June is right around the corner and, if you havent already, now is the time to start making your summertime plans. Luckily, there are plenty of fun events and activities heating up the CSRA! Read on to learn about the best things to do this summer in Aiken, SC.

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Top 10 Things to Do This Summer in Aiken, SC

1. Hopelands Concert Series – Mondays in June at 7 p.m.

The Hopelands Concert Series will continue throughout June. Bring a lawn chair and a picnic dinner and come enjoy the show! Performances range from jazz and pop to country and Southern rock. While you’re there, make sure to take a sunset stroll through the gardens; they are especially beautiful this time of year. Parking is available at Green Boundary Club and admission is free.

2. Trail Ride Through Hitchcock Woods

A benefit of living in South Carolina is that outdoor activities can be enjoyed year-round here, even during the warm summer months. Living in Aiken, we are even more fortunate to have one of the nation’s largest urban forests right at our doorstep. The 2,100-acre Hitchcock Woods offers over 70 miles of trails for walking, jogging, dog-walking, bird-watching, horseback riding, and carriage driving.

Saddle up and enjoy an early-morning ride with friends through the woods. Walk, trot, or gallop along wide sandy trails, cross the famous Sand River, or navigate the exciting twists and turns of Mr. Fletchers Ride. Be sure to bring a trail map when you go. The woods are open to the public 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset.

3. Wine & Dine Wednesdays at Cork and Cap – Wednesdays 4 p.m.

You don’t have to travel all the way to Napa Valley for the wine tasting experience of a lifetime. In fact, some of the best Pinots and Cabernets can be sampled right here in Aiken, SC!

Visit Cork and Cap, downtown Aiken’s newest bottle shoppe, for a custom wine tasting close to home. The shoppe and Weingarten are open every Tuesday – Saturday. However, nothing cures the midweek blues quite like Wine & Dine Wednesdays! Find a table in the courtyard and enjoy delicious gourmet cuisine thoughtfully paired with wine and beer specials. The weekly event is first-come, first-serve, and starts at 4 p.m. No reservations are needed. Cheers!

4. Amp the Alley: Thursdays 6:30 p.m.

Amp the Alley is quickly becoming one of Aiken’s favorite summertime traditions. Head to downtown Aiken on Thursday nights for a fun-filled evening of food, drinks, art, shopping and great live music. Local bands start playing at 6:30 p.m. and there are different performers every week. Bring your friends, stroll the Alley with your favorite drinks, and enjoy a night of great tunes!

5. Market in the Alley: Thursdays 6 – 8 p.m.

In addition to live music, you can now go shopping in Aiken, SC on Thursday nights! The Market in the Alley returns on Thursdays in June from 6 to 8 pm. Grab a bite to eat at one of the local restaurants first. Then, take your time perusing the market for local artisan goods, farm-fresh produce, eggs, baked goods, and jewelry. Downtown Aiken, SC, restaurants and shops are ready to welcome you!

6. Go Kayaking at Aiken State Park

Looking to have fun on the water this summer? Visit Aiken State Park and rent kayaks for the day! Take a scenic paddle along the South Fork of the Edisto River, the longest free-flowing blackwater stream in North America. It’s easy to relax and lose track of time as you glide beneath a canopy of moss-draped cypress and tupelo trees. Enjoy the beautiful flora and fauna and keep an eye out for wildlife along the way.

Kayaks and canoes are available to rent from the park for just $20/day, or you may bring your own watercraft. Aiken State Park is also a prime destination for hiking, fishing, canoeing, and boating.

7. Aiken County Farmers Market: Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Want to shop local and support small business? Stop by the Aiken County Farmers Market this summer! The Market is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7:30 am until 11:30 am from April – September and 8:30 am until 12:30 pm October – March at its permanent location at 115 Williamsburg Street.

8. Aiken Music Fest: First Saturday of the Month (May – October)

No plans for the weekend? Visit Highfields Event Center on the first Saturday of the month for a performance you won’t soon forget! Aiken Music Fest is an outdoor, family-friendly concert series that runs from May through October. This year’s lineup includes local singer/songwriters and headliners visiting from New Orleans, Charleston, and Asheville. Beer and wine are available at the venue, although guests are also welcome to bring a tailgate.

Gates open at 2 p.m. and the concert kicks off at 3. Tickets can be purchased at AikenMusicFest.com or at the gate. Admission is $15 and free for children aged 12 and under. All proceeds from the series benefit Gaston Livery Stable.

9. Take An Art Class

The Aiken Center for the Arts is hosting a variety of art classes and workshops all summer long. Learn how to paint in acrylics, pastels, and watercolors, create lifelike urban sketches, or spin the pottery wheel like a pro. There are also music lessons and a Summer Art Camp for kids. Check out the full class schedule on The Aiken Center For the Arts website.

10. Hops and Hogs: June 5th at 4 p.m.

Calling all craft beer enthusiasts! When it comes to upcoming events in Aiken, SC, the annual Hops and Hogs should be on your calendar! Come enjoy an evening of ice-cold brews and all the barbecue you can eat. The event takes place on Newberry Street right in the heart of downtown Aiken and includes beer from craft breweries, various BBQ vendors, and live music. Admission is free, so be sure to bring your friends and family.

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Now that you have added all of these activities to your summer calendar, it’s time to start thinking about your next move. Whether you’re looking to relocate to Aiken or sell your current Aiken property, Suzy Haslup can help. Suzy has been buying, renovating and selling homes in Aiken for over twenty five years. With her experience as a Realtor and in-depth knowledge of this market, she can help guide you through the entire process with ease. Contact Suzy today to discuss your real estate needs!

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