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3-day humanities festival in York County offers brewery tours, public art and more

York County for the first time is hosting the three-day South Carolina Humanities Festival. Multiple events are planned Thursday through Saturday, including a hike at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. In this file photo, guests stand on a hanging bridge at the Greenway.
York County for the first time is hosting the three-day South Carolina Humanities Festival. Multiple events are planned Thursday through Saturday, including a hike at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. In this file photo, guests stand on a hanging bridge at the Greenway.

York County residents and visitors starting Thursday can enjoy exhibits, documentaries and workshops celebrating local history and culture.

York County for the first time is hosting the three-day South Carolina Humanities Festival. Multiple events are planned Thursday through Saturday.

The annual festival has reached 19 South Carolina cities in its more than 20 years. Each festival draws from the host community’s history and culture.

“I am very happy that our 25th Annual South Carolina Humanities Festival is in York County. This area is one of our fastest growing areas in the state, with a rich history and a dynamic cultural community supported by outstanding educational institutions and arts organizations,” said Randy Akers, executive director of South Carolina Humanities. “The local resident and out of town visitor will enjoy getting to know what makes York County a special place in our state.”

Festival events include:

  • An opening reception featuring York County food trucks and local craft beer
  • An award-winning independent short film festival
  • A bicycle brewery tour in Rock Hill
  • A Rock Hill self-guided public art tour
  • Walking tours of African-American historical sites and a guided hike at Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill
  • 18th Century Colonial Festival at Kings Mountain National Military Park in Blacksburg
  • Children’s Day on the farm at Historic Brattonsville
  • Young Adult Poetry Slam
  • Multiple stage productions, lectures and more

Visit York County partnered with multiple community organizations for the festival, including the African American Cultural Resource Association, Anne Springs Close Greenway, Arts Council of York County, Winthrop University, Culture and Heritage Museums and the Fort Mill History Museum.

For a full list of event dates, times and prices, go to visityorkcounty.com.

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Amanda Harris covers issues related to children and families in York, Chester and Lancaster County for The Herald. Amanda works with local schools, parents and community members to address important topics such as school security, mental health and the opioid epidemic. She graduated from Winthrop University.

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