Visit Aiken SC

We serve as the official tourism entity for the beautiful City of Aiken. Take a minute to see the charm and beauty that makes Aiken a place like no other!

Aiken is known for many things… equine pursuits, the arts, sporting facilities, nature, and even playing a part in our country’s railroad birth and our fight in the Cold War era. With a history most small towns have never experienced the likes of; you’ll be enthralled with stories of our past and enchanted with the reality of a beautiful, charming, sophisticated town.

Aiken is a wonderful destination for a quick get-a-way or an extended stay, with countless activities to offer, many of which are free. Just 20 miles east of Augusta, GA, home of the Augusta National’s Masters Golf Tournament, Aiken offers a relaxing time for you to reconnect with friends and family. Golf, history, star gazing at our Planetarium, gardens, concerts, shows, plays, art, festivals, antiques, history, tours, outdoor adventure, parks, softball, baseball, tennis, equestrian events and more will keep you busy and returning for more.

Mission: This page created by the Tourism Division of the City of Aiken Parks, Recreation & Tourism Department features upcoming community events and information, for Aiken's guests and residents. The page is also linked with our visitor information website, where you will find a plethora of information on Aiken such as the calendar of events, attractions, art & cultural information, entertainment, shopping, where to eat, where to stay and more! Come be a “Fan” at and be just a click away from all the latest info. on what is happening in Aiken and around Aiken County!

We are excited about Mardi Gras tomorrow! Are you?

Who’s ready to celebrate Mardi Gras tomorrow night?

Who doesn’t love a FREE T-SHIRT?!!!!

Follow the steps below to be entered to win a free Abita t-shirt!!! The winner will be announced tomorrow at 3:00pm and can pick up their shirt at the event. GO!

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Did you know?

The Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame & Museum highlights African Americans with permanent exhibits inside the museum located at Hopelands Gardens.

Aiken in February 2019

Your February E-News, hot off the press. Enjoy!
Editors Note: Correction - Mardi Gras is on Saturday, February 9th.

Are you seeing a lot of red today? That's because it's National Wear Red Day. Join us to support the fight against heart disease and stroke. Share your pictures with us showing your support! #WearRedDay

Did you know? Horses have right of way. Aiken is one of the only cities where horses have the right of way. A stoplight (with a button to push) is located on Whiskey Road, one of Aiken's busiest roads, for horse riders to safely cross.

USC Aiken

Save the date!

Aiken Technical College and the University of South Carolina Aiken presents the 2019 Aiken Community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on Sunday, January 27, 2019. The event will be held at the USC Aiken Convocation Center, 2049 Champion Way, Aiken SC. Doors open at 2:30 p.m. and the program begins at 3:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

The keynote speaker will be Patricia Russell-McCloud, best-selling author and acclaimed orator. The event will be hosted by Ms. Renetta DuBose, anchor at WJBF NewsChannel 6 and feature musical performances by the Aiken Community Choir. There will also be a service fair from 2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. highlighting area nonprofit organizations.

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New Year 2019

Looking for New Year’s Eve plans? We’ve got you covered! It's countdown to say goodbye to 2018 as we welcome 2019, and there is no better place to celebrate New Year’s Eve than in charming Aiken! From el...

New Year 2019

Merry Christmas Eve! Hot off the press is our E-Newsletter. It's countdown to say goodbye to 2018 as we welcome 2019, and there is no better place to celebrate New Year’s Eve than in charming Aiken! From el...

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

Happy Holidays from Mayor Rick and First Lady Angela Osbon

Holiday and Christmas Message from Mayor Rick and First Lady Angela Osbon

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

The City of Aiken was incorporated on December 19, 1835. The Best Small Town in the South truly has a rich history and culture. Today, our city celebrates its 183rd birthday.
Happy Birthday, Aiken!!

Congratulations to the Garden Club of Aiken winner of Best in Show at our Festival of Trees!

What a magical event! Thank you to all who attended and to our dedicated volunteers!

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

Santa will be at the Depot in two days! Thank you Chick-fil-A Aiken for your donation!

The City of Aiken Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department in partnership with the Friends of the Aiken Railroad Depot will host their 7th Annual Santa at the Depot.

WHEN: Saturday, December 15th 10 am – 1 pm
WHERE: Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum (406 Park Ave SE)

Festival of Trees | Visit Aiken SC

It's countdown to vote Best in Show for the "Festival of Trees" at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum. Vote by Friday, December 14 by 5 p.m. Join us for the second annual Festival of Trees at the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum December 1st - December 29th!

A Farmers Market Christmas

Fantastic turnout at the Aiken County Farmers Market for Christmas Crafts at the Market! Come see us next Saturday! A Christmas craft show at the Aiken County Farmers Market.

This South Carolina Town Has Every Christmas Tradition Southerners Could Want—Including an Ugly Sweater Crawl

This is why Aiken is Magical! If you want a taste of true Southern merrymaking, look no further.

City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Christmas crafts at Farmers Market.

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Experience the Magic of Aiken!

Where to Stay in Aiken

It's countdown time!!! Win a getaway to Aiken, SC to enjoy decadent dining, exciting events, and small-town charm. The winner will get to enjoy a two-night stay at The Carriage House, $50 downtown bucks for local shopping, dinner for two at The Willcox, and more!
Inn Aiken boasts an incredible abundance of restaurants, cafes and foodie celebrations. At our many locally owned cafes and restaurants, you'll find something for every taste and budget.

What a beautiful night at the Christmas Tree Lighting Downtown Aiken.

Aiken in December 2018

Hot off the press! December E-News. AIKEN IN DECEMBER The City of Aiken is the perfect place to begin a Holiday Tradition. Christmas in Aiken means exciting holiday packages, magical ev...

Aiken Is Magical

The City of Aiken is the perfect place to unwrap the Magic of Christmas in December 2018. Some of the festivities and events include Christmas craft shows, The Festival of Trees, Nights of 1000 Lights, The Annual Jaycees Christmas Parade, Breakfast With Santa and of course our Christmas in Hopelands. New this year is Drive-A-Train at the depot.
It is truly going to be “Magical” in Aiken.

For more information visit

Christmas Tree Lighting
Nov 30 | 6 P.M.
Location: Newberry Street Downtown

Christmas Craft Show
Nov 30 & Dec. 1 | 9 A.M.
Location: Odell Weeks Activity Center

Dec. 1-29 | Depot Hours
Location: Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum

Festival of Trees
Nov 30 -Dec 29 | Depot Hours
Location: Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum

Night of 1000 Lights
Dec. 6 | 6 P.M.
Location: Downtown Aiken

Christmas Crafts at the Market
Dec. 8 & 15 | 8 A.M. - 12 P.M.
Location: Aiken County Farmers Mkt

Aiken Jaycees Christmas Parade
Dec. 9 | 2 P.M.
Location: Downtown Aiken

Santa at the Depot
Dec. 15 | 10 A.M.
Location: Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum

Christmas in Hopelands
Dec. 15-23 & 26 | 6 P.M.
Location: Hopelands Gardens

Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 15 | 8:30 A.M.
Location: Odell Weeks Activity Center

Where to Stay in Aiken

Experience the Magic of Aiken. Enter today for a chance to win a getaway to Aiken, SC to enjoy decadent dining, exciting events, and small-town charm! Aiken boasts an incredible abundance of restaurants, cafes and foodie celebrations. At our many locally owned cafes and restaurants, you'll find something for every taste and budget.

It was so much fun chilling out with Polar Express tonight.

We are getting hungry for Betsy's Round the Corner! Are you?

Over the next few days, we'll be giving you a sneak peek into the new Betsy's Round the Corner! We can't wait for you to see what we've been up to! 🍽

A day trip from Charleston: Aiken, South Carolina

Aiken is featured in "Roads and Kingdoms"! Oh, how we just love our town. Get out of the sweaty city for horses, cocktails, and steak.

Aiken City Limits Music Festival

Join us at the Newberry "MUSIC" Hall for the Aiken City Limits AFTER PARTY! Catch a ride to the after party on the #AikenTrolley after spending the day around Downtown AIken listening to music from all directions.Celebrate Aiken City Limits with us at the After Party featurning TheTrongone Band plus an All Star Allman Brothers Jam Session with all of our great musicians from the weekend! Tickets include your seat and the perfect breakfast food to hit the spot! There will also be a cash bar! For a complete list of Aiken City Limits weekend activities, please visit!

Doors open at 9:30 and the show kicks off at 10:00pm!

Tickets: $18 Advance $20 at the Door

#Aiken4Music #Macon2Aiken #AikenTrolley

Trongone Band -

Hailing from Richmond, VA, The Trongone Band is touring in support of their 2017 debut album, “Keys to the House”, released on Harmonized Records. With a sound that Paste Magazine likens to the “freak-outs of My Morning Jacket with the Muscle Shoals-inspired Leslie speakers and The Band’s narrative storytelling”, The Trongone Band is turning heads and making an impact on the Southern Rock ‘n’ Soul and Americana scenes. Formed by brothers Andrew and Johnny Trongone with father John Sr on bass, The Trongone Band (tron-GO-knee) has grown from a family affair, playing a weekly sold out residency at Richmond’s Cary Street Cafe, to a full on touring machine with the addition of keyboardist Ben “Wolfe” White and bassist Chip Hale. In the words of Live for Live Music, “the quartet has come together to create an old-school and all-in-the-family sound reminiscent of the Allman Brothers while still keeping it fresh with their cutting edge original compositions that also infuse funk and blues into the mix.”

Keeping with the homegrown vibe, the band nestled into the woods outside of RVA, tapping into Montrose Recording’s Flickinger console, one of only seven remaining in the world. Known as the console that revolutionized the recording industry in the 60s & 70s, the Flickinger provided the warm sounds that turned into “Keys to the House” and brought to life what MusicFestNews described as “imagery of boxcar drifters, rolling hills and dirt roads that are easy to close your eyes and get lost in”. Summer and Fall of 2018 saw The Trongone Band taking “Keys to the House” on the road while touring in support of Umphrey's McGee, Blackberry Smoke, Marcus King, Sarah Shook and the Disarmers, and many others across the US. This four-piece ensemble may not all be related, but with a chemistry so emphatically discernible, it's fair to call them brothers.

Trongone Band is playing at the Rookery in Macon the night before this show - a #Macon2Aiken connection!

Check out their new Live video,"Straight to Hell":

It's happening soon!

The Atoms in the Alley event is a participant in the city-wide music festival - Aiken City Limits Music Festival - because we are hosting Atomic Road in the Alley from 5 pm to 7 pm. So, come celebrate the worlds of science and music this Saturday, October 20th!


Hot of the press and a special edition just for you! Visit Aiken October E-News Continued

Aiken Downtown Development Association

NO WAY!!! TWO free tickets if you go to Aiken Blend, screenshoot, share, and tag to win your tickets! If you don’t win on Tuesday, don’t worry! Tickets can be found through Aiken City Limits Music Festival or at the door next Saturday night! #aiken4music #AikenCityLimits The Trongone Band

Aiken County Farmers Market

The Aiken County Farmers Market will be closed on Thursday Oct. 11, 2018. We will open again on Saturday, Oct. 13, at sunrise. Stay safe!

The Trolley Buskers will be back to entertain us!

Great news! See those guys sitting in the front window? The Trolley Buskers from last year signed back up to entertain us again this year! They were fun!

Stay tuned for more busker announcements all along the Trolley route - detailed at AikenCityLimits.Com.

*Buskers - Musicians that play around town for tips.

#AikenCityLimits #AikenTrolley #Aiken4Music #SupportYourLocalMusicians

📸 Shelly Schmidt

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

Time is running out!! Voting will close on Oct 9, 2018, at 11:59 pm ET for the South's Best Awards by Southern Living and the City of Aiken is looking for your vote for Best Small Town and for The Willcox for Best Hotel! Check out the website link for the details to vote!

If you are lucky enough to live in AIKEN, YOU'RE LUCKY ENOUGH

Aiken City Limits | Visit Aiken SC

It’s countdown to all things music! See you there? Here are 10 reasons why you will want to go. Ready for a weekend of music? Like country? Gospel? Bluegrass? Alt? Rock? Well then c'mon to Aiken for a weekend of all things music. Not only will you discover the charm of this beautiful city, but you'll enjoy the sounds of awesome music everywhere you go. Make a weekend of it. Be sure to....


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City of Aiken, South Carolina Parks, Recreation and Tourism

Check out this beautiful fountain at Hopelands this weekend!

The rock fountain in Hopelands Gardens is back in action! Special thanks to our parks maintenance team for getting it back in working order.

City of Aiken, South Carolina Government

10 Reasons Aiken is the Best Place in the Southeast to Celebrate Oktoberfest | Visit Aiken SC

Discover why Aiken is the place to be for Oktoberfest! When it comes to fun Oktoberfest festivals in the Southeast, Aiken takes the cake or better yet, the brat! So, dust off your passport, pull out your dirndl or lederhosen, and get your feast on for German-styled food and cold brew. That’s because downtown Aiken will be transforming into a littl...

Will we see you at The Battle at The Alley? Join us on September 14, 6-9 pm to see a battle of the bands.

Aiken's Makin'

Check out our final poster - We have some amazing sponsors who really make things happen for us - be sure to let they know you saw them on our poster.

Second Baptist Christian Preparatory School

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406 Park Ave SE
Aiken, SC

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Thoroughbred Country South Carolina Thoroughbred Country South Carolina
2748 Wagener Road (POB 850, 29802)
Aiken, 29801

Feel the thundering hooves of horses; smell the homemade bread baking; sample the fresh peaches and strawberries; view Civil War and living history; enjoy the songs of birds in our natural areas. Thoroughbred Country - We're Way More than Horses!

Aiken County Visitors Center Aiken County Visitors Center
133 Laurens St NW
Aiken, 29801

Your 1st Stop in Aiken County, SC

208 Abbeville Bed and Breakfast, Aiken, South Carolina 208 Abbeville Bed and Breakfast, Aiken, South Carolina
208 Abbeville Ave NW
Aiken, 29801

Fully restored 100-year-old home has three large bedrooms with full baths. Delicious breakfast served daily by the owner, local chef, Bruce Shipman.