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Upcoming Festivals & Other Events Across South Carolina

 

 

October

Through October 16, Columbia: South Carolina State Fair. Celebrating its 136th year, the state fair will include exhibits that vary from flowers, baked goods and canned goods to needlework, quilting, fine art, student art, livestock and agriculture. Commercial, historical and educational exhibits also shown. Also grandstand entertainment, stages with variety of acts such as comedy, bands, dancers, local entertainment and entertainment from South Carolina schools. Rides will be provided by Conklin Shows. Contact: Nancy Smith, P.O. Box 393, Columbia 29202. Phone: 803-799-3387.

14-16, York: Apple Harvest Festival. Apple lovers will delight in apple picking, hay rides, cider making, pumpkin picking, apple peeling contests, Johnny Appleseed stories and delicious baked apple goods. Contact: Catherine Gusmer, 1860 Hwy 5 York, 29745. Phone: 803-684-0690.

15, Langley: Sweet Potato Festival. Live entertainment, carnival games & rides, a pie-eating contest, dinners and your favorite sweet potato treats are the highlights of this festival. Ms./Mr./Baby Sweet Potato Festival will also be crowned and there will be a presentation of the scholarship recipients. Contact: Erwin Robinson, P.O. Box 301 Langley, 29834. Phone: 803-593-9260.

15, Loris: Loris Bog-Off Festival. This annual festival features a parade, a chicken bog cooking contest, crafts, arts, games, bands, local entertainment and gospel singing. Contact: Michelle Huggings, P.O. Box 356   Loris, 29569. Phone: 843-756-6030.

15, Summerton: Victory at Fort Watson. Victory at Fort Watson provides a glimpse & shares the view of life on the backcountry frontier of the Santee River. (An opportunity for you to walk where Francis Marion did in 1781). Costumed volunteers and re-enactors demonstrate living history such as: lace-making, quill writing, gunsmithing, open-fire cooking and textile production, blacksmithing, woodworking, pewter working, musket firing and many other activities. People are invited to play 18th century games and share camp life. Wildlife and Nature Expo includes guided nature walks/talks, wildlife exhibits & more. Contact: Santee National Wildlife Refuge, 2125 Fort Watson Road, Summerton 29148. Phone: 803-478-2217.

15-16, Edgefield: Heritage Jubilee. Offers a wildlife cook-off, pig-pickin', classic car show, motorcycle show, entertainment, food vendors, carnival rides, crafts, shuttles to and from parking areas. Friday event hours at 5pm  - until and Saturday, 9 - 6pm. Contact: Wanda Seawright, 219 West Terrace Edgefield, 29824. Phone: 803-637-3393.

15-16, North Augusta: Colonial Times—"A Day to Remember." This event provides hands-on experience and a glimpse of life from 1735 - 1785. Blacksmithing, open-fire cooking, goldsmithing, spinning and musket firing are among the demonstrations. Exhibits include a working smokehouse and a beehive bake oven. Contact: Lynn Thompson, PO Box 7915 North Augusta, 29841. Phone: 803-279-7560.

15-17, Greenville: Annual Antiques Show. The antiques show brings together top dealers from around the country, offering a variety of period antiques for sale. Included are silver, jewelry, rugs, folk art and porcelain. It's the museum's annual fund-raiser. Contact: Mary Lawson, 420 College St., Greenville, 29601. Phone: 864-271-7570.

16, Charleston: Ric Strome Memorial Blues Rumble. A benefit blues festival for the Lowcountry Blues Relief Fund. The best of regional Carolina blues plus national artists. Contact: Gary Erwin, P.O. Box 13525 Charleston, 29422. Phone: 843-762-9125.

18, Myrtle Beach: Taste of the Town. More than 35 of the most popular restaurants provide samples of the special dishes for a nominal price. Evening includes music, entertainment and wonderful fellowship. Contact: Carlette Reynolds, 503 37th Avenue North Myrtle Beach, 29577. Phone: 843-448-5930.

25, Lexington: So the Story Goes. Virginia Hilton Park is the setting for this evening of storytelling. Bring your own blankets and treats. Contact: Karla Childers, Lexington Cty. Recreation Comm. Lexington, 29072. Phone: 803-359-4048.

28-30, Bluffton: Fall Festival of Houses & Gardens. Festival highlights the history and architecture of Beaufort and the Lowcountry with tours of private historic homes, plantations, lectures and a colonial carnival. Contact: Isabella Reeves, 713 Craven St., Bluffton, 29910. Phone: 843-575-3331.

29, Aiken: Halloween Hoopla. Children's Halloween event featuring carnival games, inflatable amusements, a costume contest, trick or treating, refreshments and an outdoor "egg haunt." Contact: Amanda Breeden, P.O. Box 1177 Aiken, 29802. Phone: 803-642-7648.

29, North Augusta: Jack-o-Lantern Jubilee. The annual fall festival offers continuous entertainment, games, contests and activities for children. Also, crafts and food vendors will be on hand. Contact: Deloris Bodie, P.O. Box 6400 North Augusta, 29861. Phone: 803 441-4300.

 

November

4-December 31, Myrtle Beach: The Carolina Opry Christmas Special. Now in its 19th record-breaking year, The Carolina Opry has won every major South Carolina Tourism award including the Governor's Cup and Most Outstanding Attraction. It has been featured by NBC Nightly News, USA Today, CNN, Variety and Hollywood Reporter. Join us for a dazzling, funny and heart-warming celebration of America's favorite time of the year. For best seats call 800-843-6779, or purchase online at www.TheCarolinaOpry.com. Contact: Allyson Littlejohn, 8901 Hwy 17N  Myrtle Beach, 29572. Phone: 843-913-4000.

5, Hartsville: Society Hill Catfish Festival. This delightful festival honors the Southern delicacy of catfish. Fried or in a stew, plenty of catfish will be on hand. Plus a parade, games, entertainment, 5K run and walk, and an auto, truck and motorcycle show. Contact: Greater Hartsville Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 578, Hartsville 29551. Phone: 843-339-9511.

5, 12, 19, 26, Hartsville: Plantation Days. Craftworkers demonstrate the skills practiced by slaves as they prepared the ante-bellum plantation for harvest time. Each Saturday in November from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., a different aspect of 18th- and 19th-Century plantation life will be explored: domestic skills, African-American traditional arts, Low Country foodways and the plantation natural environment. Included in regular admission. Contact: Trish Dehoud, P.O. Box 578, Hartsville, 29551. Phone: 843-339-9511.

5-6, Camden: Revolutionary War Field Days. Approximately 700 Revolutionary War re-enactors and living history interpreters pitch camp on the grounds occupied by the British in 1780. The daily skirmish is at 1:30; in between, visitors will see everything from a court martial to a period fashion show, plus 18th Century tradesmen, crafters and sutlers selling period merchandise. Colonial games and other children's activities. Contact: Joanna Craig, 222 Broad St., Camden 29020. Phone: 803-432-9841.

10, Charleston: Holiday Festival of Lights Fun Run/Walk. Runners and walkers are among the first to experience the wonder of more than 1,000,000 enchanting Christmas lights at James Island County Park. Contact: Susie Goudy, 861 Riverland Dr. Charleston, 29412. Phone: 843-762-2172.

10-13, Myrtle Beach: Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals. A themed arts, crafts and gift show with 445 booths. All vendors are dressed in Dickens-style costumes with lavish Victorian decor throughout. The Festivals of Wreaths, Trees, Worlds and Holiday tables are very popular, as are "Santa's Castle" and "Santas Through the Ages."  Victorian teas and much more. Contact: Brooke Baker, 708 Main St., Myrtle Beach, 29577. Phone: 843-448-9483.

11-January 1, Charleston: The Holiday Festival of Lights. A three-mile driving tour of 1,000,000 magical lights. Some light displays reflect Charleston landmarks, like the 160-foot Cooper River Bridge display, the Charleston single row houses the animated lighthouse. Contact: Cindy Pittman, 861 Riverland Drive, Charleston, 29412. Phone: 803-762-2172.

12, Hilton Head: Hargray Hilton Head Bridge Run. 10K run and 5K health walk. Contact: Mark Weisner, P.O. Box 22514, Hilton Head Island, 29925. Phone: 843-689-3440.

12-13, Charleston: Best Friend of Charleston Train Show. Two-day toy train show with 80 tables of trains for sale and seven operating layouts. Contact: Carl Blum, 865 Brownswood Rd., Johns Island, 29455. Phone: 843-760-7405.

12-14, Abbeville: Dickens Holiday Weekend. Annual three-day event, second weekend in November, with Dicken's Victorian Christmas theme to kick off Christmas shopping season. Merchants in period dress, extended store hours, entertainment around historic Court Square. Contact: Judy McNair, 107 Court Square Abbeville, 29620. Phone: 864-459-4600.

18, Camden: Bluejeans, Bluegrass, BBQ & Oysters. Kick off the Colonial Cup Race weekend with this event, which features all-you-can-eat oysters, mouthwatering barbecue and live bluegrass music. Contact: Lauren Tucker, 810 Lyttleton St., Camden 29020. Phone: 803-425-7676.

20, Camden: Marion Dupont Scott Colonial Cup. Families enjoy a day in the country with terrier trials, market shops and special children's activities. The afternoon brings the thrill of the chase as thoroughbreds run in six races. The $100,000 Colonial Cup often decides the national steeplechase champion of the year. Tailgating parties and social events make the races more exciting. Contact: Hope Cooper, Springdale Race Course. Phone: 803-432-6513.

22-January 2, Orangeburg: Children's Garden Christmas & Kid's Walk. A drive-thru display located in the beautiful Edisto Memorial Gardens hosts thousands of lights including still and animated displays of Old Man Winter, a snowball fight, Santa and his elves and more than 60 lighted cherry trees. Enjoy a stroll through the Kid's Walk which features interactive light displays. Contact: Jacquelyn Fogle, P.O. Box 1321, Orangeburg, 29116-1321. Phone: 803-533-6020.

26, Salley: Chitlin Strut. Thousands are drawn to this community each Saturday after Thanksgiving to celebrate this unusual food item that has been a Southern tradition for over one-hundred years. Activities also include a parade, hawg-calling and strut contests, food and craft vendors, beauty pageant and carnival rides. Contact: N.R. "Bob" Salley, P.O. Box 484 Salley, 29137. Phone: 803-258-3485.

26, Rock Hill: Yap Ye Iswa (Day of the Catawba). The Day of the Catawba explores the lifestyles and history of the Catawba Indians with demonstrations by master Catawba potters, beadwork demonstrations, flintknapping, Catawba language presentations and more. Contact: Shelly J. Simmers, P.O. 750, Rock Hill 29731. Phone: 803-328-2427

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December

2, Loris: Christmas Parade. This parade will have more than 100 units, marching high school bands, ROTC units, queens, elected officials and wonderful floats. Contact: Loris Chamber of Commerce, 4242 Main St., Loris 29193. Phone: 843-756-6030.

2-3, Aiken: Christmas Craft Show. Vendors from all over the Southeast will display their handmade treasures. The event will also include food vendors and various entertainment. Contact: Amanda Breeden, P.O. Box 1177 Aiken 29802. Phone: 803-642-7648.

2-4, McConnells: Christmas Candlelight Tour. Relive the past as you walk the candlelit paths through Historic Brattonsvilles's 18th- and 19th-Century historic village. More than 80 costumed interpreters will be in dramas and/ or demonstrations. Contact: Melissa Krystek, 1444 Brattonsville Rd., McConnells, 29726. Phone: 803-684-2327.

3-6, Georgetown: Festival of Trees. This is an outstanding display of decorated Fraser Firs. Now in its 12th year, the festival offers its beautifully decorated Fraser Fir trees for sale through a silent auction bidding process. Each tree is unique, decorated by an organization, business or individual to express the creator's holiday vision. There is something for all ages at the Festival of Trees and all proceeds benefit Hospice of Georgetown County. Contact: Geales Sands, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, 29440. Phone: 843-546-3410.

3-31, Charleston: Plantation Christmas. Enjoy one of Charleston's most historic plantations decorated for the holidays. Pine swags and festive holiday greenery adorn the Middleton Place House and other buildings, making December the perfect time to visit this National Historical Landmark. Contact: Festival Coordinator, 4300 Ashley River Rd., Charleston, 29412. Phone: 843-556-6020.

4, Columbia: Governor's Carolighting. This special event heralds the official start of South Carolina's yuletide season with the lighting of the State's Christmas Tree. The program features the Governor's All-Star High School Chorus and Band, USC Trumpet Choir, the Palmetto Mastersingers, Carolighting Children's Choir, Handbell Choir, and the Governor's seasonal message. Sponsored by the Breakfast Optimist Club of Columbia. Contact: Paul McClanahan, P.O. Box 12126   Columbia, 29211. Phone: 803-737-0769.

4, Abbeville: Abbeville Christmas Parade and Tour of Homes. A full day of activities, starting with the annual Christmas parade of about 75 units and shopping at stores along with a tour of ante-bellum homes. Contact: Victoria Burtt, 107 Court Sq., Abbeville, 29620. Phone: 864-459-4600.

4, Hartsville: Historic Homes Holiday Open House. Celebrate the holidays with open houses at the John Hart Cottage, the Jacob Kelley House Museum, and the Thomas E. Hart House at Kalmia Gardens of Coker College . Begin your self-guided tour at the John Hart Cottage (Just east of the intersection of N. Fifth Street and Home Avenue, on the grounds of the First Baptist Church). Docents will greet guests with special holiday treats. The houses are all decorated for the holidays with fresh natural greenery. Contact: Claire Stanley, P.O. Box 578 Hartsville, 29551. Phone: 843-339-9511.

8, Charleston: Family Yuletide at Middleton Place. A special evening of activities centered in the stableyard as the plantation prepares for Christmas. Activities include storytelling around a warm fire, Christmas caroling, crafts demonstrations, and a live nativity scene with animals from the Stableyard. The whole family can participate in wreath making and other crafts. Reservations are required. Contact: Festival Coordinator, 4300 Ashley River Road, Charleston, 29412. Phone: 843-556-6020.

10, Springfield: Springfield Defends Fruitcake. Good cooks of Springfield rally to defend a seasonal favorite (or not????). All fruitcake bakers welcome. Best cake contest with prizes. Homemade baked goods for sale. Contact: Sylvia Hiers, P.O. Box 73 Springfield, 29146. Phone: 803-258-3764.

10, Lexington: Christmas Sampler Craft Show. Local and regional arts and crafts show. All hand-made items. Enjoy a visit from Santa and Olaf the Elf. Local entertainment. Door prizes. Contact: Karla Childers, 563 S. Lake Dr. Lexington, 29072. Phone: 803-359-0964.

10, Camden: Colonial Christmas in Camden. Step into 18th-Century Yuletide splendor as guides in period clothes tell you about the customs of this colonial season; others demonstrate traditional skills and craft. Write with a quill and enjoy some colonial treats. A wonderful family break from the bustle of Christmas today! Contact: Joanna Craig, 222 Broad St., Camden, 29020. Phone 803-432-9841.

10-11, Darlington: Darlington Holiday Tour of Homes. Variety of historic and contemporary homes lavishly decorated for the holidays on tour, including the completely renovated & award-winning Wilds-Edwards House, an antebellum Italianate mansion. Contact: Laurey Murphy, P.O. Box 578 Hartsville, 29551 Phone: 843 332-6401.

17, Hilton Head: Hilton Head Jingle Bell Run. 5K run & 5K Health Walk Contact: Mark Weisner, P.O. Box 22514, Hilton Head Island, 29925. Phone: 843-689-3440.

 

Regular Events

Every 3rd Saturday, Pickens County: Corn Grinding. Come to historic Hagood Mill, three miles north of Pickens on Highway 178, to glimpse an ageless South Carolina farm tradition. Contact: (864) 898-5963.

MANY THANKS TO THE SC DEPARTMENT OF TOURISM, WHICH PROVIDED MUCH OF THIS INFORMATION!

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