Irmo Okra Strut Festival

Free to the public

The Irmo Okra Strut Festival is free to the public thanks to our wonderful sponsors! 

**Individual fees apply for rides, amusements and food/drink. **
The 45th Annual Okra Strut is looking for Sponsors, Craft Exhibitors and Exhibits for 2018.
If you are interested in participating in the Irmo Okra Strut please click here

Family fun, live music, and all the goodness that is Okra.

Friday September 28th 2018, 6:00pm - 11:00pm

Saturday September 29th 2018, 9:00am - 10:00pm

Night Time Music Series starts roughly at 6pm both days.

7507 Eastview Dr. Irmo, South Carolina 29063

We are excited to announce the Irmo Okra Strut is coming back for it's 45th year!

This festival has been a southern favorite for 45 years. What started as a way for the Lake Murray-Irmo Woman's Club to raise money for a new library, has turned in to a spectacular event to end each summer.  With beautiful Lake Murray and the Riverbanks Zoo near by, the Okra Strut Festival is the perfect addition to your end of summer vacation in wonderful Columbia, South Carolina.  Find out more about the strut today. 


Events and Entertainment

The 45th Annual Irmo Okra Strut is South Carolina’s favorite way to celebrate Okra.  The Okra Strut is proud to bring to the community two nights of great concerts, free to the public.

Friday September 28th the Irmo Okra Strut is proud to announce the return of the Root Doctors who will be headlining Friday, opening will be Black Water Rhythm and Blues Band. Come on out and do the Okra Strut dance as we jam the night away.

Saturday September 29th  will start with the historic Irmo Okra Strut Parade at 9 am sharp. Followed by a day of fun, food and friends in the Irmo Community Park. The main stage will have acts performing all day with Rob Crosby taking the stage around 6pm to open the night up for The Weight Band.

Come join in on the best summer festival this side of the Mason-Dixon line.


Freeway Music

We are excited to have such a great local partner like Freeway Music. They will be on the main stage Saturday September 29th all afternoon long!

Maximize your potential by studying with the hardest working musicians in the area. At Freeway Music, our music instructors are passionate about music, and eager to share that with their students. We hand select music instructors that are personable, professional, and the absolute best performers in town. Our students get to enjoy amazing opportunities because our instructors are so involved in the community and music scene. We have teachers that are in popular local bands, directors of piano festivals, members of philharmonics, and much more! We also have the most versatile staff of music instructors in the state. Whether jazz, rock, pop, country, classical, songwriting, or R&B, Freeway Music has an instructor perfect for you!


Visiting from out of town? 

The Irmo Okra Strut Festival is a great event for that end of summer fun. Whether you grew up eating Okra or have never tried it, our festival is always a blast and full of many southern specialties. Located in the heart of Irmo, South Carolina, during your stay you will enjoy the quiet comfort of suburban southern living; homemade food, welcoming hospitality and never ending sweet tea. Our community welcomes you and your family to join us for a stay. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Planning your trip to the 45th Annual Irmo Okra Strut and want to check a few details? We have covered most of the frequently asked questions here. If you do not see your question covered, submit it to the commission with our new form!


Bring Back The Arts

Under The Canopy; traditionally this area of the festival has been known for the free kids crafts, but we are expanding this to include free art activities and performances at varying times all day Saturday. Enjoy shopping for holiday gifts from local artist or learn how to make your own.

Volunteer With The Strut

Do you have an organization that wants to volunteer for the 2018 Irmo Okra Strut Festival? We have many volunteer opportunities available, great for groups or individuals that want to help their community. Great for community services requirements for local high schools and boy/girl scouts! 

Irmo Okra Strut Festival