May is packed full of outdoor fun and Mother’s Day events around the Upstate. As the school year finishes up, there is an abundance of fun, family-friendly activities in or near Spartanburg to keep you busy through the month. Guaranteed to be an exciting month, your hardest decision will be deciding which events to attend.
31+ Things to Do in Spartanburg in May
If your child is turning six in May (or turned six in April), don’t forget to pick up your free Pepsi Party Pack the first week of May.
Mother’s Day Events
Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th. There are several events around the area that focus on this special holiday.
Enjoy a Mommy and Me Royal Tea at Middle Tyger Library on May 4th, 2019 at 2 pm. Come in your royal finery and enjoy a time of crafts and play. Sign-up is required by April 30th. For ages 3-6.
Hearts of Clay is hosting a Mother-Daughter Tea Party on May 5th, 2019 at 2 pm. They will get to paint teacups and enjoy tea and treats.
Cyrill-Westside Library is hosting a Mother’s Day Craft Night on May 9th, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Supplies will be provided.
On Mother’s Day, all moms can visit the Greenville Zoo for free (with a paying child).
The Greer Family Fest (May 3rd – 4th, 2019) is a great outdoor festival that includes multiple rides, inflatables, a rock climbing wall, craft stations, live music, over 150 vendors and food trucks. It is free to attend, the music is free to enjoy; however, you will need money to purchase food, beverages and children’s rides.
Take in a Spartanburg Little Theatre performance of the musical Smokey Joe’s Cafe at Chapman Cultural Center in May. It is being performed May 3rd – 12th, 2019.
Cinco de Mayo Festival Fiesta will take place on May 4th, 2019 in Morgan Square from 12 pm – 10 pm. Come to downtown Spartanburg as it springs to life with Mexican culture! Enjoy food, music, and dance!
Take your family and your fishing rods to Croft State Park’s annual Fishing 4 Fun event on May 4th, 2019 from 8:30 am- 12:00 pm. It is $2 for adults with children under 15 free. There will be lunch for the kids.
Saturday, May 4th, 2019 is Free Comic Book Day. Take your kids to The Tangled Web in Spartanburg to celebrate and get some free comics!
Mayfest will be May 11th, 2019 from 10 am – 4 pm. This an annual community festival in Duncan is great for families. The event includes a 5K and a fun run, a golf tournament, rides, vendors, food trucks, live music and more!
For an awesome opportunity to learn more about Hub City’s train history and have fun, take your family to Train Day at the Station on May 11th, 2019 from 10 am – 3 pm. Hub City Railroad Museum is hosting this special free event for families. It will include train fun, live music, food, a bounce house and more.
Paint with Princess Jasmine at Hearts of Clay on May 30th, 2019 at 6:00 pm. Your child will love coming to paint with Princess Jasmine. $25 paid in full or $10 non-refundable deposit. Reservations needed!
Spartanburg has several recurring weekly events that are family-friendly.
Music on Main is held on Thursdays from 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm in downtown Spartanburg through the month of May. This is a FREE family-friendly event with live music in Morgan Square.
Jazz on the Square is another opportunity for families to enjoy live music in scenic Morgan square. This FREE event is held on Fridays in May from 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm.
Spend your Saturday mornings at the Hub City Farmer’s Market. In addition to fresh & affordable local produce and goods, each Saturday hosts a variety of events such as live music and children’s activities.
Chick-fil-a Spartanburg offers a special story time, Books Come Alive, each Wednesday from 10:35 am – 11:00 am that includes a special story, craft, and a treat. For those of you on the North Side of Spartanburg, Chick-fil-a of Boiling Springs also offers Books Come Alive each Thursday from 10:35 am – 11:00 am.
Sundays Unplugged is a free cultural experience at Chapman Cultural Center. Families can visit the Spartanburg Art Museum and Spartanburg Regional History Museum for free from 1 pm – 5 pm with live concerts from 2 pm – 4 pm.
In case you did not know, Spartanburg County Public Libraries offer multiple story times at all their locations. They also offer Honey Bears, which is a special sensory learning story time on the first Saturday of each month at Headquarters Library. These events are always free and are great for kids. You can check out our calendar to see all the options.
The local libraries do not just host story times; they also offer several different Lego themed events. Take your kids to see LEGO Movie 2 at Inman Library on May 13th, 2019 at 3:30 pm or LEGO Build and Watch: The Batman Movie at Cyrill-Westside Library on May 23rd, 2019 at 6:30 pm.
Don’t forget to sign yourself and your children up for Summer Reading! Summer at the libraries begins as soon ends. The libraries are hosting multiple Summer Reading Sign-Up Events at the end of May.
Parent’s Night Out
For parents who need a little time to themselves, Hearts of Clay offers an opportunity for you to have some alone time while they host a Kids Night Out on May 3rd, 2019 from 6 pm – 8 pm. Drop the kids off for a special Kids Night Out creating a unicorn plate and where they will be fed dinner. It costs $25 per child.
You can also enjoy a Parent’s Night Out hosted by Pump It Up on May 31st, 2019 from 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm. Drop the kids (ages 3-12) off for jump time, pizza dinner and tons of fun for $15 per child.
Events Worth the Drive
Spend May 4th, 2019 in Falls Park participating all the fun at the Reedy River Duck Derby. Enjoy entertainment, games, food while you watch 10,000 little rubber duckies race down the falls. This event is free.
Artisphere is a massive, outdoor festival that runs through the streets of downtown Greenville over May 10th – 12th, 2019 celebrating art and community with exhibitions, demonstrations, live music and more. Kidsphere is a special part of Artisphere where children can make arts and crafts.
The Cleveland County Strawberry Festival takes place the weekend of May 10th – 11th, 2019. Strawberries, music, contests, children’s rides, and vendors will fill the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. Go hungry!
The fair is coming to Simpsonville! The Fair at Heritage Park will run from May 16th – 26th, 2019 with various daily deals. There is a $7 admission fee (with children 6 years and under free) with additional costs for rides.
One of the many fun things to do over Memorial Day weekend is going to the Greenville Scottish Games at Furman University. This event is perfect for families and even includes a Wee Scotland area just for kids. Cheer for the games, hear the bagpipes and celebrate Scotland!
Baseball fans have multiple chances to cheer on the Greenville Drive in May. Baseball games are fun for families, and Friday evening games include fireworks! Check out our calendar for all the home games in May.
If you have not taken the family to pick strawberries this season yet, you have a terrific opportunity to travel to Bush-N-Vine for Strawberry Saturdays. On Saturdays, you can pick your own strawberries, listen to live music, eat from a food truck and more.
Do you know of a fun, family-friendly local event we missed? Let us know in the comments.