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This is What Greenville, SC Moms Want for Mother’s Day from Local Businesses

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Wondering what to get Mom for Mother’s Day in Greenville, SC? We asked our readers to tell us what gifts from local businesses in Greenville they would love. Here’s what they told us, along with a few special picks from KAG’s Kristina!

Receiving gifts isn’t a huge deal for me but it’s certainly nice to receive something special on Mother’s Day. Let’s admit it, being a mother is darn hard. It’s rewarding to have those sticky hands wrapped around your legs and toothy smiles and kisses, but a sweet gift is always a nice gesture.

We’ve asked Greenville moms what they want locally and they delivered with creative and unique ideas! We really love shopping local and Mother’s Day is another opportunity to promote all our amazing local businesses. Win-win.

Looking for where to grab Mother’s Day brunch or dinner to go? We’ve got that list here.

Mothers Day Greenville SC sketch
Sketch by artist Ashley Brickner

Opa! Greek Festival in Greenville, SC is Back

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The Greek Festival in Greenville, SC is one of the most popular festivals and is coming soon – which means awesome food, lively entertainment, and vendors with beautiful, traditional Greek items. The 2024 Greek Festival is happening at St. George Greek Orthodox Church in downtown Greenville, SC on May 17-19m 2024

Greek Festival in Greenville, SC

The 3rd Annual Fountain Inn Italian-American Heritage Festival is Happening in April 2024

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The second annual Fountain Inn Italian American Heritage Festival is on Saturday, April 27th, 2024. Are you thinking about attending the festival? We have the schedule, the vendors, and all the details you need to plan your day to have an incredible time at this Fountain Inn Italian festival and celebration!

The Fountain Inn Italian American Heritage Festival in South Carolina

Enjoy A Day in Fountain Inn with our handy guide to this charming town in South Carolina!

About the Italian-American Heritage Festival in Fountain Inn, SC

The quick facts:

  • Saturday, April 27th, 2024 from 12 pm to 6 pm
  • Main Street, Fountain Inn
  • Free Admission

This Italian-American Heritage Festival was a huge success for its inaugural year in 2022. For the third year, the festival will bring the same excitement, if not, more. You’ll enjoy music, food, drinks, shopping from vendors, and activities. In previous years there was a 50/50 raffle, corn hole tournament, and even a spaghetti eating contest! We’re so excited to see what 2024 holds—the committee says it will be bigger and better!


Visit Spartanburg Spring Fling!

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The annual Spartanburg Spring Fling runs April 26-28, 2024 in the streets of downtown Spartanburg. If you are new in town or have not been to Spring Fling, plan to visit this special outdoor festival with your family. Most local families agree this is an event they look forward to all year.

Spring Fling in Spartanburg

Heading to Spartanburg’s Spring Fling? Here’s What You Need to Know


It’s Berry Season! Celebrate With These Berry Festivals Near Upstate, SC

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Are you planning to celebrate the berry season with one of the many berry festivals near Greenville, SC? South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia have several berry festivals is spring and summer worth a visit to. What better item to celebrate with a festival than juicy, sweet berries?

Strawberries, Blueberries, and Blackberries are celebrated nationwide; luckily, we have a handful of festivals that are accessible to the Upstate! If you’re a huge fan of these vitamin-packed gems, you can plan your summer vacation to include part of a festival a little further from home!

RELATED: The Best U-Pick Berry Patches and Fruit Farms Near Greenville | Spring Festivals in Greenville, SC


10+ Story Times: Greenville SC’s Fun Way to Instill a Love of Reading in Your Kids

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Are you looking for a Greenville, SC story time? There are some wonderful options for story time with your kids in the Upstate. You’ll find story times at libraries, bookstores, museums, and more! Plus, there are also some wonderful virtual story times you can check out from home. Many of these events are completely free, and others like museums require regular admission.

You’ll often find these organized by day on our Kidding Around Greenville calendar, so don’t forget to check that when you are looking for something fun and educational to do.

Greenville SC Story Time for kids

One Family’s Personal Journey With The March of Dimes: Greenville, SC

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Looking for a way to give back to the community this spring? The March of Dimes Greenville, SC March For Babies event will be coming up at the end of April. Find out about what this organization does and how you can help!

Originally published in 2016, this piece has been updated with information about the 2024 March of Dimes March For Babies event. This year’s events will be on April 26th, 2024 in Greenville, SC and on April 20th, 2024 in Spartanburg, SC


Things to Do This Month Near Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for things to do this month or even this weekend in Greenville, SC? From concerts to shows to children’s programming, sporting events, festivals, and free events, there is almost always a great answer when you’re searching for things to do near you, at least there is when you live in South Carolina’s Upstate!

Things to do in April in Greenville, South Carolina

What’s happening this month in Greenville, SC?

Never be bored, and never miss an event your family will love! We’re highlighting some of the coolest, most unique, most interesting, and most popular events this month. But don’t forget to check out our FULL event calendar for even more amazing options. Here’s what to do this month near Greenville, SC.


2024 Spring Kid-Friendly Festivals in Greenville, SC

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Planning your spring calendar and don’t want to miss any of the kid-friendly spring festivals in Greenville, SC this year? Pack up the kids because you’ve got some amazing options for great family memory-making. Here’s your ultimate list of the best kid-friendly spring festivals in the Upstate.

Anderson Hot Air Balloon Festival

See what’s going on this month with our calendar of events near Greenville, SC!

Spring Festivals Greenville SC

Spring Festivals Planned for 2024 Near Greenville, SC

Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Saturday, March 16, 2024 | NOMA Square | 10 am – 8 pm
Lots of wonderful Irish entertainment is planned and the festival is for all ages. The parade starts at 10 am. FREE
Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Festival

Hub City Hog Fest

Friday, April 12 – Saturday, 13, 2024
Friday 12 pm – 11 pm | Saturday 12 pm to 9 pm

During the festival, teams will be competing in categories including brisket, ribs, wings, and butts. The food prepared by the competition teams can be sampled at different times, while supply lasts. There will also be live music and regional food trucks to enjoy.

iMAGINE Upstate

Saturday, April 6, 2024 | 11 am to 5 pm
The iMAGINE Upstate Festival is one of the most popular spring festivals. This event centers around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities that would make the biggest nerd – a fun one of course – jealous. There are high-tech gadgets and 3D printers, drone races, robots, rocket launchers, and virtual reality exploration, and more. Add live music and food and it’s a day well-spent with the family. FREE
iMagine Upstate Kidding Around Review
iMAGINE Upstate

Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee

Saturday, April 6, 2024 – Sunday, April 7, 2024 | Village Green
Local vendors, music, art and family entertainment. FREE
Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee

Happy Cow Spring Shindig

Saturday, April 13, 2024 | Happy Cow Creamery
Celebrate Happy Cow and local vendors at this inaugural festival from 9 am – 4 pm. There will be giveaways, vendors, food trucks, and music.
Spring Shindig

Cornbread & Collards Festival

Saturday, April 13, 2024 | Fountain Inn | Noon-6 pm
Enjoy a free concert from Mac Arnold and the Plate Full of Blues and enjoy the traditional Southern food of cornbread & collards in lots of different ways. The event will also feature a spring market.
Cornbread & Collards Festival

Spring Means Babies

Saturday, April 20, 2024 | Split Creek Farm
Love baby goats? This is the festival you need to attend! Split Creek Farm will have samples of their award-winning cheese and amazing goat milk fudge plus lots of local vendors and of course, baby goats. $8/adults, $5/kids, free/kids 2 and under.
Spring Means Babies

Baby goat at Split Creek Farm

Spartanburg Spring Fling

Friday, April 26, 2024 – Sunday, April 28, 2024
Friday 5 to 10 pm | Saturday 11 am to 9 pm | Sunday 12 pm to 6 pm
Lots of live entertainment, food, and vendors plus a Family Fun Zone and cycling race. FREE entry, cost of food and entertainment extra.
Spartanburg Spring Fling

Greer Goes Global: International Festival

Saturday, April 20, 2024 | Greer City Park | 11 am to 4 pm
The highly attended annual international festival is celebrated in downtown Greer. Event-goers will have the opportunity to learn about more than 40 different countries and get a taste of their country’s cuisine from vendors and food trucks! There will be a children’s area, that will include arts and crafts from different cultures. FREE
Greer Goes Global: International Festival

Italian American Heritage Festival

Saturday, April 27th, 2024 | Downtown Fountain Inn | 12 pm – 6 pm
Embrace and celebrate Italian heritage at this festival! There will be lots of delicious food, beer & wine, food demonstrations, Italian memorabilia, crafts, and games for the entire family to enjoy.
Italian American Heritage Festival

Pickens Azalea Festival

April 26, 2024- April 27, 2024 | Pendleton Street downtown
Hundreds of local artisans, vendors, food and family entertainment happen at this festival that has been going on for 30 years.
Pickens Azalea Festival

Spring Into Art

Saturday, May 4, 2024 | 10 am – 4 pm
Sponsored by the Simpsonville Arts Foundation, this festival will have kids activities, food vendors, live music, chalk art, and art demos. It’s free to attend.
Spring Into Art Festival

Duck Derby

Saturday, May 4, 2024 | Falls Park | 2:30 pm
Seeing 10,000 rubber duckies racing down the falls at Falls Park is quite the spectacle. The festival is actually a big event to raise money for local charities and incorporates food, a giant duck mascot wandering around taking photos with kids, fun crafts for the little ones, and music. Here’s KAG’s story on the Duck Derby, which explains how it all works. FREE
Duck Derby

duck derby Greenville, SC

Rhythm on the River

Saturday, May 4, 2024 | Dolly Cooper Park, Powdersville | 12-8 pm
This event sounds like it is going to be a blast! Dolly Cooper Park, in Powdersville, is nestled at a bend in the Saluda River–hence the “Rhythm on the River!” There will be live music from The Fortunate Sons, as well as food trucks, local vendors, and a kid’s zone. FREE
Rhythm on the River


May 10, 2024 – May 12, 2024
Probably the most anticipated spring festival in Greenville, Artisphere lives up to its reputation as one of the very best events in the Southeast. But it’s awesome for kids too! They have an entire area aptly called Kidsphere full of kid-friendly activities, building blocks, and STEM-related and hands-on exhibits. There are also several performing artists that are exciting to watch for all ages. FREE

Artisphere Greenville SC

Greek Festival

May 17, 2024 – May 19, 2024 | St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Greenville
I have a slight obsession with Greek pastries, especially the honey-drenched baklava, so I was more than happy to go to the Greek Festival last year and search it out. I was not disappointed. Not only was the baklava sweet and delicious, but the music, food, and kids area were enjoyable and entertaining. This festival immediately went on my to-do list for the spring of this year. The food is amazing – oh hi, tasty gyros! – and the music was lively. There is an admission charge and we’ll update it when it’s announced.
Greek Festival

Greek Festival Greenville SC


Great Scot! Parade | Friday | May 24, 2024 | Main Street, Greenville | 6 pm
Greenville Scottish Games | Saturday | May 25, 2024 | Furman University, Travelers Rest
The Scots are back in full force and will keep you busy during Memorial Day Weekend! Join in on the fun, wear your tartans, and immerse yourself in Scottish culture including Celtic Music, Military Salute, Border Collie exhibition, British Classic Car Show and lots of more. This is a ticketed event.

Do you have a favorite Upstate Festival? Let us know in the comments.

Everything you need to know for spring in Greenville, SC

Need more fun this spring?

Check out the Upstate’s Guide to Spring! It’s full of things to do and family fun.

Check out this list of spring festivals in Spartanburg, SC!

Spring Fling in Spartanburg