Festivals are the way to celebrate spring and summer in York and Lancaster counties.
If you missed Fort Mill's Strawberry Festival this weekend, you can still check out the fun at Lancaster's Red Rose Festival next weekend or the Tega Cay Concert Series later this month.
This Friday and Saturday, the City of Lancaster will host the Red Rose Festival in its historic downtown. In its second year, the Red Rose Festival features live music, food, arts and crafts and a "Kids Zone" with rides.
"We are very proud to offer this free event to showcase our beautiful Red Rose City," said Caroline Hasty, events and promotions manager for the city.
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The event beckons you to "Come Play in our Streets" as the action takes place on Friday night 5-10 p.m. and on Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., on Catawba Street and in the City Hall parking lot.
Friday evening entertainment includes local talent Tetrox, Raleigh-based Transit and nationally acclaimed Nantucket.
Lancaster's Second Baptist Church and Covenant Baptist Band and Choir will sing contemporary Christian music with a Southern gospel quartet, King's Cause.
Mark Roberts, Breeze and Summer Daze will continue the party with Motown, rock and beach music. Glen Shelton will end the evening with the top country hits.
A rock climbing wall, 18-foot slide, bounce houses, carousel and crafts will keep the kids busy. When the kids get hungry, they will have their choice of funnel cakes, hot dogs, barbecue and Southern food. Details: www.lancastercitysc.com
Usher in the 2011 Tega Cay Concert Series on May 21 at Runde Park. U-Neek Flavur will play at 7 p.m. with an opening band beginning at 6 p.m. Parking is at Turner Field with a shuttle bus for concertgoers to Runde Park. Souvenir cups can be purchased ahead of time at Town Tavern in Fort Mill or at the concert.
Kids will enjoy inflatable castles, rock climbing wall, popcorn, cotton candy and more.
Remaining concerts include June 18, Square Roots; Aug. 21, Corey Crowder; and Sept. 24, Eagles Tribute band.
For those who don't want to arrive early to find their perfect spot or wait in the drink lines, consider purchasing $100 Luxury Lawn Seating for the season. The 10 x 10 "box" with four chairs also comes with four reusable souvenir cups with beverage service from Town Tavern. Contact Charlie Funderburk at 803-548-3512 for reservations.