Best Fall Festivals in Greenville, SC

After suffering through the heat and humidity of summer, fall is most welcome in the south. As soon as the first cool air breezes in, Greenvillians head outdoors to enjoy food, music, and general good times. Take a break from raking leaves to enjoy some of the best fall festivals the town has to offer. In fact, some of the best festivals of the year take place in the fall because it just feels so good outside.

Bacon Labor Day
When: September 4-5, 2016
Where: Simpsonville City Park
This mouth-watering event celebrates, of course, the one and only bacon. Taste such culinary treats as bacon funnel cakes, chocolate covered bacon, and bacon cupcakes. For the more traditionalist, bacon cheeseburgers and BLTs await you. If bacon isn't enough to entice you, there's also music to entertain, touch-a-truck and car show events, as well as rides and food vendors. And if you purchase a family pack of tickets in advance, you have the chance to win 50 packages of bacon. Do not delay when a prize like that is on the line.

When: September 22-25, 2016
Where: Downtown Greenville
Truly a signature event in Greenville, Euphoria draws crowds from near and far to enjoy tasting events, food trucks, wine seminars, music, and more. Although some of the events can be a bit pricey, they provide a unique opportunity to experience the standout culinary and arts scene in Greenville. If you can fork over the cash for a VIP event, it's well worth it, but if not, don't let that deter you. The $35 Euphoria classroom events might be more in your price range, and will leave you full of newfound knowledge on a variety of topics, such as Southern beer brewing, crafting cocktails, and smoking barbeque. The Traffic Jam food truck fest at Fluor Field sounds like a good time, too.

Albino Skunk Festival
When: October 6-8, 2016
Where: The Skunk Farm, Greer
Twice a year a lovely farm in Greer transforms into the Albino Skunk Music Festival. The fall fest is the perfect time to soak in some sounds while enjoying the brisk weather and blue skies. With three days of music, a huge kids area, and camping, this event lives up to the name festival. Bluegrass, Americana, and folk music grace the stages, and when you're done for the night, simply stumble to your tent to catch some z's. There's plenty of food and drink to share, but it's also a cooler-friendly event. So, pack up your best snacks and head on down.

Fall for Greenville
When: October 14-16, 2016
Where: Downtown Greenville
This free festival celebrates food and music by featuring some 40 restaurants and a rockin' lineup of musical acts. Throughout downtown Greenville, food booths line the streets, and you can taste the best of the city's culinary delights. Local chefs from some of the top restaurants around, such as Soby's, Roost, and Restaurant 17, also provide cooking demonstrations complete with recipes that you can take home with you. The chefs also go head to head in competitions, including an entree cook-off and best cocktail award.

Jannan Poppen is a freelance writer in Greenville, SC. She's an explorer at heart and will try just about anything once.