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Attractions & Events

Queen of Roses/Princess of Roses

The annual pageants will be held Saturday, March 3 at 4:00pm in conjunction with the Princess of Roses Pageant in Stevenson Auditorium in Orangeburg. For applications please click the links below. Deadline for applications is Friday, February 23, 2018.

Queen of Roses Application

Princess of Roses Application

Showcase Orangeburg

Showcase Orangeburg has been the premier event for the Festival of Roses weekend since 1993 and is a wonderful way to begin our city's annual festival. Showcase is a variety show featuring the best of area singers and musicians. This year's Showcase is directied by Tony DeAloia and scheduled for Thursday, May 3 at 7:30 pm in Stevenson Auditorium.

Showcase Orangeburg tickets are available at the Orangeburg County Fine Arts Center for $12.00. Members can purchase tickets for $10.00. Boxes are available for $40.00, $50.00 and $60.00. Call 803-536-4074 for information.

Street Dance hosted by DORA
Sponsored by DPU

Friday, May 4, 2018 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Put on your dancing shoes and grab your lawn chairs and meet us at the Plaza downtown for an evening of family music and entertainment!

Senior's Day

Seniors' Day at the Orangeburg Festival of Roses will be Friday, May 4. Contact Brittany Hartzog at 803.533.6020 for more information.

Rose Festival Road Race

The 2018 Rose Festival Road Race will be held on Saturday, May 5. This year's activities include a 12K Run, 5K Run/Walk and a Kid's Fun Run. Put on your running shoes and join us. Visit  ,  for more information.

Blackwater River Race

The Race is On! Click here for more information!

Airplane Rides and Exhibit

On Saturday and Sunday of the Orangeburg Festival of Roses, The New Hawthrone Aviators will be offering scenic air tours of Orangeburg. The flights will take place from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM on Saturday and 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Sunday. Originating from the Orangeburg Airport, they will fly north toward OCTech and the USA flag along I-26, then turn toward the west to the North Road business area and south for a view of the Rose Garden.

As per the previous years, donations of $20 for adults and $15 for children are requested. Special request flights and extended flying times are also available. For only $75, we offer a 1/2 hour introductory flight lesson. You take the pilot's seat, and with a certified flight instructor learn the basics of flying a modern Cessna 172. Reservations for these introductory flights can be made by calling the airport at 803-534-5545.

Also, featured again this year for donations of $100 will be single passenger rides in a vintage 1942 Navy Stearman. The Stearman is powered by a Pratt and Whitney 450 horseposer radial engine. This open cockpit bi-wing aircraft is similar to the machines used to train 5000 French and American pilots in Orangeburg during WWII.

Tickets for the rides may be obtained from Chapter representatives in the City booth at the Rose Garden or at the airport. Proceeds from all donations help to defer the cost of the aviation scholarships that are awarded within our community.

Sports Tournaments

The City of Orangeburg Parks and Recreation Department is pleased to offer several tournaments as part of the Orangeburg Festival of Roses. This year tournaments will be offered in softball and golf and Disc Golf. Call 803-534-6821 or 803-533-6020 for more information or download an application at this site,

Softball Tournament

The City of Orangeburg Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting the 2018 Orangeburg Festival of Roses Men's Softball Tournament the week before the festival. For more information please contact Zachary Tarrant at 803-533-6020 or email him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

45th Annual Golf Championship

The tournament will be held on Friday, April 27th through Monday April 30th. Field limited to first 120 paid players. Click here for entry form.  For more information please contact Hillcrest Golf Club at 803-533-6030 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Disc Golf Tournament

The tournament will be held on Saturday, May 5 and a Disc Gold Clinic will be held on Sunday, May 6. For more information please contact Parks and Rec at 803-533-6020. 

Basketball Tournament 

The tournaments will be held the weekend of the Festival. Games will be on Friday, May 4 from 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm, Saturday, May 5 from 8:30 am - 10:00 pm and Sunday, May 6 from 8:30 am - 6:00 pm. For more information, locations and to register please contact Louis Whiteside at 803-997-0606 or visit