Upstate Events and Festivals

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February 2016

Be Bike CLASSy!,Spartanburg, February 1st

2016 Groundhog Day Luncheon, Spartanburg, February 2nd

10th Annual Laugh for a Child Benefit, Spartanburg, February 2nd

Opening Night! Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Greenville, February 3rd

Sip for the State Guest Bartending, Greenville, February 3rd

78th Annual Celebration Presented by Greer Memorial, Greenville, February 4th

Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus,  Greenville, February 4th-7th

Circumpliance Exhibition, Spartanburg, February 4th- March 3rd

National Wear Red Day, Greenville, February 5th

An Evening with Merwether Lewis, Greenville, February 5th

South Carolina Trivia Night, Walhalla, February 5th

South Carolina Horse Expo, Clemson, February 6th

Sweetheart Charity Ball, Greenville, February 6th

Run Your Ice Off 5K and 8K Races, Greenwood, February 6th

Foothills Drifter 6k, Greenville, February 6th

Walden's Zoological Petting Zoo,  Inman, February 6th

Mutts Gone Nuts Comedy Dog Act, Walhalla, February 6th

Winter Chautauqua, Greenville, February 5th - 7th

Julie Valentine Luncheon, Greenville, February 11th

Winter Jam 2016, Greenville, February 12th

Cupids Chase 5K, Travelers Rest, February 13th

Green Valley Road Race, Greenville, February 13th

Martin Lawrence, Greenville, February 14th

Annual Red Shoe Luncheon, Spartanburg, February 16th

Project Host Community Dinner, Greenville, February 18th 

Community Celebration, Greenville, February 19th

Upstate Heart Ball, Greenville, February 20th

127th Greenville Chamber Annual Meeting,  Greenville, February 23rd

8th Annual Celebration of Story, Clemson, February 26th

Timeless Journey Gala 2016, Greer, February 26th

Junior Achievement BIZ Bowl of the Upstate, Greenville, February 26th

Gathering on Appalachian Life, Pickens, February 27th

Junior League of Greenville's Big Night Out, Greenville, February 27th

Amy Grant and Steven Curtis Chapman, Greenville, February 28th


March 2016

Upstate International Month, Various locations, March 1st-March 31st

Global Fest Creole Carnival, Pickens, March 3rd

Historic Firearms Show, Roebuck, March 4th

Black and White Ball, Greenville, March 5th

Cultivate and SEGSSEducational Agricultural Conference, Greenville, March 5th

Walnut Grove on the March, Roebuck, March 5th-6th

SC Association of Nonprofit Organizations Summit, Spartanburg, March 9th -11th 

Fashion with a Passion, Greenville, March 10th

5th Annual St Paddy's Day Dash and Bash, Greenville, March 12th

SCCT 20th Annual Character Breakfast Celebration, Greenville, March 12th  

Saint Patrick's Day Parade and Celebration, Anderson, March 12th

Annual Fundraising Banquet, Greenville, March 15th

Piedmont Natural Gas Dowtown Alive, Greenville, March 17th-August 25th

Project Host Community Dinner, Greenville, March 17th

The Governor's School Annual Townes Award Dinner, Greenville, March 17th

Greenville Heritage Federal Credit Union Main Street Fridays, Greenville, March 18th- September 30th

Harlem Globe Trotters, Greenville, March 19th

Family Fun Day,  Roebuck, March 19th

Bark for Life, Greenville, March 19th

Reidville Days Spring Festival, Reidville March 19th

One Night, Once Vision JDRF Gala, Greenville, March 19th

Peacock Strides for Babies 5k Run/walk, Mauldin, March 19th

Disney Live, Greenville, March 20th

Springfest, Greenwood, March 24th

Return to the Green: Irish Cultural Festival, Greenville

Hagood Mill's 6th Annual Kids Fest, Pickens

2nd Annual BellFest, Devils Fork

City of Greer International Festival: Greer Goes Global, Greer

Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival, Spartanburg

International Festival at Clemson University, Clemson


April 2016

Music on Main, Spartanburg, April ( every Thursday)

Jazz on th Square, Spartanburg, April (every Friday)

Zoom through the Zoo 5k, April 2nd

Pendleton Spring Jubilee, Pendleton, April 2nd-3rd

Clemson Literary Festival, Clemson, April 6th-8th 

Outcry, Greenville, April 7th

Spring Skunk Music Festival, Greer,  April 7-9th 

TEDx Greenville, Greenville, April 8th

Upstate Heart Walk, Greenville, April 9th

Camperdown Gala, Greenville, April 9th

Soup 'n' Story Gala, Greenville, April 14th

Yappy Hour Series, Greenville, April 14th

Pickens Azalea Festival, Pickens, April 15th

ONE Clemson Main Event and Golf Tournament, April 15th-16th

Iron City Festival, Blacksburg April 15th and 16th 

Greater Clemson Blues Festival, Pickens, April 15th-23rd

Race the Helix 5k Run and 1Mile Run/Walk, Greenwood, Aprial 16th

French Heritage Festival Car Show, Abbeville, April 16th

Shalom Fest'16, Greenville, April 17th

Inaugural Manufacturer's Golf Tournament, Greenville, April 19th

SC Manufacturing Conference and Expo, Greenville, April 20th-21st

Pawmetto Derby Party, Greenville, April 21st

The Children's Museum Soiree, Greenville, April 22nd

Mystery Dinner Theater Benefit, Greenville, April 22nd

The Children's Museum Soiree, Greenville, April 22nd

Relay for Life Furman University, Greenville, April 22nd

Reedy River Run and Post-Race Party, Greenville April 23rd

Central Railroad Festival, Central, April 23rd

The Community Tap Craft Beer Festival, Greenville, April 23rd

Issaquenna's Last Ride, Walhalla, April 23rd

Jeff Foxworth and Larry the Cable Guy, Greenville, April 24th  

So You Think You Can Dance, Spartanburg, April 24th

The 12th Annual Ronal Cup Celebrity Classic, Greenville, April 24-25th

Pulse Young Professionals Ballpark Bash, Greenville, April 28th

Electrify Your Strings Authentic Tour, Pickens, April 28th and 29th

Kopecky, Mauldin, April 29th  

2016 Hope Ball, Greenville, April 29th

Relay for Life Greenville, Greenville, April 29th

GI Jive, Greenville, April 29th

Project Host BBQ Cook-off and Festival, Greenville  April 29th-30th

March for Babies, Greenville, April 30th

Wheels for Meals, Greenville, April 30th

Goodwill Mud Run, Greenville April 30th

The RED Party, Greenville, April 30th

Abbeville Spring Festival on the Square, Abbeville, TBA

May 2016

Music on Main, Spartanburg, May  (every Thursday)  

Jazz on the Square, Spartanburg, May (every Friday)  

Coaches 4 Character Tee It Up Golf Tournament, Greenville, May 2nd

Kids Classic Golf Tournament, Greenville, May 3rd

Moonlight Movie Series, Greenville, May 4th-25thnd

Blue Ridge Fest, Pickens, May 6th

Spring Fling, Spartanburg, May 6th-8th

Mayberry Comes to Westminster, May 6th-7th

Caribbean Crush, Greenville, May 6th

Dick Brooks Honda Invitational Golf Tournament, Greenville, May 6th

Strawberry Festival, Greenville May 7th

Reedy River Duck Derby, May 7th

Artisphere, Greenville, May 13th-15th

Victor Wooten, Mauldin, May 13th

Little Rive Bridge Run, Laurens, May 14th

Mayfest Art of Living, Walhalla, May 20th-21st  

BMW Pro Am, Greenville,  May 19th- 22nd

Rythm on the Rails, Clinton, May 20th-21st   

Clemson Festival of Arts, Clemson, May 21st

Brew in the Zoo, Greenville, May 27th

Gallabrae-Greenville Scottish Games, Greenville, May 27th-28th 

2nd Annual Palmetto State Chili Cook-off, Fountain Inn, May 28th

Senecafest, Seneca, May 28th-30th

Long Creek Music Festival, Long Creek, May 28th-30th

The Great Anderson County Fair, Anderson

Seneca Fest, Seneca

Plum Hollow Alternative Music Festival, Campobello

Fountain Inn 27th Annual Horse Show and Family Fun Derby Day, Fountain Inn

Catfish Festival, Ware Shoals, May


June 2016

Music on Main, Spartanburg, June ( every Thursday)  

Fun in the Sun Festival, West Union, June 4th

Sesame Street Live, Greenville, June 10th-12th

History Alive Festival, June 17th-26th

2016 Big Barrell Country Music Festival, Simpsonille, June 24th

Mighty Moo Festival, June, Spartanburg, June

South Carolina Festival of Flowers, Greenwood, June


July 2016

Music on Main, Spartanburg, July (every Thursday)  

Red White and Blue Festival, Greenville, July 4th

Red White and Boom, Spartanburg, July 4th

Wells Fargo Red, White and Blue Festival, July 4th

Seneca's 4th of July Celebration, Seneca, July 4th

Pickens 4th of July Celebration, Pickens, July 4th

Hillbilly Days, Mountain Rest, July 4th

Festival of Dicovery: BBQ and Blues, Greenwood, July 7th-9th

A Ride To Remember, Simpsonville, July 15th-17th

Big League Baseball World Series, Easley, July

SC Festival of Stars, Ninety Six, July

SC Peach Festival, Gaffney, July


August 2016

Beach Ball, Greenville, August

Edouard Michelin Memorial 5k, Greenville, August

Farm to Fork, Greenwood, August

Fight of the Dove, Clinton, August

Mutt Strutt, Greenville, August

Uppser SC State Fair, Greenville, August

Williamston Spring Water Festival, Williamston, August

Apple Festival Pageant,  Westminster, August 20th


September 2016

Jazz on Main, Spartanburg, September (every Friday)  

SC Apple Festival, Westminster,  September 6th-10th

Moonlight Movies Series, Greenville, September 7th-28th

Sippin Safari, Greenville, September 9th

Trains, Trains, and More Trains, Mauldin, September 9th-17th

Spartoberfest, Spartanburg, September 16th-17th

Farm Fresh Fair, Fountain Inn, September  17th-18th

Indie Craft Parade, Greenville, September 17th-18th

Euphoria, Greenville, September 22nd-25th

Carolina Foothills Heritage Fair,  September

Abbeville Chilli Cookoff, Abbeville, September

Dog Daze of Woodruff Festival, Woodruff, September

Dues West Fall Festival, Due West, September

The Enchanted Chalice Renaissance Faire, Greenville, September

Food for the Sole 5k, Greenwood, September

Goodwill Mud Run, Greenville, September

Handbags for Hope, Greenville, September

Hispanic Heritage Festival, Greenville, September

Koman Race for the Cure, Greenville, September

Newberry Ag Expo, Newberry, September

Family Night at the Museum, Greenwood, September

Open Arms 5K, Greenville, September

Rose Ball, Greenville, September

South Greenville Fair, Greenville, September

Spartanburg Greek Festival, Spartanburg, September

Spartanburg Music and Arts Festival, Spartanburg, September

Sweet Dreams Scare House, Anderson, September

Uniquely Union Festival, Union, September

Upstate Forever Preservation Ride, Multiple Counties, September


October 2016

Jazz on Main, Spartanburg, October (every Friday)

International Festival, Spartanburg, October 1st

Founders Day Music Festival, Pickens, October 1st

Fall for Greenville, Greenville, October 14th-16th

Boo in the Zoo, Greenville, October 21st-30th

Grand Fondo Hincapie, Greenville, October 22nd

Brew in the Zoo, Greenville, October 27th

Boograss Bash, Anderson, October, 27th  

Albino Skunk Bluegrass Festival, Greer, October

Art on the Trail, Traverlers Rest, October

Aunt Het Festival, Fountain Inn, October

Autumn Candle Light Tour, Ninety Six, October

Balloons Over Anderson, Anderson, October

Belton Standpipe Heritage and Art Festival, Belton, October

Clusters for Kids Oyster Roast, Clemson, October

Dancing with the Carolina Stars, Greenville, October

Euro Auto Festival, Greenville, October

Fall Harvest Festival, Pendleton, October

Fear Farm, Blacksburg, October

Field of Scream, Cherokee, October

Greer Station Oktoberfest, Greer, October

Harvest of Horror, Anderson, October

Honea Path Sugarfoot Festival, Honea Path, October

Moonshiners Reunion, Campobello, October

Not a Traditional Golf Outing, Greenville, October

Oktoberfest, Greenwood, October

Palmetto Pride 5k and Fun Run,  Greenwood, October

 Piedmont Interstate Fair, Spartanburg, October

Piedmont Women's Center Race for Life 5k, Greenville, October

Pumpkin Festival, Pumpkintown, October

Rock out Hunger,  Greenville,October

Run to Fall 5k, Central, October

Spartanburg International Festival, Spartanburg, October

Squealin on the Square, Laurens, October

Union County Fair, Union, October


November 2016

Foothills Skills & Crafts  Show, Greenwood, November

Open Studios, Greenville, November

Mercy Me: Greater Than Tour, Greenville, November

Kings Mountain Veterans Day Encampment, Blacksburg, November

City of Spartanburg Veterans Day Parade, Spartanburg, November

Union Veterans Day Parade, Union, November

Gowensville Fall Festival, Gowensville, November

City of Chesnee Veterans Day Parade, Chesnee, November

Hollywild Animal Park Holiday Lights Safari, Wellford, November

Artwalk Spartanburg, Spartanburg, November

Ice on Main, Greenville, November 20th- January

Holly Jolly Christmas Fair, Anderson, November

Minature World of Trains, Greenville, November

Selugadu VII: A Native American Celebration, Hagood Mill, Pickens, November

Holiday Fair to Benefit Greer Relief, Greer, November 

Battle of Blackstocks' Anniversary Celebration, November

Upstate Holiday Light Show, Pickens, November

Skating on the Square, Spartanburg, November

Anderson Lights of Hope,  Anderson, November

Roper Mountain Holiday Lighsts, Greenville, November

TCMU Holiday Traditions, Greenville, November 27

Simpsonville Holiday Market, Simpsonville, November

World of Energy 3rd Annual Festival of Trees, Seneca, November

Anderson County Farmers' Market Holiday Market, Anderson, November 

Honea Path Festival of Trees, Honea Path, November

Buffalo Christmas Parade, Buffalo, November

A Dickens of a Christmas, Spartanburg, November 29th


December 2016

Ice on Main, Greenville, November 20th- January 19th 

Minature World of Trains, Greenville, November 21st- December 4th  

Upstate Holiday Light Show, Pickens, November 25th-January 3rd  

Anderson Lights of Hope,  Anderson, November 26th-December 25th 

World of Energy 3rd Annual Festival of Trees, Seneca, November 28th-December 31st

City of Clemson's 22nd Annual Holiday Parade, Clemson, December 1st

St. Francis Holiday Festival of Trees, Greenville, December 1st- January 1st

Spirit of Christmas Past Parade, Fountain Inn,  December 2nd

Travelers Rest Christmas Tree Lighting, Travelers Rest, December 3rd

Clinton Christmas Tree Lighting, Clinton, December 3rd

Westminster Christmas Parade, Westminster, December 3rd

Landrum Christmas Parade, Landrum, December 3rd

3rd Annual Rudolph Run 5K and Kids Fun Run, Fountain Inn, December 3rd

Holiday Fair, Greenville, December 3rd-5th

Greer Station Vintage Christmas Boutique Marketplace, Greer, December 3rd-5th

Fountain Inn Carriage Rides, Fountain Inn, December 4th-20th

1940 Radio Christmas Carol, Pendleton, December 4th-6th and 11th-13th

Greer Christmas Tree Lighting, Greer December 4th 

City of Mauldin Christmas Tree Lighting, Mauldin, December 4th 

Easley Tree Lighting and SANTA, Easley, December 4th

Christmas on Limestone,  Gaffney, December 4th

Southern Christmas Soiree, Abbeville, December 4th

Fountain Inn Tree Lighting Ceremony, Fountain Inn, December 4th

2015 Heroes Lights of Honor Tree Lighting, Laurens, December 4th

Light Up Inman, Inman, December 4th

Santa on Main, Greenwood, December 4th-5th

Grand Illumination, Easley, December 4th and 6th

Mauldin Christmas Weekend, Mauldin, December 4th-6th 

Laurens Christmas Parade, Laurens, December 5th

Liberty Christmas Parade, Liberty, December 5th

Jonesville Christmas Parade, Jonesville, December 5th

Cowpens Christmas Parade, Cowpens, December 5th

Clinton Christmas Parade, Clinton, December 5th

Inman Christmas Parade, Inman, December 5th

Lego Robotics Competetion, Gaffney, December 5th

Breakfast with Santa, Abbeville, December 5th

Safari Santa at the Zoo, Greenville, December 5th

Ninety Six Christmas Parade and Lunch with Santa, Ninety Six, December 5th

Breakfast with Santa at the ZOO, Greenville, December 5th

Abbeville Christmas Parade, Abbeville, December 5th

Honea Path Christmas Parade, Honea Path, December 5th

6th Annual Rotary Reindeer Run & Wassail Walk, Abbeville December 5th

Breakfast with Santa, Greer,  December 5th 

Indie Craft parade Holiday Fair, Greenville December 5th

Greenville Poinsettia Christmas Parade, Greenville December 5th

Six Mile Christmas Parade, Six Mile, December 5th

Easley Annual Christmas Parade, Easley, December 5th

Walhalla Christmas Parade, Walhalla, December 5th

ECW Bazaar, Clemson, December 5th

Pancakes for Preservation, Gaffney, December 5th

Chesnee Tree Lighting, Chesnee, December 5th

Easley Christmas Parade, Easley, December 5th and 6th

Lockhart Christmas Parade, Lockhart, December 6th

Greer "An International Christmas" Parade, Greer, December 6th 

Gaffney Christmas Parade, Gaffney, December 6th

City of Anderson Christmas Parade, Anderson, December 6th

Greenwood Christmas Parade, Greenwood, December 6th

Simpsonville Christmas Parade, Simpsonville, December 6th

Salem Christmas Parade, Salem, December 6th

Easley Hospital 22nd Annnual Festival of Trees, Easley, December 7th-28th

Central Christmas Parade, Central, December 7th  

Spectrum Storytime- Holiday Hullabaloo, Easley, December 7th

Spartanburg Christmas Parade, Spartanburg, December 8th

Holiday Sing-Along Story Time,  Greenville, December 9th

A Nativity Story, Abbeville, December 11th-13th, 18th and 19th

City of Pickens Christmas Parade, Pickens, December 11th

Cheer for Children Holiday Gala, Easley, December 11th

Travelers Rest Christmas Parade, Travelers Rest, December 12th

West Union Christmas Parade, West Union, December 12th

Holiday Christmas Crafts, Collectibles and Antiques Show, Greenwood, December 12th

Iva Christmas Parade, Iva, December 12th

Reidville Christmas Parade, Reidville, December 12th

Dacusville Christmas Parade, Dacusville, December 12th

Lyman-Duncan-Wellford Christmas Parade, December 12th

Williamston  Christmas Parade, Williamston, December 12th

Carlisle Christmas Parade, Carlisle, December 12th

Pacolet Holiday Parade, Pacolet, December 12th

Boiling Springs Christmas Parade, Boiling Springs, December 12th

Santa 5k Fun Run/Walk, Inman, December 12th

The Nutcracker, Spartanburg, December 13th

Union Christmas Parade, Union, December 13th

Pendleton Christmas Parade, Pendleton, December 13th

Woodruff Christmas Parade, Woodruff, December 13th

Chesnee Christmas Parade, Chesnee, December 13th

Anderson County Christmas Parade, Anderson, December 13th

Easley Community Band Christmas Extravaganza, Easley, December 15th

Ed Harrison Memorial Celtic Christmas, Pickens December 19th 

The Annual American Girl Holiday Tea Party,  Anderson, December 19th

Holiday on Main, Woodruff, December 19th

Twas the Night Before Christmas, Spartanburg, December 23rd

Roper Mountain Holiday Lights, Greenville, November 26th- December 30th


Wedding Festival, Greenville