Summer is an excellent time to take a road trip through South Carolina’s Old 96 District. In addition to the warm weather and abundant outdoor scene across our five counties, it’s a great time to experience small-town charm through a number of unique local festivals. We’ve gathered a few of our favorite must-see festivals this summer in no particular order:
A “blooming good time,” the award-winning South Carolina Festival of Flowers brings the streets of Greenwood, SC to life with an impressive display of live topiaries. The main weekend of the 55th annual event held June 10-11, 2022, also features garden tours, live music, local artisans, vendors, and even a ladies’ luncheon.
This annual celebration is held in Trenton, SC on June 18, 2022. The festival features a parade, arts and crafts, food vendors, live music, and children’s rides and games. It’s part of what makes the Old 96 District such a destination for peach lovers!
Each year on Memorial Day weekend May 25-28, 2022, Ware Shoals hosts over 20,000 visitors to enjoy the large catfish feast. In addition to the catfish feast, the “feastival” also hosts a carnival, booths for arts and crafts, and the streets are roped off at night for dancing!
Begun in 2009 as a Fireworks Extravaganza, the Festival of Stars June 22-25, 2022, has quickly grown into much more, featuring its own beauty pageant, street dance, Star-Spangled Community Parade, activities, games, and the final event, a major Fireworks Display.
It’s a great way to celebrate Independence Day in style!
One of the most anticipated events in the region, this KCBS-certified BBQ competition transforms Greenwood, SC into a Southern foodie’s paradise from July 7-9, 2022, https://www.facebook.com/festivalofdiscovery. The region’s best BBQ places gather to compete for the crown in a wide range of categories. Visitors can also enjoy live blues performances throughout the event and explore local shops in the heart of Uptown Greenwood.
These are only some of the incredible festivals and events South Carolina’s Old 96 District has to offer throughout the year. Be sure to check out our Calendar of Events for the latest updates on event dates and details! You can also check out these itineraries to help with travel planning or explore deals and packages to get the most out of your visit. We hope to see you soon!