welcome to the city of darlington
city hall: Monday - Friday 830AM - 5PM

DARLINGTON ACTIVITIES

Year-round, the City of Darlington hosts events for the whole family!  We look forward to seeing you!

SPRING

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. Call 866-459-7223

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 2022 date was Thursday, April 7, and we had a FABULOUS TIME! Check back in January for the 2023 date.

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.

If you are interested in promoting your business through the Taste, call (843) 398-4000 x 108, email info@buildupdarlington.org.

We need Grillers, Table Hosts, and Sponsors to continue this great event.
Individuals, Churches, and Civic Groups are all welcome to participate too! Download the registration form here.

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.

SUMMER

FREEDOM FEST

Darlington ActivitiesThe Greater Darlington Chamber of Commerce presents Freedom Fest each year to celebrate America’s Independence with vendors, food, kids’ games, and of course FIREWORKS! The 2022 date is Saturday, June 25!

RACE WEEK IN DARLINGTON

Darlington ActivitiesCelebrate racing tradition for Labor Day weekend with activities surrounding the Southern 500 Race!

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.

FALL

S.C. SWEET POTATO FESTIVAL

darlington activitiesThe Pilot Club of Darlington sponsors the South Carolina Sweet Potato Festival held the second Saturday of October each year.

The 39th Annual S.C. Sweet Potato Festival will be on Saturday, October 8, 2022, 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 and rules can be found at www.darlingtonpilotclub.org.

SCARE ON THE SQUARE

darlington activitiesCome 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 2022 Scare on the Square is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., FRIDAY, October 28, at the Public Square!

Vendor Applications Here. If your business is located in the City limits or you have a nonprofit organization, there is no fee to participate.

The Darlington Area Recreation Department and the Darlington Downtown Revitalization Association (DDRA) will offer children a downtown Trick-or-Treat experience from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. FRIDAY, October 28, at the Public Square in Darlington. Employees of area businesses will be handing out treats to costumed children, and some will be dressed in costumes themselves.

Beyond the door-to-door trick-or-treating, booths will line the courthouse grounds for any business, church, or civic club that would like to participate. There will be vendors too.  (Download an application here)

The free event provides a safe environment for children to trick-or-treat as well as giving businesses an opportunity to show their community support and open their doors to new potential customers. The Public Square will be closed to traffic beginning at 4 o’clock for the safety of the children.

BUSINESSES: The DDRA will hold a Fall/Halloween Decorating Contest during OCTOBER. Call Lisa Bailey at 843-992-1561 for details.

If a church, civic club, or business wants to participate, call 843-398-4030. You also may email info@buildupdarlington.org.

PIG PICKIN’ IN THE PARK

Activities2022 DATE TBD

Williamson Park hosts a Pig Pickin’ in the Park from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, October 23, 2021!

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 $25 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. Purchase downtown at Ervin Law Office at (843) 393-5555 or at Howle Law Firm at (843) 395-1510.

WINTER

DARLINGTON RESCUE SQUAD CHRISTMAS PARADE, CAROLS & TREE LIGHTING SERVICE

darlington activitiesEvery year, the Darlington Rescue Squad sponsors the Darlington Christmas Parade.  The 2022 Christmas Festivities start at 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, with the Annual Christmas Parade followed by the Carol Lighting Service!

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. Info: 843-393-3771

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.

SHOP DARLINGTON

Darlington ActivitiesThe 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 in CASH.

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

2023 – TBA

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!