Festivals &

Special Events

Weekends in June.

2020 dates to be announced in early 2020.

The South Carolina Ag + Art Tour is a free, self-guided tour of designated farms in South Carolina featuring local artisans and farmer's markets. During this tour you will have the opportunity to see first-hand where your food comes from, watch artists in action and purchase their works, dance to the melodies of bluegrass and folksongs, and learn more about rural life. Set to take place throughout the month of June 2019 at local farms and farm stands in across South Carolina. Different counties participatE each weekend, giving visitors the opportunity to explore more farms and farm stands across the state.

The Arts Council celebrates the accomplishments of the council, and arts and artists in York County at our Annual Celebration each June.


Early each spring, the Arts Council accepts nominations for the Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award and for the Business & the Arts Partnership Award. | more info

The Ben Ardrey Volunteer Award was established in 1992 to recognize those individuals who have committed themselves to arts and culture during the past year. Past recipients include Mike Baker, Teresa Rector, Karen Collins, Mrs. Sandy Johnson, Dr. Sarah Lynn Hayes, Barre Mitchell and Joe Zdenek.

The Business and the Arts Partnership Award was created in 1992 to recognize businesses whose dedicated partnership with the arts has been demonstrated during the calendar year. The judges represent business, the arts, and government. Past recipients of the Business and the Arts Partnership Award include: Carolina Fresh Farms, Bi-Lo, Founders Federal Credit Union, O'Darby's Fine Wine & Spirits, The Herald, Williams & Fudge, and Comporium Communications.

The winners of each award are honored at the Arts Council of York County's Annual Celebration.

CENTER FOR THE ARTS | 121 E. Main St. | Rock Hill, SC


7:30 - 10:00 PM

All proceeds benefit arts programming in York County, including arts in education and community engagement programs, Small Grants to individual artists, arts organizations and schools, the Arts Council’s On Tour Performing Arts Series, Blues & Jazz Festival, Underexposed Film Festival yc, and exhibits in the galleries at the Center for the Arts.

Enjoy a craft beer while listening to live music and shopping at the art market at Art on Tap. There'll also be chalk art, a photography exhibition, and kids' activities!



October 1 - 3, 2020

Free, virtual event

The Arts Council's Blues & Jazz Festival celebrates the roots of modern music each October. This two-day event is known for its infectious rhythms, soulful sounds, and high energy performances!



March 25 - 28, 2020

The Underexposed Film Festival yc focuses its attention on encouraging, nurturing, and supporting the creativity and vision of independent filmmakers, and providing a forum where their work can be viewed. The Underexposed Film Festival yc sets itself apart by actively looking for “the undiscovered talent” waiting to be exposed. We seek diversity in storytelling and provide an opportunity for both emerging and seasoned filmmakers to screen in the same forum while encouraging dialogue between the two.


public art unveiling

artists  |   craft beer  |  live music  |  food trucks

family friendly

​Friday, May 1, 2020  |  6 - 10 PM



The Upstate of South Carolina has a rich quilting heritage as artisans capture the beauty of their lives in quilts. Today, those patterns are coming alive on painted quilt panels mounted on businesses, homes, and barns.The Arts Council has created quilt blocks that adorn buildings across the Ag + Art Tour of York County. Visit the York County Heritage Quilt Trail page for location information.

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Center for the Arts

Monday – Thursday | 9 AM - 6 PM*

*Open from 5 - 6 PM by appointment 
Friday | 9 AM - 5 PM
2nd & 4th weekends each month:
Saturday | 10 AM - 2 PM
Sunday | 2 - 4 PM


Gettys Art Center

Monday – Friday | 9 AM - 5 PM



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Thanksgiving Thursday & Friday

Christmas Eve  Day

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Boxing Day


By entering Arts Council events, you understand and agree that your photograph or image may be taken in any public place. You further grant permission and consent to the Arts Council of York County to use any such photograph, motion picture, or image for any reasonable purpose.

The Arts Council of York County is headquartered in Old Town Rock Hill. Downtown Rock Hill is a state-recognized Cultural District in South Carolina.


Support for this project is provided by the SC Arts Commission (which receives funding from the NEA), Rock Hill Accommodations Tax Grant Fund, York County Accommodations & Hospitality Tax,  the ACYC Annual Campaign, and Comporium Communications.  For visitors information including lodging, contact the York County Visitors Center at 888-702-1320. 


The Arts Council of York County received a Bridge Grant from South Carolina Humanities, www.schumanities.org. Funding for the Bridge Grants has been provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and EconomicSecurity (CARES) Act economic stabilization plan.

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