Sweet, Sweet, Summerville — And Its Sweet Tea


Two twin boys hold hands and stand in front of a giant mason jar of sweet tea in summerville.If you are new to Summerville, you may have noticed that sweet tea is kind of a big deal. Maybe you have driven past the bright sweet tea mural on the back of the Summerville Visitors Center. Perhaps while walking out of the parking garage in downtown Summerville, you have stumbled upon “Mason,” the world’s largest sweet tea.

Whether you’re new to the area or a long-time local to Summerville, there are many opportunities to learn about, celebrate, and enjoy this delicious type of tea and its birthplace this fall!

Sweet Events in Summerville

  • Every September, there is a Sweet Tea Festival. This year it is on Saturday, September 23rd. You can expect family-friendly fun and of course, lots of sweet tea!
  • For date night fun, participate in the “Hold My Tea, Bar Crawl” on September 18th – 23rd. You can find the event bingo card here.
  • If you are up for a physical challenge, participate in the Sweet Tea Half Marathon on November 11th! Check out this training plan to help you get ready.

Sweet tea mural in SummervilleSweet Tea Trail Through the Town

A great way to explore Summerville, The Birthplace of Sweet Tea, any time of year is by following the “Sweet Tea Trail.” You can pick up a guide at the Summerville Visitors Center or download it right from the website. Earn stamps by visiting locally-owned shops and restaurants, and by taking pictures at the sweetest landmarks. When complete, return the guide to the visitor center and get some sweet swag!

Sweet Tea at Home

After all the fun and adventuring, try making your very own tea at home. You can learn how to make southern sweet tea from this article. In my opinion, it’s best enjoyed from a wide-mouth mason jar with lots of ice while sitting on a porch swing. Welcome to the sweet life!

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Jessie Leslie of Summerville, SC is a hairstylist, a wife, and mother to twin boys. When she’s not in the salon, you can find her outdoors on adventures with her family, trying to keep her household running, serving the community with her church, or in a quiet place reading a book. Jessie loves to encourage families to spend time together. One of her family’s favorite ways to spend time together is outside. In fact, her family became Ultimate Outsiders in July of 2021. This means they visited all forty-seven SC State Parks! Jessie believes we can help each other by sharing our learned life experiences. Motherhood can be overwhelming and downright exhausting. She wants to help moms see the good and have fun! Connected, healthy families build better communities.


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