The biggest sign that summer is right around the corner is finally here! Time to stock up on your farm-fresh strawberries and enjoy fun times at the South Carolina Strawberry Festival in Fort Mill at Walter Elisha Park.

This is the 10th year for this festival and it’s bigger than ever with new nights to enjoy all the fun. We created this guide for you to easily enjoy all the highlights.

PARKING:

Parking can always be a bit tricky when heading to a downtown festival, but Strawberry Festival has made it easy. There are three free parking lots with quick running shuttles. Fort Mill High School, Nation Ford High School, and any of the free downtown Fort Mill lots will have shuttles running from them to Walter Elisha park every 15-20 minutes. There are also several paid lots available for $5, click here to find those locations.

CASH:

If you’re wondering if you need to bring cash to the event, the answer is probably yes. Several lots close by are offering paid spots for around $5. Many food vendors and exhibits will also only take cash.

NEW THIS YEAR:

Although the Strawberry Festival is in its 10th year, they’re adding new events all the time!
The festival will have a “Downtown Strawberry Jam” Wednesday night. Stroll down the streets of Fort Mill and see all the downtown vendors have to offer. There will be food and beer for purchase from Amor Artis, a pottery activity with Olive’s MudPuddle in the Spratt building, and a kids zone with an area for breastfeeding and changing provided by Fort Mill Mom Life. The event will run from 6-9, so plenty of time to feed the family and get home on a school night.

CAN’T MISS EVENTS FOR KIDS:

The action at Walter Elisha Park kicks off Friday night and there are so many great events for kids.

There’s an entire amusement park waiting on your little ones, including giant strawberry rides and a ferris wheel! There’s also a fantastic playground area that any age can access. Make sure you register the kids for the strawberry ice cream and cupcake eating contest. Registration runs between 10am and noon on Saturday and the contest starts at 1pm.

Keep the kids entertained with hog races on Saturday afternoon or walk them through the butterfly exhibit. Have kids that are obsessed with trucks? This is the festival for them! Join Piedmont Medical Center for their everyday heroes event. There will be a police car and firetruck there for kids to experience.

FUN FOR THE ADULTS:

The Strawberry Festival is jam packed with fun for the adults too. Don’t miss the car show Saturday from 10am to 3pm or the music line-up for both nights. Try Amor Artis’ new strawberry beer specially brewed for the Festival. Stay through Saturday night and catch the best fireworks show around.

Click here for the full festival brochure.