Music, Arts, Sports and Food: Yearly Events for Everyone.

It’s always a good time to visit Santee Cooper County, South Carolina! From spending the long summer days on the water to enjoying beautiful lake views from a cabin in the winter, there are plenty of things to do year-round here in Santee Cooper County. Known as a nature lover’s paradise, Santee Cooper County invites you to visit our little piece of heaven.

Spring & Summer Events.



unique performances in historic theatres & outdoor spaces
within the community.


PUDDIN SWAMP FESTIVAL AND TASTE OF PUDDIN SWAMP FESTIVAL. Wekend filled with carnival rides, vendors, bands and
food sampling. Turbeville Town Hall (803) 659-2781.

GOVERNOR’S FROG JUMP.Enjoy an all day event in downtown Springfield including a frog jumping contest. 803-258-3152

man and woman in boat with large catfish

CLARENDON CLUB EASTER EGG HUNT. Free hunt for children up to 10 years of age. Clarendon Club in Summerton 803-478-2010

ORANGEBURG FESTIVAL OF ROSES. Located at Edisto Memorial Gardens, join this celebration of the beginning of the rose blooming season. Music, vendors, sports, races, arts & crafts. Fun for the whole family. Admission is free. 803-534-6821

ANNUAL STRIPED BASS FESTIVAL. Downtown Manning. A festival of spring. Free admission. Parade, carnival rides, vendors, street dance. Santee Cooper Open Team Fishing Tournament. 803-435-4405

BASSMASTER ELITE SERIES FISHING TOURNAMENT. Open to the public. Event weight in located at John C Land Landing. 803-435-4405


SUMTER IRIS FESTIVAL. Witness the beauty of beautiful blooming Japanese isis. This festival is South Carolina’s oldest continuous festival and is consistently ranked as a top festival in the southeast. Free admission. 803-436-2640


BIG DADDY FISHING TOURNAMENT. Santee State Park, Santee. Children ages 3-12 and must be accompanied by an adult. 803-854-2408


RAYLRODE DAZE FESTIVAL.Downtown Branchville festival that commemorates the town’s railroad heritage. Train rides, can-can girls, gunfights and much more. 803-274-8820

Fall & Winter Events.


ORANGEBURG COUNTY FAIR.Agricultural fair with sponsored 4h events. Including dairy cows, heifers, chickens, rabbits and tractor drive competition. 803-534-0358

SUMMERTON DUCKFEST. Weekend event showcasing Summerton as the Duck Capital of South Carolina. Fun-filled events including a duck calling contest, beauty pageant and 5k color run.

SUMTER COUNTY FAIR. Hosted by America! Legion on site at the
Sumter Fairgrounds.

ANNUAL FRANCIS MARION/SWAMP FOX SYMPOSIUM. Explore the Revolutionary War southern campaign and times of Francis Marion. 2 day event located at the FE Du Bose Campus in Manning. 803-478-2645 .


MEPKIN ABBEY CRECHE FESTIVAL MONCKS CORNER.Annual exhibit of nativity scenes from around the world. Free admission but reservations are required. 843-761-8509


CELEBRATE THE SEASON / TINSEL TROT. A family fun event located at the Old Santee Canal Park in Moncks Corner. Enjoy the seasons holiday lights driving tour. 843-719-7952

FANTASY OF LIGHTS. More than a million twinkling lights brings the
swan Lake Iris Gardens to life during the holiday season. Free.


THE GRAND AMERICAN COON HUNT. A nationally known event showcasing skilled hounds from around the country. Orangeburg Chamber of Commerce (803) 534-6821