May 2024: Things to Do in SC

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Our May 2024 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 - 5
North Charleston Arts Fest
5-day event includes live performances, art exhibits, kids' activities
Charleston
North Charleston
Festival
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May
1 - 4
ArtFields
9-day event features hundreds of Southeastern artists, live music, food, and tons of warm hospitality
Florence
Lake City
Arts
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May
2 - 12
Great Anderson County Fair
Midway with carnival rides, amphitheater with live entertainment, concessions, petting zoo, horse show
Anderson
Fair
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May
3 - 4
BirdFest
2-day music festival, plus outdoor activities at the Wildlife Education Center - partnering with the SC Waterfowl Association
Sumter
Pinewood
Festival
00000004
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
SC Strawberry Festival
Live entertainment, rides, car show, corn hole tournament, eating contests
Rock Hill
Fort Mill
Festival
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May
4
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
McCormick
Arts
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May
4 - 5
AtomaCon
A family friendly, literary, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, science and technology convention for fans by fans
Charleston
North Charleston
Convention
00000008
May
4
Rosewood Crawfish Festival
Lots of fresh crawfish and other tasty treats, live music, arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides
Columbia
Festival
00000009
May
4
Burger Cook-Off
Teams compete to create custom burgers - taste samples, plus other food, live music, children's activities - benefits Children's Cancer Partners
Spartanburg
Culinary
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May
5
Yom HaShoah Commemoration
Community-wide program remembering those who died in the Holocaust, and honoring the survivors and their families
Columbia
Misc
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May
5
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
9 - 11
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
10
Confederate Memorial Day
Observed state holiday
Statewide
Holiday
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May
10 - 12
Artisphere
Includes visual arts, live performances, 'Kidsphere' area, local restaurants
Greenville
Arts
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May
10 - 11
Barnwell Sundial Festival
Live entertainment, car show, pageant, local artists, vendors, food, baking contest
Barnwell
Festival
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May
11 - 12
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Lancaster County
Arts
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May
11
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Aiken
Aiken County
Arts
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May
11
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
11 - 12
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Sumter
Sumter County
Arts
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May
11
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Abbeville
Abbeville County
Arts
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May
12
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
12
Spring Cup 400 NASCAR Race
NASCAR's Cup Series teams earn their Darlington Stripes at the track "Too Tough To Tame"
Hartsville
Darlington
Sports
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May
17
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
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May
17 - 26
Fair at Heritage Park
Amusement rides, live entertainment and shows, petting zoo
Greenville
Simpsonville
Fair
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May
17 - 18
Aiken Garden Show - at Aiken Historical Museum
Tour 6 gardens plus flower show, vendor market, food trucks - $25 early tickets, $30 day of, 803-646-5127 or mail@aikengardenshow.org for tickets
Aiken
Misc
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May
18 - 19
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Clemson
Pickens County
Arts
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May
18 - 19
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Newberry County
Arts
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May
18 - 19
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
18 - 19
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Bamberg County
Arts
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May
20 - 22
Veterans Golf Classic
2-person teams with at least one team member being a veteran
Myrtle Beach
Sports
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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
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May
23 - 26
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
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May
23 - 26
Black Cowboy Festival
3-day event including workshops, demonstrations, trail ride, dancing, live music, rodeo
Sumter
Rembert
Festival
00000034
May
24 - 31
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts
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May
24 - 26
Original Gullah Festival
3-day event includes entertainment, food, local tours, workshops, vendors
Beaufort
Festival
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May
24 - 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
25
Gallabrae, Greenville Scottish Games
Parade, car show, bagpipes, heavy athletics, border collie trials, highland dancing
Greenville
Festival
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May
25
Atlantic Cup
This Class 40 sailing race has three-legs with the first from Charleston to Newport, RI
Charleston
Sports
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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
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May
27 - 31
Grace Church Tea Room and Boutique
Lunch served plus gift shop - proceeds are used to support outreach efforts
Charleston
Culinary
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Dates TBD
52 Windows: An Evening of Art
Event includes art auction, food, open bar and live music - benefits Mental Illness Recovery Center
Columbia
Gala
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Dates TBD
Abbeville Spring Festival
3-day event includes live music, amusement rides, craft booths
Abbeville
Festival
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Dates TBD
Art on State
Local artists with live demonstrations, artisan market, live cover bands, sidewalk chalk for kids, local food and beverages
Columbia
West Columbia
Arts
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Dates TBD
Beaufort River Swim + 5K/8K
2-day event with competitive 3.2-mile swim or non-competitive 1-mile fun swim - 5K + 8K run options too - benefits the YMCA's learn to swim program
Beaufort
Sports
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Dates TBD
Behind the Garden Gate
Self-guided tours of five different private gardens - hosted by the Garden Conservancy and the Charleston Horticultural Society
Charleston
Misc
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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
00000048
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
00000049
Dates TBD
Car Show
Trophies will be awarded - hosted by Ridge Runner Corvettes - benefits Service Dogs for Veterans
Greenville
Misc
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Dates TBD
Charleston Duck Race
Adopted rubber ducks race across the pond at Guggenheim Terrace with prizes awarded for the first 7 ducks - hosted by the Rotary Club to benefit charities
Charleston
Daniel Island
Misc
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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
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 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
Erskine Flower & Garden Show
Gardening workshops, outdoor vendors, plant sales, learning and craft opportunities for children - hosted by Erskine College
Abbeville
Due West
Expo
00000056
Dates TBD
Flopeye Fish Festival
Carnival rides, car show, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, fireworks
Chester
Great Falls
Festival
00000057
Dates TBD
Give Me Shelter Color 5K
5K walk or run route where participants will be sprayed with colored powder - pet and stroller friendly - benefits Callen-Lacey Center for Children
Moncks Corner
Sports
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Dates TBD
Golden Gala
Enjoy a fun and uplifting evening of dinner and entertainment while celebrating the children, families and Mission of Beautiful Gate Center
Charleston
Gala
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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
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
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
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
00000065
Dates TBD
Orangeburg Festival of Roses
2-day event includes arts & crafts, children's area and live entertainment among the blooming roses
Orangeburg
Festival
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Dates TBD
Peach Blossom Festival
Parade, carnival rides and games, food vendors, arts and crafts
Aiken
Johnston
Festival
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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
Power of the Purse
Live music, one-of-a-kind auction items, designer handbags and more - hosted by United Way's Women in Philanthropy benefiting women and children's causes
Columbia
Misc
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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
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Dates TBD
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
00000071
Dates TBD
St. Philip Neri Italian Festival
3-day event with homemade Italian food, live entertainment, wine tastings, parade, games and rides for kids, Cannoli Run
Rock Hill
Fort Mill
Festival
00000072
Dates TBD
Sun Fun Festival
3-day event with live music, parade, US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team
Myrtle Beach
Festival
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Dates TBD
Taste of Newberry
Sample food, beer, wine, and full meals from local restaurants throughout the county and live music
Newberry
Culinary
00000074
Dates TBD
The Big Nosh
Jewish Food festival features favorite noshes and a bake sale
Columbia
Festival



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