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Free Movies, $1 Movies, and Cheap Movies this Summer for Kids!!!

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Did you know that Spartanburg’s NCG cinema hosts a free family film festival and Spartanburg’s Regal Spartan Stadium offers dollar movies over the summer months? Additionally, other area movie theaters offer kids movie packages including the movie ticket + popcorn and drinks? With plenty of hot afternoons ahead and cranky kids to entertain, catching one of these movies would be the perfect way to spend your afternoon. Please check with venues before attending as information may change without our notice.

You can find the complete lists and schedules of cheap summer movies for kids at movie theaters all over the United States with the following links:

Regal Summer Movie Express – June 11 – September 4

Big E Gaffney – May 27 – August 17

NCG Cinema Free Family Film Festival – 2019 TBA

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$1 Movies, Free Movies, and Cheap Movies

Free Outdoor Movies Near Spartanburg

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Did you know that families can enjoy free outdoor movie each summer? Here’s the movies that are coming this summer and some tips on what you can expect.

Remember that these events are subject to weather, so check the Facebook page of the venue close to the movie date. Also, especially for extremely popular choices, you will want to be sure to arrive early.


20+ Free or Cheap Things to Do in Spartanburg (that kids will love)

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Are you looking for free or cheap family-friendly things to do in Spartanburg? Do you have an idea in your head that doing something fun with your kids in Spartanburg is going to cost money (and probably a lot of it)? We are setting the record correct today once and for all that Spartanburg has tons of fun free things to do and even more that are really cheap.


The Ultimate Guide to January

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It’s January and the perfect time to get out as a family with our list of fun things to do in Spartanburg and nearby.  No matter what the weather holds, we have a list of fun indoor and outdoor ways to keep the kids busy and in shape through the colder months. Have fun!

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Things to Do in January in Spartanburg

January at the Library

LEGO Block PartyOn January 14, 2019 and January 28, 2019 at 4:30 pm, families are invited to a LEGO Block Party at Cyrill-Westside Library. This family-friendly event even includes a special area for those under 4 years old.

Did you know the Spartanburg County Public Libraries host 25 storytimes regularly at their various branches? Check out their storytime hours to find the right time for the ages of your kids.

Movies at the Spartanburg County Library

  • Flix for Teens – On January 12, 2019 at 3:00 pm, teens are invited to Headquarters Library to vote on a movie to watch at this Saturday matinee!
  • Small Foot – On January 14, 2019 at 3:30 pm, kids 5 – 11 years old are invited to Inman Library to watch Small Foot.
  • Build and Watch: The Lego Movie – On January 31, 2019 at 6:30 pm, build some Legos at the Cyrill-Westside Library while they screen the original The Lego Movie.

January Family-Friendly Shows & Sports

Swamp Rabbits Hockey Games are fun for the whole family – especially on game nights with special promotions. Here are our favorite Swamp Rabbit promotion events in January:

  • Nickelodeon Rocket Power Night – January 5, 2019 vs. Worcester Railers
  • Autism Awareness Day – January 6, 2019 vs. Worcester Railers
  • Stomper’s Birthday Party – January 27, 2019 vs. Stomper’s Birthday

Your little gymnastic won’t want to miss the upcoming Furman Classic Gymnastics Competition on January 18 – 20, 2019.

SC International Auto Show rolls into the TD Convention Center January 11 – 13, 2019. Kids 12 and under are free. Tickets are $5 – 8.

The Harlem Globetrotters are headed to Bon Secours Wellness Arena on January 12, 2019.

You can see South Carolina Children’s Theatre’s Mr. Popper’s Penguins at the Peace Center’s Gunter Theater January 26, 2019 – February 3, 2019.

Free Things to Do with Kids in January

Home Depot Kids’ Workshop – Head to Home Depot on January 5, 2019 between 9 am – 12 pm to build a free easel with a whiteboard.

Story Time at Barnes & Noble (W.O. Ozell Boulevard) happens each Saturday in January at 11 am.

A Winter Chautauqua featuring Deborah Sampson will take place on January 17, 2019 at 7:00 pm at Headquarters Library.

Little Sprouts Day Out at Headquarters Library on January 11th and 12th at 11:30 am. Families and their littles can explore the library’s stimulation stations designed to promote conversation between parents and their children. Families with children aged birth to three are welcome to make crafts, laughs, and memories in the Storytime room while engaging in imaginative play.

Superhero Family Night at Cyrill-Westside Library on January 17, 2019 at 6:00 pm. Come dressed as your favorite superhero for a family fun night filled with “super” fun activities, snacks, and crafts.

Even More Fun Things to Do in January

Cowpens National Battlefield Anniversary Celebration. This annual event commemorating the Battle of Cowpens is the weekend of January 19, 2019. It is free and open to the public.

Toddler Time (ages under 7) at Big Air Spartanburg returns after school resumes each Wednesday and Thursday from 10 am – 1 pm. Jumpers are only $8 for the entire 3 hours!

On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, ages 6 and under can jump at Preschool Jump at Pump It Up in Spartanburg from 10 am – 2 pm. This is a great time to take your small children since older children are not allowed in the venue. *Returns after school resumes*

Skate, Rock, and Stroll a Disability Friendly Time on the Big Ice takes place on January 4, 2019 and January 21, 2019 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. Guests can go out on the ice in a wheelchair or walker, be pulled around the ice on a sled or in a wagon, walk on the ice or try your hand at ice skating! Volunteers from the Greater Greenville Hockey Association will be available to assist with guests as needed.

TCMU MLK Jr. Day Camp for kids 3 – 6 years old on January 21, 2019 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Have a mom or dad’s morning out while your kids have a morning to learn about dinosaurs and play at the children’s museum. There is a fee for this day camp.

An Unbirthday Party on January 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm at Once Upon a Dream Parties. Your princess will arrive at our royal table to decorate her very own cupcake, and of course blow out her unbirthday candle! The celebration will continue with a game, dancing, and fun photos. $12.

Don’t miss Stroller Rollers at Upward Star Center. This program allows parents to exercise with their stroller and is an excellent place to make friends. Classes are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 9:30 am. The first class is free.

Friday Starry Nights returns to Roper Mountain Science Center January 11, 2019! Enjoy special planetarium shows Friday nights.  6:00 pm – Legends of the Night Sky: Orion | 7:30 pm – Exploding Universe ($6.00 for adults | $5.00 for children 4-12 years old | Children 3 and under – FREE)

TCMU – Spartanburg hosts a variety of children’s programming daily including Spark Lab, Story Time, Open Art Studios and more. See our calendar for dates and times.

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30+ Holiday Things to Do in Spartanburg

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Ready for holiday events in Spartanburg!  We have so many fun things to do around Christmas with kids including a Victorian-themed night in downtown Spartanburg, local performances of the Nutcracker, light displays, Santa visits, and more. Don’t miss out!  This list is organized by date for each Christmas event with an additional list of festive things to do this holiday season, so be sure to read it in its entirety. Have a great holiday season!


31+ Things To Do With Your Family This November

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Are you looking for things to do in Spartanburg this November? We have you covered with all the family-friendly events happening this month in and around Spartanburg. As you will see, November is stuffed full of holiday fun, live shows, and more!

Well Halloween is behind us and here we are in November, the month where you never know what to expect outside.  Will you be facing one of those brilliant warm fall days where you have to get outside or one of those icky, cold, wet days when you get trapped inside with your kids fighting. Well, we have our fellow parents covered on Kidding Around Spartanburg with a list that includes everything from really fun indoor events to fabulous outdoor festivals. And, if the kids argue too much, we even have a couple places where you can pay a little money to drop them off for a few hours to have fun while you sip on that latte in a quiet coffee shop.

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Things to Do in November


Educational Events

Here’s your chance to prove to your kids that all those facts they are learning in school aren’t the least bit boring! P.S. Almost all of these are free.

Roper Mountain Science Center for Starry Nights is an excellent way to spend your Friday evening. In the meantime, November marks the final Second Saturday for 2018! The Fall Festival happens Saturday, November 11th from 9 am – 3 pm. Prices are $8/adults & teens and $7/children or you can purchase an annual membership for an affordable fee.

P.S. I love the RMSC membership. Read all about how it saved my family tons of money here.

And, you can just take that membership or your Zoo membership and also plan a visit to the Western NC Nature Center in November too. It always seems like this is the time of year that my family ends up there and it’s really a beautiful time to visit Asheville.

Lego enthusiasts won’t want to miss the Lego Block Parties at the Cyrill-Westside Library branch on November 3rd from 10:30 – 11:30 am, November 12th from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, and November 26th from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm.

If you have not visited The Children’s Museum of the Upstate Spartanburg location, this is a great month to visit! Check out our calendar to find out when they host storytime, open art studios, random acts of science, and music and movement. Plus, in November, they are also a Parent’s Night Out on November 30th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm for children 3 to 5 years old.

Theatre & Shows

We have plenty of kid friendly shows going on this November in Greenville. We even have some that your toddler will love (and that doesn’t happen every month of the year).

The Greer Children’s Theatre is performing Annie the weekends of November 9th and November 16th.

Spartanburg Philharmonic presents Heroes & Villains: Music from Hollywood Films on November 10th at 7:00 pm at Twitchell Auditorium.

Disney on Ice: World of Enchantment at Bon Secours Wellness Arena on November 21st – November 25th.

Spartanburg Youth Theatre will be performing The Best Christmas Pageant Ever November 30th and December 1st at Chapman Cultural Center.

Fall Festivals & Holiday Craft Fairs

Shopping local is both cool and good for our community. We have a LOT of great suggestions for you, but here’s a start with some great festivals and holiday markets.

Head to the Spartanburg Marriott for Junior League of Spartanburg’s Santa’s Shoppe event from November 1st –  November 4th.

The Harvest Moon Festival on November 3rd at Walnut Grove Plantation will include demonstrations, artisans, vendors, bands, and more to promote agriculture and the importance of eating healthy and eating local.

The Cudd Memorial Christmas Bazaar will be held on November 10th from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Rockin’ Around Trade Street at Greer Station on November 29th from 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm will include photos with Santa, crafts, food tastings, smores, storytelling, and more!

Sports & Fitness

Get out the yoga pants. Here’s some great choices for parents wanting some active fun!

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits kick off their ice hockey season at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in late October. If you have never experienced Greenville hockey, you need to head right out. You have several chances to catch a home game in November, plus there are several cool promotions coming up.

Take your kids to Big Air Trampoline Park for Toddler Time. Every Wednesday & Thursday kids 7 and under can jump from 10 am – 1 pm for just $8! Parents can observe for free or play for $8 too. (Toddler Time is canceled when schools are out for holiday breaks.)

Your little ones can also play at Pump It Up’s Pre-K Open Jump every Tuesday – Thursday from 10 am – 2 pm. Pre-K Open Jump is for kids 2 – 6 only. $6.25 per child and parents play for free!

For those looking to enjoy the great outdoors, this is the perfect time of year to head out to one of our favorite fall parks such as Cleveland Park or Hatcher Garden. And, don’t forget to also get your free national park pass if you have a 4th grader in your family.

Personally, I think the holidays are the perfect time to go to the gym! YMCA of Spartanburg offers two locations and both offer Childwatch so you can work out while your kids play!

Another great way to workout is to join Stroller Rollers! This mom group meets to exercise with their little ones weekly at Upward Star Center.

The 14th Annual GHS Turkey Day 8K is a FREE Thanksgiving morning run through downtown Spartanburg.

Just for Fun

A special Turkey Handprint Mom and Me Event will take place on November 2nd at Hearts of Clay. They will read a Thanksgiving story, and then moms and their children will make a Thanksgiving turkey plate using their handprints. Cost varies depending on the size plate.

Upcountry Museum Family Fun Day on November 3rd offers families the opportunity to explore the current dinosaur exhibit, as well as enjoy some “Merry Christmas Charlie Brown” themed-fun!

Don’t forget that you can sign up for a free trial class at Gymboree Play & Music of Greenville (located in nearby Greer)! Our readers love their events and it’s a great time of year to join.

Parents’ Night Out

In November, I know that I’m always looking for an opportunity to be able to shop or spend time with my husband (without kids)! Here are a couple drop-off opportunities for moms & dads who need a fun place for the kids to play while they head out on a date or shopping expedition.

Hearts of Clay Kids Night Out is November 2nd from 6 – 8 pm. For $25/child, drop the kids off for a special kids night out creating a special clay turkey at Hearts of Clay. They will be fed dinner.

Pump It Up offers a paid Parents Night Out for children on November 16th from 6 – 9 pm. While you have an evening out, your children will be able to bounce in the inflatables, eat dinner, play games, and make crafts.

It’s the Holidays

Jingle Bells! The holidays are coming and the proof is here. Watch Kidding Around Spartanburg because we have a BIG Winter Guide scheduled and a Shop Local Guide packed with unique local goods planned this month. But for now . . .

Spartanburg’s annual Dickens of a Christmas will take place November 27th. If you have never made it to this festive celebration, check out our article on Dickens of a Christmas in Spartanburg.

And, Santa Claus is showing up at Westgate Mall before Thanksgiving with Santa’s Workshop opening November 11th.

The Land of Sweets: Nutcracker Party hosted by Ballet Spartanburg will be held on November 18th at Chapman Cultural Center.

Barnes and Noble is hosting a special Nutcracker Ballet Event on November 27th at 10:00 am. This is a FREE event.

If you want to attend The City Of Greer’s Breakfast With Santa this year then mark November 3rd on your calendar!  That’s when tickets go on sale and since there’s only 500 of them they’ll be sure to sell out quickly! Breakfast With Santa itself happens on December 8th.

Happy Birthday

Don’t forget to take advantage of the Pepsi Party Pack if you have a child turning 6 this month (or who turned 6 last month). This package contains area tickets and lots of fun. In fact, my four-year-old is already talking about when she gets hers.

Also, be sure to check out our Birthday Party Guide for lots of great ideas and deals on where to have parties this year!

What will you do this November? We would love to hear in the comments!

Be sure to look at our Spartanburg calendar for the most-up-to-date things to do.

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31+ Things to Do in October

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We are coming up on one of our reader’s favorite times of year, October! This month’s event list includes farm activities, and of course, trick-or-treating events in Spartanburg. We already have some great lists to help you choose the best events for your family including our popular Fall Guide with it’s list of best farms, orchards, and fall festivals, our Fall Festival Guide with over 25 festivals to choose from, and our massive trick-or-treating guide that covers everything from safe places to get candy to haunted houses.

So, here’s your bucket list for October with 31+ activities your family definitely needs to look at as you plan your family fun. Remember October only comes once a year, so clear out that schedule for a little bit of family fun! If you enjoy one of these events, be sure to let the venue know that you heard about their place from Kidding Around Spartanburg.

RELATED: Be sure to check out our Ultimate Fall Guide to Spartanburg

Things to Do in October

Sponsored Event: Greyrock Farms Family Farm Day, October 6, 2018 from 10 am to 5 pm

Looking for a fall event that your whole family is sure to enjoy? Come check out Greyrock Farms Second Annual Fall Farm Day! Enjoy a family fun day on the farm! During fall farm day there will be hayrides, pumpkin picking, playground fun, inflatables, kids crafts, games and more! If you are feeling up to the challenge try our 5 acre corn maze with winding twists and turns. You are sure to become mazed and confused while trying to complete the challenges incorporated in the maze!

For those with children or if you are feeling a little less adventurous the mini maze is sure to be a fun experience. Come enjoy crisp fall apples and fall decor including sunflowers grown on the farm that will be available in our farm store.

  • Cost: Price Based on Tickets
  • Venue: Greyrock Farms, 5750 Anderson Mill Road Moore, SC 29369 | 864.576.2784
  • Farm Stuff

    There’s nothing that says “fall” like a good old-fashioned hayride, corn maze, or pumpkin patch at a local orchard or farm. Don’t worry though, we have a list of corn mazes, a list of pumpkin patches, and a list of u-pick orchards. If that doesn’t cover what you are looking for, don’t forget to also check our Ultimate Guide to Fall in Spartanburg.

    Corn Mazes & Pumpkin Patches

    Our area has several great corn mazes (some are even open at night). Here’s a couple of our favorites.

    • Denver Downs Farm (Anderson, SC, 1 hour from Spartanburg) offers one-day admission that covers not just unlimited time in the corn maze but also unlimited hay rides and farm activities including a big jumping pillow, corn pits, and play areas. For those with teenagers, Denver Downs Farm also opens three haunted attractions on select nights including a scary haunted corn maze. This year’s maze is designed in celebration of John Deere’s 100th Anniversary. Denver Downs also sells pumpkins (pre-picked in a field).
    • Eliada Corn Maze (Asheville, SC, 1 hour and 15 minutes from Spartanburg) has a storybook maze designed for small children and their admission fee also covers all farm activities.
    • Stewart Farms (Enoree, SC, 35 minutes from Spartanburg) charges separate admission for their maze and hayride. On select nights they open the corn maze at night for a family-friendly “spooking”. Stewart Farms is one of the few farms that allows you to pick and cut your pumpkin directly from the patch.
    • Strawberry Hill (Chesnee, SC, 30 minutes from Spartanburg) charges separate admission for their maze and hayride. The maze is also open at night and is designed in a Spookly the Pumpkin theme. Strawberry Hill includes a pie pumpkin with their hayride. The pumpkins are pre-cut but placed back in the patch.

    Apple Orchards

    We have tons of U-pick Apple Orchards from you to choose from.  Apple season continues through October (in fact, some later varieties are still sometimes available for u-pick in early November). Many of the orchards also offer farm activities, play areas, and apple cider donuts and apple cider in addition to their produce. Two local orchards that we recently reviewed on our sister-site Kidding Around Greenville are Grandad’s Apples and Such and Justus Orchard. Sky Top is also a local favorite orchard.

    If you are new to Spartanburg, you will quickly fall in love with Fall in the Upstate. With cooler weather and beautifully changing leaves, October is the perfect time to go outdoors, do some hiking or enjoy one of the many family-friendly local festivals. October brings loads of fun – the fair comes to town along with a ton of Halloween themed events. The hardest thing about this month will be choosing the events you will attend!

    Over 30 Fun Things to Do With Kids in October

    If your child is turning six in October (or turned six in September), don’t forget to pick up your free Pepsi Party Pack the first week of October.

    Festivals and Celebrations

    The annual FestiFall at Walnut Grove Plantation takes place on October 6th and 7th, 2018.

    Families are invited to celebrate the many international businesses in Spartanburg at the popular annual International Festival held at Barnet Park on October 6th. There will be plenty of food, music, and fun!

    The 7th Annual Pediatric Health Fair hosted by VCOM takes place on October 6th, 2018. It includes games, activities, and Halloween fun with educational purposes.

    In honor of Fire Prevention Week, families are invited to visit the firehouse for Spartanburg Fire Department Open House on October 7th, 2018. They will be tours, games, and free food.

    The Piedmont Interstate Fair comes to Spartanburg October 8th – 14th, 2018 with rides, food, animals, music, and more! Ticket prices vary.

    Greenville’s annual Fall for Greenville includes food, music, wine and entertainment. It will be held October 12th – 14th, 2018 in downtown Greenville.

    October’s Second Saturday event at Roper Mountain Science Center on October 13th, 2018 is Star Wars themed. Children will participate in Star Wars-themed science experiments and get to meet some of the characters.

    The Pacolet Indian Summer Festival on October 20th, 2018 includes children’s rides and activities, vendors, a car show, a beauty pageant, live music and more!

    Furmageddon 3 is a free family-friendly and dog-friendly event to benefit Hub City Animal Project on October 20th, 2018. The event will take place at Fr8Yard and the green space by the clock tower.

    Community Fall Festival at Stewart Park takes place October 25th, 2018. This fun, free event will feature107.3 Jamz, food, music, games, and more!

    Halloween Events You Cannot Miss

    Boo in the Zoo is a can’t miss event held at the Greenville Zoo the evenings of October 19th – 21st, 2018 and October 26th – 28th, 2018. Costumes are encouraged as you do some family-friendly trick-or-treating through the zoo.

    Another popular annual Halloween event is the Pumpkin Path at Hatcher Garden held on October 25th, 2018. Children are encouraged to wear costumes as they trick-or-treat through the gardens and complete various activities.

    Greenville County Rec’s Enchanted Forest is Greenville’s fairytale trick or treating event. Trick or treat at the pavilion with Snow White and Sleeping Beauty, in Robin Hood’s forest and Shrek’s swamp October 25th – 27th, 2018.

    Halloween at Heritage Park in Simpsonville is a free, family-friendly event with games, inflatables, food vendors, and trick-or-treating held on October 27th, 2018.

    For even more Halloween fun, take your family to TCMU for its annual Boo!Seum day on October 27th, 2018 for spooky science experiments and more.

    Halloween Hoopla on October 27th, 2018 is a free family-friendly Halloween event in Greer City Park.

    Boiling Springs Library’s Monster Mash is on October 23rd, 2018. There will be a family costume contest, Halloween games, dancing, treats, and more!

    Halloween Spooktacular Fall Festival will take place on October 27th, 2018. It will include games, food, inflatables, trunk or treat, and more!

    For even more Halloween fun, see Our Ultimate Guide to Halloween in Spartanburg.

    Crafting and More

    October provides families with several fall-themed crafting options including Michael’s Kids Club  (a special Kids Club Monster Mash), Home Depot Kids Workshops, and Fall Crafts at the library.

    Spartanburg County libraries also offer several different LEGO events including LEGO clubs, a LEGO Block Party and Family LEGO Night.

    Drop the kids off for dinner and crafts at Hearts of Clay Kids Night Out. On October 5th, 2018, kids will paint ceramic pumpkins.

    Ballet, Theater, Puppets, and Live Shows

    Spartanburg Youth Theatre will bring the book Grace for President to the stage on the weekend of October 5th, 2018.

    Disney Junior Dance Party on Tour comes to Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium on October 9th, 2018.

    Ballet Spartanburg will perform the beautiful Beauty and the Beast Ballet at Chapman Cultural Center on October 19th – 21st, 2018.

    Big Time Wrestling comes to Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium on October 21st, 2018 offering fans a chance to see their favorite wrestlers live.

    Headquarters Library is hosting Creepy Carrots Puppet Show for free on October 23rd, 2018 and October 25th, 2018.

    Do you know of a fun, family-friendly local event we missed? Let us know in the comments.

    What will you do this October? Let us know in the comments!

    Fall Festivals Near Spartanburg

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    Here’s a list of local festivals this fall that are in or near to Spartanburg! Fall festivals are the perfect chance to purchase local holiday gifts, purchase local foods and produce, and just have fun as a family. P.S. Most of these festivals are completely free!

    For even more things to do this fall in Spartanburg, be sure to check our list of 30+ Things to Do this September in Spartanburg!

    This list is provided for informational purposes. If you go to one of these events, we would love to hear in the comments about your experience to help us recommend the best fall festivals in Spartanburg next year!

    20+ Fall Festivals Near Spartanburg

    Mountain State Fair

    Where: Western NC Agricultural Center
    When: September 7th – September 16th, 2018
    What: Rides, Food, Agriculture, and Art
    Admission: $9 (adults) and $5 (children) (Save $2 by purchasing in advance)
    Mountain State Fair Website


    Where: Jesus, Our Risen Savior Catholic Church, Spartanburg
    When: September 13th – September 15th, 2018
    What: Live music, food, drink, and holiday market
    SpartOberfest Website

    The 2018 Anderson Greek Festival

    Where: Anderson Civic Center
    When: September 14th – September 16th, 2018
    What: Greek Food, Music, Rides, and More
    Admission: $1
    Greek Festival Website

    Indie Craft Parade

    Where: The Huguenot Mill at The Peace Center in Downtown Greenville
    When: September 14th – September 16th, 2018
    What: Arts and Makers Festival
    Admission: $5
    Indie Craft Parade Website

    South Greenville Fair

    Where: Simpsonville City Park
    When: September 14-15, 2018
    What: Antique Engine & Tractor Show, Grandpa’s Farm, Art Show, Flower Show, and Special Events
    South Greenville Fair Website


    Where: Downtown Greenville
    When: September 20th – September 23rd, 2018
    What: Food, Wine, and Music
    Euphoria’s Website

    Mauldin BBQ Cook-Off

    Where: Mauldin Cultural Center
    When: September 21st & September 22nd, 2018
    What: BBQ tastings, live music, and kids zone
    Mauldin BBQ Cook-Off Website

    Spartanburg Greek Festival

    Where: St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, Spartanburg
    When: September 27th – September 30th, 2018
    What: Greek food, music, dancing, and more
    Spartanburg Greek Festival Website

    Oktoberfest in Greenville

    Where: Downtown Greenville
    When:  October 4th – October 6th, 2018
    What: German music, beer, food, and more
    Oktoberfest in Greenville’s website

    Squealin On the Square

    Where: Downtown Laurens
    When: October 5th – October 6th, 2018
    What: Arts & Crafts, Live music, Kids activities, tractor show, and BBQ
    Squealin On the Square website

    International Festival

    Where: Barnet Park, Spartanburg
    When: October 6, 2018, 11 am -7 pm
    What: Experiencing world culture through food, music, art, and more
    City of Spartanburg Website

    Get Out Greenville

    Where: Conestee Park, Mauldin
    When: October 6, 2018, 10 am -3 pm
    What: Celebrates the Outdoor Activities in Greenville
    Get Out Greenville website

    Aunt Het Festival

    Where: Downtown Fountain Inn
    When: October 6, 2018, 9 am – 5 pm
    What: Vendors, Arts & Crafts, Food, and Classic Cars
    Aunt Het Festival website

    Pendleton Fall Harvest Festival

    Where: Pendleton, SC
    When: October 6, 2018, 10 am – 5 pm
    What: Children’s games, music, scarecrows, ghost tour, crafts, and food
    Pendleton Fall Harvest Festival Website

    Piedmont Interstate Fair

    Where: Fairgrounds in Spartanburg, SC
    When: October 8th – October 14th, 2018
    What:  Thrill rides, petting zoo, food, entertainment and more
    Piedmont Interstate Fair Website

    Fall for Greenville

    Where: Downtown Greenville
    When: October 12th – October 14th, 2018
    What: Food, Live Music, Wine, and Competitions
    Fall for Greenville website

    Pumpkintown Fall Festival

    Where: 5301 Dacusville Hwy, SC
    When: October 13, 2018
    What: BBQ, Parade, Vendors, and Music
    Pumpkintown Website

    Union County Agricultural Fair

    Where: Union, SC
    When: October 16th – October 20th, 2018
    What: Traditional agricultural fair with livestock,  music, horticulture, rides, and exhibits
    Union County Fair Website

    Euro Auto Festival

    Where: Embassy Suites Greenville Gold Resort & Conference Center, Greenville
    When: October 20, 2018
    What: Largest European-only automotive festival in the USA
    Admission: $15
    Euro Auto Festival Website

    Art on the Trail

    Where: Trailblazer Park & Main Street in Travelers Rest
    When: October 20, 2018 at 10 am
    What: Food Trucks and Free Concert on Friday, Fine Arts & Crafts, Live Music, Food, Kids’ Activities, and more
    Art on the Trail Website

    Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair

    Where: Fletcher, NC
    When: October 26th – October 28th, 2018
    What: Livestock show, fiber demos, and workshops
    SAFF Website

    YMCA Halloween Spooktacular

    Where: Middle Tyger YMCA
    When: October 27, 2018 from  6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
    What: Free for members and the community; games, food, inflatables, trunk or treat
    YMCA Fall Festival Website

    GCA Fall Festival & Holiday Market

    Where: Greenville Classical Academy (Five Forks area)
    When: November 3, 2018, 10 am – 3 pm
    What: Kids Activities ($5 fee), holiday shopping, and food
    GCA Fall Festival & Holiday Market Website

    Do you have a favorite festival near Spartanburg? Let us know in the comments!

    30+ Things to Do in September

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    School’s back in session and the summer heat is starting to fade. Now that September has arrived, some regular school year events have returned like story times and jump times for preschoolers and toddlers. In addition to these regularly scheduled events, this month provides families the unique opportunities to see trains, characters, and more! Check out our list of more than 30 fun things to do this September to add some fun to your family’s calendar.

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    September Things to Do in Spartanburg SC

    More Than 30 Fun Things to Do This September

    If your child is turning six in September (or turned six in August), don’t forget to pick up your free Pepsi Party Pack the first week of September.

    Character Fun

    Children are invited to Story Time with Cinderella on September 7th and 21st at 10:00 am at the Once Upon a Dream Boutique. This is a free event.

    Families with princess-loving children should make plans to attend Once Upon a Dream 6th Annual Character Breakfast at Holly Tree Country Club on September 22nd, 2018 at 9:00 am. A delicious breakfast will be served and guests will get to meet an array of princesses.

    Teens are invited to Get Magical – a Cosplay Workshop at Headquarters Library on September 27th, 2018 at 4:30 pm. This is a free event.

    Children and adults that love Thomas the Train can visit the N.C. Railroad Museum for A Day Out with Thomas (and Percy) where they will get to ride the Thomas train and participate in a variety of Thomas themed activities. Train rides are offered the final weekend of September.

    Craft and Art Fun

    Weekends offer many opportunities for your children to use their artistic skills and creativity. On September 1st, 2018, children can visit Home Depot Kids Workshop to build and paint a field goal game. Michael’s Kids Club on Saturdays is only $2 and parents can shop in the store while their children make something special.

    If you are looking for more crafting fun, check out the following free Spartanburg County Public Library events:

    Are You Ready for Some Football Craft Night at Cyrill-Westside Library on September 6th, 2018 at 6:30 pm.

    FEI World Equestrian Games Art Night at Inman Library on September 12th, 2018 at 3:30 pm.

    International Pirate Day Craft Night at Cyrill-Westside Library on September 13th, 2018 at 6:30 pm.

    Theater Fun

    Plan to take your little ones to AC Series: Story Time with Ariel on September 1st, 2018 from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm at AC Hotel to get ready for the upcoming Spartanburg Little Theatre production of The Litte Mermaid. Ariel will read a story, there will be a musical performance, photo ops with Ariel, and more! This is a free event!

    Even if you can’t make it to Story Time with Ariel, your family can still see her in September and support the local Spartanburg Little Theatre by attending one of their September performances of the family-friendly production of The Little Mermaid at Chapman Cultural Center. Tickets range from $20 – $30.

    South Carolina’s Children’s Theatre is performing Shrek the Musical throughout the month at Peace Center’s Gunther Theater. Tickets range from $18 – $27.

    More Local Fun

    Groovin’ in the Park is a free family-friendly event in Barnet Park on September 2nd, 2018 starting at 4:30 pm. There will be live music, vendors, kids activities, and more.

    Hogback Mountain Day on September 8th, 2018 is an all-day celebration in the City of Landrum. There will be a farmer’s market, live music, fireworks, artisan vendors, food trucks, amusement rides, and vintage tractors.

    Spartanburg’s Oktoberfest, SpartOberfest, takes place September 13th – 15th at Jesus, Our Risen Savior Catholic Church. Enjoy live music, food, a Christmas market, and a kid’s zone.

    If you love trains, but cannot make the drive to the NC Railroad Museum, you can take your family to Railfest at Greer City Park on September 15th, 2018 for free!

    Head to Cowpens National Battlefield for Living History Day on September 15th, 2018 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm which includes weapon firing demonstrations.

    The annual Spartanburg Greek Festival returns to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church September 27th – 30th giving families an opportunity to experience Greek culture – the food, the music, the dancing, and more!

    Inman Harvest Day is held on September 29th in Downtown Inman. There will be arts, crafts, food vendors, children’s activities, live entertainment, and more.

    Hub City Bowls Empty Soup Day is September 29th from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at Indigo Hall. Bowls are $20 with proceeds benefitting the needy in Spartanburg. The event will include gourmet soup and live music.

    Fun Worth the Drive

    The North Carolina Apple Festival takes place in Downtown Hendersonville Labor Day weekend with tons of food vendors, crafts and homemade goods, rides, live music, a children’s area, and apples galore!

    This month’s Upcountry History Museum Family Day on September 2nd, 2018 celebrates the world of fairy tales. This event will include special appearances by Moana (at 1:30 pm) and Elsa (at 2:30 pm).

    The Enchanted Chalice Renaissance Faire returns to Greenville for the 8th year September 14th and 15th, 2018. This year’s theme is “Here be Pirates.”

    See the Marcel Portilla Band, presented by the Peace Center in collaboration with the Hispanic Alliance, to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month for FREE at TD Stage on September 27th, 2018 at 7:30 pm. Tickets are required (but they are FREE).

    Fun for Readers

    Children’s Book Talk & Signing with Author Grace Lin to celebrate the release of her new book on September 16th, 2018 at 3:00 pm at Five Forks Library.

    Visit the Boiling Springs Library for a Dork Day Party on September 17th, 2018 at 4:00 pm. Play games to win your own copy of Dork Diaries to take home. Must be a rising 5th or 6th grader to participate.

    Fun for Teens

    The Inman Library will host a Teen Escape Room event on September 5th, 2018 at 3:30 pm. The following afternoon, teens can try to escape the room at Headquarters Library.

    Teen Movie Night on September 27th, 2018 at 4:00 pm will be showing “Solo: A Star Wars Story” at Woodruff Library.

    It might not be as fun as a movie night, but teens have an opportunity to take a free, full-length ACT Practice Test at Headquarters Library September 22nd, 2018.

    Fun for Parents

    On September 7th, 2018, drop the kids off for a special kids night out creating a monster-themed craft at Hearts of Clay’s Kids Night Out. They will be fed dinner.

    Pump It Up offers a paid Parents Night Out for children on September 28th, 2018. While you have an evening out, your children will be able to bounce in the inflatables, eat dinner, play games, and make crafts.

    Do you know of a fun, family-friendly local event we missed? Let us know in the comments.

    What is Open Today in Spartanburg?

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    With school closing today, we know that many parents are struggling to find something to do or day care. Here’s our list of what is open and what is not for those that have safe roads and need to get the kids out of the house today!

    Please of course stay home if the roads are not safe to drive and enjoy the snow!

    Monday, January 17, 2018 , Closings & Openings

    Note, this list is currently being updated. If nothing is listed, that means that open/closed information has not been announced yet on Facebook. Check Facebook or call to confirm hours. Some of these locations may open late or have regular hours.

    Things to Do (that are still open)

    The YMCA of Spartanburg is open.

    Barnes & Noble is open.

    NCG Cinema in Spartanburg is showing Paddington 2 at 10 am and Jumanji at 11 am.

    Regal Spartanburg is showing Jumanji at 1 pm, Ferdinand at 1:15 pm, and Paddington 2 at 1:30 pm.

    Membership Gyms and Programs that are open

    Greenville County Aquatic Complex opens at 9 am. Note single admission rates are available.

    KROC Center is open. Day passes are available for purchase.

    The YMCA of Spartanburg is open.

    Big Air Spartanburg is open. They are having a snow day special of up to 3 hours for $20.

    Places that Are Closed

    Sorry, these businesses are closing their doors today!

    Creating Artist for Tomorrow

    Spartanburg County Libraries are closed.

    My House Day Care in Moore will be closed.

    The Children’s Museum of the Upstate is closed.

    Chapman Cultural Center is closed (and their partners which includes Ballet Spartanburg and Spartanburg Science Center).

    Pump It Up Spartanburg is closed.


    We will update this list throughout the day and tomorrow. Please let us know via comment or email if you hear of any other family related openings, closings, or delayed opening times. Please check original sources before making plans as sometimes delayed openings especially change to closings if parking lots and roads do not clear as expected.