September 22, 2022

Fall finally arrives this week…today in fact! Feels like it right? NOPE. 😉

That’s OK, it will soon. But we DO have some fall inspired events arriving in the area!

Today after it begins to cool off (it really cools off tonight) the Florence Area Big Band takes to the Renaissance Courtyard outdoor patio area located behind Wholly Smokin' Restaurant and Lula's Coffee to wow with some jazz.

It’s a theme because also tonight the Lake City Concert Series opens its new season with Frisson at the Bean Market. Frisson in a musical context usually means a musical passage that surprises listeners in a positive way, so be prepared!

Shifting to Saturday, let’s start with Moore Farms Botanical Garden’s Beer Fest, where more than 20 local and regional craft breweries will offer a variety of beers and ciders to go along with food from local eateries and live music.

Sunday the SC Bridal Showcase at the Florence Center delivers a chance to meet wedding professionals and learn about their services before the BIG day.

Flash Forward to Wednesday, when musician Daniel Clarke takes the stage at FMUPAC. Clarke has collaborated with big-name artists such as k.d. lang, Ryan Adams, Mandy Moore, Jason Mraz, and others, so check out some serious talent while you can.

Also check out a comprehensive list of music, art, events and more below!

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The Highlights

Florence Area Big Band 🎺

The Florence Area Big Band is an eighteen-piece jazz ensemble started in Florence in 1997 by the late Allen Brown. They will perform Thursday at the Renaissance Courtyard, an outdoor patio area located behind Wholly Smokin' Restaurant and Lula's Coffee shop on Dargan.

Frisson Ensemble 🎻

The Lake City Concert Series opens its new season Thursday with Frisson, an ensemble that features the best and brightest of classical music's rising stars. The group showcases emerging young artists as well as seasoned professionals. In just a few seasons, the group has skyrocketed to become one of the leading classical music groups in the field. Many of the musicians are graduates of Carnegie Hall’s Ensemble Connect program that trains the best young musicians for a chamber music career. They will perform at the Bean Market at 7:30 p.m.

Moore Farms Botanical Garden Beer Fest 🍺

Travel to breweries across the Southeast on Saturday without ever leaving Moore Farms Botanical Garden’s scenic grounds during the 9th annual MFBG Beer Fest. More than 20 local and regional craft breweries will be represented, offering a variety of beers and ciders that are sure to please even the most discerning brew aficionado. Green Frog Social House will serve up delicious eats paired with live music featuring The Inland Band! 

SC Bridal Showcase 💍

Come out and meet true wedding professionals face to face at the SC Bridal Showcase Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Florence Center, where they will have everything covered from engagement ring insurance to the honeymoon and just about everything in between.

Multi-instrumentalist Daniel Clarke 🎹

Daniel Clarke is a multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/producer/teacher born and raised in Richmond, VA. His playing has been heard everywhere, from the White House to the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Winter Olympics. Daniel’s eclectic and prodigious musicianship can’t be contained by one specific genre. His ear for quality has made him a sought-after collaborator by artists such as k.d. lang, Ryan Adams, The War on Drugs, Mandy Moore, Jason Mraz, René Marie, and countless others spanning all genres. He will perform Wednesday at the FMU Performing Arts Center. 

Good Eats & Music

Weekly roundup 🎹🍔🍺

Safely take in some live music, tasty eats, and libations this week!

Lula's Coffee Co. offers Open Mic Night tonight at 7 p.m. with musician sign-up at 6:30 p.m.

Green Frog Social House in Lake City has karaoke with Scott Cantey tonight at 7 p.m. Come back Saturday to hear some great music by Analog Saints at 7 p.m.

Come out to Dizzy Crab for fantastic live music throughout the week! There are live performances most Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. Taylor Richardson will perform Saturday at 10 p.m. Then on Tuesday, Chad Shirley will host "Musician's Night" from 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. featuring several musicians performing various types of music.

Southern Hops Brewing Company features excellent beer, a great menu and live music on Friday nights at 7 p.m. Analog Saints will perform this week. 

Andy & Oneida will perform Friday at 7 p.m. at Tammy's in Lake City.  

Blade and Bull Axe Throwing offers Glow Throw Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m.

Prettier Than Matt will perform Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. at Apple Annie's Deli & Pub.

Join Wholly Smokin' Downtown for live music during its brunch Saturday and Sunday from 12 to 3 p.m. Brandon Clark will perform Saturday and Rotie Salley Sunday. 

Sip Co Wine and Beer in Lake City welcomes the Gnosh Pit food truck on Saturday at 4 p.m. 

Jazz on Dargan welcomes Basis of a Pulse Saturday at 7 p.m.

The VFW Post 3181 features live music, dancing and fun every Saturday and Sunday at 7 p.m. The Ranch House Band will perform both nights. 

Local Motive Brewing serves up a fun trivia competition and great beer every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The Arts

Art happenings this week 🎨

Check out Olio Studio for various art workshops, including the Halloween Folk Art Wood Painting workshop tonight or the Fall/Halloween Pillows class Friday. Wednesday you can paint Halloween pottery at Tammy's. The classes start at 6:30 p.m.

The Wisdom Players Senior Theatre Company presents a dinner theatre, “Melodies in E,” Friday and Saturday. On Friday, dinner will be served at 6 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. On Saturday, dinner will be served at 3 p.m. and the show starts at 4 p.m. Both performances are at New Ebenezer Baptist Church's SHEREC facility at 312 Ravenel St. in Florence. Tickets are available by calling (843) 601-3891.

Join TRAX Visual Art Center Friday for an evening celebrating the opening of John Dempsey's exhibit “Take Place: Contemporary Landscapes”. You will have an opportunity to meet the artist, look at the new artwork first, and enjoy appetizers/drinks. Click here to learn more about the exhibit. 

Addie's Baby Paint & Sip Studio has three classes to choose from this week. Friday is the "Gucci Girl" Trap Paint & Groove at 7 p.m., and Saturday has "Butterfly" at 11 a.m. and "Pumpkin Spice" at 2 p.m.

Forest Lake Greenhouses is having a workshop about the Power of Plants: Essential Oils Saturday at 9:30 a.m.

The School Foundations 22nd annual Celebration Gala is Tuesday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at SiMT. 

The ArtFields Art Competition is open to adult artists working in all mediums from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. Submissions for the 2023 competition is open through November 1. For complete details of the rules and prize information, click here

Local art exhibits 🖼️

The TRAX Visual Art Center in Lake City will feature artwork from John Dempsey starting Friday in his Take Place: Contemporary Landscapes exhibit. The exhibit will be on display through November 12. The gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday. 

The Adele Kassab Art Gallery features winners of the Artfields Junior competition through September 29. The gallery is open Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The Steven F. Gately Gallery features artist Shannon Lindsey in her Displaced Processes exhibit. The exhibit will be on display through October 14. The gallery is open Tuesday-Friday. 

The Waters Gallery features work from North Carolina-based artist Marcus Dunn in his Re/Educated exhibit. The exhibit will be on display through December 2. The gallery is open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Florence County Museum features the late Steven F. Gately's artwork in the Continuous exhibit. The exhibit will be displayed in the Special Exhibits Gallery of the museum through January 22. 

The Florence County Museum has several exhibits to view. Kindred Spirit: the Personal Worlds of William H. Johnson is an exhibit that focuses on the artist's relations with the people and places in his life. The Florence County Museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Let's Get Movin'

Let's get active! 🏃🏽

The FMU women's volleyball team faces the University of Mount Olive Friday at 6 p.m. and Chowan University Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Smith University Center.

Cartersville Country Winery is hosting a yoga class Friday at 6 p.m. with Gabby's Goat Farm. Enjoy a yoga class with the goats. After the class enjoy a wine tasting at the Winery. 

The Little Gym of Florence will host a Parent Survival Night Friday at 6 p.m. This Fall Festival party features loads of fun and dinner! This fun evening is open to children ages 4-12.

Keep Florence Beautiful is hosting River Sweep at the Rail Trail behind Academy Sports Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Help keep our waterways free of trash and debris by participating in the 2022 River Sweep.

The Florence Wave Fest is a free community event Saturday at the Drs. Bruce and Lee Foundation Libaryar. This celebratory event is held in recognition of National Self-Care Awareness Month, which promotes the positive impact of mental health. The Wave Fest will have food truck(s), a Kids Zone, live entertainment, health screenings, a wellness village for family resources, and much more!

Lynches River County Park is hosting their annual Paws on the Pad Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For complete details click here. While you are there check out the live animal presentations every Saturday at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Registration is also open for the fall archery class that begins October 11. 

The FMU men's and women's soccer season is underway. The women take on North Greenville University Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and the men play at 7 p.m. The men play Chowan University Wednesday at 7 p.m. The home games are played at the Murray G. Hartzler soccer field. 

Bring your furry friend to the Florence YMCA's Dog Day at the Pool Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. For complete details click here.

Registration is open for the fall Tennis 101 classes. The classes begin October 11. 

Florence Family YMCA youth flag football registration is open through Sunday.

The City of Florence batting cages are open at Freedom Florence Recreation Complex through November 20. Registration is open for the fall camps that will be held October 3-7. 

Check out all of the programs, parks and offers available within Florence in the 2022 City of Florence Recreation Program Catalog.

Local Markets

Local markets 🚜

Pee Dee State Farmers Market


8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

While you're at the market register and participate in the Find the Bee Scavenger Hunt.

City Center Farmers Market

Saturday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Lake City Farmers Market

Thursday, 12 to 6 p.m.


Coming soon 📅

Registration is open for Moore Farms Botanical Garden's featured events and workshops! Head over to their website to see upcoming events such as the Films at the Farm scheduled for October 28 or BOOtanical October 29. The workshops include Think Like a Butterfly October 1. 

Florence Center has several events scheduled for the upcoming months. Comedian Bert Kreischer will perform October 8, and Casting Crowns will make a stop October 29 during The Healer Tour. On November 4 Travis Tritt and Chris Janson will make a stop in Florence during The Can't Miss Tour. The annual Jingle Bell Market is November 18-20, a spectacular holiday event that features handmade crafts, gifts, holiday decor and more. 

Tickets are now available at the FMU Performing Arts Center for several upcoming concerts. Country music star Josh Turner will perform September 29. Rock and pop legend Jim Messina (of Loggins and Messina) plays October 15. The hip-hop fusion group Black Violin will perform December 10.

Florence After Five returns September 30 featuring Too Much Sylvia. Bring a chair and prepare to enjoy live entertainment, local food and drink vendors with all your friends. As always, admission is FREE!

Browse fall plants and flowers, gardening equipment, décor, seasonal produce and more at the Pee Dee State Farmers Market during their annual Fall Plant & Flower Festival September 30-October 2.

Seminar Brewing is having a Homebrew Competition during its October 1st Oktoberfest Celebration. Drop off four 12 oz. samples of your homebrewed beer, which will be blindly judged by the owners and staff. Entries must be submitted by September 30. 

The Florence Symphony Orchestra has announced its 2022-2023 Symphonic Soul lineup. Season tickets are on sale now. The first performance, "Titan", is October 10.

The next Florence Little Theatre performance is Clue, which will be November 4-12. Tickets are on sale. 

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