Have a question about the 17th Annual South Carolina Pecan Festival? Check out our list of frequently asked questions (F.A.Q.) or give us a call at 843-678-5912!
Q. Where does the South Carolina Pecan Festival take place?
A. The SC Pecan Festival takes up nine square blocks in Historic Downtown Florence along Irby Street, Dargan Street, Evans Street, and Cheves Street.
Q: Where is parking for the festival?
A: Parking for the festival is first-come, first-served and there are several lots available near the festival grounds. We recommend avoiding going nuts in festival traffic and taking advantage of our FREE Park + Ride service provided by PDRTA. A list of parking and festival pickup locations for this continuous service as well as times can be found here.
You can also track our Park & Ride service in real time via the PDRTA app or their website here: https://whereispdrta.com/map. Just click on the Pecan Festival route.
All handicapped parking available in the lots surrounding the festival are first-come, first-served. For the best experience, we do recommend that attendees use the fully handicapped-accessible Park & Ride service, which runs every 15 minutes at the festival. Details are above.
The SC Pecan Festival does not charge for parking. If you find a lot that charges for parking, please understand that the lot is NOT affiliated with the SC Pecan Festival and the festival is not responsible for the fees you pay to park with private property owners.
Q: Is there an admission fee to enter the festival?
A: No, the Pecan Festival does not charge an admission fee.
Q: Are dogs allowed in the festival?
A: While the City of Florence does not have an ordinance preventing pets from coming to the festival, we caution pet owners that this festival has attendance that frequently reaches 50,000+ people. If your animal is not friendly to people, other animals, or is anxious-natured, please consider leaving that animal at home. Pets are not allowed in the kids zone, in the pony ride area, or in the petting zoo area. Pet owners must keep pets on a leash no longer than 6 feet (no flexi-leashes, please!) and animals must be under control at all times. Disruptive pets will be asked to leave the festival grounds. Owners are responsible for all damages caused by pets and to pets at the Pecan Festival.
Q: Is the Pecan Festival family friendly?
A: Yes! The Pecan Festival has a number of family-friendly attractions including our FREE Kids Fun Zone located on the FMU Performing Arts Center lawn (S. Dargan Street). A full schedule and list of attractions is here. We also have amusement rides in the County Complex lot on Irby Street and pony rides at the corner of Cheves and Dargan Streets near the Antique Tractor Show. Older children in tow? Check out the Honda STE(A)M Zone located in front of the FMU Performing Arts Center!
Q: Where can I get a map of the festival?
A: A map can be accessed online here, or you can stop by the Florence Downtown Development Booth on Irby Street during the Pecan Festival to pick up a copy of our day-of flyer, which contains a map, list of attractions, place to purchase pecans, and a schedule of events taking place throughout the day!
Q: Can I bring chairs and coolers to the festival?
A: We encourage festival attendees to bring lawn chairs and friends to the SC Pecan Festival; however, outside coolers are NOT permitted within the festival grounds.
Q: Where can I find pecans at the festival?
A: All of the Pecan Festival-provided ticket and concession booths sell pecan products! Pick up your covered pecans at the County Complex stand (180 N. Irby Street), at the corner of Evans and Irby, at the FDDC Pecan Booth across from S/W Printers on Irby Street, or at the corner of Cheves and Irby! Make sure to stop by our Pecan Silo at the intersection of Evans and Irby to pick up your full-sized pecan pies, your shelled halves, and your in-shell bags! Young’s Plantation Pecans also has a booth at the Central United Methodist corner of Cheves and Irby Streets.
All of the food vendors at the South Carolina Pecan Festival are required to have at least one item containing pecans on their menu! Stop by any of our food vendor booths and check out their pecan-related offering.