As temperatures in the Carolinas slowly drop and leaves turn fiery hues, Greenville food, fun and fashion also transitions to include autumn favorites. A wide range of fall festivities include music, markets, hikes, mazes, pumpkins, seasonal menus and brews — and maybe even a few boos!
Whether you’re looking for a night out or some family fun, Greenville Journal’s got you covered. Before decorating your Christmas tree, be sure to check out our list of fall favorites. Tag @gvljournal in all of your autumn adventure photos.
Fall for Greenville is the city’s longest-running street festival and the Southeast’s most popular outdoor festival. From Oct. 10-13, downtown Greenville becomes a one-stop-shop for food, music and family fun, and we have compiled everything you need to know to experience the festival with ease.
Dates & Times
- Kick-Off Concert: Oct. 10 from 6 p.m. – 10 p.m.
- Regular festival hours: Oct. 11 from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. / Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. / Oct. 13 from 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
What to do
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- Over 40 restaurants featuring over 200 menu items. Sample bites from your favorite restaurants and try some new ones with everything from downtown staples like Husk to Greenville classics like India Palace Restaurant.
Beer & Wine
- The Carolina Ale House Beer Garden features craft beer from 26 breweries with 50 different selections.
- For wine lovers, stop by the Total Wine Tasting Experience (intersection of Broad & Main streets) and the Revolution Wine Stations
- Seven stages with 60 musical acts with genres ranging from county to soul to jam rock.
- Check out local favorites like Darby Wilcox and the Peep Show (Oct. 6 at 6 p.m. at the CPI Security Stage) and festival scene favorites like Moon Taxi (Oct. 7 at 5:30 p.m. at the Carolina Chevy Stage)
- The Shipt Kids’ Area (East Broad Street) has a fun slide, swings, toddler town, and more.
- Watch local and regional chefs showcase their skills. Don’t miss the Butter It Up! Media Butter Sculpting Challenge at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3.
- Watch restaurants go head-to-head with tent-decorating challenges and cooking competitions include “best dessert.”
- Festival entry is free
- “Taste Tickets” for food, beverages and rides are sold in sheets of 10 for $5. Approximate # of tickets needed per item/ride: food for 3-10; beer for 8-10; wine for 10-12; Pepsi products 4; kids’ rides 3-9.
- Cash and credit cards are accepted for Taste Tickets and wristbands at all ticket booths
- To avoid lines, buy tickets online at net/35/Taste-Tickets.
- All city-owned garages have a special event rate of $6
- Parking prices for privately-owned lots vary
- More than $680,000 to local charities in the past 15 years
- More than 2,000 volunteers keep the festival running smoothly
Festival sponsor Bank of America has donated more than $45,000 through the Fall for Giving Grant Program to local charities like Gateway House and The Salvation Army.
Americans have an affinity for cultural celebrations — especially if beer is involved. Enter Oktoberfest. Greenville has plenty of breweries and biergartens to celebrate. Below is a list of a few venues with a description of their festivities, starting with two German-owned restaurants.
Hans & Franz Biergarten Oktoberfest @ 3124 S. Highway 14
Oct. 1-Oct. 12
- Hans & Franz Biergarten has two Oktoberfest events: a ceremonial Oktoberfest keg opening kicking off the official event with a wooden keg from Germany and their annual Oktoberfest celebration that includes an oompah band.
Oktoberfest Noma Square @ 220 N. Main Street
Oct. 3, 5 – 9 p.m. / Oct 4., 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. / Oct. 5, 11 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- NOMA Square will be transformed into a Bavarian Biergarten during a free three-day community celebration.
- The event features delicious German food; brews from Paulaner; live music (Holzhacken Tyrolean Band, Foothills Oompah Band & The Channelheimers); and games
- Event proceeds benefit the Community Foundation of Greenville
Greenbrier Farms @ 766 Hester Road, Easley
Oct. 24, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
- An annual food and drink festival featuring local chefs, brewers, roasters, cheesemakers and live music. Proceeds benefit Project Host, a local charity with a mission to feed and employ those in need.
- Tickets: $95/person
Skunk Farm @ 4063 Jordan Road, Greer
Oct. 3 – 5
- Twice annual festival that combines unique music and camping in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. This family-friendly festival includes art, a playground and nature trails for kids.
- Fall lineup: Tim O’Brien Band, Larry Keel Experience, Lindsay Lou and more
- Tickets: $45/single day – $148/3-day pass
Trailblazer Park @ 235 Trailblazer Drive, Travelers Rest
Every Thursday in Oct., 5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
- Enjoy the farmers market, food trucks, arts, crafts and bluegrass music.
- Music lineup: Oct. 4 – Electric City Blue / Oct. 11 – Tugalo Holler / Oct. 18 – The Breakaways / Oct. 25 – Grassbackerds
- Free to attend
Flour Field @ 216 Industrial Drive, Greenville
Oct. 19-20, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
- A two-day health and lifestyle festival with the mission of bringing the community together for a happier, healthier Greenville.
- Check out the more than 50 classes offered each day from yoga and kickboxing to panels and discussions.
- Tickets: $25-$85
Autumn’s cooler temperatures mean boot and scarf weather is around the corner. To get the edge on the season’s new trends, check out some offerings from these Greenville boutiques.
Augusta Twenty @ 20 Augusta Street
- The latest arrivals include neutral wool sweaters, lots of plaid and other prints.
- Jeans have frayed edges and more tailored fits than the straight legs of previous seasons. Tailoring also carries over into the workwear trend — fitted but casual blazers, trousers and jackets.
- Animal prints are strong and prevalent, especially with jackets.
- New brands at Augusta Twenty include Naadam, Archipel and Bembien.
Blossom Shoes & Such @ 644 N. Main Street
- Animal prints are one of the top styles of the season — especially snake, according to boutique owner Kimberly Stephens.
- Shoppers will find combat boots, block heel shoes and wedge sneakers.
- White is much more common this year with shoppers incorporating it into an edgy combat look.
- Black and neutral tones are popular.
- Statement earrings and more neutral-tone, stackable bracelets are popular.
- Other popular accessories include belt bags, backpacks and headbands.
Rockerbelles @ 1256 Pendleton Street
- Faux leather, vegan leather and camo jackets will be popular.
- Sweaters with details like studs and zippers and distressed sweaters.
- All items priced under $100 with a plus-sized section and a men’s section.
FOOD & DRINK
To dine on the best locally-sourced seasonal produce, visit any of these local restaurants.
Sidewall Pizza @ 35 S. Main Street, Travelers Rest / 99 Cleveland Street, Greenville / 3598 Pelham Road, Greenville / 1066 Tiger Boulevard, Clemson
- Seasonal items include: Pizza (roasted shaved Brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, blue cheese) – $17 / and Roasted Salad (roasted shaved Brussels sprouts, roasted butternut squash, blue cheese, kale and roasted garlic dressing) – $7/$14
Husk @ 722 S. Main Street, Greenville
- Menu items are always locally sourced and change daily. Local providers include Reedy River Farms in Greenville, Cedar Creek Mountain Farm in Sunset and Growing Green Farms in Anderson.
Anchorage @ 586 Perry Avenue
- The restaurant’s own Horseshoe Farm supplies around 80% of the vegetables served in the restaurant. The dinner menu is updated weekly.
Oak Hill Café @ 2510 Poinsett Highway
- The restaurant is passionate about using hyperlocal ingredients – often sourced from The Farm at Oak Hill which includes a mushroom farm and fresh produce.
Swamp Rabbit Café & Grocery @ 205 Cedar Lane Road, Greenville
- Their vision is to help small, local farmers thrive. The grocery store, café, bakery, pizza restaurant, butchery and cooking classes used local, seasonal ingredients.
Most local farmers markets wrap up the season in late October, so stock up on those fall fruits and veggies while you can.
Autumn Harvest @ TD Saturday Market / E. McBee and S. Main streets
Through Oct. 26, 8 a.m. – noon
- Autumn Harvest – held the last day of this year’s market – offers an assortment of seasonal produce, gourmet foods and colorful flowers from over 40 different market vendors.
Greenville State Farmers Market @ 1354 Rutherford Road
Open year-round, Mon-Sat, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
- Retail vendors sell seasonal produce and plants
- Check out the seasonal event, Autumn Fest on Sept. 27-28 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. to find the best seasonal plants, pumpkins and other horticultural and agricultural products. Admission and parking are offered free of charge.
Apple Festival at Travelers Rest Farmers Market / 235 Trailblazer Drive,
Sept. 28, 8:30 a.m. – noon
- Cap off the TR Farmers Market season with this signature event
Greer Farmers Market @ 301 E. Poinsett Street, Greer
Through Oct. 26, Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. – noon
- Features a large variety of freshly harvested produce, cheeses, pastured meats, pottery, wood crafts, handmade jewelry and more
TOMATO VINE @ 4120 Old Buncombe Road
Year-round, Mon-Sat, 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. / Sun., 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
- Sells seasonal fruits and vegetables from local farmers. Breads, honey and preserves are available, too.
FOR THE FAMILY
Leaves changing color
Experts agree the first week of November is the peak time to catch the most brilliant fall foliage in the Upstate. Here are some leaf-viewing options:
- Use South Carolina State Parks’ website, southcarolinaparks.com, to plan your trip. The site gives weekly updates about the status of fall foliage. These state parks are listing as prime viewing locations: Caesars Head; Devils Fork; Jones Gap; Keowee-Toxaway; Musgrove Mill; Paris Mountain; and Table Rock.
Here are some great options that are all less than a two-hour drive from Greenville.
Sky Top Orchard @ 3403 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock, N.C.
- Kids will also love the farm animals, wagon rides and apple cider donuts
Granddad’s Apples ‘N Such @ 2951 Chimney Rock Road, Hendersonville, N.C.
- Besides apple picking, there’s a pumpkin patch, corn maze, farm store and more
Chattooga Belle Farm @ 454 Damascus Church Road, Long Creek
- Stay overnight in the farm’s cabins and enjoy some extra curriculars like disc golf
Bryson’s Apple Orchard @ 1011 Chattooga Ridge Road, Mountain Rest
- The orchard is just a few miles away from the Chattooga River with lots of hiking
Justus Apple Orchard @ 187 Garren Rd, Hendersonville, N.C.
- The fifth generation of the Justus family is now an active part of Justus Orchard.
Boo in the Zoo @ The Greenville Zoo, 150 Cleveland Park Drive
Oct. 18-20, 25-27, Fri. 5:30-8:30 p.m., Sat./Sun. 4-8 p.m.
- Greenville’s signature Halloween event will feature 20 trick-or-treat stations, a fun house and more
- Tickets: free for member adults / $8 for member trick-or-treaters / $6 for non-member adults / $9 for non-member trick-or-treaters / free for ages 0-2
Various libraries, Oct. 25-31
- Children are invited to wear their costume for the library’s Halloween festivities.
- For locations and hours go to http://millennium.greenvillelibrary.org/iii/calendar
Fall Night Hike @ Lake Conestee Nature Park, 601 Fork Shoals Road
Oct. 26, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
- Hike with the Lake Conestee Nature Park educators and get educated on all sorts of nocturnal wildlife and explore your senses with fun activities.
- Tickets: $10/person