Sandlapper Society

What’s Happening in South Carolina

Artisphere

May 9–11, 2014: Artisphere is one of the biggest arts festivals in South Carolina where 100 artists from across the nation show everything from abstract paintings and photographs to 3D media to live music and art performances and much more.
artisphere.us • 864.271.9398 • Greenville

Red Rose Festival

May 16–17, 2014: The City of Lancaster celebrates the arrival of spring with the annual Red Rose Festival in historic downtown Lancaster. Featured events include two music stages with local and nationally acclaimed artists, an arts and crafts open market, Rosie's Fun Fest kids' area, a Festival of Foods concessions area, roaming entertainment, a triathlon and more!
lancastercitysc.com • 803.289.1492 • Lancaster

South Carolina Book Festival

May 16–18, 2014: The festival serves as the centerpiece for what has become South Carolina's premier annual literary weekend, featuring nearly 60 nationally known authors for readings and signings, loads of
booksellers and exhibitors, special ticketed events, master classes
and thousands of readers.
scbookfestival.org • 803.7 71.2477 • Columbia

Sculpture in the South

May 17–18, 2014: Get up close and personal with 35 renowned artists from across the country as they present their fine art sculpture in Summerville's Azalea Park. Artists demonstrate techniques and processes that show how sculpture is created.
sculptureinthesouth.com • 843.851.7800 • Summerville

Aloft 2014

May 23–26, 2014: Aloft offers a family-oriented, affordable and fun-filled weekend that includes more than 80 hot air balloons, concerts, disc-dog competitions, rides and games, fireworks, music, great food and much more.
aloft.org • 864.228.0025 • Simpsonville

Greater Greenville Scottish Games and Highland Festival

May 23–24, 2014: These games bring together generations and cultures in a celebration that embraces the complete complement of traditional Scottish Highland games. You'll enjoy culturally educational events, sanctioned competitions and a wide range of family entertainment.
gallabrae.com • Greenville

Gullah Festival

May 23–25, 2014: This celebration of Lowcountry culture and heritage is highlighted by authentic arts and crafts, exhibits, Gullah presentations, music, workshops, dance and regional foods.
gullahfestival.org • 843.525.0628 • Beaufort

Iris Festival

May 23–25, 2014: Thousands of Japanese irises in full bloom provide a picturesque backdrop for this festival. Events include arts & crafts vendors, a health fair, beauty pageants, "Gateway to Gardening," flower shows, music and fun for the entire family!
irisfestival.org • 803.436.2640 • Sumter

Piccolo Spoleto

May 23–June 8, 2014: The official outreach festival to Spoleto Festival USA, Piccolo Spoleto features artists from the Southeastern United States in all areas of performing, literary and visual arts, classical music, jazz, dance, theater, poetry readings, children's activities and more.
piccolospoleto.com • 843.724.7305 • Charleston

Spoleto Festival USA

May 23–June 8, 2014: Each year, Spoleto fills historic Charleston's theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with 17 days and nights of more than 140 performances of the world's best opera, theater, dance and chamber, symphonic and choral music.
spoletousa.org • 843.579.3100 • Charleston

Plum Hollow Festival

May 29–31, 2014: Where else can you enjoy great music while surrounded by great friends and the Blue Ridge Mountains? This festival is dedicated to the innovations made by creative artists breaking new ground with old music. Ticket prices include camping, parking and all concerts. Tickets may be purchased at the gate only.
moonshiners.com • 864.592.9899 • Campobello

Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival

June 6–7, 2014: This family festival will include an assortment of Gullah Geechee skits, storytelling, folklore music, dance, children performers, demonstrations and lectures on the history of sweetgrass basket making in the Lowcountry.
sweetgrassfestival.org • 843.884.9910 • Mount Pleasant

South Carolina Festival of Flowers

June 19–21, 2014: The George W. Park Seed Company's famous Trail Gardens features more than 1,500 varieties of annuals, perennials and vegetables. Tour the private gardens of local residents or visit the craft, art and photo shows.
scfestivalofflowers.org • 864.223.8411 Ext. 232 • Greenwood

Ag+Art Tour of Lancaster County

June 21–22, 2014: From down on the farm to down on Main Street, from Heath Springs to Indian Land and all points in between, arts meet agriculture with home-grown experiences for every member of the family. You will not be disappointed with the combination of farm-rich and culturally enriched sites to explore on a county-wide trek of highways and byways.
agandarttour.com • 803.289.1492 • Lancaster

Art in the Park

June 21–22, 2014: Since 1973, this event has been showcasing original Southeastern art such as paintings, woodworking, photography, jewelry, fabric, glass, metal, pottery and stone.
artsyparksy.com • 843.446.3830 • Myrtle Beach

SC Festival of Stars

June 27–28, 2014: The SC Festival of Stars is an Independence Day celebration that is hel annually on the last weekend in June. The festival begins with a Friday night “Concert in the Park” held at Ninety Six Town Park. The four-hour concert is free. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and prepare to b entertained!
festivalofstars.webs.com • 864.543.3396 • Ninety Six

Summerfest

August 23, 2014: Celebrating 31 years, Summerfest, the one-day festival held on the fourth Saturday of August in York, SC, has provided entertainment for the whole family. Admission is free! Shop the craft fair, eat in the food court and enjoy the classic car show; 10-K, 5-K, and fun runs; sports tournaments in golf, softball, and tennis; children’s activities, train rides, water ball excitement, zip line trills, robotics demonstrations, health fair for all ages, country music contest, music from several stages and much more. Evening concert begins at 6:00 pm.
yorksummerfest.com • (803) 684-2590 • York