Spring weather brings plenty of options for outdoor fun, including horse races, street concerts and golf. To find more South Carolina happenings, see our complete Calendar of Events.
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Spring equestrian events
Get your tailgate tents and sun hats ready—spring brings the return of South Carolina’s favorite equestrian events in Aiken, Camden and Elloree.
Photo by Barry Bornstein/American Racehorse
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Old-fashioned fun awaits kids at this annual spring festival at Hagood Mill Historic Site in Pickens.
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RenoFest Bluegrass Festival
Reno and Harrell will be among the featured performers at this music fest in Hartsville the last weekend in March.
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Fans lined up to greet South African golfer Branden Grace after his dramatic win last year at this PGA Tour event in April at Hilton Head Island.
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Southern Sound Series
You can catch Steep Canyon Rangers in concert in York on March 10 as part of this annual concert series, with the final concert in April.
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The Way We Worked
This photo of young women delivering ice in 1918 is part of a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit about work in America that will be displayed at six S.C. sites, beginning in Dorchester County.
Courtesy of National Archives, Records of the War Department General and Special Staffs
Spring equestrian events | March and April
Get your tailgate tents and sun hats ready—spring brings the return of South Carolina’s favorite equestrian events:
Catch the first leg of Aiken’s Triple Crown at the 75th annual Aiken Trials, where young thoroughbreds race March 18 at Aiken Training Track.
- For details, visit aikentrainingtrack.com or call (803) 648-4631.
On March 25, horse races are all the rage at the Aiken Spring Steeplechase at Aiken Horse Park and at the Elloree Trials at Elloree Training Center.
- For details, visit aikensteeplechase.com or call (803) 648-9641; facebook.com/ElloreeTrials or call (803) 897-2616.
For an array of equestrian competitions featuring all ages, check out the Aiken Horse Show in Hitchcock Woods, March 31–April 2.
- For details, visit aikenhorseshow.org or call (803) 642-0528.
Mallet-wielding riders bring excitement to Powderhouse Polo Field on April 1 for the final leg of the Triple Crown, Pacers and Polo, with six chukkers in the day’s match.
- For details, visit aikenpolo.org or call (803) 641-3406.
A perennial favorite is Camden’s spring outing for those who love horse racing and tailgating. The Carolina Cup is set for April 1 at Springdale Race Course.
- For details, visit carolina-cup.org or call (803) 432-6513.
Southern Sound Series | March 10, April 22
Tune in to some of the best in contemporary Southern music in these performances at McCelvey Center in York. Next up on March 10 is Grammy-winning N.C. bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers, back by popular demand for the third consecutive year. Closing out the series April 22 is The SteelDrivers, a Nashville-based band that won a 2016 Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album.
For details, visit chmuseums.org/southernsoundseries or call (803) 909-7313.
Kids Fest | March 18
Ever hankered to pet a banjo? The Instrument Petting Zoo at this Hagood Mill festival in Pickens is your chance. Kids can have a go at playing traditional Appalachian instruments like fiddles, mandolins and washboards. Make and take your own kazoo, learn milling chores, play old-time games like sack races and jump the creek, and enjoy mountain music all day long.
For details, visit visitpickenscounty.com or call (864) 898-2936.
RenoFest Bluegrass Festival | March 24–26
Darlington County cranks up its annual bluegrass festival in downtown Hartsville with some of the country’s best bluegrass musicians, including Reno and Harrell, Flatt Lonesome and the Virginia Luthiers. Street concerts, jam sessions and music competitions fill the weekend entertainment lineup.
For details, visit renofest.com or call (843) 639-2988.
RBC Heritage | April 10–16
South African golfer Branden Grace dominated the final round of the RBC Heritage last year to claim his first PGA win. This year’s tournament, South Carolina’s only PGA Tour event, returns to scenic Harbour Town Golf Links on Hilton Head Island, promising its own drama. The Easter Sunday final round will be preceded by a nondenominational sunrise service on the 18th green.
For details, visit rbcheritage.com or call (843) 671-2448.
The Way We Worked | Through November
Spend your leisure time exploring how Americans have worked over the past 150 years in this Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit, which illustrates how jobs have shaped our culture. The first of six S.C. stops is the newly opened Dorchester County History Center in St. George, where the exhibit is on display through March 12. It travels next to Blythewood Historical Society, March 18–April 30; Pickens County Museum of Art & History, May 6–June 18; Chester City Hall, June 24–Aug. 6; McClellanville Arts Council, Aug. 12–Sept. 24; and Black Creek Arts Council, Hartsville, Sept. 30–Nov. 12.
For information on the traveling exhibit, visit schumanities.org or call (803) 771-2477.
For information on exhibit sites:
- Dorchester County Archives and History Center, dca-hc.com, (843) 563-0053
- Blythewood Historical Society, blythewoodhistoricalsociety.org, (803) 333-8133
- Pickens County Museum of Art & History, pickenscountymuseum.org, (864) 898-5963
- Chester City Hall, chestersc.org, (803) 581-2123
- McClellanville Arts Council, mcclellanvilleartscouncil.com, (843) 887-3157
- Black Creek Arts Council, blackcreekarts.org, (843) 332-6234