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Attractions & Events

Riverside Drive is the site for the Arts & Crafts show and sale, as well as for many of our non-profit food vendors. As always, hand crafted items and specialty items will be for sale. In addition to the arts & crafts show, the 2017 Orangeburg Festival of Roses will feature two stages with entertainment. Special entertainment and activities are on tap for children of all ages. The Kid's Area will be located in the Centennial Park area of the Gardens. The area will feature inflatable activities as well as food vendors catering to the child in all of us. Activities begin on Thursday evening with Showcase Orangeburg and continue through Sunday afternoon.

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, April 28 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 5, 2017 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. "Riptide" will be our entertainment this year! 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 5. Contact Brittany Hartzog at 803.533.6020 for more information.

Senior Day Flyer

Rose Festival Road Race

The 2017 Rose Festival Road Race will be held on Saturday, May 6. 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 ,  more information.

Registration InformationRoad Race Application Form5K Route Map12K Route Map

Blackwater River Race

Unfortunatley due to the 2015 flooding of the Edisto River debris has obstructed the pathway for the River Race. 

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 2017 Orangeburg Festival of Roses Men's Softball Tournament during the festival. For more information please contact Tiffany Bryant at 803-533-6020 or email Tiffany Bryant and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

Disc Golf Tournament

Tournament Director contact information is Jason Duderanke 803-533-6020. 

Tennis Classic