produced films from across the globe. Both new and seasoned filmmakers showcase their talent through Feature Films, Documentaries, and Shorts. Several filmmakers attend the Festival, and audience members have an opportunity to ask questions about the filmmakers' inspiration, filming techniques, and production process.  Enjoy watching and discussing unique films with your friends and neighbors at various venues throughout Aiken's historic downtown. The festival attracts hundreds of attendees each year including industry professionals and emerging undiscovered independent filmmakers.

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Battle of Aiken

Join us and see history come alive with cannons, cavalry horses and living history experts.  For three days, reenactors eat, sleep, live and fight in a painfully recreated version of the world in 1865. This War Between the States event has grown from a few hundred men with muskets to a full-blown Civil War festival. In addition to battle reenactments, there are authentic 19th-century military encampments, living history presentations, reproductions of medical facilities, an engineer and signal service, and civilian portrayals. 

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