Annual Events & Festivals
Whether you're looking for a festival that welcomes Spring with beautiful blooms or a cultural experience that introduces you to history, York County has it.
Check out our ever-growing list of festivals and events, separated by season. No matter the time of year, York County has the perfect festival for you - Click the season below to find your next event!
**Due to Covid-19, some annual events and festivals have been canceled, postponed, or gone virtual**
March: St. Patrick's Day Festival
York County comes alive each year for a family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day Festival! Enjoy food and craft vendors, amusement rides, live bands, dog show, local entertainment and more at multiple festivals across the county. No admission fee.
Fort Mill- there are two annual St. Patrick's day events you can attend in Fort Mill for twice the fun! Check out Fort Mill's Main Street happenings with the Main Street Shamrock Jam, featuring a DJ, green beer, a leprechaun costume contest, and kid's activities! You can also head over to Baxter Village for their annual Spring Festival & St. Patrick's Day parade to visit over 100 vendors and live entertainment.
Rock Hill- going on for over 15 years, Old Town's St. Patrick's Day on Main Street Festival comes with live entertainment, beer, and food from several food trucks! There's also a place where kids can play at the play zone with games and entertainment, so there's fun for everyone!
Clover- this annual festival is a two day event, with a kick off event on Friday featuring live music, street food, and a beer garden! If that wasn't enough, continue the party on Saturday at Clover's annual St. Patrick's Day Festival downtown with a 5k run, dog show, and more live music!
York- while downtown York may not have an official St. Patrick's Day event, several businesses offer plenty of ways to celebrate with traditional Irish meals, green clothing for you and your dogs, and fun home decor!
Rock Hill’s annual salute to Spring brings together friends, neighbors, and festival-lovers from all over the world. Loaded with frogs, music, and fun, this ten day festival takes place in Rock Hill's iconic Glencairn Garden and other places around the city. Featururing over 80 events and activities for the entire family, you don't want to miss this festival! Come-See-Me debuted in the spring of 1962 as a community project to encourage tourists, relatives, and friends to visit Rock Hill during its most beautiful season.
**Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Come See Me Festival has been cancelled this year
Welcome to the Town of Clover’s Butts Cook-Off & Music Frenzy, formerly known as the Butts & Bluegrass BBQ Festival! Taking place at the Clover Community Park, you can sample some delicious BBQ at the Butts Cook-Off competition, sanctioned by the South Carolina Barbeque Association. Barbeque tickets are available for sale day of the event.
Enjoy the sweet taste of homegrown, sun-kissed strawberries at the South Carolina Strawberry Festival held at Walter Elisha Park in downtown Fort Mill, SC. From pig races to strawberry-topped pancakes and pageant queens, this multi-day event features live entertainment, arts/craft and food vendors, children’s activities and amusement rides to the delight of all ages.
“The more the berrier!”
**Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the SC Strawberry Festival has gone virtual this year
The Underexposed Film Festival yc, held at various locations across Rock Hill, showcases the best in indie filmmaking from across the world. It focuses on strength in storytelling, screening films that break down the fourth wall, and envelop the audience in the story. Filmmakers often share their experiences during question and answer sessions, giving festival-goers a glimpse into their vision and process.
**Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Underexposed Film Festival yc has gone virtual this year
Yap Ye Iswa is back! After a 12-year hiatus, this festival celebrates "Day of the Catawba" and brings fun and education on Catawba culture. Taking place on the Catawba Reservation itself, this festival brings traditional Catawba art, food, dances, pottery, and more! * No outside vendors; festival activities and events, arts and crafts arranged by Native Americans.
Enjoy the entire month of June experiencing agriculture and art throughout SC! It’s a free self-guided tour of designated farms in South Carolina featuring local artisans, farms, and farmer’s markets. During the tour, you can see first-hand where your food comes from, and watch artists at work, purchase their works and learn more about rural life. Locations change on a year-to-year basis, but there re over two dozen farms in York County that have participated since the beginning of this festival!
**Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Ag + Art Tour of York County has been cancelled this year
A two-day citywide event in Rock Hill honoring the oldest celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. The celebration brings together all Americans to honor our common bond of freedom. Juneteenth is celebrated on June 19. The event will be celebrated on the weekend closest to June 19. Events will begin on Friday, with a free concert at Fountain Park and will continue on Saturday with a festival of various activities for the entire family at Mt. Prospect Baptist Church.
July: July 4th Celebrations
There are so many ways to celebrate July 4th in York County that it's hard to pick just one! Almost every place across the county has a fun-filled event going on.
Tega Cay- the Tega Cay 4th of July celebration kicks off with the annual Land Parade, followed by the Boat Parade, with the always popular Carolina Ski Show Team. Bring the kids by the Pavilion at the Golf Club for the Splish-N-Splash Summer Bash and join the Tega Cay Lions Club for their annual Fish Fry. The evening wraps up with the city’s birthday party followed by fireworks!
Fort Mill- join Fort Mill for a good old fashioned 4th of July! Main Street will be closed down to be filled with vendors selling food and goods. The Independence Day Ceremony will kick off at 8:later in the evening, followed by cannons being fired off and fireworks!
Rock Hill- one of the biggest celebrations is Rock Hill's Red White & BOOM event featuring food trucks, fun, and Fireworks at the Fountain! Food Trucks will sprawl all the way down Black Street to the Fountain. There will also be drinks, mechanical rides and more in Old Town Rock Hill.
Lake Wylie- there isn't one specific event that goes on in Lake Wylie, but the Buster Boyd Bridge Boat Landing, Papa Doc's outside deck, Rey Azteca deck at Lake Wylie Plaza, Lake Wylie Italian & Pizza patio at Lake Wylie Plaza, Bagel Boat and Long Cove Resort are all the best places to see fireworks going off!
Historic Brattonsville- come check out period dressed interpreters celebrate Independence Day 1850s style at Historic Brattonsville's Independence Day celebration! See historical cooking demonstrations, firing demonstrations, dancing, and the reading of the Declaration of Independence!
Carowinds- the skies above the state line will be alive with a giant fireworks display at Carowinds' Celebrate America fireworks show! Spend a day thrill-seeking on some of the fastest rollercoasters in the South and beating the heat at Carolina Harbor, then sit back and enjoy the show when the sun goes down. The best news? You can also catch the fireworks on the 5th too!
SummerFest has provided entertainment for the whole family for more than 35 years in Historic Downtown York. Shop the craft fair, stroll the vendor-filled streets and food trucks, and enjoy the classic car show, golf tournaments, children’s activities, music from several stages and much more!
**Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Summerfest has been cancelled this year
Clover’s Annual Auto Show & Fall Festival is downtown Clover's family fun-filled event packed with activities such as kids’ activities, food vendors, arts & crafts, live music and a pretty cool car show! Judging for the Car Show will begin at Noon. Trophies will be awarded starting at 3:00 PM. Mark your calendars & join the Town of Clover and the Clover Jaycees for this fun event!!!
The Blues & Jazz Festival features blues artists from all over the nation, performing in various hot spots in Fort Mill and in Old Town Rock Hill, SC! This two day event is known for its infectious rhythms, soulful sounds and high energy performances. Join us as we celebrate the roots for modern music and some of the hottest blues entertainment around!
**Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, the Blues & Jazz Festival has gone virtual this year cancelled this year - find more information here
The Fall Festival, traditionally held the last Saturday in October at the Philip T. Glennon Center, offers a little bit of something for everyone. This event features arts & crafts, businesses, and food/beverage vendors. Fill your day with local entertainment hitting the stage along with the ever-popular kid zone! The day would not be complete without the Children’s Halloween Costume Contest and the Hula Hoop Contest for all ages.
**Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Tega Cay's Fall Festival has been cancelled this year
Held the second Saturday in November, the Blue Eagle Academy’s Walking Trail is the place to be for the only blended Scots-Irish cultural event in the South. Rich pageantry showcases traditional Scottish and Scots-Irish arts, crafts, athletics, music and honored customs. Free admission to event.
The main streets of Old Town in Rock Hill come alive each winter as a picturesque holiday village and outdoor walking art festival. ChristmasVille has over 70 events including horse-drawn carriage rides, historic tours, performing arts, a gingerbread house contest, a real ice skating rink, and more!
**Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, ChristmasVille has gone (mostly) virtual this year - find more information here
Carowinds sparkles with holiday spirit during WinterFest! Friends and family will be treated to an ultimate holiday celebration as the park magically transforms into a winter wonderland – full of enchantment, cheer, and classic family fun! WinterFest is packed with all the sights, sounds, food, and experiences of the holiday season.
**Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Carowinds Winterfest has been cancelled this year