Calendar of Events


Photo credit: Ginny Southworth

February 12, 2018
Hunt Week Gala

This fundraiser is a privately hosted cocktail party exclusively for subscribing members of all local hunt clubs.

Aiken Horse Show Jumpers

Photo credit: Shawn McMillan

March 30 - April 1, 2018
The 102nd Annual Aiken Horse Show

The 102nd Annual Aiken Horse Show is held at the legendary show ring in the Hitchcock Woods. Founded by Louise Hitchcock in 1916, the Aiken Horse Show is one of the most elegant and historic affairs in Aiken’s lively sporting calendar. This prestigious and popular event attracts equestrians in many disciplines and loyal spectators from the Southeast. For ticket and other information, visit

April 21, 2018
Earth Day

Each year, the Hitchcock Woods Foundation participates in the City of Aiken’s public celebration and observation of Earth Day. For more information, visit the City’s website at

Woods Walkers

Photo credit: Ginny Southworth

September 21, 2018
Festival of the Woods

The Festival of the Woods is a new annual event to celebrate the wide range of pedestrian uses and stewardship of the Hitchcock Woods. The event features a ticketed dinner with a guest speaker. Please visit our Festival of the Woods page for more information.

Blessing of the Hounds

Photo credit: Ginny Southworth

November 22, 2018
Blessing of the Hounds

The annual Blessing of the Hounds immediately precedes Aiken Hounds’ formal Opening Meet. The Blessing is held on Thanksgiving Day at 11:00 a.m. at Memorial Gate in the Woods. This traditional ceremony and beloved tradition lasts about 30 minutes and the public is welcome. There is no parking at the South Boundary entrance, but attendees may park downtown. One should allow 30 minutes to walk from Laurens Street to Memorial Gate. No motorized vehicles or dogs are permitted in the Woods for this event. There is no charge.

Blessing of the Hounds FAQ

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