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Spartanburg Soaring!

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 spring when hundreds of colorful kites fill the skies above Spartanburg.

Join us for live music, great food trucks, and makers market. Kites are available for purchase from CCC, or you can bring a kite from home.

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.

Kids Zone! - We're proud to announce the Spartanburg Soaring! Kid Zone will feature various events scheduled throughout the day by some amazing Community Organizations! Hub City KidsKidding Around SpartanburgCity of Spartanburg Parks & RecreationThe Children's Museum of the Upstate - Spartanburg, Spartanburg County Historical Association, and Spartanburg County Public Libraries are all participating! 

Makers Market! - Another of Spartanburg's great assets is its artists. The Makers Market sponsored by Brose Spartanburg 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. If you'd like to sign up to sell and exhibit your work, fill out the application:

Great News! - This year we are offering VIP Parking spots located in Chapman Cultural Center's parking lots. VIP parking ensures you have easy access to the festival, saving you the headache of finding close parking. VIP spots are $10 prior to the event. VIP Parking will be sold the day of the Festival for $15 unless our early bird sale sells out! You can pick up your parking pass at the Chapman Cultural Center's ticket office prior to the event. Limited spacing is available, so don't wait!

Purchase -

Coming from out of town? Spartanburg Marriott has you covered! They are offering a special rate for the weekend of the festival! Use the promo code "59A" when searching for your room and you'll receive the special rate instantly! So, book your room before it's too late!


Stay up to date with this year's festival on our Facebook Event Page

  • Let your friends know you're going
  • Check out the vendors that will be attending
  • Sample of some of the musicians playing at the festival
  • And MORE!

Volunteer at Spartanburg Soaring! From helping with parking to repairing kites, we could not pull off this event without our amazing volunteers!

Sign up to be a Volunteer!


Bring your arts and crafts to Soaring! Join our Makers market presented by Brose Spartanburg for artists, makers and more! Apply now and enjoy the early bird discount until April 1st!

Apply for the Makers Market!



Spartanburg Soaring! International Kite Festival presented by Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport 2018 
will be Saturday, April 21
11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

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