Year-round, the City of Darlington hosts events for the whole family! We look forward to seeing you!
**Due to the COVID-19 pandemic beginning in March 2020, many events have been postponed or altered their original dates. Most are beginning to be scheduled as of May 2021.**
SPEED & FEED BBQ FESTIVAL & CAR SHOW
The Speed & Feed BBQ Festival & Car Show returns to Darlington Raceway for two days of competitive cooking, music, food, cars, and fun. The 2020 dates, March 13-14, had to be postponed until further notice.
TASTE OF DARLINGTON
A longtime tradition in Darlington, the Taste – as it’s known to locals – invites the community to enjoy a feast of flavors each April. The 2021 date will be Thursday, October 14!
The event is held in the garage area at Darlington Raceway.
Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the gate. Must be 21 or older to attend.
We need Grillers, Table Hosts, and Sponsors to continue this great event.
Individuals, Churches, and Civic Groups are all welcome to participate too!
The Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association has used the Taste to funds projects to improve our town for more than 30 years! Money raised through the event has funded a variety of projects including the DDRA Incentive Improvement Grant Program, decorations during Race Week, the Market on Darlington Square, beautification projects, the Darlington Veterans Memorial, and streetscape improvements, among others.
The Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce presents Freedom Fest each year to celebrate America’s Independence with vendors, food, kids’ games, and of course FIREWORKS! Vendor Application for 2021
THE CITY POOL
The City Pool will open on July 8, 2020, and remain open through August, weather permitting, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday at 115 Gary St.
For more information, call: (843) 398-4030.
The City Pool is open to the public, and the cost is $1 for the day. Three lifeguards are on duty any time the pool is open.
The City has several safeguards in place to protect everyone who enters the pool area. These rules are read to each person who comes to the pool every time they enter regardless of whether they have been there one time or numerous times. Each person that enters the pool must take a swim test prior to being allowed to swim in water deeper than the swimmer can stand up in. A band that identifies the person as a good swimmer or a novice swimmer must be worn at all times.
City Pool rules:
- All children age 13 and younger must be accompanied by an adult 18 or older, and that adult must supervise the child 100% of the time.
- No adult may sign in more than two swimmers.
- No weak swimmers or non-swimmers allowed in the deep end of the pool.
- All children and adults who cannot swim must wear a wrist band identifying them as a non-swimmer.
- All swimmers must shower before entering the pool.
- When signaled, all swimmers must exit the pool immediately upon lifeguard’s request.
- All swimmers who wish to swim in the deep end must be approved by the lifeguard before entering.
- No diapers allowed in the pool. Children must wear a swimmer’s diaper if needed.
- All swimmers must wear swimsuits.
Directions to the Gandy Pool: 115 Gary St. Darlington
From Hartsville (US 52 Bypass/ US 401): Take SC 151 into Darlington. Continue on Pearl Street approximately 1 mile. Turn right at the light at the Piggly Wiggly onto Edwards Avenue. In about 6/10th of a mile, the road ends in front of Mayo High School. Turn right onto Chestnut Street. In about 1200 feet, take left onto Lighty Street. Continue straight about 500 feet and turn right into the parking lot on your right adjacent to the City Pool.
From Florence (I-95 & US 52 Business): Take US 52 Business into Darlington. Continue on Main Street approximately 1 mile. You will see a sign for Mayo School and a planted median at Chestnut Street. Turn left at Chestnut Street. On Chestnut, you will pass in front of Mayo High School. In about 1200 feet, take a left onto Lighty Street. Continue about 500 feet and turn into the parking lot on your right adjacent to the City Pool.
RACE WEEK IN DARLINGTON
Celebrate racing tradition for Labor Day weekend with activities surrounding the Southern 500 Race!
Start your engines that Thursday with the Darlington Car Haulers Parade and Race Fest on the Public Square. On Friday night, downtown comes alive with a live band and part from 7 to 10 p.m. PDRTA provides shuttle transportation to downtown during this event. On Saturday after the 200 race, line Pearl Street for the Southern 500 Parade featuring race drivers, past and present, as well as marching band, classic cars, and more. Then Sunday, go racing at the Track Too Tough To Tame for NASCAR’s first event of the championship.
S.C. SWEET POTATO FESTIVAL
The Pilot Club of Darlington sponsors the South Carolina Sweet Potato Festival held the second Saturday of October each year.
The 38th Annual S.C. Sweet Potato Festival will be on Saturday, October 9, 2021 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The SC Sweet Potato Festival includes a day of fun for the whole family on the courthouse Square in Darlington, South Carolina.
The event includes well over 100 vendors of food, crafts, games, and exhibits from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Sweet potatoes and sweet potato dishes abound. Throughout the day entertainment takes place along with a classic/antique car show.
A new feature this year will be a live auction of an array of interesting items worthy of your bid, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Darlington County Humane Society. Admission is free. For more information, visit the Pilot Club website at www.darlingtonpilotclub.org or contact Ruth Flowers at (843) 393-3526.
Vendor applications will be available soon.
TOAST OF DARLINGTON
The Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce holds an annual Toast of Darlington each Fall on historic Oak Street.
Stay tuned for the 2020 date!
SCARE ON THE SQUARE
Come downtown where businesses hold Trick-or-Treat for the kids, enter contests, enjoy food, fun activities and more!
It is a great time for the entire family.
The 2020 Scare on the Square is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, October 29, at the Public Square!
Vendor Applications and Business Information will be provided closer to the date.
PIG PICKIN’ IN THE PARK
In the Fall, Williamson Park hosts a Pig Pickin’! Stay tuned for the 2020 date!
Stroll the 70+ acre nature preserve, eat some tasty Que, and listen to live music. Proceeds benefit the upkeep, maintenance, and improvements to the Park.
Tickets are $20 each and include all-you-can-eat BBQ, beer and wine, other beverages, and dessert. Eat-in only, no take-out. No alcohol will be served to anyone younger than 21. Children’s tickets are $10. Purchase downtown at Ervin Law Office at (843) 393-5555 or at Howle Law Firm at (843) 395-1510.
DARLINGTON RESCUE SQUAD CHRISTMAS PARADE, FESTIVAL, CAROLS & TREE LIGHTING SERVICE
Every year, the Darlington Rescue Squad sponsors the Darlington Christmas Parade & Festival of Events. The 2020 Christmas Festivities are scheduled for December 6, beginning at 4 p.m.
The Parade begins at Fitness World Gyms and comes down Pearl Street to downtown.
Vendors will be at the Festival on the Public Square during the Parade and after, as the Darlington Kiwanis Club holds its annual Carol Lighting Service.
The annual Carol Lighting Service, which begins 15 minutes after the parade has finished, celebrates the reason for the season through prayer, songs, choirs, and readings. Audience participation in singing is encouraged. For more information, contact the Darlington Kiwanis Club.
Everyone is invited to this free event to celebrate Christmas and the reason for the season with festivities, food, and song!
Parade and Vendor Applications will be available closer to the date.
THE TASTE OF CHRISTMAS
The Darlington Fire and Police Departments team up to give Christmas to needy children in the community. The two groups gather the best cooks around to raise money for the Toy Fund during the Taste of Christmas, held the first Thursday in November at First Baptist Church.
Tickets $10 each. All ages welcome.
For information, cook information, and donations call: (843) 398-4013.
The Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association (DDRA) holds an annual #shopdarlington contest to encourage people to shop in Darlington during the holiday season by giving them a chance to win one of three $100 fuel cards.
Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, shop at five different Darlington businesses; mail the DDRA copies of your receipts with an entry form, and then you will be entered into the drawing.
Find the rules, entry form and more information here.
DADDY DAUGHTER DANCE
The City of Darlington celebrates Valentine’s Day with a Daddy-Daughter Dance at Harmon Baldwin Recreation Center (300 Sanders St.).
For more information, call: (843) 398-4030.
Stay tuned for the 2021 date!