Downtown Florence is Going Big with Fall Events through November!
Downtown Florence is ratcheting up the entertainment and activity as we head further into the fall over the next month with a slew of events that promise to engage people in many different ways.
Starting…TODAY…the Francis Marion Performing Arts Center hosts the Florence Symphony Orchestra. Tonight at 7:30pm is “Homecoming”, aptly named to recognize hometown favorite, Rhodes Scholar and piano virtuoso John Hoffmeyer.
If you cannot make tonight’s show (or want to attend another!), FSO is back Nov. 15 at 7:30pm with “Pines of Rome,” featuring musicians Mary Louise Nagata and Jennifer Deudkoontod performing a Double Concerto by composer Max Bruch to go with Orchestra Suite No. 3 by Bach. More shows follow, and season tickets for the FSO 2021-2022 season are now on sale! Call the FSO office, 843-661-2541 to purchase tickets.
FMUPAC is also going to have other shows through November, such as the FMU Concert Band Oct. 26 at 7:30pm with its fall concert. The Francis Marion University Concert Band is composed of FMU students as well as community members from the Pee Dee region, which includes professional area music educators, band directors, choir directors, ministers of music, and FMU music faculty members. Performances include traditional concert band music as well as popular and show music. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.
Then Nov. 22 the Francis Marion University Concert Choir and Voice Collective will be joined by the FMU String Ensemble and the Sumter Civic Chorale to perform Handel’s Messiah. Click here to purchase tickets for this event.
Moving to the 100 block of S. Dargan Street, on Oct. 29 the ever-popular Florence After Five series wraps up another season from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm with Chocolate Chip & Co. Food and beverage sales are made via tickets onsite, and MUSC Florence Medical Center will offer a free on-site COVID-19 vaccination clinic. Parking and admission are (as always!) FREE.
The biggest festival of the year is BACK, bigger than ever and with a new name! The South Carolina Pecan Music and Food Festival marks its 17th annual event Saturday, November 6. This massive and free one-day festival again spills over several blocks in Historic Downtown Florence from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Legendary rock group Grand Funk Railroad hits the Main Stage from 5:30pm until 7pm on the group’s Some Kind of Wonderful Tour 2021.
With COVID-19 safety measures in place, all festival favorites return such as the Kids Fun Zone, eight stages of live entertainment, art and culinary competitions, plenty of vendors, amusement rides, car & truck show, Run and Bike Like a Nut, and more. The event includes the Run Like a Nut 5K | 10K | and USATF Half Marathon as well as the Bike Like a Nut Metric Century & Half Century Rides.
The City Center Farmers Market is a regular entry for downtown on Tuesdays and Saturdays, but Saturday, Oct. 16 from 9am-2pm is special as the family-friendly Jam Fest makes its inaugural appearance! Jam Fest features storytellers, songwriters, singers, indigo dying with Florence County Museum, bath bomb painting with Bubble by Bridget, Seminar Brewing craft brews, and more.
Last but not least, the Florence County Museum Nov. 4 has an oyster roast (Tubb’s Shrimp & Fish Co.) and BBQ (Buxton Hall Barbecue) event from 6:30-8:30pm with proceeds benefitting the Florence County Museum’s Annual Acquisitions and Education Fund.