When living in a town like Greenville, something is always happening. The city hosts a slew of fun events and festivals throughout the year that support the arts and local charities, entertain with local musical acts, and provide plenty of great food. Best of all is that many of the unique and annual events in Greenville are free and family-friendly.
Downtown Greenville Holiday Happening
Every December, Downtown Greenville completely transforms Main Street into a fun, family-friendly holiday destination. Holiday Happening is a grassroots effort to create a quintessential holiday experience while promoting patronage of Downtown Greenville’s shops, restaurants, and other businesses. The streets are also filled with entertainment provided by local musicians.
Nothing says “spring” quite like an outdoor arts street festival. Artisphere is a free, three-day art festival that showcases the talents of local and regional artists. Hundreds of artists descend upon Main Street, selling everything from ceramics, to drawings, to jewelry, to paintings, and so much more in an open-air setting. When the sun goes down, concerts are held at the main stage. Artisphere also hosts children’s activities.
Fall for Greenville
Fall for Greenville is one of the Southeast’s biggest free food and music festivals. If you like food and music, this is the festival for you. More than 40 restaurants and 60 musical acts participate. Spend the day walking along Main Street, sampling an array of foods, and stay for the music. Local, regional, and national acts perform over the course of the three-day festival held in October. Grab a craft brew at the festival’s Beer Garden, or visit the Wine Garden to sample a variety of wines. Broad Street completely transforms into a full-blown carnival with rides and activities for kids of all ages, including a fun house, a rock wall, and a merry go round.
Roper Mountain Holiday Lights
Starting on Thanksgiving Day and running until the end of the year, Roper Mountain Holiday Lights is a true winter wonderland perfect for people of all ages. For more than 20 years, the holiday lights display has been getting families into the holiday spirit. Walk through beautifully lit trails, meet Santa Claus, and enjoy some snacks and hot cocoa. On certain evenings the lights festival offers performances by local school groups, and they also have special pet-friendly nights. You can also drive through larger light displays, like Candy Cane Lane and the Caterpillar, among others.
Project Host BBQ Cook-Off & Festival
Every April, Project Host Soup Kitchen & Culinary School hosts a barbecue cook-off in conjunction with the City of Greenville and the South Carolina BBQ Association. Highlights of the two-day barbecue festival include the People’s Choice Chicken Wing Competition and the Barbecue and Rib Contest. Admission to the festival is free, but tickets are required to purchase food and beverages. Proceeds from the festival support Project Host and its programs, including the soup kitchen, culinary program, and catering company.