May 2021: Things to Do in SC

South Carolina SC Festivals, Events May SC Events

FEATURED May 2021 Event



FUN Things to Do in South Carolina

Our May 2021 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
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
1
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
The Return Of John Williams
From the Star Wars Symphony to E.T. Adventures from Earth, the Spartanburg Philharmonic celebrates the music of John Williams
Spartanburg
Concert
00000003
May
1
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
00000004
May
1
Greer Family Fest
2-day event includes live music, KidsZone, Creation Station, arts & crafts, restaurant row
Greenville
Greer
Festival
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May
2
Pedal Hilton Head Island
Various bike rides and live music - benefits The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head
Sports
00000006
May
6 - 8
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
00000007
May
7 - 16
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, concert, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
00000008
May
7 - 9
Charleston Greek Festival
Celebrating Greek culture with food, wine tasting, church tours, and entertainment - benefits local charities
Charleston
Festival
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May
7 - 9
AtomaCon
A family friendly, literary, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, science and technology convention for fans by fans
Charleston
North Charleston
Convention
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May
8
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
8
Tails & Trails
5K run/walk followed by pet themed entertainment and vendor party - leashed dogs welcome - benefits Greenville Co Animal Care
Greenville
Sports
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May
9
Mother's Day
Hooray for Moms!
Statewide
Holiday
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May
10
Confederate Memorial Day
Observed state holiday
Statewide
Holiday
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May
15
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
17
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
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May
21
Taste of Newberry
Sample food, beer, wine, and full meals from local restaurants throughout the county and live jazz music
Newberry
Culinary
00000017
May
28 - 31
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts
00000018
May
28 - 30
Original Gullah Festival
3-day event includes entertainment, food, local tours, workshops, vendors
Beaufort
Festival
00000019
May
28 - 31
Piccolo Spoleto Festival
17-day celebration of the arts includes live performances, exhibits, kids' activities, and more!
Charleston
Arts
00000020
May
29
Aiken Memorial Day Parade
Wear red, white, and blue and view the parade from the sidewalks of Laurens Street and Park Avenue
Aiken
Holiday
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May
31
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
00000022
Dates TBD
Abbeville Spring Festival
3-day event includes live music, amusement rides, craft booths
Abbeville
Festival
00000023
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
Allendale County Cooter Fest
2-day event includes "Carolina Cooter" turtle races, rides and games, music, parade, fireworks
Allendale
Festival
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Dates TBD
Bark to the Park Walk for the Animals
1.7 mile walk, with our without your dog, followed by After Paw-ty - benefits Pawmetto Lifeline
Columbia
Irmo
Sports
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Dates TBD
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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Dates TBD
Blue Crab Festival
2-day event includes live music, arts & crafts, kids' area, community booths
Myrtle Beach
Little River
Festival
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Dates TBD
Blue Ridge Fest
Concert, food, classic car cruise-in - benefiting local charities
Clemson
Pickens
Festival
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Dates TBD
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
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Dates TBD
Charleston Beer Week
50+ different events over 10 days highlighting the tri-county craft beer community
Charleston
Various Locations
Culinary
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Dates TBD
Charleston HarborFest
3-day event includes ships from around the world, demonstrations, live music - benefits local maritime organizations
Charleston
Mount Pleasant
Festival
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Dates TBD
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
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Dates TBD
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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Dates TBD
Dragon Boat Charleston Festival
250-meter paddling races and party to celebrate cancer survivors
Charleston
Sports
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Dates TBD
Drift Jam
Boats tie up near Spence Island for a day of live music on Lake Murray - benefits OperationHomefront.org
Columbia
Lake Murray
Concert
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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
Fair at Heritage Park
Amusement rides, live entertainment and shows, petting zoo
Greenville
Simpsonville
Fair
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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
Flopeye Fish Festival
Carnival rides, car show, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, fireworks
Chester
Great Falls
Festival
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Dates TBD
Gallabrae, Greenville Scottish Games
Includes parade, car show, bagpipes, heavy athletics, border collie trials, highland dancing
Greenville
Festival
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Dates TBD
Columbia
Convention
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Dates TBD
Great Anderson County Fair
Midway with carnival rides, amphitheater with live entertainment, concessions, petting zoo, horse show
Anderson
Fair
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Dates TBD
Iris Festival
4-day event includes live entertainment, arts & crafts, food, contests, children's activities, market place, pageant
Sumter
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
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Dates TBD
Kidz Bash
Games, crafts, vendors, music - hosted by Crowfield Plantation HOA
Charleston
Goose Creek
Festival
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Dates TBD
Liberty BBQ & Jeep Fest
Live entertainment, BBQ competition, children's activities, jeeps on display, vendors
Clemson
Liberty
Festival
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Dates TBD
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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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
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Dates TBD
North Charleston Arts Fest
5-day event includes live performances, art exhibits, kids' activities
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
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Dates TBD
Orangeburg Festival of Roses
3-day event includes road race, arts & crafts, children's area, live entertainment
Orangeburg
Festival
00000051
Dates TBD
Plum Hollow Festival
Live bands playing New Grass, Grunge Grass, Jazz Grass, Bluegrass Rock & Roll, camping, all-night pickin'
Spartanburg
Campobello
Festival
00000052
Dates TBD
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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Dates TBD
Rainbow Ball
A fundraising masquerade ball with live entertainment - benefits the Uplift Outreach Center
Spartanburg
Gala
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Dates TBD
Rivertown Music and Beer Festival
Live music, classic car show, food, vendors and a beer tasting zone
Myrtle Beach
Conway
Festival
00000055
Dates TBD
SC Strawberry Festival
"Strawberry Jam" music stage, rides, pancake breakfast, wrestling, car show, recipe and eating contests
Rock Hill
Fort Mill
Festival
00000056
Dates TBD
Seneca Fest
2-day event includes live music, arts and crafts, concessions, children's activities
Clemson
Seneca
Festival
00000057
Dates TBD
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
00000058
Dates TBD
South Carolina Chili Cook-Off Championship
Tastings plus vendors and booths - benefits four local, nonprofit organization
Anderson
Belton
Culinary
00000059
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
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
00000061
Dates TBD
Strawberry Festival
Bluegrass music, arts and crafts, playground with kids' rides, food
Greenville
Slater
Festival
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Dates TBD
Tamassee Craft Brew Celebration
Regional craft beers, live music, homebrew contest, food - benefits Oconee Preservation Unlimited Stewardship Trust
Clemson
Salem
Festival
00000063
Dates TBD
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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