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International Kite Festival

Spartanburg Soaring!

Save the Date: October 8, 2022

2022 Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival is scheduled for Saturday, October 8 from 11 AM to 5 PM

Join us for live music and entertainment, great food trucks, a makers market, an interactive kids zone, and so much more! Bring your own kite! A limited number of kites will be available for purchase at the festival.

The festival is free and open to all, including the many international kite flyers who have come from Europe, Asia, Canada, and across the United States to join the fun.


We're looking for volunteers to help make our festival run smoothly and effectively. Sign up for a shift here:

Kids Zone

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 for Children by:


Makers Market

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.

This Year's Makers Market features:

Food Vendors

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 local food trucks! 

This year's Food Vendors Include:


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.

Are you a local nonprofit interested in attending? Please contact 

Soaring! will have musicians and performers at various locations during the festival.

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.


Sponsors interested in supporting Spartanburg Soaring! please contact our Development Officer:

Alyssa McKenzie - 








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