Upcoming Fall Events:
Nivens Apple Farm festival: Labor Day Festival: Sept. 7
Apple Fest: Sept. 19 | Pumpkin Fest: Oct. 17 (Moore, SC)
South Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair:
Be a part of this exciting community event. Family fun that gives back to our community, our youth and our sponsors.
September 29 thru October 4, 2015
The Enchanted Chalice Renaissance Faire:
Sept. 18 – 19 – Greenville
Hear ye! Hear ye! The fifth annual Enchanted Chalice Renaissance Faire will bring the past to life Sept. 18 – 19 on the grounds of Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Friday kicks off the festival 5 p.m. – 11 p.m., with events continuing 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday. Families are invited to experience musicians, dancers, performers on two stages, wandering minstrels, jugglers and jesters, characters and storytelling, defense demonstrations, games of skill and combat, and The Children’s Realm and The Enchanted Forest. Admission is $10 per day for adults or $16 for two days, and $6 per day for children or $10 for two days.
The church is located at 1135 State Park Road, Greenville. For more details, visitwww.TheEnchantedChalice.com.
Spartanburg Greek Festival
Sept. 25 – 27
Fall might be synonymous with hayrides and candy apples, but that doesn’t mean other cultures can’t be celebrated during the season, too.
The annual Spartanburg Greek Festival celebrates Greek food, pastries, dance, and music and will run for three days — Sept. 25 – 27 on the grounds of St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in Spartanburg. Visitors can enjoy sampling such foods such as gyros, souvlaki, dolmathes and pastitchio, and a live Greek band will perform throughout the weekend. Children will present Greek dancing exhibitions Saturday and Sunday.
For details, visit www.spartanburggreekfestival.com.
Autumn Candlelight Tour
Only a bit more than one hour’s drive from Greenville, Ninety Six provides a chance to step back into history and visit the site of a historic battlefield in South Carolina. Even better, guests can enjoy a rare candlelight tour in the fall and watch re-enactors portray life along the trail in the 18th century.
Early settlers in Ninety Six included the English, Scotch-Irish, German, French and Africans. Guided battlefield tours will run every 10 minutes from 7 p.m. – 8:20 p.m., covering 1 mile and lasting approximately an hour and 15 minutes.
Best of all, it’s free, and the historic site’s visitor center will be open from 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.
For details, call 864-543-4068.
For 37 years, families have flocked to Pumpkintown — not far from Table Rock State Park — for this annual family-friendly festival. This year’s event kicks off at 9 a.m. with a parade down Pumpkintown Highway and past the Oolenoy Community Building, where visitors will find plenty of pumpkins, handcrafted items for sale, food, live music and other activities happening until 5 p.m.
A special children’s area will feature rides for all ages, and barbecue chicken plates will dished up for hungry guests. Admission is free.
For details, visit pumpkintownfestival.org.
Oct. 23 – 24
Modeling itself after the Spartanburg Greek Festival, the new SpartOberfest hopes to become a family tradition in the Upstate each fall.
This family-friendly festival kicking off at 4 p.m. Oct. 23 will feature five main areas, including the Festhalle for sampling drinks and enjoying live entertainment, the AuBenküche Outdoor Grill for tasting German foods, the Kris Kringle Christmas Market for shopping, Church Tours section for sharing the Catholic faith, and the Kinder Corner where children can enjoy rides, games and inflatables.
Special events will include a magic show, live auction and hula hoop contest.
For details, visit www.spartoberfest.com.
Fall Harvest Festival
If you’re looking for an old-fashioned fall festival to share with the kids, consider heading to Pendleton for its annual Fall Harvest Festival.
Featuring old-fashioned children’s games, a scarecrow contest, crafts, food, and live entertainment, Fall Harvest Festival is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 24 on the town’s historic Village Green.
Pendleton will celebrate its 225th anniversary this year, so there’s no better time to visit. Sorry, there are no pets allowed.
For details, visit www.facebook.com/PendletonFallHarvestFestival.
South Carolina Apple Festival — Sept. 8 – 12, Westminster, scapplefestival.com
Columbia’s Greek Festival — Sept. 17 – 20, Columbia,columbiasgreekfestival.com
South Greenville Fair — Sept. 19, Simpsonville, www.southgreenvillefair.com
McCormick Gold Rush Festival — Sept. 19, McCormick, mccormickgoldrush.com
Raylrode Daze Festival — Sept. 25 – 27, Branchville,www.raylrodedazefestivul.com
Heritage Jubilee — Sept. 25 – 26, Edgefield, www.exploreedgefield.com
39th annual Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens — Oct. 1 – 25, Charleston,www.thefalltours.org
Squealin’ on the Square — Oct. 2 – 3, Laurens, www.mainstreetlaurens.org
Aunt Het Family Fall Festival — Oct. 3, Fountain Inn, fountaininnchamber.org
Oktoberfest – Oct. 3, Greer, greerchamber.com
Spartanburg International Festival — Oct. 3, Spartanburg,www.cityofspartanburg.org/international-festival
Balloons Over Anderson — Oct. 9 – 11, Anderson,www.balloonsoveranderson.org
Fall for Greenville — Oct. 9 – 11, Greenville, www.fallforgreenville.net
Native American Cherokee Trail River Festival — Oct. 10 – 11, Cayce,www.columbiacvb.com
Old Farm Days Weekend — Oct. 11 – 12, Anderson, www.denverdownsfarm.com
S.C. State Fair —Oct. 14 – 25, Columbia, www.scstatefair.org
A Day to Remember Colonial Times — Oct. 17 – 18, Aiken, www.colonialtimes.us
Children’s Day Festival — Oct. 18, Mount Pleasant, www.comeonovermp.com
Pumpkin Festival Weekend — Oct. 17 – 19, Anderson,www.denverdownsfarm.com
Honea Path Sugarfoot Festival — Oct. 23 – 24, Honea Path,www.honeapath.com