WESTERN CAROLINA STATE FAIR
WHEN: Open 5 p.m.-until Friday-Saturday, Oct. 25-26; noon-until Sunday, Oct. 27
WHERE: Aiken Fairgrounds, 561 May Royal Drive
WHAT: Rides, entertainment, food, games, exhibits
COST: $5 admission, $25 Mega Pass
OYSTERS ON TELFAIR
WHEN: 7 p.m. Nov. 1
WHERE: Ware’s Folly, 506 Telfair St.
WHAT: Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art’s eighth annual Oysters on Telfair fundraiser with Cajun cuisine, music, an art auction of small works created by regional artists, Biennial Augusta State University Art Faculty Exhibition unveiling and more
COST: $65; $50 for members of Contemporaries, the Institute’s joint young professional membership program with the Greater August Arts Council and the Morris Museum of Art.
MORE: (706) 722-5495
RED, WHITE & BLUE POLO & BALLOON FESTIVAL
WHEN: Oct. 26-28
• Friday: gates 4 p.m.; balloons inflate 4:30 p.m.; liftoff 5 p.m.; tethered balloon rides 5:15 p.m.; live music 5:30 p.m.
• Saturday: gates 7 a.m.; balloons inflate 7:45 a.m.; mass ascension 8 a.m.; tethered balloon rides 8:15 a.m.; gates reopen 5 p.m., live music and tethered balloon rides 5:30 p.m., Balloon Glow and trick-or-treating 7 p.m.
• Rain/wind date: Sunday, 7:30 a.m.
WHERE: Stormbranch Equestrian Club, Storm Branch and Pine Log roads, Aiken County
WHAT: Family event with 20 hot air balloons that will take off en masse Friday and Saturday. Walk among the six-and seven-story balloons as they inflate. Saturday night Balloon Glow. Children may trick or treat between the balloons.
COST: Admission is free with a donation to the Injured Marines Semper Fi Fund and Marines Fort Gordon.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27
WHERE: Westminster Schools of Augusta
WHAT: 40th anniversary fall festival with inflatables, a bake hut, live entertainment and contests like hula-hooping, doughnut-eating and bubble-blowing
COST: $15; parents and children 4 and younger free
MORE: (706) 731-5260 or wsa.net/homecoming
SPENCERS THEATRE OF ILLUSION
WHEN: 8 p.m. Nov. 1, 2
WHERE: URS Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St. SW, Aiken
WHAT: Drama, comedy, romance, suspense, with elaborate stage illusions; presented by Aiken Performing Arts Group
MORE: (803) 643-4774, apagonline.org