Find Spartanburg events and things to do, including concerts, art walks, sporting events and nightlife entertainment. Be sure to also check out our outdoors guide for the Upstate and a listing of museums and galleries.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
Biltmore: Legends of Art & Innovation
May 17 – Nov 20 all-day

November 2021 – November 2022

Immerse yourself in our new exhibition series, Legends of Art & Innovation at Biltmore—featuring three different large-scale, multi-sensory experiences—created and produced by Grande Experiences using the very latest in immersive technology to illuminate the remarkable lives of Van Gogh, Monet, and Da Vinci and their timeless masterpieces of art and design.

Each individual component of this year-long series offers fascinating ties to George Vanderbilt’s collection of treasures for his magnificent home on the grounds of Biltmore.

Call for Artists: The Hopper Prize Grants
May 17 all-day
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The Hopper Prize is offering artist grants in the amount of $3,500 (2 available) and $1,000 (4 available) to artists worldwide working in all media. In total, 6 artists will receive unrestricted cash grants.

Submissions will be juried by

— Jody Graf, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1

— Pamela Meadows, Curator, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art

Our open call provides you with a direct path to get your work in front of these forward thinking exhibition makers. In addition to grants, 30 artists will be selected for a shortlist. Additional exposure is available via our online Journal as well as our Instagram feed, currently reaching an audience over 63k.

Explore the past winners archive at…,

Submit your work at

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May 17 all-day
Greer Relief Week
May 17 all-day
Greer Relief

We are excited to announce the first ever Greer Relief Week! With over 85 years of service to the community, we wanted to celebrate with this week of fun and fundraising. Your help is needed to raise money and awareness for our mission.

Greer Relief serves the Greater Greer community, through our Stability & Empowerment programs. Our services vary from financial assistance, to food, to teaching those in need. To learn more about our impact, check out our 2021 Annual Report.

Greer Relief Week will run from May 14th – May 21th.

There are plenty of ways to get involved. Need some ideas?

  1. Percentage Night: Donate a certain percentage of your earnings from a certain day/timeframe.
  2. Donation Match: Agree to match donations from your clients.
  3. Special Item Sale: Donate money earned from a specific item from your menu/services.
  4. Host a Drive: Hold a donation drive for our food and/or supply pantry. You could even offer discounts to those who bring an item to donate!
  5. Heart Hands: These Helping Hands help raise funds for Greer Relief. We will provide the tear-off notepad for your customers to make a donation to Greer Relief. This is another great opportunity for you to match funds.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Contact Caroline Robertson for more information.

Feel free to come up with your own ideas to support us during this week!

Leadership Spartanburg applications open
May 17 all-day

Leadership Spartanburg offers a backstage pass to Spartanburg County while preparing participants to work within our community as effective, knowledgeable leaders. Learn about, examine, and respond to the social and economic challenges and opportunities Spartanburg County faces during the nine-month program.

May 17 all-day
Leadership Spartanburg’s nine-month curriculum will run from September 2022 through May 2023, focusing on community information and issues, volunteerism and leadership development. Sessions are held one day a month, typically the third Thursday of the month from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Applications and letters for the 2022-2023 Leadership Spartanburg class are open through June 20, 2022.

Time commitment: An in-town opening retreat, followed by a eight-month curriculum from October through May that focuses on community information and issues.


  • OneSpartanburg, Inc. Members: $1,895
  • Non-members: $2,295

Selection Criteria

  • Civic Involvement
  • Leadership Potential
  • Diversity Perspective
  • Commitment to the Leadership Program and the community

2022-2023 Session Topics

  • Talent, Place, Economy and Image
  • Spartanburg’s History & Where We’re Headed
  • Fostering Spartanburg’s Educational Attainment
  • Community Issues: Challenges & Successes
  • Spartanburg County’s Economic Excellence
  • Local Talent to Promote Community Cohesion
  • Spartanburg’s Quality of Life & Cultural Assets
  • Health & Wellness: Impacting the Local Communities
Learn-Speak-Connect with Foreign Language Classes at Upstate International
May 17 – Dec 28 all-day
Online and in-person

Registration is OPEN for our winter Foreign Language Classes.

Learn~Speak~Connect with classes at Upstate International. DON’T DELAY: Classes fill up quickly!

Classes begin the week of January 3rd and will be completed by February 25th, then followed by our spring semester. Upstate International offers both once/week regular and twice/week intensive classes, online and in-house. English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Check the schedule for details. Click here:

Multifamily Recycling Grant Program
May 17 all-day
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NC DEACS Accepting Applications Now!

Last month DEACS launched a Multifamily Recycling Grant to support recycling at multifamily properties in North Carolina. Local governments, recycling businesses, and property management companies are all eligible to apply for funding. Grant funding can be used to purchase equipment and site developments to establish or expand recycling access for multifamily units. The maximum award is $250,000.

  • Multifamily Recycling Grant Program – OPEN
    This special grant program offers funding to initiate or expand multifamily recycling programs within the state. Eligible applicants include local governments, recycling businesses or non-profits, multifamily property owners, or multifamily property management companies. Grant funds may be used to purchase typical equipment needs to start or expand the collection of traditional household recyclables (paper, cardboard, metal cans, glass and plastic bottles and containers) from multifamily residences. Examples of eligible purchases include carts, dumpsters, collection vehicles, concrete pads, recycling corrals and education. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with no due date. Approved grant applications will be funded in the order in which they are received until funding is exhausted.

    Download the Multifamily Recycling Grant request for proposals (RFP) by selecting one of the following links (PDF or Word). Please submit completed applications to Tara Nattress at [email protected].

The Big Dog Show
May 17 all-day
Cleveland Park Stables and along Main Street in Downtown Greenville.

The Big Dog Show is a large-scale temporary art exhibition featuring artist Dale Rogers’ most beloved design, The American Dog. Since its original debut in 2009, this traveling public art collection has been featured in 22 shows in 11 different cities throughout the US.

LOCATION: The Big Dog Show will be located at the Cleveland Park Stables and along Main Street in Downtown Greenville.


March 11 – Press Conference

June 11 – Adoption Day – Greenville County Animal Care

June 11-19 – “Best in Show” Decorative Collars on Display

June 29 – K-9 Demonstration

July 25 – Dogs Depart

End of Exhibit (July TBD) – Artist Reception

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Spring Photo Contest – “Trees in Bloom”
May 17 @ 12:00 am – 12:45 pm
Chimney Rock State Park

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NC State Parks’ Year of the Tree continues with a celebration of spring trees. Break out your camera and capture the transformation of trees from winter to spring as they show off their gorgeous blooms throughout the next few months. You may even win a prize for your efforts!


1st Prize: The winning photo will be our Facebook cover photo for two weeks, and the photographer will receive two annual passes to Chimney Rock State Park, two boat tour tickets from Lake Lure Tours, and dinner for two at the Old Rock Café.

2nd Prize: After the first place photo, the second place photo will be our Facebook cover photo for one week. The photographer will receive two annual passes to Chimney Rock State Park and dinner for two at the Old Rock Café.

3rd Prize: The third place photographer will receive two adult day passes (or one family pack of day passes) to Chimney Rock State Park and dinner for two at the Old Rock Café.


  1. There is no fee to enter the contest. All photographs must be taken of Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park only in areas accessible to guests between April 1, 2022 – May 31, 2022.
    The contest is open to amateur and professional photographers.
  2. Up to three photos per person can be submitted via any of the following ways to be eligible to win:
    • Facebook: First, like the Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park page. Next, send us a private message including your contact information specified in rule #3.
    • E-mail: If you don’t have access to social media, you may email your digital photo with your contact information specified in rule #3 to [email protected]
  3. Every entry should be clearly labeled with the photographer’s name, city & state, a brief photo caption, an email address and the best phone number to reach you.
  4. Photos should be available at a minimum resolution of 1200 x 1600 pixels (1 MB minimum) to be eligible to win. Photos taken via smart phones, tablets and other mobile devices are welcome if they meet minimum requirements.
  5. For entries showing human faces, you must list their name(s) and have written permission from any photographed person(s) to use their image.
  6. Entries should reflect the photographer’s interpretation of the theme. Emphasis will be placed on quality, composition and creativity. All entries may be used in promotions of Chimney Rock and park-related activities.
  7. Digital images can be optimized but not dramatically altered with photo editing software. Black and white photographs are welcome.
  8. Finalists will be chosen by Chimney Rock staff and the winner will be voted on by the public. Decisions regarding winners are final.

Winners will be notified personally and announced on Chimney Rock’s social media. For more information, call 1-828-625-9611, ext. 1812 or email us at [email protected].

The Blood Connection in Urgent Need of O Negative Blood Donations
May 17 @ 7:00 am – 6:00 pm
The Blood Connection Spartanburg

The Blood Connection (TBC) now has an urgent need for O negative blood donations specifically in its Upstate region, which includes Greenville, Spartanburg, Lexington, Easley, Greenwood, and Seneca in South Carolina as well as Asheville and Hendersonville in western North Carolina. TBC is the exclusive blood provider for all hospitals in these regions.

O negative blood is the most transfused blood type for traumas and emergencies, so the demand never wavers. O negative blood donors are often referred to as the “universal donor” since everyone, no matter their blood type, can receive O negative blood. TBC now finds itself with dangerously low inventory levels of O negative blood and blood products caused by continued low donor turnout and recent trauma cases at TBC hospital partners in South Carolina.

The only way for the O negative blood supply to be replenished is for the public to donate blood. Anyone who knows they have O negative blood is urged to donate blood with TBC immediately. If potential donors do not know their blood type, they can donate with TBC and blood type information will be shared.

TBC has spent the past year battling historically low blood donor turnout. After many pleas with the South Carolina and North Carolina community, TBC has seen some recovery from these low collection numbers, but not enough to comfortably sustain the local hospital blood supply. TBC aims to have a 5-7 day supply of O negative blood but has recently had a 2-3 day supply. In some instances, one trauma case alone can use up that supply. Only about 7% of the world’s population has O negative blood.

To find a donor center or mobile unit location to donate, go to, call 864-751-1154, or walk into any donor center or mobile unit. TBC has eight donor center locations in the Upstate and western North Carolina regions.

Banco de Comida I Food Pantry
May 17 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am
United Ministries Administration and Emergency Assistance
Greenville State Farmers Market
May 17 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Greenville State Farmers Market

The Greenville State Farmers Market includes retail sheds and farmer stalls that offer a wide variety of locally grown products and specialty goods. Both quality and variety are standards for the volume of products offered for sale at the Greenville State Farmers Market. Market operations continue Monday – Saturday all year long, ceasing for only two holidays: Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Find information about upcoming events and what’s in season at our market’s Facebook page.


Office Hours

Monday – Friday  •  7:30 am – 4 pm
Closed on State Holidays


Retail Hours

Monday – Saturday  •  8 am – 6 pm
Admission and parking are free
Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

Banco de Comida I Food Pantry
May 17 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am
United Ministries
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Donation Needs
May 17 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Greer Relief
** We are currently running low on most food pantry items. Please help spread awareness that we are in need.**
Food Pantry
Canned Vegetables/Beans (Green Beans, Corn, Peas, etc.)
Mashed Potatoes
Cereal/Breakfast Items
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Household Items
**Paper Towels**
Bar Soap
Laundry Detergent
Dish Detergent
Any Cleaning Supplies!
If you can’t donate in person, consider using our Amazon Wishlist:
May 17 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church

Take advantage of free document shredding in the Upstate. Better Business Bureau® of the Upstate & AARP® South Carolina are partnering together to host a FREE Secure Your ID “Shred Day,” a national event created to promote awareness about identity theft and fraud protection. AARP and Better Business Bureau Education Foundation will be providing educational handouts to prevent consumers and businesses from becoming victims of identity theft. Individuals and businesses can take advantage of FREE on-site document shredding and take home practical tips to prevent identity theft online and off. Consumers are allowed to bring 3 banker 10″ x 12″ x 15″ size boxes or 3 kitchen “13 gallon size” plastic bags per consumer or business. Maximum number per consumer or business is 3. Cardboard boxes will be emptied and returned to consumers. Please, DO NOT bring the following items: desktop computers, monitors, laptops, printers, or external hard drives. In an effort to shred your sensitive documents in a timely manner, there is no need to remove binders, binder clips, paper clips, staples, rubber bands, or CDs/DVDs prior to shredding. Due to safety concerns and to ensure that we are able to serve as many vehicles as possible, we are unable to accept attendees on foot or allow consumers to get out of their vehicle to watch their paper shredded. The complimentary shred event is first come, first serve or until the shred trucks fill up. REGISTER TO WIN A FREE $100 SHREDDER! The AARP South Carolina Sweepstakes takes place between April 1, 9:00 a.m. EST zone and May 31, 2022, 9:00 a.m. EST zone. Register here:

Bellews Market
May 17 @ 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Bellews Market
Bellews Market

Open Year Round Large Selection. We have been in business for over 30 years supporting our local farmers and selling their produce. With over 40 farmers we have a wide selection of Farm Fresh fruits and vegetables. We offer a wide selection of pickles, relishes, jellies, jams, fresh baked cakes and traditional pound cakes.

Food Pantry Volunteer
May 17 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
Greer Relief
With more donations and more food orders, we need help in the food pantry – especially MONDAY, TUESDAY, and THURSDAY AFTERNOONS. Come help process donations, make food orders, and keep the pantry organized!

Greenville Center for Creative Arts: Sight(s) Specific
May 17 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Greenville Center for Creative Arts

In Sight(s) Specific, artists Charles Geiger, Julia Morrisroe, and Meredith Stoudenmire investigate the deeper impact of climate change, migration, and the controversial narratives associated with American monuments. Through abstracted forms, environmental and social issues precipitate to create conversation surrounding our past and our future.

Healthy Pets For Life
May 17 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Greenville Humane Society

Greenville Humane Society’s mission is to preserve the lives and enhance the well-being of animals. Our Vaccine Clinic does just that. We’re proud to offer common preventive services like vaccines, testing, and more to help keep your pet healthy—without breaking the bank, starting at $10! Here, you’ll get the same stellar care you deserve, but our costs are lower than traditional veterinary clinics (plus, you’re supporting a great cause!).

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