May 2023: Things to Do in SC

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Our May 2023 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 - 6
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
5 - 7
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
6
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
00000003
May
7
Pedal Hilton Head Island
Various bike rides and live music - benefits The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head
Sports
00000004
May
11 - 13
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
00000005
May
11 - 13
Spring Albino Skunk Music Festival
3-day event with live bands, bbq, kids' activities, camping available onsite
Greenville
Greer
Festival
00000006
May
12 - 14
Artisphere
Includes visual arts, live performances, 'Kidsphere' area, local restaurants
Greenville
Arts
00000007
May
14
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
00000008
May
25 - 28
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
00000009
May
26 - 28
Original Gullah Festival
3-day event includes entertainment, food, local tours, workshops, vendors
Beaufort
Festival
00000010
May
27
Gallabrae, Greenville Scottish Games
Parade, car show, bagpipes, heavy athletics, border collie trials, highland dancing
Greenville
Festival
00000011
May
29
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
00000012
Dates TBD
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
00000013
Dates TBD
Abbeville Spring Festival
3-day event includes live music, amusement rides, craft booths
Abbeville
Festival
00000014
Dates TBD
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Lancaster County
Arts
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Dates TBD
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Colleton County
Arts
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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
00000017
Dates TBD
Art Blossoms
4-day event featuring flowers and art with special events, classes, demonstrations, and more - benefits the Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia
Arts
00000018
Dates TBD
Behind the Garden Gate
Self-guided tours of seven different private gardens - hosted by the Garden Conservancy and the Charleston Horticultural Society
Charleston
Misc
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Dates TBD
Black Cowboy Festival
3-day event including workshops, demonstrations, trail ride, dancing, live music, rodeo
Sumter
Rembert
Festival
00000020
Dates TBD
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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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
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
00000023
Dates TBD
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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Dates TBD
Boykin Spring Fling
Demonstrations, vendors, food available to purchase, silent auction - benefits Boykin Spaniel Rescue
Georgetown
Murrells Inlet
Misc
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Dates TBD
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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Dates TBD
Charleston Greek Festival
Celebrating Greek culture with food, wine tasting, church tours, and entertainment - benefits local charities
Charleston
Festival
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Dates TBD
Columbia International Festival
2-day event includes performances, demonstrations, food, exhibits, artifacts from various cultures and countries
Columbia
Festival
00000028
Dates TBD
Confederate Memorial Day
Observed state holiday
Statewide
Holiday
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Dates TBD
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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Dates TBD
Dragon Boat Charleston Festival
250-meter paddling races and party to celebrate cancer survivors
Charleston
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
Flopeye Fish Festival
Carnival rides, car show, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, fireworks
Chester
Great Falls
Festival
00000033
Dates TBD
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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Dates TBD
Columbia
Convention
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Dates TBD
Grace Church Tea Room and Boutique
Lunch served plus gift shop - proceeds are used to support outreach efforts
Charleston
Culinary
00000036
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
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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Dates TBD
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
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Dates TBD
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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Dates TBD
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
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Dates TBD
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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Dates TBD
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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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
00000044
Dates TBD
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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Dates TBD
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, entertainment, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
00000046
Dates TBD
North Charleston Arts Fest
5-day event includes live performances, art exhibits, kids' activities
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
00000047
Dates TBD
Orangeburg Festival of Roses
2-day event includes arts & crafts, children's area and live entertainment among the blooming roses
Orangeburg
Festival
00000048
Dates TBD
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
00000049
Dates TBD
Peach Blossom Festival
Parade, carnival rides and games, food vendors, arts and crafts
Aiken
Johnston
Festival
00000050
Dates TBD
Piccolo Spoleto Festival
17-day celebration of the arts includes live performances, exhibits, kids' activities, and more
Charleston
Arts
00000051
Dates TBD
Pickens Azalea Festival
2-day event includes music, classic car cruise-in, arts and crafts, 5K, amusement rides
Clemson
Pickens
Festival
00000052
Dates TBD
Plum Hollow Festival
Live bands playing New Grass, Grunge Grass, Jazz Grass, Bluegrass Rock & Roll, camping, all-night pickin'
Spartanburg
Campobello
Festival
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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 entertainment, games, food - benefits local charities
Greenville
Misc
00000054
Dates TBD
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
00000055
Dates TBD
South Carolina Chili Cook-Off Championship
2-day event with tastings, live entertainment, golf tournament - benefits four local, nonprofit organizations
Anderson
Belton
Culinary
00000056
Dates TBD
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts
00000057
Dates TBD
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
00000058
Dates TBD
Taste of Newberry
Sample food, beer, wine, and full meals from local restaurants throughout the county and live music
Newberry
Culinary
00000059
Dates TBD
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
00000060
Dates TBD
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
00000061
Dates TBD
Train Day at the Depot
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
00000062
Dates TBD
Veterans Golf Classic
2-person teams with at least one team member being active-duty or veteran
Myrtle Beach
Sports



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