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.

Thursday, October 21, 2021
GIRLS ON THE RUN in the Upstate
Oct 21 – Nov 20 all-day
Varies

Run, encourages girls of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Our tested curriculum blends physical activity with skill development that enables girls to adapt to whatever comes their way. In today’s unpredictable world, the strategies learned at Girls on Run are more important than ever.

The $150 Program Fee Includes: 16 lessons conducted by certified GOTR Coaches, an official GOTR t-shirt, participation in the season-ending 5K, a water bottle, a snack at each practice & a 5K finisher’s medal.

  • Monday, September 20, 2021
    to  Saturday, November 20, 2021
  • TimeProgram dates and times vary by school site. Please refer to our website for specific instructions. http://www.gotrupstatesc.org
  • Abner Creek Academy (T/TH 2:45 – 4:00 PM)
    Grades 3-4 (Open)
  • Bethel Church (T/TH 3:30 – 5:00 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Caine Halter YMCA GOTR (M/W 5:00 – 6:15 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Caine Halter YMCA GOTR (T/TH 3:30 – 4:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Caine Halter YMCA Heart & Sole (T/TH 5:00 – 6:15 PM)
    Grades 6-8 (Open)
  • Cannons Elementary (T/TH 2:30 – 3:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Carver Middle School (M/W 3:30 – 5:00 PM)
    Grades 6-8 (Open)
  • Cherrydale Elementary (T/TH 2:15 – 4:30 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Eastside Elementary School (W/TH 3:15 – 4:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Fairforest Elementary School (M/TH 2:15 – 4:00 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Fork Shoals School (T/TH 2:45 – 4:00 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Jesse Boyd Elementary School (T/TH 2:30 – 3:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Legacy Early College (T/TH 4:00 – 5:15 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Liberty Middle School (M/W 3:15 – 4:45 PM)
    Grades 6-8 (Open)
  • Limestone-Central Elementary School (T/TH 2:30 – 4:00 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Mauldin Elementary (T/TH 2:30 – 3:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Neighborhood Focus (T/TH 4:30 – 5:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Pavilion Rec Complex GOTR (T/TH 5:15 – 6:30 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Pavilion Rec Complex Heart & Sole (T/TH 5:15 – 6:30 PM)
    Grades 6-8 (Open)
  • Spartanburg Day School (M/W 2:30 – 4:00 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Sterling School & Charles Townes Center (T/TH 2:30 – 4:00 PM)
    Grades 6-8 (Open)
  • Stone Academy (T/TH 2:45 – 4:00 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Taylors Elementary (T/TH 2:30 – 3:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA (M/W 4:00 – 5:15 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Thomas E. Hannah Family YMCA (T/TH 4:00 – 5:15 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Thomas E. Kerns Elementary (M/TH 2:30 – 3:45 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Welcome Elementary (T/TH 3:00 – 4:30 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
  • Willis Road YMCA (T/TH 4:00 – 5:30 PM)
    Grades 3-5 (Open)
Hub Love Geo Trail
Oct 21 all-day
Various Spartanburg Parks and Recreation Sites

Hub Love Trail

The City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation department is taking geocaching to an exciting new level. Launching on May 3rd, 2014 is the Hub City Geotrail. This Geotrail will take you around the City of Spartanburg on a high tech adventure and scavenger hunt. Get your GPS ready for the kick off at this year’s Spring Fling. There will be a limited edition, trackable geocoin for participants that complete the trail passport.

To redeem your Geocoin you can hand deliver your completed passport to our Park, Recreation and Special Events office located at 100 North Liberty Street in Spratnaburg. (Our office is above the Sparta Passenger Center) PLease keep in mind that our office is open Monday – Friday and closed on holidays.

You can also mail your complete passport to:

Parks, Recreation & Special Events PO Box 1749 Spartanburg, SC 29304

Please make sure if you mail your passport in that you include your complete mailing address!

Hub Love Passport

To learn more about geochaching follow the link below.

Geocaching 101

Nantahala River Rafting Fully Guided
Oct 21 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

guests rafting on the Nantahala River Raft & Duck Rentals in North Carolina trip

A guided whitewater rafting trip is one of the best ways to experience the Nantahala Gorge. The crystal-clear Nantahala River is the perfect family-friendly river where experienced river guides will help you navigate through splashy Class II-III rapids and bouncy waves, with occasional calmer waters where you can enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery. The fully guided rafting trip the most popular adventure at NOC, with thousands of families returning year after year.

VIRTUAL RAILFAN is live!
Oct 21 all-day
Online

VIRTUAL RAILFAN is live!

VIRTUAL RAILFAN is live from the Hub City RR Museum in Spartanburg.

The Virtual Railfan cameras were installed on Tuesday, July 6th at the Hub City Railroad Museum. There is one camera looking north and one looking south. The Hub City RR Museum wants to thank the City of Spartanburg for allowing us to install the cameras, and to Virtual Railfan for the install. We already have seen over 300 railfans at one time watching the video feed.
Links to live feeds:
[North Camera feed]
[South Camera feed]

Children’s Fountain at RiverPlace
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 pm
RiverPlace

Children playing in the railroad-themed splash fountain at Riverplace

CHILDREN’S FOUNTAIN

Located at RiverPlace, this railroad-themed splash fountain is a popular spot to cool off in the summer months. Hours of operation are 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, from April 1 to October 31.

Zumba! GOLD
Oct 21 @ 10:30 am – 11:30 am
Perfect For
 
Active older adults who are looking for a modified Zumba® class that recreates the original moves you love at a lower-intensity.
 
How It Works
 
The design of the class introduces easy-to-follow Zumba® choreography that focuses on balance, range of motion and coordination. Come ready to sweat, and prepare to leave empowered and feeling strong.
 
Benefits
 
Class focuses on all elements of fitness: cardiovascular, muscular conditioning, flexibility and balance!

 

 
 
C.C. Woodson
210 Bomar Ave.
864-596-3710
S.C. State Fair Will Resume 2021
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 8:00 pm
The SC State Fair

The South Carolina State Fair returns in Columbia Oct. 13-24, 2021.

After keeping its commitment to the community and adapting to a free, drive-through fair in 2020, the S.C. State Fair will once again welcome guests in person for 12 days of exhibits, competitions, food, rides, entertainment and the free, daily “CIRCUS at the Fair.”

Fair officials said they are committed to following the latest Covid-19 health guidelines and ensuring a safe event for everyone.

“For more than 150 years, the South Carolina State Fair has brought families and friends together to create lifelong memories,” says S.C. State Fair General Manager Nancy Smith, who served as the 2020 chair of the International Association of Fairs and Exhibitions. “As always, safety is our top priority, and we’ve taken extra precautions this year, including increased health and safety measures and a new mandatory clear bag policy.”

2021 S.C. State Fair Highlights

With nearly 70 rides, this year’s S.C. State Fair will have sky-high thrillers and family-friendly fun, including two new kiddie rides, Dumbo and Tea Cup.

A mix of stage and roving shows will entertain patrons, including various musical shows, dance groups, animal acts, magicians, jugglers, stunt artists and more.

Back by popular demand is the free daily “CIRCUS at the Fair,” which will feature fresh new acts and a never-before-seen show.

Traditional favorites also will return, including arts and crafts displays, agriculture, pig races, livestock exhibits and more.

With more than 90 food stands, guests will find everything from fried cookie dough and donut burgers to S.C. State Fair staples (Fiske fries and foot-long corn dogs) and lighter fare (Greek salad).

A variety of new food items will also be introduced — as well as the expansion of the S.C. State Fair’s cookie kitchen.

Covid-19 Health Precautions

This year, S.C. State Fair officials said they will follow the latest CDC, state and local mask guidelines, have increased hand sanitation stations, offer limited contact payment options, provide increased cleaning protocols and display hygiene signage throughout the Fairgrounds.

The officials said they will ask that fairgoers help protect themselves and others by following the event’s safety protocols — as well as state and local public health recommendations and mandates.

To ensure a safe and memorable event, officials said the S.C. State Fair will have:

  • A large contingent of law enforcement on the grounds from open to close every day of the fair.
  • Updated metal detector technology.
  • A new mandatory clear bag policy. This policy is similar to those implemented throughout Columbia, S.C., and across the country, complying with a new level of security expected of large, heavily-attended events and festivals.
  • Additions to general grounds security.
  • Updated youth admission policy.


Call for Exhibition Competitors

Each year, South Carolina’s agriculture, art, crafts, flowers and livestock are showcased at the S.C. State Fair.

Officials said the call for entries is now open, and exhibition competitors are asked to submit their entries to be considered for this year’s S.C. State Fair by Sept. 1, 2021.

Those wishing to compete can view the department Exhibit Guide and enter online at scstatefair.org/competitions.

Wednesday, Oct. 13:  Noon – 9 p.m.   

Thursday, Oct. 14:  11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Friday, Oct. 15:  11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Saturday, Oct. 16: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 17:  Noon – 9 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 18:  11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Tuesday, Oct. 19:  11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Wednesday, Oct. 20:  11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Thursday, Oct. 21:  11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Friday, Oct. 22:  11 a.m. – 9 p.m. 

Saturday, Oct. 23:  10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 24:  Noon – 8 p.m. 

SC State Fair
Oct 21 @ 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
South Carolina State Fairgrounds
Greenville Parks + Rec Afterschool Program
Oct 21 @ 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Various Community Centers

Afterschool

The Study Buddies Afterschool program is offered at four community centers throughout Greenville. The program runs Monday through Friday from 2:30-6 p.m. Participants will receive homework assistance, life skills development, recreational activities, educational projects, and much more. A healthy meal is provided daily for each participant. This program is open to students in K through 8th grade.

Registration is currently open for city of Greenville residents. 

Participants in the Study Buddies Afterschool program  will receive homework assistance, life skills development, recreational activities, educational projects, and much more. A healthy meal is provided daily. This program is open to students in 5K through 8th grade.

We are committed to providing our students a safe, enriching, and healthy afterschool experience. View Afterschool Health and Wellness Policy (PDF)

Dates: August 17, 2021 – June 1, 2022                                                         *Program does not run when there is no school for holidays, half days, teacher work days, vacations, or snow days (following Greenville County School calendar).

Time: 2:30 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Fees:  $585 for City Residents

Discounts for families registering two or more children. Payment plan available in 9 installments with the first initial payment due upon registration.

Financial Assistance: City of Greenville residents with documented financial need will automatically qualify for a reduced fee after school program. Qualified participants must complete the application and submit all required documentation to be eligible for the reduced fee. Financial aid will automatically be added to the participants online account after their application and documentation has been approved. Applications are available online (see below under documents) or in person at David Hellams Community Center or Bobby Pearse Community Center.

Financial assistance rates are $270 for the year. Sibling discounts do not apply to financial assistance rates.

Locations:

  • Bobby Pearse Community Center (FULL)
    • Elementary: Stone Academy
    • Middle: League Middle
  • David Hellams Community Center
    • Elementary: East North Street
    • Middle: Greenville Middle
  • Nicholtown Community Center
    • Elementary: Lake Forest
    • Middle: Northwood Middle
  • West Greenville Community Center
    • Elementary: AJ Whittenberg (transportation will be provided)
    • Middle: League
    • Legacy Charter School also provides transportation to the Center

Bussing Directly From The School To The Community Center: The City of Greenville DOES NOT provide transportation from the school to the afterschool site. Parents are responsible for arranging school bus transportation and also letting the school know that their child will be attending this afterschool program.

GENERAL INFORMATION

  • Refunds are not available after the first week of the program.
  • Prior to August 17, Parent/Guardian must submit all completed parent consent forms.

DOCUMENTS

Parent Handbook

Parent Handbook Forms

Financial Assistance Application Form

Afterschool Flyer

Studio 52 MUSIC THEATRE (Virtual), 1st-4th Grades
Oct 21 @ 4:30 pm – 5:15 pm
Online
Young girl dancing in
                    bedroom

MUSIC THEATRE (Virtual), 1st-4th Grades

Sing, dance, and act your way through a Broadway musical! This high-energy, low-pressure virtual class explores the plot and characters of a musical as young actors learn songs and dances from the show. With fun activities and games emphasizing creative play, movement, voice, and improvisation, this process-based class will build theatre skills and allow a fun outlet for your bite-sized Broadway actor. No experience is necessary.

Instructor: Anna Kimmell
*Need-based scholarships are available upon application.
Learn more below about payment plans and multi-student discounts.

Boo at the Zoo
Oct 21 @ 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Riverbanks Zoo & Garden

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Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular.

 On Sale September 1

Details Coming Soon

Studio 52: SCRIPT WRITING + PERFORMANCE (Virtual), 5th-7th Grades
Oct 21 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Online

In this eight-week virtual class, young artists will combine creative writing, improvisation, and acting skills as they write and perform original theatrical scenes. With engaging games and exercises that stretch the imagination and encourage collaboration, students will explore the foundational principles of storytelling as they follow the writing process from the first draft to the first read-thru! No previous writing or acting experience is required.  

Instructor: TJ Simba-Medel

*Need-based scholarships are available upon application.
Learn more below about payment plans and multi-student discounts.

Boo at the Zoo
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Riverbanks Zoo

Hey, kids! Put on your cutest costume for the Zoo’s popular Halloween spook-tacular.

Downtown Trolley Greenville’s Main Street
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Greenville's Main Street

Photo of people boarding trolley

Downtown trolleys add to the excitement and enjoyment of Greenville’s Main Street experience. The red and blue open-air trolleys offer a vintage look and feel complete with a cow catcher on the front and wooden bench seats inside. Trolleys are wheelchair accessible and are equipped with bicycle racks.

Winter Lights at The North Carolina Arboretum
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The North Carolina Arboretum

Winter Lights returns to the gardens November 19-January 1

Tickets are now sold PER VEHICLE, not per person.

We are thrilled to announce that the 2021 Winter Lights holiday event will welcome members and guests back into the gardens as it returns to the traditional outdoor walk-through open-air show format. The famously tall 50-foot lighted tree and the Quilt Garden will be back, outfitted with new designs in lights, while throughout the gardens, popular arrangements will mingle with ones never seen before.

You can find everything you need to know about Asheville’s Brightest Holiday Tradition at the tabs above, and be sure to secure your tickets now.

We hope you will join us this holiday season!

 

Winter Lights is the Arboretum’s largest annual fundraiser, and supports many parts of its mission driven programming.

Zumba!
Oct 21 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Everybody and every body! Each Zumba® class is designed to bring people together to sweat it on.

How It Works

We take the “work” out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. Once the Latin and World rhythms take over, you’ll see why Zumba® Fitness classes are often called exercise in disguise. Super effective? Check. Super fun? Check and check.

Benefits

A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility, boosted energy and a serious dose of awesome each time you leave class.

$5 a class or free with Wellness Membership
 
 
C.C. Woodson
210 Bomar Ave.
864-596-3710
Studio 52: VIRTUAL THEATRE 8th – 12th Grades (Virtual)
Oct 21 @ 6:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Online

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Instructor: TJ Simba-Medel

“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.” In this class, teen artists will discover how to create theatrical work in any environment. Using devising philosophies that inspire installation and site-specific performances, students from across the country will explore a series of creative prompts that awaken their imaginations and empower their own unique artistic voice. We invite artists of all mediums (writers, dancers, filmmakers, visual artists, designers, musicians, and more) to connect and collaborate in this explorative online course. Journalling and sharing will be fundamental to the process.

*Need-based scholarships are available upon application.
Learn more about payment plans and multi-student discounts below.

Moonlight Movies: WILLY WONKA AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Falls Park
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1hr 40 min

Synopsis: A poor but hopeful boy seeks one of the five coveted golden tickets that will send him on a tour of Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory.

  • Director: Mel Stuart
  • Writers: Roald Dahl, David Seltzer
  • Stars: Gene Wilder, Jack Alberston, Peter Ostrum
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JOIN US EVERY THURSDAY IN SEPTEMBER & OCTOBER FOR FREE MOVIES IN FALLS PARK.

Come early to grab a good spot and play trivia with us before the show. Movies begin at sundown in Falls Park every Thursday in September & October. Local food trucks and Poppington’s Popcorn will be on-site.

Feel free to bring your own picnic, chairs/blanket and enjoy a cozy night under the stars!

$1 wristbands must be purchased on-site if you plan on bringing alcohol.

As an important reminder for all, please leave all pets at home, do not bring glass cups or bottles and no smoking on-site.

Friday, October 22, 2021
Hub Love Geo Trail
Oct 22 all-day
Various Spartanburg Parks and Recreation Sites

Hub Love Trail

The City of Spartanburg Parks and Recreation department is taking geocaching to an exciting new level. Launching on May 3rd, 2014 is the Hub City Geotrail. This Geotrail will take you around the City of Spartanburg on a high tech adventure and scavenger hunt. Get your GPS ready for the kick off at this year’s Spring Fling. There will be a limited edition, trackable geocoin for participants that complete the trail passport.

To redeem your Geocoin you can hand deliver your completed passport to our Park, Recreation and Special Events office located at 100 North Liberty Street in Spratnaburg. (Our office is above the Sparta Passenger Center) PLease keep in mind that our office is open Monday – Friday and closed on holidays.

You can also mail your complete passport to:

Parks, Recreation & Special Events PO Box 1749 Spartanburg, SC 29304

Please make sure if you mail your passport in that you include your complete mailing address!

Hub Love Passport

To learn more about geochaching follow the link below.

Geocaching 101

Nantahala River Rafting Fully Guided
Oct 22 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

guests rafting on the Nantahala River Raft & Duck Rentals in North Carolina trip

A guided whitewater rafting trip is one of the best ways to experience the Nantahala Gorge. The crystal-clear Nantahala River is the perfect family-friendly river where experienced river guides will help you navigate through splashy Class II-III rapids and bouncy waves, with occasional calmer waters where you can enjoy the spectacular mountain scenery. The fully guided rafting trip the most popular adventure at NOC, with thousands of families returning year after year.