Ongoing Events

2nd Saturdays — 3-5pm, Old Time Music Gathering, Oconee Heritage Center, Walhalla More Info

3rd Saturdays — "Music in the Mountains," Hagood Mill, Pickens, SC. For more information call 864.898.2936

3rd Saturday each month, 6:30pm, "Movie Night at the Museum", Oconee Heritage Center, Walhalla More Info

Last Tuesday each month, 7:00pm, "The Green Screen Movie Night", Oconee Heritage Center, Walhalla More Info

Thursdays 6-8pm — "Jazz on the Alley", 6:30-9pm, Ram Cat Alley, Seneca More Info

Fridays 7pm, Blue Grass Music, The Silver Dollar Music Hall, Long Creek, SC. Call 864.647.0188  More Info

3rd Saturday each month through October 15th 2011, 4-9pm, Classic Car Cruize-Ins, Seneca Family Restaurant, Seneca, SC Call 864.566.9599.

Mid October, Annual Oktoberfest, Walhalla, SC More Info

Saturdays, 2-6 pm (April 14, May 12, June 9, 2012) Music on the Mountain, Table Rock Lodge, Pickens. More Info 

Fridays, 8-10 pm (May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, 2012) Blue Grass Music & Square Dancing, Oconee State Park, Mountain Rest. More Info

Local Arts & Theater Shows

Blue Ridge Arts Center More Info

Clemson University Brooks Center for the Performing Arts More Info

The Clemson Little Theatre More Info

Oconee Theater More Info

Walhalla Civic Auditorium More Info

Northwest Corner of South Carolina 

The northwest corner of South Carolina is known as South Carolina's Freshwater Coast because of over 1,000 miles of shoreline on Lakes Keowee, Hartwell and Jocassee.

The area is a haven for fisherman, boaters, hikers, birdwatchers and nature lovers. Pictured above are Yellow Branch Falls and Lake Keowee. The area and Sunrise Farm were featured in the March/April 1995 issue of National Geographic Traveler, the May 1999 issue of Southern Living, the summer 2008 issue of Sandlapper Magazine, the Nov/Dec 2008 issue of Blue Ridge Country, and the July 2012 issue of Southern Living.

For South Carolina Upcountry vacation or relocation ideas, check out SC Mountain LakesUpstate Today, Discover Upstate South CarolinaLake Jocassee and Oconee Country.

Mar
11

Moonlight Float

Event Time: 6:30-7:30 pm / Event Location: Table Rock State Park

With winter fading away and spring at our doorstep, take a guided moonlight canoe/kayak paddle on Pinnacle Lake to experience what sights and sounds await under March’s full moon.   Event Details

Mar
16

Oconee Bell Nature Walk

Event Time: 10 am - 12 pm / Event Location: Devils Fork State Park

One of South Carolina’s most unique and earliest wildflowers, the Oconee Bell, can be found blooming from mid-March to early April. Colonies of the Oconee Bells blooming in their entire splendor can be seen along the Oconee Bell Trail at Devils Fork State Park, a gateway to the Jocassee Gorges.

The Oconee Bell is a rare flower of the southern Appalachians found only in a few locations in the mountains of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia in moist wooded areas along streams. Although the flower has a very limited range in the wild, it grows well in gardens and is commercially available.

You can recognize the Oconee Bell by its white and yellow blossom with red stem and red-tinged leaves.

To catch a glimpse of this delicate and unique wildflower, make a trip to Devils Fork State Park during its blooming season and walk the Oconee Bell Nature Trail. You can also plan to attend our Oconee Bell Nature Walk that is held each year. Book a mountain villa or campsite and extend your stay and explore the wonder of the Jocassee Gorges.
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The Oconee Bell Nature Trail is an easy 1-mile loop trail that received its name for the rare wildflower that can be found along the footpath.  For more information and to book reservations at SC’s beautiful mountain state park, visit Devils Fork State Park online.

Mar
18

BellFest 2017

Event Time: 10 am - 2 pm / Event Location: Devils Fork State Park

Mar
18

Clemson Experimental Forest Tour

Event Time: 9-11 am / Event Location: Clemson Experimental Forest

Join us each month to tour a different area of the Forest.  These fun and informal walks expose you to the unique diversity of natural, cultural and historical resources of the Clemson Forest.   https://www.clemson.edu/public/experimental-forest/  Meet educator James Wilkins (along with special guests) at a predetermined location and carpool or follow us into the woods.  Register online or by email jhwilki@clemson. edu at least 3 days in advance.

The Clemson Experimental Forest’s 17,500 acres are dedicated to education, research and demonstration in order to better understand and manage forest resources for the benefit of society. These essential resources include clean air, clean water, pleasing aesthetic qualities, abundant wildlife, protection of species and habitat diversity, recreation opportunities, along with commodity products from the forest. The forest is managed strictly for perpetual sustained or improved yield of these products. The Clemson Experimental Forest personnel, equipment, supplies, roads, recreation facilities and maintenance are solely supported by revenue generated by the Forest.

Mar
18

Kids Fest at Hagood Mill

Event Time: 10 am - 4 pm / Event Location: Hagood Mill, Pickens, Sc

Come join us at Hagood Mill as we host the 10th annual “Kids Fest” concert and YAMS Talent Show on Saturday, March 18th, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm on the historic grounds of Hagood Mill In Pickens SC.

The event’s emcees and hosts, Gregg “Buffalo” Barfield, Michele Barfield, and Steve McGaha, will present a wide variety of instrument workshops and musical performances for “kids of all ages!”

Kids and adults alike will be delighted when they stroll through our super informative and hands on “Instrument Petting Zoo!” What’s an instrument petting zoo you ask? It’s a wonderful opportunity for “kids of all ages” to get up close and personal with a musical instrument. Whether you’re a two-year-old or 92, “the zoo” will enable you to explore a variety of traditional instruments in a hands-on way.  Adult pickers and YAM students will demonstrate how to hold, play, and experience these instruments under the tent all day.  There will be traditional instruments like guitar, banjo, mandolin, and fiddle, but also many mountain and jug band instruments like spoons, bones, washboards, washtub bass, and many more!

As part of the ongoing tradition of “Instument Workshops at Kidsfest,” there will also be a craft table located in the petting zoo where kids can build their own “make & take kazoo” while supplies last!

All kids are invited to participate in the 2nd annual “Mountain Music & Milling Games,” from 12:15 – 1:45 pm.  Teams of kids will take part in a variety of traditional mountain games like Sack Races, Tug-of-War, Jump the Creek, Ball in the Cup, and Wheel Barrow Races….all this, while they complete task within an obstacle course designed to incorporate both musical themed activities and the traditional milling chores associated with running a historic grist mill like Hagood.

Students in the Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM) program representing many of the area’s schools will be performing throughout the day beginning at 10:45 am and will also include special performances by the Sweet Potato Pie Kids (featuring YAM students).

At 2:45 p.m. there will be a “Traditional Bluegrass and Old-Time Talent Show” sponsored by the co-host group “Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music” (POSAM). The show is open to all youth, high school age and under.  Registration will be at YAM schools or from 10:30 am – 2:15 pm at Hagood Mill on the day of the festival.

Throughout the day there will be other events to take part in as well.  Volunteers from various Pickens County Fire Departmentswill be on hand providing kid friendly safety demonstrations along with teaching the proper techniques and safety strategies crucial to survival if confronted with a home fire situation.

The Pickens County Rescue Squad will be performing a “Vehicle Extraction Demonstration” showcasing the essential tools utilized in freeing trapped victims involved in serious automobile accidents.

The old gristmill and other demonstrations will be running from 10:00 until 4:00. The water-powered 1845 gristmill is one of the finest examples of nineteenth century technology in the Upstate and operates just as it has for the last century-and-a-half…the mill will be running throughout the day. In the old mill, fresh stone-ground corn meal, grits and wheat flour will be available, as well as Hagood Mill cookbooks and a variety of other mill related items.

The Hagood Mill hosts a variety of folklife and traditional arts demonstrations each month, including blacksmithing, bowl-diggingflintknapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting,weaving, bobbin lace,  woodcarving, openhearth cooking,metal-smithing, leather-working, bee keeping and more!

This should be a great event.  So, head on out, enjoy some good old southern cooking prepared by the Gatehouse Restaurant and enjoy a day at the Mill. Show your support for Hagood Mill and Pickens County by joining them at this monthly Third Saturday event.

Hagood Mill operates, rain or shine, the third Saturday of every month and is located just 3 miles north of Pickens or 5 ½ miles south of Cherokee Foothills Scenic Hwy 11 off SC Hwy 178 at 138 Hagood Mill Road. Hagood Mill is open Wednesday through Saturday from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm.

There is a $5.00 parking fee for the day but admission is FREE to the Hagood Mill Site as well as the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site.  All proceeds from parking help offset the costs at Hagood Mill.

For additional information, please contact Hagood Mill at (864) 898-2936 or check out our website at www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar .   Event Details

Mar
31

40th Annual Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee

Event Time: 7 pm / Event Location: The Village Green, Pendleton, SC
The 40th Annual Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee will celebrate its 40th Anniversary with nearly 100 juried fine art & craft vendors from across the country on April 1-2, 2017.  This year we will celebrate the arrival of our artists with a concert on the Village Green.  Make your plans now to come to Pendleton on Friday night for this first of its kind FREE concert.  Restaurants, wine bars and pubs around the Green (aka “The Square”) are being invited to offer a special “Jubilee” item on their menus to add to the fun.
Beginning Saturday at 9:45 a.m. the Bagpipe Procession will usher in entertainment and artists booths opening at 10:00 a.m.  As always, there will be lots of delicious food items available. Exciting entertainment sponsored by Tri-County Technical College will include “Mac Arnold & Plate Full of Blues” and “The Flashbacks,” plus many more. The kids can enjoy fun and creative activities sponsored by AnMed Health, and a select number of local Non-Profits will be on hand to share their missions.This family-friendly festival is open to the public with free admission and free shuttle service provided by Clemson Area Transit (CatBus). Whether this is your 40th or 1stvisit to Spring Jubilee, plan to join us in creating special memories at this year’s 40th celebration. We’re planning some surprises that we think you and your family will enjoy.
NEW THIS YEAR!………
At 7 pm Friday, March 31st, “Soulution” will kick off the weekend with live music on the Village Green (Town Square) so be sure to mark your calendar.
The latest details will be available at www.facebook/springjubileefestival.
Deals from local hoteliers providing special discounts for visitors are available at crownofthecarolinas.org.
Make the first weekend in April a full weekend of family fun in Upstate SC.
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