Spring brings a new round of exhibits, festivals, and outdoor activities to enjoy in Florence.
Arts and entertainment in Florence County in the spring features a beautiful lineup. From the notable April festivals in Florence to “The King and I” at the Florence Little Theatre to concert lineups, there’s a variety of activities to enjoy.
Returning for its fifth year, ArtFields has plenty to do day and night. The nine-day festival in Lake City is an art competition with $100,000 in cash prizes given to artists across the Southeast. Winners are determined by attendees as well as a juried panel. Artfields runs April 21-29. For a list of the events, visit http://www.artfieldssc.org/attendees/events/.
Arts International will be held from noon to 6 p.m. April 8 in downtown Florence. There’ll be three stages of continuous music as well as the Artisan Village and food vendors. Don’t forget the Eighth Annual Welding Rodeo returns to Arts International as well. The daylong contest starts at 7:30 a.m. and finishes with judging and auction, which benefits the Florence-Darlington Technical College Educational Foundation’s scholarship fund.
Also April 8 is the Flo-Town 5K. The run/walk offers participants an enjoyable trek through Pee Dee history and the natural wetlands along Jeffries Creek. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. For more details, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/Florence/FloTown5KRunWalk.
The season finale at the Florence Little Theatre is “The King and I” and runs from April 21 to April 30. “The King and I” is one of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s finest works that boasts a score of classics. Set in 1860s Bangkok, the musical tells the story of King Siam and a school teacher. Best for adults and young people aged 11 and older. For more information, visit www.florencelittletheatre.org.
A featured exhibit at the Florence County Museum focuses on the artistic journey of Eugene Thomason, a “product of the industrialized New South.” The exhibit ends May 28. And don’t forget -- on Thursdays, the museum hosts public tours at 2 p.m. And remember Family Day, which includes gallery activities and hands-on studio projects, are on the second Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m. Visit http://www.flocomuseum.org for more information.
There’s plenty to choose concert-wise this spring, as well. Remember Florence After Five returns this month to downtown Florence, and Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center continues its concert line-up with Springtime to Remember with Blood, Sweat & Tears, and Rick Springfield.
The Florence Symphony Orchestra, one of the oldest continuously operating symphonies in the state, finishes its season with “George Gershwin to John Williams: A Pops Celebration!” at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 1, at the Francis Marion University Performing Arts Center. The line-up includes “An American in Paris,” “Star Wars,” and many more favorites. And one not to forget -- the Taste of the Symphony is from 7 to 10 p.m. April 20 at Roseneath Farm on Cherokee Road in Florence. Visit http://www.florencesymphony.com/ for more information.
Our new Ag-Cited brochure is available as well. It highlights area farm festivals, wine tastings, plant shows and more! For more ideas of what to do this spring, visit the Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau’s calendar online at visitflo.com/events. From local performers to Broadway shows, local festivals to pro tennis tournaments to Wild Weekends at the Environmental Discovery Center, we'll keep you busy in Florence and across the Pee Dee.