Humanities Festival

Every year, SC Humanities sponsors the Humanities Festival in a community in South Carolina. Started in 1993 in honor of the Council’s 20th Anniversary, the Humanities Festival has been held in eighteen different South Carolina cities. Each festival celebrates the local history and culture of the host community, engaging the citizens in lectures, discussions, films, and exhibits and facilitating partnerships between cultural organizations and community groups. Will your city be next?

2016 South Carolina Humanities Festival
June 9 – 11, 2016
Beaufort, SC




The 2016 South Carolina Humanities Festival took place in Beaufort, SC on June 9-11, 2016. 

Arts, cultural and educational organizations from Beaufort to Bluffton and Hilton Head participated, presenting a wide variety of special events including lectures, films, tours, art shows, exhibits, performances and much more.

Participating organizations included Beaufort Arts Council, Beaufort County Historical Society, Beaufort County Library, Beaufort Film Society, Beaufort History Museum, Beaufort Mass Choir, Coastal Discovery Museum, Friends of Fort Fremont, Friends of Hunting Island State Park, Gullah Geechee Consortium, Heritage Library, Historic Beaufort Foundation, Historic Port Royal Foundation,  Mitchelville Preservation Project, Parris Island Historical and Museum Society,  Penn Center, Port Royal Sound Foundation, Maritime Center, Santa Elena History Center and the USCB Center for the Arts.

Learn more here!

BeaufortWaterfrontThe full schedule can be viewed at

More info about Beaufort:

Visit Beaufort, SC

City of Beaufort

Santa Elena

Previous Humanities Festival hosts

2015 – Camden
2014 – Walterboro
2013 – Summerville
2011 – Sumter
2010 – Chester
2009 – Bennettsville
2008 – Lake City
2007 – Newberry
2006 – Georgetown
2005 – Greenville
2004 – Winnsboro
2003 – Spartanburg
2002 – Pendleton
2001 – Florence
2000 – Beaufort
1999 – Aiken
1997 – Greenwood
1996 – Hartsville
1995 – Beaufort
1994 – Beaufort
1993 – Beaufort

Previous Humanities Festivals

2011 SC Humanities Festival – Sumter – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | pdf file

2013 SC Humanities Festival – Summerville – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | Word document

2014 SC Humanities Festival – Walterboro – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

2015 SC Humanities Fesitval – Camden – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

For more information about the South Carolina Humanities Festival, please contact us.