May 2019: Things to Do in SC

South Carolina SC Festivals, Events May SC Events

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  The Great Anderson County Fair

FUN Things to Do in South Carolina

Our May 2019 festivals and events calendar includes tons of fun things to do in South Carolina. We list non-commercial events free of charge. Events must be of statewide interest — i.e., things people would be willing to travel for. Add your event here!

DATE EVENT CITY TYPE
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May
1 - 4
ArtFields
9-day event features 400+ Southeastern artists, live music, food, and tons of warm hospitality
Florence
Lake City
Arts
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May
1 - 5
North Charleston Arts Fest
5-day event includes live performances, art exhibits, kids' activities
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
00000002
May
1 - 5
Mamma Mia!
ABBA's hits tell the hilarious story of a young woman's search for her birth father - presented by Florence Little Theatre
Florence
Arts
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May
1 - 4
SOS Spring Safari
10-day shag event with live music, shagging classes, and parade - at various locations
Myrtle Beach
N Myrtle Beach
Festival
00000004
May
2 - 12
Great Anderson County Fair
Midway with carnival rides, amphitheater with live entertainment, concessions, petting zoo, horse show
Anderson
Fair
00000005
May
2 - 4
Sea Mountain Fiddlers Convention & Bluegrass Festival
Competitions, live music, cook-offs, late night pick'n, campsites - hosted by the Rivertown Bluegrass Society
Myrtle Beach
Convention
00000006
May
2 - 4
Abbeville Spring Festival
3-day event includes live music, amusement rides, craft booths
Abbeville
Festival
00000007
May
3 - 4
SC Strawberry Festival
2-day event includes "Strawberry Jam" music stage, rides, pancake breakfast, wrestling, car show, recipe and eating contests
Rock Hill
Fort Mill
Festival
00000008
May
3 - 4
Allendale County Cooter Fest
2-day event includes "Carolina Cooter" turtle races, rides and games, music, parade, fireworks
Allendale
Festival
00000009
May
3 - 4
Greer Family Fest
2-day event includes live music, KidsZone, Creation Station, arts & crafts, restaurant row
Greenville
Greer
Festival
00000010
May
3
Blue Ridge Fest
Concert, food, car cruise-in - benefiting local charities
Clemson
Pickens
Festival
00000011
May
3 - 5
Hot Air Affair: Rising Above Cancer
3-day event includes hot air balloons, car show, kids zone, doggy derby, music, food vendors - benefits the Cancer Association of Anderson
Anderson
Festival
00000012
May
4
Cars on Kiawah
Classic to current automobiles, test drives, vendors - benefits Barrier Islands Free Medical Center
Charleston
Kiawah Island
Misc
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May
4
Walk Toward Brighter Days
Benefits the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance of Rock Hill
Rock Hill
Sports
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May
4
CAPES For Kids Run
5K run/walk, 10K run or kids fun run - benefits Child Abuse Prevention Education and Support
Florence
Sports
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May
4
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
00000016
May
4
Dragon Boat Charleston Festival
250-meter paddling races and party to celebrate cancer survivors
Charleston
Sports
00000017
May
4
Rivertown Music and Beer Festival
Live music, classic car show, food, vendors and a beer tasting zone
Myrtle Beach
Conway
Festival
00000018
May
4
Strawberry Festival
Bluegrass music, arts and crafts, playground with kids' rides, food
Greenville
Slater
Festival
00000019
May
4 - 5
Under the Crown and Colonial Trades Fair
Historical interpreters will demonstrate colonial life plus local and regional artists will be on hand
Aiken
North Augusta
Historical
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May
4
Reedy River Duck Derby
Thousands of rubber duckies travel the Reedy River and race over the falls to the finish line for prizes plus entertainment, games, food - benefits local charities
Greenville
Misc
00000021
May
4
Spartanburg Earth Day Festival
Exhibitors, vendors, children's activities, live entertainment, and short informational films
Spartanburg
Festival
00000022
May
4
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
00000023
May
4
Rosewood Crawfish Festival
Lots of fresh crawfish and other tasty treats, live music, arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides, 5K crawdaddy dash run, and more
Columbia
Festival
00000024
May
4
Rainbow Ball
A fundraising masquerade ball with live entertainmnet to benefit the future LGBTQ Upstate Outreach Center
Spartanburg
Gala
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May
4
Columbia Wave Fest
Live music, food, vendors, kids zone - a Federation of Families of SC event in recognition of national Children's Mental Health Awareness Week
Columbia
Festival
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May
4
NAMIWalks Mid-Carolina
5K family-friendly walk - benefits the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Columbia
Sports
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May
5
Bowl-A-Thon
Put together a team for an afternoon of fun - benefits Family Promise of Anderson
Anderson
Sports
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May
5
Big Nosh
Sample popular Jewish foods and experience cultural events and activities
Columbia
Festival
00000029
May
6
Columbia
Convention
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May
9 - 11
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
00000031
May
10
Confederate Memorial Day
Observed state holiday
Statewide
Holiday
00000032
May
10 - 12
Artisphere
Includes visual arts, live performances, opening night gala, 'Kidsphere' area, local restaurants
Greenville
Arts
00000033
May
10 - 19
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, concert, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
00000034
May
10 - 11
Aiken Bluegrass Festival
2-day event features live bands, kids' activities, camping available - benefits local charities
Aiken
Festival
00000035
May
10
Downtown Sumter Microbrew Festival
Enjoy over 20 microbrew and craft beers, light hors d'oeuvres, music - benefits Meal on Wheels of Sumter County
Sumter
Culinary
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May
10 - 12
Charleston Greek Festival
Celebrating Greek culture with food, wine tasting, church tours, and entertainment - benefits local charities
Charleston
Festival
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May
11
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
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May
11
Lexington Wine Walk
Wine tastings, complimentary wine glass, hors d'oeuvres, live music - benefits the Lexington Beautification Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Culinary
00000039
May
11
Mayfest on Main
Live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, community stage, children's area
Myrtle Beach
N Myrtle Beach
Festival
00000040
May
11
Tails & Trails
5K run/walk followed by pet themed entertainment and vendor party - leashed dogs welcome - benefits Greenville County Animal Care
Greenville
Sports
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May
11
Bluffton 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
00000042
May
11
Rally in the Valley
Bicycle rides of 30 or 60 miles plus live music, craft beer and barbecue meal with sides - benefits Oconee Forever
Clemson
Walhalla
Sports
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May
11
Classical Closer
Violin virtuoso Janet Sung performs Bruch's Concerto No. 1, concert ends with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony - a Rock Hill Symphony Orchestra performance
Rock Hill
Concert
00000044
May
11
Beethoven's 9th
An evening featuring Unanswered Question by Ives and Symphony No. 9 by Beethoven - a Spartanburg Philharmonic performance
Spartanburg
Concert
00000045
May
12
Mother's Day
Let Mom put her feet up today and take her for a nice meal at a SC restaurant
Statewide
Holiday
00000046
May
16 - 19
Greek Festival
4-day event includes live music, folk dancing, children's rides, arts & crafts, tours, and lots of food!
Greenville
Festival
00000047
May
16 - 18
St. Philip Neri Italian Festival
Homemade Italian food, live entertainment, wine and beer tastings, parade, games and rides for kids, art and crafts, cannoli runs, "Italian Idol" talent contest
Rock Hill
Fort Mill
Festival
00000048
May
16 - 26
Fair at Heritage Park
Amusement rides, live entertainment and shows, petting zoo
Greenville
Simpsonville
Fair
00000049
May
17 - 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
00000050
May
17
Taste of Newberry
Sample food, beer, wine, and full meals from local restaurants throughout the county and live jazz music
Newberry
Culinary
00000051
May
17 - 19
Tall Ships Charleston
3-day event includes ships from around the world, demonstrations, live music - benefits local maritime organizations
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
00000052
May
17 - 18
Wagons to Wagener Festival
2-day event includes parade, amusement rides, live music, street dance, fireworks
Aiken
Wagener
Festival
00000053
May
17 - 18
Rhythm on the Rails
2-day festival with live music, a sanctioned BBQ competition, games, rides, vendors
Laurens
Clinton
Festival
00000054
May
18
Beaufort River Swim
Competitive 3.2-mile swim or non-competitive 1-mile fun swim - benefits the YMCA's learn to swim program
Beaufort
Sports
00000055
May
18
Charleston Beer Garden
Craft brews, live music, home brewers, beer games - benefits Palmetto Community Care
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Festival
00000056
May
18 - 19
Blue Crab Festival
2-day event includes live music, arts & crafts, kids' area, community booths
Myrtle Beach
Little River
Festival
00000057
May
18
Race for Charity 5K
Run or walk 5K, kids fun run - benefits local charities and Lancaster Rotary Club projects
Lancaster
Sports
00000058
May
18
Glencairn BloomFest
Garden-themed vendors, a plant sale, garden tours, music, kids' activities
Rock Hill
Festival
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May
18
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
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May
18
Essential Tremor Charity Golf Classic
Four-person scramble with gifts for the golfers, contests, prizes, plus food and drinks - benefits the Diann Shaddox Foundation for Essential Tremor
Aiken
Sports
00000061
May
19 - 20
Veterans Golf Classic
2-person teams with at least one team member being active-duty or veteran
Myrtle Beach
Sports
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May
19
Metropolitan Bridal Expo
Plan the wedding of your dreams with vendors from the area inspiring you on the different aspects of wedding planning
Columbia
Expo
00000063
May
20
The Assaults Cycling Event
Select from 74.2 mile or 102.7 mile self-paced rides, cycle from Spartanburg into NC - benefits Freewheelers of Spartanburg
Spartanburg
Sports
00000064
May
23
Power of the Purse
Auctions of designer purses, spa packages and more - Women in Philanthropy event to raise money for women and children in need
Columbia
Fashion
00000065
May
23 - 25
Seneca Fest
3-day event includes live music, arts and crafts, concessions, bounce house
Clemson
Seneca
Festival
00000066
May
24 - 31
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts
00000067
May
24 - 26
Original Gullah Festival
3-day event includes entertainment, food, local tours, workshops, vendors
Beaufort
Festival
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May
24 - 26
Iris Festival
3-day event includes live entertainment, arts & crafts, food, contests, children's activities, market place, pageant
Sumter
Festival
00000069
May
24 - 31
Piccolo Spoleto Festival
17-day celebration of the arts includes live performances, exhibits, kids' activities, and more!
Charleston
Arts
00000070
May
24 - 25
Flopeye Fish Festival
2-day event includes carnival rides, car show, live entertainment, food and craft vendors
Chester
Great Falls
Festival
00000071
May
24 - 26
Hands on a Hardbody
An upbeat musical about an hilarious contest inspired by true events - Flowertown Players performance
Charleston
Summerville
Arts
00000072
May
25
Gallabrae, Greenville Scottish Games
Includes parade, car show, bagpipes, heavy athletics, border collie trials, highland dancing
Greenville
Festival
00000073
May
25
Spring Golf Tournament
4-man Captain's Choice tournament with cart, lunch, snacks and drinks - benefits three local charities
Florence
Sports
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May
25
Southeastern Beard and Moustache Championships
This annual event is enjoyed by competitors and spectators alike - benefits Big Brothers & Big Sisters
Charleston
Misc
00000075
May
27
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
00000076
May
27 - 31
Grace Church Tea Room and Gift Shop
Lunch served 11:30 to 2:00 - proceeds are used to support outreach efforts
Charleston
Culinary
00000077
May
30 - 31
Hands on a Hardbody
An upbeat musical about an hilarious contest inspired by true events - Flowertown Players performance
Charleston
Summerville
Arts
00000078
May
31
Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
Stretching 44 miles along SC 23 from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Misc
00000079
May
31
South Carolina Square & Round Dancers Convention
For all levels of dancers - several dances plus clinics, workshops and more
Columbia
Expo
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Dates TBD
African Market and Festival
Fundraiser for the African Community Exchange (ACE) to benefit the Ann Sandell Independent School in Paynesville, Liberia
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
00000081
Dates TBD
Blackville Music and Art Festival
Musical performances, art exhibits, parade, car & bike show, carnival rides
Barnwell
Blackville
Festival
00000082
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 the United Way
Sumter
Misc
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Dates TBD
Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Legacy Festival
3-day educational event with all day rides, games, crafts, activities, music and food in celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune
Sumter
Mayesville
Festival
00000084
Dates TBD
Festival of Gardens
Visit ten private gardens in the Forest Hills neighborhood - a Columbia Green event
Columbia
Misc
00000085
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
00000086
Dates TBD
Jailbreak 5K
All ages can run or walk the certified course - benefits the Lexington County Sheriff's Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Sports
00000087
Dates TBD
Marion FoxTrot Festival
3-day event features live entertainment, food vendors, parade, car show, arts and craft vendors, kids' zone with petting zoo, rides, bounce houses
Marion
Festival
00000088
Dates TBD
Orangeburg Festival of Roses
3-day event includes road race, street dance, arts & crafts, children's area, live entertainment
Orangeburg
Festival
00000089
Dates TBD
Plum Hollow Festival
Live bands playing New Grass, Grunge Grass, Jazz Grass, Bluegrass Rock & Roll, camping, all-night pickin'
Spartanburg
Campobello
Festival
00000090
Dates TBD
Ride for the Child
100-mile motorcycle poker run, at the finish there will be live music, food, and prizes - benefits The Parenting Place
Greenville
Misc
00000091
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
00000092
Dates TBD
Tamassee Craft Brew Celebration
Regional craft beers, live music, homebrew contest - bring a chair, blanket and your ID - benefits Oconee Preservation Unlimited Stewardship Trust
Clemson
Salem
Festival
00000093
Dates TBD
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



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