Spartanburg Soaring! returns with kite flying, food, music

Chapman Cultural Center to host fifth-annual event April 21

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

by Rachel Williams

Chapman Cultural Center's fifth-annual International Kite Festival is back from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 21.

Chapman Cultural Center has partnered with Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport to offer this free, family-friendly event. The festival began in 2014 with a mission to build civic pride, promote healthy outdoor play and celebrate cultural diversity and creativity. Every year "Spartanburg Soaring!" is getting bigger and better.

The festival will kick off at 11 a.m. in the greenspaces behind the Chapman Cultural Center. Residents are encouraged to bring kites if they have one. Kites will also be available for purchase from the Chapman Cultural Center booth, and free kites will be given out while supplies last from the GSP International Airport booth.

Professional kite fliers will be in attendance with jaw-dropping aerial displays. Spartanburg Soaring! Kite Club, a local group formed after our inaugural festival, will be on hand, led by master kite maker and local enthusiast Chuck Holmes.

"Spartanburg Soaring Kite Club members are looking forward to the up-coming festival. Members will be assisting as 'kite doctors', safety directors, and flying kites during the festival," Holmes said. "Our local group will be joined by members from kite groups located in Charlotte, Atlanta, New Jersey and Denmark. We're looking forward to lots of people coming out to fly kites with us."

In addition to kite flying, the public can expect to hear live music throughout the day from local artists like The Accidentally Irish Lads and Lassies, TJ Jeter, Abbey Elmore, The Thunder Road Band and many more. Performances from Spartanburg Improv, The Maddd Artist, and an open drum circle will keep you entertained all day.

Take a break from kite flying and grab a bite to eat from local food trucks. Herb N Eats, Pig on Fire, Hub City Scoops, One Love Fusion Foods and Growler Haus will be ready to serve up some delicious food and drinks.

After you enjoy some lunch take a stroll through the Maker's Market sponsored by Brose Spartanburg for some shopping. Local arts and crafts people will be there with a variety of items for sale.

Kids will have plenty to keep them busy in the kid's zone. Hub City Kids, Kidding around Spartanburg, The Children's Museum of the Upstate, Spartanburg Historical Association, and more will be offering free activities and crafts for children of all ages.

"Spartanburg Soaring has become the opening festival of Spring for Spartanburg residents and a free, fun day to enjoy all things local - art, music, kites, and food," said Jennifer Evins, president and CEO of Chapman Cultural Center. "This year we have even more for every member of the family, and we're looking forward to seeing you in the flying fields."

Spartanburg Soaring! isn't the only thing happening in Spartanburg on April 21. The Earth Day Festival is taking place less than one mile from the Chapman Cultural Center at the Spartanburg Universal Unitarian Church.

Two festivals in one day makes Spartanburg the place to be on Earth Day.

This year's sponsors for the festival are GSP International Airport, Brose Spartanburg, Publix Super Markets Charities, Eaton, AFL, Southeastern Printing, Wade's Restaurant, Southern Smiles, Spartanburg Area Mountain Bike Association, WSPA-TV, Spartanburg Soaring Kite Club, and the city of Spartanburg.

For up to date information and details about the festival visit our Facebook page at

A rain date is planned for Sunday, April 22nd, 2018 from 1-5 p.m.

Chapman Cultural Center provides cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening, and promoting the scope, excellence and educational role of the arts, humanities and sciences, and to further their significance in the life of our community and all of its citizens.

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