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 to keep you busy through the month. Guaranteed to be an exciting month, your hardest decision will be deciding which events to attend. See our list of events in the area below.
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 13th. There are several events around the area that focus on this special holiday.
Hearts of Clay is hosting a Mother-Daughter Tea Party on May 6, 2018 at 2 pm. They will get to paint teacups and enjoy tea and treats. Additionally, Hearts of Clay is hosting a Mother-Son Date Night on May 19, 2018 at 6:30 pm.
Woodruff Library is hosting a Mother’s Day Craft Night on May 8th, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Supplies will be provided.
If you are looking for activities where children can make something special for a Mother’s Day gift, you have several options. Michael’s will offer two craft May Kids Club sessions for gifts for moms. On May 5th from 10 am – 12 pm, kids can be a Mother’s Day card. On May 12th from 10 am-12 pm, guests will be making a special flower bouquet for mom.
On Mother’s Day, all moms can visit the Greenville Zoo for free (with a paying child).
The Greer Family Fest (May 4th – 6th) 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 your family and your fishing rods to Croft State Park’s annual Fishing 4 Fun event on May 5th from 8:00 am-2: 00 pm. It is $2 for adults with children under 15 free. There will be lunch for the kids.
Mayfest will be May 12th from 10 am – 6 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 12th 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.
Saturday, May 5th, 2018 is Free Comic Book Day. Take your kids to The Tangled Web in Spartanburg to celebrate and get some free comics!
The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Spartanburg is opening on May 19th, 2018 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. There will be FREE admission with food trucks, games, programming, and giveaways on Magnolia Street. There will also be fun activities happening in the museum!
Paddle the Pacolet will be held May 19, 2018 from 9 am – 3:30 pm. This is a family fun event, complete with paddling, live music and BBQ waiting for you at the exit point! You don’t even have to get in the water – you can still come enjoy the music, food and other festivities!
Take in a Spartanburg Little Theatre performance of the musical Guys and Dolls at Chapman Cultural Center in May. It is being performed May 4th – 13th.
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.
If your family has not visited Big Air Trampoline Park, you need to add it to your May calendar. In addition to regular jump hours, they also feature Cosmic Nights each Friday and Saturday night from 8 pm – 11 pm and weekly Toddler Time on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
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 Ms. Baba’s 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 family to Family Game Night at the Cyrill-Westside Library on May 17th from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm or to a Lego Block Party at the Cyrill-Westside Library on May 14th from 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm or Saturday, May 26th from 10:30 am – 11:30 am.
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.
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 4th from 6 pm – 8 pm. Drop the kids off for a special Kids Night Out creating a special Mother’s Day masterpiece 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 25th 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
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.
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley will be running through the beginning of April 28th – May 6th, 2018 at the Peace Center’s Gunther Theatre. You won’t want to miss all the whimsical, musical fun!
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 their full May schedule.
Spend May 5th 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 11th – 13th 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 11th – 12th. 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 17th – 27th 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!
Do you know of a fun, family-friendly local event we missed? Let us know in the comments.