The Hitchcock Woods Foundation hosts and participates in a variety of events annually;

February – Hunt Week Gala
March – The Historic Aiken Horse Show in the Woods
April – Earth Day
September – Festival of the Woods
October – Annual Science Education Enrichment Day (S.E.E.D)
November – The Blessing of the Hounds

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November 2017

Blessing of the Hounds

November 23, 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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February 2018

Hunt Week Gala

February 12, 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

The Hunt Week Gala is a privately hosted cocktail party for all local equestrian hunt week club participants and guests.

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March 2018

Annual Aiken Horse Show

March 30, 2018 - April 1, 2018
Photo credit: Shawn McMillan

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

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April 2018

Earth Day

April 21, 2018

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

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September 2018

Festival of the Woods

September 21, 2018

The Festival of the Woods is an annual evening celebration of the history and natural resources of Hitchcock Woods.  The event features a guest speaker, dinner under the stars in Hitchcock Woods, a wine bar, live music and educational displays. 2018 Festival Guest Speaker 2018 Festival Featured Displays 2018 Festival Raffle    

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October 2018

Annual S.E.E.D. Event (Science Education Enrichment Day)

October 6, 2018
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center, USC-Aiken Campus

Science Education Enrichment Day (S.E.E.D), located on the USC Aiken Campus, is a family themed festival celebrating science, technology, engineering and math.

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November 2018

Blessing of the Hounds

November 22, 2018
Photo credit: Ginny Southworth

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…

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