Arts & Events
Throughout the year the county offers events for all ages to enjoy throughout the year. With Laurens County within an hour's drive of Columbia and Greenville, the state’s two largest metropolitan areas, big-name entertainment is close at hand.
Presbyterian College provides a variety of lectures, plays, films, art shows, and concerts from September through April. Clinton High and Thornwell High combine talents for their spring theatrical performance, and the Laurens County Community Theater offers several performances of top name productions each season. The Laurens County Chorale performs spring and winter concerts.
Local artists have a chance to share their work at The Artists' Coop located on the historic square in Laurens.
Laurens County welcomes spring each year as the landscape burst with flowers. In April, the Spring Tour of Homes showcases the diverse architecture in the city of Laurens, and the Joanna Festival features crafts, rides for kids, food, and entertainment. Ware Shoals' Catfish Feastival, on the banks of the Saluda River, is held Memorial Day weekend.
During the dog days of summer there's the Laurens County Relay for Life, the City of Clinton New Kids on the Block, or Comin' Home to Cross Hill. And as the temperatures cool in October find fun at the Aunt Het Festival in Fountain Inn, Gray Court's Gospel Music Festival, Squealin' on the Square in Laurens, and Halloween events for the entire family.
During the holidays, Laurens County shines with seven Christmas Parades; the Spirit of Christmas Past in Fountain Inn, Laurens Lights, "Polar Express" tours, and the Reindeer Run.
Clinton Museum is located at 400 North Broad Street in the Griffin family home. Founded in 2001, owned by the City of Clinton, and governed by a 15-member commission, the museum's goal is to celebrate and communicate local history. Admission is free, and group tours may be arranged by appointment.
Clinton Museum encourages residents to help preserve the area's heritage by adding photographs, artifacts from everyday life, Clinton High School annuals, and other items to the permanent collection. To make a donation, please contact Frank Stovall, Director of Clinton Museum, at 864-938-1099 or bring items to the museum on Sundays.
The current exhibit, Early Clinton and Model Trains from the Permanent Collection will be on view at Clinton Museum through May 27.
The Gray Court-Owings Historical Society is located at 4711 N. Old Laurens Road in Gray Court. The Society is open from 2:30-4:30 p.m. the second Sunday of each month. For more information contact Dianne Culbertson, President, at 864-876-2667.