Columbia Fall Festivals 2021

Chapin Labor Day Festival and Parade - Chapin, SC - Aug 29 to Sep 6, 2021
Enjoy free admission to a variety of activities including a classic car show, street vendors, children’s play area, live music, parade, and food!

Famously Hot Pink Half Marathon - Columbia, SC - Sep 13 to Oct 31, 2021
Going virtual for 2021. See the event website for more details. Normally: Half marathon, 5K, 10K run to raise funds for the Palmetto Health Breast Center. Since 1991.

Jubilee: Festival of Heritage - Columbia, SC - Sep 18 to Sep 18, 2021
This outdoor festival started in 1978, and continues to bring together artisans, dancers, musicians, and storytellers to celebrate South Carolina’s black history and culture on the grounds of the Mann-Simons Site. This family friendly event includes kids activities and games, house tours of the Mann-Simons Site and the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House, bus tours of significant sites in downtown Columbia, and more!

Okra Strut Festival - Irmo, SC - Sep 24 to Sep 25, 2021
Features a Friday evening street dance, a Saturday morning parade, arts & crafts, amusements & rides, live bands and festival food. Attendance is typically between 55,000-60,000 annually.

Gaston Collard & BBQ Festival - Gaston, SC - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
Barbecue competition, parade, live entertainment, kids’ rides, arts & crafts and more

Congaree Swamp Fest - Hopkins, SC - Oct 1 to Oct 2, 2021
Two days of BBQ, blues, Oyster Roast, vndors, kiddie rides, live music, and more! Friday ($40), Saturday night (free). Held at Harriet Barber House

Downhome Blues Festival - Camden, SC - Oct 7 to Oct 10, 2021
An award-winning event recognized for featuring legendary blues artists from around the globe. Draws music fans from around the Southeast.

South Carolina State Fair - Columbia, SC - Oct 13 to Oct 24, 2021
Equine events, Heritage Village, crafting shows, prince & princess pageant, fair food, entertainment and more. Held annually since 1869.

Famously Hot SC Pride - Columbia, SC - Oct 22 to Oct 23, 2021
The largest and longest-running Pride event in South Carolina. Street party and parade, live music, guest speakers, and more.