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Greenville Events & Things to Do

Explore theatres, galleries, concerts, nightlife, things to do , and more in the Greenville, SC and Upstate areas.

Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844-2012
May 14 – Aug 16 all-day

Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844-2012

May 14, 2016 – August 16, 2016

On November 8, 2016, Americans will elect the 45th President of the United States.

Commemorating this time honored tradition, in a Presidential election year, the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University will present Sign of the Times: The Great American Political Poster, 1844-2012, a traveling exhibition from the Mid America Arts Alliance.

Departing from the monarchical tradition of Britain, the founding fathers of the United States created a system in which the American people had the power and responsibility to select their leader. Under this new order, George Washington, the first U.S. president, was elected in 1789. At the time, only white men who owned property could vote, but the 15th, 19th, and 26th Amendments to the Constitution have since expanded the right of suffrage to all citizens over 18.

Taking place every four years, presidential campaigns and elections have evolved into a series of fiercely fought and sometimes controversial contests. The stories behind each election – some ending in landslide victories, others decided by the narrowest of margins – provide a road map to the events of U.S. history.

The short-lived hardworking political poster tells the story of American politics through the years and how a dignified portrait, a catchy slogan, bold graphics, and the selling of the American dream are part of the
campaign process. The exhibition traces the political campaign posters humble beginnings in the 1840s, to its modern day message, tested tag lines and trendsetting designs. Exploring a variety of styles, design trends, and printing technology the exhibit encourages visitors to contemplate past political contests and look more closely at the 2016 Presidential race to the White House.

In addition to the 50 original and rarely seen posters created in the last 170 years, the Museum will exhibit selected presidential campaign photographs from its Wilson Photographic Collection, 1941-1986. Images
include campaign visits to the Upstate by numerous presidential hopefuls including Richard M. Nixon, John F. Kennedy, and Barry Goldwater.

Upcountry Museum, Furman University

540 Buncombe St, Greenville, SC 29601

Saturday 10AM–5PM

Sunday 1–5PM

Monday Closed

Tuesday 10AM–5PM

Wednesday 10AM–5PM

Thursday 10AM–5PM

Friday 10AM–5PM

Memorial Day Stars!
May 23 – May 27 all-day
Celebrate National Pet Week! at HandsOn! Hendersonville
Sponsored by Etowah Valley Veterinary Hospital.
All Day. Memorial Day Stars! All Ages.
Prepare to celebrate Memorial Day by making stars to use as decorations.
Free with $5 admission/free for members.
Ware Shoals’ Catfish Feastival
May 27 – May 28 all-day

Ware Shoals’ Catfish Feastival

The 2016 Ware Shoals Catfish Feastival will be held on the Friday and Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. Last year over 20,000 people attended the two day event. We hope you will be able to join us for an exciting weekend on May 27 & 28, 2016.

We will have lots of FREE entertainment. The entertainment begins Friday afternoon and continues all day Saturday.

We will also have a number of arts & crafts vendors on Friday and Saturday. (All handmade items.) We will have bears, dolls, pocketbooks, jewelry, candles, baby items, little kids clothing, marshmallow shooters, hair bows, ladies accessories, leather goods, wooden toys, wreaths, puppets, face painting, etc. etc. A perfect time to pick up early gifts for everyone in your family, and for friends, and for yourself!

And, of course, we will have TONS of FOOD! The first Baptist Church’s seasoned cooks will be returning on Friday and Saturday to cook their Fried Catfish Plates, Catfish Stew, Fried and BBQ chicken, BBQ ribs, and much more.

There will be a variety of foods from other food vendors also, for everyone to enjoy! There will be Greek, Caribbean and plain old southern cooking for every taste. Chicken wings, burgers , Hawaiian shaved ice, ice cream, funnel cakes, nachos, fresh squeezed lemonade, pizza, bbq, fried pork skins and bake sale items, etc. etc. etc. You know we call it a “feastival” because we eat all weekend.

Come join in!!!!


Highlights of the Collection Tour
May 27 @ 3:00 pm

Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery (M&G) Presents:

Highlights of the Collection

45- minute guided tours of the collection are available at M&G at Bob Jones University on Thursdays and Fridays at 3 p.m. for $3 in addition to general admission. Ask about these tours in the M&G Gift Shop.

May 27 @ 3:00 pm

The GLOW Theatre Presents:


The fast, fun concert of all of your favorite soprano songs, duets and ensembles from musical theatre, jazz and opera will leave you smiling and singing a tune!  It’s Sopranomania!  Starring, sopranos:  Ashley King, Brittany Hogan Alomar, Claire Duffle, Jennifer Alynn-Perri, Sara Magun, Elizabeth Devault and Michelle Evans Jarrell.  Music directed by Dr. Susan Lyle

300 S Main St, Greenville, SC 29601

The Art of Sleuthing Tour
May 27 @ 3:00 pm

Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery (M&G) Presents:

The Art of Sleuthing Tour

45- minute guided tours of The Art of Sleuthing are available at M&G at Heritage Green Tuesday- Saturday at 3 p.m. for $3 in addition to general admission.  Ask about these tours in the M&G Gift Shop.

Live After Five
May 27 @ 5:00 pm

The Biltmore Presents: Live After Five

Biltmore turns up the volume as darkness falls across the Blue Ridge Mountains with musical evenings. Fridays and Saturdays feature Live After Five with energetic bands, the Grape Stomp, and casual food featuring chef-inspired cookout favorites. Dance with lively jazz and pop, then complete your evening with relaxed dining on the estate.

*Your visit to Antler Hill Village & Winery is included in your Biltmore admission. Passholders can bring friends to Antler Hill Village for free after 5:00 p.m. Please note, no outside food and beverage is permitted in the village area, and no outside alcohol is permitted on Biltmore grounds.

Jazz on the Square
May 27 @ 5:30 pm

The City of Spartanburg, SC Presents: Jazz on the Square

Friday evenings in the spring and fall in Downtown Spartanburg mean one thing; it’s time for Jazz on the Square! The City of Spartanburg brings this biannual music series to Morgan Square in Downtown Spartanburg every Friday in April and May and then again in September and October. Shows are from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

The Square provides the perfect venue to enjoy Jazz on the Square, with its picturesque surroundings providing the perfect backdrop for the sounds of some great local and regional musicians. Beverages are available for purchase (Anyone wishing to purchase an alcoholic beverage must be 21 years of age and must show a valid ID) and after the show, Downtown Spartanburg’s fantastic restaurants have dinner covered.

Main Street Fridays
May 27 @ 5:30 pm

Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays


  • Venue: NOMA Square
  • Location: NOMA Square
  • Address:220 North Main Street, Greenville, SC 29601
  • Times:5:30pm-9:30pm
  • Admission: Free!
  • Phone:864-467-5741
  • Recurrence: Every Friday
Spartanburg School District 7 Musical
May 27 @ 7:00 pm

Spartanburg School District 7 Musical

Spartanburg School District 7 will present its annual district-wide Broadway show on May 26, 27, and 28 at 7 p.m. and May 29 at 3 p.m. The show will include students from all schools in the district and will be a great evening of fun for the entire family. Tickets will go on sale in April.

Event Time(s)
Thursday May 26, Friday, May 27 & Saturday, May 28 at 7p
Sunday, May 29 at 3p

All ages

Chapman Cultural Center theater

Presented By
Spartanburg School District SEVEN

NeNe Leakes
May 27 @ 7:30 pm

NeNe Leakes at The Comedy House

2 Shows: 7:30 & 10:30pm

NeNe is the breakout star of Bravo’s hit reality show, “Real Housewives of Atlanta”.
– 18+ Show –
The Comedy House, Columbia, SC
Tryon NC: “Summer Tracks” Outdoor Music Series
May 27 @ 7:30 pm
 Bayou Diesel (Zydeco and Cajun)
The Bayou Diesel Band has been touring the bayous and valleys of Western North Carolina since 2002. Led by Steve Burnside on accordion and Tall Paul on bass, the group has performed everywhere from Merlefest to Bele Chere to Asheville’s Downtown After 5. Continuing to be a top rate dance band, now in 2013, the group plies the clublands and wedding landscapes of the Southern Appalachian tapestry. With 2 CD’s “Sold Here” and “The Bayou Diesel Band, Et Toi!”, the environmentally affable chaps are Creole contenders in the zydeco industry.
Unscripted: Improv Comedy Reunion from JAMBAG
May 27 @ 7:30 pm

Unscripted: Improv Comedy Reunion from JAMBAG

Every Friday night at 7:30pm features theatrical improv comedy.

1 E Coffee St, Greenville, SC 29601

May 27 @ 8:00 pm


Heritage Park Amphitheater

861 SE Main Street, Simpsonville, SC 29681

May 27 @ 8:00 pm

The Warehouse Theatre Presents:  LES LIAISONS DANGEREUSES

When two Parisian aristocrats grow bored with their days, they enter into a lethal game of seduction and betrayal. When the Marquise de Merteuil challenges her ex-lover Valmont to seduce an innocent convent girl, he develops a fascination with a virtuous married woman as well. As the pawns in their game engage, the consequences prove to be deadly. Swords will be brandished, hearts broken, and lives ravaged as desire drives this decadent tale of unrest in upper class society.


Rock the River Summer Concert Series
May 27 @ 8:00 pm

Rock the River Summer Concert Series Presents:


The Peace Center, Greenville, SC

Sid Davis
May 27 @ 8:00 pm
Local Legends: Improv Comedy
May 27 @ 9:00 pm

Local Legends: Improv Comedy Inspired by Improv 301 students

Every Friday night a different local legend (person of note) tells their own local legends (personal stories)

1 E Coffee St, Greenville, SC 29601

May 27 @ 9:00 pm



May 27 @ 9:00 pm

Gottrock’s Greenville Presents:


Phish Tribute – Runaway Gin

DOORS 9pm SHOW 10pm
TICKETS: $10 ADV/$15 DOS General Admission
$20adv/$25dos VIP seating