The 10 Best Fall Festivals in South Carolina!

Fall may be known for its rich autumn foliage, cooler days and nights, and pumpkin-flavored everything, but South Carolinians know that it’s also the beginning of “festival season.” Throughout the Palmetto State you’ll find a festival for just about every occasion during the fall, and if there’s one thing South Carolinians know, it’s how to throw a party. From pumpkins and hayrides to paying homage to German roots, there’s no shortage of fall festivals to delight everyone. Here’s where to find the 10 best fall festivals in South Carolina. 

1. Euphoria, Greenville, SC

One of the most highly acclaimed food festivals in the southeast, Euphoria is heaven for your taste buds. This four-day event is chock full of food and wine tasting events, full dinners, live music, and plenty of entertainment to go around. It’s both appetite and culturally filling, and keeps getting better each year.

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2. Greek Festival, Myrtle Beach, SC

This four-day event is a cultural immersion in Greek cuisine and tradition. Here you can experience some of the best Greek cuisine, along with music, attire, crafts, and authentic Greek beers and wines. Fun for the whole family, this has been one of the Grand Strand’s most beloved events, and is not to be missed.

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3. Fall for Greenville, Greenville, SC

The only downside of this highly anticipated event is that it only happens once per year. Situated on Greenville’s beautiful main street, guests can indulge in a variety of local flavors from area restaurants while they enjoy free live music and all the sights and sounds of the city. This event brings out the best in Greenville and will make you fall in love with the city all over again.

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4. Little River ShrimpFest, Little River, SC

This festival typically sees a turnout of over 22,000 of its closest friends. It’s the prime opportunity to sate your cravings for fine local seafood. They also feature a multitude of family friendly activities, including face painting, balloon artists, stilt walkers, live music, and more than 150 vendors of all sorts and specialties.

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5. South Carolina Pecan Festival, Florence, SC

Is it pe-KAHN or PEE-can? Either way you say it, this festival is full of ‘em! With more than 50,000 attendees each year, the South Carolina Pecan Festival is everything an amazing festival should be. Guests can expect a variety of live music acts, rides, kid’s play area, art demos, car show, cook-off, chalk art, races, and tons more fun. Even if you don’t like pecans, this event is a must-do.

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6. Fall Festival of Houses & Gardens, Beaufort, SC

If you appreciate historical homes, you won’t want to miss the Fall Festival of Houses & Gardens. Attendees get the rare opportunity to tour private homes and gardens not typically open to the public and get a glimpse of culturally significant architecture. You’ll also have the option of enjoy a chef-prepared meal in one of these private kitchens, as well as a private wine tasting in the gardens.

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7. South Carolina Jazz Festival, Cheraw, SC

Happening in the hometown of jazz great Dizzy Gillespie, the South Carolina Jazz Festival takes you on a historical tour of jazz’s roots. Attendees can tour Gillespie’s former home, and experience the joy of jazz throughout the event. Guests also look forward to the Bebop parade, 5K, chalk competition, and other fun events that make this festival nothing short of memorable.

8. Oktoberfest, Walhalla, SC

This little German-inspired town pays tribute to its Bavarian roots in a traditional Oktoberfest celebration. Complete with lederhosen, German dancing, food, music, and beer, this giant weekend-long party is perfect for guests of all ages. There’s even a special section for the kinder lot, including face painting, carnival rides, and arts and crafts. 

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9. Sweet Tea Festival, Summerville, SC

As the south’s staple beverage, sweet tea truly deserves its own celebration, and Summerville has heeded the call. Here you can drink your fill of sweet tea while you make your way around downtown to the beat of live music. There’s also plenty of tasty food options to pair with your beverage, along with arts and crafts vendors that will ensure you won’t leave empty handed.

10. Squealin’ on the Square, Laurens, SC

This festival highlights one of the Palmetto State’s finest culinary talents - barbecue. Each year townspeople and visitors gather on the square to taste the tantalizing flavors of barbecue from contest participants, and settle the great debate of who does barbecue best.

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