Explore family friendly events, theatres, galleries, concerts, nightlife, things to do, and more in the Greenville, SC and Upstate areas.

Saturday, September 18, 2021
2021 Hispanic Heritage Festival
Sep 18 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
McAlister Square
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AHAM to host the annual Hispanic Heritage Festival!
AHAM will be hosting their annual Hispanic Heritage Festival on Saturday, September 18th at McAlister Square starting at 1pm! Come enjoy folkloric dresses, traditional food, artistic displays, and music. Tickets are $1 per person. For more information please visit ahamsc.org. AHAM is also looking for volunteers for the event!
Greer Oktoberfest
Sep 18 @ 12:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Downtown Greer, SC

Greer Fun presents Greer Oktoberfest.
Food, drink, dance, music. Come celebrate with us! September 18, 2021 – Noon – 9pm

For Details & Vendor Application visit
http://greeroktoberfest.com/

Hispanic Heritage Festival Presented by AHAM
Sep 18 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
McAlister Square

Come kick off Hispanic Heritage Month with us at our annual festival fundraiser! We will be showcasing the vibrant culture of Latin America!

About This Event
Come out & celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with us while at the same time supporting our nonprofit organization, AHAM, whose mission is to promote higher education among high school students of Hispanic descent through educational scholarships in the Upstate of SC.

FREE for children 12 and under. Food, Music, Folkloric Dances, Arts, Activities for Children, & much more! 10+ countries will be represented. Come taste delicious authentic Latin American food while supporting a great cause! We are a 100% volunteer nonprofit organization. Your ticket costs will go directly to support our mission.

Sponsors include Michelin, Greenville Technical College, Allen C. Ladd, Attorney at Law, America’s Properties at KW, Dar y Mar Co.

Friday, September 24, 2021
Fireforge Oktoberfest Weekend
Sep 24 – Sep 26 all-day
Fireforge Crafted Beer

Guten Tag! Join us for our 4th Annual Oktoberfest Weekend, September 24-26, 2021! Wear your leiderhosen and dirndl, or simply a tasty pretzel necklace – and be ready for stein hoisting and other interactive games throughout the weekend! Our Oktoberfest lager and other seasonal brews will be on tap, with commemorative mugs available for purchase. The Fireforge Kitchen is open all weekend with toasted pretzels and festy fare.
While we’ll be pumpin’ polka music throughout the biergarden, we’ll also have live music Friday and Saturday evening, plus Sunday afternoon. Our current schedule is:
-Friday, 9/24: Foothills Oompah Band (6-9 p.m.)
-Saturday, 9/25: The Wobblers (5-8 p.m.)
-Sunday, 9/26: Mountain Top Polka Band (2-5 p.m.)
This is a non-smoking and non-vaping event. We recommend pets stay at home for their safety and the safety of other guests. More details will be shared closer to the festival weekend!

Guest Appreciation Festival Nantahala Outdoor Center
Sep 24 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

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Guest Appreciation Festival is our annual celebrating bringing together guests, visitors, paddlers, and staff for a weekend festival of incredible sales, whitewater, outdoor fun, and gratitude!

Snag the best in outdoor gear and apparel at stunningly low prices from our new and used gear sale with names including The North Face, Chaco, Dagger Kayaks, KEEN and more. Boaters can take advantage of free shuttles for the Cascades and Upper Nantahala recreational releases. Shop crafts and handmade goods from regional and local vendors. Join in on the fun with our family-friendly riverside games and activities including giant Jenga, face painting, and more! Dance the night away to live music on the banks of the Nantahala River. Enjoy a weekend of fun and community in the Nantahala Gorge!

12th annual Dirty Dancing Festival 2021 Kick-Off Party
Sep 24 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Lake Lure

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Experience The Time of Your Life at the 12th annual Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure, NC!

Whether you have been coming for years, or always wanted to see what the hype is all about, we have a chance for you to WIN a weekend getaway to the namesake film’s backdrop where It’s all Crazy for Swayze.

Join us for singalongs, watermelon carrying, Lift Scenes, lots and lots of dancing, and much more on September 24-25, 2021. Proceeds benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and festival organizers, The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge.

Show-stopping Dance Performances

Live Music  by The Soul Psychedelique Orchestra

The return of Hot Lake Lure Nights dance lessons
hosted by Coach Natalie Foreverland

A Message from PanCAN

Nighttime Lakeside Screening of Dirty Dancing

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Saturday, September 25, 2021
Guest Appreciation Festival Nantahala Outdoor Center
Sep 25 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

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Guest Appreciation Festival is our annual celebrating bringing together guests, visitors, paddlers, and staff for a weekend festival of incredible sales, whitewater, outdoor fun, and gratitude!

Snag the best in outdoor gear and apparel at stunningly low prices from our new and used gear sale with names including The North Face, Chaco, Dagger Kayaks, KEEN and more. Boaters can take advantage of free shuttles for the Cascades and Upper Nantahala recreational releases. Shop crafts and handmade goods from regional and local vendors. Join in on the fun with our family-friendly riverside games and activities including giant Jenga, face painting, and more! Dance the night away to live music on the banks of the Nantahala River. Enjoy a weekend of fun and community in the Nantahala Gorge!

12th annual Dirty Dancing Festival 2021
Sep 25 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Lake Lure

Experience The Time of Your Life at the 12th annual Dirty Dancing Festival in Lake Lure, NC!

Whether you have been coming for years, or always wanted to see what the hype is all about, we have a chance for you to WIN a weekend getaway to the namesake film’s backdrop where It’s all Crazy for Swayze.

Join us for singalongs, watermelon carrying, Lift Scenes, lots and lots of dancing, and much more on September 24-25, 2021. Proceeds benefit the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and festival organizers, The Chamber of Hickory Nut Gorge.

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Professional Dance Lessons to the Original
Movie Soundtrack

Film-Inspired Dance Performances by the Asheville Ballet

Top-notch  Live Music by  DJ Michael Sprouse,  Envision, and ACE Party Band.

Watermelon Races for PanCAN

Selfie  Portraits with scenes from Dirty Dancing filmed here in Lake Lure

A Car Show featuring the 1957 Chevy Bel Air “Swayze” look-alike car

A variety of Movie-inspired Games

The Lake Lift Competition

And much more!

 

Sunday, September 26, 2021
Guest Appreciation Festival Nantahala Outdoor Center
Sep 26 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

guests standing outside looking at canoe

Guest Appreciation Festival is our annual celebrating bringing together guests, visitors, paddlers, and staff for a weekend festival of incredible sales, whitewater, outdoor fun, and gratitude!

Snag the best in outdoor gear and apparel at stunningly low prices from our new and used gear sale with names including The North Face, Chaco, Dagger Kayaks, KEEN and more. Boaters can take advantage of free shuttles for the Cascades and Upper Nantahala recreational releases. Shop crafts and handmade goods from regional and local vendors. Join in on the fun with our family-friendly riverside games and activities including giant Jenga, face painting, and more! Dance the night away to live music on the banks of the Nantahala River. Enjoy a weekend of fun and community in the Nantahala Gorge!

Thursday, September 30, 2021
ALBINO SKUNK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sep 30 all-day
Albino Skunk Music Festival

We will be requiring all attendees including volunteers, vendors, and staff to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination OR a negative test.

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Friday, October 1, 2021
ALBINO SKUNK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Oct 1 all-day
Albino Skunk Music Festival

We will be requiring all attendees including volunteers, vendors, and staff to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination OR a negative test.

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Greer Arts + Eats Festival
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Downtown Greer and Greer City Park

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The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the inaugural Greer Arts & Eats Festival in downtown Greer and Greer City Park. This family-oriented event presented by Pelham Medical Center, features crafts from local artisans, interactive children’s activities, and live demonstrations. Come hungry and eat at participating food vendors and quench your thirst at craft beer stations. Enjoy live music on the main stage in Greer City Park and at multiple locations throughout the festival. Fly like a superhero down the streets of Greer and join us for our very 1st Greer Super 5K/1M Fun Run! We hope this year’s event will highlight the best of the past while adding exciting new elements to the Upstate’s favorite festival.

Greer Arts and Eats Festival
Oct 1 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Greer City Park

This family-oriented event presented by Pelham Medical Center, features crafts from local artisans, interactive children’s activities, and live demonstrations. Come hungry and eat at participating food vendors and quench your thirst at craft beer stations. Enjoy live music on the main stage in Greer City Park and at multiple locations throughout the festival. Fly like a superhero down the streets of Greer and join us for our very 1st Greer Super 5K/1M Fun Run! We hope this year’s event will highlight the best of the past while adding exciting new elements to the Upstate’s favorite festival.

The festival runs Friday, October 1, 2021 (5 pm-10 pm) and Saturday, October 2, 2021 (10 am- 10 pm – Artists Booths open until 5 pm on Saturday).  A full list of food and craft vendors, as well as the complete entertainment lineup and schedule of Pelham Medical Center health screenings will be available soon, check back soon as this page is updated often!

Saturday, October 2, 2021
ALBINO SKUNK MUSIC FESTIVAL
Oct 2 all-day
Albino Skunk Music Festival

We will be requiring all attendees including volunteers, vendors, and staff to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination OR a negative test.

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38th Annual Aunt Het Fall Festival
Oct 2 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Downtown Fountain Inn

Join us for the 38th Annual Aunt Het Fall Festival in downtown Fountain Inn!
Arts & Crafts Vendors, Holiday gifts, gourmet foods, unique items, kids rides, food vendors, and more!
Coat and Canned food drive benefiting area food banks.

Live musical performance by Mac Arnold! 3pm-5pm at Commerce Park!

Classic Car show registration from 10am-12pm, entrance on Main Street at 418.
Fun for the whole family! Free to attend! Shop early for Christmas!

Greer Arts + Eats Festival
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Downtown Greer and Greer City Park

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The Greater Greer Chamber of Commerce invites you to attend the inaugural Greer Arts & Eats Festival in downtown Greer and Greer City Park. This family-oriented event presented by Pelham Medical Center, features crafts from local artisans, interactive children’s activities, and live demonstrations. Come hungry and eat at participating food vendors and quench your thirst at craft beer stations. Enjoy live music on the main stage in Greer City Park and at multiple locations throughout the festival. Fly like a superhero down the streets of Greer and join us for our very 1st Greer Super 5K/1M Fun Run! We hope this year’s event will highlight the best of the past while adding exciting new elements to the Upstate’s favorite festival.

Greer Arts and Eats Festival
Oct 2 @ 10:00 am – 10:00 pm
Greer City Park

This family-oriented event presented by Pelham Medical Center, features crafts from local artisans, interactive children’s activities, and live demonstrations. Come hungry and eat at participating food vendors and quench your thirst at craft beer stations. Enjoy live music on the main stage in Greer City Park and at multiple locations throughout the festival. Fly like a superhero down the streets of Greer and join us for our very 1st Greer Super 5K/1M Fun Run! We hope this year’s event will highlight the best of the past while adding exciting new elements to the Upstate’s favorite festival.

The festival runs Friday, October 1, 2021 (5 pm-10 pm) and Saturday, October 2, 2021 (10 am- 10 pm – Artists Booths open until 5 pm on Saturday).  A full list of food and craft vendors, as well as the complete entertainment lineup and schedule of Pelham Medical Center health screenings will be available soon, check back soon as this page is updated often!

2021 International Festival honors Colombia!
Oct 2 @ 11:00 am
Barnet Park

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Long a hub of investment from businesses all over the globe, Spartanburg is truly an international city, with residents from more than 75 countries and more than 100 international businesses. To celebrate Spartanburg’s global appeal and its corresponding diversity the City of Spartanburg hosted its first International Festival in 1985.

Today that festival has grown to become one of our city’s most popular, with more than 12,000 people descending on Barnet Park annually to celebrate and explore world cultures through food, music, dance, folk art, and much more.

Festival Information

  • All food & beverages are purchased with tickets. Four ticket booths are located along the International Boulevard of Food. Each ticket costs $1. Tickets are non-refundable, so please purchase them wisely. Cash or card accepted and ATMs are located on the festival site.
  • Restrooms will be located throughout the festival footprint.
  • Alcoholic Beverages: How do you have a German Bratwurst without a “bier” to go with it? You can buy a beer right beside the food booth from Germany. Anyone wishing to purchase an alcoholic beverage must be 21 years of age or older, present a valid ID, and purchase a $1 wristband. Alcoholic beverages must be purchased with festival coupons.
  • First Aid: EMS Bicycle units will be riding throughout the festival area.
  • Passports: Kids get your Passport at Information kiosks located throughout the festival site.
Friday, October 8, 2021
BANK OF AMERICA FALL FOR GREENVILLE
Oct 8 @ 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Downtown Greenville Main Street from Augusta Street to East North Street

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Indulge in a Weekend Full of Flavor

Discover a world of tempting tastes, tunes, and taps, as mouthwatering aromas carry you along Greenville’s Main Street.

Festival entry and entertainment are FREE to the public.  Taste Tickets are redeemable for food, beverages, kids activities and festival merchandise. Taste Tickets are available at multiple locations throughout the festival and are $5 for a sheet of ten taste tickets. All ticket sales are non-refundable.

Saturday, October 9, 2021
Welcome to South Cobb
Oct 9 all-day
The Eddy & Riverview Landing

Jammed pack with things to do, Welcome to South Cobb will elate the senses with sights, sounds, and irresistible aromas along the Chattahoochee River. Local and national performances, popular food trucks and vendors, custom-crafted beverages, fun and games, and yes, even a giant screen for watching the Georgia/Auburn game will make Welcome to South Cobb an experience like no other on Saturday, October 9, 2021. Featuring national R&B recording artist, Ginuwine and other talents from 11 AM to 9 PM. 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM – Local artists, food trucks and vendors, merchandise, children’s area, food demonstrations. (Purchase General Admission, Food & Beverage, VIP Chattahoochee Landing, and VIP Observation Deck tickets). 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm Opening and National Recording Artists (Purchase National Stage Seating Tickets). Purchase Food & Beverage tickets and use them for food and drinks at the event.