Upstate Filled With Fall Festival Fun

As the weather cools and the leaves change colors, the Upstate goes out to enjoy the new season. With festivals for residents and visitors alike, themes include beer, pumpkins, and crafts! Here is a taste of what's going on in the Upstate. For a full list, check out the Festivals Page.

September 21: For music enthusiast, Pickens County is hosting the seventeenth annual Ole Time Fiddlin' Convention. In addition to the second annual South Carolina State Fiddling Competition, attendees will be able to see woodcarving, quilting, moonshining, blacksmithing, and other traditional art demonstrations. The Hagood Mill will also offer fresh stone-ground foods, along with cookbooks.

September 27-November 3: For a fall-themed outing, consider visiting the Denver Downs Farm Corn Maze. While the corn maze is the main attraction, other activities include campfires and s'mores, a farm-themed wall climb, steer roping, an "Angry Pumpkins" sling shot, and more! The farm also offers special events throughout the season, such as a Pumpkin Princess/Prince Pageant on October 12 and a Civil War Living History Display and Exhibition October 25-27.

September 29: The Due West Fall Festival offers classic festival fun, such as food, inflatable children's games, live music, and a large yard sale.

October 5: For your favorite beer or German lover, the Greer Station Oktoberfest offers everything you could dream of. Sponsored by Warsteiner, Germany's largest privately owned brewery, the festival includes a wide spread of food, including bratwursts, pretzels, German funnel cakes, Black Forest cake, spaetzel, and more. In addition to authentic food and beverages, the festival offers live German oompah bands and artwork by local artists.

October 12: If you associate fall with pumpkin flavored beverages and candles, the Pumpkintown Pumpkin Festival is for you. This festival features BBQ, reenactors, unique crafts, and pumpkins, of course! Live country and bluegrass music will be played throughout the festival, too.

November 2: Make Christmas special this year with unique, handcrafted gifts for your loved ones. The Foothills Skills and Crafts Show brings in more than seventy crafters from around the southeast. Crafts available for purchase could include artwork, jewelry, pottery, crocheted gifts, wood crafts, and hand-woven baskets.

December is filled with Christmas parades, holiday showcases, and carriage rides throughout the Upstate. For more festivals and additional details, click here!

*Photos provided by Allen Coleman of the Pickens County Museum of Art & History.

Jamie Gillenwater works as a technical communication consultant for Transcend Text, LLC. Her writing focuses on her Upstate community, technical communication, and corporate training. She serves as the chairperson for Connect Young Professionals, is an active member of the Society for Technical Communication's Carolina chapter, and participates in the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce Women's Leadership Council.