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International Kite Festival

Spartanburg Soaring!

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The 2022 Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival will be held
Saturday, October 8th from 11AM to 5PM

A free festival in downtown Spartanburg, the Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival presented by Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System will feature live music by local musicians, performing acts/artists, tasty food trucks, local arts and crafters at a makers market, an interactive kids zone with activities for all ages, and so much more!

Attendees are welcome to bring their own kites but a limited number of kites will be available for purchase at the festival. Proceeds help support the mission of Chapman Cultural Center!

The Spartanburg Kite Club will be in attendance with their members and friends including international kite flyers who visit from Europe, Asia, Canada, and across the United States to join in on the kite flying fun!

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About Spartanburg Soaring!

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.

Learn more about what to expect this year and how you can participate below!


Kids Zone

organized by YMCA Spartanburg

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There's fun for the whole family during the Kite Festival - including the kids activity area. In past years we've had Spartanburg's Play Mobile truck, face painters, drum circles, and more! 

This year's Kids Zone will feature activities and programming hosted by YMCA Spartanburg including:

The City of Spartanburg's Let's Play Mobile 

Field Day Games


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Makers Market sponsored by Duke Energy

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.

Participating vendors:

3daughter Design
Aybar Artistry
Beautifully Simple Soap LLC
Carolina Flair Designs
Falls Creek Glassworks & Moonflower Mercantile
Forget Me Not Flower Farm
House of Arts by Jess
Human Heart Soap Co
Janey Lewis Art
Loopable's Design
Mary Verrandeaux, fine artist
Mission Pens
Pauley's Pillows Plus
Robin's Just Desserts LLC
Steve’s A Little Off
Sweetsmith Specialty Baked Goods
Teller Rae Candle Co
The River Goat
Whispered June
Whistle Pig Art
Young’s Backyard BBQ
Sue's Enchanted Forest
Dip't Cookies
EmiStudio
Melissa's Southern Bowtique
Granny Jan's Homemade Fudge

Sweet Eats


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Pinnacle Hospitality Zone

Another reason to stop by Spartanburg Soaring! is all of the amazing food vendors who will be attending the festival!

In between kite flying, fuel up with delicious eats from your favorite Upstate food trucks! 

Rolito's Tacos
Salads by Ms. Deb
The Dray Bar + Grill
Cool Hawgs BBQ
The Drink Machine
Happy Tappy Draft Beer Services
Hub City Scoops
Carolina Gourmet Snowballs
The Buttered Kernel


Community Organizations

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's organizations will be announced soon.

Jump Start Vision
Spartanburg Humane Society with Pet Adoption Opportunities!
Girl Scouts
Tyger River Foundation
Birth Matters + Hello Family
Spartanburg Science Center
Mental Fitness

Are you a local nonprofit interested in attending? Please contact mEarley@chapmanculturalcenter.org 


Music & Performances

Spartanburg Soaring! will have musicians and performers at various locations throughout the festival. From dance acts to your favorite local musicians, there's something everyone can enjoy!

Are you a performer or Musician interested in participating in this year's festival?

Contact Lucy Southwell, Outreach Coordinator - lsouthwell@chapmanculturalcenter.org | 864-596-2399


Volunteer! 

We're looking for volunteers to help make our festival a great experience!
Sign up for a shift here!

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Spartanburg Soaring! is presented by:
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Interested in supporting Spartanburg Soaring! this year? Contact our Development Officer:

Alyssa McKenzie - aMckenzie@chapmanculturalcenter.org 
864-278-9691

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