Planning your spring calendar and don’t want to miss any of Greenville’s kid-friendly festivals this spring? Pack up the kids because you’ve got some amazing options for great family memory-making. Here’s your ultimate list of the best kid-friendly spring festivals in the Upstate.
Spring Festivals Planned for 2023 Near Greenville, SC
Saturday, March 11, 2023 | NOMA Square | 10 am – 8 pm
Lots of wonderful Irish entertainment is planned and the festival is for all ages. The parade starts at 10 am. FREE
Greenville St. Patrick’s Day Festival
Friday, March 31 and Saturday, April 1, 2023 | Morgan Square | Friday Noon-11 pm, Saturday Noon-9 pm
On Friday, March 31, entrance into the event from Noon – 5 pm is free. After 5 pm., wristbands must be purchased for $5 each. On Saturday, April 1, from Noon to 9 pm., $5 wristbands must be purchased. Kids 10 and under are free. The festival will feature BBQ and samples plus local vendors and live music.
iMAGINE Upstate [RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 26, 2023]
Saturday, April 1, 2023 [RESCHEDULED FOR AUGUST 26, 2023] | 11 am to 5 pm
The iMAGINE Upstate Festival is one of the most popular spring festivals. This event centers around STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) activities that would make the biggest nerd – a fun one of course – jealous. There are high-tech gadgets and 3D printers, drone races, robots, rocket launchers, and virtual reality exploration, and more. Add live music and food and it’s a day well-spent with the family. FREE
iMagine Upstate Kidding Around Review
Saturday, April 1 and Sunday, April 2, 2023 | Village Green | Saturday 10 am – 6 pm and Sunday Noon – 5 pm
Local vendors, music, art and family entertainment. FREE
Historic Pendleton Spring Jubilee
Saturday April 22, 2023 | Split Creek Farm
Love baby goats? This is the festival you need to attend! Split Creek Farm will have samples of their award-winning cheese and amazing goat milk fudge plus lots of local vendors and of course, baby goats. $8/adults, $5/kids, free/kids 2 and under.
Spring Means Babies
Friday, April 28th – Sunday, April 30th, 2023 | Downtown Spartanburg |
Friday 5 pm – 10 pm | Saturday 11 am – 9 pm | Sunday 12 pm – 6 pm
Lots of live entertainment, food, and vendors plus a Family Fun Zone and cycling race. FREE entry, cost of food and entertainment extra.
Spartanburg Spring Fling
Saturday, April 29th, 2023 | Greer City Park | 11 am to 4 pm
The highly attended annual international festival is celebrated in downtown Greer. Event-goers will have the opportunity to learn about more than 40 different countries and get a taste of their country’s cuisine from vendors and food trucks! There will be a children’s area, that will include arts and crafts from different cultures. FREE
Greer Goes Global: International Festival
Saturday, April 29th, 2023 | Downtown Fountain Inn | 12 pm – 6 pm
Embrace and celebrate Italian heritage at this festival! There will be lots of delicious food, beer & wine, food demonstrations, Italian memorabilia, crafts, and games for the entire family to enjoy.
Italian American Heritage Festival
Saturday, April 29th, 2023 | Pendleton Street downtown
Hundreds of local artisans, vendors, food and family entertainment happen at this festival that has been going on for 30 years.
Pickens Azalea Festival
Saturday, May 6, 2023 | Falls Park | 2:30 pm
Seeing 10,000 rubber duckies racing down the falls at Falls Park is quite the spectacle. The festival is actually a big event to raise money for local charities and incorporates food, a giant duck mascot wandering around taking photos with kids, fun crafts for the little ones, and music. Here’s KAG’s story on the Duck Derby, which explains how it all works. FREE
Saturday, May 6, 2023 | Dolly Cooper Park, Powdersville | 3-8 pm
This event sounds like it is going to be a blast! Dolly Cooper Park, in Powdersville, is nestled at a bend in the Saluda River–hence the “Rhythm on the River!” There will be live music from Lauren Hall and Rhythm City Band, as well as food trucks, local vendors, and a kid’s zone. FREE
Rhythm on the River
2023: Friday, May 12th (12-8:30) | Saturday, May 13th (9-8:30) | Sunday, May 14th (10-6:30)
Probably the most anticipated spring festival in Greenville, Artisphere lives up to its reputation as one of the very best events in the Southeast. But it’s awesome for kids too! They have an entire area aptly called Kidsphere full of kid-friendly activities, building blocks, and STEM-related and hands-on exhibits. There are also several performing artists that are exciting to watch for all ages. FREE
May 19-21, 2023 | St. George Greek Orthodox Church, Greenville
I have a slight obsession with Greek pastries, especially the honey-drenched baklava, so I was more than happy to go to the Greek Festival last year and search it out. I was not disappointed. Not only was the baklava sweet and delicious, but the music, food, and kids area were enjoyable and entertaining. This festival immediately went on my to-do list for the spring of this year. The food is amazing – oh hi, tasty gyros! – and the music was lively. There is an admission charge and we’ll update it when it’s announced.
Great Scot! Parade | Friday | May 26, 2023 | Main Street, Greenville | 6 pm
Greenville Scottish Games | Saturday | May 27, 2023 | Furman University, Travelers Rest
The Scots are back in full force and will keep you busy during Memorial Day Weekend! Join in on the fun, wear your tartans, and immerse yourself in Scottish culture including Celtic Music, Military Salute, Border Collie exhibition, British Classic Car Show and lots of more. This is a ticketed event.
Do you have a favorite Upstate Festival? Let us know in the comments.
Need more fun this spring?
Check out the Upstate’s Guide to Spring! It’s full of things to do and family fun.