Looking for something to do in South Carolina during the month of November? No matter what your interests, you’re sure to find something that’s Just Right for you.
Here’s a list of upcoming festivals and events in November to help you make your plans.
Roper Mountain Holiday Lights – Greenville, Nov. 26-Dec. 30
Roper Mountain Holiday Lights features towering light displays depicting the holiday tradition. Composed of more than 200,000 lights, these displays are complemented by animation and landscape lighting, providing a spectacular light show.
The Arts Center of Clemson Holiday Art Show and Sale – Clemson, Nov. 1-Dec.30
Children's Garden Christmas & Kids’ Walk – Orangeburg, Nov. 26-Jan. 1
At the Children’s Garden Christmas and Kids’ Walk, a drive-through light display located in the beautiful Edisto Memorial Gardens hosts thousands of lights. Displays include still and animated displays of Old Man Winter, a snowball fight, Santa and his elves, and more than 60 lighted cherry trees. Enjoy a stroll through the Kids’ Walk, which features interactive light displays.
Chitlin Strut – Salley, Nov. 28
Thousands are drawn to this community to celebrate this unusual food item that has been a Southern tradition for more than 100 years. Activities also include a parade, hawg-calling and strut contests, food and craft vendors, a beauty pageant, carnival rides, an antique tractor show and a Chitlin Strut Idol contest.
Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival – Columbia, Nov. 6-8
The Craftsmen’s Christmas Classic Art & Craft Festival features original designs and work from more than 330 talented artists and craftsmen from across America. See the creative process in action as many exhibitors demonstrate throughout the event. There is something for every style, taste and budget with items from the most traditional to the most contemporary. This show is a winner of Sunshine Artist 200 Best Awards.
Holiday Lights on the River – Columbia, Nov. 25-Dec. 31
Enjoy the Midlands’ largest drive-through lights display! For 37 nights this holiday season, Saluda Shoals Park will come alive in a blaze of sparkling lights. Holiday Lights on the River features more than 300 themed light displays on a two-mile loop of the park!
Lights Before Christmas at Riverbanks Zoo – Columbia, Nov. 20-Dec. 30 (Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas Day and Dec. 26)
It snows every night during the holidays at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden’s largest and longest-running holiday tradition, Lights Before Christmas. With nearly a million twinkling lights and countless handcrafted animated images, Lights Before Christmas is a must-see for all ages.
Main Street Lights – Newberry, Nov. 20
Celebrate the start of the holiday season with lights and your favorite Christmas tunes! The annual tree-lighting ceremony kicks off Christmas celebrations in Newberry. Peruse downtown for early Christmas shopping treasures from street vendors and local shops.
Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup International, Steeplechase Race Day – Camden, Nov. 21
The Marion duPont Scott Colonial Cup is steeplechase horse racing’s premier event. Known as the place “Where Winners Become Champions,” the Colonial Cup draws more than 15,000 fans and horsemen from up and down the Eastern Seaboard.
Pee Dee Artisan Market – Florence, Nov. 8
The Pee Dee Artisan Market is the premier artisan event for the Pee Dee area. Only high-quality, unique artisans have been invited to participate in the market. All items featured at the market are handmade, and admission is free.
Revolutionary War Field Days – Camden, Nov. 7-8
The Revolutionary War campaign trail comes alive at the annual Revolutionary War Field Days weekend as some 400 reenactors and living history interpreters pitch tents where the British spent a rough year in 1780. Watch a battle daily at 1:30 p.m.
Society Hill Catfish Festival –Society Hill, Nov. 7
This delightful festival honors a true Southern delicacy, catfish! Join us for the parade; games; entertainment; auto, truck and motorcycle show and 5K run/walk (with prizes). Craft and food vendors, including fried catfish.
South Carolina Pecan Festival – Florence, Nov. 7
The South Carolina Pecan Festival is an award-winning community event held annually in downtown Florence. The all-day event is packed with arts and crafts, a variety of vendors, exciting kids’ activities, mouthwatering food and entertainment of all kinds throughout the day.
Underexposed Film Festival YC – Rock Hill, Nov. 13-15
The Underexposed Film Festival YC continues its focus on high-quality, independently created short films that engage, intrigue, enlighten, challenge and entertain our audience by going places and doing things that longer-format movies can only dream of.
COASTAL & ISLANDS
Art in the Park, Market Common – Myrtle Beach, Nov. 14-15
Art in the Park has been a favorite of the public since 1973. This event showcases original Southeastern art such as paintings, woodworking, photography, (semi-precious and precious) jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery and stone.
Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival – Bluffton, Nov. 7
The Bluffton International & Craft Beer Festival will offer an exceptional selection of more than 135 of the world’s best ales, stouts, lagers, pilsners and more.
Charleston’s Holiday Market – North Charleston, Nov. 13-15
The Holiday Market is your complete holiday experience, offering foods and fashions, gifts and glitter, music and magic — everything to make the holidays bright. This exciting Christmas extravaganza kicks off the season with specialty gift stores, fashion jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods, decorations and ideas, home accessories and décor, food and wine sampling, arts and crafts and, of course, Santa.
Christmas Wonderland – Little River, Nov. 26-Dec. 31
The City of North Myrtle Beach in partnership with Little Spider Creations is excited to announce a NEW holiday extravaganza! Celebrate the holiday season as North Myrtle Beach Park & Sports Complex transforms into a Christmas Wonderland with fun for the whole family.
Coastal Carolina Fair – Ladson, Nov. 1-8
When the weather gets a little cooler, the Coastal Carolina Fair is near. Come on by and enjoy thrill rides, games, family-friendly competitions and — oh, yes — the food. You can also enjoy nightly fireworks and live musical entertainment.
Dickens Christmas Show & Festivals – Myrtle Beach, Nov 12-15
Inspired by Dickens’ immortal book, “A Christmas Carol,” the show and festivals take place in a 19th-century holiday setting. You will find yourself magically transported back in time to an enchanting Victorian holiday marketplace.
Earl Klugh's Annual Weekend of Jazz – Kiawah Island, Nov. 12-14
After seven successful years and counting, Grammy-winning guitarist Earl Klugh brings his renowned 'Weekend of Jazz' to Kiawah Island Golf Resort. The organizers are committed to bringing their guests a one-of-a-kind musical and lifestyle experience with the very best talent, unforgettable collaborations, surprise guests, exceptional culinary and wine experiences, fitness, golf and more.
Harvest Festival – Johns Island, Nov. 7
Come on down to the Harvest Festival and enjoy some foot-stompin’ live bluegrass music from five local bluegrass bands. There is plenty to keep the kiddies occupied including hayrides, a stick pony corral, pumpkin decorating, penny diving, lasso demonstrations, crafts and more.
Hilton Head Bridge Run – Hilton Head Island, Nov. 15
Lace up and get ready to pound the pavement during the Hilton Head Bridge Run. The 10K run and 5K walk take participants over the scenic Broad Creek on the Cross Island Expressway.
Hilton Head Island Oyster Festival – Hilton Head Island, Nov. 13-15
Join us on Hilton Head Island for steamed, stewed and fried oysters! There will be other food like grilled chicken, hamburgers and hot dogs, too. This family event features live music and a kids’ zone including moon bounces, carnival games, prizes and much more!
Intracoastal Christmas Regatta – Little River, Nov. 28
The Intracoastal Christmas Regatta is a traditional holiday kickoff on the waterway in Little River and North Myrtle Beach. Every year, the curtain rises on this spectacular maritime parade at the Little River Inlet and travels south to arrive at Dock Holidays Marina. Several restaurants along the parade route plan special menus and events as part of the celebration.
Pim’s Corn Maze – Darlington, Nov. 1-7
The maze features seven acres of corn planted in a puzzling labyrinth of crisscrossing trails. An educational passport helps children find their way through. A working farm is available for school and group tours. A list of special events and coupons are available on the website.
Penn Center Heritage Days Celebration – St. Helena Island, Nov. 12-15
Heritage Days Celebration is a three-day cultural event celebrating the Gullah/Geechee/Sea Island history, folk arts, food, music, crafts and West African cultural legacy. Located at the Penn School, one of the first schools for enslaved Africans on St. Helena Island, visitors can experience the unique setting of the 50-acre historic campus of Penn Center.
Speed and Feed BBQ Cook-Off and Car Show – Darlington, Nov. 13-14
Darlington Raceway welcomes some of the top barbecue teams in the Southeast to the Pee Dee for the “Speed & Feed BBQ Cook-off and Car Show.” The event, which will be sanctioned by the South Carolina BBQ Association, one of the premier barbecue organizations in the country, will feature top BBQ cook teams vying to win the coveted $2,500 first-place prize while also earning a spot in the World Food Championships held in November 2015 in Las Vegas, Nev.
The Charleston Cup – Hollywood, Nov. 8
The Charleston Cup at the Plantation at Stono Ferry brings in top thoroughbreds from all over the country that compete in steeplechase and flat races. The Saturday race is preceded every year by a Friday night black-tie gala.
The Carolina Opry Christmas Special – Myrtle Beach, Nov. 2-Jan. 2
The magic of the season comes alive during November and December at the most colorful and eagerly awaited holiday music variety show in the South! The Carolina Opry Christmas Special has been a holiday family tradition for over 20 years. It’s warm, it’s funny, and it’s shamelessly sentimental.