summerville sweet tea festival

Celebrate the birthplace of sweet tea!  sweet tea festival

    September 17, 2022 2p-8p

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    Hutchinson Square, SC



    Sweetest Entertainment 

    Monday September 13th:
    Hutchinson Square: 
    “Wildflower Station” (60’s, 70’s, Classic Rock)
    Tuesday September 14th:
    Hutchinson Square: 
    “Jockey Lot”   (Bluegrass, Folk, Americana)
    Wednesday September 15th:  6:00p
    Hutchinson Square: 
    “Jazz on the Square” Summerville Orchestra Jazz Ensemble
    Thursday September 16th:
    Hutchinson Square:
    “Dan Riley and the Marvelous Misfits”   (Americana)
    Short Central:
    “The Rinkens”    (Singer Songwriter / Americana)
    Friday September 17th:  7:00-11:00p
    Hutchinson Square: 
    Silent Disco with QuietKingz Headphone Events
    Saturday September 18th: starting at 2p
    Hutchinson Square:
    “Palmetto Dance Band”   (Oldies / Shag)
    “Forty Mile Detour”          (Americana)
    “Southbound 17”             (Country)
    “Boot Boogie Babes”
    Short Central:
    “Eric Barnett”      (Singer / Songwriter / Americana)
    “Hollyn Belle Hills”      (Singer / Songwriter / Country)

    Saturday, September 18, 2021

    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 that visit.  Everyone feels as if they have been transported to a special place and time.  Come find out why … “it’s sweeter here 

    The sweetest week ever!

    September 13-17, 2021

    The truth is we just cannot get enough sweet tea!  The Sweetest Week EVER provides a wonderful opportunity to celebrate Summerville and our history with sweet tea with more modest events all week long.  Events will be highlighted soon and featured on our daily BLOG and social media.  

    2021 Best Sweet Tea Contest Winners


    This Little Piggy 

    Best Sweet Tea Contest!

    2pm – while supplies last

    11 different locations you can sample sweet tea! Fee to participate and tea supply is limited.

    Pick-up you Official ballot at the DREAM booth Little Main and West Richardson (no purchase necessary)

    Look for “Tea Contest” sign posted. Taste provided in 3oz disposable cups.

    This Little Piggy Restaurant  – Central

    (Two time champion)

    Miss Katies Sweets – W. Richardson

    Dean’s Meaner Wieners – Little Main

    Bits-n-bytes – W. Richardson

    La’Son Anchor Grill – Short Central

    Mary Kay Inc. – Little Main

    Flowertown Realty – Little Main

    My Big Fat Greek Trailer – Little Main

    The Pita Stroller – Little Main

    Big Daddy – W. Richardson 

    James Brown Peanuts – W. Richardson 

    Sweetest Week Ever 2021!

    Monday, Sept, 13th-18th

    Download the “Shop Summerville” App, set-up an account and check coupons for Sweetest Week sales.  

    Mon. Sept, 13th- Sat 18th

    Hold My Tea

    Bar Crawl & Sweet Tea Cocktail Contest

    Participating local bars, the Summerville Chamber, and Firefly Distillery have teamed up in celebration of Summerville Dream’s The Sweetest Week Ever to bring you the 2021 Sweet Tea Cocktail Contest in conjunction with the 1st Annual Hold My Tea Bar Crawl running from Monday, September 13th – Saturday, September 18th. 
    Pick up an official punch card (available at each participating bar, at the Summerville Visitors Center, or print one from

    Wednesday, Sept, 15th

    Jazz On The Square

    Free outdoor Jazz Concert performed by Summerville Orchestra Jazz Ensemble
    Hutchinson Square 6:00p

    Thursday, Sept, 16th

    Sweetest Third Thursday EVER

    On the third Thursday of each month Historic Downtown Summerville transforms into a special marketplace featuring local entertainment, craft vendors and artisans, to complement the extended hours of our eclectic shops, boutiques and restaurants.

    Thursday, Sept, 16th


    Sweetest Art Event EVER

    Public Works Art Center will be celebrating the opening of our SPARK exhibition, which includes community and youth sections that are open to all. This year’s theme is “Identity”

    Friday, Sept, 17th

    Sweetest Silent Disco

    Brought to you by QuietKingz Headphone Events, in association with Summerville Dream
    7:00pm – 11:00pm
    Downtown Summerville, SC Hutchinson Square
    Three Live DJs 
    GREEN DJ: 80’s Hits
    RED DJ: 90’s Hits
    BLUE DJ: 2000’s Hits

    Saturday, Sept, 18th

    Summerville Post #21 100th Anniversary

    Vintage military vehicles including the “Big Red One” military re-enactors and General Patton’s jeep on display.
    FREE Admission 
    Summerville American Legion Post 21 – 105 Sumter Ave

    Historic Downtown Summerville ..

    It’s sweeter here


    (843) 821-7260


    130 E. 2nd North
    Summerville, SC 29483