The Premier Guide to Greer, SC: Things to Do, Tasty Food, & More

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Greer, SC is the perfect place to live and work. Straddled between Spartanburg and Greenville, residents of Greer have the best of both counties right at their fingertips, plus all the things Greer has to offer! Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, this city has a great downtown area, plus loads of unique restaurants, parks, and things to do. You can explore Greer and walk beneath the glowing lights on Trade Street, grab some ice cream and stroll through Greer City Park in the heart of Downtown Greer, visit the surrounding area to enjoy some disc golf at local parks like Kids Planet, or travel north to enjoy some gorgeous views of the foothills. There are so many things to do in Greer, SC!

In this article, we’re taking you through Downtown Greer and beyond to show you why Greer, South Carolina is an amazing place to be!

This article includes:
Things to Do in Greer, SC
Where Are the Best Places to Eat in Greer, SC
Where to Park in Greer, SC
Where Should We Stay in Greer, SC
Seasonal Fun in Greer, SC
What’s Happening this Weekend in Greer, SC?
The Best of Greer, SC

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Greer City Park
Greer City Park

Things To Do In Downtown Greer, SC

If you are looking for someplace to go to enjoy the outdoors, there is no shortage of them in Greer.  From downtown parks to lakes with mountain views, Greer has them all.

Toads on Trade Scavenger Hunt

While you spend the day downtown, keep your eyes on the ground. A family of 16 Toads are waiting for you to find them on (and near) Trade Street as part of the Toads on Trade activity. Information about the free Toads on Trade scavenger hunt activity can be found online.

Greer City Park

301 East Poinsett Street
Located in the heart of Downtown Greer, this park hosts numerous free events throughout the year. Families can enjoy time on the playground or a stroll around the lake any time of the year.

  • Greer Farmers Market
    Saturday Mornings from 8:30 am – 12 pm, May through October
    Shop from over 35 local vendors, offering everything from fresh local produce to handmade jewelry.
  • Food Truck Rollout
    Many Fridays from 5 pm-8 pm
    Throughout the year, the city invites local food trucks out to the park for food, tailgating, games, and music.
  • Moonlight Movies
    Thursdays from 6 pm – 11 pm, during warmer months.
    This free, family-friendly movie includes pre-show fun with free inflatables, crafts, games with prizes, and dancing. The movie starts at dusk in the park amphitheater, and seating is first-come, first-serve.
  • Greer Goes Global: An International Festival
    Annually in April, the city comes together to represent 40+ different cultures and countries. Experience the food, crafts, and culture of the people of the Upstate. The Festival is FREE and open to the public.
  • Upstate Renaissance Faire
    Join the Knights, Faire Maidens, Dragons, and Vikings in celebration of all things Renaissance in September at Greer City Park. There are lots of delicious food, various unique crafts to purchase, and sword fighting demonstrations!
  • Greer Arts and Eats Festival
    This FREE annual festival includes live music, kids’ activities, food vendors, local artisans, and more.
  • Christmas in Greer
    Enjoying all of the events around Christmas in Greer is magical. From the tree lighting ceremony that involves a story read by Santa to the Christmas parade, nothing beats the small-town charm during the holidays.

Shop and browse stores in Downtown Greer:

The Spinning Jenny

107 Cannon Street
This historic music venue hosts live music from local and national music acts.  They also host markets, events for children, and a variety of events outside of musical acts.

Plate 108

108 E. Poinsett Street, Greer
Plate 108 offers in-person and take-home virtual cooking classes and activities.

Greer Heritage Museum

106 S Main Street, Greer
Free museum telling the historical story of the city. Check out their amazing Greer Ghost Tours hosted throughout the month of October!

Greer Heritage Museum

More Fun in the Greater Greer Area

Barnyard Flea Market

2000 South 101 Highway
The Barnyard Flea Market is only open on weekends, offers free parking at an easy-to-find location, has wide aisles for strollers, and hundreds of vendors. Plus, you can grab some really yummy tacos inside!  

BMW Zentrum

1400 Highway 101 South
Visitors will learn about the history of BMW and view examples of BMW’s vehicles throughout the car maker’s history. Guided plant tours are available for visitors 12 and up.

Pelham Mill Park

2770 East Phillips Road
This truly unique park is a fun place to explore. The ruins of what was once a cotton mill provide visitors with a history lesson in a beautiful setting, along with a dog park if you have your four-legged friends in tow. 

Lake Robinson

2544 Mays Bridge Road
Lake Robinson offers beautiful views of the North Greenville mountains, perfect for a quiet afternoon on the lake.  There are shelters to rent, sidewalks to roam, boats to watch and even a fishing dock.

Lake Robinson

Century Park: Kids Planet and Disc Golf

3605 Brushy Creek Road
Century Park in Greer offers visitors an 18-hole disc golf course that weaves in and out of trees and over a stream. Century Park also has an amazing imaginative playground with zip lines, picnic areas, and other facilities.

Where To Eat In Greer, SC

There are so many great restaurants in Greer, SC that we actually have a full guide just to dining out in Greer, SC. With all the things to do in Greer, SC, eating excellent food is absolutely one of them!

Greer, SC downtown area with restaurants

So, if you’re looking for all your best options, start there. However, here are a few favorites.

Downtown Greer Restaurants

Cartwright Food Hall

Providing options for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus a tap room with beer and wine, Cartwright Food Hall is Greer’s newest restaurant establishment. You’ll find a multitude of local eateries all in one spot, which means everyone can find something they want to eat.

Breakfast in Downtown

Barista Alley: Coffee Shop with breakfast options like crepes and muffins
Cafe on Trade
The Bleu Porch Kitchen & Market
Stomping Grounds Coffee & Wine Bar

Lunch or Dinner in Downtown

If you have room left for dessert, don’t miss Abbott’s Frozen Custard.

Dine on Trade

If you are looking for an experience that also includes delicious downtown Greer dining, check out Dine on Trade. There are three events (Spring, Summer, and Fall) each year, where tables line down Trade Street so guests can enjoy delicious food and live music under the lights!

Where to Park in Downtown Greer, SC

The addition of so many attractive things to the downtown area raises the question of where people will park? Downtown Greer has lots of parking options; you just need to know where to go. Parking is always free downtown, and below is a list of places to safely park, in addition to the streetside parallel parking available on Trade Street and Poinsett Street.

There is also a parking garage beside the Hampton Inn.

Parking Locations in Greer, SC

Where to Stay in Greer, SC

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Hampton Inn in Downtown

Hampton Inn Greer is Downtown Greer’s brand-new hotel. It’s located on Main Street in Greer making it an easy walk to all the shops and restaurants on historic Trade Street, as well as Greer City Park.

Luxury Vacation Rental Home in Greer

Looking for a large place for the whole family? This luxury vacation rental in Greer might be just what you need!

Seasonal Fun

No matter the season, there’s something special going on in Greer.

Christmas in downtown Greer
This annual holiday celebration offers visitors free activities for kids and the lighting of the Greer Christmas tree.

Buck and Ann’s Strawberry Patch
139 Pearson Road, Greer | 864.879.461
This small berry patch is located just off of I85 and is a popular stop with Kidding Around readers.

Fisher’s Orchard
650 Fisher Road
Nothing says summer like a fresh juicy peach! Pick your own, or have somebody else do the work for you. Fisher’s Peach Orchard will offer only a few pick-your-own days in 2022. However, their peaches are available for sale at the farm, as well as their farm stores.

What’s Happening this Weekend in Greer, SC?

january 2023

tue31janAll DayToads on TradeFree Scavenger Hunt (All Day: tuesday) Price::FREE

tue31jan10:00 amtue10:30 amPreschool Story Time: Greer Branch10:00 am - 10:30 am Price::Free admission

tue31jan10:00 amtue10:45 amStuffed Animal Sleepover @ Pelham Road Branch10:00 am - 10:45 am Price::Free

february 2023

wed01feb10:30 amwed11:30 amScience Station: Roller Coasters10:30 am - 11:30 am Price::Free

thu02feb11:00 amthu11:30 amBouncing Babies @ Pelham Road Branch11:00 am - 11:30 am Price::Free

sat04feb11:00 amsat7:00 pmFamily DayColor Clay Cafe11:00 am - 7:00 pm Price::$12

tue07febAll DayToads on TradeFree Scavenger Hunt (All Day: tuesday) Price::FREE

thu09feb11:00 amthu11:30 amBouncing Babies @ Pelham Road Branch11:00 am - 11:30 am Price::Free

fri10feb6:00 pmfri7:00 pmKids Valentines Party: SoBella Sweets and Cafe on TradeKids Cookie Painting & Sweets Party6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Price::$30

sat11feb11:00 amsat7:00 pmFamily DayColor Clay Cafe11:00 am - 7:00 pm Price::$12

sun12feb11:00 amsun2:00 pmSunday Brunch MarketsGreer Farmers Market11:00 am - 2:00 pm Price::Free admission

tue14febAll DayToads on TradeFree Scavenger Hunt (All Day: tuesday) Price::FREE

tue14feb10:00 amtue10:30 amPreschool Story Time: Greer Branch10:00 am - 10:30 am Price::Free admission

thu16feb11:00 amthu11:30 amBouncing Babies @ Pelham Road Branch11:00 am - 11:30 am Price::Free

thu16feb1:30 pmthu4:30 pmFor the Love of STEM: Third Thursdays at RMSC1:30 pm - 4:30 pm Price::$5 per person; free with members

sat18feb11:00 amsat7:00 pmFamily DayColor Clay Cafe11:00 am - 7:00 pm Price::$12

tue21febAll DayToads on TradeFree Scavenger Hunt (All Day: tuesday) Price::FREE

tue21feb10:00 amtue10:30 amPreschool Story Time: Greer Branch10:00 am - 10:30 am Price::Free admission

thu23feb11:00 amthu11:30 amBouncing Babies @ Pelham Road Branch11:00 am - 11:30 am Price::Free

fri24feb7:00 pmfri9:00 pmThe Greer Children's Theatre presents Disney The Lion King, Jr.7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Organized ByGreer Cultural Arts Council & Greer Children's TheatrePrice::$15

sat25feb11:00 amsat7:00 pmFamily DayColor Clay Cafe11:00 am - 7:00 pm Price::$12

sat25feb2:00 pmsat4:00 pmThe Greer Children's Theatre presents Disney The Lion King, Jr.2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Event Organized ByGreer Cultural Arts Council & Greer Children's TheatrePrice::$15

sat25feb7:00 pmsat9:00 pmThe Greer Children's Theatre presents Disney The Lion King, Jr.7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Event Organized ByGreer Cultural Arts Council & Greer Children's TheatrePrice::$15

sun26feb2:00 pmsun4:00 pmThe Greer Children's Theatre presents Disney The Lion King, Jr.2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Event Organized ByGreer Cultural Arts Council & Greer Children's TheatrePrice::$15

tue28febAll DayToads on TradeFree Scavenger Hunt (All Day: tuesday) Price::FREE

tue28feb10:00 amtue10:30 amPreschool Story Time: Greer Branch10:00 am - 10:30 am Price::Free admission

The Best of Greer

Looking for more? Here’s what’s new in Greer, or just some of our favorites that you should definitely not miss!

Greer, South Carolina, United States of America

This article was originally written by Melanie Coblentz and has been updated by the Kidding Around Team.

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Charlie Merino
3 years ago

We migrated from N. E. Ohio to Greer 4 years ago finding this gem of a community.
Greer’s street scape project has truly enriched the town. Greer’s matecuously manicures the park areas. Dancing fountain in the evening is beautiful.
Hopefully traffic will be controlled for pedestrians assuring everyone’s safety.

2 years ago

I’ve lived in Greer all of my life & there’s no place that I would rather live. If you get a chance take a walk down thru town there are so many shop’s & then take a walk around Greer’s beautiful park. I have no doubt that once you visit Greer you will want to come back, welcome & enjoy.

Jeremy
1 year ago

really well done!!