Rock Hill Reader’s Free 2016 Fall Guide

Looking for things to do in Rock Hill this fall?

Break out your favorite sweater, hope the weather cools, and take in fall – Rock Hill’s coziest and busiest season.

Feel the leaves crunch beneath your shoes on a leisurely stroll through Old Town or bike through one of our many parks and meet new friends. Find a fall festival (there are tons listed below) in Rock Hill, Fort Mill, and York or tour historic grounds around Rock Hill and York County and fill your full with exciting and happy memories for 2016 before the winter sets in!

Rock Hill livens up in the fall and it’s nearly impossible to keep track of all the events and goings on. That’s where Rock Hill Reader comes in! We’ve curated and created the best events all in one place just for our subscribers. It’s and all-inclusive guide to having a great fall season with friends and family.

Hint: October 15th is the BUSIEST day for fall festivals that include music, cider tasting, games, and so much more!

Don’t forget to bookmark this post and check back for more things to do as they are added!

Scroll down to the bottom for extra BONUS events, things to do in around Rock Hill, and lots of details for fall fun!

The Rock Hill Reader’s 2016 Fall Guide is brought to you by Thames Farm.

Located off the beaten path, yet close to Rock Hill, Thames Farm is home to Dr. Thames of Fort Lawn Animal Hospital which has been in our community for the past 30 years.

Why do we love Thames Farm? Aside from their fantastic sense of humor and military discounts, they raise healthy, all-natural pastured Berkshire pork, pastured chicken and lamb, and all their animals are raised on a natural diet and are never given antibiotics, steroids or any growth hormones.

Where to get Thames Farm products

Thames Farm has a farm store on site at 3510 Catawba River Rd Fort Lawn, SC 29714

The Yolk Restaurant (Voted best breakfast in York County)
1912 Mt Gallant Rd Suite 108
Rock Hill, SC 29732 (803)- 792- 4449

Market On Wylie (wine, craft beer and specialty food shop)
4070 Charlotte Hwy
Lake Wylie, SC 29710

John Boy & Billy Big Show Cooking Team (One of the suppliers for special events)

Farm To Fork Dinner Nations Ford High School FFA Team

Interested in learning more about Thames Farm? Sign up for their newsletter here.

Farm Day at Thames Farm is October 22nd from 9-noon

We couldn’t mention Thames Farm without letting you know about their spectacular event, Farm Day! Of course they are dedicated to raising the best meats for your family but they are also a cornerstone for buying local in York and Chester counties. They are a working farm where you can wander and visit the animals and do some shopping.

In addition to vendors featuring locally made goods like hand-crafted jewelry, not to mention desserts like Ida Clair Cheesecakes, you will find essential oils, natural pet treats, goat milk products, and meats like pork, chicken, lamb, and of course fresh eggs!

Stop by for this family-friendly event to knock out some holiday shopping, visit with the animals, and grab a goody for yourself.

Things to do in Rock Hill this Fall: The Ultimate Guide

September 22nd

Community Family Rides with the City of Rock Hill’s Parks & Rec from 5-7pm: 

Get out your bikes and helmets and grab the family for a back to school bike ride. Don’t have a bike/helmet? That’s ok! They have spares, just contact them ahead of time to let them know and they can hook you up.

This ride will explore the NEW Saluda Corridor Park-to-Park bike route. Click here for the details.

Want to ride near the river and learn a little history instead? Keep reading!

September 23rd

Catawba River History Bike Rides might before you. Another FREE bicycle event, ride along the Catawba and learn about our land and how the river shaped our lives even through to today. You don’t have to worry about being left behind since this is a leisurely ride, however, helmets are required.

September 24th, 10am-4pm

Piedmont Pottery Festival: 

Get your Christmas shopping done early and buy one-of-a-kind items at the Piedmont Pottery Festival, held at beautiful historic Brattonsville.

Celebrate the South’s rich pottery heritage. Shop for pottery created by some of the best traditional potters from our region, and explore the historic site.

CHM Members are admitted free of charge. Adults $8; Seniors $7; Youth 4-17 $5; 3 and under free.

September 24th

Tap the Rock Craft Beer Festival:

Finally! Rock Hill is getting on the craft beer train! Cherry Road Pub House days are over (thank goodness) and tasty, locally brewed beer is here. If you haven’t had the chance to try some of the newest and best craft beers, Tap the Rock is a perfect event that combines the Rock Hill’s history at the White Home, music, and beer tastings from over 30 vendors. Our new favorite eateries, food trucks, will be in attendance and live music will be playing. They even have VIP attendance that includes an earlier start time and tours of the White Home. The ultimate guide of things to do in Rock Hill wouldn’t be complete without featuring lots of beer-related activities. Keep scrolling for more

The ultimate guide of things to do in Rock Hill wouldn’t be complete without featuring lots of beer-related activities. Keep scrolling for more

The Bottle Shop on Main, the 1st annual Tap The Rock Craft Beer Festival will be held on the grounds of the White Home from 1-5:00p.m. on September 24, with an exclusive VIP hour starting at noon. The festival will host more than 30 craft beer vendors, food trucks, and live music. Tickets will go on sale July 30th ; HRH members will be offered tickets at a special discounted rate. Call the HRH office for additional information on how to become a sponsor to receive additional benefits.
Click here for tickets

The further into fall we get, the more fun there is. Around the middle of October fall festivals abound and it becomes hard to choose which ones to attend! From Rock Hill to Fort Mill to York there are are so many exciting things to do in the cooler weather that the whole family can enjoy.

September 30th 

Morningstar Ministries Last Summer Blast: 

Morningstar has a ton of fun events going on in Fort Mill this fall, many of which are featured in Rock Hill Reader’s Fall Guide, but be sure to check out their events calendar for additional information.

The Last Summer Blast is from 6pm-10pm with food trucks serving yummy treats till 9pm. The Blast features live bands playing throughout the evening and there will be indoor and outdoor activities and games for all ages. A movie will also  be showing inside starting at 6:30. Candy, prizes and much more!

October 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th

Bush & Vine – Fall Farm Fun: 

Yay for free family events! Every Saturday in October, Bush & Vine hosts a min-festival from 8am-5pm. Admission is FREE.

Once you arrive, you choose the activities you want to participate in. The good news is that most activities are also free – such as the hayrides, the live music, the tractor show and the bounce house! Prices are reasonable for those things that do cost (corn maze, pick your pumpkins, BBQ, etc.). Check the schedule each week to see what is offered.


Saturdays and Sundays September 17th-October 30th

The Great Pumpkin Fest:

During the day, Carowinds puts the “Wee!” in Halloween. A little north of Rock Hill, The Great Pumpkin Fest offers family-friendly Halloween attractions for the little ghosts and goblins with this event – including a costume parade, foam zone, mazes and more! It’s kid-sized frights that every age will love and, of course, all of your favorite rides.

Check out the details here.

October 1st

Novant Health BMX Supercross Track – 2016 UCI BMX Supercross World Cup:

The UCI BMX Supercross World Cup is a global series of five events held at different tracks around the world. The 2016 World Cup events were in Argentina, England, the Netherlands and will continue with two more events in the USA. After the Summer Olympic Games, BMX cyclists continue the UCI BMX Supercross World Cup series at Rock Hill’s Novant Health BMX Supercross Track on September 30 – October 1, 2016. The World Cup events are open to all Junior and Elite riders and typically feature over 200 pro elite cyclists from over 25 countries.

More details to come.
Novant Health BMX Supercross Track: 1307 Riverwalk Parkway, Rock Hill, SC

October 6th, 20th…November 11th, 17th

Bluegrass at Allison Creek: 

This is a place to bring the family! The event is always FREE to the public. We do take a donation to compensate the band and pay expenses; you may donate online at our website. More info on their website.

Doors open at 6 PM, but come before 6:30 – we serve hamburgers, hot dogs, chips, and homemade desserts.

October 7th 11am-12pm

First Fridays – Daffodil Varieties:

Fall is bulb planting season and it’s time to brush up on your gardening skills and learn about daffodil varieties.

Looking for something to do midweek and midday? You’ve found the right place! Head over to Glencarin Garden’s Learning Center at 825 Edgemont Avenue, Rock Hill, SC for the free class.

October 6th-7th

Old Town Rock Hill – 12th Annual Blues and Jazz Festival – KICKOFF:  

The Blues & Jazz Festival returns to Old Town Rock Hill on Friday, October 6th –  where festival-goers can enjoy live music at nine of Old Town’s restaurants & venues throughout the night. SEE the website for DETAILS!

There’s also a restaurant crawl that has stops at the Flipside, McHale’s and…Jimmy John’s (?!). Guess you’ll just have to check it out!

October 15th

23rd Annual Apple Harvest Festival 10am-6pm:

Holy apples, Batman! Windy Hill’s Harvest Festival is super affordable and has more fun things to do, see, eat, and drink than you can shake a cinnamon stick at!

The apples are all picked and that means it is time to celebrate! Come join us at this Fall Family Tradition.

  • Live music
  • Hard cider bar
  • Apple cider donuts
  • Apple butter making demonstration
  • Hayrides
  • Blacksmith demonstrations
  • Children’s bounce house
  • Fresh Smoked BBQ

For More Information and Tickets Visit

October 15th 10am-2pm

Historic Brattonsville – Horseback Riding on Walt Schrader Trails: 

Mosey on over to Brattonsville, a lovely drive just outside of Rock Hill, and give your horses hooves a little exercise.

Walt Schrader Trails are open to the public for Horse Back Riding on the THIRD Saturday each month. On these Saturdays, bikes are not allowed on the trails.

Please call 803-684-2327 to make sure the trails are open (are sometimes closed due to weather issues).

October 15th 3pm-9pm

Spirits & Stories: Brattonsville by Twilight: 

Oh my!

Head over to Brattonsville for an afternoon and evening of good old-fashion fun!  There will be historic harvest demonstrations and hands-on activities, wagon rides and more for kids of all ages. You will also be led by candlelight on a tour of the Huck’s Defeat Battlefield Trail where you will encounter spirits who knew Captain Christian Huck. You will be astounded by the things they have to say about him.

There will be a campfire to warm your toes, musical entertainment and cider and donuts at the Tavern.  Simon St Clair will engage you with his Magick and Marvel Show.

Food concessions will be available for purchase by the Friends of Historic Brattonsville. Come and enjoy all of this under the starry sky at Historic Brattonsville. You might be a little spooked, but you won’t be disappointed!

CHM members admitted free of charge.  Adults $8; Seniors $7; Youth 4-17 $5; 3 and under free

October 15th 4pm-9pm

Old Town Rock Hill – Oktoberfest: 

Did you know that Rock Hill was founded by German immigrants? Come celebrate Rock Hill’s roots at Oktoberfest on Main Street and dance to the Oomph band, sport some lederhosen, and – of course – drink some beer! is the site to see for more details.

This FREE Bavarian styled Oktoberfest celebration that will turn Old Town Rock Hill into a family friendly Bavarian street festival. There will be live music from a strolling accordionist and the Foothills Oompah Band, who will be playing all evening, so get ready for the “Chicken Dance.”

The festival features the very popular “Wiener Dog Run” that benefits the York County Humane Society. Contact us if you would like to enter your dachshund in the race.

You will find German food, German pastry and German style beer and more. There’s a children’s amusement area along with assorted vendors.

October 15, 2016

17th Annual Cotton Pickin’ Metric Century Ride, Downtown Rock Hill, SC: 

The ride will be starting and finishing at the Wells Fargo parking lot at 113 E. Main St. in Downtown Rock Hill. Registration opens at 9:00 AM and the ride starts at 10:00 AM.

Registration is $15 for RHBC club members and $20 for non-club members. There will be an opportunity to join the club at registration.

There will be 62 and 31-mile route options.
Also, each registrant will receive a pair of very nice Cotton Pickin’ socks – available while supplies last!!

There are so many great rides hosted by the Rock Hill Bicycle club that we can’t name them all here, many of which are FREE and for the family! Check out this link for the calendar and get those legs pumping!

October 20th 6pm – 9pm

11th Annual Oyster Roast & BBQ: 

It’s been going on for 11 years already and you haven’t attended the Annual Oyster Roast & BBQ in Rock Hill? Now’s your chance!

Historic Rock Hill will host their 11th Annual Oyster Roast & BBQ at the White Home with festivities including live entertainment and a silent auction chocked full of items sure to get your attention. Plan to join us for fellowship and fun over cocktails and a plate of the freshest oysters in the South as well as other savory flare.

Want to know more about Rock Hill Restaurants?

Tune into the Southern Food Junkies vlog featuring Local food in Rock Hill. He does reviews, recipes, and discusses various aspects of places to eat in Rock Hill.

Who is the Southern Food Junkie?

The Southern Food Junkie is Rock Hill, South Carolina native who grew up in the south with a love for sweet tea, grits, collard greens, and cat head biscuits.

October 22nd 8AM to 2PM

St. John’s United Methodist ChurchFall Festival:

The St. John’s Fall Festival is a great time to get a head start on your holiday shopping. But don’t forget, this is also a goo time to get a little something for yourself too. All booths are filled so it’s sure to be a packed venue with lots of wonderful goodies of all varieties. All proceeds from the festival are donated to local charities.

October 31st 5:30pm-8:30pm

Morningstar Annual Fall Festival: 

Head out to Fort Mill for an evening of fun at the Morningstar Fall Festival and enjoy a small carnival-like atmosphere with games, food trucks, live music, and more – created to provide an environment to spend quality time in a safe place where kids can have fun!

There will be game booths so that the kids can circulate through to win candy, a train and other small rides, an inflatable bounce house and face painting. FUN!

375 Starlight Drive, Fort Mill, SC
More Info: 803-547-8484 ext 243

At Your Leisure: Bonus Goodies just for you!

Rock Hill Reader’s Fall Guide for 2016 has lots of things to do in Rock Hill and beyond.

Not everything has to be a designated event. With so much to do around Rock Hill, you are bound to find that adventure awaits you in ways you never thought of! Check out our bonus list of goodies that will help fill the spaces in your schedule for fun things to do at your leisure.

Rock Hill Parks and Recreation is an awesome source for community events that get you moving. Check out their calendar and find an art class, a bike ride, or Zumba session that you can take in your spare time. Click here for calendar.

Interested in bike rides in Rock Hill this fall? Check out all the great bike rides available, many of which are free and great for the whole family!

Where to Ride bikes in Rock Hill:
The Rock Hill Outdoor Center
Learn about the Giordana Velodrome, Novant Health BMX Supercross Track,Piedmont Medical Center Trail, and the mountain bike trails at the Rock Hill Outdoor Center in the Riverwalk community.

Other Places in Rock Hill and York County: Details

Learn more about biking at these links:
Rock Hill Trails & Greenways Map
Rock Hill Bicycle Club
League of American Bicyclists

Palmetto Cycling Coalition

Get out and take a fall road trip with friends and enjoy the Smokies National Park.

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Everything you need is right here in this beautiful guide: The Ultimate Smokies Guide to the National Park including: Original Reviews, Photos, Hours and More.

Pick Your Own Apples at Windy Hill Orchard: 9/10/2016 – 10/1/2016 Weekly on Saturday
10:00 am – 6:00 pm

Here are the details:

Bring the whole fam to pick some delish locally grown apples! And while you are there treat the kids to an apple cider donut and yourself to a glass of hard apple cider!

Windy Hill is an open Air Farm Stand with all your favorite Windy Hill Products. They have live music from Chris Holder, The Alan Barrington Trio, and Mike Faulkenberry and Friends.

Best of all, Hard Cider Tastings at The Cider Bar!!!

Click here for their calendar

Located at 1860 Black Hwy York, SC 29745

Another local favorite is the Anne Springs Close Greenway any time of the year, but especially during fall in York County!

From horse rides to guided tours, there’s something for anyone who loves the outdoors. The Greenway also encompasses some very important York County and Catawba Indian history with historical sites and markers throughout the park.

Check out their calendar and attend one of their events or just plan a day for the family to enjoy the fall leaves.

Want a day or evening out to enjoy adult beverages? Beer in Rock Hill flows at nearly every corner.

Check out all the great places in Old Town that offer locally and regionally brewed beer, spirits, and wine. Everything is within walking distance, so there’s no need to worry about traveling by car. Call a cab, Lyft, or Uber to take you home in one piece.

We don’t have an official bar crawl in Rock Hill, but it’s time. Take your own tour and see all the great stops around town to drink a cold one.

Click here to get the run-down of Rock Hill craft beer sites and map!

Take a fall tour of Old Town. Rock Hill walking tours are great exercise!

Get out those walking shoes and start plodding around in the cool weather before all the leaves fall! Click here to get the Historic Walking Tour of Rock Hill brochure and learn about our history.

The map points out some really great places right under our noses in town that you just don’t see driving around. Go at your own pace and bring the family. Stop at one of the many delicious eateries around Rock Hill for a fall time lunch and continue on your trek.

You can make the tour as long or short as you want and add a few stops of your own.

Want even more information about Rock Hill’s historied past? Find even more things to do in Rock Hill and check out these articles and posts about how we came to be Rock Hill, who founded our beautiful city, and find out how we grew from a literal hill of flint stone to what we are today.

Have you ever been to the White Home in Rock Hill?

If not, this is the perfect time of year to go (besides Christmas). Here’s an excerpt from the White Home’s website:

Built in 1839 in the historic East Town District, the White Home, located at 258 East White Street, was one of the first homes constructed in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Through exhibits and programs, the story of a family that was instrumental in the birth and development of Rock Hill – and has served South Carolina for generations – is told.

The historic White Home is open to the public during Historic Rock Hill’s regular office hours and offer self-guided and guided tours of the White Home as well as a walking tour of downtown Rock Hill.
White Home & Gift Shop Hours of Operation:
The White Home and Gift Shop are open to visitors during regular office hours. To make an appointment for a visit, please call 803-329-1020 during Historic Rock Hill, Tuesday thru Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Closed for holidays. Contact us to set up a walking tour, or a private or group tour.
White Home General Admission Prices:
Self-Guide Tour Rate, Guided Tour Rate, Walking Tour Rate
Adults (18-59) $6, $8, $10
Seniors (60+) $5, $7, $9
Student (5-17) $3, $5, $7
Members of HRH Free
4 & younger Free

Well, folks, that’s all for Rock Hill Reader’s Fall Guide for 2016!

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