Our nearby neighbors are throwing some pretty cool fests that are definitely worth the drive… from Greenville to Summerville there’s pumpkins and pecans and pigs and much more. Have a favorite we forgot? Please add it in the comments below!

Greenville, SC
Thursday, September 19 – 22
The four-day event focuses on food and wine tasting, full meal experiences, live music and entertainment and more.

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Sweet Tea Festival
Saturday, September 21
Sip sweet tea and enjoy live music,, local food, arts and crafts, and more.

Yadkin Valley Pumpkin Festival
Saturday, September 28
Shop antiques, pottery, furnishings and hand-crafted items. Nosh on polish sausage, and pumpkin butter. Don’t miss the Annual Great Pumpkin Weigh Off is a highlight, where local growers test out their best in hopes of being named in the Great Pumpkin Commonwealth Top Ten.

Squealin’ on the Square
Friday, October 4 – 6
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.

Brushy Mountain Apple Festival
North Wilkesboro
Saturday, October 5
More than 425 craft artisans, live music including bluegrass, country and folk, cloggers and square dancers and more.

Saturday, October 5-6
Family-friendly event includes arts and crafts, live music concerts, plenty of food, kids’ play area and an amazing fireworks show on Saturday night.

Autumn Leaves Festival
Mt. Airy
Friday, October 11 – 13
Visit “Mayberry” for the popular Autumn Leaves Festival. Enjoy arts and crafts from more than 200 artisans, don’t miss ham biscuits, collard greens, cornbread and barbecue, live music and more.

Barbecue Festival
Saturday, October 26
More than 400 exhibitors – multiple entertainment stages featuring local and national artists, antique car show, bicycle stunt show, lumberjack sports show and pig races.

Fall for Greenville
Greenville, SC
Friday, October 11 -13
Taking over the main street, visitors can sample food and wine from area restaurants. Live music, rides and more.

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Little River ShrimpFest
Little River, SC
Saturday, October 12 – 13
More shrimp than you can point a stick at plus stilt walkers, live music, and more than 150 vendors.

St. John’s Greek Festival
Myrtle Beach
Thursday, October 17 – 20
This four-day event is a cultural immersion in Greek cuisine, music and traditions.

Friday, October 18 – 20
Don your lederhosen, and do some German dancing, food, music, and beer. Also a kids’ section and carnival rides.

South Carolina Jazz Festival
Friday, October 18 – 20
The South Carolina Jazz Festival takes you on a historical tour of jazz’s roots. Tour Dizzy Gillespie’s former home, see the Bebop parade, run a 5K, and don’t miss the chalk competition.

Fall Festival of Houses & Gardens
Friday, October 25 – 27
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.

South Carolina Pecan Festival
Saturday, November 2
Pe-KAHN or PEE-can? Live music, rides, kids’ zone, art, car show, cook-off, chalk art and more.