Friday at the Okra Strut Festival

Friday, September 27th starting around 6pm

Terence Young and The Finesse Band

with opening act

Slippery When Wet

Friday we are excited to bring back a local favorite Terence Young featuring The Finesse Band. An Irmo favorite, Terence Young is the mind responsible for the official "Okra Strut" dance. A full band they play covers and originals of your favorite dance songs. Opening for them is Slipper When Wet, The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute. If you are ready to dance the night away, then join us for this free music festival!


We are excited to announce local favorite Shreck Music will take the stage and warm up the crowd Friday around 6pm. Make sure you are there with your dancing shoes on!


The 46th Annual Irmo Okra Strut Festival

is excited to announce



As the headlining performance for Saturday Night at the Okra Strut! Saturday September 29th, opening acts will begin around 6pm, and there will be ice cold beer, great food, sticky sweets, amusement rides and more so make sure to strut on by... 


Called the “great American romantic” by the New York Times, Edwin McCain has built an enviable career over the past 20 years by balancing his massive pop success with the year-round touring schedule of a tireless troubadour.  His hit songs, authentic spirit and surprisingly affable sense of humor keep fans coming back time and time again for nights that feel more like parties with old friends than rock concerts. After recording two of the biggest love songs in the history of pop music and experiencing the success that comes with a television show on Animal Planet (Flipping Ships), McCain now performs upwards of 100 shows annually throughout the US as a solo artist, with his full band or his acoustic trio. Recently, he’s added orchestras to his repertoire, performing with symphonies in select markets where he brings his powerful songs to majestic new heights.

“The 15-year-old me would have crawled through a river of fire to be the 48-year-old singer/songwriter that I am today, and I remember that. I am incredibly grateful to be able to do this” McCain said.

Those enduring love songs (and wedding must-haves) “I’ll Be” and “I Could Not Ask For More” aren’t just for the romantic at heart; “American Idol” and “The Voice” contestants turn to Edwin’s ballads every single year to help them win over judges and fans alike (just ask last season’s AI winner, Nick Fradiani).  Even Justin Bieber has been known to belt out “I’ll Be” during his own concerts.

2018 marked the 20th year of the success of “I’ll Be,” which topped the Billboard charts in 1998 and has proven to be a timeless classic over the past two decades.

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Saturday Festival Events

Starting at 9am we have the Annual Irmo Okra Strut Parade!

Then right after the parade the fun will start over at the park. We have a full day of fun performers on the main stage.  All times are estimates, we try to stay on schedule but delays happen. Thanks for understanding!

Columbia Marionette @1030
Army Band @1100
Legacy Martial Arts @1130
Goins Dance team @1150
SCCD @1210
MJ Legends Double Dutch Team @1230
Capital City Dance @1250
Tiyone Ritter @1:15-1:45
Irmo Music @2:00 - 3:30
Okra Eating Contest @ 3:30
MJ Legends Double Dutch Team @3:45 (if agreeable) a short demo?
Freeway Music @4:00

After our local acts rock the stage, we will have a intermission on the stage while we set up for the Saturday Night Music Series featuring Edwin McCain!

Patrick Davis Acoustic Trio starts around 6:30pm.

We will have performers around the park, giving you the perfect break for a nice dinner, enjoy some shopping or grab an ice cold drink from the Liquid Assets bar complete with TV Screens!  This is going to be the best Okra Strut Festival EVER!!!

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 quite 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

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Irmo Okra Strut Festival