There’s always something to do and look forward to in Aiken, South Carolina, and nearby Augusta, Georgia. With a year-round schedule of local festivals and celebrations, retirees often find it easy to live a vibrant life and participate in enriching community activities and fun special events.
Find our favorite local annual events in this blog, curated by Golden Bell’s Cumberland Village and Cumberland Hills communities. Our residents enjoy these exciting celebrations during scheduled off-campus excursions or at their leisure.
Popular Annual Festivals and Special Events in Aiken, South Carolina, and Augusta, Georgia
Thousands travel to Aiken each year to see hundreds of soldiers and living historians recreate The Battle of Aiken, one of the last Confederate victories of the war. Visitors can watch three recreated battles, tour numerous stations to learn more about the Civil War, and attend a historically accurate 19th-century church service.
Joye in Aiken Festival & Programs | March, June, December
Founded in 2008, Joye in Aiken is a collaboration between the City of Aiken and The Juilliard School. Together, Joye in Aiken provides public performances of a festival in March, a jazz camp in June, and a holiday concert in December. You’ll appreciate the talents and dedication of the world’s finest musicians, actors, and dancers.
Aiken Steeplechase Races | March & October
The Aiken Steeplechase Association hosts two steeplechase racing events each year, the Imperial Cup in March and the Holiday Cup in October. Cheer on your favorites at the Aiken Steeplechase Racecourse, which determines the year’s top trainer, jockey, and horse. The Racecourse also hosts classic movie nights in the fall and the annual Oyster Roast Fundraiser in the spring. The fundraiser benefits the association and Golden Harvest Food Bank and features a fun evening of oyster shucking, live music, and drinks.
Augusta Craft Beer Festival | April
Nearly 25 breweries participate in the annual Augusta Craft Beer Festival at SRP Park in North Augusta, Georgia. VIP tickets are available for purchase and include early admission, unique craft beer samples, food pairings, and an event shirt.
Aiken Music Fest | May-October
Aiken Music Fest is a monthly concert series held on Saturday nights from May through October. Each event, located at Highfields in Aiken, features top local talent followed by a headliner band. Enjoy refreshments from local food and drink vendors and shop in our makers and creators market.
Hops & Hogs Festival | June
Barbecue and craft beer enthusiasts will love this annual festival held in downtown Aiken. Admission is free, and alcohol and food will be available for purchase throughout this Saturday evening event featuring live music and fun.
Downtown Aiken Annual Events | Year-round
The Aiken Downtown Development Association plans numerous events throughout the year to celebrate the changing seasons and holidays. Attendees can expect a Summer Sip n’ Shop in July, Sidewalk Sale on Labor Day weekend, Scarecrow Contest in the fall, Octoberfest and Fall Fest in October, and a variety of holiday and Christmas special events, tree lightings, and parades in December.
Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival | September
Drawing crowds of over 100,000, the Arts in the Heart of August Festival is held annually in downtown Augusta, Georgia. The weekend event features over 100 juried artists, five entertainment stages, and nearly 20 international food booths. The entertainment includes cultural music, dance, popular music, jazz, poetry, storytelling, acoustic music, spoken word, and more.
Staying Connected and Engaged at Cumberland Village and Cumberland Hills in Aiken
Residents at Golden Bell’s Cumberland Village and Cumberland Hills live in beautiful patio homes, apartments, and suites, enjoying daily activities and fun opportunities to pursue their interests. Many residents participate in gardening, art lessons, exercise classes, and book clubs.
Live entertainment and wonderful holiday celebrations and special events are scheduled regularly. Residents may also explore the numerous festivals throughout the year in Aiken, Augusta, and other nearby cities. Our dedicated, compassionate staff offers chauffeured transportation services and loves to plan personalized outings for the residents.
Life at Golden Bell Senior Living
Senior living communities like Golden Bell provide the comforts of home with the added benefits of supportive care, engaging activities, and a maintenance-free lifestyle. With your daily needs met, your loved one will live more independently and have opportunities to meet friends, discover new interests, and live each day to the fullest.
Golden Bell Senior Living offers a full continuum of care, including independent living, assisted living, and respite care. Residents have personalized care plans, are treated like family, and are greeted by name in a warm, welcoming environment.
Amenities and activities include:
- Beautiful accommodations
- Landscaped grounds and gardens
- Community outings
- Recreation and social activities
- Chef-prepared meals
- Scheduled transportation
- Beauty and barber shop
- Housekeeping and maintenance services
Please contact us to learn more about our communities or set up a tour. We’d love to hear from you and are happy to help answer any questions you have about senior living. For more information about choosing senior living, download our complimentary Family Decision Toolkit.