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.
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.
Children are invited to Story Time with Cinderella on Fridays in September 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 7th, 2019 at 9:00 am and 11:00 am. A delicious breakfast will be served and guests will get to meet an array of princesses.
Teens are invited to a Pokemon Cosplay Workshop at Headquarters Library on September 26th, 2019 at 4:30 pm. This is a free event.
Children and adults that love Thomas the Train can visit the N.C. Transportation 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 September 27th – 29th, 2019.
Craft and Art Fun
The Indie Craft Parade Makers’ Market is taking place at Furman University on September 14th – 15th, 2019. $6 admission fee.
Weekends offer many opportunities for your children to use their artistic skills and creativity. On September 7th, 2019, children can visit Home Depot Kids Workshop to build and paint a scarecrow planter.
Michael’s host a Fall Maker Fest: Make Break on September 28th, 2019 from 11 am – 2 pm. Buy the craft pumpkin. Supplies to decorate will be provided. Kids can make a clay pot scarecrow for free!
If you are looking for more crafting fun, check out the following free Spartanburg County Public Library events:
Fall Into Crafting at Cowpens Library on September 3rd, 2019 at 4 pm. Children K5-4th grade will make a fall wreath.
Evening of Fun: Ease Back Into School Crafts at Cyrill-Westside Library on September 5th, 2019 at 6 pm.
Mini Makers Morning Out at Headquarters Library on September 7th, 2019 at 11 am. Kids 7 – 10 years old can make a DIY felt mask.
South Carolina’s Children’s Theatre is performing Ella Enchanted: The Musical throughout the month at Peace Center’s Gunther Theater. Tickets range from $19 – $28.
More Local Fun
St. James UMC Fall Festival, on September 7th, 2019 from 7 am – 1 pm, is a daylong event which kicks off with a HUGE yard sale in the gym opening at 7 a.m. Sausage biscuits, donuts, coffee, and other drinks will be available to purchase for those waiting in line.
Spartanburg’s Oktoberfest, SpartOberfest, takes place September 12th – 14th, 2019 at Jesus, Our Risen Savior Catholic Church. Enjoy live music, food, a Christmas market, and a kid’s zone.
Hogback Mountain Day on September 14th, 2019 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.
Head to Cowpens National Battlefield for Living History Weekend on September 14th – 15th, 2019 which includes weapon firing demonstrations.
Sensory Playtime at Cyrill-Westside Library on September 16th, 2019 at 11 am is specially designed sensory-based play for children under 5.
The annual Spartanburg Greek Festival returns to St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church September 19th – 22nd, 2019 giving families an opportunity to experience Greek culture – the food, the music, the dancing, and more!
Sensory Friendly Museum Day at TCMU-Spartanburg on September 21st, 2019 from 9 am – 12 pm is designed for children with special sensory needs.
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 28th, 2019 for free!
Inman Harvest Day is held on September 28th, 2019 in Downtown Inman. There will be arts, crafts, food vendors, children’s activities, live entertainment, and more.
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!
Euphoria is a food, wine and music festival in downtown Greenville taking place September 19th – 22nd, 2019.
South Greenville Fair on September 20th – 21st, 2019 is an antique engine & tractor show, farm show, art show, and flower show at Simpsonville City Park.
Southern Jeep Festival, a family-friendly three day weekend, will take place September 27th – 29th, 2019. This event is centered around Jeeps, outdoors, off roading and charity, the Shriners Hospital for Children and will have over 10 inflatables, a Jeep show, and live entertainment.
This month’s Upcountry History Museum Family Day on September 28th, 2019 from 10 am – 2 pm celebrates the conclusion of the Down the Rabbit Hole: Imagining Alice’s Wonderland exhibit.
Fun for Readers
Wild for Reading Wednesdays takes place each Wednesday at Greenville Zoo at 2:30 pm. Head to the farmland exhibit for storytime!
Storytime & Breakfast with Cat in the Hat at Barnes and Noble on September 7th, 2019 at 11 am.
Fun for Teens & Tweens
Teen Pizza Party at Cowpens Library on September 5th, 2019 at 3 pm. Enjoy some pizza and play some trivia.
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 21st, 2019.
Tween Scene: Extreme Musical Chairs on September 24th, 2019 at 7 pm at Headquarters Library (for tweens 10 – 12 years old).
Fun for Parents
Pump It Up offers a paid Parents Night Out for children on September 30th, 2019. 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.