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(2024) Where to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day: Greenville, SC

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If you want to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, Greenville, SC has one of the best festivals in the state! This is the season of all things Irish. That means festivals, food, parades, crafts, and all kinds of events. Plus, there are a couple of fun, St. Patrick’s themed events happening in and near Upstate, SC for Saint Patrick’s Day 2024.

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Events for St. Patrick’s Day: Greenville, SC

Downtown Greenville 2024 St. Patrick’s Day Festival & Parade

Downtown Greenville will be home to a St. Patrick’s Day Greenville, SC Festival again this year at NOMA Square on March 16th, 2024 from 11 am to 8 pm. The event will feature lots of celebrating Irish heritage with music, dance, food, and activities for the kids.
The Greenville St. Patrick’s parade will start at 10 am on Main Street Downtown from River Street to East North Street.

Live performances throughout the day will include the Irish Steppers, Pipe & Drum Bands, The Synergy Twins, Drop O’ The Pure & more. There will also be a fun head-shaving event to support Baldrick’s Pediatric Cancer Foundation!

More St. Patrick’s Day Events and Things to Do Near Greenville, SC

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St. Patrick’s Day Nearby

If you love great St. Patrick’s Day parades and festivals, there are some additional nearby cities you can head to for an exciting time!

Shenanigans In the Square in Spartanburg: March 16th, 2024. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in downtown Spartanburg with music, food, vendors, and a dedicated kids zone. Festivities are from Noon-9 pm.

Charleston, SC St. Patrick’s Day Parade: March 16th, 2024. This annual parade is enjoyed by locals and travelers looking to celebrate. The parade is held downtown and begins at St. Patrick’s Church and ends at St. John the Baptist Cathedral on Broad Street.

St. Patrick’s Day in Columbia, SC: The Columbia, South Carolina St, Pat’s in Five Points Parade is Saturday, March 16th, 2024 at 10 am. This is part of the much larger St. Pat’s in Five Points. The festival features lots of live music, food, and kids’ activities. Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Solar Eclipse: (2024) Solar Eclipse Glasses & Watch Parties in Greenville, SC

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This article is for informational purposes only. We have not personally checked the glasses on this list for safety. Please check all eclipse glasses and vendors to ensure safety.

Where to get solar eclipse glasses in Greenville, SC

A partial solar eclipse will be visible in Greenville on April 8th, 2024. To view it safely, you absolutely need to wear special glasses. This is of paramount importance. Long-term damage to the eyes can occur and “the retina can burn in as little as 30 seconds” when looking directly at the sun. Viewing the eclipse in totality is safe but glasses (or some other means of protection – regular sunglasses are not sufficient) are needed for any other viewing.

There are several places to buy eclipse glasses in the Greenville area. NOTE from the 2017 eclipse: NASA has warned that fake eclipse glasses are flooding the market so be careful in choosing the right ones. The glasses need to meet these guidelines. If you can’t get safe glasses from one of the local places below, the American Astronomical Society recommends buying from one of these reputable vendors. Please check all glasses before purchasing to ensure that they are safe.

Our story here can help: Are Your Eclipse Glasses Safe?

Where to Get Solar Eclipse Glasses Near Greenville, SC

We’ll be adding to this list as the event gets closer.

The Schiele Museum

Walmart & Lowes

Our readers tell us that they’ve seen eclipse glasses at their local Walmart and Lowes’ stores.

Solar Eclipse Watch Parties Near Greenville, SC

Spartanburg Science Center

Climb @ Blue Ridge

Watch party with free eclipse glasses, but you must register in advance! Free for members, regular day pass price of $12 for everyone else. Here’s our review of Climb@Blue Ridge.

Have you gotten your solar eclipse glasses yet?

Oh baby! Free 3D ultrasounds at Greenville Tech in Greenville, SC

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Did you know you can get a FREE 3D ultrasound in Greenville, SC? Greenville Tech in Greenville, SC offers free 3D/4D ultrasounds. Spots are limited, and we tell you what you need to do to take advantage of this unique opportunity.

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Photo courtesy of Greenville Tech

Expecting? Don’t miss our Guide to Baby, Maternity and Postpartum Care. It’s full of resources for families with new little ones like health care options and fun things to do with babies!


Celebrate Mardi Gras Near Greenville, SC in 2024

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Are you looking for ways to celebrate Mardi Gras in the Upstate this year? Whether you’re looking for places to pick up some festive Mardi Gras food and king cakes in Greenville, or you’re seeking a local Mardi Gras event near Greenville, we have all the information you need! So, use this list and pull off a fun Mardi Gras celebration with your family. The food, the sweets, all of it!

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Where to Find (or Donate) a Free Prom Dress in Greenville, SC

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Are you wondering how to find free or cheap prom dresses in Greenville, SC? Do you know someone planning to attend prom this spring in need of a dress? Prom season is coming up but for some girls, while the prospect of going to the prom would be great, affording a dress is a challenge. The good news is that there is a fairy godmother-like organization in our area that is willing and ready to help out these would-be princesses for their big night.  


Here are the Best Daddy/Daughter Dates in the Upstate

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Hey dads! If you’re looking for great daddy-daughter events in Greenville, SC and the Upstate, we’ve got the list here. Most of these ideas are seasonal and happen around Valentine’s Day.

Daddy Daughter dates nights for 2024 near Greenville, South Carolina

Valentine’s Day is approaching, which means mom and dad have a good chance to get away on their own, but it’s also a great reminder of the importance of dads and daughters having a special time together.  Here are a few ideas for dads and daughters to hang out—no matter how old the daughters are.

(2024 dates are still being added so check back in a couple of weeks!)

For other times of the year, our list of 20 Parent/Kid Dates is full of a ton of ideas that are perfect for any season, budget, or family situation.

Upstate Daddy Daughter Events: Greenville, SC

Most daughters love spending time with their dads, and an activity together is a great way to do so. These are some local events for dads and their precious girls:

Daddy-Daughter Dance

Friday, February 2, 2024 from 6-8 pm

Head to the elegant Grand Holland Estate in Simpsonville for an evening of dancing and dinner. Tickets are $25/person and the event is geared for ages 3-13.

Grand Holland Estate
815 Holland Road, Simpsonville

Father/Daughter Date Night

Friday, February 2nd, 2024

The Annual Father/Daughter Date Night at Color Clay Cafe includes pottery painting, chocolate fondue, and beverages. RSVPs are required, and you can call the studio during business hours to reserve a table. The cost is a $12 studio fee that covers dad and daughter, and additional daughters are $3 plus the cost of their pottery.

Color Clay Cafe
2518 E. North Street, Greenville

Daddy Daughter Date Night at Tip Top Cake Shop

Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 5 pm

Dads can bring their daughters to Tip Top Cake Shop in Easley for a night of sweet treats and fun. Tickets are $45/each dad/daughter and $10/each additional daughters. All ages are welcome.

Tip Top Cake Shop
601 Williams Avenue, Easley

Ties & Tiaras Sweetheart Dance

Friday, February 9, 2024 from 6:30-9 pm

The Sweetheart Dance promises to be a night of fun and memories for dads and their daughters (ages 5+). The event will have lots of food, music, and dancing. Tickets are $60/couple and $30/each additional child.

Cleveland Park Event Center
141 N Cleveland Park Drive, Spartanburg

Simpsonville Daddy Daughter Date Night Dance [SOLD OUT]

Friday, February 9, 2024 from 6:30-8:30 pm

Great opportunity for dads to have a special night with their daughter(s), enjoy dinner, and have fun. Children ages 3-13 are admitted. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance at the Simpsonville Activity & Senior Center. Tickets cannot be purchased online or via phone and will not be sold at the door. If you have any questions, please email Special Events Coordinator Lisa Everidge at leveridge@simpsonville.com

Simpsonville Activity Center
310 West Curtis Street, Simpsonville

Daddy-Daughter Date Day at Steam Coffee & Cream

February 9, 2024, at 6 and 7 pm and February 10, 2024, at 2 and 3 pm

Dads and Daughters can enjoy a special meal, beverage, and dessert along with activities at Steam Coffee & Cream. Reservations are required, and times can be reserved for an hour at the times above via this link. The cost is $30 for Dad/Daughter together and $10 for an additional daughter.

Steam Coffee & Cream
113 South Main Street, Fountain Inn

Daddy Daughter Date Night

Friday, February 9, 2024, and Friday, February 23, 2024, from 6-7:30 pm; $3/person plus the cost of pottery.

9th Annual Valentine’s Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Hearts of Clay with chocolate, candies, cookies soft drinks, and water. Call to reserve your seat.

Hearts of Clay
660 Spartan Boulevard, Suite 20, Spartanburg

Daddies, Daughters, and Donuts

Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 9-10 am

Join Once Upon a Dream Parties and Aiel, Rapunzel, and Aurora to celebrate the love between you and your daughter(s). The cost is $15/child and includes one adult. Please RSVP to attend by calling 864-421-2472.

Once Upon a Dream Parties
Greenville, SC

Daddy Daughter Dance

February 10, 2024, from 6-8 pm

This event in Fountain Inn will be held at the Fountain Inn Activity Center. The event will include dinner, dancing, a photo station, and more. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $25/person and include dinner and a photo and must be purchased in advance.

Fountain Inn Activity Center
600 Fairview Street, Fountain Inn

Swan Lake Children’s Ball

Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 6 pm

Join the International Ballet for the inaugural Swan Lake Children’s Ball, an evening dedicated to parents and their children that includes a DJ, raffles for prizes, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing. Tickets are $30/person.

Greenville Country Club
239 Byrd Boulevard. Greenville

Daddy-Daughter Dance & Play Date

Sunday, February 11, 2024, from 3-5 pm

This dad-daughter dance and play date is happening at Palmetto Proper in Travelers Rest. Tickets include a play pass, a catered meal, and photo opportunities. Tickets are $30/child and $10/adult.

Palmetto Proper
164 S Main Street, Suite B, Travelers Rest

Chic-Fil-A Taylors Daddy Daughter Date Night

Monday, February 12th, 2024 and Tuesday, February 13th, 2024 from 5 pm – 8 pm
*Night 1 for 2024 is sold out.

Dad-daughter date night at Chic-FIl-A in Taylors. The first night sold out quickly so reserve your spot soon. $15/person

2801 Wade Hampton Blvd, Suite C, Taylors

Light Up the Night Daddy Daughter Glow Dance

Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 6-8 pm

This fun event will be at the Lyman Event Center, 59 Groce Road, Lyman and guests are encouraged to wear white or neon to light up the night. Tickets are $40 per couple and $15 for each additional child. To purchase tickets, go to Lyman Town Hall at 81 Groce Road. The dance is open for all ages. Call 864.439.3453 for more info. Tickets include dinner, music, and dancing.

Lyman Event Center
59 Groce Road, Lyman

Daddy Daughter Date Night

Friday, February 23, 2024 at Pickens Branch YMCA from 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
Friday, March 1, 2024 at Powdersville Branch YMCA from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tickets are $25/member and $25/non-member

Sponsored by the YMCA of Easley, Pickens, and Powdersville, this event includes desserts, photo opportunities, and lots of dancing!

Powdersville YMCA (February 23, 2024)
9115 SC-81, Piedmont; 864.625.2060
Pickens YMCA (March 1, 2024)
2223 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens

Dad-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance

Friday, February 23, 2024 from 7-10 pm

Tickets include photo opportunities, dancing, and cupcakes. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.

Nara Hall
311 Spartanburg Highway, Wellford

Daddy Daughter Date Night: Barnyard Edition

Friday, March 1, 2024 from 6-8 pm

The Church at the Mill is hosting a dad-daughter date night barn yard with dancing, food, and activities for dads with daughters in 1st-5th grades. Tickets are $15/person.

The Church at the Mill
2589 Ballenger Road, Wellford

Daddy Daughter Date Night

Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm

Chic-Fil-A in Greer is hosting a Daddy-Daughter date night that is reservation only. There will be two seatings: one at 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm. Call for reservations: 864.848.5222.

Chic-Fil-A Greer
1379 W Wade Hampton Blvd, Greer

Family Date Nights

If you’re hoping to include the whole family or have a special mother-daughter or mother-son date, consider the following events.

Someone Special Dinner at Fork & Plough

February 13, 2024

Join Fork & Plough for a special dinner with your child. There will be a special kid-friendly menu alongside the restaurant’s normal menu. You can make reservations on the restaurant’s website.

Fork and Plough
1629 East North Street, Greenville

Family Date Night at Abbott’s Custard

Monday, February 12, 2024 at 6 & 6:45 pm

Prepaid reservations are required at all times. Adult tickets (ages 12+ are $15.50) include two slices of pizza from Merrell’s Pizza, a sundae from our menu, or a create-your-own sundae with one sauce, one topping, whipped cream, and cherry, and your choice of a soft drink or bottled water. Child tickets (ages 1-11, $11.50) include one slice of pizza from Merrell’s Pizza, a kiddie scoop of custard with your choice of 1 topping, and your choice of a soft drink or bottled water. Children who do not need a seat or are not eating do not need a ticket. Tickets are not sold in the shop or by phone and are only available online.

Abbott’s Frozen Custard
119 E Poinsett Street, Greer

Other Activities for Daddy-Daughter Date Night: Greenville, SC


If you’re looking for a fancy outing with a younger daughter, you might enjoy a SC Children’s Theatre performance of Pinkalicious: The Musical. And our Things to do with Teens in Greenville guide may help if you have a teen daughter.

Fun Playtime Together

Of course, the old standbys such as mini golf, bowling, and hiking can provide a lot of fun memories. Consider asking your daughter to pick an activity—she will likely have a great idea.

Dinner Date

Check out our Kids Eat Free options for a treat.  If you’re looking for restaurants that are a little more upscale but still have kid-friendly fare, Southern Culture, and Tupelo Honey offer southern food that even picky eaters will enjoy. And Grill Marks’ combo of hamburgers and milkshakes is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

No matter what activity or dinner option you choose, you can create a priceless memory with your daughter by asking to spend time with her. It’s a tradition that can happen far more often than just around Valentine’s Day each year.

Do you know of a great Daddy Daughter Date idea that we should add to our list?

This article was originally written By Robert Neely and has been heavily updated by the Kidding Around Team.


Enjoy These Romantic Valentine’s Day Restaurants in Greenville, SC

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Looking for a special Valentine’s Day meal in Greenville, SC? If you just love celebrating love and that stuff with your significant other, we’ve got a list of Valentine’s Day restaurants in the Greenville, SC area that are offering special love-day menus. Plus, we’ve included a few other events that you may like to try with your partner, best friend, or family to celebrate the holiday.

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Love & Friendship: Celebrate Valentine’s Day Near Greenville, SC

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Are you planning some Valentine’s Day celebrations in the Upstate for your family? Whether you’re planning a date with your spouse, organizing a Galentine’s Day outing, planning a special date with your child, or scheduling a day out with the guys, there are a lot of ways you can celebrate love and friendship this Valentine’s Day.

Valentine's Day Guide

Watch! Our Family Celebration Valentine’s Ideas

We joined Fox Carolina, Access Carolina to talk about Valentine’s ideas for celebrating with the whole family.

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Celebrate Valentine’s Day Near Greenville

Greenville and the Upstate is full of fun and unique options for Valentine’s, so get planning! Here are some ideas to get you started!

Valentine’s Day Events Near Greenville, SC

Looking for a special event happening just for Valentine’s Day near Greenville, SC? Check out these fun events! You’ll find Valentine’s Day crafts, cooking events, nature things to do, date-night events, family fun, and a lot more things to do all celebrating Valentine’s Day!


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Restaurant Week Is A Great Opportunity To Try A New Spot In Greenville, SC

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Are you ready for the first Restaurant Week in Greenville, SC of 2024? There will never be a better time to support your Greenville restaurants than right now! The whole state of South Carolina will holds its annual Restaurant Week in January, and Greenville also holds a mini-Restaurant Week in August. The South Carolina Restaurant Week provides diners with the perfect opportunity to support locals and try something new.

The 2024 restaurant week lineup includes over two dozen restaurants in Greenville for you to try between January 11-21, 2024.

That’s a lot to choose from, so we will pick a few Upstate favorites and explain how to best take advantage of this special week for lovers of local restaurants.