Johnsonville, South Carolina

Festivals & Events

Johnsonville Heritage Festival

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The Johnsonville Heritage Festival is traditionally held the third weekend in May at Odell Venters Landing.  General Francis Marion received his commission on the site which was known as Witherspoon’s Ferry at the time.  It later became a stagecoach stop called Johnson’s Ferry and the rest is history.  The annual event celebrates our area’s rich heritage along with an emphasis placed on our woodlands and the scenic Lynches River.
Image of a band playing on wooden stage erected at Venters Landing.
On Friday night, there is a live band along with the militia soldiers camping and preparing dinner for spectators as was done during Revolutionary War times.  A baking contest and a cook-off are held on Friday also.  There are also many vendors selling jewelry, crafts and a variety of food.
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The festivities continue on Saturday with a Barbecue Chicken Cook-off offering cash prizes to winners. There are plenty of activities for kids including face painting and kayak rides.  An antique car show and pontoon boat tours on the scenic Lynches River are fun for all ages.
Image of people enjoying kayaks and paddle boards near the boat ramp at Venters Landing.
The Heritage Festival is free and open to the public.For more information or to participate, contact Ron Douglas or Kem Poston at 843-386-3500. Please visit the festival’s web page at or Facebook
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Johnsonville Christmas Parade

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The Johnsonville Christmas Parade is held each year in early December. The 2019 Parade will be  held on Saturday, December 7 on Broadway Street in Johnsonville. The parade includes bands, cartoon characters, television and radio personalities, numerous large floats, and of course Santa Claus.  An entry application can be found in the Document Center on this site's home page.  See more photos at

Artisan Outpost

Image of Jackie Stasney showing jewelry to a customer at the Artisan Outpost
The Artisan Outpost offers visitors the chance to purchase arts and crafts made by local artisans.  The monthly event is held in the old public library building on Marion Street and features such items as jewelry, etched items, painted items, crochet, art, ceramics and stained glass.  The Artisan Outpost is usually held the second Saturday of the month from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and more often in November and December.

Broadway After Hours

Image of the JMS Rock Bank Show Choir performing at Broadway After Hours
In October 2018, The City of Johnsonville sponsored the first "Broadway After Hours" to bring citizens together downtown for an evening of music and food from local restaurants.   The JMS Rock Bank Show Choir performed in addition to guitarist Chuck DiZinno.  The event is scheduled to be repeated on the lawn of the new municipal complex once it is completed.

Trunk or Treat
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Each Halloween, the Johnsonville Area Chamber of Commerce sponsors a “Trunk or Treat” in front of Johnsonville High School.  Area businesses gather and offer candy and treats to the hundreds of area children who attend.