Get outside in the spring sunshine to enjoy classic cars, road races, kayaks on the river and much more statewide fun. For more South Carolina happenings, see our complete Calendar of Events.
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Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Air Show
The sky’s the limit for this display of impressive aviation stunts at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort.
Photo by Nick Halseth
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Colonial Times: Under the Crown and Colonial Trades
Go back to 18th-century America under British rule at this North Augusta event.
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Blue Ridge Fest
Classic cars and great shagging music are the stars of this annual festival in Pickens, hosted by Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative.
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Hit the streets of Aiken for fun and fundraising with celebrity runners and scenic routes, all hosted by Aiken Electric Cooperative.
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Southern Sound Series
You can catch The SteelDrivers in concert in York on April 22 before this annual concert series comes to a close for 2017.
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Tara Hall Paddlefest
Make a splash in Black Mingo Creek in Georgetown to raise funds for Tara Hall Home for Boys.
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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
Colonial Times: Under the Crown and Colonial Trades Fair | April 21–23
Step back in time and immerse yourself in 18th-century American life at Living History Park in North Augusta. The Brits occupy the Colonies, but rebellion is brewing. A new “Punch and Judy” show is featured, alongside militia drills, music and dancing, and period artisans demonstrating cabinet making, bread baking, weaving, gunsmithing and more.
For details, visit colonialtimes.us or call (803) 279-7560.
Southern Sound Series | April 22
The final concert for 2017 in this annual series at McCelvey Center in York 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.
Blue Ridge Fest | April 28
The party you love is back in Pickens for its 20th year, as Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative employees host their annual classic-car cruise-in and evening of live bands and shag dancing. If you own a classic auto, come line it up for the crowds to admire, then meet on the dance floor for music from Little Anthony and the Imperials, the Contours, Jim Quick & Coastline, and the Flashbacks. Proceeds benefit 12 Upstate charities.
For details, visit blueridgefest.com or call (800) 240-3400.
Run United | April 29
Run through historic Aiken with famous folks—including Olympic marathoner Pardon Ndhlovu, NBA champ Devean George, celebrity chef Havird Usry and Miss South Carolina Rachel Wyatt—at Aiken Electric Cooperative’s annual road races. Cash prizes go to top finishers in the half marathon, and family members signing up together get registration discounts and are eligible for cash-prize drawings up to $1,000. There’s a Kids’ Fun Run for the youngest set. The event benefits United Way of Aiken County, assisting local agencies that help community members in need.
For details, visit aikenco-op.org/RunUnited or call (803) 649-6245.
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort Air Show | April 29–30
Sky-high choreography and precision flying are in store at this free military aviation show. See the U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, aka the Blue Angels, in high-speed aerobatics and the GEICO Skytypers, who generate giant sky-typed messages in World War II-era aircraft. Also on tap are solo daredevil stunts by pilots Rob Holland and Mike Goulian and a dual routine by Class of ’45 pilots Jim Tobul and Scott Yoak, paying tribute to those who have flown and maintained combat fighters.
For details, visit beaufortairshow.com.
Tara Hall Paddlefest | May 13
It’s a fun-filled day on the water for you and your family; it’s a day for Tara Hall Home for Boys in Georgetown to raise funds for its programs for neglected, troubled and abused boys. Come paddle down Black Mingo Creek, join in barrel-boat races, and enjoy waterside games, music and food.
For details, visit tarahall.org or call (843) 546-3000.
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. It’s on display at 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:
- 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