2023 Fun Fall Festivals: Greenville, SC and the Surrounding Area

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If you are looking for the best fall festivals, Greenville, SC and the surrounding area has 30+ festivals to enjoy! Pumpkin spice, cornfields, fields full of sunflowers; all of these things are synonymous with fall. The greatest thing that the fall season ushers in is the festival season!

2023 Fall Festivals near Greenville, South Carolina

Family-friendly festivals celebrating apples, pumpkins, harvests, and all the other wonderful things that the fall months have to offer can be found at these gatherings. The wonderful thing about fall festivals in and around Greenville is that they are outdoors (for the most part) so you can enjoy the beauty of the changing seasons!

Guide to Fall in Greenville, SC

Looking for more fall things to do in Greenville? Don’t miss our GIANT Fall Guide to Greenville, SC!

This list is provided for informational purposes, and events may change or be canceled at the last minute. Therefore, please be sure to confirm the status of an event before heading out.

2023 Fall Festivals: Greenville, SC, and the Upstate

Upper SC State Fair

  • Where: 3804 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley
  • When: August 31st – September 10, 2023
  • What: Traditional state fair-style event
  • Admission: Varies

Hot Air Affair: Rising Above Cancer

  • Where: Anderson Civic Center
  • When: September 1st – 3rd, 2023
  • What: Hot air balloons, food vendors, kid’s zone, and more. Event updates can be found on the event’s Facebook page.
  • Admission: Free admission and parking

Upstate Renaissance Faire w/ Medieval Market


  • Where: Downtown Greenville
  • When: September 14th – 17th, 2023
  • What: Food, Wine, and Music
  • Admission Cost: Varies
Lunch throwdown / Colonial Mills Grits
Euphoria – Eat, Sip, LIsten

Indie Craft Parade

  • Where: Timmons Arena at Furman University
  • When: September 15th & 16th, 2023
  • What: As one of the earliest fall festivals, Greenville, SC offers Indie Craft parade, a place for Arts and Makers, Pop-Up Shops, and Mini-Markets
  • Admission: $8 general admission (ages 16 and under free)
    First Dibs Party on Friday is an additional fee

This event sells out quickly for particular demonstrations, and most of the events for 2023 are sold out. There are still several events available, but we recommend booking soon!

South Greenville Fair

  • Where: 215 South East Main Street, Simpsonville. Simpsonville United Methodist Church
  • When: September 15th and 16th, 2023
  • What: Livestock shows, and a pageant
  • Admission: free

Sooie BBQ Festival

  • Where: Mauldin Cultural Center
  • When: September 15th & 16th, 2023
  • What: BBQ tastings & live music
  • Admission: $1-$10

AutumnFest at the Market

  • Where: Greenville State Farmers Market
  • When: September 22nd – 23rd, 2023; 8 am – 6 pm
  • What: Large selection of flowers, plants, and home decor for purchase. There will be educational demonstrations and gardening tips available. Food trucks will be available to purchase food.
  • Admission: Free

Project Host BBQ Cook-off and Festival

  • Where: Fluor Field at the West End
  • When: September 22nd – 23rd, 2023
  • What: BBQ competitions, music, KidsZone, and more.
  • Admission: Free entry; tickets for food and activities are available for purchase

St. Mary Magdalene International Festival

Where: St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church, Simpsonville
When: Saturday, September 23, 2023 from Noon-9 pm
What: Celebration of all cultures and food + live music
Admission: Free – tickets required for food and kids activities


  • Where: Greer City Park
  • When: Saturday, September 30, 2023
  • What: Celebration of all things trains and rail safety. Food and drink available to purchase.
  • Admission: Free

Hops and Herons Beer Festival

  • Where: Lake Conestee Nature Preserve, Mauldin
  • When: Saturday, September 30, 2023
  • What: Multiple breweries, live music, food trucks, and more.
  • Admission: $10 for under 20, $20 for designated driver, $55 for adults

Hispanic Heritage Festival

  • Where: Fluor Field
  • When: Sunday, October 1st, 2023
  • What: If you are looking for cultural fall festivals, Greenville, SC offers the Hispanic Heritage Festival. There will be cultural entertainment, food, dancing, children’s activities, crafts, and more!
  • Admission: $10 per adult; $7 per child

Albino Skunk Music Festival

Greer Arts and Eats Festival

Greer Arts and Eats Festival in Greer, South Carolina
Greer Arts and Eats Festival

Aunt Het Fall Festival & Car Show

  • Where: Downtown Fountain Inn
  • When: Saturday, October 7th, 2023 from 9 am to 5 pm
  • What: Vendors, arts & crafts, food, and classic cars
  • Admission: Free

City Scape Winery Annual Fall Food & Wine Festival

  • Where: CityScape Winery
  • When: Saturday, October 7th – October 8th, 2023
  • What: Celebration of food, wine, and live music! Family and pet friendly.
  • Admission: Cash only $5 parking; prices of wine tastings vary.

Kroc Fest 2023

  • Where: Kroc Center Greenville
  • When: October 7th, 2023
  • What: Food trucks, free classes, showings of The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown, petting zoo, and more.
  • Admission: Free admission and donations for Harvest Hope and Hollis Academy welcomed

Fall for Greenville

  • Where: Downtown Greenville
  • When: October 13th – 15th, 2023
  • What: One of the area’s most popular fall festivals, Greenville, SC offers Fall for Greenville in October. There will be excellent food, live music, rides, wine, and competitions
  • Admission: Free
  • Kidding Around Review: Don’t Miss One of Greenville’s Best Events of the Year!

Spartanburg Soaring International Kite Festival

  • Where: Barnet Park, 248 E St John Street, Spartanburg
  • When: Saturday, October 14th, 2023, 11 am – 5 pm
  • What: Kite festival, bring your own kites, live music, kids zone, makers market, food, and more.
  • Admission: Free

Pumpkinfest 2023

  • Where: Abiding Peace Academy
  • When: October 14th, 2023, 10 am – 3 pm
  • What: Food, vendors, games, pumpkins
  • Admission: Free

Pickens Appalachian Folk Festival

  • Where: 114 Main Street, Pickens
  • When: October 13th – 14th, 2023
  • What: Celebration of Appalachia, with bluegrass music, food trucks, artisan vendors, and more!
  • Admission: Free


  • Where: Croft State Park
  • When: October 21st, 2023
  • What: Annual Halloween celebration with bounce houses, face painting, Safe Haven animal ambassadors, hay rides, trick or treating, and more.
  • Admission: Pricing TBD

Fall Festival 2023!!

  • Where: Safe Haven & Educational Adventures
  • When: October 28th, 2023 from 11 am – 5 pm
  • What: One of only two chances to visit! Only open to the public twice a year. Enjoy fall activities among a variety of animals. There will be games, raffles, food, and more!
  • Admission: $5 wristband to pet animals; proceeds go to the facility’s animal rescue mission.

Barefoot Acres Fall Festival

  • Where: Barefoot Acres SC, Fountain Inn
  • When: October 28th, 2023 from 1 pm – 5 pm
  • What: Food trucks, live music, hayrides, and more.
  • Admission: $5 per person, Kids 4 and under are free with a costume.

GCA Fall Festival & Holiday Market

  • Where: Greenville Classical Academy – 2519 Woodruff Road, Simpsonville
  • When: November 4th, 2023
  • What: Kid’s Activities ($5 fee), holiday shopping, and food trucks
  • Admission: Free (suggested donation)

Heart of Freedom Annual Fall Festival

  • Where: Mauldin Cultural Center
  • When: November 4th, 2023, 11 am – 4 pm
  • What: Games, face painters, bounce houses, live music, great food trucks, yummy treats, and more.
  • Admission:

Holly Jolly Holiday Fair

  • Where: Anderson Civic Center
  • When: November 17th – 19th, 2023
  • What: Huge vendor craft fair with over 200 homemade/DIY/holiday vendors
  • Admission: $15 for Friday VIP, $8 for Saturday and Sunday

Don’t miss our Pumpkin Patch Guide, Corn Maze Guide, and List of U-Pick Apple Orchards Near Greenville

Check out our list of Fall Events In Spartanburg, South Carolina for more fun fall events!

Denver Downs fall festival in Anderson, South Carolina

2023 Fall Events A Short Drive From The Upstate

Oktoberfest in Helen, GA

  • Where:1074 Edelweiss Strasse, Helen, GA
  • When: Begins September 7th and runs until October 29th, 2023
  • What: German food, beer, a celebration of German culture, fun for all ages!
  • Admission: Entry is $10.00 Monday – Friday; $20.00 Saturday; Free on Sundays

NC Mountain State Fair

  • Where: Western North Carolina Agricultural Center
  • When: September 8th-17th, 2023
  • What: Rides, food, agriculture, and art
  • Admission: $5 -$12; Under 5 are admitted for free

Denver Downs Fall Festival

  • Where: Denver Downs Farm – 1515 Denver Road, Anderson
  • When: September 23rd through November 12th, 2023
  • What: Fun on one of SC’s oldest family farms including a corn maze, live music, kids play area, food vendors, bonfires, and more.
  • Admission: Ticket prices TBA
  • Kidding Around Review: Denver Downs is the One Farm To Put On Your Don’t Miss List This Fall!

Mountain Monarch Festival

  • Where: Gorges State Park, Sapphire, NC
  • When: September 23, 2023
  • What: Celebration of the Monarch Butterfly. There will be music, keynote speakers, local vendors, food, and more! The event will be held rain or shine.
  • Admission: Free event

Eliada Annual Fall Festival & Corn Maze

  • Where: Asheville, NC
  • When: September 29th – October 29th, 2023; Friday – Sunday
  • What: Hay rides, pumpkins for purchase, corn cannons, corn mazes, food trucks, and more!
  • Admission: $12.00
Jousting at the Carolina Renaissance Festival in Charlotte, North Carolina

Carolina Renaissance Festival

2023 Dupont Forest Festival

  • Where: Stanton Road, Cedar Mountain, North Carolina
  • When: September 30, 2023
  • What: Family-friendly celebration of the beauty of Dupont State Recreational Forest. There will be tons of activities related to hiking, outdoor recreation, and more!
  • Admission: Free event

Squealin’ On the Square

  • Where: Downtown Laurens
  • When: October 6th – 7th, 2023
  • What: Arts & Crafts, Live Music, Kids activities, Tractor show, and BBQ
  • Admission: Free

Belton Standpipe Heritage and Arts Festival

  • Where: Belton, SC
  • When: October 7, 2023
  • What: Live music, children’s activities, local artisans, fireworks
  • Admission: Free

Carolina Mountain Cheese Festival

  • Where: Oak & Grist Distilling Company, Black Mountain, NC (about 90 minutes from Greenville)
  • When: October 8th, 2023
  • What: Cheese! The Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest is an annual festival that benefits the WNC Cheese Trail, which is a nonprofit whose entire existence revolves around spreading the word about the cheese made in Western NC.
  • Admission: Starts at $20 and tastings, classes, and tours are additional costs; ages 10+ require a ticket
2021 SC state fair photo

South Carolina State Fair

  • Where: South Carolina State Fairgrounds
  • When: October 11th – 22nd, 2023
  • What: Traditional state fair with rides, and food vendors
  • Admission: $15 – $20 (deals and specials available)

Find all the Fall Festivals in Columbia, SC on our sister site, Kidding Around Columbia.

Pendleton Fall Harvest Festival

  • Where: 105 Exchange Street, Pendleton
  • When: October 14, 2023, 10 am to 5 pm
  • What: Children’s games, Music, Scarecrows, Ghost tour, Crafts, and Food
  • Admission: Free

Asbury Hills Fall Festival

  • Where: Asbury Hills Camp, Cleveland, SC
  • When: October 14, 2023
  • What: Activities are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants must be 11 years or older
  • Admission: Free but charge for lunch; $12 adult BBQ lunch, $6 child under 10 BBQ lunch

Kidding Around Greenville events calendar for Greenville, SC

For more fall festivals and other events not listed here, check out our Events Calendar.

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4 years ago

What about the new fine art and fine craft show at the Greenville Convention Center on November 2-3rd. It is called Artisanville. Kids under 12 are FREE and there are discounted coupons on GROUPON. There will be live demo’s, many artists to talk to, live music, food, as well as drawings for free art and artisanville bucks to spend at the show.

Ron Stanley
1 year ago

SpartOberfest is Spartanburg’s Oktoberfest and this year was September 9-10. It featured 90 outdoor Christmas Market vendors, a 400+ capacity Festalle with live music, the 5-10K Pretzel Run, Kids Zone, great beer and food. Check the website, http://www.spartoberfest.com for next year’s dates.

5 months ago

Shocked you missed Holly Jolly Holiday Fair. Sundays are family day with Free Santa Pictures with a professional photographer, Kids entertainment, live music & free crafts with over 200 holiday, handmade & vintage Vendors for everyone plus amazing food trucks! Tickets are limited and times do fill up! * If you do come Friday or Saturday there is FREE reentry on Sunday! Follow the social for giveaways leading up to the show!