Bank of America Fall for Greenville presented by Pepsi returns to downtown Greenville with signature tastes from 47 different restaurants. This year’s festival will kick off Thursday night, October 10, with a free concert at a new location on Main Street at Augusta Street. The festival will continue October 11-13 with live musical entertainment on six stages, culinary demonstrations, interactive mobile displays and children’s activities that span almost one mile of event space, from North Street to Augusta Street.
According to Fall for Greenville Board Chair Tony McGuirt, the festival continues to attract visitors from across the country. “As the festival continues to receive national attention, it has grown into the must-attend event of the year,” said McGuirt. “We welcome food and music enthusiasts from across the country to join us for one of the Southeast’s premier events.”
Throughout the three-day event, festival-goers will be treated to a taste of Greenville with over 250 unique menu offerings. Additional highlights of the weekend include:
- The Challenge Butter Culinary Stage featuring the culinary talents of local chefs, including Table 301, Oak & Honey and UP on the Roof.
- Brewery 85 FFG Festbier, a signature brew for the festival.
- Total Wine Tasting Experience featuring a large variety of wines to sample. The area will be staffed with beverage professionals to assist festival-goers in finding wines to fit personal taste preferences.
- The Carolina Ale House Beer Garden serving up an assortment of over 50 craft beers. Souvenir sample cups will be available for purchase for those looking to enjoy smaller portions of beer offerings.
“Just as Fall for Greenville draws visitors from far and wide seeking our community’s unique offerings, so our Upstate Bank of America team draws upon our company’s global capabilities to help you achieve your personal financial goals,” said Bank of America Upstate SC Market President and Greenville native Stacy Brandon. “I hope that everyone will enjoy this wonderful festival and that you will not hesitate to reach out to one of our 350 local teammates across our 23 Upstate financial centers to tell us what you would like the power to do in your financial life.”
The festival’s Thursday night kick-off concert will move to a new location on Main Street at Augusta Street. The free pre-event concert will feature country musicians the James Radford Band at 7 p.m. and Austin, Texas-based country band Reckless Kelly from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. on the CPI Security Stage. Food options from Mellow Mushroom, Smoke on the Water and The Pound Cake Man will be available for purchase on-site.
Continuing throughout the weekend, festival-goers can enjoy free concerts from 71 popular national and local entertainers, including the Nashville-based alternative rock band Moon Taxi on the Carolina Chevy Stage; country, Americana singer-songwriter Lilly Hiatt on the CPI Security Stage; Charleston City Paper’s “Singer-Songwriter of the Year” award-winning band She Returns From War on the Live at Aloft Stage; Seattle-based “funk maestros” Polyrhythmics on the Furman Jazz and Blues Stage and local pop-rock band Cravin’ Melon on the QuikTrip Stage.
This year’s festival will feature interactive mobile tours, including Chevy, showcasing the latest in Chevy vehicles, and the opportunity to win exciting prizes. Additional festival highlights include the Shipt Kids’ Area, which will feature an entire block filled with children’s rides and activities on Broad Street. National journalists and food critics will also judge participating restaurants on their best dish and recognize the best entree and dessert with the US Foods Silver Spoon and Sugary Spoon awards. Awards presentations will take place at food vendor booths on Saturday evening.
Greenlink will provide complimentary shuttle service during Bank of America Fall for Greenville. Festival-goers can park at County Square and hop on the free downtown trolley. The trolley will drop off on South Main Street, near the festival entrance. For those who would like to bike to the festival, a Bike Valet sponsored by Bikeville will be available on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Bike Valet will be located on the Swamp Rabbit Trail under the Main Street Bridge.
Festival taste tickets can be pre-purchased online through October 9 and in-person at Table 301 Catering & Kitchen, 22 E. Court Street. Tickets are $5 for a sheet of 10 and can be used throughout the festival weekend to purchase festival food and beverages, merchandise and rides in the Shipt Kids’ Area. Festival-goers who pre-purchase $50 worth of tickets (10 sheets) will receive one free sheet of tickets. No refunds will be given for pre-purchased sales.
Named a Top 20 Event by the Southeast Tourism Society, Bank of America Fall for Greenville continues to support the local community by partnering with 12 local nonprofits this year. Over the past 15 years, the festival has donated over $600,000 to local charities.
Festival-goers can visit fallforgreenville.net to customize their schedules for the weekend. In addition, attendees are encouraged to stay connected with this year’s event by becoming a fan on Facebook at facebook.com/fallforgreenville and using the hashtag “#FallforGreenville” to join in the Bank of America Fall for Greenville conversation over Twitter and Instagram.
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