Mad Mimi Intro Aug17

Aiken in August

It is no secret that charming Aiken is the best travel location for families with furry ones. Aiken is a charming Fido-friendly destination with the great outdoors, an abundance of canine-themed events, and culinary treats where your furry companion can enjoy a relaxing and fun environment. Make plans to visit Aiken during the Dog Days of Summer. But don't take it from us, even Travelocity named Aiken the pet-friendliest city in the Southeast. So, don’t leave Fido behind! Here are fourteen reasons you'll want to bring your pooch with you on your next trip to Aiken...


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Aiken Featured on JETSETTER's Top 10 Underrated East Coast Getaways
"Aiken is an equestrian-obsessed town; it hosts two annual steeplechases, houses a thoroughbred training track, and organizes polo matches across a handful fields. But long before its horse heyday, the town’s warm climate had already made it a choice escape for many Northerners, including the Astor and Vanderbilt families." Full article here.


Dog Days of Summer
Bring your family and furry friends to Downtown Aiken for the Dog Days of Summer July 31st - August 6th. Enjoy in-store promotions and special goodies at many of the shops. More information here.

Dark Shadows
Join us at the DuPont Planetarium Friday and Saturday evenings in August for Dark Shadows. In this live program, you will learn how "dark shadows" are related to the phases of the Moon and to solar and lunar eclipses. Click here for more information.

Celestial Observations
Ill-omens? Scientific phenomena? How did our ancestors in the 19th century interpret celestial events like comets or eclipses? Discover all this and more during Redcliffe Plantation State Historic Site's special Celestial Observations house tours August 17th - 21st. Click here for tickets.

Aiken Music Fest
Each month Aiken Music Fest will be the place to experience live local and regional music under the stars! August 19th features The Dead 27's and The Bucket List Band! Bring your chairs and blankets, you'll also find food and beverage vendors, and bring your suit to run through the giant sprinkler!

Total Eclipse of the Pines
On August 21st, Camp Gravatt will be the place to be! View the eclipse in Aiken County with 2 minutes and 4 seconds of totality. There will be canoeing, hiking, fishing, pony rides, zipline, food trucks, and educational activities all leading up to the big event! You can buy your tickets ($10/car) here.

*This is not a complete list of events. Please visit our Festivals and Events page or our calendar for a full list.



Make your life easy by letting us do the planning and purchasing an Aiken Package! For one special weekend only, check out the once in a lifetime Eclipse Package at The Inn at Houndslake.


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Ready to plan your getaway? Let us help!

Wondering where to start on your trip to Aiken? Call or stop by the Aiken Visitors Center and Train Museum and let us share with you what makes Aiken a place like no other! Jump on the Historic Trolley Tour offered every Saturday from 10am until 12pm (reservations strongly recommended) and catch some live music at the depot every Saturday as well!

Jenny Burghardt
Tourism Supervisor

City of Aiken Tourism Division
PO Box 1177
Aiken, SC 29802

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