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 2020 Humanities Festival will be hosted by Berkeley County. The festival was originally scheduled to take place from Thursday, April 23 to Saturday, April 25, but the festival has been postponed. Stay in the loop by signing up for our e-newsletter at the bottom of this page or visit for updates.


highlights from the upcoming festival


Opening Ceremony

The festival kicks off with a welcoming from local dignitaries, performances from local singers including the MLK Choir, a pictorial slideshow of local history from Berkeley County Library system, an auction of Tom Curtis’s artwork, plus an array of restaurants offering a taste of local food with wine pairings.

Grants Writing Workshop

South Carolina Humanities is hosting a FREE grants writing workshop. The staff will lead participants in an overview of general grants writing tips and techniques and then will highlight funding opportunities for cultural projects and other cultural resources. Admission to the workshop is free, but registration is required. 


History Bus Tour

Explore the history of the community through a guided tour with historian, Carol Poole, starting at Fort Fair Lawn then to Biggin Church, Taveau Church, Mepkin Abbey, Strawberry Chapel, and Childsbury Settlement on the Cooper River. 

check out the full event schedule:

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.