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, February 25, 2020
NAMI Basics
Feb 25 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Prisma Campus

For parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional disorders: ADD/ADHD, depression, bipolar, anxiety disorders, OCD, oppositional defiant disorder, and more. Know the facts. Find help and resources. Feel understood and validated. Develop better parenting and communication skills.

To register, email [email protected] or call 864-331-3300

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Diabetes and PCOS Educational Support Groups
Feb 26 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Nutritious Thoughts is offering two new educational support groups.  The Diabetes Education and Support Group is open to members of the community who have diabetes (Type 1, Type 2, or Gestational) and would benefit from extra education and support around this disease. The group will meet for an hour on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of each month from 6 to 7 pm at the Nutritious Thoughts office and will include a short education provided by Registered Dietitian, Margaret Ruch, MS, RD, LDN. The gatherings will also include plenty of time for peer support for members to help each other deal with the daily demands of life with diabetes.

 “I’m excited to be able to offer this group as there’s a real need for education and support around this issue that is so common in our community,” stated Margaret Ruch, MS, RD, LDN.

The second group is open to all those dealing with Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and looking for more comradery and assistance in navigating their relationship with food and PCOS.  This group will be led by Registered Dietitian, Katie Rhodes, RD, LDN, and will be held the 4th Wednesday of every month from 6 to 7 pm at Nutritious Thoughts.

Immigration Policy and Politics in 2020: Separating Fact from Fiction
Feb 26 @ 7:00 pm
Watkins Room, Trone Student Center, Furman University

The issue of both legal and illegal immigration promises to remain a major focus of the 2020 presidential election. In recent years, Congress and Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump have been unable to enact meaningful legislation to stem the flow of undocumented immigrants to the country or develop a plan for immigrants living in the U.S. illegally. However, the Trump administration has taken controversial steps to reduce the numbers of legal immigrants, undocumented immigrants, and asylum seekers coming to America. In addition, this past November, the Supreme Court heard arguments regarding whether the Trump administration can shut down the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which allows certain young undocumented immigrants to remain in the U.S. and work legally, but does not provide them a path to citizenship.

Furman’s Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow Angela Maria Kelley will examine trends in U.S. immigration policy and law, current challenges and controversies, and what the 2020 presidential candidates propose as the best approach to resolving this divisive issue.

Parking is available in the Trone Center parking lot or the chapel lots. If you park in the chapel lot, walk past the fountains toward the library and veer left around the library. You’ll see Trone Student Center immediately in front of you.

Thursday, February 27, 2020
The Sustainability of Coffee with Paul Robbins
Feb 27 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Hub City Bookshop

Roasters and coffee lovers — come by Little River Coffee Bar and Hub City Bookshop on Thursday, February 27th for a talk with Dr. Paul Robbins on the ecological and environmental impacts (good or bad) of large scale coffee farming.

Learn how a small foreign roaster can positively impact coffee growing regions and farmers, as well as the difficulties and benefits in obtaining product labels such as Fair Trade and Organic.

Paul Robbins is the dean of the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he guides the institute in serving as a world leader in addressing rapid global environmental change.

Friday, February 28, 2020
Starry Nights – Cowboy Astronomer at Roper Mountain
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Roper Mountain Science Center

Daniel Observatory

The Cowboy Astronomer is a skillfully woven tapestry of star tales and Native American legends, combined with constellation identification, star-hopping, and astronomy tidbits — all told from the unique viewpoint of a cowboy astronomer who has traveled the world plying his trade and learning the sky along the way.

Recommended for age 4 and above.

The Observatory is open from 8:00pm – 9:15pm.

Starry Nights – Oasis In Space at Roper Mountain
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Roper Mountain Science Center

Daniel Observatory

 

Oasis In Space transports the audience on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxy and solar system in search of liquid water!

Recommended for ages 10 and above.

 

Saturday, February 29, 2020
Redesigning Our Future: National Environmental Summit for High School Students
Feb 29 all-day
Catawba College
Family Science Saturday: Things that Leap!
Feb 29 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
SC Botanical Garden

Family Science Saturday: Things that Leap!

Celebrate the leap year in this hoppy open house! Meet some bouncy bunnies and learn about the lives and habits of frogs and other animals who leap. Learn how to make an origami frog and other fun hoppy activities. Drop in to the Nature Center for family-friendly, hands-on science explorations and fun activities with some of our Master Naturalists and other special guests.

Step Into the Past: Brrr…Bear Stew
Feb 29 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
SC Botanical Garden-

Step Into the Past: Brrr...Bear Stew

We’re finishing up the meat from the big hunt in October.  Absolutely delicious in a pot of potatoes and carrots.  Of course, we throw in plenty of onions and dried greens to keep us healthy until Spring. We’re also having dried apple pie, with bear lard in the crust. Nothing makes a more tender, flavorful crust than bear lard.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
NAMI Basics
Mar 3 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Prisma Campus

For parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional disorders: ADD/ADHD, depression, bipolar, anxiety disorders, OCD, oppositional defiant disorder, and more. Know the facts. Find help and resources. Feel understood and validated. Develop better parenting and communication skills.

To register, email [email protected] or call 864-331-3300

Friday, March 6, 2020
Organic Growers School 27th Annual Spring Conference, March 6–8
Mar 6 all-day
Mars Hill University

The 27th Annual Spring Conference—for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and sustainability seekers—is hosted by Organic Growers School (OGS), an Asheville-based non-profit organization. The conference takes place Friday–Sunday, March 6–8, 2020. The weekend event takes place at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill and the pre-conference events are in Buncombe and Henderson Counties.

Cost for  the pre-conference workshops are $60 with conference registration (Saturday, Sunday, or both) and $75 without. Cost for the weekend conference if registered by January 31, 2020 is $65 for Saturday and $80 for Sunday with the full weekend for $110.  For registration  after January 31, the cost of Saturday is $80, Sunday is $70 and the full weekend is $140.

The Spring Conference offers practical, region-specific workshops on farming, gardening, permaculture, urban growing, and rural living and includes a trade show, a seed exchange, special guest speakers, and a Saturday evening social.

More than 150 classes—both 90-minute sessions and half-day workshops—are offered on Saturday and Sunday in 17 learning tracks:

  1. Community Food

  2. Cooking

  3. Earth Skills

  4. Farmers: Beginning

  5. Farmers: Experienced

  6. Gardening: Beginning

  7. Gardening: Experienced

  8. Herbs

  9. Homesteading

  10. Livestock

  11. Mushrooms

  12. Permaculture

  13. Poultry

  14. Soils

  15. Sustainable Forestry

  16. Sustainable Living

  17. Thinking Big

This one-of-a-kind event brings people of all walks of life together for a weekend of learning, inspiration, and networking and features a host of local and regional experts. The mission of the Spring Conference is to provide down-to-earth advice on growing and sustainable living while remaining affordable and accessible. The Spring Conference is the largest locally run sustainability conference in the Southeast and is proudly focused on regionally appropriate growing methods.

Three full-day, on-farm, pre-conference workshops with special guest instructors are available on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They are:

  1. Mushroom Cultivation at the Farm & Home with William Padilla-Brown & Leif Olson at Creekside Farms Education Center in Arden, NC.

  2. Healing Our Soils through Compost, and Compost Tea: Safe & Natural Fertilizers with Troy Hinke at Living Web Farms in Mills River, NC

  3. Chickens & You: From Egg to Table with Pat Foreman & Meagan Coneybeer at Franny’s Farm in Leicester, NC.

The conference will also host an evening lecture on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Leah Penniman entitled, Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming & Food Justice. The location for this event is the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston St, Asheville, NC 28801.

The Spring Conference features a trade show on Saturday and Sunday that showcases a wide array of exhibitors and products from local farms, gardening suppliers, and cottage industries that specialize in organic products and resources. Also featured on Saturday and Sunday is the annual Seed and Plant Exchange booth which offers the opportunity to preserve genetic diversity and protect regionally adapted varieties. Attendees may bring excess seeds and small plants to share, barter, or trade.

For more information, visit the website at https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/ and see the entire weekend schedule at https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/schedule/.

Saturday, March 7, 2020
Organic Growers School 27th Annual Spring Conference, March 6–8
Mar 7 all-day
Mars Hill University

The 27th Annual Spring Conference—for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and sustainability seekers—is hosted by Organic Growers School (OGS), an Asheville-based non-profit organization. The conference takes place Friday–Sunday, March 6–8, 2020. The weekend event takes place at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill and the pre-conference events are in Buncombe and Henderson Counties.

Cost for  the pre-conference workshops are $60 with conference registration (Saturday, Sunday, or both) and $75 without. Cost for the weekend conference if registered by January 31, 2020 is $65 for Saturday and $80 for Sunday with the full weekend for $110.  For registration  after January 31, the cost of Saturday is $80, Sunday is $70 and the full weekend is $140.

The Spring Conference offers practical, region-specific workshops on farming, gardening, permaculture, urban growing, and rural living and includes a trade show, a seed exchange, special guest speakers, and a Saturday evening social.

More than 150 classes—both 90-minute sessions and half-day workshops—are offered on Saturday and Sunday in 17 learning tracks:

  1. Community Food

  2. Cooking

  3. Earth Skills

  4. Farmers: Beginning

  5. Farmers: Experienced

  6. Gardening: Beginning

  7. Gardening: Experienced

  8. Herbs

  9. Homesteading

  10. Livestock

  11. Mushrooms

  12. Permaculture

  13. Poultry

  14. Soils

  15. Sustainable Forestry

  16. Sustainable Living

  17. Thinking Big

This one-of-a-kind event brings people of all walks of life together for a weekend of learning, inspiration, and networking and features a host of local and regional experts. The mission of the Spring Conference is to provide down-to-earth advice on growing and sustainable living while remaining affordable and accessible. The Spring Conference is the largest locally run sustainability conference in the Southeast and is proudly focused on regionally appropriate growing methods.

Three full-day, on-farm, pre-conference workshops with special guest instructors are available on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They are:

  1. Mushroom Cultivation at the Farm & Home with William Padilla-Brown & Leif Olson at Creekside Farms Education Center in Arden, NC.

  2. Healing Our Soils through Compost, and Compost Tea: Safe & Natural Fertilizers with Troy Hinke at Living Web Farms in Mills River, NC

  3. Chickens & You: From Egg to Table with Pat Foreman & Meagan Coneybeer at Franny’s Farm in Leicester, NC.

The conference will also host an evening lecture on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Leah Penniman entitled, Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming & Food Justice. The location for this event is the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston St, Asheville, NC 28801.

The Spring Conference features a trade show on Saturday and Sunday that showcases a wide array of exhibitors and products from local farms, gardening suppliers, and cottage industries that specialize in organic products and resources. Also featured on Saturday and Sunday is the annual Seed and Plant Exchange booth which offers the opportunity to preserve genetic diversity and protect regionally adapted varieties. Attendees may bring excess seeds and small plants to share, barter, or trade.

For more information, visit the website at https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/ and see the entire weekend schedule at https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/schedule/.

Redesigning Our Future: National Environmental Summit for High School Students
Mar 7 all-day
Catawba College
Sunday, March 8, 2020
Organic Growers School 27th Annual Spring Conference, March 6–8
Mar 8 – Mar 9 all-day
Mars Hill University

The 27th Annual Spring Conference—for farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, and sustainability seekers—is hosted by Organic Growers School (OGS), an Asheville-based non-profit organization. The conference takes place Friday–Sunday, March 6–8, 2020. The weekend event takes place at Mars Hill University in Mars Hill and the pre-conference events are in Buncombe and Henderson Counties.

Cost for  the pre-conference workshops are $60 with conference registration (Saturday, Sunday, or both) and $75 without. Cost for the weekend conference if registered by January 31, 2020 is $65 for Saturday and $80 for Sunday with the full weekend for $110.  For registration  after January 31, the cost of Saturday is $80, Sunday is $70 and the full weekend is $140.

The Spring Conference offers practical, region-specific workshops on farming, gardening, permaculture, urban growing, and rural living and includes a trade show, a seed exchange, special guest speakers, and a Saturday evening social.

More than 150 classes—both 90-minute sessions and half-day workshops—are offered on Saturday and Sunday in 17 learning tracks:

  1. Community Food

  2. Cooking

  3. Earth Skills

  4. Farmers: Beginning

  5. Farmers: Experienced

  6. Gardening: Beginning

  7. Gardening: Experienced

  8. Herbs

  9. Homesteading

  10. Livestock

  11. Mushrooms

  12. Permaculture

  13. Poultry

  14. Soils

  15. Sustainable Forestry

  16. Sustainable Living

  17. Thinking Big

This one-of-a-kind event brings people of all walks of life together for a weekend of learning, inspiration, and networking and features a host of local and regional experts. The mission of the Spring Conference is to provide down-to-earth advice on growing and sustainable living while remaining affordable and accessible. The Spring Conference is the largest locally run sustainability conference in the Southeast and is proudly focused on regionally appropriate growing methods.

Three full-day, on-farm, pre-conference workshops with special guest instructors are available on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. They are:

  1. Mushroom Cultivation at the Farm & Home with William Padilla-Brown & Leif Olson at Creekside Farms Education Center in Arden, NC.

  2. Healing Our Soils through Compost, and Compost Tea: Safe & Natural Fertilizers with Troy Hinke at Living Web Farms in Mills River, NC

  3. Chickens & You: From Egg to Table with Pat Foreman & Meagan Coneybeer at Franny’s Farm in Leicester, NC.

The conference will also host an evening lecture on Friday, March 6, 2020 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with Leah Penniman entitled, Farming While Black: African Diasporic Wisdom for Farming & Food Justice. The location for this event is the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston St, Asheville, NC 28801.

The Spring Conference features a trade show on Saturday and Sunday that showcases a wide array of exhibitors and products from local farms, gardening suppliers, and cottage industries that specialize in organic products and resources. Also featured on Saturday and Sunday is the annual Seed and Plant Exchange booth which offers the opportunity to preserve genetic diversity and protect regionally adapted varieties. Attendees may bring excess seeds and small plants to share, barter, or trade.

For more information, visit the website at https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/ and see the entire weekend schedule at https://organicgrowersschool.org/conferences/spring/schedule/.

Tuesday, March 10, 2020
NAMI Basics
Mar 10 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Prisma Campus

For parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional disorders: ADD/ADHD, depression, bipolar, anxiety disorders, OCD, oppositional defiant disorder, and more. Know the facts. Find help and resources. Feel understood and validated. Develop better parenting and communication skills.

To register, email [email protected] or call 864-331-3300

Saturday, March 14, 2020
Redesigning Our Future: National Environmental Summit for High School Students
Mar 14 all-day
Catawba College
SPACE Day Explore the Moon & Beyond!
Mar 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Roper Mountain

Parking is FREE and in the Main Parking Lot. Buses provide transportation around the mountain continuously

The second Saturday of select months provides an opportunity for the public to visit the learning spaces throughout the science center. This is a great opportunity to enjoy experiences similar to those which engage students during the weekday lessons held in the center’s classrooms and labs. The Living History Farm, Harrison Hall of Natural Sciences, Planetarium, Observatory, and Symmes Hall of Science all provide stimulating activities for fun and learning. Many Second Saturdays showcase special events or themes based on fascinating topics in science, health, and social studies. There is always something new and exciting to see and do, so mark your calendar and make Roper Mountain Science Center your regular destination for Second Saturday fun!

Tuesday, March 17, 2020
NAMI Basics
Mar 17 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Prisma Campus

For parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with behavioral and emotional disorders: ADD/ADHD, depression, bipolar, anxiety disorders, OCD, oppositional defiant disorder, and more. Know the facts. Find help and resources. Feel understood and validated. Develop better parenting and communication skills.

To register, email [email protected] or call 864-331-3300

Rosa Parks-Chautauqua Talk
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hughes Main Library

Free event and parking
More Info: HistoryComesAlive.org or 864-244-1499

Join an audience that loves talking back to history to discuss Rosa Parks – with Teresa Cosby, Furman University Associate Professor of Politics & International Affairs.

Sometimes when the status quo needs to be shaken up, it is necessary to take a stand. Other times, one must courageously take a seat. Rosa Parks is best known for being arrested for sitting in the wrong bus seat. But Parks was not an apolitical, middle-aged lady whose fatigue kept her seated. Hers was an act that radically challenged America to reinvent itself.

This event is NOT a costumed performance. Rosa Parks will be performed by Becky Stone in the Chautauqua History Comes Alive Festival (June 12 – 21.)

Saturday, March 21, 2020
Redesigning Our Future: National Environmental Summit for High School Students
Mar 21 all-day
Catawba College