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.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
The Big Dog Show
May 18 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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

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

Logo Big Dog Show
big dog statue in field
statue of a big dog with a cat sitting on its back in a field
four dogs sitting in front of big dog statue
Spring Photo Contest – “Trees in Bloom”
May 18 @ 12:00 am – 12:45 pm
Chimney Rock State Park

Image result for Chimney Rock Park

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!

GREAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO 3 WINNING ENTRIES

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.

CONTEST RULES:

  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].

Greenville Center for Creative Arts: Sight(s) Specific
May 18 @ 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.

Pointes, Pirouettes and Plies: Carolina Ballet Theatre Turns 50
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Upcountry History Museum

Carolina Ballet Theatre – Raising the Barre in Greenville

For more than six centuries, ballet has graced royal courts and stages across the globe, and for 50 years, Greenville’s own Carolina Ballet Theatre has been bringing this timeless performance art to the Upstate.

From that first day in 1972 until now, CBT has been guided by the prospect of what could be. Its evolutionary, enlightened and engaging approach has ensured that this powerful performance art remains true to its origins while continuing to push the boundaries of this dynamic dance medium.

An artistic vision with hundreds of dancers, hundreds of hours of training and practicing, and countless performances have all culminated into a legacy of bringing world-class productions to the Greenville stage.

This exhibition celebrates an incredible 50-year journey that has encountered notable high points, as well as unimaginable setbacks, but still managing to raise the barre on entertainment excellence, engaged outreach, and unity through performance arts.

Reflections in Glass: Judy Martin
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Artists Collective | Spartanburg

Operation hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm. Art Walk this month is Thursday 19 May, 5-9pm, which will serve as the official receptions for all shows.

The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Upcountry History Museum

For more than 90 years, Warner Bros. animation has been bringing joy to all ages. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies produced some to the most iconic animated characters – Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Elmer Fudd, and more.

The classic Warner Bros. short animations were different from any other in that they were made with an adult audience in mind. The funny, exuberant stories with a breath-taking pace were peppered with sharp satire and references to topical matters and real-life phenomena as well as endless verbal fireworks. Six to seven minutes long, the cartoons were originally screened in film theatres before the feature film.

THE ART OF WARNER BROS. CARTOONS, an international traveling exhibition, includes 160 objects and film clips that invite visitors of all ages to explore the history of the legendary Warner animation studio. The exhibition includes production artwork, including drawings, paintings, and transparent celluloids used to create some of Warner Studios’ classic cartoon shorts from their 1930 debut through the early 1960s.

Visitors explore the elaborate process that went into the making of the classic Warner Bros. cartoons, considered to be among the finest, funniest, and most inventive animated shorts ever made. Vivacious, colorful and highly animated, the exhibition traces the development of all of Warner’s cartoon stars and gives a step-by-step breakdown of how animated films are made.

Windows + Doors: Patrick DeCrane and Gale Roberts
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Artists Collective | Spartanburg

Operation hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm. Art Walk this month is Thursday 19 May, 5-9pm, which will serve as the official receptions for all shows.

With Strings Attached: Beth Bullman Regula
May 18 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Artists Collective | Spartanburg

Operation hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm. Art Walk this month is Thursday 19 May, 5-9pm, which will serve as the official receptions for all shows.

Juneteenth GVL Mega Fest Artist Call
May 18 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
online w/ Juneteenth Mega Festival

Greenville’s first Juneteenth Mega Festival is holding an artist call, your work will be on display for the day in the park with QR codes for the visitors to purchase. We are looking for paintings & sculptures. All art must be dropped off by June 6th, drop off location will be emailed once accepted. To apply please send images of your piece/pieces you’d like to be considered as well as the dimensions.

If you don’t fall into these two categories but are an artist please email your talent as we may be able to include you in the day as well.

There will cash prizes for:

Best In Show

1st & 2nd Place

Thursday, May 19, 2022
The Big Dog Show
May 19 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.

SPECIAL EVENTS

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

Logo Big Dog Show
big dog statue in field
statue of a big dog with a cat sitting on its back in a field
four dogs sitting in front of big dog statue
Spring Photo Contest – “Trees in Bloom”
May 19 @ 12:00 am – 12:45 pm
Chimney Rock State Park

Image result for Chimney Rock Park

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!

GREAT PRIZES WILL BE AWARDED TO 3 WINNING ENTRIES

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.

CONTEST RULES:

  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].

Greenville Center for Creative Arts: Sight(s) Specific
May 19 @ 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.

Pointes, Pirouettes and Plies: Carolina Ballet Theatre Turns 50
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Upcountry History Museum

Carolina Ballet Theatre – Raising the Barre in Greenville

For more than six centuries, ballet has graced royal courts and stages across the globe, and for 50 years, Greenville’s own Carolina Ballet Theatre has been bringing this timeless performance art to the Upstate.

From that first day in 1972 until now, CBT has been guided by the prospect of what could be. Its evolutionary, enlightened and engaging approach has ensured that this powerful performance art remains true to its origins while continuing to push the boundaries of this dynamic dance medium.

An artistic vision with hundreds of dancers, hundreds of hours of training and practicing, and countless performances have all culminated into a legacy of bringing world-class productions to the Greenville stage.

This exhibition celebrates an incredible 50-year journey that has encountered notable high points, as well as unimaginable setbacks, but still managing to raise the barre on entertainment excellence, engaged outreach, and unity through performance arts.

Reflections in Glass: Judy Martin
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Artists Collective | Spartanburg

Operation hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm. Art Walk this month is Thursday 19 May, 5-9pm, which will serve as the official receptions for all shows.

The Art of Warner Bros. Cartoons
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Upcountry History Museum

For more than 90 years, Warner Bros. animation has been bringing joy to all ages. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies produced some to the most iconic animated characters – Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, Elmer Fudd, and more.

The classic Warner Bros. short animations were different from any other in that they were made with an adult audience in mind. The funny, exuberant stories with a breath-taking pace were peppered with sharp satire and references to topical matters and real-life phenomena as well as endless verbal fireworks. Six to seven minutes long, the cartoons were originally screened in film theatres before the feature film.

THE ART OF WARNER BROS. CARTOONS, an international traveling exhibition, includes 160 objects and film clips that invite visitors of all ages to explore the history of the legendary Warner animation studio. The exhibition includes production artwork, including drawings, paintings, and transparent celluloids used to create some of Warner Studios’ classic cartoon shorts from their 1930 debut through the early 1960s.

Visitors explore the elaborate process that went into the making of the classic Warner Bros. cartoons, considered to be among the finest, funniest, and most inventive animated shorts ever made. Vivacious, colorful and highly animated, the exhibition traces the development of all of Warner’s cartoon stars and gives a step-by-step breakdown of how animated films are made.

Windows + Doors: Patrick DeCrane and Gale Roberts
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Artists Collective | Spartanburg

Operation hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm. Art Walk this month is Thursday 19 May, 5-9pm, which will serve as the official receptions for all shows.

With Strings Attached: Beth Bullman Regula
May 19 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Artists Collective | Spartanburg

Operation hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10am-4pm. Art Walk this month is Thursday 19 May, 5-9pm, which will serve as the official receptions for all shows.

Creative Ladies
May 19 @ 10:30 am – 1:00 pm

Creative Ladies is a group that uses their creative minds, and a variety of materials for projects that have been featured at the Chapman Cultural Center and at the Spring Fling.

CC Woodson Community Center
210 Bomar Avenue
864-596-3710
Juneteenth GVL Mega Fest Artist Call
May 19 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
online w/ Juneteenth Mega Festival

Greenville’s first Juneteenth Mega Festival is holding an artist call, your work will be on display for the day in the park with QR codes for the visitors to purchase. We are looking for paintings & sculptures. All art must be dropped off by June 6th, drop off location will be emailed once accepted. To apply please send images of your piece/pieces you’d like to be considered as well as the dimensions.

If you don’t fall into these two categories but are an artist please email your talent as we may be able to include you in the day as well.

There will cash prizes for:

Best In Show

1st & 2nd Place

Art Walk
May 19 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Various Art Galleries

Participating museums and galleries are open from 5 – 8pm. Light refreshments are usually served.