October is the prime season for festivals and that’s the perfect chance to start some new traditions and make family memories. Choose a few throughout the month, take lots of photos and celebrate the season together.

Greenville’s NOMA Square will once again play host to Oktoberfest, 5 – 9 p.m. Oct. 4 and 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Oct. 5 and 6. And though there will be plenty of German beer for the grownups, kids won’t be left out of the action. In addition to live music and lots of German food (including a bratwurst eating contest), those in attendance can play corn hole or giant Jenga, do the chicken dance and more. For details, visit

Travel the world 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Oct. 6 at Spartanburg’s International Festival at Barnet Park. This year, the focus is on the Philippines. Get your passport stamped as you travel the Avenue of Nations and experience food and handcrafted items from around the world. Children get their own spot at the International Kids’ Zone, where they can make crafts while learning. They can also learn to play sports from other countries at the Global Sports Zone. Admission is free. For details, visit

Add some learning to your fall adventures at FestiFall, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 6 and 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Oct. 7 at Walnut Grove Plantation in Roebuck. The festival commemorates the American Revolution and includes colonial lifestyle and battle demonstrations, local battle reenactments, live music and family activities. Bubba’s Barbecue will be available from 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Admission is $12 each for adults, $8 each for ages 2 – 12. Active duty military and college student discounts are available with valid ID. Passes and coupons are not valid at Walnut Grove special events. Credit cards are accepted for admission and concessions, but cash may be required for purchases of handmade goods and wares from reenactors. For details, visit

The 35th Annual Aunt Het Fall Festival is 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 6 in downtown Fountain Inn. Kick off your fall season with arts from local vendors, rides and inflatables for the kids, live music, a classic car show, a soap box derby, food trucks and more. Details will be updated on the Fountain Inn Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page. For more information, visit

It’s year 149 for the South Carolina State Fair, and this year’s theme is Homegrown Fun. The fun begins Oct. 10 and continues through Oct. 21 at the State Fairgrounds in Columbia. The fair includes something for nearly everyone, from concerts to rides to artisan competitions – and even roaming dinosaurs. If you are just showing up for the outrageously creative fair food, you won’t be disappointed. New food choices this year include a red beans and rice sundae, a Frito chili cheese burger and maple syrup cotton candy. Discount tickets are available online through Oct. 9. For details, entertainment schedules, promotions and more, visit

Greenville will host visitors from across the country for the annual Fall for Greenville Oct. 12 – 14 on Main Street and downtown, a showcase of food, music and everything that makes the city special. The variety of food and music is impressive and is enough to bring visitors back for multiple days. Kids will find plenty of treats and fun, too. Don’t miss the children’s area on Broad Street, which be home to lots of rides and activities. Check online for a full list of menus, culinary demonstrations, competitions and more. Taste tickets are the currency for children’s activities and food. Admission is free. Skip the line by buying taste tickets in advance. For details, visit

Head to the mountains for a delightful – and non-scary – Halloween festival: Pumpkin Fest at Silvermont Park in Brevard, North Carolina, 7 – 9 p.m. Oct. 12 – 13, 19 – 20 and 26 – 27. Previously known as Pumpkin Patch and Revenge of the White Squirrels, this event includes a display of lighted, carved pumpkins in multiple scenes along a half-mile, accessible trail, as well as food trucks and music. Community actors will visit in Halloween costume to help entertain visitors. Small wooden white squirrels are hidden along the path to provide a scavenger hunt for children. The youngest visitors will also enjoy storytelling, a photo opportunity with the white squirrel, coloring pumpkins and outdoor games. While you’re there, visit the historic Silvermont Mansion and see the recently refurbished first floor. Remember to bring your own flashlight for the trail. Admission is $5 each. For more information, visit, or

Closer to home, the annual Pumpkintown Pumpkin Festival will be held Oct. 13 at the Oolenoy Community Building, 5301 Dacusville Highway, Pickens. The daylong event features live music, festival food, hand-crafted items for sale, children’s activities and a parade. For more details, visit

More to check out:

Fall Festival and Corn Maze at Denver Downs Farm weekends through Nov. 4, including an Oct. 12 concert by Scotty McCreery:

Fall Fun at Fisher’s Orchard, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays in October:

Pumpkin patch, hay rides, corn maze, pedal cars and more at Johnson Farms:

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