Attractions & Events

Queen of Roses/Princess of Roses

The annual pageants will be held Saturday, March 7, 2020 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, March 2, 2020.

Queen of Roses Application

Princess of Roses Application

Street Dance hosted by DORA
Sponsored by DPU

Friday, May 1, 2020 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. 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!

Rose Festival Road Race

The 2019 Rose Festival Road Race will be held on Saturday, May 4, 2019. 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.

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 scheduled for Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 7:00 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.

Senior’s Day

Seniors’ Day at the Orangeburg Festival of Roses will be Friday, May 3, 2019. Seniors’ Day Bingo sponsored by Longwood Plantation will be from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm. Special activities will take place at the Garden Stage in the Azalea Garden.

Blackwater River Race

The Race is On! Applications comming Soon.

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.