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5 Festivals You Must Visit in South Carolina

From craft brews to a literary festival and a foodie trail, visitors can strike gold at these South Carolina. 

By Kevin Litwin on September 27, 2022

People outside sample beers at Palmetto Brewing in Charleston, SC.
Charleston / Courtesy of Palmetto Brewing

Must-attend events and festivals can be found throughout the year all over the state. While you’ll want to check out as many as possible, here are five festivals you must visit in South Carolina to help get you started. 

1. Charleston Beer Fest 

Charleston, SC
Craft beer from breweries around the Carolinas combine with music and great food to create this annual fall fest in North Charleston. Craft varieties include IPAs, stouts, sours, reds and ciders. 

2. Artisphere 

Greenville, SC
Greenville’s annual Artisphere will take place on May 12-14, 2023. This creative event attracts juried visual artists representing different mediums, such as glass, jewelry, painting, ceramics, wood and furniture.

3. Deckle Edge Literary Festival 

Columbia, SC
This downtown Columbia event offers book signings, panel presentations, writer workshops and activities for children and young adult readers. The next time the Deckle Edge Literary Festival will take place is Feb. 17-19, 2023. 

4. Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

Myrtle Beach, SC
Billed as “The East Coast’s Answer to the Sundance Film Festival,” the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival movie extravaganza takes place in mid-April each year. MovieMaker magazine ranks the celebration among the nation’s top 25 film festivals worth the entry fee. 

5. Gold Rush Festival

McCormick, SC
The city of McCormick celebrates its history of gold being discovered in the 1800s each September with its annual Gold Rush Festival. Activities include music, local crafts, culinary cuisine and kids’ entertainment. McCormick still has an active gold mine for visitors to explore. 

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