The Upstate’s Best Events: Don’t Miss These Events in 2023 near Greenville, SC

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Wondering what not to miss this year? At Kidding Around we love sharing things to do in Greenville and the Upstate. To kick off our new year, and help you plan out yours, our contributors teamed up to share their absolute favorite, never miss, already excited-about, must-go to events of the year. Get out your calendars. Bookmark this list. Whatever you do, don’t miss the Upstate’s best events of 2023.

Best events of 2023 in Greenville, SC

The Biggest Birthday Bash

When: February 24, 2023
Recommend by: Kidding Around Team
What is it? A big birthday celebration of Kidding Around’s 10th birthday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate.
Why you should go: There will be all your favorite businesses, lots of prizes and giveaways, and of course, we’ll be there.

Spartanburg Spring Fling

When: Spring, usually April
Recommended By: Shannon
What is it? A free-to-attend spring festival in downtown Spartanburg
Why you should go: The streets of downtown Spartanburg turn into a spring festival as the weather starts to warm up. You’ll find non-stop live music and entertainment, food trucks, local small business booths, a Family Fun Zone, car show, breweries, a corn hole tournament, face painting, and so much more. There’s truly something for everyone. Not to mention, most of the downtown shops are also open so you can help support even more local businesses.
Spartanburg Spring Fling


When: April 1st, 2023
Recommended By: Erin
What is it? A free, super kid-friendly event exploring science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics
Why you should go: The festival is located in Downtown Greenville on Main Street. The event is highly interactive, with dozens of demonstrations, opportunities to engage in play-based learning, robots, displays, and so much more! The event is engaging, and great for kids and families from young to old. There are moments of wow, awe, joy, and you will see the little gears in your child’s head turning as you explore the different stations set up by organizations throughout the Upstate.

iMagine Upstate Festival in Greenville, SC

Spring Means Babies

When: April 2023
Recommended By: Kristina
What is it? An annual event at Split Creek Farm in Anderson that features their baby goats, award-winning cheese, and local vendors
Why You should go: Because baby goats of course.
Split Creek Farm review

Baby goat at Split Creek Farm

Italian Heritage Festival

When: April 29, 2023
Recommended By: Maria
What is it? A free festival celebrating Italian American heritage with food, music, and dance spread out through downtown Fountain Inn, SC.
Why you should go: Last year was the inaugural event and it was full of delicious Italian food and entertainment. It was an extremely well-attended event which means this year will likely be even bigger and better. Plus, Fountain Inn has a great little downtown area that’s perfect for festivals!

Duck Derby

When: May 6, 2023
Recommended By: Kristina
What is it? A big, free event in downtown Greenville where rubber ducks race over the waterfall.
Why You should go: Because who doesn’t want to watch rubber ducks pour over a waterfall? There are tons of great vendors, music, and food.
Duck Derby review


When: May 12th – 14th, 2023
Recommended by: Erin
What is it? A wonderful celebration of all forms of art!
Why you should go? There are tons of beautiful artists to explore, live demonstrations of art being created, performance art, a large kid’s station with arts and crafts at Kidsphere, and lots of fun visual, culinary, and performance art pieces. There is also live music, great food to eat, and the weather tends to be nice and not too hot.

Greek Festival

When: May dates TBD
Recommended by: Kristina
What is it? A cultural festival celebrating all things Greek – food, music, arts
Why you should go: Because the baklava and gyros are amazing. And the music and dancing are a lot of fun to watch.
Greek Festival

Greek Festival

Upstate Renaissance Faire

When: September 8th and 9th, 2023
Recommended By: Erin
What is it? A two-day celebration of all things medieval and mystical with lots of cosplaying and great food!
Why you should go: The event is located at Greer City Park, and there are tons of people dressed up in character costumes like Vikings, fairies, mystical monsters, and more! There are also live demonstrations with swords, musicians playing, and a large vendor market of super cool and unique items, and it is a lot of fun.


When: Usually the third weekend in September
Recommended By: Kristina
What is it? A supremely delicious festival where you can taste awesome BBQ and vote on your favorite. They also have bounce houses and kids activities
Why you should go: To eat amazing, local BBQ.
SOOIE BBQ Festival

Native American Festival

When: Third Saturday in November at Hagood Mill Historic Site
Recommended By: Kristina
What is it? A festival celebrating all things Native American with cultural dances, vendors, activities, and food.
Why you should go: It is a lot of fun to watch the dances and learn about Native American customs and culture. It’s both fun and educational.
Native American Festival

The Nutcracker

When: December 2023
Recommended By: Kristina
What is it? The Nutcracker is a famous ballet and the music is provided by the Greenville Symphony Orchestra.
Why you should go: The performance is outstanding, even if you don’t know the story! The dancers and the music are amazing.

Nutcracker in Greenville, SC
The Nutcracker performed by the International Ballet

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