Our festivals and outdoor events are open to the public and free to enter! These events take place at our outdoor amphitheater located behind the Mauldin Cultural Center and often feature music, food, fun activities, and more. Enjoy nights of live music & dancing with Amp’d Up Fridays; the best BBQ in the southeast with SOOIE. Mauldin’s BBQ Cook-off; local art with our Mauldin Public Art Trail; and so much more!
Check out our current Festival Season, or visit our FAQS to see answers to popular questions.
Mauldin Blues & Jazz Festival
Saturday | April 29, 2023
2 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Join us for a weekend of Bites, Blues & Jazz! Formerly known as Pizza, Blues & Jazz, this annual event will now feature a variety of your favorite restaurants and food trucks, complete with live blues and jazz music. Sink your teeth into the tastiest food around, wash it down with cold beer and wine, and groove to some live blues and jazz bands!
Check out this year’s schedule here!
Amp’d Up Fridays (Beachin’ Fridays)
presented by Duke Energy
Fridays, May 26 – July 28, 2023
7-10 p.m. | FREE ENTRY
We are AMPing things up this year by putting a twist on Mauldin’s favorite summer concert series. Still featuring your favorite beach music, we are excited to introduce additional music genres to our lineup including classic rock, pop and more.
Enjoy beer & wine, food trucks, and more. Outside food & beverages prohibited. Must be 21+ to consume alcohol; ID & wristband required.
Check out this year’s schedule here!
Chautauqua History Comes Alive Festival
7:30 – 9:00 p.m. | FREE ENTRY
Get ready to laugh, cry and flat out have a great time at this festival of non-stop live history and fun for the whole family. Shows are performed in costume by nationally acclaimed historical interpreters. Step back in time and meet these brilliant American game changers – hear their stories – ask them how their world changed.
June 12 – Robert Ripley
June 13 – Nellie Bly
June 14 – James Armistead Lafayette
June 15 – Steve Jobs
Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, a picnic and enjoy these outdoor performances at the Mauldin Cultural Center Outdoor Amphitheater!
SOOIE. | Mauldin BBQ Cook-Off
Friday | September 15, 2023
6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday | September 16, 2023
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
The Mauldin BBQ Cook-off features cookers from all over the Southeast competing to bring the best BBQ to Mauldin. The festival opens Friday night with our Anything Butt competition, where Participating Cookers serve anything BUTT their BBQ to pique your tastebuds. Sliders, grilled chicken, smoked cobbler—the only way to know what’s cooking is to come try it for yourself. Saturday features the main event, a BBQ Cook-off competition with a panel of certified BBQ Tasters from the South Carolina Barbeque Association. The public will also have a chance to cast their vote for the best BBQ and the winner of the People’s Choice Award. Paired with live music and family fun, this can’t-miss festival is the perfect pig-out.
2023 schedule coming soon – see last year’s schedule here!
A December to Remember
’Twas the start of December, when all through Mauldin
The season was changing, and Christmas was callin’.
The City was decorated, glistening with might,
Knowing the holidays would soon bring delight.
Ring in the holiday season with A December to Remember! Enjoy an evening of live holiday music, a holiday market, pictures with Santa, the annual tree lighting, and some jolly extras that will help make your spirits bright!
Public Art Trail Unveiling
Mauldin’s Public Art Trail seeks to beautify the community and support South Carolina artists. A new work is commissioned each year to fill one of the nine trail sites lining the perimeter of the Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheater.
Check back later for our announcement of the next artist to join the Mauldin Public Art Trail!