may 2016 – South Carolina Calendar of Events, Festivals





More SC may Festivals, Events



DATE EVENT CITY TYPE
Friday
May

6
Allendale County Cooter Fest
2-day event includes "Carolina Cooter" turtle races, rides and games, music, parade, fireworks
Allendale
Festival
Friday
May

6
SC Strawberry Festival
2-day event includes "Strawberry Jam" music, rides, pageant, pancake breakfast, car show, recipe & eating contests
Rock Hill
Fort Mill
Festival
Saturday
May

7
Allendale County Cooter Fest
2-day event includes "Carolina Cooter" turtle races, rides and games, music, parade, fireworks
Allendale
Festival
Saturday
May

7
Peach Blossom Festival
Parade, rides and games, arts & crafts, food vendors, live entertainment, pageant
Edgefield
Johnston
Festival
Saturday
May

7
Reedy River Duck Derby
Thousands of rubber duckies travel the Reedy River and race over the falls to the finish line for prizes - benefits local charities
Greenville
Miscellaneous
Saturday
May

7
SC Strawberry Festival
2-day event includes "Strawberry Jam" music, rides, pageant, pancake breakfast, car show, recipe & eating contests
Rock Hill
Fort Mill
Festival
Sunday
May

8
Mother's Day
Let Mom put her feet up today and take her for a nice meal at a SC restaurant
Statewide
Holiday
Friday
May

13
Artisphere
Includes visual arts, live performances, opening night gala, 'Kidsphere' area, local restaurants
Greenville
Arts
Friday
May

13
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, concert, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
Saturday
May

14
Artisphere
Includes visual arts, live performances, opening night gala, 'Kidsphere' area, local restaurants
Greenville
Arts
Saturday
May

14
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, concert, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
Sunday
May

15
Artisphere
Includes visual arts, live performances, opening night gala, 'Kidsphere' area, local restaurants
Greenville
Arts
Sunday
May

15
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, concert, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
Monday
May

16
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, concert, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
Tuesday
May

17
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, concert, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
Wednesday
May

18
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, concert, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
Thursday
May

19
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, concert, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
Friday
May

20
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, concert, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
Saturday
May

21
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, concert, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
Sunday
May

22
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, concert, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
Friday
May

27
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts
Saturday
May

28
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts
Sunday
May

29
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts
Monday
May

30
National Memorial Day
State and federal holiday
Statewide
Holiday
Monday
May

30
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts
Tuesday
May

31
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts

Dates TBD
5K Race for FIDO
5K run for 2-legged and 4-legged friends with food, drinks, snacks and homemade goodies after the race - benefits FIDO
 
Columbia
Irmo
Sports

Dates TBD
A Night Under the Stars
Dinner, drinks, dancing to live band, awards presentations - for the SC Theatre Association
 
Columbia
Gala

Dates TBD
A Very Special Prom
A formal evening for young adults ages 14-30 whose physical and mental disabilities may limit their attendance at similar festivities
 
Charleston
North Charleston
Gala

Dates TBD
ADA25 Aiken Family Fun Day & Equality Walk 'N Roll
Walk or roll around the one mile track followed by pizza lunch, live entertainment, demonstrations, family activities, games, arts & crafts - benefits Walton Options
 
Aiken
Miscellaneous

Dates TBD
Aiken Bluegrass Festival
2-day event features live bands, kids' activites, camping available - benefiting STAR Riding and Driving
 
Aiken
Festival

Dates TBD
Aiken Jaycees Memorial Day Parade
Veteran service organizations, bands, civic, community and youth organizations will walk to honor those who served and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice
 
Aiken
Holiday

Dates TBD
ArtFields
9-day event features 400+ Southeastern artists, live music, food, and tons of warm hospitality
 
Florence
Lake City
Arts

Dates TBD
BMW Charity Pro-Am
Golf tournament benefiting charities where amateurs and celebrities are grouped with professionals in a four-day better-ball competition over three courses
 
Greenville
Sports

Dates TBD
Battle of the Palmetto Cornhole Tournament
Two-player teams (18+) - benefits Lowcountry Orphan Relief and Higher Learning organizations
 
Charleston
North Charleston
Sports

Dates TBD
Beer, Bacon & Music Festival
Enjoy the area's top restaurants and bands - benefits the Island Recreation Association's Children's Scholarship Fund
 
Hilton Head
Festival

Dates TBD
Better Together
Dinner, open bar, live entertainment and a silent auction - benefits Little Steps
 
Greenville
Gala

Dates TBD
Birdfest
Lots of live music, camping available - proceeds benefit the Cypress Foundation of Clarendon Memorial Hospital
 
Manning
Panola
Festival

Dates TBD
Black Cowboy Festival
4-day event includes horse competitions, period demonstrations, hay rides, kids' entertainment, western dinner and dance - camping available
 
Sumter
Rembert
Festival

Dates TBD
Blackville Music and Art Festival
Musical performances, art exhibits, parade, car & bike show, petting zoo, jump house, carnival
 
Barnwell
Blackville
Arts

Dates TBD
Blue Crab Festival
2-day event includes live music, arts & crafts, kids' area, community booths
 
Myrtle Beach
Little River
Festival

Dates TBD
Blue Ridge Fest
Music, food, car cruise-in - benefiting local charities
 
Clemson
Pickens
Festival

Dates TBD
Bluffton Village Festival
Live music, food, arts and crafts, pie eating contest, Ugly Dog contest
 
Hilton Head
Bluffton
Festival

Dates TBD
Charleston Beer Garden
Craft brews, live music, home brewers, beer olympics, beer school - benefits Pet Helpers Learn more about SC Beer and Breweries
 
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Festival

Dates TBD
Cinco De Mayo at the State Museum
Live music and dance, authentic Mexican and Latin American cuisine, crafts, art and folklore, Spanish puppet show, games, an unbreakable pinata
 
Columbia
Holiday

Dates TBD
Clemson Festival of Arts
Art, music, story telling, sidewalk art contest, children's activities, food
 
Clemson
Arts

Dates TBD
Community 5K Run/Walk
Benefits Cindy's Place Park at Springdale Elementary School
 
Columbia
West Columbia
Sports

Dates TBD
Confederate Memorial Day
Observed state holiday
 
Statewide
Holiday

Dates TBD
Dragon Boat Charleston Festival
250-meter paddling races celebrate cancer survivors
 
Charleston
Sports

Dates TBD
Economic Opportunity Gala
Dinner and program with key-note speaker - benefits Sunbelt Human Advancement Resources
 
Greenville
Gala

Dates TBD
Evening of Hope
Wine, beer, food, live music and hand painted wine glass - benefits Cancer of Many Colors
 
Columbia
Lexington
Culinary

Dates TBD
Fair at Heritage Park
Amusement rides, live entertainment and shows, petting zoo
 
Greenville
Simpsonville
Fair

Dates TBD
Flopeye Fish Festival
Car show, entertainment, food and craft vendors
 
Chester
Great Falls
Festival

Dates TBD
Friends of the York County Library Book Sale
Choose from a large selection of hardcover and paperback books, DVD, audiobooks - benefits York County Library programs
 
Rock Hill
Educational

Dates TBD
G.I. Jive
Vintage USO style party with live big band, drinks, hors d’ouevres plus honor military heroes - 1940's attire encouraged - benefits Senior Action
 
Greenville
Miscellaneous

Dates TBD
Columbia
Expo

Dates TBD
Grace Church Tea Room and Gift Shop
Lunch served 11:30 to 2:00 - proceeds are used to support outreach efforts
 
Charleston
Culinary

Dates TBD
Great Anderson County Fair
Midway with carnival rides, amphitheater with live entertainment, concessions, petting zoo, horse show
 
Anderson
Fair

Dates TBD
Greek Festival
4-day event includes live music, folk dancing, children's rides, arts & crafts, tours, and lots of food!
 
Greenville
Festival

Dates TBD
Greek Festival
Celebrating Greek culture with food, wine tasting, church tours, and entertainment - benefits local charities
 
Charleston
Festival

Dates TBD
Green and Lean 5K Run/Walk
Certified course - strollers and leashed dogs welcome - benefits Keep Charleston Beautiful
 
Charleston
Sports

Dates TBD
Greenville Scottish Games
Parade, car show, bagpipes, heavy athletics, border collie trials, highland dancing
Learn more about South Carolina's Scots-Irish history
 
Greenville
Festival

Dates TBD
Greer Family Fest
2-day event includes live music, children's parade, KidsZone, Creation Station, arts & crafts, food court
 
Greenville
Greer
Festival

Dates TBD
Horse Play In May Horse Show
CHSC open show series, hunter/jumper series, SCDCTA approved dressage and CT - benefit
 
Clemson
Pendleton
Sports

Dates TBD
Iris Festival
3-day event includes live entertainment, arts & crafts, parade, food, contests, children's activities, market place, pageant
 
Sumter
Festival

Dates TBD
Jailbreak 5K
All ages can run or walk the certified course - benefits the Lexington County Sheriff's Foundation
 
Columbia
Lexington
Sports

Dates TBD
Lexington Wine Walk
Enjoy hors d'oeuvres, wine tastings, and live music along Main Street - benefits the Lexington Beautification Foundation
 
Columbia
Lexington
Culinary

Dates TBD
Love for a Cure Tennis Tournament
3-day event - doubles play on Saturday, mixed doubles on Sunday plus social event - proceeds benefit local cancer patients in need
 
Columbia
Lexington
Sports

Dates TBD
Lowcountry Shrimp Festival & Blessing of the Fleet
Live bands, art, kids' corner, lots of shrimp and other food - benefits Archibald Rutledge Academy and Cape Romain Environmental Education Charter School
 
Charleston
McClellanville
Festival

Dates TBD
Lowcountry Splash
5 mile or 2.4 mile open-water swim in the Wando River and Charleston Harbor - benefits Logan Rutledge Children's Foundation
 
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Sports

Dates TBD
Mayfest on Main
Live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, community stage, children's area
 
Myrtle Beach
North Myrtle Beach
Festival

Dates TBD
Midlands Strides for Autism
Fun-walk, resource fair, family-fun activities - benefits the South Carolina Autism Society
 
Columbia
Irmo
Sports

Dates TBD
North Charleston Arts Festival
9-day event includes nearly 200 performances, art exhibits, kids' activities, South Carolina Cultural Film Festival
 
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival

Dates TBD
Orangeburg Festival of Roses
3-day event includes road race, street dance, arts & crafts, children's area, live entertainment
 
Orangeburg
Festival

Dates TBD
Original Gullah Festival
3-day event includes entertainment, food, local tours, panel discussions, pageant
 
Beaufort
Festival

Dates TBD
Palmetto Patriots' Ball
Reception, dinner, silent auction, guest speaker - Blue Star Mothers of South Carolina benefit
 
Columbia
Gala

Dates TBD
Palmetto State Chili Cook-Off
International Chili Society sanctioned chili cookoff plus live entertainment, arts & crafts, other food, children's activities, beer garden - 90% of proceeds benefit local charities
 
Greenville
Fountain Inn
Culinary

Dates TBD
Piccolo Spoleto
17-day local visual and performing arts events at various venues
 
Charleston
Arts

Dates TBD
Plum Hollow Alternative Bluegrass Festival
Live bands playing New Grass, Grunge Grass, Jazz Grass, Bluegrass Rock & Roll, camping, all-night pickin'
 
Spartanburg
Campobello
Festival

Dates TBD
Promise Walk
Community walk to raise awareness and funds for the Preeclampsia Foundation
 
Columbia
Irmo
Sports

Dates TBD
Prosperity's Hoppin'
Arts, antiques, community yard sale, 5K run, live performances, frog leg appetizer cook-off
 
Newberry
Prosperity
Festival

Dates TBD
Red Rose Festival
2-day event includes live music, Kidz Zone with rides and games, arts and crafts market, food court
 
Lancaster
Festival

Dates TBD
Relay For Life of Lexington
Community event to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness and money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease
 
Columbia
Lexington
Sports

Dates TBD
Relay For Life of Mount Pleasant
Community event to honor cancer survivors, raise awareness and money to help the American Cancer Society fight the disease
 
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Sports

Dates TBD
Rosewood Crawfish Festival
Kids' area, Creole & Cajun cuisine, live music, Crawdaddy Dash 5K run, artist village
 
Columbia
Festival

Dates TBD
SC Athletic Hall of Fame Banquet and Induction Ceremony
This annual ceremony celebrates the lives of men and women whose remarkable talent and drive to succeed will earn them a place in athletic history
 
Columbia
Miscellaneous

Dates TBD
SC Humanities Festival
Self-guided tours, seminars, workshops, book signings, live performances, wine tasting, and more!
 
Camden
Festival

Dates TBD
SC Tour de Cure
Bicycling with choice of 5 distances - benefits the American Diabetes Association
 
Columbia
Sports

Dates TBD
Salt Games
Beach games, races, contests, live entertainment - benefits the Surfrider Foundation of the Grand Strand
 
Myrtle Beach
Sports

Dates TBD
Seek and Snap
Teams of four have a fixed time to snap photos of as many items as you can find within a designated area using given clues - benefit
 
Greenville
Miscellaneous

Dates TBD
South Carolina Poultry Festival
3-day event includes parade, contests, car show, street dance
 
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Festival

Dates TBD
Strawberry Festival
Bluegrass music, arts and crafts, playground with kids' rides, food
 
Greenville
Slater
Festival

Dates TBD
Tamassee Craft Brew Celebration
Regional craft beers, live Americana, Blues and Bluegrass music - bring a chair, blanket and your ID - benefits Oconee Preservation Unlimited Stewardship Trust
 
Clemson
Salem
Festival

Dates TBD
Taste of Beaufort
2-day event includes dishes from local restaurants, live music, 5K, Shaggin' With A Taste, children's area
 
Beaufort
Festival

Dates TBD
Taste of the Coast
Taste specialties from the area’s best restaurants plus live entertainment, kids' activities - benefits Risen Christ Lutheran School
 
Myrtle Beach
Festival

Dates TBD
Taste of the Upstate
Masquerade in Venice themed food gala featuring tastes from Greenville's most celebrated chefs plus live music, beer and wine - benefits Loaves And Fishes
 
Greenville
Culinary

Dates TBD
The Big Nosh Jewish Cultural Festival
Authentic foods, live performances, children's activities, food drive, art
 
Columbia
Festival

Dates TBD
Tri-County Patriot Run
5K race and one-mile fun run/walk - benefits school programs
 
Anderson
Sports

Dates TBD
Veterans Golf Classic
2-person teams with at least one team member being active-duty or veteran
 
Myrtle Beach
Sports
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