Summer festivals are back in SC! Here are six of the best to try in June 2024

Memorial Day weekend may be over, but summer fun in South Carolina is just beginning.

With the warmer, sunny weather, the coming months will be filled to the brim with all kinds of outdoor festivals. Whether it’s a flower festival, a chance to listen to country music or a barbecue competition, there’s probably a festival for you.

Here are six of the best festivals scheduled for June in South Carolina.

Drift jam

If you have a boat or know someone who does, moor it near Spence Island for a day of live music on Lake Murray. This self-proclaimed “World’s Largest Floating Music Festival” will also be the last of its kind, according to the website. So if you’re ever thinking about giving it a try, it’s now or never.

Carolina Country Music Festival

The Carolina Country Music Festival brings more than 30 of country music’s top artists to Myrtle Beach and this year will be no different. Some of those in the lineup are Carrie Underwood, Morgan Wallen, Nate Smith and Old Dominion. If you’re looking for four straight days of country music entertainment, this festival is definitely for you.

South Carolina Flower Festival

Celebrating its 57th year, the Festival of Flowers attracts avid gardeners from across the US. Each year the festival features a fan favorite topiary show in downtown Greenwood. In recent years, appearances have included a giant elephant, a mermaid and even a Safari Jeep.

Other events this year include a look at the First Americans at the local museum, a bike ride, an arts and crafts show, community theater performances, garden tours, food tastings, ice cream and more.

For a complete overview of the events, please visit the website mentioned above.

Charleston Carnival

The Charleston Carifest is a Caribbean carnival celebration in honor of Caribbean American Heritage Month. The four-day event kicks off with a symposium and opening reception at the International African American Museum, followed by a parade, live music, food and more.

Southeastern BBQ Showdown

Prepare for this epic, first-ever BBQ battle in Segra Park. Held at the home of the Columbia Fireflies, the event has been dubbed the “first food sports competition to grace a sports stadium in the United States,” according to the event’s website. The main event will see 25 BBQ teams from across the country compete against each other. There will also be live music and a fireworks show.

South Carolina Sunflower Festival

Denver Downs Farm is once again hosting its annual Sunflower Festival. The farm has planted several hectares of sunflowers. There will be dozens of species for visitors to walk through, pick and photograph.

The event also includes more than 30 rides, activities and garden games. You will also have the chance to visit farm animals, enjoy good food and listen to live music.

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