ANNUAL FESTIVALS
Compiled by Spartanburg County Public Libraries

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FAIR ASSOCIATION, PIEDMONT INTERSTATE
Wayne Harmon, CFE, Executive Director
PO Box 4965
Spartanburg, SC  29305
(864)582-7042
EMAIL: piedmontinterstatefair@att.net
INTERNET: www.piedmontinterstatefair.com
DATE OF FESTIVAL: October 10-16, 2011
A week of family fun and entertainment. Fairs have played a leading part in the agricultural, industrial, cultural, and religious life of every civilized nation and have contributed much to their local communities. The grounds and buildings are also available for rent any time except September and October of each year.  Contact office for dates, times, and fees.
FUNDING: Nonprofit organization
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg, Cherokee, Union, and Laurens Counties in South Carolina and  Polk and Rutherford Counties in North Carolina
Date of Last Update: 20110912

FREEDOM WEEKEND ALOFT
Keri Hall or Cindy Nelson
419 SE Main Street, Suite 400
Simpsonville, SC  29681
(864)228-0025 ; FAX: (864)228-0051
EMAIL: info@freedomweekend.org
INTERNET: www.freedomweekend.org
Freedom Weekend Aloft, May 25-28, 2012, is an annual Memorial Day Weekend festival held at the Heritage Park in Simpsonville (Greenville County) that features 80 hot air balloons, concerts, food, interactive sponsor displays, amusement rides, frisbee dog competition, Kid Zone, Field Day, Bike Ride, baseball, lacrosse, runs, patriotic programs, and more. The purpose of this event is to raise money for charity, while raising awareness for fun, healthy, lifestyles.. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the event.
AREA SERVED: Upstate South Carolina, Northeastern Georgia, Southwestern North Carolina
Date of Last Update: 20111221

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL
Jane H. Warner
City of Spartanburg
PO Box 1749
Spartanburg, SC  29304
(864)596-9676
EMAIL: jwarner@cityofspartanburg.org
INTERNET: www.spartanburginternationalfestival.com
DATE OF FESTIVAL: First Saturday in October
FEES: Free, Food & beverage for sale
The International Festival is held the first Saturday in October at Spartanburg's Downtown Barnet Park. With over 40 nations represented, the festival allows a unique exchange of international cultures to be experienced, understood, and enjoyed. It is an opportunity to sample cultures and cuisines from around the world and an educational experience for children, with international entertainment.
FUNDING: Private and public
PARENT AGENCY: City of Spartanburg
ALTERNATE CONTACTS: Mandy Merck; Darryl Goodwin, (864)596-3100
AREA SERVED: Upstate of South Carolina
Date of Last Update: 20100820

JAZZ ON THE SQUARE
Jane Warner
PO Box 1749
Spartanburg, SC  29304
STREET ADDRESS: 100 North Liberty Street
(864)596-2976 ; FAX: (864)562-4049
INTERNET: www.cityofspartanburg.org
DATE OF EVENT: April, May; September and October from 5:30-7:30 pm at Morgan Square
FEES: None, Beverages for sale
Jazz on the Square is an after-work social gathering featuring live jazz bands with refreshments offered for sale.
FUNDING: Public and Corporate
PARENT AGENCY: The City of Spartanburg
ALTERNATE CONTACTS: Mandy Merck; Darryl Goodwin, (864)596-3100
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg County
Date of Last Update: 20111027

MUSIC ON MAIN
Jane Hughes Warner
City of Spartanburg
PO Box 1749
Spartanburg, SC  29304
(864)596-2976; (864)596-3613
EMAIL: jwarner@cityofspartanburg.org
INTERNET: www.musiconmain.com
DATE OF FESTIVAL: Every Thursday, 6-9 pm, April-August
FEES: None
Music on Main is an after-work community-wide social gathering featuring live bands, food and refreshments on Main Street at Denny's Plaza. This free event draws a broad cross-section of the greater Spartanburg community, and the entertainment line-up is as diverse as the audience.
FUNDING: Business sponsorships; Beverage sales
PARENT AGENCY: The City of Spartanburg
ALTERNATE CONTACTS: Darryl Goodwin, (864)596-3100
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg
Date of Last Update: 20111027

PEACH FESTIVAL, SOUTH CAROLINA
Bobby Beattie
PO Box 549
Gaffney, SC  29342
(864)489-3313
EMAIL: bobby.beattie@att.net
INTERNET: www.scpeachfestival.org
Date of Event: July 14-16, 2011
The South Carolina Peach Festival is a multi-day event that attracts thousands of people. The young and young at heart can enjoy our Peach Dessert Contest, Parade, Bar-B-Q Cook-Off, Arts and Crafts, Sporting events and Music near downtown Gaffney.
AREA SERVED: South Carolina and surrounding states
Date of Last Update: 20100223

RED, WHITE AND BOOM
Jane Warner
P.O. Box 1749
Spartanburg, SC 29304
(864)596-2976
EMAIL: jwarner@cityofspartanburg.org
INTERNET: www.cityofspartanburg.org
ADMISSION FEES: Call for admission prices
Red, White, and Boom is now designated as the official 4th of July celebration by the City of Spartanburg. It is held in Barnet Park in downtown Spartanburg.
FUNDING: Private and public
PARENT AGENCY: City of Spartanburg
ALTERNATE CONTACTS: Mandy Merck; Darryl Goodwin, (864)596-3100
AREA SERVED: Spartanburg County and surrounding areas
Date of Last Update: 20111027

SPRING FLING
Jane Hughes Warner
City of Spartanburg
PO Box 1749
Spartanburg, SC  29304
(864)596-2976 ; (864)596-3105
EMAIL: jwarner@cityofspartanburg.org
INTERNET: http://www.cityofspartanburg.org
DATE OF FESTIVAL: First weekend in May
FEES: None
Spartanburg's largest event began in 1978, and has grown into a 3-day annual celebration of community that draws over 100,000 festival-goers from South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.  Food, refreshments,  free live music and other entertainment, arts and crafts, and an extensive interactive children's area all combine to bring downtown Spartanburg alive during the first weekend in May.
FUNDING: Private and Public funding; Corporate sponsorships
PARENT AGENCY: The City of Spartanburg
ALTERNATE CONTACTS: Darryl Goodwin, (864)596-3100
AREA SERVED: Surrounding multi-county and Tri-State area
Date of Last Update: 20111027

STONE SOUP STORYTELLING INSTITUTE
Karyn Page-Davies
PO Box 171
Woodruff, SC  29388
(864)476-8770
EMAIL: stonesoupkp@aol.com
INTERNET: www.stonesoupsc.com
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DATE OF EVENT: In April each year
ADMISSION FEES: Information will be posted on our website or contact Woodruff Library (864)476-8770
Mission: to promote and enhance the historical tradition of storytelling.  Vision: to develop an educational and cultural venue to enable individuals to express the historical tradition of storytelling through the "oral tradition", art, dance, music, creative writing and technology. The Stone Soup Storytelling Institute presents a festival each year.  The Stone Soup Storytelling Festival is designated by the General Assembly as the official storytelling festival of South Carolina and is held in Woodruff, SC, usually in the month of April.  The festival showcases a diverse collection of storytellers of national and regional and local acclaim, interspersed with other artistic expression. Other activities include, the "Kate Barry, She's a Revolutionary" 5k run and "Jimmie's Creek" cycling events.
AREA SERVED: South Carolina and the Southeast
Date of Last Update: 20111128

TASTE OF AFRICA FESTIVAL
Sylglenda Saziru, Executive Director
PO Box 29
Clifton, SC  29324
STREET ADDRESS: 199 Dobson Heights Road, Spartanburg, SC 29307
(864)463-4867; (864)497-3271
EMAIL: johnsmithhill@yahoo.com
INTERNET: www.johnsmithhill.org
DATE OF FESTIVAL: Festival held annually at The Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, the 3rd Saturday in October
FEES: $10.00
An open market full of authentic exhibitions of dance, music, visual arts, literature, food, and culture. Event is coordinated by the Cross Cultural Institute of America.
FUNDING: Donations; Small grants
PARENT AGENCY: Cross Cultural Institute of America
AREA SERVED: Charlotte, Spartanburg and Greenville Counties
Date of Last Update: 20111107

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