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 and Festival of the Woods Family Day
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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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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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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April 2019

Aiken Earth Day

April 20, 2019 @ 8:45 am - 12:00 pm

Saturday, April 20, 2019 Walk in the Woods Back by popular demand, there will be two Walk-in-the-Woods opportunities during Earth Day Aiken.  One at 8:45am and the other at 10:30am. Pre-registration is required and can be completed at Each walk is limited to 25 people. The walk is about 2 miles, so wear comfortable, sturdy shoes. There will be a $5 charge per participant, but that price includes an EDA t-shirt and transportation to and from the Hitchcock Woods entrance.…

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September 2019

Festival of the Woods Family Day

September 21, 2019 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm

The Festival of the Woods Family Day is the community coming together to celebrate the cultural and natural resources of Hitchcock Woods.  This free event will include learning stations for everyone to learn about our accomplishments and priorities of the Hitchcock Woods.  Subject Matter Experts will be on-hand to answer your questions.   Pack and lunch and picnic under the pines. Family Day is a classroom for adventurers of all ages!  

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November 2019

Blessing of the Hounds

November 29, 2019
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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February 2020

Hunt Week Gala

February 10, 2020 @ 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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September 2020

Annual Aiken Horse Show

September 18, 2020
Photo credit: Shawn McMillan

The 104th 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 **PLEASE NOTE: Due to continued concerns about the COVID-19 virus, the Board of Trustees of the…

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Festival of the Woods

September 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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, and live music. For reservations please call the Foundation office at 803-642-0528.      

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