May 2025: Things to Do in SC

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Our May 2025 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 - 4
SOS Spring Safari
11-day shag event with live music, shagging classes and parade - at various locations
Myrtle Beach
N Myrtle Beach
Misc
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May
3
Dragon Boat Charleston Festival
250-meter paddling races and party to celebrate cancer survivors
Charleston
Sports
00000002
May
3 - 4
AtomaCon
A family friendly, literary, gaming, sci-fi, fantasy, science and technology convention for fans by fans
Charleston
North Charleston
Convention
00000003
May
3
Kentucky Derby Viewing Party
Don your best Derby attire for a viewing party with cocktails, heavy hors d'oeuvres, silent auction - benefits First Tee Upstate
Greenville
Sports
00000004
May
8 - 10
Spring Albino Skunk Music Festival
3-day event with live bands, bbq, kids' activities, camping available onsite
Greenville
Greer
Festival
00000005
May
9 - 11
Artisphere
Includes visual arts, live performances, 'Kidsphere' area, local restaurants
Greenville
Arts
00000006
May
9 - 11
Crimson Screen Horror Film Fest
3-day festival with screenings and awards in all types of independent horror feature films, short films, and screenplays
Columbia
Arts
00000007
May
10
Dancing With The ARK's Stars
Event pairs local celebrities with professional dancers - benefits The ARK's support of lowcountry families affected by Alzheimer's Disease or related dementia
Charleston
Summerville
Misc
00000008
May
11
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
00000009
May
17 - 18
Blue Crab Festival
2-day event includes local seafood, festival foods, live beach music, arts & crafts, kids' area, community booths
Myrtle Beach
Little River
Festival
00000010
May
23 - 24
Gallabrae, Greenville Scottish Games
Great Scot Parade on Friday - Saturday is heavy athletics, car show, bagpipes, border collie trials, highland dancing
Greenville
Festival
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May
23 - 25
Original Gullah Festival
3-day event includes entertainment, food, local tours, workshops, vendors
Beaufort
Festival
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May
26
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
00000013
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
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Lancaster County
Arts
00000016
Dates TBD
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Aiken
Aiken County
Arts
00000017
Dates TBD
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Clemson
Pickens County
Arts
00000018
Dates TBD
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
McCormick
Arts
00000019
Dates TBD
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Sumter
Sumter County
Arts
00000020
Dates TBD
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Newberry 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
Ag + Art Tour
Self-guided tour of farms featuring local artisans, farmer's markets, and live music
Bamberg 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
Abbeville
Abbeville County
Arts
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Dates TBD
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
00000025
Dates TBD
Animals, Art, and Automobiles
Stunning cars, silent auction, vendors, food trucks, adorable dogs, and more - benefits Hallie Hill Animal Sanctuary
Charleston
Misc
00000026
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
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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Dates TBD
Atlantic Cup
This Class 40 sailing race has three-legs with the first from Charleston to Newport, RI
Charleston
Sports
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Dates TBD
BarkFest
Agility course demonstration, trick dog shows, market area, contests, food trucks - benefits Union County Animal Shelter
Union
Festival
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Dates TBD
Barnwell Sundial Festival
Live entertainment, car show, pageant, local artists, vendors, food, baking contest
Barnwell
Festival
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Dates TBD
Behind the Garden Gate: Charleston Area Open Day
Self-guided tours of six different private gardens on Kiawah Island - hosted by the Garden Conservancy and the Charleston Horticultural Society
Charleston
Kiawah Island
Misc
00000032
Dates TBD
Best Dam Food Festival
A day full of live music, plus food and beer vendors at Catawba Park - hosted by City of Tega Cay
Rock Hill
Tega Cay
Festival
00000033
Dates TBD
BirdFest
2-day music festival, plus outdoor activities at the Wildlife Education Center - partnering with the SC Waterfowl Association
Sumter
Pinewood
Festival
00000034
Dates TBD
Black Cowboy Festival
3-day event including workshops, demonstrations, trail ride, dancing, live music, rodeo
Sumter
Rembert
Festival
00000035
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
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
00000037
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
00000038
Dates TBD
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
00000039
Dates TBD
CAPES For Kids Run
5K run/walk, 10K run or kids fun run - benefits Child Abuse Prevention Education and Support
Florence
Sports
00000040
Dates TBD
Charity Golf Classic & Cocktail Dinner
2-day event with Friday night Cocktail Dinner and golf tournament on Saturday - benefits Warrior Surf Foundation
Charleston
Isle of Palms
Misc
00000041
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
00000042
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 VegFest
Family event focused on plant-based diet with live music, kids' fun zone - in partnership with Cotton Branch Farm Sanctuary
Columbia
Festival
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Dates TBD
Confederate Memorial Day
Observed state holiday
Statewide
Holiday
00000045
Dates TBD
Cruise-In
Trophies will be awarded - hosted by Ridge Runner Corvettes - benefits Service Dogs for Veterans
Greenville
Misc
00000046
Dates TBD
Eastover BBQ Festival & Jam Fest
2-day event with Friday night Jam Fest then parade and festival on Saturday
Columbia
Eastover
Festival
00000047
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
00000048
Dates TBD
Fair at Heritage Park
Amusement rides, live entertainment and shows, petting zoo
Greenville
Simpsonville
Fair
00000049
Dates TBD
Flopeye Fish Festival
Carnival rides, car show, live entertainment, food and craft vendors, fireworks
Chester
Great Falls
Festival
00000050
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 Landmarks for Families and Callen-Lacey Center
Charleston
Moncks Corner
Sports
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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
00000052
Dates TBD
Great Anderson County Fair
Midway with carnival rides, amphitheater with live entertainment, concessions, petting zoo, horse show
Anderson
Fair
00000053
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
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
00000055
Dates TBD
Lexington Wine Walk
Unlimited wine tastings, souvenir wine glass, food for purchase, live music - 21+ only event - benefits Lexington Beautification Foundation
Columbia
Lexington
Culinary
00000056
Dates TBD
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
00000057
Dates TBD
Lowcountry Shrimp Festival & Blessing of the Fleet
Live bands, art, lots of shrimp and other food, blessing of the shrimp fleet - benefits Cape Romain Environmental Education School
Charleston
McClellanville
Festival
00000058
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
00000059
Dates TBD
Main Street Jazz Fest
Family friendly event with local and national jazz stars performing, food and craft vendors, bring foldable chairs
Columbia
Concert
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Dates TBD
Miracles in Motion: 5K Walk, Run & Roll
5K, 1 miler and Kids’ Dash 5K plus family-friendly after party with music, food, bounce house and more - benefits The Therapy Place
Columbia
Forest Acres
Sports
00000061
Dates TBD
Myrtle Beach Bike Week and Spring Rally
Motorcycle events including rides/tours, entertainment, vendors
Myrtle Beach
Festival
00000062
Dates TBD
Myrtle Beach Classic
PGA golf tournament at the Dunes Golf and Beach Club
Myrtle Beach
Sports
00000063
Dates TBD
NAMIWalks Mid-Carolina
To raise awareness and funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness
Columbia
Sports
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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
2-day event includes live entertainment, children's activities, food trucks and vendors 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
Peach Tree 23 Yard Sale
Stretching 44 miles along SC 23 from Batesburg-Leesville to Modoc
Columbia
Batesburg-Leesville
Misc
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Dates TBD
Pedal Hilton Head Island
Various bike rides and live music - benefits The Boys & Girls Club of Hilton Head Island
Hilton Head
Sports
00000069
Dates TBD
Piccolo Spoleto Festival
17-day celebration of the arts includes live performances, exhibits, kids' activities, and more
Charleston
Arts
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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
00000071
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
00000072
Dates TBD
Red Rose Festival
3-day festival with live music, food trucks, car show, 5K, bazaar, kids zone, fireworks on Saturday night
Lancaster
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
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Dates TBD
Riverbanks Run
5K race along back roads, across Saluda River, and pass some of the most popular exhibits in the Zoo - spectators in parking lot at start/finish line only
Columbia
Sports
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Dates TBD
Rock the Sound
Live music, dinner, dancing, classic cars, cash bar - benefits the Port Royal Sound Foundation
Hilton Head
Okatie
Misc
00000076
Dates TBD
Rosewood Crawfish Festival
Lots of fresh crawfish and other tasty treats, live music, arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides
Columbia
Festival
00000077
Dates TBD
SC Strawberry Festival
Live entertainment, rides, car show, corn hole tournament, eating contests
Rock Hill
Fort Mill
Festival
00000078
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
00000079
Dates TBD
Spoleto Festival USA
17-day international festival for performing and visual arts
Charleston
Arts
00000080
Dates TBD
Spring Cup 400 NASCAR Race
NASCAR's Cup Series teams earn their Darlington Stripes at the track "Too Tough To Tame"
Hartsville
Darlington
Sports
00000081
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
00000082
Dates TBD
Sun Fun Festival
3-day event with live music, parade, US Army Golden Knights Parachute Team
Myrtle Beach
Festival
00000083
Dates TBD
Tails & Trails 5K
Run or walk the 5K with (or without) your furry friend followed by festivities - benefits Greenville County Animal Care
Greenville
Sports
00000084
Dates TBD
Taste of Beaufort
Live music, crafts market, beer and wine vendors, family activities, plenty of delicious food dishes - hosted by the City of Beaufort
Beaufort
Culinary
00000085
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
00000086
Dates TBD
The Big Nosh
Jewish Food festival features favorite noshes and a bake sale
Columbia
Festival
00000087
Dates TBD
Veterans Golf Classic
2-person teams with at least one team member being a veteran
Myrtle Beach
Sports
00000088
Dates TBD
Walk MS: Charleston
1.7 mile walk on supported and accessible routes plus other activities - leashed dogs welcomed - benefits National Multiple Sclerosis Society - Volunteer Here
Charleston
James Island
Sports
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Dates TBD
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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