GREENVILLE, S.C. (WSPA) – City of Greenville officials announced that Fall for Greenville is expected to return in October.

Greenville Events and Affairs tweeted the event will happen October 8-10.

According to Fall for Greenville’s website, the weekend will kick-off the weekend with a concert on October 7.

The annual food and music festival was canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s not gated,” said Board Chair for Fall for Greenville, Megan Finnern. “It’s free and open to the public, so it is our hope that it will look very similar to in years past.”

Finnern said as of right now, there are no COVID restrictions in place. Event coordinators plan to work with city leaders to map out changes if needed closer to the festival.

This year’s festival will feature more than 40 restaurants, hundreds of menu items, beer taps and wine vendors, as well as six different stages and 75 bands.

“You can come and you can listen to great music while you enjoy your food,” Finnern said. “You can come and enjoy the festival and not eat for completely free and listen to those great bands.”

Finnern said these restaurants need your support.

“While we love having it and obviously bringing in the bands, for us the top priority is to support the community and the restaurants,” said Finnern.

Board member Joshua Riley comes to the festival from a different angle as the Chief Operating Officer for Sully’s Steamers.

He said this is each restaurant’s shot to draw the crowd back to their location.

“It’s the ability to display the best that you have with a sample size so that people will then enjoy it and go back to your restaurant,” said Riley.

If you’re a vendor interested in participating, slots are now open on the event’s website.

Riley said the festival itself is a rewarding experience.

“This year being back, being able to provide a festival for 150-thousand people to come into Greenville, experience the foody scenes, see some live music, have family fun live entertainment, it’s good to be back to normal,” said Riley.

Sheets of tickets cost five dollars. Food items and drink items range anywhere from three to 12 tickets.