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5 Entertaining Festivals in South Carolina

By: Christi Womack

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Getting an introduction to top destinations in South Carolina is easy when fun festivals are part of the travel plans.

Throughout the Palmetto State, celebrations of food, music and history offer opportunities to mingle with the locals and absorb the local culture. Put these five entertaining festivals on your South Carolina travel itinerary.

Charleston Wine + Food, Charleston

Charleston Wine + Food celebrates South Carolina’s renowned culinary scene. This annual festival showcases the Palmetto State’s top chefs, winemakers, authors, artisans and food enthusiasts. The festival consists of more than 100 events taking place in throughout the beautiful city of Charleston over five days in late February and early March. Participate in wine tastings, see cooking demonstrations and learn all about the art of cuisine in South Carolina. Charleston Wine + Food is a nonprofit organization that supports the surrounding area’s culinary and hospitality community.

Touring the Culinary Village at Charleston Wine + Food

Touring the Culinary Village at Charleston Wine + Food
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euphoria, Greenville

Delicious food and incredible music – what could be better? The euphoria festival was founded in 2006 by platinum-selling singer and songwriter Edwin McCain and restaurateur Carl Sobocinski with a mission to educate, entice, enlighten and entertain. The four-day affair in September includes tasting events, musical experiences, cooking demonstrations, wine seminars, multicourse dinners and live concerts. Expect to see award-winning chefs, master sommeliers and renowned musicians. This is the perfect event for lovers of good food, excellent wine and incredible music. To top it off, the local nonprofit community benefits from festival proceeds.

One of many live music performances during the four-day 'euphoria' event

One of many live music performances during the four-day 'euphoria' event
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Famously Hot New Year, Columbia

Famously Hot New Year, South Carolina’s largest New Year’s Eve event, is a can’t-miss celebration in the heart of Columbia, the state’s capital. The beautiful city has a reputation for being “famously hot,” and this event celebrates that fact. Enjoy live music and an incredible fireworks display right in front of the South Carolina State House. The best part? Admission is free! The annual event takes place Dec. 31 in the heart of downtown Columbia, where there are many restaurants, so you can enjoy dinner along with a spectacular show.

Fireworks illuminating the Columbia skyline during the Famously Hot New Year celebration

Fireworks illuminating the Columbia skyline during the Famously Hot New Year celebration
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Carolina Country Music Festival, Myrtle Beach

Every year, the Carolina Country Music Festival brings more than 30 of the industry’s biggest stars to the shores of Myrtle Beach. Enjoy scenic views of Myrtle Beach while watching headlining artists as well as up-and-coming musicians at this three-day festival in June.

Crowds gather in Myrtle Beach to enjoy country music performances with an ocean view

Crowds gather in Myrtle Beach to enjoy country music performances with an ocean view
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Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival, Hilton Head Island

Since 2002, Hilton Head Island has been participating in Concours d’Elegance, an event that emerged in the USA more than 60 years ago. The festival offers a stage for the most elegant, immaculate and flawless of classic cars to compete for the coveted “Best of Show” title. The affair has expanded to include a Motoring Festival, the only one of its kind along the U.S. East Coast. Expect to see a unique variety of car displays and automotive-themed exhibits at Concours d’Elegance in late October and early November.

Classic luxury cars on display during Hilton Head Island's Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival

Classic luxury cars on display during Hilton Head Island's Concours d’Elegance & Motoring Festival
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Getting There

Book international flights to Charleston (CHS), Greenville (GSP) and Myrtle Beach (MYR) airports in South Carolina. Rental cars, buses, shuttles and ride services are available to take you to your next destination.