Saturday, August 31: 3:00-11:00pm
Sunday, September 1: 3:00-11:00pm
Monday, September 2: 12:00-8:00pm
Tribune Times, August 27th Edition: Simpsonville event has a new name, more offerings
Three-day Upstate Harvest Moon Festival features music, wine tasting, cruise-in, children's activities
A festival that has been part of Labor Day weekend in Simpsonville for nearly four decades will offer alcohol sales for the first time and will be repackaged as the Upstate Harvest Moon Festival.
Visitors can expect craft-beer sales, a Sunday wine-tasting with three local vineyards and a free show Sunday night by the rock band Drivin’ N’ Cryin’, said Jennifer Richardson, who has been helping organize for the Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce.
“We want them to come out and see what we’ve done differently this year,” she said. “I think we’re really going to have a great product to deliver.”
The hope is that the wider range of offerings will boost attendance from 20,000 to 25,000 attendees of years past to more than 30,000 this year, Richardson said. The event formerly known as the Family Fun Festival has struggled with rain in recent years.
The menu has expanded with vendors cooking up shrimp and grits, along with the standard fair food, such as burgers and nachos, Richardson said.
Also part of the festival is a local installment of the Color Vibe 5K, which is expected to draw thousands of runners to Heritage Park on Saturday morning. Runners will be blasted with brightly colored cornstarch in what will be the first run of its kind in the Greenville area.
Some parts of the festival will remain unchanged.
Parking and admission are still free. Most activities will still be centered on the intersection of Main and Curtis streets by the Clock Tower. The Antique Car Show will be back, going from noon-4 p.m. Monday.
The price of entering the Kidz Zone is going up to $5. Adults will be admitted free. Expanded offerings in the zone include a bungee run, laser tag and a petting zoo.
Hours have been shifted to have more of the activities later in the day in hopes of avoiding morning rain and some of the afternoon heat common at this time of year, Richardson said.
The festival is open from 3-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday and from 12-8 p.m. Monday.
Entertainment on the concert stage begins at 5 p.m. Sunday with Kylie Odetta, followed by Stereo Reform at 6 p.m., Retro Vertigo at 7:30 p.m. and Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ at 9 p.m.For more information on the festival, go to upstateharvestmoonfestival.com. To register for the run, go to thecolorvibe.com.
The Ladies from the Chamber made a visit to WYFF4. See what they have to say!
Town Magazine - August 2013
"Simpsonville's annual Labor Day Festival hasn't disappeared, it's just been replaced by its hip, modern cousin. This year's event harnesses the spirit of the community by threading craft beers and homegrown, healthy grub into a hearty schedule already loaded with live music, local vendors and activities."
August 1 Press Release
Join us from August 31st to September 2nd for a fun and folksy Festival of Art, Antiques, Crafts, Furniture, Home Decor and More. Come see demonstrations, sample local wines, rock out at our Main Stage, ride the rides, Dads - take your kids to our Touch a Truck, or Kids - take your Dads to our Antique Car Show. The Upstate Harvest Moon Festival has something to offer for everyone!
The event will kick off at 9:00 am with the fun, hip and colorful Color Vibe 5K on August 31st in Heritage Park. This race will incorporate family fun into a 5k run that is filled with bright and 100 % safe colored cornstarch powder. The event is created for everyone, young to old, and serious runners to beginners. What is the point of timing an event when you are there to get colorful and have fun? Color Vibe also recognizes the important works of local nonprofits and charities so they will donate a portion of the registration fee. Go to www.thecolorvibe.com and click on the Greenville location to register to run.
As a continuation of this fun new atmosphere, Upstate Harvest Moon Festival will open at 3:00 pm with local artists, craftsmen, chefs, antique dealers, and Fall fun for the entire family! Some of the main changes this year will be seen in the food vendor areas. The Festival plans to showcase local produce, dairy, and meat products with cooking demonstrations, and tasting areas. Vendors will be asked to offer local, healthy options for festival-goers to experience. There are also plans to introduce light and craft beer sales into the Festival.
We invite your family and your business to join us in bringing this event to Simpsonville!
May 15 Press Release
The Simpsonville Area Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce a rebranding of the city’s traditional Labor Day Festival. The festival will be known as the Upstate Harvest Moon Festival and will take on a new life, becoming a celebration of local merchants and vendors with an overall focus on healthy living and community pride. The Chamber made the decision to rebrand as a result of community feedback and emerging local trends. Traditionally, the festival has been a weekend of carnival rides, food and craft vendors, car shows, and various attractions. Many of these aspects will remain a part of the Festival, but the overall theme of local sourcing and healthy options will be felt by all.
The Upstate Harvest Moon Festival will be a three day event, taking place on Main Street in Simpsonville, SC over Labor Day weekend. The weekend will kick off with the Harvest Moonlight Glow Run in Heritage Park on August 30th, with the Festival ramping up in the afternoon on August 31st and ending on September 2nd.
Some of the main changes this year will be seen in the food vendor areas. The Festival plans to showcase local produce, dairy, and meat products with cooking demonstrations, and tasting areas. Vendors will be asked to offer local, healthy options for festival-goers to experience. With area restaurants like Stella’s Southern Bistro, Roost, and American Grocery experiencing success with the “farm to table” approach, and with so many local farms and chefs, we believe this new aspect will be a big hit for Festival-goers. There are also plans to introduce light and craft beer sales into the Festival. Attendees can sip a cold beer while listening to the main stage entertainment. Bigger-named bands are being sourced and will take the stage each night of the Festival. Check our Activities section periodically, as it will be updated as we get closer to the Festival date.
We are excited to bring this new Festival idea to Simpsonville!
Thank you to our Sponsors!
Upstate Harvest Moon Festival will be working with Keep Greenville County Beautiful to make this a litter-free event.