Go Fly a Kite at Spartanburg Soaring!

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Do you love free fun outdoor festivals? Spartanburg Soaring is the perfect event for the whole family. You’ll find kites of all shapes and sizes, live music, free activities, vendors, food and so much more! We can’t wait to see all the kites at Spartanburg Soaring this year!

The 2022 event is October 8th. Check the Chapman Cultural Center website or Facebook event page for updates.

Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival comes flying into town on Saturday, October 8, 2022. This annual kite-flying event in Spartanburg is a great excuse to take your family downtown and experience the joy of kite flying while celebrating our community. The area surrounding Chapman Cultural Center will be filled with live music, food trucks, arts and crafts vendors and families galore. Best of all –  the skies will be filled with kites of all different shapes, sizes and colors.

Festival Location

The festival happens behind the Chapman Cultural Center.  This is a great spot in downtown Spartanburg adjacent to Barnet Park. There is ample parking in the lots and in the St. John Street Garage near Chapman Cultural Center. The land directly behind Chapman Cultural Center becomes the area where everyone will fly their kites. Families can pick a spot to watch the festivities and let their children run and play.

The Kites

When you go, plan to fly a kite! Many families bring their own, but there will also be kites for sale at the event. In addition to kite flying, there will be professional kitefliers showing off their amazing kites and aerial expertise.

Music and Art

Kite flying is not the only fun thing to do at this special event. There will also be live music that will help fill the air. If you get need a break from kite flying, your family can also visit the Craft Market in Barnet Park. The Craft Market will feature art by regional artisans – this is a great opportunity to support our local arts community and find affordable, unique pieces.

Festival Food

My favorite part of any outdoor event in Spartanburg is the food, and Spartanburg Soaring! is no exception! Food trucks line the street offering everything from ice cream, vegetarian dishes, and ethnic cuisine to kid-friendly dishes like pizza. Last year’s festival had a great variety of choices that allowed each member of my family to try something different. As the event gets closer, more food vendors will be announced on the Facebook event page.

Why This Event is a Must for Families

While Spartanburg Soaring! is not that many years old, it has quickly become a tradition for many local families. It is a smaller crowd than Spartanburg’s Spring Fling, but it has the same festive atmosphere. My family loves to pack up our kites and find a spot to sit together while eating a delicious meal, listening to live music and watching our neighbors celebrate simply being outside. Since this event is FREE, families can enjoy it without having to spend any money. Spartanburg Soaring! is a can’t miss.


Spartanburg Soaring! Hosted by the Chapman Cultural Center | Saturday, October 8, 2022| 11 am – 5 pm | FREE admission

Jennifer Curry
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Jennifer relocated to Spartanburg seven years ago, and now spends her days working from home and taking care of her two kids. She loves this area because we can go from rural areas to urban areas to the mountains within an hour. Her favorite things to do with her kids are using their imaginations and visiting Spartanburg County local libraries. Follow Jennifer at www.litlovingmom.com.

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