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.

portfolio_sooieSOOIE. | Mauldin BBQ Cook-Off

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.

Want to know what to expect at the event? Download our guide or visit mauldinbbq.com

portfolio_block_publicartlogoPublic Art Trail Unveiling

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.

Learn More about the Mauldin Public Art Trail

portfolio_block_christmasMauldin’s Christmas Kick-off

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!

2019 Kickoff Schedule

PB&J: Pizza, Blues & Jazz Festival

Friday | April 24, 2020
6-9 p.m. | FREE ENTRY

Please note: The continuation of this event as scheduled will depend on the City of Mauldin’s re-evaluation of the COVID-19 epidemic on April 6, 2020.

Join us for an evening of PB & J — Pizza, Blues & Jazz! We’ve rounded up your favorite pizza joints to serve you at this inaugural festival, with local arts vendors and live music. Sink your teeth into the cheesiest, greasiest slices of pie around, wash it down with cold beer and wine, and groove to some live blues and jazz bands!

Want to be a vendor?

To register, review the rules and regulations, complete both forms and return them to the Office of Cultural Affairs. Please note that the City of Mauldin reserves the right to refuse any vendor at their sole discretion

Vendor Information & Release Form | Registration Form

VENDOR FEE UPDATE: We know that it’s a tough time for business in general, but even tougher for small businesses. In light of that, we’d like to waive our vendor fee for PB&J. If you have paid your vendor fee already, it will be refunded or returned to you as soon as we are back in the office on April 6.

Volunteer with us!

We’re accepting volunteers to help bring this event to life! Register and learn more

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Beachin’ Fridays

Fridays | May 29 – July 31
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. Leashed dogs allowed.

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! The market also features live music, food trucks, beer and wine, and fun and healthy activities.

Vendor registration is now open!

Visit the Mauldin Market page for more details.

Volunteer with us!

We’re accepting volunteers to help bring this event to life! Register and learn more