When you think about music festivals, you might be tempted to associate these day- or week-long events with major cities like New York, Los Angeles and Miami. However, there are other parts of the nation that also offer their own musical extravaganzas that fans can enjoy. One example of this is South Carolina, where music festivals are as diverse as the people who live in the state.
Whether you’re looking for local Appalachian music or you want jazz or chamber music, you can find these festivals and more throughout the state. Some cities are known for hosting festivals at a certain time of the year, while others are just starting to offer these events. The sections below list some of the many different festivals you can enjoy in South Carolina.
Carolina Country Music Fest
The Carolina Country Music Fest (CCMF) is a summertime staple that takes place in Myrtle Beach. It’s been going for several years and attracts fans from around the United States. In the past, this festival has included country music favorites such as:
- Florida Georgia Line.
- Dan + Shay.
- Luke Bryan.
- Toby Keith.
CCMF is the largest three-day country music festival on the East Coast, and it takes place right on the ocean. If you’re looking to kick off the summer with some country music, CCMF should be your next festival destination.
South Carolina Chamber Music Festival
February in Florence, SC, means it’s time for the South Carolina Chamber Music Festival. This event takes place at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center, and it draws classical artists from around the world. Different styles and instruments are showcased, which helps you to learn more about the diversity within chamber music.
Whether you’re looking to dip your toes into the world of classical music or you’re a longtime fan, this festival has performances you’re sure to enjoy.
Trondossa Music & Arts Festival
If you’re interested in supporting South Carolina’s music scene, you’ll enjoy the Trondossa Music & Arts Festival. This fest takes place on the river in North Charleston, and in 2019, the festival’s first year, it featured six bands from the local area. Groups that performed include:
- Widespread Panic.
- Umphrey’s McGee.
- The Wood Brothers.
- Rainbow Kitten Surprise.
- The Marcus King Band.
- Caroline Rose.
Long Creek Music Festival
If you aren’t married to a particular genre and want to hear good music, the Long Creek Music Festival (LCMF) might be a good option for you. This fest takes place over Memorial Day weekend at the Chattooga River Resort and Campground in Long Creek.
Unlike traditional music festivals, LCMF doesn’t stick to a certain type of music when it’s establishing its lineup. Instead, listeners can expect to hear the best music being produced in all different genres. Paired with the natural beauty of the region, the festival’s effect is unlike anything else you’ve experienced before.
Jam Room Music Festival
If you’re looking for a quick one-day festival, the Jam Room Music Festival might be just what you’re after. This free event takes place in Columbia, and two different stages are used to maximize the amount of artists who can perform. The Jam Room Music Festival is in October and features a variety of performers.
The festival is also easy to find. It’s located in downtown Columbia right at the corners of Hampton and Main Streets. Drinks and food are available for sale at the festival.
Carolina Downhome Blues Festival
No trip to the South is complete without listening to blues music. If this is your idea of a good time, look no further than the Carolina Downhome Blues Festival. This event takes place in Camden, SC, and 2020 will mark 25 years that the festival has been operating. The Carolina Downhome Blues Festival continues to draw listeners from around the southeastern part of the United States, and if you’re looking to give blues music a try, this is the place for you.
If you’re a seasoned blues listener, you’ll like this festival because of the variety of musical styles it offers. The different types of blues you can expect to hear at this festival includes:
- “Roadhouse” blues rock.
- Lowcountry blues.
- Folk blues.
- Acoustic blues.