Local Area EventsListing Calendar
Anderson International Festival
The Anderson International Festival (AIF) theme for the 2014 festival will focus on Japan. Featuring a variety of special events throughout Anderson County, the festival will include lectures, films, performances, exhibits, religious ceremonies and much more designed to foster a deeper understanding of Japanese culture and history. Events will run January 24-March 30, 2014.
Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee
This springtime festival is a weekend of quality arts and crafts, antiques, a variety of musical entertainment, historic tours, bike rides, unique shops and restaurants.
Over 300 artisans vie for the coveted 100 spaces. Local and regional entertainers fill the air with music. Due to the festival’s reputation for consistency and quality, thousands of people pour into historic Pendleton the first weekend in April. As patrons look at unique, one-of-a-kind arts and crafts from around the country, live entertainment fills the air with music and local food vendors tempt you with smells of delicious foods.
For more information, visit the Historic Pendleton Jubilee online.
Pickens Azalea Festival
The Pickens Azalea Festival is held in mid-April on Main Street in Pickens. This two-day event offers children's games, a complete variety of foods, arts and crafts, and live entertainment during the day. Bring your classic car and enter it in the Cruise In (no entry fee or application required). History comes alive with tours of the downtown, Hagood-Mauldin House and the Pickens County Museum. Admission is free. Visit Pickens Azalea Festival online for more information.
City of Central Railroad Festival
Celebrate the city of Central's railroad heritage, featuring music and railroad festivities. The Railroad Festival features tours of the Central Railway Museum, local food, music and arts and crafts vendors. The museum features model train layouts including the only operational Standard Train layout in a public museum in the United States! Admission is free. Visit Central Railroad Festival for more information.
Mayberry in Westminster
Sheriff Andy Griffith and Deputy Don Knotts look-a-likes, Aunt Bea and Goober look-a-likes, bring your costumes and enter the Look-a-like contest at the Mayberry in Walhalla festival! You can also enjoy music and food and crafts, an old car display, view the Mayberry parade or buy Mayberry merchandise. The City of Walhalla is located just 30 minutes from the campground.
Artisphere is a three-day event highlighting the arts in our area. Artisphere brings in patrons from all over the world for this spectacular arts festival. Artist Row presents 100 of the highest caliber visual artists from across the United States and beyond. Artist mediums include: ceramics, photography, glass, jewelry, metal works, printmaking, graphics, drawing, pastel, painting, mixed media, sculpture, woodwork, fiber, and furniture. Artisphere was voted a top 20 event in the Southeast.
Greenville Scottish Games
The colors, tastes, sights & sounds you will experience are all evocative of clan life in the wild Highlands of Scotland. The Championship Heavy Athletic competition is drawn from the warrior traditions at ancient clan gatherings, as is the Highland Dancing competition. The Southern Piping Championship will remind you vividly of how the Great Highland War Pipes were an integral part of every Scottish clan marching into battle. The crafts - from the weaving of tartans to the stained glass demonstrations - would have been all around you at a Gathering of the Clans from long ago. Visit Greenville Games online for more information.
Children visiting our Games will have their own miniature Scottish village, called Wee Scotland. They have their own crafts, athletic events, "mountains" to climb, & much more, all the while absorbing a bit of the culture. The Border Collie Trials and Great Scot! Young Writers Contest are very popular, too!
Summer Chautaqua Festival, Greenville
Greenville Chautauqua produces interactive educational theater performed by professional scholar/actors. Our audiences are taken on an Astonishing Journey into the Past, where historic figures like Thomas Jefferson, Rosa Parks, and Eleanor Roosevelt appear on stage, and the audience can question them. It's fun to talk back to history. Winston Churchill will be coming in 2012. Visit Greenville Chautauqua online for more information.
Main Street Car Show
Downtown Anderson, Main St. Held each year on the Saturday before Father's Day in June, the Main Street Car Show is hosted by our local Main Street organization. Come see antique and unique cars and trucks, and take in Downtown shopping and dining while you are here.
On the evening before Independence Day, Clemsonfest provides the only opportunity to see a major fireworks display over beautiful Lake Hartwell. Join thousands of revelers for family fun in the early evening with games, food, and crafts. Later enjoy doing South Carolina's official dance, the Shag, to the best of hot beach groups or bluegrass music as the fireworks ring in the 4th.
South Carolina Apple Festival, Westminster
The Upcountry’s salute to the apple, the SC Apple Festival celebrates the beginning of apple harvest season in Oconee County, the largest apple producing area in the state. The annual festival starts on the Tuesday after Labor Day and continues to the following Saturday. The week long activities include arts, crafts and food vendors, a Chattooga River Float, live entertainment by a variety of musicians and the annual Apple Festival IPRA sanctioned World Championship Rodeo, and much, much more. Most of the events are free and are planned with the family in mind.
Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair
Get ready for old-fashioned fun at the fair. The Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair in Fair Play. Livestock, rides and games, crafts, exhibits, clowns, antique tractors, farm equipment, loads of entertainment, and, of course, that delicious fair food. You can even bring your well-behaved dog to participate in the Pup Parade and Pagaent.
See dairy cows and beef cattle, goats and hogs, rabbits and goats, roosters and chickens. Watch lumberjacks throw their axes and cut and chop logs. There will be wagon rides, a hay maze, petting zoo and pony rides. A fireworks show caps off the final night.
For more information, visit Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair .
Belton Standpipe Festival
The Belton Standpipe Heritage & Arts Festival is a festival celebrating the City of Belton and the Belton community. The excitement includes entertainment, games, rides, children's area, exhibitions and much more continuing throughout the day. An open car show is a main attraction of the festival. Cars range in type from a 1953 Corvette to a 1997 low-rider pick-up truck to a Model-T.
Entertainment on one stage will provide the crowd with great music that they can sing along to, dance to or just enjoy.
The evening ends with a spectacular fireworks finale.
Balloons Over Anderson
Come enjoy an old-fashioned, fun-filled weekend as hot air balloons take to the air at Balloons Over Anderson! Learn about ballooning at the History of Ballooning tent. Want to become a hot air balloon Pilot? We can help you with that as well! The Saturday evening balloon glow is a must see! All balloons will inflate at dusk to illuminate the night sky (weather permitting).
A Classic Car Cruise In will be lining up on Saturday for your trip down memory lane! Anyone with a classic vehicle is invited to show it off at the festival and is open to all makes and models.See Remote Control Airplane demonstrations. You will be amazed at the aircraft as well as the pilot's skill! The kids will be entertained with Thomas The Train and many other inflatables. What kid doesn't like jumping and sliding?You will enjoy DJ Damen Downs. Damen will entice you with his music and charm you with his enthusiasm!
The annual Roper Mountain Rotary Holiday Light Show opens on Thanksgiving night and runs through the end of December.
The Celebration of Lights is celebrated at the Upper SC State Fairgrounds near Easley with over one million lights which can be driven through. The Celebration of Lights is open nightly from Thanksgiving through Christmas Day. Admission is charged.
Anderson Lights of Hope is celebrated at Darwin Wright Park just off I-85 at exit 21. It is a 7/10 mile drive with over one million colored lights through both animated and stationary displays. The Lights of Hope is open nightly from Thanksgiving to Christmas Day. Admission is charged.