iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival: The Interactive Festival You Won’t Want to Miss [RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 26, 2023]

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Has your family visited the STEAM festival, iMAGINE Upstate?  iMAGINE Upstate STEAM Festival is a free, interactive festival held annually in downtown Greenville. Due to weather, the Festival is rescheduled for Saturday, August 26, 2023 so head to Main Street from 11 am to 5 pm. The outdoor festival is free, family-friendly, and will inspire your kids (and you) to learn about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics).

iMAGINE Upstate

The festival features more than 75 interactive exhibits and stage shows along Main Street in Downtown Greenville. The festival stretches from Main Street and Court Street and ends at Main Street and River Street. Free parking is available at County Square on University Ridge, the Richardson Garage, and the Washington Parking Deck. Trolleys will shuttle visitors throughout the festival. Or, ride the bus with your kids (they will think it’s so cool!) You can follow the Real-Time Bus Tracker app to find out where the bus is and where to be picked up and dropped off.

Thank you to iMAGINE Upstate for sponsoring this content.

Featured Exhibits at iMAGINE Upstate 2023

There will be dozens of exhibits from local organizations and companies that are grounded in STEAM backgrounds, including BMW Manufacturing, GE, ScanSource, World Explorers, and so many more! You can find a full list of sponsors and exhibitors on the iMAGINE Upstate Festival website. Exhibitors will have unique STEAM based demonstrations, crafts, and hands on learning opportunities that will engage both you and your children. All of the activities are free, with the goal of inspiring the next generation of thinkers, tinkerers, and brilliant minds!

Coolers, pets, skateboards, skates, and bikes will not be allowed in the festival area. This is a smoke-free and alcohol-free festival too.

Some of the Exhibitors to Visit at iMAGINE Upstate 2023

Fluor: Get Certified!

Fluor, a title sponsor for iMAGINE Upstate, will offer an engineering and construction exhibit. Your child can grab a hard hat and team up to earn their certification in Design and Planning, Environmental Stewardship, and Site Safety. Then, they get to build

Kyocera-AVX : How do Electronics Work?

Take a look at science and technology and their usage in electronics by observing physics and the relationship between electricity, magnetism, power storage, and more!

Dodge Industrial: Friction!

See if you can fight the friction on different surfaces. Can you dodge a windmill to get your golf ball into the hole? Ever wonder how a conveyor belt works and maintains an optimal speed? Find out at this exhibit.

Verizon: Stay Connected!

Learn about solar powered robotics and how it is used to keep the Verizon network and you connected.

Food Trucks at iMAGINE Upstate 2023

There will be food trucks on site at iMAGINE Upstate, including Aspen Street Treats, The Black Thai, Everything Eggroll, HipBurger, The Pound Cake Man, and Kona Ice. You can find everything that the festival has to offer, including additional information, on the iMAGINE Upstate interactive map. And don’t forget to visit the Info Tents to pick up your free goodie bag and brochure with site map.

Find more information on the iMAGINE Upstate website and the iMAGINE Upstate Event page.

The event will happen rain or shine.

About iMAGINE Upstate
iMAGINE Upstate fueled by ScanSource is a program of the Upstate SC STEM Collaborative and part of South Carolina’s Coalition for Mathematics Science (SCCMS) at Clemson University. Its mission is to create meaningful experiences that promote a culture of lifelong learning and professional growth with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), innovation, and entrepreneurial activity in South Carolina. For more information visit and follow on Facebook and @imagineupstate on Twitter. #iMAGINEif

Also, see our list of the best family festivals in Greenville this spring.

About the Author
Bethany Winston is the owner and editor-in-chief of Kidding Around Greenville & Kidding Around Spartanburg. She enjoys exploring parks, discovering local events, and meeting the people who make Greenville an amazing place to live. You can contact her directly at [email protected].

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8 years ago

I’m most excited about the Imagination Playground! Our whole family has been looking forward to this event for WEEKS and it’s almost here!! Yays!