Downtown Greenville will be humming Oct. 9-11 this year as the annual Fall for Greenville festival transforms several streets into a center for fall fun.

Visitors from all over Greenville, Pickens, Anderson and Spartanburg counties are expected to attend the autumn-themed community gathering of vendors, sponsors and guests.

The event sponsored by Pepsi and OneMain Financial will take place downtown, on Main Street from East North to River streets, and the streets will be lined with vendors and activities for all ages.

In the past, the highlight of the festival has been the food, and that theme is expected to continue this year.

Coffee Underground, Gigi’s cupcakes, Joy of Tokyo, Kilwin’s Chocolate Fudge Ice Cream, and Mellow Mushroom Pizza will all bring their businesses out to the festival, among several others.

In total, over 40 businesses are coming out to celebrate, and almost 250 menu items will be available to visitors.

This year, the festival is not just for adults; kids can also get out and have fun.

The Nationwide Insurance Kids’ Area on East Broad Street will have activities and rides filling a whole block, including a merry-go-round, climbing rock wall and treehouse slide.

Competitions also factor into the festival, and vendors will have the opportunity to participate in various contests including a culinary challenge from US Foods Inc. and a tent-decorating challenge.

Visitors to the downtown Greenville are welcome to come out to Fall for Greenville at no charge, and all entry and entertainment is free for the entire weekend.

Tickets to use as currency at the various vendors can be purchased online.

Tickets are $5 for a sheet of eight, and if a customer purchases $50 worth, an additional sheet is free.