Okra Strut Entertainment FAQ:
1: Date and Times of Okra Strut?
Friday September 29th 2023 starting around 6pm. We will have live musical performances, amusement rides, food and drinks. Lastly we are excited to announce “Under The Canopy” will be back! Ready just in time for Friday at the Strut! Under the trees just beyond the stage we will have tables decorated for a nice dinner, with twinkling lights just over head. You will have a view of the stage in the distance and hear the music at the perfect level for a dinner conversation. As an added bonus, again this year all food vendors will be serving until 11pm and they will be offering your favorites right next to local artists and craft vendors. Check back soon for our main stage musical line up for 2023!
Saturday September 30th 2023. The 49th Annual Irmo Okra Strut Parade will be held around 9am. The Grand Marshal for this year’s parade is Irmo High School’s Coach Whipple. The parade will be located on St. Andrews RD, between Wescott Rd. and Lake Murray BLVD.
Saturday after the parade starting around 10am the Okra Strut festivities will begin in the Irmo Community Park. There will be dozens of vendors and exhibitors for you to stop by and participate. Many will have games or free samples as well as items for purchase. Under The Canopy will be another fun spot on Saturday with free crafting activities throughout the day for children! Or enjoy some shopping of local artists for those early holiday presents.
The amusement rides will be up and running and we will have attractions on the big stage all day. These attractions include local performances, Okra Eating Contests and lots more. The 2023 headlining musical acts will be announced soon, check back! Enjoy dinner Under The Canopy again, a great date night for those who love great music and delicious food.
2: Parking and Road Closures
We heard your complaints and want to make parking easier this year. Parking will be at the following locations:
- Irmo Elementary School Address: 7401 Gibbes St, Irmo, SC 29063
- Union United Methodist Church Address: 7582 Woodrow St, Irmo, SC 29063
- Irmo Community Park: 7473 Church St. Irmo SC 29063
Onsite parking. Entrance cost $10.00 cash only open Friday 9/29 from 5:30PM to 11:00PM Saturday open from 9:00AM to 10:00PM no overnight parking all cars must be removed at end of each day. Subject to ticket and or towing. No in and out privileges. Free shuttle is still running from our two other parking locations. Handicap bus is now picking up from Union United Church
Shuttle Buses will be at each location every 20 mins for pick up and drop off.
The South Carolina Department of Transportation has approved the following roads to be closed for the 2023 Okra Strut:
Friday Sept. 29th: ***FESTIVAL***
- *Eastview Dr. (between Battery Rd. & Lake Murray Blvd.) 12pm UNTIL 11:30pm
Saturday Sept. 30th: ***PARADE***
The following roads will close at 8:50am, and the parade will start at 9am from Crossroads Middle:
- *St. Andrews Rd. (between Wescott Rd. & Lake Murray Blvd.)
- *Gibbes St. (Entire street)
- *Lexington Ave. (between Gibbes St. & Lake Murray Blvd.)
- *Eastview Dr. (between Battery Rd. & Lake Murray Blvd.) 6am UNTIL 11:30pm
- Church Street is one-way the entire festival exiting the park to Lake Murray Blvd, Moseley Avenue is one-way entering the paid parking lot.
3: How long does it take to find out if I am performing?
Thank you for your interest in performing at the Irmo Okra Strut. Your application submission does not guarantee you will be performing. We only have a limited amount of space and time on stage within the two day event. You will find out if you are performing near the end of August, beginning of September 2023.
4: What time do I arrive to drop off my equipment?
Every year we set up the stage schedule differently with act times ranging from 15 mins to 45 mins. You will be required to bring all your own equipment. No parking is available at the stage, and no driving is allowed in the park during main park hours for safety. We will not have a space for changing behind the stage. We request you arrive at least 30 mins before you are scheduled to be on stage. If you need to schedule an equipment drop off let us know when signing up.
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