South Carolina Carnival – Your Ultimate Guide

South Carolina Carnival is a carnival celebration that is all about good music, food and culture!

Thursday 11 June 2020

Sunday 14 June 2020

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What is the South Carolina Carnival?

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The South Carolina Carnival is an annual carnival that is all about celebrating music, food and different cultures! It is a community event that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. South Carolina Carnival is a multicultural event that allows is about embracing and celebrating the diverse cultures and lifestyles that are unique to the local community!

When is the South Carolina Carnival?

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The South Carolina Carnival consists of about seven main events that are held over four days. The 2019 South Carolina Carnival dates begin on Thursday, 11th June 2020 until Sunday 14th June 2020.

Where is the South Carolina Carnival?

The carnival is held in downtown Columbia. Columbia is the second largest city as well as the capital of the USA state of South Carolina. The city is located in the Midlands region of South Carolina and sits at the confluence of the Broad and Saluda River which merge at Columbia to become the Congaree River.

How do they celebrate the South Carolina Carnival?

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South Carolina Carnival has an epic carnival parade that is filled with floats, troupes, dancers and performers. There are also lots of live performances from local and international entertainers as well as street vendors selling arts, crafts and food from all around the world. There are lots of different activities and entertainment for people of all ages.

South Carolina Carnival 2020 Events

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International Food Festival

Enjoying cuisine from cultures all over the world is a major part of the carnival! There will be lots of incredible food vendors selling mouth-watering cuisine like Jamaican rice and beans, or shark meat from Trinidad and so many other unique and delicious food, deserts, drinks and dishes from all over the world.


  • Date: Thursday 12th

Rise/Hello Fete

  • Date: Friday June 12th

Culture Parade

  • Date: Saturday June 13th
  • Time 10:00am-2:00pm

The South Carolina Culture Parade is an incredible event that features performers, dancers and musicians. The parade winds through the streets of downtown Columbia featuring masquerades wearing the most stunning costumes. It is a lively and vibrant event that will attract big crowds.

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The South Carolina Carnival Block Party

  • Date: Saturday June 13th, 2020
  • Time: 1:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Location: Main Street, Columbia
  • Cost: Free

The South Carolina Carnival Block Party is an official after party for the South Carolina Carnival Culture Parade. The parade climaxes into a fun filled Street Party for people of all ages. It features International entertainers from all around the world. There is also a variety of food, arts, crafts, drinks and activities to experience.

Energy South Carolina Carnival After Party

  • Date: Saturday June 13th 2020
  • Time: 8:00pm – 1:00 am

For all those people who want to keep on partying then this is the official after party appropriately named Energy! This event takes place straight after the Block Party finishes and will feature Local and International DJs.

Where do I buy tickets for the South Carolina Carnival?

It’s best to log onto to purchase all your tickets. You can purchase a weekend pass here.

How to get to the South Carolina Carnival?

If you are not coming locally then you can fly to Columbia Metropolitan Airport which is the main airport serving this area. This airport has five major American airlines that operate out of it and connecting flights to nine major US cities.

Where to stay in Columbia?

There is a big array of premium accommodation options across the city check out some options here.

What to do and see in Columbia?

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Columbia is a gorgeous place to visit. It sits on the banks of the Congaree River and its surrounding areas are filled with lush greenery, tranquil countryside and the Congaree National Park. Columbia is an intriguing and lively city that is filled with history that dates back to 1805.

There are several attractions that are worth visiting including the South Carolina State House which was once home to America’s Supreme Court as well as the Columbia Museum of Art.

For more information about tours, things to do, sightseeing tours, day trips and more click here. For longer vacations check out Tour Radar for some cool trips.

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