Upstate Fall Events Draw Thousands, Boost Local Economy

We are just a days away from the official start of fall, but many are already getting out and enjoying everything the season brings in the Upstate.

Talking to some of the organizers of the Indie Craft Parade, they say they hold their fair here every year in September as the season kicks off. That’s because it’s nice outside, more people are getting out to enjoy the festivals or events and are spending more.

Downtown Greenville was packed Sunday for events like Euphoria and the Indie Craft Parade. Thousands of people are coming to the Upstate from all over the state and even out of state.

Organizers say these types of events boost the Upstate economy tremendously because even if they’re not buying from the events, people are probably spending at upstate businesses around them.

“It’s pretty cool that people are thinking ‘Oh Greenville, that’s an amazing place and I want to be a part of this show,” said Jen Moreau, Indie Craft Parade Organizer. “People are learning about this city and the event at the same time.”

The Indie Craft Parade in Greenville alone drew 7,000 with handmade local crafts. “We have people traveling as far as Chicago and Denver,” Moreau added.

Indie Craft Parade organizers say they hold their festival in September every year. Next year’s event has already been planned for September 16th through the 18th, 2016.

Ian Nigh owns Maritime Supply Company, a small Upstate business that sells handcrafted jewelry for men and women. He says even if some don’t buy from the festivals money is likely still going to surrounding businesses getting the boost they need.

“It’s a great advertisement. People get to meet people behind the brand. It is super important,” Nigh said. “Such a tightly knit community, Small businesses are a huge part of what makes Greenville, Greenville.”

There’s still a lot to do this season in the upstate to enjoy everything fall.

One of the Upstate’s biggest events is Fall for Greenville. It kicks off in just a couple of weeks.

The event draws more than 150,000 people to downtown Greenville. For more information, click HERE.

Fall Events to Come:

  • Harvest Day Festival – Inman – September 26th
  • Carolina BrewHaHa – Anderson – September 26th
  • Festifall – Roebuck – October 2nd-4th
  • Greer Station Oktoberfest – Greer – October 3rd
  • Fall For Greenville – Greenville – October 9th-11th
  • Balloons Over Anderson – Anderson – October 9th-11th
  • Indian Summer Festival – Pacolet – October 17th
  • Walhalla Oktoberfest – Walhalla – October 16th-18th
  • Sugarfoot Festival – Honea Path – October 24th
  • Fall Harvest Festival – Pendleton – October 24th

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