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October 4-5, 2019
25th Annual Beaufort Shrimp Festival
Beaufort, South Carolina
This two-day festival is a celebration of SC Wild Caught Shrimp, local food and fun in the Lowcountry.   "Be ready to dance your shrimp tails off and come with an empty stomach”   Local restaurants will put their unique spins on fresh local shrimp, available to attendees, and will compete for the “Best Shrimp Dish" and "Best Booth Decoration" voted by a panel of judges, and the “People’s Choice”, chosen by festival attendees.  Alternative foods will be available for the shell-fish intolerant.  Also adults will be able to participate in a shrimp heading competition and children in a shrimp peeling competition for various prizes. LIve music.

October 4-5, 2019  37th Annual Gaston Collard & BBQ Festival
Gaston, South Carolina
Come join the fun at the Gaston Collard and Barbeque Festival.  Free rides, vendors, exhibitors, crafters, entertainment, auction and lots more!

October 4-5, 2019  Annual Squealin' on the Square
Laurens, South Carolina
KCBS State Championship BBQ Cook Off, great lineup of entertainment, Little River Bridge run/walk, wine tasting, arts, Great American Bake Sale. Decorate your wheels for the All Wheels Parade.

October 5, 2019  Spartanburg International Festival
Spartanburg, South Carolina
People from more than 75 countries reside in Spartanburg, South Carolina and more than 100 international businesses make Spartanburg their home. In 1985 the City of Spartanburg hosted its first International Festival to celebrate Spartanburg's diverse community, today the International Festival has expanded its International connection to reach a more global audience attendance.  The Spartanburg International Festival is held each fall in beautiful Barnet Park. More than 12,000 people attend annually to celebrate and explore the world through food, music, dance, folk art and more.  Attendance: 12,000.

October 9-20, 2019  150th South Carolina State Fair
Columbia, South Carolina
Recognized as one of the TOP 50 Fairs in the United States. The fair features nationally recognized entertainment in the grandstand, stages with a variety of acts such as comedy, bands, dancers, local entertainment and entertainment from across the state.  The midway is provided by North American Midway Entertainment (NAME). Art, home arts, horticultural, agricultural and livestock competitions exhibits draw both rural and urban crowds.  The South Carolina State Fair strives to provide a clean, safe, family-oriented atmosphere, while offering fun, food, recreation, education, and great competitive exhibit opportunities for all to enjoy.  Famously Hot Chef Showdown; Donkey & Mule Shows; Special Flower Show; Home & Craft Demos; One Eared Cow Glass Showcase; Agriculture, Cattle, Dairy Goats, Sheep, Small Stock; Midway, Entertainment, Rides, Midway Games, etc.


October 11-13, 2019  Fall for Greenville - Greenville, South Carolina
Discover a world of tempting tastes, sights and sounds, as mouthwatering aromas carry you along downtown Greenville's Main Street. With over 40 of Greenville's finest restaurants showcasing almost 200 menu items, Fall for Greenville offers something for everyone.

October 12, 2019  37th Annual Sweet Potato Festival
Darlington, South Carolina
The longest-running festival in Darlington County (since 1983), the SC Sweet Potato Festival now attracts audiences of over 30,000 people. Attractions include games for the children, crafts, music, live entertainment, a car show and plenty of food, including sweet potato pie! 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.  Attendance: 30,000.

October 12-13, 2019 - Little River ShrimpFest
Little River, South Carolina
Located on the historic waterfront in beautiful Little River, this festival provides a family oriented party that is fun for all ages.  Entertainment includes arts and crafts vendors, live music all day and a famous Shrimp Cookoff.

October 12-20, 2019  15th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival - Bluffton, South Carolina
A myriad of activities, showcasing the locally harvested seafood, delicious Low Country cuisine, rich history, great art and Southern hospitality found only in Bluffton, known for its quirky art community and natural river beauty. There is truly something for everyone!

October 13, 2019 - Taste of Charleston - Charleston, South Carolina
The Charleston Restaurant Foundation (CRF) is pleased to announce the return of Taste of Charleston, taking place at Riverfront Park. One hundred percent cashless, this new and improved culinary event is the first in Charleston to use RFID wristbands, allowing guests to preload points to be redeemed for bites and sips from over 40 of Charleston’s most beloved restaurants. Live entertainment, a new Charleston Cultural Center, Kid’s STEAM Kitchen area, Private Cabanas for elevated event experience and a special VIP section with chef demos will take the Taste of Charleston to new heights and allow guests to experience the very best of the city’s award-winning dining scene.

October 14-18, 2019 - National School Lunch Week - Nationwide
School Nutrition Association.

October 19, 2019 - 40th Annual Loris Bog-Off Festival
Loris, South Carolina
Chicken bog is a pilau dish made of rice, chicken, celery, spices, and often sausage. Over 200 craft, retail, and food vendors, chicken bog cooking contest, live music, fireworks, children's pavilion and much more.  Come visit Loris for a day of fun.


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October 14-22, 2017  13th Annual Historic Bluffton Arts & Seafood Festival - Bluffton, South Carolina
A myriad of activities, showcasing the locally harvested seafood, delicious Low Country cuisine, rich history, great art and Southern hospitality found only in Bluffton, known for its quirky art community and natural river beauty. There is truly something for everyone!


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October 11, 2015  Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry Dinner
Charleston, South Carolina
No child in should grow up hungry in America, but one in five children struggles with hunger. Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending childhood hunger in this nation by connecting kids in need with nutritious food and teaching families how to cook healthy, affordable meals. You can help surround kids with the nutritious food they need where they live, learn and play.

October 14-15, 2015  Conway BBQ Fest - Conway, South Carolina
UNDER NEW MANAGEMENT! The Conway BBQ Fest, formerly the St. Nicholas BBQFest, is now in its 11th year. St. Paul's Apostolic Church founded the festival in 2004 and the event has grown to over 8,000 attendees in 2014. Conway Area Philanthropists, a local non-profit organization inherited the Festival and continues the southern BBQ tradition in Conway, South Carolina.



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