Top 10 Things Every Newberrian Should Do This Summer
 
Summer in Newberry is here, and the heat and long days call us to take a break, relax, and spend quality time outside of the home. Below are 10 activities for you and your family to consider enjoying this summer in “the City of Friendly Folks.”
Moonlight Movie Night crowd watches film in Memorial Park
1. Moonlight Movie Nights
Gather your family and friends for a movie night under the stars. Free Moonlight Movie Nights take place once a month, May through August, in Memorial Park. All movies are set to start at sunset (approximately 8:30pm). Make an evening of it by bringing your lawn chair and blanket out early for a fun picnic in the park. Enjoy free games provided by the City of Newberry RecMobile starting an hour before each movie. Movies will be shown as follows: Friday, May 24 showing Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, Friday, June 14 showing the critically acclaimed Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Friday, July 19 showing The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, and Friday, August 16 showing SHAZAM!
Open Streets Newberry logo with scenes of a crowd biking down a tree lined road, chalk drawing, and father pushing son on a bike.
2. Open Streets Newberry
Kick-off summer on June 1 from 9am to 12pm at Open Streets; a day to “reclaim the road” by temporarily closing roads commonly used for cars and opening the streets for bikers and pedestrians. Bike or walk to downtown to join the free community engagement and lifestyle fair! The event will feature the opening day of the Grow Newberry Farmers Market, Bike Safety Rodeo by the Newberry Police Department, activities for all ages from the Newberry Fire Department, Newberry YMCA, Newberry County Memorial Hospital, and various local service organizations. Come see The COMET commuter bus, RecMobile, fire trucks, and more! Families will want to be sure to stop by the “summer camp walk” to sign up for the many children’s summer camps in Newberry. Pay a visit to “recreation row” for information about the Palmetto Trail, Sumter National Forest, and free fitness classes from a variety of local programs. At 10am the “Mile Walk with the Mayor and Miss Newberry & Miss Teen Newberry,” will take you on a 15-minute loop of Main Street in the downtown district. Don’t miss the chance to “get out and get moving for your community.”
Farmer introduces two young children to a chicken in a pasture.
3. Ag + Art Tour of Newberry County Weekend
The largest free farm tour in the United States, Newberry County will once again host the South Carolina Ag + Art Tour the weekend of June 1-2. The self-guided tour features local farms and artisans at every stop, with the purpose of “cultivating handmade and homegrown.” This year 8 farms will be featured during the tour: Bowers Farm, a family owned and operated pastured livestock and poultry farm, Carolina Pride Pastures, an alpaca farm specializing in alpaca fleece and fiber art, Enoree River Winery LLC, Newberry’s only vineyard, The Hollies Venue at SunSet Nursery, a container nursery featuring a rustic outdoor event venue, Lever Farms, a family owned and operated produce farm, Persimmon Hill Farm LLC, a sustainably raised meat farm, Rodger’s Heirlooms, a certified organic seed farm and garden, and West Ridge Farms-- Premium Beef, a grass-fed cattle farm. For details visit www.agandarttour.com/newberry or contact the Newberry County Chamber of Commerce at 803-276-4274.
Crowd and vendors at the Grow Newberry Farmers Market in Memorial Park
4. Grow Newberry Farmers Market
Meeting once a week on Saturday mornings from 9am to 11:30am in downtown’s Memorial Park, the Grow Newberry Farmers Market offers all you need to fill your family’s pantry. Fresh fruit, vegetables, hearty breads, baked goods & sweets, pasture raised meats, fresh eggs, and even milk and dairy products are available weekly! Visitors can also find fresh cut flowers, locally made soaps, lotions, crafts and great gifts. Don’t miss your chance to eat colorfully and live well this summer by stocking up with the market. Contact the Chamber of Commerce for more information, 803-276-4274.
City staff person gets sprayed with water by children during the free RecMobile program at a local park.
5. FREE Activities for Children!
While summer camp opportunities abound in Newberry County, there are some days the kids are looking to you for entertainment. Thankfully, the City of Newberry Parks, Recreation, and Tourism department has several free organized activities for children this summer! RecMobile traveling summer recreation returns to a park near you June 10-July 19. On weekday mornings expect to find the brightly colored van with speakers blasting music and bringing old fashioned recreation fun to a different local park each day. On Fridays the Newberry Arts Center - NAC will “take over” the van to host Art in the Park! The program is free for ages 6 and up with lunch provided to participants. In addition to their annual free Tackle Football Camp, PRT will also host Hot Shot Basketball single day skills shootouts and Home Run Derbies for children. For details or to register for these programs call 803-321-1015 or visit www.newberryprt.com.
Party in the Park logo: "Party in the Park All Summer Long with Us in Newberry"
6. Party in the Park
On select Fridays this summer the Newberry Opera House will be hosting a party in Memorial Park! Bring your lawn chair and blanket to join them starting at 6pm for free summer concerts in the park. Each week the Newberry Downtown Development Association will be selling beer and wine to guests over 21 who present their ID. The Party in the Park series runs June 14 through August 2. Visit www.newberryoperahouse.comor call 803-276-6264 for details.
Young child drives an antique toy car decorated with flags during the Harper Street Bike Parade.
7. A Very Berry Fourth
Independence Day in Newberry is not to be missed as classic small-town displays of American patriotism abound; so much so that last year the Harper Street Bike Parade made national news! The bike parade has grown from its small beginnings of just a few neighborhood children, to now attracting visitors from all over. Parade participants show off patriotic outfits, decorated bikes, and even the occasional golf cart. Starting at the corner of Harper and Hunt Streets, the parade travels toward Walnut Street where participants are greeted with a fire engine hosing provided by the local Fire Department. The day ends with fireworks at Newberry High School from the county Sheriff’s Department. The “rockets’ red glare” is scheduled for “dark-thirty” after the community gathers to sing the National Anthem in the school’s football stadium.
Palmetto Trail official trail sign attached to the bark of a tree.
8. Take a Hike!
The South Carolina Palmetto Trail is expanding to include a new urban trail route that will take hikers through the City of Newberry and downtown. The passage is set to open this summer, entering the city limits at Jollystreet Road and US 76, following sidewalks to Main Street where hikers will tour the downtown district and historic College Street district before continuing onward into the county. Excitingly this will be the 4th leg of the Palmetto Trail in the county and will serve to connect and complete the trail system in Newberry. More information about the Palmetto Trail can be found at their website www.palmettoconservation.org.
Police Chief and Child pose for a silly photo at the police car photo booth during National Night Out.
9. National Night Out
Build a stronger community and safer neighborhoods while having fun at National Night Out on Tuesday, August 6. Bring your family to Mollohon Park from 6pm to 8pm for fun, games, food, music, and a chance to win prizes, brought to you by your local City of Newberry Police Department. The event is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, get to know your local first responders, and have a quality, free, fun night out with the family. Events in the past have featured a dunking booth, emergency vehicle tours, photo booths, and much more!
 
10. Splish Splash!
The City of Newberry is soon to be home to a new recreation feature for all ages to enjoy! The Recreation Complex has been under construction since the summer of 2018 after voters passed the county penny sales tax initiative to bring needed programs and projects to residents including quality of life programming to the county’s municipalities. In its first phase the complex is set to feature a large playground that is fully accessible, 3 baseball/softball fields, 2 grass multipurpose fields, a nature trail circling an on-site pond, as well as a large splash pad! Excitingly, some of the park’s phase one features, including the playground and splash pad, are set to open in the late summer of this year. A grand opening will be announced in the future as the City of Newberry prepares to welcome this public park to all of Newberry’s citizens.
Contractor's rendering of the splash pad project at the City of Newberry Recreation Complex.
These are only 10 ideas for things to do this summer around town, but there are many more activities happening! For information about these events and other events happening in the City of Newberry visit www.cityofnewberry.com/events.
 
Mary Alex Kopp
Tourism & Events Manager
City of Newberry Parks, Recreation, and Tourism