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Downtown Aiken

September 1, 2

The Savannah River Site (SRS) Museum, 224 Laurens Street SW, will be open to the public on select Fridays and Saturdays from 12-4 p.m. Admission is free. Group tours may be arranged at other times by calling the Museum at 648-1437 or Walt Joseph at 648-5634.

September 2

Aiken Music Fest at Highfields featuring The Trongone Band, 5 to 11 p.m. Free admission, family fun, bring your chairs and blankets. Vendors and food trucks. 118 Gaston St.

September 2

Downtown Sidewalk Sale. For more information, #DowntownAiken or call 803-649-2221.

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Aiken Farmers’ Market, 8 a.m. to noon, Williamsburg Street between Park and Richland.  8 a.m. – 12 noon. On the first Saturday of each month from April to October between 8 a.m. and 12 noon, Meet a Master Gardener who will answer questions and identify plants, weeds, and any other mystery items the public brings.

September 8, 9

The 41st Annual Aiken’s Makin! Annual two-day show featuring arts and crafts, food, and performing artists; Friday at 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. - 5p.m. The event takes place on Park Avenue between York and Union Streets. Sponsored by the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce. Call 803-641-1111 or email with questions.

September 5, 12, 19, 26

Story Time in the Gardens, 4 p.m., Hopelands Gardens, 135 Dupree Place, at the Sand Patio, near the fountains. The theme for this season is A Fairy Tale Fall. Snacks and drinks welcome; lawn chairs or blankets encouraged. Instill a love of reading in your child that will last a lifetime. A free book will be given to each family in attendance at every reading. Ages: 8 and under. Free.  In case of inclement weather, the reading will be held inside the H. Odell Weeks Center, rooms 6&7, 1700 Whiskey Road. 

September 12

Aiken Newcomers’ Club - Newberry Hall.  Doors open at 9:30 a.m.; business meeting at 10:15 a.m.; lunch at 11:30 a.m.  Cost is $15, cash or check.  The September meeting is for women new to Aiken so they can learn more about the city, meet other newcomers, and also learn about the many activities and festivities membership provides and sign up for them. Community Service Group will be collecting non-perishables for St. Vincent DePaul. Make reservations by email to; or by phone:  A-M Karen Carman 757-593-9013; N-Z Diane Hartman 803-226-0474.  Reservations/cancellations must be made by noon September 7.

September 12

The Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at 11 a.m. at Daybreak Training Center, 151 Linden Street on the second Tuesday. Free and open to the public; no reservations needed. Facilitators: Liz Neal and Linda Lucas. For more information call Linda at 803-226-0288 or 803-522-5893, or email

September 15

Find a Furever Friend Friday at the Aiken County Visitors Center, 133 Laurens St. NW every third Friday of the month, 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Enjoy free popcorn and have your picture taken with adoptable dogs brought by FOTAS (Friends of the Animal Shelter).

September 19

M’Aiken a Difference, the Lewy Body Dementia Association Support Group, will meet at 11 a.m. at the Daybreak Adult Care Services in Daybreak’s new Training and Educational Center, 151 Linden Street. Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month. Contact Nancy Sofge Martin for more information at 648-0835 or email her at 

September 21

Midday Music, 12 noon, First Presbyterian Church, 224 Barnwell Avenue NW, featuring Robert J. Thomas on the organ playing inspirational songs of faith. Becky Pentecost joins in on the piano. For more information, call the church office at 648-2662.

September 22

Festival of the Woods, benefiting the Hitchcock Woods Foundation, 6 p.m., at the Show Grounds in the Hitchcock Woods. Seats may be reserved by calling the Hitchcock Woods office at 642-0528. Cost is $70 per Friend of the Woods, $75 for non-Friend of the Woods, $600 for a Sponsor Table. Casual attire, open seating. Guest Speaker is Janisse Ray, award-winning conservationist and author. Vehicles are permitted in the Woods for this event. Enter at the South Boundary Avenue gate.

September 30

Oktoberfest 6 p.m. Corner of Hayne Ave. and Pendleton St. Cultural event celebrating Oktoberfest with German-inspired food and beer vendors, an authentic Oompah Band performing on the main stage and local music as well. Sponsored by the Aiken Downtown Development Association (ADDA). For more information, call 803-649-2221, email, or visit or #DowntownAiken.

Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum
406 Park Avenue SE   

September 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Aiken Historic Tours, departing from the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum, 10 a.m., at the corner of Park Avenue and Union Street.  Visitors must arrive 15 minutes early. Reservations are strongly suggested because the tour often sells out.  Call (803) 644-1907 for reservations.  The guided trolley tours features historic homes and churches, equestrian sites, The Civil War’s Battle of Aiken, the live oak canopy on South Boundary, a guided walking tour of Hopelands Gardens, the Thoroughbred Hall of Fame and Racing Museum.

September 2

Roads ‘n Rails (Songs ‘n Tales), 10:30 to 12:30 p.m., live music featuring railroad songs and country music.  Free.  For more information, call 293-7846.

 September 16

Live music by Depot Jam, 10:a.m. to 12:30 p.m.  Free.

September 23

Live music by The Mountain Dulcimers of Aiken, 11 a.m. to 12 noon. Free. For more information, call 803-293-7846.

September 30

Band to be announced.

Aiken Center for the Arts
122 Laurens St. SW    

September 4

Closed for Labor Day

September 14

Artist opening reception, 6 to 8 p.m. Refreshments. Free and open to the public.


Luiza Somodi

The American Academy of Equine Art 37th Open Juried Exhibition

Joy in the Journey

AECOM Center for the Performing Arts
126 Newberry St. SW
Tickets and information:  803-648-1438

September 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15 at 7:30 p.m. September 10 at 3 p.m.

Peter Pan - Based on J.M. Barrie's classic tale Peter Pan has delighted audiences for 60 years. Peter and his mischievous fairy sidekick, Tinkerbell, visit the nursery of the Darling children late one night and, with a sprinkle of pixie dust, begin a magical journey across the stars that none of them will ever forget.

Aiken County Public Library
314 Chesterfield St. SW   

Help us celebrate Library Card Sign-up Month by telling us about your library card. Drop by the library to fill out a word bubble to be displayed at the Circulation and Reference desks.

September 5, 12, 19, 26

Acrylic & Oil Painting Art Classes, 2 to 5 p.m. Local Artist Dale Keene will teach an acrylic and/or oil painting art class. Registration and purchase of your own materials is required. Call 803-642-2020 ext. 1131 to register and obtain the supplies list.

September 6

Digital Library Branch Info Session 12 – 1:30 p.m.

Learn how to browse, check out, and download eBooks, audiobooks, videos, and music from the Digital Branch Library.

September 7

Coloring for Grownups, 1 – 3 p.m. Bring your own coloring pens and pencils to enjoy a relaxing afternoon of creativity.  Coloring sheets and refreshments will be provided.  Make your reservation in person or call 803-642-2020, ext. 1131. 

September 9

Charmain Z. Brackett Book Signing 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Brackett has written several novels and illustrated children's books including the 2014 Yerby Award for Fiction winner, The Key of Elyon, and the 2015 Georgia Author of the Year winner, Little Pearl's Circus World.

September 13

Rock Painting 11 - 12:30 p.m.  Come learn the typical techniques for painting rocks! We will supply rocks and painting supplies. You supply the creativity. For teens and adults ages 12 and up. Registration required. Call 803-642-2020, ext. 1131 to sign up.

September 16

Reader’s Theatre for Adults, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call the library at 803-642-2020, ext. 1111 for more information.

September 19

Let’s Talk About It: The Play’s The Thing - Read, watch, and then compare three plays to their film adaptations. Register and pick up your books at the Reference Desk. Call 803-642-2020, ext. 1131 for more information. All discussions and movies are at 7 p.m. except for the movie showing of Hamlet, which will begin at 6:30 p.m.


September 26

A Doll’s House, movie with Claire Bloom and Anthony Hopkins, 7 p.m., followed by a discussion led by Dr. Tom Mack.

September 30

Trish Collins book signing, 12 - 2 p.m. Trish Collins is a local author who writes romance novels.

September 9

The Great Wall, (rated PG 13), movie showing from 3 - 4:45 p.m.

 September 16

My Cousin Rachel, (rated PG 13), movie showing from 3 - 4:45 p.m. 

September 30

King Arthur: Legend of the Sword, (rated PG 13), movie showing from 3-5:05 p.m.

September 1 - 30

Coloring for Teens - Visit the Teen Room any time during the month of September to decorate bookmarks. For grades 6-12. 

September 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29

Story Time Fridays - Help foster a love of reading with books, songs, and interactive activities that support early literacy skills.

10:15 a.m. – Babies (0-23 months)

11 a.m. – Toddlers (2-3 years)

11:45 a.m. – Preschoolers (4-5 years)

Aiken County Historical Museum
433 Newberry St. SW   

September 14

Making E-Memories, a lecture by Laura Gibbons of Blue Salamander Solutions, 10 a.m.  Free.

September 23

A free book lecture on A Yankee Scholar in Coastal South Carolina will be presented by Bob Hester at 2 p.m.

September 24

Lucinda Clark will present a free poetry program featuring Kimberly J. Simms, founder of Wits End Poetry, at 3 p.m.

 September 26

Tour of Banksia, the historic home of the Aiken County Historical Museum, 1 to 2:30 p.m. The tour is free, but reservations are required; limited to 15 participants. Call 803-642-2015 to register.  This tour will generally be offered on the fourth Tuesday of every month.

 September 28

First program of the Museum’s Historic Homes Research Committee lecture series on Aiken’s historic Winter Colony homes.  2 p.m.  Free.  Next program:  October 26. 

University of South Carolina-Aiken
471 University Parkway        

DuPont Planetarium at the Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

471 University Parkway    

Tickets and information: 803-641-3654

Tickets:  $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for 4K-12 students; Digistar shows cost $1 more.  All shows for USCA students, faculty and staff (with ID), $1. $25 for annual membership card.  Reservations encouraged by calling 641-3654.

The DuPont Planetarium will be closed for the month of September in order to install an upgrade the planetarium system to a Digistar 6.

The Etherredge Center
340 Scholar Loop, Aiken, SC 29801
Phone: (803) 641-3305

September 16

Aiken Symphony Orchestra presents The Fabulous 3rd and 5th, with Adam Golka, pianist, at 7:30 p.m.

September 21

Faculty Artist Recital at 7:30 p.m.

September 26

Aiken Concert Band performance at 7 p.m.  

Aiken Regional Medical Centers
302 University Parkway

Support Group Meetings:

AA:  Every Sunday and Wednesday evening, 7:30 p.m., Aurora Pavilion.

Aiken Cares: 2nd Tuesday, Alzheimer’s Support Group, for family members and caregivers, 11 a.m. to 12 noon, Daybreak Training Center, 151 Linden Street. Facilitator:  Liz Neal.  

Al-Anon:  Support for those dealing with another’s drinking.  Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7-8 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Trail Ridge Drive.  Call 270-0853 for more information.

Bariatric:  3rd Monday, 6 p.m., ARMC, Bariatric Services, 1st floor outpatient area.  Registration not required.  Facilitator:  Gail Collins, RN

Bereavement-Grief Support for Adults: 1st Wednesday, 12 noon to 1 p.m., ARMC, 4th floor classrooms.  Call 641-5389 to register. Facilitator: Chaplain Cathy Cole.

Cancer Support Group:  3rd Wednesday, 3-4 p.m., First Baptist Church parlor. Facilitator:  Chaplain Cathy Cole, available to answer questions at 641-5389.

CSRA Dream Catchers -Traumatic Brain Injury and Disability, 1st Monday,

6-7 p.m., Walton Options for Independent Living, 325 Georgia Ave., North Augusta; register at 803-279-9611 or at Facilitator:  Les Paul Morgan

Diabetes:  2nd Tuesday

3-4 p.m., Odell Weeks Activity Center.  Registration:  803-293-0023.

Look Good … Feel Better: 3rd Wednesday, free program for female cancer patients actively undergoing or about to start treatment, 1 to 2:30 p.m. at the Cancer Care Institute of Carolina at ARMC. Call 641-6044 for more information.

Mended Hearts: 2nd Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., USCA Business Conference Center.  Call 641-1192 for more information.  

Pink Ribbonettes: American Cancer Society Breast Cancer Self-Help/Support Group for women and men diagnosed with breast cancer and caregivers. First Tuesday. See entry in Miscellaneous Venues for more information.

Odell Weeks Center
1700 Whiskey Road

September 5-November 21

12-week course of adult ballet classes, every Tuesday from September 5 through November 21 at Odell Weeks Center from 5:45 to 6:45 p.m.  For adults 16 and up.  $120 for residents/$140 for non –residents. Sponsored by the Aiken Department of Parks and Recreation. For more information, call 642-7631. 

September 6 – November 22

12-week ballet course for seniors 55 and up, Wednesdays, beginning September 6 through November 22, from 8:45 – 9:45 a.m. at the Odell Weeks Center.  $120 for residents/$140 for non –residents.  Sponsored by the Aiken Department of Parks and Recreation.  For more information, call 642-7631.

September 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25, 27

Toddler Time, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Run, chase and release a lot of energy! This program every Wednesday allows children 5 and younger to interact with other kids their age. Equipment and toys are provided, but children may bring their own toys. Parental supervision required. Daily visits are $2 per child, or participants may purchase a 10-visit punch pass for $15. For more information, call (803) 642-7631.

September 6, 13, 20, 27

Rock Climbing at the Carolina Bay, every Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. with a fully-trained instructor. Climbing routes are designed for beginner and also experienced climbers. For ages 3 and older. Passes must be purchased at the Odell Weeks Center front desk before climbing. Cost: $6 daily or $25 per 5-visit pass for City residents and members. $9 daily or $35 per 5-visit pass for non-City residents. All participants must sign a climbing wall waiver; parent or guardian must sign for those under the age of 18. Due to the nature of this activity, the climbing wall may be closed due to inclement weather. Call 642-7631 for availability and reservations. For more information, visit or call 642-7631.

September 10

September 10 Moved from Misc. Venues because it starts at Odell Weeks

Aiken to Ride, a benefit for the Special Olympics. This ride will go through the beautiful horse country of Aiken County, with ride options of 25, 37, 62 and 100 miles. Rest stops and SAG support will be available, and an after ride meal and showers will be offered. Day of Registration starts at 7 a.m. and mass start at 8 a.m. A police escort will lead the cyclists out of town for the first three miles. Fees - Preregistration $40; day of, $45.  Same Day-Family Fun Ride (Day Of Registration ONLY) will go on neighborhood streets.  Minors must be accompanied by an adult. Registration is $10 per person with a maximum of $50 per family.  Lunch will be provided. Day of event registration will cost $45. 

September 11, 18, 25

Tao-Flex, a new low-impact class designed for senior men and women, stresses balance and stability. Every Monday, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m., Odell Weeks Center. Open to all adults.

Daily price of $4 for City residents, $5 for non-City residents. First lesson free.

September 20

Senior Extravaganza, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. This event includes informative classes and a senior health fair, both of which are vital to the education of Aiken senior citizens. It also features local resources for products, services, programs, and support available in the community. Register at Odell Weeks Center prior to the event. Call 803-642-7631 for more information.    

September 20, 27

Puppy Class, Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25, 7:15 – 8:15 p.m. Weeks Center, Rooms 1 & 2. Your puppy will be a S.T.A.R. with this six-week course designed for dogs 10 – 20 weeks of age. Puppies will learn a variety of skills and commands, and will take the S.T.A.R. Puppy Test at the end of the course. Puppies must have record of 2 sets of shots.


September 20, 27

Basic Dog Training, Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25, 6 to 7 p.m. Weeks Center, Rooms 1 & 2. Dogs five months and older will learn basic commands. Topics will include basic care of dogs and what to expect as training progresses. Optional enrollment in 7th week for just $5 will give your dog the chance to become an AKC certified Canine Good Citizen. Dogs must be current on rabies vaccination and registered with City of Aiken if residing within city limits. 

Equestrian Events

September 2

Just For Fun Shows, Highfields Event Center, 118 Gaston Street, Aiken., 803-649-3505

September 6

Stable View Jumper Nights, 3 p.m. start.  Provides a unique opportunity to watch horse and rider jumper under the lights of the covered arena.  Stable View, 117 Stable Drive; Cost: Rider fees available on website. Spectators enter for free.

September 7-10, 14-17

Aiken Fall Festival I & II, Aiken Horse Park (Bruce’s Field), contact or  803-643-5698 for more information.

September 9

Historic Stables and Barn Tour (rain date September 16), 9 to 11:15 a.m. See the locations where the most iconic racing stables have trained their horses in Aiken. Participants will meet at the Rye Patch parking lot at 100 Berrie Road at 8:45 a.m. and will be transported by mini-bus to the Aiken Training Track. The tour begins at Legacy Stable, then progresses to nine other historic barns and stables. Register at Odell Weeks Center; deadline is September 7. Cost: $30/person; space is limited. Wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes.


September 10, 17, 24

Polo at historic Whitney Field, located at 420 Mead Avenue, 3 p.m.  Admission is $5 per person at the gate, or $30 for a ticket to the VIP Pavilion, which includes free food and drinks.  Social members and playing members are admitted free all season long.  Polo season runs from April to June and from September through mid-November.  For game schedules, call 803-643-3611, or visit

Miscellaneous Venues and Events

September 2

Aiken Horsepower Car Show, monthly cruise-in featuring beautiful classic cars, 6 to 8 p.m., in the Home Depot parking lot, 1785 Whiskey Road. All cruise-ins will have a rain day the following day at Sears Hometown Store in Mitchell Shopping Center, same time. For more information, contact Vickie at or 803-270-3505, or visit

September 4, 5, 7, 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21, 25, 26, 28

American Contract League-sanctioned open bridge games, 10 a.m., at Harbor Chase, 1385 Silver Bluff Road, every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday. All levels of bridge players are welcome. Game fee is $5 per person. For more information, call Jay Rogaski at 843-368-6894, Maryanne Ebert at 803-522-5718, or email

 September 5

The Pink Ribbonettes - a breast cancer self-help/survivor group will meet on Tuesday, 10:30-12 noon at The Millbrook Church Atrium, 176 E. Pine Log Road. All breast cancer survivors, families, and caregivers are welcome.  We offer experienced based, caring support for those diagnosed or going through treatments of breast cancer. A light lunch will be provided by board members. Contact for more info.

September 19

Not as Sweet as Sugar, a one- hour talk about the problems with eating too much added sugar and how to reduce, presented by Ginger Hudock at the Life Choices Center, 1900 Whiskey Road, from 7 - 8 p.m.  The next program will be From Fatigued to Fantastic, a six-week detoxification and elimination diet program beginning October 3. Cost of the program is $150 including a detox shake mix.  309 Northwood Drive.  Email for more information or to register.  

September 19

Successful Women’s Mastermind Alliance (SWMA) Aiken, women’s networking group presents a luncheon and speaker, 11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m., Woodside Plantation Country Club. SWMA members and first-time guests, $22. Returning guests, $30. For more information, call Abigail Tiefenthaler at 954-804-9413.

September 23

The Aiken Area Myelinators MS Self-Help Group meeting, 10 a.m. to 12 noon, St. Paul Lutheran Church, 961 Trail Ridge Rd. The meeting is open to the public. For more information, contact Pam at 803-645-2092.

Outside Aiken

September 18

Civil War Roundtable Meeting, 6 – 8 p.m., Goodwill’s Snelling Center, 3165 Washington Rd. Augusta, GA. For more information, contact Gwen Fulcher Young at (706) 736- 2909.

September 7 and 19

SRS Public Tour, sponsored by Savannah River Nuclear Solutions, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.  Participants must be at least 18 years of age and U.S. citizens.  To register, visit  If registering online is difficult, call 803-952-9472.  Seats are limited to two individuals per reservation, and are filled on a first come, first served basis.  To book larger groups, call 803-952-9472.

Coming in October

October 5

Cold Creek Nurseries - Farm to Table Autumn Event for Brenda's Angels at 6:30 pm.

Price: $90 for one, $160 for a couple. Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

Tickets can be purchased by contacting Marie Durrett at or Lisa Adams at Entertainment by Third Time Charmers Trio, a cash raffle. Supper will be provided by Newberry Hall.

 October 15

Habitat for Humanity Women Build Kitchen Tour, 12 - 4:30 p.m., at various locations in the Historic Downtown Aiken area, to be announced.  Visit beautiful kitchens, sample dishes by local caterers and restaurateurs; see floral designs and inspiring table arrangements.  Advance tickets are $25 and are available online at or after September 15 at Herbal Solutions, Plum Pudding, Unique Expressions, and Aiken Office Supply.  Event day tickets will be $30 and can be purchased between 11:45 - 3 p.m. at Newberry Hall, 117 Newberry St.  For more information, call 803-646-7905.  

 October 3

Aiken Mid-Day Lions 10th Annual Wine Tasting to support our Scholarship/Educational Fund, Woodside Plantation Country Club, 5:30-7:30pm. Tickets are $45./person.  Heavy hors d'oeuvres will be served. There will be a Silent Auction. Call or email Lion Kathy Iwert at (803) 599-8808 / or Lion Ellen Heim at (803) 617-8470 /      

October 6-7

The Fall Tour for the South Carolina Garden Club begins at Banksia, followed by a tour of some of the historic homes in Aiken County.  A reception and BBQ will finish the day.  For additional event information call Kathy New, tour chair, at 803-593-9842 or email her at

October 10 and 12

Annual Docent Training, designed to train new volunteers for various jobs at the Aiken County Historical Museum, will be conducted over two days.  Sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday, with programs about how docents play a key role in helping the Museum meet its daily missing and instruction on docent duties and the basics of the Museum’s policies.  Speakers include Lauren Virgo and Owen Clary.  For more information about docent training or to volunteer, contact Leah Walker at 642-2015 or email her at

October 19

18th Annual A Taste of Wine and Art, Featuring Film, 7 to 9:30 p.m. at the Aiken Center for the Arts. Tastings of wine, craft beer and SC spirits; signature dishes from select local restaurants and caterers; silent auction. See ad on page 25 for more details. Tickets are available by visiting the Gallery Shop in the Arts Center, online at, or by phone at 803-641-9094. Cost: $50 each, includes one drink.

October 20-29

Western Carolina State Fair, Aiken County Fairgrounds, 561 May Royal Drive.

Entertainment includes ground acts, competitive exhibits, competitions, rodeo, gator wrestling, rides and tasty fair food. Cost: General gate admission is $8; children 5 and under free. For other ticket specials and more information, contact: The Western Carolina State Fair at 803-648-8955, or visit

October 22

Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Aiken County Historical Museum, 3 p.m., at the Museum

October 29

South Carolina Historical Society Fall Tour, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Self-guided and self-paced tour ensures guests’ access to historic sites such as the Ford House, Rose Hill, Crossways, Adath Yeshurun Synagogue, Banksia, Sandhurst, Dibble Memorial Library, and Hopelands Gardens. A barbecue lunch included in the price of the ticket will be held at the Gaston Livery Stable. Tickets can be purchased by contacting Programs and Events Coordinator, EmmaLee Boykin at (843) 723-3225, ext. 113.

October 28

26th Holiday Cup Fall Steeplechase, Bruce’s Field, 931 Powerhouse Road. Six steeplechase races around the track. Tailgating, carriage parade, and the Village of Shops. For more information, contact the Aiken Steeplechase Association at 803-648-9641, email, or visit