9 Great Things to do in Oconee this Summer


Between schools letting out until August and the consistently warm weather during recent weeks, it is officially summer in Oconee County. Although many people will be taking off for vacations throughout the summer, we like to think that you can always find something entertaining to do around the county too.

In the next few months there will be dozens of activities around the area to help you either enjoy the heat, or cool down when it gets to be a little to hot. Here are a few of the exciting outings and upcoming events that will help you enjoy your summer here in Oconee.


First Friday on Main 

First Friday on Main is always a blast, but now that nicer weather has set in, it should be a perfect Summer evening to bring the whole family down to Main street on June 5 for “Summer Mania,” and on August 7 for “Dog Days of Summer.”  As with the other First Fridays, there will be food, tractor rides, activities for the kids, and open Main street stores for some evening shopping. The Red Oak String Band will be performing to provide music for the festivities at “Summer Mania.” Both of the Summer First Fridays will begin at 6 pm and run until sundown.

Visit the “Perspectives” Georgia Pottery Invitational

Each year, the “Perspectives” Georgia Pottery Invitational brings artists from across the entire state together to showcase their work right here in Oconee County. Visitors to the massive exhibit, which runs from August 29 to September 16, are welcome to both observe and purchase the diverse array of pottery that will be displayed. There will also be pottery demonstrations and gallery talks to make things even more interesting. “Perspectives” will be open for viewing from 10 am to 5 pm each day, and admission costs $20.


4th of July Spectacular!

The annual 4th of July celebration in Oconee is a huge event each year. From fireworks and activities to delicious meals and deserts, it’s easy to see why almost 20,000 people flock to Veterans Park for the spectacular each year. This year will be especially fantastic though, as award winning musician Scott Brantley will be bringing a set of his feel-good country songs to the park. Things get started around 6:30 pm, and the fireworks begin at 9:30 pm, but be sure to get there early to beat the crowds!

Visit the local fruit farms

Oconee County is home to a number of wonderful spots to enjoy a day looking for delicious fresh fruit. The county’s fruit farms are a great interactive experience to show off to out-of-town visitors, or to try out if you’ve never stopped by before. Grab some homemade peach ice cream at Thomas Orchard, pick blueberries at the Miller Blueberry Farm, or get some fresh strawberries at Washington Farms before picking season ends.

Fun for the whole family at the library

The Oconee County library offers a ton of activities to keep kids and families alike entertained between each school year. Children may enjoy story-time every Tuesday, or “Boredom Busters” every Thursday. Meanwhile, older kids might want to check out the Harry Potter cooking class on June 24. Adults may benefit more from events like the “Spanish for Travel” class running on Mondays in June, or theTai Chi class on July 27.

“Finding Delight” photography exhibit

Photographer Ginger Goekjian is bringing a new set of photographs to OCAF that is pretty fitting for the season, as it deals heavily with nature. Her pictures study the effect of light and angle on landscapes, and show a number of beautiful locations from different perspectives. The exhibit will be open from May 29 to July 10, and available to view from 10 am to 4 pm every day during that period, excluding Sundays and Mondays.

Get some outdoor exercise 

Although many of the county’s outdoor activities do involve eating, there is also a lot to do in Oconee in the realm of staying active. Go play 18 holes of disc golf on the beautiful course at Herman C. Michael Park, or ride for a few miles on the Antebellum bike trail. There is also of course actual golf to be played at the Lane Creek course. No matter what you enjoy, there is a way to get outside and get active doing it this Summer.


Walk and shop at Epps Bridge 

The stores at the Epps Bridge Centre are up and running, and ready for the influx of customers that the warm weather will bring to their outdoor-accessible stores. The complex of buildings includes shops, restaurants and a brand new movie theater, meaning that hours of entertainment can be packed into a single location. Shopping in and out of the stores in the Summer heat and then cooling off in a restaurant or the movie theater certainly sounds like a fun-filled day.

Go for a picnic at Harris Shoals Park

The park offers the perfect activity to take the whole family outdoors for a day. Harris Shoals has a creek and playgrounds to entertain children of all ages, as well as beautiful scenery to sit down for an unconventional meal. There are also trails and fields to play around in that will keep you at the park for hours on end.


Posted on: May 27, 2015 | Posted by: