May 2022: Things to Do in SC

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Our May 2022 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
Charleston Race Week
International sailboat regatta - inshore and offshore races
Charleston
Sports
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May
1 - 7
SC Strawberry Festival
9 days of activities including Strawberry Pageant, golf tournament, "Strawberry Jam" music stage, rides, pancake breakfast, car show, recipe & eating contests
Rock Hill
Fort Mill
Festival
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May
1
Orangeburg Festival of Roses
2-day event includes arts & crafts, children's area and live entertainment among the blooming roses
Orangeburg
Festival
00000003
May
1
Heritage Trail Pottery Tour & Sale
Edgefield County - 3 pottery studios, 10 artists/potters, demonstrations, refreshments, prizes - learn the history of SC pottery
Edgefield
Johnston
Arts
00000004
May
1
Pedal Hilton Head Island
Various bike rides and live music - benefits The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head
Sports
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May
2
Columbia
Convention
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May
4 - 8
North Charleston Arts Fest
5-day event includes live performances, art exhibits, kids' activities
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
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May
4
Violins of Hope
The concert portrays the little-known story of Bulgarians who rescued their 49,000 Jewish citizens in 1943 from Nazi deportation to concentration camps
Greenville
Concert
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May
5 - 15
Great Anderson County Fair
Midway with carnival rides, amphitheater with live entertainment, concessions, petting zoo, horse show
Anderson
Fair
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May
5
52 Windows: An Evening of Art
Event includes a silent art auction, food, open bar and live music - benefits Mental Illness Recovery Center
Columbia
Arts
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May
5 - 8
Art Blossoms
4-day event featuring flowers and art with special events, classes, demonstrations, and more - benefits the Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia
Arts
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May
6 - 7
Pickens Azalea Festival
2-day event includes music, classic car cruise-in, arts and crafts, 5K, amusement rides
Clemson
Pickens
Festival
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May
6 - 8
Artisphere
Includes visual arts, live performances, 'Kidsphere' area, local restaurants
Greenville
Arts
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May
6
Taste of Newberry
Sample food, beer, wine, and full meals from local restaurants throughout the county and live music
Newberry
Culinary
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May
6 - 8
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
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
7
Mama Bear Apologetic Women's Conference
Main speaker and two break-out sessions - hosted by First Baptist Church of Lexington
Columbia
Lexington
Conference
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May
7
Lowcountry Shrimp Festival & Blessing of the Fleet
Live bands, art, lots of shrimp and other food - benefits Cape Romain Environmental Education School
Charleston
McClellanville
Festival
00000018
May
7
Peach Blossom Festival
Parade, carnival rides and games, food vendors, arts and crafts
Aiken
Johnston
Festival
00000019
May
7
Dragon Boat Charleston Festival
250-meter paddling races and party to celebrate cancer survivors
Charleston
Sports
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May
7
Kentucky Derby Viewing Party & Silent Auction
Don your best Derby attire for great food, drinks, and the race on big screens - benefits The First Tee of the Upstate
Greenville
Misc
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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 plus entertainment, games, food - benefits local charities
Greenville
Misc
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May
7
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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May
7
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
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May
7
Give Me Shelter Color 5K
5K walk or run route where participants will be sprayed with colored powder - benefits Callen-Lacey Center for Children
Moncks Corner
Sports
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May
7
Mad Hatter's Art Party
Juried art show, 70+ curated booths by local and regional artists craftsmen, live entertainment, food and drinks - hosted by SC Artists
Columbia
Arts
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May
7
Miracles in Motion: 5K Walk, Run & Roll
Heroes walk, run and roll for TTP Kids, 5K, 1 miler plus family-friendly after party - benefits The Therapy Place
Columbia
Forest Acres
Sports
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May
8
Mother's Day
Hooray for Moms! Let Mom put her feet up today and take her for a nice meal at a SC restaurants
Statewide
Holiday
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May
8
Violins of Hope
The concert portrays the little-known story of Bulgarians who rescued their 49,000 Jewish citizens in 1943 from Nazi deportation to concentration camps
Columbia
Concert
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May
10
Confederate Memorial Day
Observed state holiday
Statewide
Holiday
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May
12 - 14
South Carolina Poultry Festival
3-day event includes parade, contests, car show, live music, 5K, carnival rides, fireworks, best chicken cooking contest
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Festival
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May
12 - 14
Spring Albino Skunk Music Festival
3-day event with live bands, bbq, kids' activities, camping available onsite
Greenville
Greer
Festival
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May
12 - 14
Abbeville Spring Festival
3-day event includes live music, amusement rides, craft booths
Abbeville
Festival
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May
13 - 22
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, entertainment, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
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May
13 - 15
Greek Festival
3-day event includes live music, folk dancing, children's rides, arts & crafts, and lots of food with drive-thru option
Greenville
Festival
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May
13
Downtown Sumter Microbrew HippieFest
Enjoy over microbrew and craft beers, food, music - benefits Meal on Wheels of Sumter County
Sumter
Culinary
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May
13
Goin' South: A Tribute to Southern Rock
Acclaimed cover-band Goin' South will be performing southern rock of the 70s and 80s - benefits the Christopher Conner Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Concert
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May
13 - 15
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
13
Art on State
Artists, craft vendors, live music, food and drinks from local restaurants
Columbia
West Columbia
Arts
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May
14 - 15
Blue Crab Festival
2-day event includes live music, arts & crafts, kids' area, community booths
Myrtle Beach
Little River
Festival
00000040
May
14
South Carolina Chili Cook-Off Championship
2-day event with tastings, live entertainment, golf tournament - benefits four local, nonprofit organizations
Anderson
Belton
Culinary
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May
14
Boykin Spring Fling
Demonstrations, vendors, food available to purchase, silent auction - benefits Boykin Spaniel Rescue
Georgetown
Murrells Inlet
Misc
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May
14
Born to Run 5K
Run or walk the 5K and there will be a kids fun run - on the campus of Bob Jones University - benefits Piedmont Women's Center
Greenville
Sports
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May
14 - 15
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Colleton County
Arts
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May
14 - 15
Charleston County Ambassadors' Spring Championship
Pickleball tournament - can register with a partner or can be paired up with another player - at Collins Park
Charleston
North Charleston
Sports
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May
14
Train Day at the Depot (opens as PDF)
Kid oriented, free train festival at Hub City Railroad Museum with bounce house, rubber tire train, Thomas model train layout and more - 10 am to 3 pm
Spartanburg
Misc
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May
16
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
19 - 21
St. Philip Neri Italian Marketplace
3-day event with homemade Italian food, live entertainment, wine tastings, parade, games and rides for kids, art and crafts
Rock Hill
Fort Mill
Festival
00000048
May
20 - 29
Fair at Heritage Park
Amusement rides, live entertainment and shows, petting zoo
Greenville
Simpsonville
Fair
00000049
May
20 - 21
Black Expo Columbia
2-day event with Taste of Black Columbia on Friday and expo with seminars, workshops, live entertainment, youth activities, vendors on Saturday
Columbia
Expo
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May
21 - 22
Columbia International Festival
2-day event includes performances, demonstrations, food, exhibits, artifacts from various cultures and countries
Columbia
Festival
00000051
May
21 - 22
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Lancaster County
Arts
00000052
May
21
Marion FoxTrot Festival
Live entertainment, food vendors, parade, car show, arts and craft vendors, kids' zone with petting zoo, rides, bounce houses
Marion
Festival
00000053
May
22
Atlantic Cup
This Class 40 sailing race has three-legs with the first from Charleston to Newport, RI
Charleston
Sports
00000054
May
22 - 25
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
22
Taste of the Upstate
Features local chefs' renditions of cuisine from around the world, silent auction, live jazz performance - benefits Loaves And Fishes
Greenville
Culinary
00000056
May
24
Transformation Breakfast
Learn about what can be done to support reducing addiction as a leading cause of family collapse and harm to children - benefits The Family Effect
Greenville
Misc
00000057
May
26 - 28
Plum Hollow Festival
Live bands playing New Grass, Grunge Grass, Jazz Grass, Bluegrass Rock & Roll, camping, all-night pickin'
Spartanburg
Campobello
Festival
00000058
May
26 - 28
Black Cowboy Festival
3-day event including workshops, demonstrations, trail ride, dancing, live music, rodeo
Sumter
Rembert
Festival
00000059
May
27 - 31
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts
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May
27 - 28
Gallabrae, Greenville Scottish Games
2-day event includes parade, car show, bagpipes, heavy athletics, border collie trials, highland dancing
Greenville
Festival
00000061
May
27 - 29
Original Gullah Festival
3-day event includes entertainment, food, local tours, workshops, vendors
Beaufort
Festival
00000062
May
27 - 29
Iris Festival
SC's oldest continuous festival consistently ranks as a top SE festival includes concerts, arts & crafts, plants, classic car shows, contests, lots of children's activities
Sumter
Festival
00000063
May
27 - 31
Piccolo Spoleto Festival
17-day celebration of the arts includes live performances, exhibits, kids' activities, and more
Charleston
Arts
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May
27 - 28
Flopeye Fish Festival
Carnival rides, car show, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, fireworks
Chester
Great Falls
Festival
00000065
May
28
Lowcountry Splash
6 mile or 2.4 mile open-water swim in the Wando River and Charleston Harbor - benefits LAPS provides water safety and swimming instruction to K-2 children
Charleston
Sports
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May
30
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
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May
30 - 31
Grace Church Tea Room and Boutique
Lunch served plus gift shop - proceeds are used to support outreach efforts
Charleston
Culinary
00000068
May
31
Park Circle Pride Festival
6-day event celebrating the LGBTQ+ community with events at various locations including kick-off party, live entertainment, workshops, lectures, youth fest
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival



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