Sweet Tea Festival

Celebrate the birthplace of sweet tea!

  • Third Saturday in September
  • 2024 Sweet Tea Festival Saturday September 21st
  • Historic Downtown Summerville Hutchinson Square, SC

The Sweet Tea Festival is a celebration of the birthplace of sweet tea, right here in Summerville SC. Our Historic Downtown is transformed into a massive open house/street fair with different food trucks, artisanal vendors and entertainment. Of course, there is plenty of sweet tea and you can help select the Tea of the Year by sampling and voting for your favorite!

Enjoy the Fest and Stay for the Downtown

Historic Downtown Summer is everything you imagine a small town to be. It’s filled with quaint shops, historic buildings, creative boutiques and world class restaurants.

Our business owners and their staff represent true Southern hospitality with remarkable customer service and genuine care for all who visit. Everyone feels as if they have been transported to a special place and time. Come find out why … “it’s sweeter here.”

Sweetest Sidewalk Sale

Saturday, Sept.

Shop our local boutiques, eclectic shops and restaurants throughout Historic Downtown Summerville for the one of a kind special item, gift or fine cuisine.

Sweetest Farmers Market

Saturday, Sept.

The Summerville Farmers Market features over 70 vendors which include farmers, artisans, and specialty foods. Grab your coffee, breakfast, home decor and veggies all in one place!

Hold My Tea Bar Crawl & Sweet Tea Cocktail Contest

Saturday, Sept.

Different bars are competing in the Summerville Sweet Tea Cocktail Contest. You get to explore various venues and indulge in the entries of Summerville’s most talented bartenders! Vote for your favorite during the 6-day-long Hold My Tea Bar Crawl.

Sweetest Third Thursday EVER!

Thursday, September 19, 2024 (5:30 PM-8:30 PM)

Join us as we celebrate the Sweetest Third Thursday ever. Bring your favorite people, and celebrate this wonderful community with local artisans, crafters, merchants, and food!

2024 Sweet TEE Golf Outing

Friday, September 13, 2024 (Noon Tee Time)

Golf outing to support Summerville DREAM mission to improve small business opportunities & entrepreneur development.

2024 Sweet Tea Contest

Saturday, Sept 21, 2024 (2:00 PM – until supplies last)

Free no purchase necessary and while supplies last. Pick up your ballot at the DREAM vendor booth on West Richardson. Tea is positioned at multiple merchant and vendor locations, you can sample 3oz of tea – see the map below and look for the “Tea Contest” sign posted. Select the BEST OF THE FEST and return the ballot to the DREAM tent located on West Richardson. Awards are announced at the end of the festival and posted on social media.

Southern Songwriter Festival

Thursday, Sept 19 – Saturday, Sept 21, 2024

Over 40 different songwriters have performed at various venues throughout Historic Downtown Summerville. Featured stages, Songwriters Alley on Short Central and Headliner performance at Public Works Art Center. Scan the QR Code on the poster for more details.

General Safety and Event Housekeeping

Dogs and animals at the Fest

The Sweet Tea Festival hosts thousands of neighbors and community guests. For the health and safety of your pets and participants, we strongly recommend that they do not attend the festival. Please note you are required to follow all laws associated with animal care and are responsible for property damage and personal injury. Police are vigilant throughout the festival. They are there to assist with public safety, please alert Summerville Police of any safety concerns.

Street Closures and Parking

Festival permitted area includes:

  • Doty from 100 S. Main to Main Street
  • Little Main
  • West Richardson from Main to Central
  • Short Central

Parking around the event zone is limited. Please make sure you are prepared to park several blocks away.

Handicap Assistance

There are several handicap porta-potties positioned throughout the fest. Handicap parking is in the Town of Summerville garage and scattered throughout the downtown area, however, please make sure you are prepared to park several blocks away.

Sweet Tea Vendor Information