We've got it: A spring festival, shrimp feast, jukebox music and kite flying


The sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and the fun has just begun. If you're in need of a good time, festivities of all kinds are happening around town, so be sure to frolic through a few - or all - of them.

Shiloh Project-Lift Spring Festival

Shiloh Project-Lift plans a Spring Festival at St. John School, 4515 Narrow Paved Road, Lynchburg, on Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to help fundraise for the school's renovation. It will include activities for all, including three-on-three basketball competitions, kickball, cornhole, 50/50 chances, bingo, chances to win a 2006 Chrysler Sebring, grilled specials (A Taste of Shiloh), music and singing to start the summer off in grand style. Political leaders are invited, and there will be something for everyone to enjoy. It will also include the grand opening for the newly renovated sports field, made possible through funding from the Central Carolina Foundation. For more information, call (803) 459-7463 or (803) 983-5550 to register for the three-on-three tournament.

22nd-annual Shrimp Feast

Come and enjoy shrimp dishes of all kinds at the 22nd-annual Shrimp Feast on Thursday, April 25. Hosted in the Sumter County Museum gardens, attendees can feast upon all-you-can-eat grilled shrimp, shrimp and grits, boiled shrimp, skewered shrimp and Lowcountry boil alongside barbecue, beer, wine and soft drinks. The fantastic spread will be accompanied by an even better show from Johnny Hilton, Family & Friends. All-inclusive tickets are $40 for museum members and $65 for the public; purchase tickets at sumtercountymuseum.org/events. The event will begin at 6 p.m. at 122 N. Washington St.

Jukebox Saturday Night

Get ready to get swept off your feet, clap your hands and move and groove to songs from the Big Band Era of the 1930s-1950s. From Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey to Glenn Miller to Duke Ellington and many more, Jukebox Saturday Night will bring various styles of swing, ballads, chas-chas, waltzes and tangos through the instruments of talented musicians and vocalists on the Sumter Opera House stage. The show will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 26, at 21 N. Main St. Tickets range from $23 to $28 and can be purchased at sumteroperahouse.com.

Inaugural Kite Festival

If you're looking for a unique, free outdoor experience for kite beginners and experts, the Inaugural Kite Festival will soar high in the sky on Saturday, April 27, at Patriot Park. The event will be hosted in honor of Child Abuse Awareness Month, and the sky will come alive with kites of all shapes and size, and professional demonstrations that will leave all in awe. Aside from the mesmerizing kites, there will be various activities to enjoy, including kite-making workshops, indulging in delicious foods and enjoying live music throughout the day. The inaugural festival will begin at 11 a.m. at 380 General Drive at Field 6.
Birdfest Music Festival

The 20th-annual Birdfest Music Festival will be held Friday-Saturday, May 3-4, at the South Carolina Waterfowl Association Education Center at 8444 Old River Road in Pinewood. The musical lineup will include Steep Canyon Rangers, Chatham County Line, Jon Stickley Trio, The Big Daddy Bluegrass Trio and much more. Visit birdfestmusic.com for more details and to purchase tickets.