Every year, SC Humanities sponsors the Humanities Festival in a community in South Carolina. Started in 1993 in honor of the Council’s 20th Anniversary, the Humanities Festival has been held in eighteen different South Carolina cities. Each festival celebrates the local history and culture of the host community, engaging the citizens in lectures, discussions, films, and exhibits and facilitating partnerships between cultural organizations and community groups. 

SC Humanities also organizes a literary speakers bureau featuring authors and writing instructors who can travel to venues across the state for public programs, as well as a fast-track literary grant opportunity for statewide organizations to request support for new or existing literary programs.

The South Carolina Humanities Festival is scheduled for June 10–11, 2016 in Beaufort, South Carolina.