From flower festivals to NASCAR and Gulla dancers, South Carolina hosts annual events to delight both residents and visitors. To ensure that your festivals and events bucket list includes ones not to be missed, a great site to investigate is “Top 20 Events & Festivals in South Carolina, USA.”
Festival and events season kicks off in March with a unique piano competition. Even numbered years feature contestants ages 13 to 17. Odd numbered years are for entrants 18 to 30 years of age. Pianists participating in The Peter Takacs Classical Sonata competition must perform a work by Haydn, Mozart or Beethoven. The Oberlin Conservatory professor for whom the event is named has been its sponsor and $500 prize donor since 1976.
Equestrian enthusiasts don’t have to wait until Kentucky Derby time in May to enjoy a day of social interaction, tail-gate parties and ladies and gents in fashionable attire because Camden hosts the world-renowned Carolina Cup steeplechase.
Need-for-speed fans will definitely want to be track side for The Southern 500. More popularly known on the NASCAR circuit as The Darlington 500, this always-sold-out event draws crowds of all ages from all across the USA in early May. For those who fancy themselves actually moving on a track as opposed to watching, the place to be in May is at Myrtle Beach’s 10-day Bike Week that includes motorcycle racing.
Memorial Day weekend 2016 will mark 30 years and counting for South Carolina’s Gullah Festival. Taking place in Beaufort, this event is sure to gets your toes taping and your hands and fingers clapping and snapping to the beat of songs and dances honoring early African-American settlers in the USA. In addition to music, this 4-day event includes the opportunity to purchase hand-woven craft items as well as to feast on soul foods made from original Gullah recipes.