There are several festivals going on this weekend around the Upstate—and they are so varied that there’s bound to be one for everyone! From beer to BBQ, cycling to high-end automobiles, pick your festival and go enjoy this fall weekend.
Walhalla Oktoberfest: From Friday to Sunday, Walhalla merchants and other local vendors will have crafts and food for sale for festival goers on Main Street, and on Sertoma Field, there will be music and rides as well as vendors.
EURO Auto Festival: If you’re into cars, head over to the Preserve at Verdae, where rare and familiar cars will be on display—and while you’re there, you can sample European food and culture and bring home some automotive-related souvenirs.
Gran Fondo Greenville Family Fun Festival: This weekend is the Gran Fondo Hincapie in Greenville, with both local and celebrity cyclists—but if you’re not riding, you can still join the fun with free food, drinks, music, and festivities at George Hincapie’s Hotel Domestique in Travelers Rest. Bring the kids with their bikes for children’s bike races!
Hogs & Hens BBQ Festival: The Hogs & Hens festival has been bringing visitors to Abbeville since 2013—with craft vendors, a kids zone, all-day music line-up, a petting zoo, and, of course, some amazing BBQ.
Pacolet Indian Summer Festival: A car show, performances by local school choruses and groups, children’s rides, along with plenty of craft and food vendors.
The NESS Fest: If funnel cake and festival food are not your thing, check out the health and lifestyle festival at Fluor Field, featuring workout classes, cooking demonstrations, activities for kids, and much more—all to promote wellNESS, goodNESS, fitNESS and wholeNESS.
Middle Eastern Food Festival: The St. Rafka Maronite Church in Greer is going to be serving up delicious Middle Eastern dishes all day to benefit the church. If you’ve got a hankering for some falafel, baba ghanoush, or tabbouleh—or if you’ve never tasted those things and want to try them, this is the festival for you!
Hub City Brew Fest: A $35 ticket gets you samples of 75 beers and ciders (please drink responsibly!) as well as live music and activities. There will also be food trucks and vendors on site. The event is to raise money for a multi-use bike park in downtown Spartanburg—the Bike Park at the Rail Yard.
And one more, for good measure. This is happening next weekend, not this one, but when there is such a thing as a Bigfoot Festival, you need to know about it! For hardcore believers and sasquatch skeptics alike, this Bigfoot-themed festival in Westminster is not to be missed.