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Festival season is in full bloom in the Upstate showcasing everything from collard greens to classic cars

It’s festival season in South Carolina and the Upstate is in full bloom with festivities showcasing everything from flowers and fruit to cars and chili cookoffs.

Here’s a list of upcoming Upstate festivals:

Come-See-Me Festival, Rock Hill SC – April 16 – 24
The City of Rock Hill invites you to this spring celebration with more than 60 different events, including a downtown beach dance, jazz night, gourmet gardens, concerts, sports events, events for children, music in the park, tailgating and fireworks display. For more information, visit comeseeme.org.

South Carolina Strawberry Festival, Fort Mill SC – April 23 – May 1
The South Carolina Strawberry Festival is a regional celebration of spring in the Town of Fort Mil. From the annual Strawberry Pageant and golf tournament to new additions such as a 5K race and music and movie night, the Town plans to offer the same fun, family-friendly atmosphere as previous years with a socially distanced twist. For more information, visit scstrawberryfestival.com.

Abbeville Spring Festival, Abbeville SC – April 29 – May 1
An award-winning event featuring live entertainment, art flower shows, antique car and collector show, craft vendors, amusement rides, evening street dances, food vendors and much more. Click HERE for more information.

Artisphere, Greenville SC – May 7 – 9
One of the largest arts festivals in South Carolina, Artisphere features 100 artists from across the nation exhibiting everything from abstract paintings and photographs to 3D media to live music and art performances. For more information, visit artisphere.org.

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Mac Arnold Cornbread & Collard Greens Blues Festival, Fountain Inn – May 8
The City of Fountain Inn is hosting this 15th annual event from 4-10 pm at 110 Depot Street. Enjoy live music by the Sóng Band, Zataban, Jamie Wright and Dr. Mac Arnold’s Blues. A variety of will be a variety of food trucks will be on-site including Daddy’s Cookout, Southern Smoke BBQ, Chef on the Run LLC and Chocolate Artworks. For more information, click HERE.

Spring Express & Car Show, Iva SC – May 15

This festival features food, arts and crafts, rides for kids and a classic car show with about 150 vintage vehicles in downtown Iva from 9 am – 4 pm. Vendors may exhibit at no charge. Call (864) 348-6192.

South Carolina Chili Cook-off Championship, Belton SC – May 15 – 16
The South Carolina Chili Cook-off is a family-friendly event that qualifies the South Carolina contender for the International Chili Society’s World Finals. The cook-off includes live entertainment, children’s activities, arts and crafts vendors, special exhibits and chili tasting. For more information, visit SCChiliCookoff.com.

Plum Hollow Festival, Campobello, SC – May 27 – 29
This festival is dedicated to the innovations made by creative artists breaking new ground with old music. Ticket prices include camping, parking and all concerts. Tickets may be purchased at the gate only. For more information, visit moonshiners.com.

Greenville Scottish Games, Greenville SC – May 29
Held at Furman University, Greenville Scottish Games brings together generations and cultures in a celebration that embraces the complete complement of traditional Scottish Highland games. You’ll enjoy cultural educational events, sanctioned competitions, and a wide range of family entertainment. For more information, visit gallabrae.com.

South Carolina Festival of Flowers, Greenwood SC – June 11 – 13
The George W. Park Seed Company’s famous Trail Gardens, featuring 1500 varieties of annuals, perennials and vegetables. Tour the private gardens of local residents, or visit the craft, art and photo shows. For more information, visit scfestivalofflowers.org.

South Carolina Sunflower Festival, Anderson SC – June 19-20 & June 26-27
Denver Downs Farm is hosting the South Carolina Sunflower Festival this summer, with acres of sunflowers and dozens of varieties. Plus, family fun with 30+ attractions, activities and yard games. For more information, visit scsunflowerfestival.com.

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