Get Entertained in Small Town South Carolina

By:Nicole Newsome


With traditional Bluegrass concerts and cultural festivals, South Carolina has a diverse entertainment sphere that will suit the entire family.


Experience "Gemutlichkeit -- Good Spirits, Good Times, Laughter and Goodwill" at the annual Walhalla Oktoberfest in Oconee County. From polkas to wurst, kraut and strudel, this festival will cater to all of your German cravings. Travel to another culture with Gaffney's Irish Fest, which honors the city's heritage with dancing, road races and more. Or relive more than 230 years of local Southern heritage at the Heritage Jubilee Festival in Edgefield, the "Gateway of Southern History".

For the adventurer in all of us, SkyScapes of America in Anderson will have you soaring above the clouds during Balloons over Anderson, a festival where you can actually go mark "riding in a hot air balloon" off your bucket list. Or visit Ed Brown's Championship Rodeo in Blacksburg to soothe your inner cowboy.

There's so much to do in the Upstate, but if you just want kick back and relax to the sounds of the area, be sure to check out Music on the Mountain at Table Rock State Park. Also, the McCelvey Center's Southern Sound Series in York showcases both established and emerging Southern musicians.


In Aiken there is a special opportunity for lovers of the performing arts. The Joye in Aiken Festival brings the world's finest young musicians, actors, and dancers to the area via the Julliard School. The Hopelands Summer Concert Series is another way to spend an evening in Aiken, and is even free.

In historic downtown Camden, enjoy the Jazz Under the Stars block party. Or catch a performance at the historic Sumter Opera House. If you're in the mood for something fun and a little less musical, don't miss the Decadent Dreams Chocolate Festival & Fall Market in Rock Hill, where area confectioners display samples of their specialty treats. You also could start a new family tradition by attending the Boykin Christmas Parade, which starts off with what else but traditional southern road kill (aka barbecue).

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Come one, come all to you NASCAR fans out there. The Darlington Car Hauler Parade and Race Fest features the NASCAR Sprint Cup Teams transporters making their way to the Darlington Raceway for a festival to include inflatable rides, music and other festivities.

Keep up the trend of traditional, classic music with the Renofest Bluegrass Music Festival in Hartsville. The South Carolina Jazz Festival in Cheraw celebrates the classics with over 20 regional bands performing in eclectic venues.


In Santee, the four-day Lone Star Bluegrass and Country Music Jamboree draws a crowd from all over the state for a family-oriented festival of your favorite tunes. Don't forget to try the famous Lone Star barbecue while you're there.

On one of South Carolina's favorite non-commercial beaches, you'll find the annual Edisto Christmas Parade, Boat Parade, and Tree Lighting. The name says it all for this family favorite event.

For a laid back evening up the coast, enjoy some wine and music at La Belle Amie Vineyard in Little River. This lovely outdoor venue hosts many concerts, including several "Rock Back the Clock" Oldies nights.

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