15 events in York County this weekend

If you were looking for a jam-packed weekend of events in York County. This is it. There are more than XX festivals and events going on, with something for everyone. We’ve broken down the highlights of all the events for you in one place.

Friday September 21st:

  1. Only in Old Town is back with Food Truck Friday at Fountain Park. Don’t miss out on the best food trucks in town, local beer, and some good music. It runs from 6-10 and is fun for the whole family. This Friday Radiojacks will be performing, don’t miss it.
  2. Scarowinds kicks off at your favorite theme park, or should we say “scream park”. The haunted attraction has more than 500 monsters ready to make you squirm as you get on your favorite rollercoasters at night. The event runs every evening on the weekends through October 28th.
  3. The Hawthornes with Funk Rush will be live at the Sylvia Theater in York. The concert runs from 9pm to midnight. Get your tickets here.
  4. The York County Quilter’s Guild kicks off their show on Friday from 9a.m. to 4p.m. This is at the events at Manchester and will have lots of family friendly events including a bake sale, demonstrations, and quilts for sale!

Saturday September 22nd:

  1. The 13th annual Piedmont Pottery & Pickin’ kicks off at 10am and runs till 4pm at Historic Brattonsville. This event features the Catawba Indian’s sacred tradition of pottery. There will be potters from all over the Piedmont region selling and demonstrating techniques. Come hungry there will also be barbecue and live music for you to enjoy.
  2. York County’s biggest craft beer festival runs this weekend. More than 50 breweries from North and South Carolina gathered at Fountain Park to celebrate beer! The event runs from 1-5. There will also be food trucks on site. You can get your tickets ahead of time here, or at Main Street Bottle Shop in downtown Rock Hill.
  3. Meet us at the river front for the 5th annual TAWBA fest. It runs from 2 to 9pm.  Bring a lawn chair, a blanket, and the kids. There will be food, live music, and kids activities. Live music runs from 6 to 9pm. Get all the details here.
  4. Jump on a bike and learn about Historic Rock Hill.  Learn about historic sites, photograph yourself or your team with local art and characters, and get to know your community all while supporting Historic Rock Hill. Teams or individuals can compete and costumes (especially team costumes) are welcome! The hunt starts at the historic White Home at 258 East White Street and will cross downtown Rock Hill, through historic neighborhoods and new Rock Hill landmarks. Ages 21 and older are welcome. Get tickets here.
  5. Blacks Peaches is holding their Red, White & Boo festival from 1 to 8pm. It’s a fall festival with a military tribute. There will be music, vendors, games, and food from Blacks Peaches. Don’t miss this great event in York.
  6. The Museum of Western York in Sharon is hosting an “Art Through the Ages” event from 10am to 3pm. When you visit the museum you will indulge your artistic nature with hand woven materials, specialty soaps, wood carvings, and much more. There will also be food for purchase from the Sharon Grill and Kona Ice.
  7. Fall Festival at The Barn at Iron Gate Farm in Clover.  More than 100 vendors offering a wide selection of art, crafts, gift items, food and much more. Free admission, Secured parking $2.00 per vehicle. There will also be a vintage photo booth camper!
  8. Old Town Farmers Market at Legal Remedy. The extended fall famers market continues from 8am to noon at legal remedy. Find dozens of vendors that have meat, local produce, and so much more.
  9. The Great Pumpkin Fest also returns during the day at Carowinds. This Halloween attraction for the little ghosts and goblins runs from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. including a costume parade thrown by the world’s most famous beagle – Snoopy, foam zone, a fun hay bale maze and more! It’s kid-sized frights that every age will love and of course, all of your favorite rides. It’s all fun and no fear at the Carolinas’ premier Halloween event for kids. It will run Saturdays & Sundays from Sept. 15 through Oct. 28.
  10. Get outdoors on the Anne Springs Close Greenway for the Fall Wildflower Hike. Join naturalist, Elizabeth, and explore the stunning world of Fall wildflowers. Learn the names and some fun ways to remember some of our more common flowers! Hikers will meet at the Rush Pavilion (Lake Haigler Entrance).  This hike is free for Greenway members, $5 entry fee for non-members.

Sunday September 23rd:

  1. Colorado Bluegrass & Gumbo Stomp at the Sylvia Theater. Come hear some amazing bluegrass musicians from Colorado and locals, and have a delicious bowl of Crab Gumbo from Dan The Pig Man! The music starts at 6pm.

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Everything you need to know for Scarowinds

The countdown to Halloween is officially on. The red S is back in front of the Carowinds sign and we’re mentally preparing ourselves for an awesomely-frightening time.

It is truly an experience of a life time as we see the “theme park” transform into a “scream park”. More than 500 monsters are ready to roam the park to make you squirm and scream as you head to your favorite coaster.

One tip that I would suggest is: DON’T GO ALONE! This is a scary adventure that you and your friends would not want to miss out on, and you don’t have to wait any longer because the kick-off is here!

For the first time ever SCarowinds is kicking off their season with a first annual Monster Block Party. The party will include live entertainment, games, prizes and more. You could even have the chance to learn the choreography for “Thriller”.

Carowinds kicks off their season of SCarowinds on September 21st.

If you’re coming in costume here are some suggestions:

  • Fake blood
  • Distressed clothes
  • Face makeup and accessories
  • Dirty hands/ Grungy nails
  • Faux claws and scars
  • NO MASKS are allowed and clothing must be amusement park appropriate


There are so many new attractions that you must see: immersive mazes, spine-tingling scare zones, thrilling shows and so much more. There are Scare Zones throughout the park and if you step into those zones be ready to face what’s coming. They include the Bloody Yard, Carnevil, Fleet Street, Mass Acres, and new this year Deadman’s Landing and The Hollow.

The park is open every Friday and Saturday night in September. and every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in October.



The SCarowinds season last until October 28th so don’t miss out on the thrill of the scariest fun that you’ve ever had!

For passes and information, click here.

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Need hurricane snacks? Try these York County spots

As we prepare for Hurricane Florence to make it’s way to York County, you’re probably loading up on snacks to get you through. Or maybe you’ve already consumed the ones you bought, don’t worry this is a judgement free zone.

The grocery stores are turning bare quick, but some local hot spots have you covered. Remember, calories consumed during a hurricane don’t count.

Hey Sugar in Rock Hill will be open from 9-6 today. They have a wide array of daily products, but some highlights are sausage balls, candied pecans, caramel apples, cinnamon rolls, and rainy day sugar cookies (THE best), also the truffles are just delicious. Click here for a link to the whole menu.

On the Rise in York will also be open 9am to 2pm and then again 5pm to 8:30pm. They will have cinnamon rolls, breakfast bars, jalapeno -cheddar scones, blueberry scones, muffins, cookies, tropical chicken salad, pimento cheese, fresh summer bean dip, and more! Click here for their website.

Z Bakery in Fort Mill will also be open today 7:30 to 3pm. They have a large variety of treats that you don’t want to miss out on. Click here for their website. 

Remember, don’t eat your hurricane snacks before the hurricane actually gets here. Some of these local goodies make that task really hard.

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Hurricane Florence postpones several York County events

Hurricane Florence’s arrival is almost here in York County, bringing heavy rains and dangerous winds with it.

While York County is not in an evacuation zone for Hurricane Florence, heavy rains throughout the weekend are expected.

There are many events that have been canceled across York County and many area attractions are closed. Here is a full list that is continually being updated:

The York County Visitors Center will close at noon on Friday September 14th and be closed on September 15th and 16th.

The Palmetto Center Color Run has postponed their Color Run and Race for Saturday, September 15th. It will instead be held on October 6th at Walter Elisha Park in Fort Mill. If you have registered you can pick up your color packs for the race from the Palmetto Center on Oct 2nd, 4th, and 5th.

Effective Prayer with Anne Graham Lotz at the Winthrop Coliseum has also been postponed due to Florence. They have not reset a date.

Art on Tap presented by the Arts Council of York County has been postponed for Friday night due to Hurricane Florence as well. It will be held on September 28th and 3pm instead.

The Food Truck Rally at Tega Cay for this Friday night has  been postponed. The city is working to reschedule this for the spring.

The Clover Auto Show for Saturday has been cancelled, but will be held on October 13th.

The Winthrop Cross Country Invitational has been cancelled and will instead be held on October 5th.

The Old Town Farmer’s Market at Legal Remedy has been canceled for Saturday September 15th, but will pick back up the following weekend.

York County has shut down access to the river at River Park, River Walk Tega Cay dam access, and Broad River Access.

Rock Hill has closed all parks and rec facilities expect the Boyd Hill Center, which will act as a shelter through the storm.

The Main Street Children’s Museum will close Saturday September 15th and Sunday September 16th.

All of our Culture & Heritage Museums sites, will be closed on Saturday & Sunday, September 15th & 16th.

Carowinds has closed for September 14th and will continue to update daily on whether the conditions are okay for them to open. Already purchased tickets will be valid for use until October 14th.

The Anne Springs Close Greenway will be closing to the public this weekend. The FLYERS program, Kids Night Out, and scheduled hikes and programs have also been canceled or rescheduled. There will continue to be previously scheduled private events at the Greenway, but it will be closed to the general public.

The Fall Carnival at the Rock Hill Galleria Mall is canceled for the weekend.

Visit York County is keeping an eye on several other events and will update this article with more information as we get it.


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MLK Holiday Basketball Showcase teams and schedule announced

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Basketball Showcase is fast approaching. The 12 team tourney will be held at York Comprehensive High School on January 21st, 2019.

The tourney will feature big basketball names from across South Carolina.

The tourney will run as follows:

12pm                            McCormick vs. Blacksburg

1:30pm                        Clover vs. Chesnee

3pm                              Fort Mill vs. Laurens

 4:30pm                       Northwestern vs. Eau Claire

6pm                              York vs. Chapin

7:30pm                        Nation Ford vs. Brookland Cayce

Tickets for the event to be announced at a later date.

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York County hotels that accept pets

As nearly 1 million people evacuate the coast, many of them will fill up our 3,400 hotel rooms in York County.

While we have more than 25 hotel partners in York County, only some of them accept dogs.

Here’s the list:

Comfort Inn Carowinds

3725 Avenue of the Carolinas, Fort Mill


Motel 6 Carowinds

3541 Foothills Way, Fort Mill


The Clarion Hotel

3695 Foothills Way, Fort Mill


TownePlace Suites – Fort Mill

1047 Red Ventures Dr., Fort Mill


Deluxe Inn & Suites

1568 Alexander Love Hwy., York


Royal Inn- York

631 US Highway 321 Bypass, York


Baymont Inn & Suites

1106 Anderson Rd., Rock Hill


Bestway Inn

825 Riverview Rd., Rock Hill


Best Western – Rock Hill

888 Riverview Rd, Rock Hill


Country Inn & Suites

865 Patriot Pky, Rock Hill


Days Inn – Rock Hill

875 Riverview Rd, Rock Hill


Econo Lodge

914 Riverview Rd., Rock Hill


Howard Johnson

911 Riverview Rd., Rock Hill


To view all of our available hotels, click here. 

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Celebrate National Beer Lover’s Day in York County

It’s national beer lover’s day and York County is the best place to celebrate!

With York County’s ever-growing beer scene, you can celebrate today or plan something for the future!

York County’s breweries include:

Amor Artis in Fort Mill: This brother’s duo love for craft beer spilled over into a trendy brewery in bustling Fort Mill. Perched right on Main Street, you see the heart of the town, while tasting great beer.

Legal Remedy in Rock Hill: Legal Remedy was the craft beer pioneer for York County. Opening 4 years ago, they have expanded into a name known state wide for good food and even better beer. This is the perfect dinner spot to try a new beer with a legal-themed names.

Rock Hill Brewing Company: Opening earlier this year, Rock Hill Brewing Company has made a splash already. Come here for the atmosphere, stay for the beer. Plus with Millstone pizza a stone’s throw away, you can slip over for some pizza too.

Over the next month there will also be a new brewery opening! Dust Off Brewery on White Street in Rock Hill will open on Sept. 21st.

Tap the Rock, York County’s Beer Festival, will kick off on Sept. 22nd at Fountain Park in Rock Hill.

You can buy tickets ahead of time, or just buy individual beer tickets day off. Click here to get those tickets.

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Old Town Farmers Market extends through the Fall

If you thought fall meant the end of the Old Town Farmers Market in Rock Hill, think again!

The market is just getting started to ramp up again starting Saturday, September 8th. This market will run rain or shine every Saturday from 8a.m. to noon at Legal Remedy.

The best part about this market is it is going to run all the way through November 24th. You can even stock up for your Thanksgiving Dinner with local produce and meat.

This is the first time that the Old Town Farmers Market will be extending through the fall, and they are very excited about the farm fresh food and products that will be available to you almost all year long.

The market is up to 16 vendors each week with a huge variety of style. Starting on September 15th, a seafood vendor will be on hand. Right now the market has vendors that include local farm raised meat, local honey, eggs, produce, and baked goods from Our Table Farms. This market makes your meal planning easy for the week. You can also wait around until Legal Remedy opens at 11:30 to hang out and have lunch and buy local products.

Let us know what you picked up at the market each week. Tag Visit York County on social media so we can see all your great posts.

Want more details? Click here. 


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Pick Your Own Apple’s season opens at Windy Hill

It’s here! It’s here! Pick your own apple season is upon us at Windy Hill Orchard and Cidery in York.

While the orchard still has 1/2 peck bags of apples and more for you to buy, they’re also allowing you to get your own hands dirty.

The Stayman Winesap is the go-to apple right now and will have a a few weeks of picking season for the public going into early October. That means you can wait for it to cool down just a little before heading out, or just grab an apple cider slushie, or do both!

You can pick your own apples during the following times:

Fridays 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Saturdays 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sunday 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Check Windy Hill’s website for all the details, click here.



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Shop & Hop for York County Fashion Week Tickets

Need an excuse to get out and get a new outfit? Here’s the best reason to convince your husband.

York County Fashion Week is kicking off with a Shop & Hop event that can earn you FREE tickets to their inaugural event in October.

Here’s how it works. Head to their website by clicking here.

Then download the passport and get to work, I mean shopping. To do the event, it is $30, which is a steal for a free ticket to the show!

Once you print out your passport, head to each of the locations listed and get “stamped”. Feel free to taste and shop while you’re at each of the locations.

Your first location will have your Shop & Hop bag and your mug.

Scan and email your passport back to YCFWpassports@gmail.com when you complete it and your tickets to Fashion Week will be mailed!

York County Fashion Week will be October 2nd through October 7th. Full a full schedule, click here.

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What do you want to do?
  • Find Art & Entertainment
  • Go Shopping
  • Wine and Dine
  • Enjoy Nature
  • Explore History & Culture
Where in York County?
  • Rock Hill
  • Fort Mill
  • York
  • Clover
  • Tega Cay

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