Monday, September 25, 2023
Spartanburg set to soar with the Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival.
How does Spartanburg Soaring!, the upcoming International Kite Festival, stack up?
Affordable? Check. Kid-friendly? Check. Great food? Check. Arts? Check. And eye-catching kites flying through the crisp, October air? CHECK!
Spartanburg Soaring! is a completely free festival, presented by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System. The day will feature live music by local musicians, other artistic performances and entertainment, food trucks, local crafts-makers, and an interactive kids zone for all ages.
Attendees are welcome to bring their own kites but a limited number of kites will be available for purchase at the festival. Proceeds from the event help support the mission of Chapman Cultural Center!
The Spartanburg Kite Club will be in attendance with their members and friends including kite flyers from across the United States to join in on the kite-flying fun!
In spring 2014, Chapman Cultural Center launched a community-wide initiative called Spartanburg Soaring! to encourage creativity, promote healthy outdoor activity, and to build civic pride. Using kites as a common theme, Spartanburg Soaring! engaged cultural curiosity and promoted active play through activities and events all across the city. The kite festival takes place in and around the Chapman Cultural Center each year when hundreds of colorful kites fill the skies above Spartanburg.
There’s fun for the whole family during the Kite Festival – including the kid’s activity area. This year’s Kids Zone will feature activities and programming sponsored by The Children’s Museum of the Upstate and the YMCA of Greater Spartanburg. You will also find Face Painting by Ashley and Spartanburg’s Play Mobile truck for fun for all ages.
One of Spartanburg’s great assets is its artists. The Makers Market will be set up where regional artisans will sell their wares – keeping 100% of their profits – so you can keep a piece of local culture even after you fly away. Everything will be affordable and locally handcrafted. Come visit local booths like:
What makes Spartanburg Soaring! so great? It’s the collaborative nature of the festival! This year we have plenty of community organizations stopping by the festival to make sure there is something everyone can enjoy! This year, make sure to visit:
It wouldn’t be a festival without delicious, local food! Enjoy local food and drink from vendors like:
Here’s how you can participate in this fun and educational event that your family will be talking about for months to come.
What: the 2023 Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival
When: Saturday, Oct. 14 from 11 AM-5 PM
Where: Chapman Cultural Center