Festivals & Events

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Festivals & Events 2018-05-22T15:51:49+00:00

Sweet Potato Festival

The longest-running festival in Darlington County, the South Carolina Sweet Potato Festival now attracts audiences of more 27,000 people. The daylong extravaganza includes children’s games, crafts, music, live entertainment, a car show and plenty of food, including sweet potato pie! Folks have been packing the festival for a day of family fun since 1983. The event honors the vital role sweet potatoes play in the economy of the Pee Dee.

Sponsored by the Pilot Club of Darlington. Admission is free. Held the second Saturday in October each year on the Public Square in downtown Darlington.

Taste of Darlington

For more than 20 years A Taste of Darlington has been a marquee event on the social calendar in the community. This year’s event will feature 17 grillers preparing main courses and over 15 stations featuring hors d’oeuvres and desserts. The annual culinary event benefits the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association (DDRA) and features some of the best cooks in the Darlington area. Sample various foods, beverages and desserts prepared by local chefs and cooks.

Freedom Fest

Join the Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce for our 5th annual Freedom Fest at Darlington Raceway – presented by the City of Darlington! The event will include food and beverage vendors, merchandise vendors, kids carnival, live music, and FIREWORKS all at the track Too Tough To Tame.

Speed & Feed BBQ Cookoff & Car Show

Darlington Raceway welcomes some of the top barbecue teams in the Southeast to the Pee Dee for the sixth annual Speed & Feed BBQ Cook-off and Car Show Saturday, November 10, 2018.

The event, which will be sanctioned by the South Carolina BBQ Association, one of the premier barbecue organizations in the country, will feature top BBQ cook teams vying to win the coveted $2,500 first-place prize.

Black Creek Kayak/Canoe Festival (Hartsville)

Activities during the day will take place at Lawton Park, Kalmia Gardens and Sonoco’s Lakeview Club in Hartsville.

Sanctioned by the American Canoe Association, the event will open at 9am and run until 4pm. During the day several kayak and/or canoe vendors will be demonstrating their products for interested parties. A number of nature-based organizations will have exhibits in the Lawton Park Pavilion. These exhibitors will include: Black Creek Land Trust, Pee Dee Land Trust, American Rivers, Kalmia Gardens, YMCA of the Upper Pee Dee, Clemson Extension Service, Black Creek Art Council artisans and Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge. Activities during the day will include daylong opportunities to paddle or race the 3.4 miles of picturesque Black Creek in Hartsville, South Carolina. Formal tours of Kalmia Gardens by assistant director Dan Hill are scheduled for 11am and 2pm. Naturally Outdoors of Florence will offer clinics during the day on basic paddling and water rescue techniques.

Taste of Hartsville

The Taste of Hartsville will be held at the DeLoach Center. Come to the Taste with an empty stomach and an appetite for the nest, mouthwatering delights prepared by local chefs and cooks in celebration of the area’s nest cuisine and beverages. Guests will enjoy listening to smooth musical tunes, fellowship with neighbors, and more food than they could possibly eat. Sorry, because libations will be served, no guests under 21 years of age will be admitted.

Society Hill Catfish Festival

This delightful festival honors a true southern delicacy, Catfish! Join us for the parade, games, and entertainment, auto, truck and motorcycle show, and 5K run/walk (with prizes). Craft and food vendors, including fried catfish.

Lamar Egg Scramble Jamboree

Taste of Lamar, beauty pagenat, parade, car show, fine arts and crafts, food vendors, stage shows, amusements and entertainment.