May 2020: Things to Do in SC

South Carolina SC Festivals, Events May SC Events

FEATURED May 2020 Event



  The Great Anderson County Fair

FUN Things to Do in South Carolina

Our May 2020 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 - 2
Allendale County Cooter Fest
2-day event includes "Carolina Cooter" turtle races, rides and games, music, parade, fireworks
Allendale
Festival
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May
1 - 2
Greer Family Fest
2-day event includes live music, KidsZone, Creation Station, arts & crafts, restaurant row
Greenville
Greer
Festival
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May
1
Blue Ridge Fest
Concert, food, classic car cruise-in - benefiting local charities
Clemson
Pickens
Festival
00000003
May
1 - 10
Great Anderson County Fair
Midway with carnival rides, amphitheater with live entertainment, concessions, petting zoo, horse show
Anderson
Fair
00000004
May
1 - 2
ArtFields
9-day event features 400+ Southeastern artists, live music, food, and tons of warm hospitality
Florence
Lake City
Arts
00000005
May
1 - 3
Orangeburg Festival of Roses
3-day event includes road race, arts & crafts, children's area, live entertainment
Orangeburg
Festival
00000006
May
1 - 3
North Charleston Arts Fest
5-day event includes live performances, art exhibits, kids' activities
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
00000007
May
1 - 2
Abbeville Spring Festival
3-day event includes live music, amusement rides, craft booths
Abbeville
Festival
00000008
May
1 - 10
Charleston Beer Week
50+ different events over 10 days highlighting the tri-county craft beer community
Charleston
Various Locations
Culinary
00000009
May
1 - 3
Horry County Fair
10 days of entertainment, rides, food, games, and concerts
Myrtle Beach
Fair
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May
1 - 3
Black Cowboy Festival
5-day event including workshops, demonstrations, trail ride, dancing, live music, rodeo, church service
Sumter
Rembert
Festival
00000011
May
2
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
2
SC Strawberry Festival
"Strawberry Jam" music stage, rides, pancake breakfast, wrestling, car show, recipe and eating contests
Rock Hill
Fort Mill
Festival
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May
2
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
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May
2
Rivertown Music and Beer Festival
Live music, classic car show, food, vendors and a beer tasting zone
Myrtle Beach
Conway
Festival
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May
2
Strawberry Festival
Bluegrass music, arts and crafts, playground with kids' rides, food
Greenville
Slater
Festival
00000016
May
2
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
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May
2
Derby Day Sumter
Party featuring live broadcast of the Kentucky Derby followed by an evening of food and fun - benefits the United Way
Sumter
Misc
00000018
May
2
Blessing of the Inlet
Food, children's events and activities, live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors - hosted by Belin Methodist Church
Georgetown
Murrells Inlet
Festival
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May
2
Rally in the Valley
Bicycle rides of 34 or 60 miles plus live music, craft beer and barbecue meal - raises funds for conservation efforts in Oconee County
Clemson
Walhalla
Sports
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May
2
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
00000021
May
2
See Spot Run
5K run/walk with food and vendors at the finish line, leashed dogs welcomed - benefits The Humane Society
Columbia
Sports
00000022
May
2
Rainbow Ball
A fundraising masquerade ball with live entertainment - benefits the Uplift Outreach Center
Spartanburg
Gala
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May
3
Bowl-A-Thon
Put together a team for an afternoon of fun - benefits Family Promise of Anderson
Anderson
Sports
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May
3
Tamassee Craft Brew Celebration
Regional craft beers, live music, homebrew contest, food - benefits Oconee Preservation Unlimited Stewardship Trust
Clemson
Salem
Festival
00000025
May
3
Yacht Hop
Tour boats, food, live music, champagne toast and more set against sunset over the Calibogue Sound - benefits Hospice Care of the Lowcountry
Hilton Head
Misc
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May
4
Columbia
Convention
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May
7 - 9
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
00000028
May
8 - 10
Artisphere
Includes visual arts, live performances, opening night gala, 'Kidsphere' area, local restaurants
Greenville
Arts
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May
8 - 17
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, concert, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
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May
8
Lowcountry Dancing with the Stars Oxygen Ball
Gourmet dinner, silent and live auctions, local celebrities dance with paired professional dancers - black-tie optional - benefits American Lung Association
Charleston
Misc
00000031
May
8
Downtown Sumter Microbrew HippieFest
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
8 - 10
Charleston Greek Festival
Celebrating Greek culture with food, wine tasting, church tours, and entertainment - benefits local charities
Charleston
Festival
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May
9
Little River Rotary 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
9
Dragon Boat Charleston Festival
250-meter paddling races and party to celebrate cancer survivors
Charleston
Sports
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May
9
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
00000036
May
10
Mother's Day
Let Mom put her feet up today and take her for a nice meal at a SC restaurant
Statewide
Holiday
00000037
May
11
Confederate Memorial Day
Observed state holiday
Statewide
Holiday
00000038
May
14 - 17
Greek Festival
4-day event includes live music, folk dancing, children's rides, arts & crafts, tours, and lots of food!
Greenville
Festival
00000039
May
14 - 16
St. Philip Neri Italian Festival
Homemade Italian food, live entertainment, wine tastings, parade, games and rides for kids, art and crafts, cannoli runs, "Italian Idol" talent contest
Rock Hill
Fort Mill
Festival
00000040
May
14 - 17
Charleston HarborFest
3-day event includes ships from around the world, demonstrations, live music - benefits local maritime organizations
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Festival
00000041
May
14 - 24
Fair at Heritage Park
Amusement rides, live entertainment and shows, petting zoo
Greenville
Simpsonville
Fair
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May
15 - 16
Blackville Music and Art Festival
2-day event includes musical performances, street dance, parade, carnival rides
Barnwell
Blackville
Festival
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May
15 - 16
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
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May
15
Taste of Newberry
Sample food, beer, wine, and full meals from local restaurants throughout the county and live jazz music
Newberry
Culinary
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May
16 - 17
Blue Crab Festival
2-day event includes live music, arts & crafts, kids' area, community booths
Myrtle Beach
Little River
Festival
00000046
May
16
Race for Charity 5K
Run or walk 5K, kids fun run - benefits local charities and Lancaster Rotary Club projects
Lancaster
Sports
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May
16 - 17
Shaw Air and Space Expo
See a variety of aircraft in the air plus many on display on the ground - Thunderbirds and Black Daggers teams to perform - hearing protection is highly encouraged
Sumter
Expo
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May
17 - 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
18
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
00000050
May
21 - 23
Plum Hollow Festival
Live bands playing New Grass, Grunge Grass, Jazz Grass, Bluegrass Rock & Roll, camping, all-night pickin'
Spartanburg
Campobello
Festival
00000051
May
21 - 24
Iris Festival
4-day event includes live entertainment, arts & crafts, food, contests, children's activities, market place, pageant
Sumter
Festival
00000052
May
21
Power of the Purse
Auctions of designer handbags and other unique items - Women in Philanthropy event to raise money for women and children in need
Columbia
Fashion
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May
22 - 31
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts
00000054
May
22 - 24
Original Gullah Festival
3-day event includes entertainment, food, local tours, workshops, vendors
Beaufort
Festival
00000055
May
22 - 31
Piccolo Spoleto Festival
17-day celebration of the arts includes live performances, exhibits, kids' activities, and more!
Charleston
Arts
00000056
May
22 - 23
Flopeye Fish Festival
2-day event includes carnival rides, car show, live entertainment, food and craft vendors
Chester
Great Falls
Festival
00000057
May
23
Charleston Beer Garden
Craft brews, live music, home brewers, beer games - benefits Palmetto Community Care
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Festival
00000058
May
23
Gallabrae, Greenville Scottish Games
Includes parade, car show, bagpipes, heavy athletics, border collie trials, highland dancing
Greenville
Festival
00000059
May
23
Aiken Memorial Day Parade
Wear red, white, and blue and view the parade from the sidewalks of Laurens Street and Park Avenue
Aiken
Holiday
00000060
May
25
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
00000061
May
25 - 30
Grace Church Tea Room and Boutique
Lunch served 11:30 to 2:00 - proceeds are used to support outreach efforts
Charleston
Culinary
00000062
May
29 - 31
Sun Fun Festival
3-day event includes parade, concerts, contests, kids' area
Myrtle Beach
Festival
00000063
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
00000064
Dates TBD
Aiken Bluegrass Festival
2-day event features live bands, kids' activities, camping available - benefits local charities
Aiken
Festival
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Dates TBD
Big Nosh
Sample popular Jewish foods and experience cultural events and activities
Columbia
Festival
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Dates TBD
Blackwater Summer Festival
BBQ lunch, live bluegrass music - benefits Friends of the Edisto
Aiken
Windsor
Festival
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Dates TBD
Emerging Choreographers Show
Emerging artists present their works - hosted by Yuhas & Dancers, Tapp's Arts Center, and SC Arts Commission
Columbia
Arts
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Dates TBD
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
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Dates TBD
Festival of Gardens
Visit eight private gardens in the Forest Lake neighborhood - a Columbia Green event
Columbia
Misc
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Dates TBD
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
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Dates TBD
Kentucky Derby Viewing Party & Silent Auction
Don your best Derby attire for great food, mint juleps, and the race on big screens - benefits The First Tee of the Upstate
Greenville
Greer
Misc
00000072
Dates TBD
Lexington Wine Walk
Wine tastings, complimentary wine glass, hors d'oeuvres, live music - benefits the Lexington Beautification Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Culinary
00000073
Dates TBD
Marion FoxTrot Festival
Live entertainment, food vendors, parade, car show, arts and craft vendors, kids' zone with petting zoo, rides, bounce houses
Marion
Festival
00000074
Dates TBD
Mayfest on Main
Live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, community stage, children's area
Myrtle Beach
N Myrtle Beach
Festival
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Dates TBD
Red, White and Blue Jean Ball
Wear your favorite pair of blue jeans and enjoy live entertainment, local food and drinks - benefits Palmetto Warrior Connection
Charleston
Misc
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Dates TBD
Rhythm on the Rails
2-day festival with live music, a sanctioned BBQ competition, games, rides, vendors
Laurens
Clinton
Festival
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Dates TBD
Seneca Fest
3-day event includes live music, arts and crafts, concessions, bounce house
Clemson
Seneca
Festival
00000078
Dates TBD
Southeastern Beard and Moustache Championships
This annual event is enjoyed by competitors and spectators alike - benefits Big Brothers & Big Sisters
Charleston
Misc
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Dates TBD
Tails & Trails
5K run/walk followed by pet themed entertainment and vendor party - leashed dogs welcome - benefits Greenville County Animal Care
Greenville
Sports
00000080
Dates TBD
Wagons to Wagener Festival
2-day event includes parade, amusement rides, live music, street dance, fireworks
Aiken
Wagener
Festival



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