Take 5: Upstate’s best fall festivals
Fall is a time for food, festivals and fun! Get the scoop on Fall for Greenville, and learn about some off-the-beaten path events you may enjoy.
Fall for Greenville – No list would be complete without the Upstate’s largest annual free fall festival, which will run Oct. 13 – 15. With 72 bands playing and some of Greenville’s best restaurants showcasing small plates, Fall for Greenville is one big party. Hours are 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday; and noon –7 p.m. Sunday. Visit www.fallforgreenville.net.
Pumpkintown Pumpkin Festival – This country festival in Pickens is like taking a walk back in time. At the foot of Table Rock, pumpkins, crafts and food are celebrated annually on the second Saturday in October (Oct. 14 this year). 5301 Dacusville Hwy, Pickens. Visit http://bit.ly/2ylkgCr or www.visitpickenscounty.com.
Apple Harvest Festival —This festival is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Oct. 21 in Waynesville, North Carolina. Want to enjoy some mountain air and maybe some autumn leaves with your culinary delights? West of Asheville, just minutes from Lake Junaluska, the town of Waynesville celebrates “all things apple”with apple-themed arts and crafts, plus food and music. Visit Haywoodapplefest.com.
Greer Oktoberfest — This favorite festival is noon – 10 p.m. Oct. 21. How does Bavarian white sausages or black forest cake sound? Try spätzle or a pretzel, bratwurst or knackwurst. And of course, there’s the beer! Art vendors, music and dancing are more features of this family-friendly event. Visit greerchamber.com/events/greer-station-oktoberfest.
Walhalla Oktoberfest – If one day of Oktoberfest isn’t enough, head to Walhalla where it lasts all weekend, starting Friday night, continuing all day Saturday and into Sunday afternoon. In addition to traditional German fare and culture, festival-goers will find carnival rides and a kids’ craft area. Fireworks add flair at 10 p.m. Saturday night. Visit walhallaoktoberfest.com.