Culture Bridging Past And Present
Whether your idea of culture envisions a Broadway play, masterful art, historic events, or eclectic music, Chester County has it all.
Looking to explore our Southern heritage? Visit the Chester County Historical Museum or Historic Brattonsville Living History Exhibit, Catawba Indian Cultural Center, and Museum of York County which actively promote our rich and colorful past. Less than an hour away, Columbia displays over 200 years of history, much of it showcased in The South Carolina State Museum with exhibits in science, history and the arts, the EDventure Children’s Museum, The Columbia Museum of Art, McKissick Museum on the University of South Carolina campus, and the South Carolina State Library.
In Charlotte, the Mint Museum of Art features fine American and European art and ceramics, and one of the world’s finest collections of Pre-Columbian art. Downtown Charlotte also houses the Mint Museum of Craft & Design and newly renovated Discovery Place Science Museum.
Few events unite a community like a festival, and we offer an assortment. Tap your toes every Friday Night at the Blackstock Bluegrass Festival or at our county’s longest running street celebration, the Flopeye Fish Festival which lures thousands to Great Falls. Other festivals dot the calendar including Chester’s HILLarity Festival, Chester and Lowrys Christmas Parades, and the annual Come See Me Festival at Glencairn Gardens in nearby Rock Hill.
In Sumter, South Carolina’s oldest continuous festival, the Swan Lake Iris Gardens Festival, arrives each May. The month also marks Charleston’s annual Spoleto Festival which entices music and art connoisseurs from around the world. Venture to Columbia and find year-round cultural festivals including the S.C. State Fair held each October.
Our performing arts venues range from our devoted Chester Little Theatre to Charlotte’s Opera Carolina and Blumenthal Performing Arts Center which showcases annual Broadway plays and world-renowned symphonies and musicians. In Greenville, SC, you can frequent the Peace Performing Arts Center, as well as the Koger Center for the Arts at USC in Columbia. Columbia is also home to the South Carolina Shakespeare Company, Columbia City Ballet, and the South Carolina Philharmonic Orchestra.