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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: 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!

This post includes information about our sponsors and other Spartanburg events. We do our best to update, but please check original sources as venues may change times and details.


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 fun!


31+ Things to Do in Spartanburg, SC this 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, festivals and of course, Halloween in Spartanburg. We already have some great lists to help you choose the best events for your family including our popular Fall Guide with its list of best farms, orchards, and fall festivals, our Fall Festival Guide with many fall 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

Fall Farm Stuff Near Spartanburg

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) offers one-day admission that covers not just unlimited time in the 10-acre corn maze, but also hayrides and 35+ barnyard activities like Giant Hay Barn play, Barnyard Express Zipline, Giant Slide, Tri-cyles, Spider web climb, tractor tire climb, ball zone, milk the cow game, Corn Volleyball, Dodgeball, mini Maze, Little Farmer’s coral, Pumpkin Bowling, Search and Find Fairies game, Farm Foosball, Low Ropes Course, and Spookley the Square Pumpkin! Weekend admission will also include Famous Pig Races, Live Music and Bonfires. 
  • 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”.
  • Strawberry Hill (Chesnee, SC, 30 minutes from Spartanburg)charges separate admission for their maze and hayride. The maze is open at night.

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!

Go Out to Eat

Dine On Trade: Trade Street will close to traffic and restaurants in Greer will offer outdoor dining on Trade Street every Friday evening from 6 to 10 pm in October.

Looking for more places to eat outdoors? Here’s our list of Restaurants with Outdoor Dining in the Upstate.

Kids Night Out

October 6, 2020 at 6 pm to 8 pm: Hearts of Clay is offering Kids Night Out. The event includes pizza and painting Halloween themed pottery.

Halloween Events and Haunted Houses

Check out our Spartanburg Halloween Guide for a list of haunted houses, local Halloween activities, trunk-or-treat events and more! We are adding to this list throughout the month so check back frequently. Many local events are often announced just a couple weeks before Halloween.

Fun Things to Do With Kids in October near Spartanburg

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.

October 2, 2020 at 10 am: Crochet a Pumpkin with an online tutorial from Spartanburg Library. Limited number of supply kits available for pick-up free.

October 3 and 4, 2020: Festifall at Walnut Grove Plantation. This year see an all new drive-thru encampment showing what life looked like in the backcountry of South Carolina in 1781. You’ll see homesteading, militia recruitment, battle reenactments and more. You’ll also be able to see the drive-in movie The Patriot with your ticket. $20 per car

October 10, 17, 24, & 31, 2020 from 12:30 – 2 pm: Head to your favorite City of Spartanburg Park for a Halloween Superhero Hunt. Batman, Spider-Man, Superman, Black Panther, and more will be hiding out. The first to locate them receives a special prize. Not the first? No worries, every participant will receive a prize. 

October 17, 18, 24, & 25, 2020, 2-7 pm: Tate Kids’ Fall for Goats lets you pick the perfect pumpkins AND pet goats. Pumpkins are available for purchase and quality time with the goats is free. Inman.

October 20, 2020 at 4:30 pm: Ghostly Science for tweens online presented by the Spartanburg Library.

October 23-31: October’s QUEST at the South Carolina Children’s Theatre in the Outdoor Performance Space. Perfect for ages 3-6. $11 per person. See the schedule & buy tickets!

October 24, 2020 at 7 pm: Movies at the Unicorn Farm. See the Adams Family outdoors at Hidden Pasture Farm at 7 pm. $14 per person.

October 24, 2020 11 am to 6 pm: Fall for Main Street Spartanburg, open air shopping event with sidewalk sales and visiting vendors

October 28, 2020 from 4:30 – 6 pm: Join Chef Regan for an evening of spooky cooking at Plate 108‘s Halloween Dinner. This event is for kids ages 8-12. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased on-line. This is one of several kid- and family-friendly events Plate 108 is offering this fall. Check out their event calendar for more!

October 28, 2020 at 4:30 to 5:30 pm: Online Haunted Escape Room for teens presented via Zoom by the Spartanburg Library.

Worth the Drive

Drive through the South Carolina State Fair- October 20 and 21, 2020 in Columbia, SC

“The first-ever free, Drive-Through S.C. State Fair is bringing the tradition of the State Fair to fair goers in a new way in an effort to spread joy while staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Guests will experience a snippet of the agriculture, arts, entertainment and food they look forward to each year while remaining in the safety of their vehicles. The event will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 20 and Wednesday, Oct. 21, 10 am –8 pm. Fair food will be available for purchase through a separate drive-through with extended dates, Tuesday, Oct. 20–Saturday, Oct. 24, 10 am–8 pm. Find details at www.scstatefair.org.”

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!

20+ 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 there are some fall festivals to put on your list, plus apple picking, parks to visit, day trips to adventure 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.


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!

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!


What Are Spartanburg Public Schools Doing This Fall?

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Spartanburg County Schools Districts 1-7 just released their Fall 2020 plans yesterday. Our understanding is that the districts collaboratively worked together on their plans. As a result, the plans share many similarities but also have differences.

These school plans are all subject to change and still must be approved by the Department of Education.


Movie Theaters Are Re-Opening in Spartanburg & Some Have Cheap Family Friendly Movie Deals

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Looking for cheap movies this summer? Many theaters are beginning to reopen for the summer and some are offering low-cost family movie deals. Find out what Spartanburg area movie theaters are doing to keep movie goers healthy and about their re-opening policies. Plus, check out our list of cheap movie options near Spartanburg this summer!


Free & Cheap Outdoor Movies Near Spartanburg

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Did you know that families can enjoy outdoor movies? Here are the movie venues 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 arrive early.

*Information Updated September 3rd, 2020