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Ever been dunked in grits? 5 SC festivals in April you’ll want to check out

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If you’re itching to get out of the house to enjoy the nice spring weather, why not try a few festivals too?

Along with warming temperatures and plants in full bloom, South Carolinians now have their pick of spring festivals. From celebrations of all things strawberry to a near obsession over grits, there should be a festival for nearly everyone.

Here are five of the best South Carolina festivals scheduled during April.

Columbia International Festival

Kick off the first weekend in April with a celebration of other cultures. See the artifacts, costumes and souvenirs of about 60 countries. Event goers will also get to sample exotic flavors of foreign cuisines as well as learn how to do something like fold origami, use chopsticks and play cultural games.

World Grits Festival

This festival is home to the “World Famous Rolling in the Grits Contest.” Really, what more needs to be said?

But if you’re still not convinced to attend this festival, know that it will also feature plenty of grits meals, beauty queens, street dancing, live bands, a grits-eating contest and more.

South Carolina Strawberry Festival

It’s nearly time for the 15th annual South Carolina Strawberry Festival, a regional celebration of spring and all things strawberry. The festival will feature tons of fresh strawberries, strawberry-centric treats, live entertainment, recipe contests, pig races, kid rides, a car show and a fireworks display.

Charleston Jazz Festival

If you’re a huge fan of jazz or just want to broaden your musical horizons, then the Charleston Jazz Festival is for you. There will be multiple performances from a variety of artists over the four-day event. And while you’re there, you can enjoy everything else historic Charleston has to offer. It’s a win, win situation.

Myrtle Beach International Film Festival

Filmmakers, industry professionals and film enthusiasts have all been drawn to this festival in recent years and if you check it out you’re bound to find out why. The event has become one of the top film festivals in the U.S., due in part to its wide selection of quality films each year.