Events in Charleston this May


Summer is almost here and that means all kinds of great festivals to ring in the new season! From the Charleston Bed Race to the Atlantic Cup, there’s an event for every taste this May in and around Charleston.

Here are many of the great events taking place this May in and around Charleston

Charleston Bed Race

When: Sunday, May 1st, 2016 | 2pm

Where: MUSC Health Stadium, Daniel Island

The Charleston Bed Race was established in 2010 as a local fundraiser benefiting children battling cancer. The original goals of the Race were to create a new way for the Charleston community to get involved with Camp Happy Days and to help children in South Carolina kick cancer one dollar at a time. Today, the Race is a well-loved event for all ages that still serves its main purpose of raising funds for Camp Happy Days, but also provides an opportunity to increase awareness of and interest in Camp Happy Days and our supporters. When participants, vendors, sponsors, volunteers, and spectators come to MUSC Health Stadium this year, they will join in the fun and excitement of this innovative Charleston race while helping to bring thousands of dollars in donations and attention and awareness to Camp Happy Days and the priceless support it gives to children battling cancer.

North Charleston Arts Fest

When: Now – May 7th, 2016

Where: Various Locations

The North Charleston Arts Fest is proudly produced by the City of North Charleston Cultural Arts Department. The annual nine-day celebration of arts and culture highlights national, regional and local artists and performers in the areas of Dance, Music, Theatre, Visual Arts, Crafts, Photography, Media Arts, and Literature.

Bluffton Village Festival

When: Saturday, May 7th | 10am – 5pm

Where: Old Town Bluffton

Get ready for an outstanding event featuring local and regional arts and crafts, great music and delectable local foods up and down the street, our hilarious Ugly Dog contest and the messy, funny pie eating contest.

The 38th annual Bluffton Village Festival is one of the best hometown events in the USA!

Anderson County Fair

When: Now – May 8th, 2016

Where: Anderson Sports and Entertainment Center

3027 MLK Jr. Boulevard, Anderson SC

Come out and enjoy the midway with carnival rides, amphitheater with live entertainment, concessions, petting zoo, horse show. Something for everyone at the Anderson County Fair!

Aiken Bluegrass Festival

When: May 13th and 14th, 2016

Where: Aiken Fairgrounds

561 May Royal Drive, Aiken, SC

Previously held at High Fields, just east of downtown Aiken, we got too big for our britches in 2014 and moved to the Aiken Fairgrounds, located at 1566 Columbia Highway North (Route 1 between the bypass and Interstate 20) in 2014. As always, we promise to bring in regionally and nationally acclaimed bluegrass artists for a two-­day gathering in a family ­friendly environment, including plenty of activities for our little bluegrass fans. Food and other vendors will be available to fill the belly and quench the thirst, so coolers will not be allowed on the festival grounds.

The Atlantic Cup

When: Saturday, May 28th, 2016

Where: Charleston maritime Center

The race starts at 12pm on Saturday, May 28th just off the Charleston Maritime Center. The best vantage point from land is the park next to the Maritime Center at the corner of Inspection and Wharfside Streets. Come down to the Maritime Center and bid farewell to the teams as they head north for the 642-nautical mile run to Brooklyn!

Iris Festival

When: May 27th – 29th, 2016

Where: Swan Lake Iris Gardens

822 West Liberty Street, Sumter, SC

Sumter's Iris Festival is South Carolina's oldest continuous festival and is consistently ranked among the top festivals in the Southeast.

The 3-day festival includes concerts, arts & crafts, plants & flowers, antique & classic car shows, and a number of contests and lots of children's activities.

The fun begins the evening before the festival, with the annual "Crowning of The King & Queen" followed by the "Taste at the Gardens", featuring great music and great food from some of the area's leading restaurants and caterers.

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