Aiken County Arts & Entertainment

Aiken County Arts & Entertainment

The arts are a dynamic part of Aiken County, SC. There are several places to catch the ballet, watch a great play or musical and cast your eyes on fantastic works of art. Music fills the air with concerts throughout the year, including an outdoor summer concert series in both Aiken and North Augusta. Visit the websites of the locations here to see what you can enjoy when you visit Aiken County.

USCA Convocation Center

375 Robert Bell Pkwy., Aiken
803-643-6900
www.georgialinatix.com

This is a state of the art facility with the capacity ranging from 3500 to 4100 patrons. It is conveniently located on the University of SC Aiken campus. Many family oriented events, athletic events, trade shows, and nationally renowned concerts and entertainers are enjoyed at this great center. Why not rent the Convocation Center for your special events!

Aiken Center For The Arts

122 Laurens St., SW Aiken
803-641-9094
Mon.-Sat., 10am-5pm
www.aikencenterforthearts.org

The beautiful center features regular gallery exhibits by local, state and regional artists. A variety of artists display works for sale year-round in the gallery store. The center hosts events throughout the year and offers instruction in a variety of mediums for all ages. This wonderful facility has 7 classrooms and a 180 seat performance pavilion. Why not rent the Center for the Arts for your special event.

North Augusta Arts & Heritage Center

100 Georgia Ave. N. Augusta
803-441-4380
www.artsandheritagecenter.com

The North Augusta Arts and Heritage Center is a beautiful 7,500 sq.ft. facility located inside the North Augusta Municipal Center. The Heritage Center is dedicated to the exhibition of regional arts and history with exhibits rotating every three months. On site is a gift shop that showcases local, handmade crafts. A large terrace on the 2nd floor offers scenic views of Brick Pond Park and the City of Augusta, which lies just across the Savannah River. Rent the terrace for your next event.

Etherredge Center

471 University Pkwy., Aiken
803-641-3305
www.etherredge.usca.edu

The Etherredge Center is located on the campus of the University of South Carolina-Aiken. The facility houses an art gallery, the O’Connell Theater, and a larger main stage theater. A variety of university and community events and productions are presented at the Etherredge Center annually. Each year, visitors and residents alike look forward to the Cultural Series, a great collection of entertainment brought in from across the US and abroad.

Ruth Patrick Science Center

471 University Pkwy., Aiken
803-641-3313
www.rpsec.usca.edu

Located on the campus of the University of South Carolina-Aiken, The Ruth Patrick Science Center (RPSC) is cooperative effort by the University of South Carolina Aiken, local industry, and area public school districts. RPSC is a permanent program for enhancing Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in the elementary, middle and high schools of the area. Its hands-on approach to teaching is designed to help people experience the beauty, the order and the power of science and mathematics, as well as the interest and fun of discovery.

URS Center For The Performing Arts

126 Newberry St., Aiken
803-648-1438
Box Office Hours are Tues.-Fri., 9 am-5 pm. Closed 12-1pm.
www.aikencommunityplayhouse.com
www.aikenperformingartsgroup.org

Home to the Aiken Community Playhouse (ACP) and the Aiken Performing Arts Group (APAG). The theater seats approximately 300. Featuring comedy, drama, musical plays, national and international professional shows throughout the year.

Arts Events

SPRING
Antiques in the Heart of Aiken
Aiken Center for the Arts
803-641-9094
www.aikencenterforthearts.org
1st weekend in February

Juilliard in Aiken
2nd week of March Partnered with The Juilliard School in NY, This one of a kind festival event celebrates the advancement of the arts. Aiken is the only community in the world to host students and faculty from the Juilliard School who come to present public performances and outreach programs.
www.JuilliardinAiken.com

Olde Town Artisan Fair
Living History Park, North Augusta
3rd weekend in April
www.colonialtimes.us/artisans.html
Enjoy a wide array of Fine Artists and Skilled Artisans selling their work and demonstrating their skills.

SUMMER
Music in the Park
www.naartscouncil.org
Maude Edenfield Park, North Augusta
Thursdays, May through June, 7 pm

Summer Concert Series
Hopelands Gardens, Aiken
Mondays May – September
Bring a lawn chair and a picnic and enjoy the outdoor concerts.

Aiken Bluegrass Festival
2nd Weekend in May
www.aikenbluegrassfestival.org
A stellar event filled with music, food, family-fun, bike-riding and camping benefiting the STAR Riding program for adults and children with mental and physical disabilities.

FALL
A Taste of Downtown Aiken
September
www.downtownaiken.com Self-guided walking tour to the fine eateries in downtown Aiken.

Aiken’s Makin’
Downtown Aiken
803-641-1111
www.aikensmakin.net
2nd full weekend in September. Display and sale of juried arts and crafts.

A Taste of Wine and Art
Aiken Center for the Arts
803-641-9094
3rd Thursday in October
Vast array of wines from around the world and signature dishes from the areas finest restaurant’s.

Annual Quilt Show
Aiken County Historical
Museum
803-642-2015
www.aikencountyhistoricalmuseum.org
November
Textile artists from Aiken County
compete in this juried show. Lectures, demos and classes.

WINTER
Christmas Craft Show
Odell Weeks
803-293-7846
1st Saturday in December
Over one hundred craft and food vendors display products for all to see & purchase.

Wagener’s Down Home Celebration
www.wagenersc.com
803-564-3412, December
Horse and carriage rides, local school performances and open house at a variety of businesses. The evening will end with a Fireworks Extravaganza.

Madrigal Dinner
www.aikenchoralsociety.org
Second Week in December
803-649-6570