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Friday
May

4
Allendale County Cooter Fest
2-day event includes "Carolina Cooter" turtle races, rides and games, music, parade, fireworks
Allendale
Festival
Saturday
May

5
Allendale County Cooter Fest
2-day event includes "Carolina Cooter" turtle races, rides and games, music, parade, fireworks
Allendale
Festival
Saturday
May

5
Blessing of the Inlet Celebration
Food, children's events and activities, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors - hosted by Belin Methodist Church
Georgetown
Murrells Inlet
Festival
Saturday
May

5
Lowcountry Shrimp Festival & Blessing of the Fleet
Live bands, art, kids' corner, lots of shrimp and other food - benefits Cape Romain Environmental Education School
Charleston
McClellanville
Festival
Thursday
May

10
Confederate Memorial Day
Observed state holiday
Statewide
Holiday
Sunday
May

13
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

18
Governor's Cup Road Race
2-days of racing with the Main Street Mile on Friday evening with kid's open and elite divisions then on Saturday is the half marathon and 5K events
Columbia
Sports
Saturday
May

19
Governor's Cup Road Race
2-days of racing with the Main Street Mile on Friday evening with kid's open and elite divisions then on Saturday is the half marathon and 5K events
Columbia
Sports
Saturday
May

19
Ultimate Challenge Mud Run
6.2 mile course with 36 obstacles, 2 and 4 person teams, Devil Pup Challenge for children - benefits veteran and military organizations
Columbia
Gaston
Sports
Friday
May

25
Piccolo Spoleto
17-day local visual and performing arts events at various venues
Charleston
Arts
Friday
May

25
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts
Saturday
May

26
Atlantic Cup
This Class 40 sailing race has three-legs with the first from Charleston to Brooklyn, NY
Charleston
Sports
Saturday
May

26
Piccolo Spoleto
17-day local visual and performing arts events at various venues
Charleston
Arts
Saturday
May

26
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts
Sunday
May

27
Piccolo Spoleto
17-day local visual and performing arts events at various venues
Charleston
Arts
Sunday
May

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

28
Memorial Day
State and federal holiday - a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America
Statewide
Holiday
Monday
May

28
Piccolo Spoleto
17-day local visual and performing arts events at various venues
Charleston
Arts
Monday
May

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

29
Piccolo Spoleto
17-day local visual and performing arts events at various venues
Charleston
Arts
Tuesday
May

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

30
Piccolo Spoleto
17-day local visual and performing arts events at various venues
Charleston
Arts
Wednesday
May

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

31
Piccolo Spoleto
17-day local visual and performing arts events at various venues
Charleston
Arts
Thursday
May

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

Dates TBD
4 Legged 4K
4K walk/run for owners and their pets plus special pet vendors, prizes, pet adoptions and more - benefits Homeward Bound Pet Rescue
 
Columbia
Sports

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
Abbeville Spring Festival
3-day event includes live concerts, flower show, car show, amusement rides, 5K run, craft booths
 
Abbeville
Festival

Dates TBD
Aiken Bluegrass Festival
2-day event features live bands, kids' activities, camping available - benefiting Great Oak Aiken Therapeutic Riding Center
 
Aiken
Festival

Dates TBD
An Evening of Jazz Under the Stars
Enjoy an evening of live jazz, hors d'oeuvres and appetizers, live and silent auctions - black tie optional - benefits Make-A-Wish South Carolina
 
Charleston
West Ashley
Miscellaneous

Dates TBD
Artisphere
Includes visual arts, live performances, opening night gala, 'Kidsphere' area, local restaurants
 
Greenville
Arts

Dates TBD
BBQ Cook-Off & Festival
Best chicken wing competition, barbecue and rib cooking contest, live music, food vendors, games - benefits Project Host
 
Greenville
Festival

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
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
Birdfest
Lots of live music, camping available - proceeds benefits My First Books South Carolina
 
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
Bluffton Village Festival Mayfest
Arts and crafts, live music, local food, Ugly Dog contest, pie eating contest - hosted by the Rotary Club of Bluffton
 
Hilton Head
Bluffton
Festival

Dates TBD
Blythewood Butterfly Festival
Walk-in butterfly experience, petting zoo, artisans, food, crafts, music and more - benefits Camp Discovery
 
Columbia
Blythewood
Festival

Dates TBD
Bourbon, Bowties & Cigars
Enjoy bourbons, cigars, beer, wine, heavy hor d'oeuvres, and silent auction - benefits Positive-Strides
 
Charleston
Culinary

Dates TBD
Charleston Beer Garden
Craft brews, live music, home brewers, beer games - benefits Lowcountry AIDS Services
 
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Festival

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

Dates TBD
Clemson Festival of Arts
Outdoor arts festival with local and regional artists, special kids' area, live music, character parade, artist demonstrations, food vendors
 
Clemson
Arts

Dates TBD
Derby Day Sumter
5K in the morning, then a party featuring live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby followed by an evening of food and fun - benefits United Way of Sumter, Clarendon and Lee Counties
 
Sumter
Miscellaneous

Dates TBD
Downtown Sumter Microbrew Festival
Enjoy over 20 microbrew and craft beers, light hors d'oeuvres, music - benefits Sumter Senior Services
 
Sumter
Culinary

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

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

Dates TBD
Festival of Gardens
Tour ten private, residential gardens in the Elmwood Park neighborhood - hosted by Columbia Green
 
Columbia
Miscellaneous

Dates TBD
Festival of Roses 5K/12K
5K run/walk, 12K run on USATF certified courses and kids fun run - benefits the YMCA
 
Orangeburg
Sports

Dates TBD
Flopeye Fish Festival
2-day event includes carnival rides, car show, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, fireworks
 
Chester
Great Falls
Festival

Dates TBD
Glencairn BloomFest
Garden-themed vendors, a plant sale, garden tours, music, kids' activities
 
Rock Hill
Festival

Dates TBD
Golf Ball Golf Tournament
Four-person team tournament with beverages and lunch - benefits East Cooper Community Outreach
 
Charleston
Daniel Island
Sports

Dates TBD
Columbia
Convention

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
Greater Columbia Dragon Boat Festival
Teams will race the 300 meter course, plus cultural performances, food vendors and live race commentary - portion of the proceeds will go to Main Street Rotary Club
 
Columbia
Leesville
Sports

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
Green and Lean 5K Run/Walk
USATF certified 5K, strollers and leashed dogs welcome, following the 5K Clara's Tot Trot will be held for children ages 2-10 - 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, KidsZone, Creation Station, arts & crafts, food court
 
Greenville
Greer
Festival

Dates TBD
Haven of Rest Golf Classic
4-person teams, Captain Choice tournament with two tee times - benefits the Haven of Rest Ministries Men's Training Center
 
Clemson
Easley
Sports

Dates TBD
Hell Hole Swamp Festival
Parade, exhibits, muscle car show, 10K gator run, childrens' field games, midway rides, arts and crafts, arm wrestling, antique tractor show
 
Charleston
Jamestown
Festival

Dates TBD
Horse Play In May Horse Show
CHSC open show series, hunter/jumper series, SCDCTA approved dressage and CT - benefits projects supported by the SC Upstate Equine Council
 
Clemson
Pendleton
Sports

Dates TBD
Iris Festival
3-day event includes live entertainment, arts & crafts, 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
La Fiesta
Celebration of Latin cultures with food, music, and dance - hosted by the Hispanic Alliance
 
Greenville
Festival

Dates TBD
Lexington Wine Walk
Wine tastings, complimentary wine glass, hors d'oeuvres, live music - benefits the Lexington Beautification Foundation
 
Columbia
Lexington
Culinary

Dates TBD
Little River May 5K
Run or walk along the Historic Little River Waterfront - funds raised go to sponsor local charities - hosted by the Rotary Club of Little River
 
Myrtle Beach
Little River
Sports

Dates TBD
Mayfest Art of Living
Live music, children's activities, parade, antique car show, arts and crafts, food vendors
 
Clemson
Walhalla
Festival

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

Dates TBD
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, concert, vendors
 
Myrtle Beach
Festival

Dates TBD
North Charleston Arts Fest
5-day event includes live performances, art exhibits, kids' activities
 
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, education forums, dance party, inflatables
 
Beaufort
Festival

Dates TBD
Peach Blossom Festival
Parade, rides and games, arts & crafts, food vendors, live entertainment, pageant
 
Edgefield
Johnston
Festival

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
Power of the Purse
Live and silent auctions of designer purses, spa and restaurant packages and more - Women in Philanthropy event to raise money for women and children in need
 
Columbia
Arts

Dates TBD
Prosperity's Hoppin'
Arts, antiques, community yard sale, 5K run/walk, live performances, frog legs
 
Newberry
Prosperity
Festival

Dates TBD
Race the Helix - Lowcountry
5K and 1 mile run/walk - benefits the Greenwood Genetic Center Foundation
 
Charleston
North Charleston
Sports

Dates TBD
Rally in the Valley
Bicycle rides of 30 or 60 miles plus live music, craft beer and barbecue meal with home cooked sides - benefits Oconee Forever
 
Clemson
Walhalla
Sports

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
Reedy River Duck Derby
Thousands of rubber duckies travel the Reedy River and race over the falls to the finish line for prizes plus dancing, face painting, and live music - benefits local charities
 
Greenville
Miscellaneous

Dates TBD
Relay For Life of Greater Columbia
Team members take turns walking the path with each team having a member on the track at all times to signify that cancer never sleeps - benefits the American Cancer Society
 
Columbia
Miscellaneous

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
Rhythm on the Rails
2-day festival with live music, a sanctioned BBQ competition, games, rides, vendors
 
Laurens
Clinton
Festival

Dates TBD
Rivertown Music & Craft Beer Festival
Live entertainment, a classic car show, food, vendors, craft beer tasting zone - hosted by Conway Downtown Alive
 
Myrtle Beach
Conway
Festival

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

Dates TBD
Run For The Heroes 5K/10K Run & Honor Walk
Run or walk - benefits St Anthony School and American Red Cross
 
Florence
Sports

Dates TBD
SC Guard Air & Ground Expo
2-day event featuring more than 100 ground displays of military equipment from past and present, plus aerial and ground demonstrations
 
Columbia
Eastover
Expo

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

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

Dates TBD
Sandbox At The Stables
Activities include crafts, face painting, bounce house, pony ride, Cowpoke Caper Parade - benefits The Sandbox Children's Museum
 
Hilton Head
Festival

Dates TBD
Seneca Fest
2-day event includes concerts, classic car cruise-in, Glow in the Dark 5K, arts and crafts, concessions, carnival rides
 
Clemson
Seneca
Festival

Dates TBD
South Carolina Poultry Festival
3-day event includes parade, contests, car show, live music, 5K, carnival rides, street dances, fireworks, best chicken cooking contest
 
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Festival

Dates TBD
Southern Steel Guitar Convention
Steel guitar players and other musicians gather twice a year to enjoy good music, food, and friends
 
Aiken
Belvedere
Convention

Dates TBD
St. Philip Neri Italian Festival
Homemade Italian food, live entertainment, wine and beer tastings, games and rides for kids, art and crafts, cannoli runs, "Italian Idol" talent contest
 
Rock Hill
Fort Mill
Festival

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

Dates TBD
Tall Ships Charleston
3-day event includes ships from around the world, wooden boat show, live music, pirate camp, family boat building - benefits local maritime organizations
 
Charleston
North Charleston
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 Black Columbia
Taste a diverse selection of local flavors from caterers, chefs and restaurants - benefits local charities
 
Columbia
Culinary

Dates TBD
Taste of Hartsville
Dress up and enjoy mouthwatering delights prepared by local chefs and cooks in celebration of the area's finest cuisine and beverages
 
Hartsville
Culinary

Dates TBD
Taste of Newberry
Sample food, beer, wine, and full meals from local restaurants throughout the county and live jazz music
 
Newberry
Culinary

Dates TBD
The Assaults Cycling Event
Select from 74.2 mile or 102.7 mile rides, cycle from Spartanburg into NC - benefits Freewheelers of Spartanburg and Hub Cycling program
 
Spartanburg
Sports

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

Dates TBD
The Gala
Evening with live music, dancing, games, Lowcountry cuisine, complimentary wine and beer, silent auction - benefits East Cooper Community Outreach
 
Charleston
Daniel Island
Gala

Dates TBD
Wagons to Wagener Festival
3-day event with parade, games, inflatables, wing cook-off, antique tractor & car show, live music, street dances
 
Aiken
Wagener
Festival

Dates TBD
Walterboro Pro Rodeo
Cowboys and cowgirls will be competing in eight different events, locals encouraged to compete too - Boy Scout parking fees being donated to the SPCA
 
Walterboro
Sports

Dates TBD
Youth Fishing Derby
Prizes will be awarded for the smallest fish, biggest fish and most fish caught in three age divisions - for children ages 5-16
 
Myrtle Beach
Conway
Sports
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