Humanities Festival

Every year, South Carolina Humanities sponsors a Humanities Festival in a community in South Carolina. Established in 1993 in honor of South Carolina Humanities’ 20th Anniversary, the Humanities Festival has been held in 20 different communities. Each festival celebrates the local history and culture of the host community, engaging the citizens in lectures, discussions, films, and exhibits and facilitating partnerships among cultural organizations and community groups. 

SC Humanities is pleased to announce that the 2021 Humanities Festival will be hosted by Horry County. The festival will take place from August 19 – August 22, 2021. Sign up for our e-newsletter to stay in the loop about the 2021 South Carolina Humanities Festival.

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highlights from the upcoming festival

Thursday, August 19 • 2:00 - 4:00 PM

Opening Ceremony

The festival kicks off with a welcoming from local dignitaries and an appearance by Tony award-winning actress and singer Melba Moore.

Festival Golf Tournament

Enjoy the sights and sounds of Horry County at the Festival Golf Tournament. Team tickets, individual tickets, and signs are available for purchase at the link below. 

Friday, August 20 • 2:00 - 4:00 PM

History of Horry County

Join Marian Calder, Education Specialist at the Horry County Museum, for a fascinating program on the history of Horry County. Don’t forget to experience the living farm during your visit! 

Saturday, August 21 and Sunday, August 22 • 1:00 - 6:00 PM

Atlantic Beach Concert

Join us at Atlantic Beach for an outdoor afternoon event featuring entertainers and special guest speakers paying tribute to the area’s rich culture and history.

Interested in participating?

Registration is now open for vendors, speakers, host sites, and volunteers. Download the registration form below or visit www.una-spsc.org for more information.  

Previous Humanities Festival Hosts

2019 – York County
2018 – Aiken
2017 – Gaffney
2016 – Beaufort
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

2019 SC Humanities Festival – York County – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

2018 SC Humanities Festival – Aiken – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

2017 SC Humanities Festival – Gaffney – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

2016 SC Humanities Festival – Beaufort – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | PDF File

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

2014 SC Humanities Festival – Walterboro – ARCHIVED SCHEDULE OF EVENTS | Word document 

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

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

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