Summer in South Carolina is ripe with opportunities for gathering. Gathering for a satisfying meal, lively music, crisp cocktails or simply a celebration of the friends, family and neighbors we’re happy to do life with. Whatever you’re tastes and wherever you find yourself, we invite you to continue celebrating summer across the Palmetto State. Here’s a list of popular and unique events happening in South Carolina during August and September.
August 3 & 4
Little Mountain Reunion Festival, Little Mountain, SC
This little festival has a whole lot of heart. Ask anyone from Little Mountain, South Carolina… It’s a place where everyone you meet seems like family. Come make some friends, eat something yummy, tap your toes and have some fun. It’ll feel like coming home!
Palmetto Tasty Tomato Festival,Columbia, SC
A homegrown, juicy tomato in the summertime is worth celebrating. So are the people who grow, serve and eat them! This festival in South Carolina’s capital city was named one of Southern Living’s “Best in the South” list of things to do, and we’re pretty sure you’ll agree.
August 24 & 25
Williamston Spring Water Festival,Williamston, SC
Every year during the last weekend in August, antique cars, amusement rides, festival fare and the sounds of the summer transform Mineral Springs Park in Williamston, SC into one of the most charming venues for family fun you’ll ever experience.
August 24 & 25
There’s so much to experience at York’s annual celebration of summer, you’ll be wishing you had more than one weekend to take it all in! It’s the kind of festival where there’s something for everyone to eat, shop, play, listen and admire.
August 31 & Sept. 1
Beach, Boogie & BBQ,Myrtle Beach, SC
Barbecue by the beach? Yes, please! This annual festival on South Carolina’s Grand Strand will feature live music, tasty barbecue and tons of family-friendly fun. They’ll be arts and crafts vendors and a beer and wine garden, too!
Bojangles’ Southern 500,Darlington, SC
The Official Throwback Weekend of NASCAR takes place each Labor Day Weekend at Darlington Raceway – the track that’s “Too Tough To Tame!” Come experience 40 of the best drivers in the world go head to head in Darlington, SC.
September 7 & 8
Aiken’s Makin Arts & Craft Show,Aiken, SC
Voted Southern Living’s Best Small Town for 2018, Aiken, SC is a no longer a hidden gem! Come discover what’s so special about this town at its featured arts and crafts festival. Aiken’s Makin’ is a juried showcase with all of your festival favorites in food and entertainment, plus an unexplainable charm that will keep a smile on your face long after you leave.
Gold Rush Festival,McCormick, SC
McCormick is a small town located on South Carolina’s Freshwater Coast. It was originally built on a gold mine, and some would argue it’s still a gold mine for natural beauty and friendly people. Join the town this September for its annual Gold Rush Festival.
This four-day food and wine festival features intimate musical experiences, cooking demonstrations and wine seminars, as well as multicourse dinners and live music concerts. If you haven’t visited Greenville yet, euphoria is the perfect excuse to get away to South Carolina’s Upstate.
Sumter County Fair,Sumter, SC
The old-time carnival comes alive as area farmers bring their prize-winning animals for competition, and folks show off their award-winning pickles and succulent jams. And a day at the fair is never complete without cotton candy!
September 27- October 7
MOJA Arts Festival,Charleston, SC
Close out the summer with Charleston’s MOJA Arts Festival, a celebration of African-American and Caribbean Arts. You’ll have the chance to experience everything from visual arts to classical music, dance, poetry, theater, children's activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food and more.