37th Annual Penn Center
Heritage Days Celebration

November 7-9, 2019

Heritage Days Celebration is a three-day cultural event celebrating Penn School - Penn Center, and the Gullah Geechee history, folk arts, food, music, crafts and West and Central African cultural legacy.

Located at Penn Center—formerly the Penn School, one of the first schools for formerly enslaved Africans and their descendants living in the Sea Islands of South Carolina—visitors can experience the unique setting of the 50-acre Penn School National Historic Landmark District.

Special events for the weekend include demonstrations of West African/Gullah cultural connections, including:

  • Live cultural demonstrations

  • Gullah storytellers and re-enactors

  • Singers, African drummers, and dancers

  • Educational symposium

  • Fish fry, crab crack & oyster roast

  • Back in the Day Jam

  • Parade

  • Center stage entertainment

  • Craft fair

  • Youth & Family Day with lots of educational "fun fuh de chillun and famlee" (fun for the children and family).

Penn Center is excited to announce that there are no gate admission fees for 2019. There are costs for some Heritage events and food.

Parking fee (Friday & Saturday) on Penn Center’s campus (East and West). Handicapped parking will be available. $5 per car/truck/suv/van | $25 per tour bus

Please bring your folding camp chairs for comfort.

Please contact us for more information by phone: (843) 838-8552 email: heritagefestival@penncenter.com

Click on the 2019 Heritage Days Celebration Event Schedule below to enlarge.


SELECTED Highlights from past Heritage Days celebrations:


Penn Center needs friends like to support this year’s Celebration. For 2019 sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at at (843) 838-8552 or send an email to heritagefestival@penncenter.com To expedite processing, please include "2019 Heritage Days Celebration" in the subject line of your email.

                 Penn Center is grateful to our                  2019 heritage Days sponsors

Boeing of South Carolina

PENN CLUB, INC


Heritage Days Celebration Applications

Heritage Days Parade Participant

Heritage Days Food Vendor

Heritage Days Craft Vendor

Heritage Days Information & Farmer’s Booth

Heritage Days RVers

For more information please call: 843.838.8552 or email: heritagefestival@penncenter.com