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 shag dancing with Beachin’ 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 2019-2020 Festival Season, or visit our FAQS to see answers to popular questions.
Friday | September 20, 2019
6 – 9 p.m.
Saturday | September 21, 2019
11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Produced by the City of Mauldin, the annual festival is a showcase of the heritage of our community, from its food to its music.
The Mauldin BBQ Cook-off features more than 20 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.
Registration for the 2019 cook-off is closed.
Thursday | November 14, 2019
5:30 p.m. | FREE ENTRY
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.
Artist Aldo Muzzarelli was chosen to create a piece for this year’s theme, “Youth: Passion for Change;” a theme selected to celebrate the youth as our future and a driving force behind positive change across the globe. Muzzarelli’s sculpture will join the other four pieces along the trail and will be unveiled in Fall 2019.
December 5-7, 2019
Hours vary | FREE ENTRY
’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.
Christmas is our favorite time of year! It’s when we find ourselves surrounded by giving, creativity, warmth, love, peace, culture and happiness. Join us as we celebrate this holiday season, right here in Mauldin with our annual tree lighting, a Christmas parade, pictures with Santa, a holiday market, and more!
DUE TO COVID-19: This event has been postponed until further notice. Please read our full statement here.
Since we can’t hold our inaugural PB&J: Pizza, Blues & Jazz Festival, we’ve decided to bring the event to you – online! Featuring the music of Greenville Jazz Collective and Roosevelt Collier Music; suggestions for some delicious pizza right here in Mauldin and adult beverages from Growler Haus; and a variety of fantastic Upstate vendors selling locally-sourced products! Pick up some pizza, turn up the tunes and enjoy some PB&J from the comfort of your own home!
Fridays | June 19 – August 21
7-10 p.m. | FREE ENTRY
We’ll be playing all of your favorite beach hits and more at the Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheater. Bring your dancing shoes, lawn chairs and blankets – it’s gonna be a long, fun, Southern night!
Enjoy beer and wine, food trucks, shag lessons and more. Outside food and beverages prohibited. Must be 21+ to consume alcohol; ID and wristband ($1) required.
Volunteer with us!
We’re accepting volunteers to help bring this event to life! Register and learn more
Mauldin Farmers Market
Tuesdays | June 2 – July 28
5-8 p.m. | FREE ENTRY
The 2020 Mauldin Farmers Market features a variety of vendors from around the Upstate selling locally sourced and produced items including produce, dairy, eggs, honey, gifts, apparel, accessories, treats, pastries, and more!