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.

Interested in adding an event to our calendar? Please click the green “Post Your Event” button below.

Tuesday, February 27, 2024
2024 Carl Sandburg Poetry Contest is open with a theme of “Memory”
Feb 27 all-day
online w/ Carl Sandburg Home

Carl Sandburg wrote countless words in an array of different genres, including poetry, children’s stories, journal articles, as well as a biography and autobiography! He wrote of love and nature, dreams and struggles. This year’s theme of “Memory” is echoed in much of his works. ““Under the summer roses, when the flagrant crimson, lurks in the dusk, Of the wild red leaves, Love, with little hands, comes and touches you with a thousand memories, and asks you beautiful, unanswerable questions.” Carl Sandburg

Poems submitted for the 2024 contest should reflect the theme of “Memory.” By definition, “the process or power of recallling something learned or experienced from the past” Note: Poems do NOT need to be titled Memory, as long as the poem itself relates to the theme.

Students are invited to submit a poem to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site’s annual Student Poetry Contest. The contest encourages youth to explore writing their own poetry and is open to students nationwide!

  • Submissions are accepted from grades 3-12 and must be submitted by email by Monday March 4, 2024. See below for submission rules.
  • Winners will be notified by April 7, 2024, and will be invited to participate in a virtual celebration program on Sunday, April 28.
Clemson Career Workshop applications open
Feb 27 all-day
online

Clemson Career Workshop (CCW) aims to expose high-achieving, underrepresented high school students to higher education, specifically Clemson University. They are recruiting high school sophomores who will be juniors after this summer to participate in the two-year program. Scholarships to CCW students who complete the program and attend Clemson! To learn more and complete the application visit here. Applications are due March 8th*.

For questions contact Christian Barrientos, [email protected]

Welcome to the Office of College Preparation & Outreach.
We have several programs and initiatives at Clemson University that illuminate pathways to college, bridge the opportunity gap, and create a college-going culture for K-12 students in South Carolina and beyond. Here, you will find our three signature programs (Clemson Career WorkshopEmerging Scholars, and Tiger Alliance) and their eligibility requirements. Please read through each program carefully as you seek to apply, as we only consider eligible students during the acceptance process.
Hispanic Alliance Scholarships Open
Feb 27 all-day
online

On Saturday, October 18th 1997 — an enthusiastic group of visionary women from Greenville and Spartanburg met with the purpose of organizing events that could benefit our community.

To this date, the women of AHAM have raised and awarded a total of $496,000. They’ve organized Hispanic Heritage Festivals where they’ve shared the richness of their countries of origin with our Upstate community. They’ve held silent auctions, galas, and volunteered countless hours — all with the goal of making higher education more accessible to our Latino youth. Thanks to the women of AHAM, and all of its supporters, we have made college more accessible to 174 exceptional Hispanic students in the state of South Carolina.

It all started with a desire to help future generations succeed

THE SELECTION PROCESS

One of the attributes that sets AHAM apart, is its well-established candidate selection process. Because we have been at this for 20+ years, we have substantial institutional knowledge and a documented set of procedures and best practices that ensure a fair and systematic selection process.

Selection Process Overview

  • Applications and accompanying documents are verified by the Scholarship Committee.

  • The Scholarship Committee then determines which students meet the requirements established under the criteria of the scholarship program.

  • The Scholarship Committee will inform all applicants of whether or not they have met the requirements for the scholarship.

  • Successful Applicants will receive an appointment for a Scholarship Selection Interview.

  • An auditor (who is not related to AHAM or its membership) is present at all interviews and certifies the transparency of the selection process.

Scholarship Requirements

Learn a New Language and Broaden your Horizons with Upstate International!
Feb 27 – May 3 all-day
Upstate International

Registration for Spring 2024 language classes at Upstate International is open!
Embark on a transformative journey with Upstate International’s language classes designed to elevate your career and broaden your horizons. With eight language options available our small classes provide an intimate learning environment where you can progress at your own pace. Immerse yourself in the richness of cultural diversity while acquiring valuable language skills that will open doors to new opportunities.
This 15-week semester beginning January 22nd offers Finnish French Spanish Russian etc. Whether you want to learn a language for work, expand your resume, play, travel, or stimulate your brain, UI has a class for you.
Classes are conducted in an informal relaxed atmosphere and are limited to no more than ten people. There are two types of classes: Regular classes meet once a week for 75 minutes costing $180 per semester and Intensive classes meet twice a week for 90 minutes each costing $480 per semester. Annual memberships are required for all students and cost from $75 to $100.
Classes are held both online and in person at Upstate International 9 S. Memminger Street Greenville SC.
For more information please visit www.upstateinternational.org

Spring 2024 Language Classes
Feb 27 – May 3 all-day
Upstate International Center

Stimulate your brain this Spring by learning a new language or building on your current foreign language skills at Upstate International, a 501(c)(3), empowering people and businesses of all nations to thrive in the Upstate by connecting them through programs, events, and initiatives that foster the dynamic exchange of international cultures and ideas.

Registration for Spring language classes at Upstate International will be open in a few weeks! The 15-week semester, beginning on January 22nd and ending on May 3rd, will offer classes in English, French, Italian, German, Russian, and Spanish. Whether you want to learn a language for work, expand your resume, play, travel, or stimulate your brain, UI has a class for you.

Classes are conducted in an informal, relaxed atmosphere and are limited to no more than ten people. There are two types of classes: Regular classes meet once a week for 75 minutes, costing $180 per semester, while Intensive classes meet twice a week for 90 minutes, costing $480 per semester. UI language classes are only available to UI members. Annual memberships are required for all students and cost $75 to $100.

Classes are held online and in person at Upstate International, 9 S. Memminger Street, Greenville, SC.

For more information, please visit www.upstateinternational.org

If you are interested in being notified when registration opens for the Spring semester, sign up on our Spring Semester Interest Sheet. https://secure.lglforms.com/form_engine/s/1PZ24MutkpKyTSJj7JwT4w

SUPPORT Greenville Connects 
Feb 27 all-day
online

 

 

Greenville Connects is a local nonprofit advocating for better transit access and funding. Greenlink needs funding to develop their plan for 30 minute service and 15+ new routes to connect all the major towns in Greenville County. Full funding will create $2 billion in local economic growth.

Right now though, our transit needs advocates to help save the route service to the Mauldin/Simpsonville community. Please contact these elected officials to help:

  1. Mayor Paul Shewmaker[email protected] | 864-619-8445
  2. Attached are also the council members you can contact. Share why transit matters to you and why you feel Simpsonville needs to maintain funding of the Simpsonville connector rout

Click here to download Greenville Connects presentation

 

Sign up for their newsletters

Ten at the Top Resource Maps: Food Access Resource Map
Feb 27 all-day
online
Curious about what organizations are helping Upstate veterans? Maybe you need a some info on schools in your area. Whatever resource you’re looking for, TATT has a map for that!
Each month we’ll be highlighting one of our interactive resource maps, connecting you to the Upstate community more than ever before!
As the weather gets colder, access to food resources becomes more crucial than ever. Whether you’re looking to volunteer your time, assist a friend in need, or find resources for you and your family, the interactive food access resource map has plenty of information to get you on the right track!
VITA free income tax preparation assistance
Feb 27 all-day
Greenville County

Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), VITA provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with a household income of $60,000 a year or less. Our team can help you obtain all eligible tax credits and deductions, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Education Tax Credits and Child Care tax deductions.

There are now three easy ways to file for free through VITA:

IN-PERSON

IRS-trained and -certified volunteers serve at over 40 locations across the Upstate to help participants receive all eligible tax credits and deductions. Clients arrive to their appointment, complete intake forms and provide necessary documentation to the volunteer tax preparer. Once the return is complete, another certified volunteer will review the return for accuracy then the entire return will be reviewed with the client.

With direct deposit, refunds typically arrive within 7–21 days when filed electronically.

To schedule your VITA appointment, use our online calendar and select the date, time and location most convenient for you. For scheduling support, dial 2-1-1 or call toll-free at 1-866-892-9211.

Click here to learn what you should bring to your VITA appointment.

MYFREETAXES

United Way’s MyFreeTaxes is the only free, national, online tax filing program offered by a nonprofit. It is completely free for federal and state returns, optimized for all devices (desktop, tablet or mobile) and easy to use — most filers complete their taxes in less than an hour.

MyFreeTaxes is available to those with a household income of less than $73,000 a year. If you need support, you can contact their helpline at (866) 698-9435 or visit myfreetaxes.com/support.

MyFreeTaxes is also now available in Spanish at myfreetaxes.com/es.

GETYOURREFUND.ORG

In partnership with CodeForAmerica, this 100 percent virtual option provides a way for clients to connect with free VITA services from anywhere in the country. Visit GetYourRefund.org to answer a series of simple questions and securely upload your tax documents. The VITA team will remotely prepare the return, contact taxpayers to review the return and file with taxpayer consent.

This service is available for those with a household income of less than $60,000 a year.

VITA Greeter Volunteer
Feb 27 all-day
Greer Relief & Resources Agency, Inc.

Could this be you?

*At least 18 years old, friendly, outgoing, flexible and a good problem solver.

*Have the ability to respond to neighbors in a supportive and empathic manner.

*Be able to respect the confidential nature of the paperwork involved.

If so, this may be your calling. Our VITA Greeters welcome the neighbors upon their arrival. During check-in, you will make sure they have the needed and completed documents for our tax preparers. You do NOT need to have any knowledge of taxes to participate in this activity.

We offer this assistance from the end of January to mid April. The weekly shifts are Tuesday and Thursday from 5pm to 8pm and Saturday from 8:30am to 1:30pm. We are asking that volunteers can do at least one shift most weeks.

For more information, contact Yvonne at 864.334.3493 or email her at [email protected] She will connect with you.

Thank you for the support and supporting the neighbors in the community!!

VITA: taking appointments for taxes
Feb 27 all-day
online

VITA is now taking appointments to file your taxes! This United Way program provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with a household income of $60,000 a year or less.

To schedule an appointment, visit unitedwaygc.org/impact/vita/.

VITA is also supporting individuals with obtaining their ITIN in order to file their taxes at no cost, including undocumented community members. You must be able to answer a few questions to check if you are eligible. To do so please contact Debbra Alvarado at [email protected] or 864-256-0760. **Limited spots available and appointments are required**

Nature’s Blueprints: Biomimicry in Art and Design
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am – 7:00 pm
NC Arboretum

Baker Exhibit Center

In an age of complex environmental challenges, why not look to the ingenuity of nature for solutions? The forms, patterns, and processes found in the natural world—refined by 3.8 billion years of evolution—can inspire our design of everything from clothing to skyscrapers. This approach to innovation, called biomimicry, is becoming increasingly popular.

Nature’s Blueprints is supported in part by The North Carolina Arboretum Society, The Laurel of Asheville, RomanticAsheville.com Travel Guide, and Smoky Mountain Living Magazine.

Chautauqua Talk: Maria von Trapp
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hughes Main Library

Discover the life and legacy of Maria von Trapp and participate in a Q&A session. Led by Marian Strobel. Note: Not a costumed performance. Livestream option available.

Maria von Trapp Talk led by Marian Strobel
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm
Hughes Main Library

This event is a discussion, not an in-character performance. Hughes Main Library or Join Us Online. FREE.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
2024 Carl Sandburg Poetry Contest is open with a theme of “Memory”
Feb 28 all-day
online w/ Carl Sandburg Home

Carl Sandburg wrote countless words in an array of different genres, including poetry, children’s stories, journal articles, as well as a biography and autobiography! He wrote of love and nature, dreams and struggles. This year’s theme of “Memory” is echoed in much of his works. ““Under the summer roses, when the flagrant crimson, lurks in the dusk, Of the wild red leaves, Love, with little hands, comes and touches you with a thousand memories, and asks you beautiful, unanswerable questions.” Carl Sandburg

Poems submitted for the 2024 contest should reflect the theme of “Memory.” By definition, “the process or power of recallling something learned or experienced from the past” Note: Poems do NOT need to be titled Memory, as long as the poem itself relates to the theme.

Students are invited to submit a poem to Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site’s annual Student Poetry Contest. The contest encourages youth to explore writing their own poetry and is open to students nationwide!

  • Submissions are accepted from grades 3-12 and must be submitted by email by Monday March 4, 2024. See below for submission rules.
  • Winners will be notified by April 7, 2024, and will be invited to participate in a virtual celebration program on Sunday, April 28.
Clemson Career Workshop applications open
Feb 28 all-day
online

Clemson Career Workshop (CCW) aims to expose high-achieving, underrepresented high school students to higher education, specifically Clemson University. They are recruiting high school sophomores who will be juniors after this summer to participate in the two-year program. Scholarships to CCW students who complete the program and attend Clemson! To learn more and complete the application visit here. Applications are due March 8th*.

For questions contact Christian Barrientos, [email protected]

Welcome to the Office of College Preparation & Outreach.
We have several programs and initiatives at Clemson University that illuminate pathways to college, bridge the opportunity gap, and create a college-going culture for K-12 students in South Carolina and beyond. Here, you will find our three signature programs (Clemson Career WorkshopEmerging Scholars, and Tiger Alliance) and their eligibility requirements. Please read through each program carefully as you seek to apply, as we only consider eligible students during the acceptance process.
Donate A Meal to the VITA Team
Feb 28 all-day
Greer Relief

You and/or your company can host a meal for our wonderful VITA Volunteers. The meal can be homemade or catered through a restaurant. The VITA Program runs from the end of January to mid April. On Tuesday and Thursday evenings most are coming to Greer Relief straight from work, and on Saturday they spend the day here and lunch would be greatly appreciated. We have even more VITA Volunteers this year to reach our goal of helping to prepare 1000 tax returns! With a hefty number like that, a great meal will be the fuel needed to reach that goal. If you can help, Click here to sign up.  Thank you for the support!!

If you have any questions or need more information, contact Yvonne at 864.334.3493 or email her at [email protected] She will connect with you.

Hispanic Alliance Scholarships Open
Feb 28 all-day
online

On Saturday, October 18th 1997 — an enthusiastic group of visionary women from Greenville and Spartanburg met with the purpose of organizing events that could benefit our community.

To this date, the women of AHAM have raised and awarded a total of $496,000. They’ve organized Hispanic Heritage Festivals where they’ve shared the richness of their countries of origin with our Upstate community. They’ve held silent auctions, galas, and volunteered countless hours — all with the goal of making higher education more accessible to our Latino youth. Thanks to the women of AHAM, and all of its supporters, we have made college more accessible to 174 exceptional Hispanic students in the state of South Carolina.

It all started with a desire to help future generations succeed

THE SELECTION PROCESS

One of the attributes that sets AHAM apart, is its well-established candidate selection process. Because we have been at this for 20+ years, we have substantial institutional knowledge and a documented set of procedures and best practices that ensure a fair and systematic selection process.

Selection Process Overview

  • Applications and accompanying documents are verified by the Scholarship Committee.

  • The Scholarship Committee then determines which students meet the requirements established under the criteria of the scholarship program.

  • The Scholarship Committee will inform all applicants of whether or not they have met the requirements for the scholarship.

  • Successful Applicants will receive an appointment for a Scholarship Selection Interview.

  • An auditor (who is not related to AHAM or its membership) is present at all interviews and certifies the transparency of the selection process.

Scholarship Requirements

SUPPORT Greenville Connects 
Feb 28 all-day
online

 

 

Greenville Connects is a local nonprofit advocating for better transit access and funding. Greenlink needs funding to develop their plan for 30 minute service and 15+ new routes to connect all the major towns in Greenville County. Full funding will create $2 billion in local economic growth.

Right now though, our transit needs advocates to help save the route service to the Mauldin/Simpsonville community. Please contact these elected officials to help:

  1. Mayor Paul Shewmaker[email protected] | 864-619-8445
  2. Attached are also the council members you can contact. Share why transit matters to you and why you feel Simpsonville needs to maintain funding of the Simpsonville connector rout

Click here to download Greenville Connects presentation

 

Sign up for their newsletters

Ten at the Top Resource Maps: Food Access Resource Map
Feb 28 all-day
online
Curious about what organizations are helping Upstate veterans? Maybe you need a some info on schools in your area. Whatever resource you’re looking for, TATT has a map for that!
Each month we’ll be highlighting one of our interactive resource maps, connecting you to the Upstate community more than ever before!
As the weather gets colder, access to food resources becomes more crucial than ever. Whether you’re looking to volunteer your time, assist a friend in need, or find resources for you and your family, the interactive food access resource map has plenty of information to get you on the right track!
VITA free income tax preparation assistance
Feb 28 all-day
Greenville County

Sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), VITA provides free income tax preparation assistance to individuals and families with a household income of $60,000 a year or less. Our team can help you obtain all eligible tax credits and deductions, especially the Earned Income Tax Credit, Child Tax Credit, Education Tax Credits and Child Care tax deductions.

There are now three easy ways to file for free through VITA:

IN-PERSON

IRS-trained and -certified volunteers serve at over 40 locations across the Upstate to help participants receive all eligible tax credits and deductions. Clients arrive to their appointment, complete intake forms and provide necessary documentation to the volunteer tax preparer. Once the return is complete, another certified volunteer will review the return for accuracy then the entire return will be reviewed with the client.

With direct deposit, refunds typically arrive within 7–21 days when filed electronically.

To schedule your VITA appointment, use our online calendar and select the date, time and location most convenient for you. For scheduling support, dial 2-1-1 or call toll-free at 1-866-892-9211.

Click here to learn what you should bring to your VITA appointment.

MYFREETAXES

United Way’s MyFreeTaxes is the only free, national, online tax filing program offered by a nonprofit. It is completely free for federal and state returns, optimized for all devices (desktop, tablet or mobile) and easy to use — most filers complete their taxes in less than an hour.

MyFreeTaxes is available to those with a household income of less than $73,000 a year. If you need support, you can contact their helpline at (866) 698-9435 or visit myfreetaxes.com/support.

MyFreeTaxes is also now available in Spanish at myfreetaxes.com/es.

GETYOURREFUND.ORG

In partnership with CodeForAmerica, this 100 percent virtual option provides a way for clients to connect with free VITA services from anywhere in the country. Visit GetYourRefund.org to answer a series of simple questions and securely upload your tax documents. The VITA team will remotely prepare the return, contact taxpayers to review the return and file with taxpayer consent.

This service is available for those with a household income of less than $60,000 a year.