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

Wednesday, June 16, 2021
2021 Annual Juried Exhibition Calling Visual Artists
Jun 16 all-day
Online w/ Artists Collective | Spartanburg

The prospectus for our 2021 Annual Juried Exhibition is now available for download.
Broad River 50 Mile Paddle Trip
Jun 16 – Jun 20 all-day
PALMETTO COUNCIL, BSA

You’ll canoe the Broad river with experienced river staff. In addition to canoeing, fishing, and low impact camping, Scouts can do several merit badges on the river, including Canoeing and parts of Cooking, Camping, and Wilderness Survival. Expect lots of fun and great campfires along the way.

Shuttles

Parents are responsible for dropping off at designated put in and picking up at designated take out locations. The Council can only shuttle equipment to the put in and take out locations.

We encourage parents and guardians to monitor email and texting applications for the duration of floats and hikes for the journey updates.

Crew Size

We recommend groups of 6 to 14 per week. Small or “partial” crews can be paired with other small crews (sign up early!). Combined crews from multiple units are welcome.

Adult Leadership

Crews must have two adult leaders or pair with another crew to meet 2–deep leadership requirements. At least one must be 21, and one 18. All adults must have a BSA Youth Protection card. Co-ed crews need co-ed leadership. Adults pay the same trip fees as youth.

Requirements

We recommend that Scout participants on ANY High Adventure be at least 13 years old. The following are minimum requirements, which must be met in order to ensure a safe and fun experience:

Paperwork submission, physical forms, dietary restriction information – 30 days prior to trip date.

1. Swimming Ability: All participants must pass the swimmer’s test. The standard BSA Swimmer’s Test will be used to classify swimmers and determine those eligible to go on canoe trips.
2. Canoe Handling Ability: Canoe trippers do not have to be “experts” before starting out. They should know the fundamentals of launching, paddling positions and strokes, general safety rules about wind and weather, loading and care of canoes, and canoeing safety.
3. Safety Afloat: All users of Council canoes should be trained in safety afloat. Adults must bring current BSA Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat cards. The courses are offered by the BSA Online Learning Center.

Circularity 2021: ACCELERATING THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY
Jun 16 – Jun 17 all-day
Online

The circular economy is a bold vision for tomorrow — and today — empowering leaders across industries and communities to increase resilience, mitigate climate risk and unlock new business opportunities. Circularity 21, the largest online circular economy event, offers an engaging and informative program, expo and networking opportunities. Join the growing global community of thousands of visionaries and practitioners to learn, connect and accelerate the circular economy.

Dog Man Summer Reading Challenge
Jun 16 all-day
Online w/ Fiction Addiction

Looking for a fun summer activity to keep your child reading this summer? Fiction Addiction will be hosting a Dog Man Summer Reading Challenge throughout the month of June, and we want YOU to join us for the chance to win a gift card to Fiction Addiction, along with some other fun surprises.
Take a photo/video of each completed task, and share it to your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, tagging us and using the hashtag #DogManFA to enter from June 1-30. If you are not on social media, feel free to email your entries to [email protected] Photos/videos MUST include the entrant. Each completed task earns you an entry into our grand prize drawing for a $50 Fiction Addiction gift card, which will take place on July 1st. The more entries, the better your chances of winning! Anyone who turns in their form at the store will also get a Dog Man sticker (as supplies last).
RULES:
– Contestants must enter using the form that will be shared here the last week of May
– Entry must include #DogManFA
– Entry photo or video must include entrant.
– Entries must be posted before midnight on June 30th.
Don’t miss your chance to win!
Nantahala Outdoor Center Reopens for 2021 Season with New Offerings
Jun 16 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

Rafters swimming on the French Broad River Rafting: Full-Day (with Lunch) trip

Nantahala Outdoor Center (NOC), has reopened all adventure activities and river outposts for the 2021 season featuring new food and beverage venues, expanded courses, and the return of events and live entertainment to main resort campus in Bryson City.

  • Launched whitewater rafting on seven rivers in the Southeast and aerial adventures to high demand
  • Two new food and beverage venues launching on NOC’s 500-acre campus including a renovated coffee and donut shuttle bus as well as a beer venue featuring New Belgium beer and custom beer blends
  • Expanded courses at NOC’s Paddling School for kayakers to learn new skills and experience Southeastern rivers
  • Full calendar of live music from local and regional bands, and the return of events like Women’s Paddlefest and river releases
  • Relia’s Lost Kitchen dinner series kicking off this month with a sold out Orin Swift Wine Dinner; more to follow through October.
Nantahala River Rafting Fully Guided
Jun 16 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.

Register NOW for Summer Language Classes
Jun 16 – Aug 6 all-day
Upstate International

We’re offering both online and
in-house classes!

Week of June 7 – August 6
Various days and times
Location: Online AND at Upstate International
9 S. Memminger St.
Greenville, SC 29601

Registration is open and classes fill up quickly so sign up now to ensure your spot in the class, increase your critical thinking skills, improve memory and multitasking abilities, and increase your career choice opportunities. Language classes generally run with 3 to 10 students per class. All students must be members of Upstate International ($50/year.)

Summer Regular Classes: $90 for members; meet once a week for 8 weeks; 75 minutes per lesson; classes are conducted at the UI office or through eLearning. (10 hours of instruction.)
Summer Intensive Classes: $265 for members; meet twice a week for 8 weeks; 90 minutes per lesson; classes are conducted at the UI office or through eLearning. (24 hours of instruction!)

You can’t beat the price anywhere and all of our classes are taught by native speakers eager to share their language and culture!

Sensational Sigal Exhibition
Jun 16 – Dec 31 all-day
Sigal Music Museum

Celebrating our renaming, the Sensational Sigal exhibition presents highlights from the unparalleled musical instrument collection of Marlowe A. Sigal while exploring the life of the man behind this remarkable gift. The exhibition features a broad range of objects and offers one of the most robust displays of keyboard instruments and wind instruments in the world.

Tickets On Sale Now for the Brevard Music Center Summer Festival!
Jun 16 all-day
Brevard Music Center

This year’s sensational summer season features an exciting, in-depth performance schedule spanning 5 weeks from July 9 through August 8. Highlights include [email protected] “Festival Within a Festival,” the acclaimed BMC Presents series, performances by Brevard Music Center’s Janiec Opera Company, esteemed Artist Faculty, and more!

Unto These Hills, Outdoor Drama
Jun 16 – Aug 14 all-day
Mountainside Theatre

Monday-Saturday. CLOSED SUNDAYS
You can feel a slight chill run up your spine; but not from the mountain winds shifting their direction in anticipation of the coming dusk. It is from your anticipation of the coming drama. Unto These Hills drama is the tragic and triumphant story of the Cherokee that traces back to the years before the heartbreak of the Trail of Tears to the present day. Millions of people have witnessed America’s most powerful drama, which rewrites the Cherokee’s place in the world. A place based on traditional Cherokee values and modern sensibilities.

Wings of the City Art Exhibit
Jun 16 all-day
Falls Park and on the Peace Center
WINGS OF THE CITY
Local news has shared several recent stories about a petition to remove the Wings of the City exhibit. Art can create many different reactions and emotions in viewers, and Hispanic Alliance respects the right to both share these impressions and to be civically active in the community.
We also want to reassure the community that the vast majority of responses to this exhibit have been overwhelmingly positive. Many are full of pride to have a world-renowned artist, and the accompanying tourism, brought to our home. Please read a joint statement from the City of Greenville and Hispanic Alliance regarding the City’s support for Wings of the City, as well as the real intentions behind welcoming this art.
On a personal note, Hispanic Alliance has been deeply touched by the supportive messages and generous donations of those seeking to preserve this art for everyone. We encourage you to see these impressive sculptures in-person! Please visit WingsofGVL.com to learn more, and don’t forget to use the hashtags #WingsofGVL, #AlasdeGVL, and #WingsoftheCity.
Donor Center Greenville: Critical Need Donate Blood
Jun 16 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Donor Center Greenville

KEY FACTS: 

  • In the past few days, hospital partners are reporting they are using blood at a much higher rate than normal. When demand is high, and the supply is critically low – that is a dangerous equation for the community.
  • Because of the critically low supply, The Blood Connection (TBC) is now having to back-order blood products. This has affected 12 hospital partners so far.
  • 48% of days this month, TBC DID NOT collect enough blood to cover hospitals’ needs. For comparison, in May of 2020 (during the pandemic) TBC collected enough to cover those needs 84% of the days.
  • There is a high likelihood that TBC will have to start rationing blood by the end of the weekend.
  • Heading into a holiday weekend – hospitals are stocking up their blood supply. TBC has already not been able to provide those products.
  • The community is the ONLY solution to this dangerous problem. The blood supply for local hospitals is in the community’s hands. 
Donor Center Spartanburg: Critical Need Donate Blood
Jun 16 @ 7:00 am – 7:00 pm
Donor Center Spartanburg

KEY FACTS: 

  • In the past few days, hospital partners are reporting they are using blood at a much higher rate than normal. When demand is high, and the supply is critically low – that is a dangerous equation for the community.
  • Because of the critically low supply, The Blood Connection (TBC) is now having to back-order blood products. This has affected 12 hospital partners so far.
  • 48% of days this month, TBC DID NOT collect enough blood to cover hospitals’ needs. For comparison, in May of 2020 (during the pandemic) TBC collected enough to cover those needs 84% of the days.
  • There is a high likelihood that TBC will have to start rationing blood by the end of the weekend.
  • Heading into a holiday weekend – hospitals are stocking up their blood supply. TBC has already not been able to provide those products.
  • The community is the ONLY solution to this dangerous problem. The blood supply for local hospitals is in the community’s hands. 
Children’s Fountain at RiverPlace
Jun 16 @ 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.

Wild Art Sculpture Showcase
Jun 16 @ 8:00 am – 9:00 pm
NC Arboretum

The North Carolina Arboretum is going wild for art and nature in 2021 with Wild Art! On view April 1 through September 26, this outdoor sculpture exhibition features works by 17 local and national artists drawing inspiration from the natural environment. Situated throughout the Arboretum’s spacious, open-air gardens, the show offers guests a doorway into the wild world from the comfort and safety of cultivated landscapes transformed by art.

The 18 sculptures on display represent a variety of approaches to the theme of “wild art,” from the literal to the abstract, and are crafted from a diverse array of materials that will delight and inspire. Let your imagination take you on a wild journey into the world of plants and animals near and far with Wild Art at The North Carolina Arboretum.

The exhibit is available to all guests during normal Arboretum hours, and there is no admission cost to view the sculptures beyond our usual parking fee of $16 per personal vehicle.

WNC Farmers Market Open Daily
Jun 16 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
WNC Farmers Market

NCDA&CS - Marketing Division - Western North Carolina Farmers Market

With the convenience of being open year-round, 7 days a week, the WNC Farmers Market offers a selection of farm-fresh produce at the lowest prices in Western N.C. Our popular retail buildings, providing a selection of non-perishables, fruits, vegetables, crafts and more, are open daily.

2021 AP Teacher Institute for Art + Design
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – Jul 2 @ 12:00 pm
Online w/ Converse College

Registration is open for the 2021 AP Summer Institute for Art & Design at Converse. This institute will be held online to reach more educators located in rural areas of the state and to serve as a safeguard for participants during the COVID–19 pandemic.

Participants registering for this event must be available to participate live via Zoom during the following class times:

  • Week 1 (June 14-18): Tuesday & Thursday, 6:00 – 7:30 pm with additional contact hours asynchronously via Canvas.
  • Week 2 (June 21-25): Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm (with a 1 hour lunch break) and Friday, 9:00-11:30am
  • Week 3 (June 28-July 2): Monday – Friday, 9:00 – noon with additional contact hours asynchronously via Canvas.

The purpose of the Advanced Placement (AP) Teacher Institutes is to provide South Carolina public school teachers with the special endorsement to teach an AP course as required in S.C. Code Ann. Reg. 43-258.1 (2018). Teachers who successfully complete an AP teacher institute will be awarded special AP endorsement in the specific AP class area.

This grant-funded initiative is open to SC High School Art Teachers with priority for registration to teachers currently teaching AP Courses or those assigned to teach AP courses. Participants will also be enrolled in EDU 599.01: Advanced Placement Art and Design Institute with 3 Graduate Credit Hours.

ART ADVENTURES Summer Camp
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – Jun 18 @ 4:00 pm
The Children's Museum of the Upstate

ART ADVENTURES 
June 14-18 
Mosaic making, felt painting and Tie-Dye, OH MY!  Explore art and artists of all different cultures by testing your own artistic talents and creating your own art gallery.

TCMU-GREENVILLE SUMMER CAMPS

TIMING AND PRICING OPTIONS:

PRESCHOOL AGE CAMP 

Half Day Only: 9AM-12PM or 1PM-4PM 
$150 (members) and $175 (non-members)
Campers must be three years old by the start of camp and potty trained. 

ELEMENTARY AGE CAMPS (K5-2nd or 3rd-5th)

Half Day Only: 9AM-12PM or 1PM-4PM 
$150 (members) and $175 (non-members)

Full Day: 9AM-4PM (Includes Lunch Bunch) 
$300 (members) and $350 (non-members)

Lunch Bunch Hour Add-On: 12PM-1PM 
$30/Camper for half day campers only (only at TCMU-Greenville)

Don’t Miss the Latest TATT Podcasts
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Online w/ Ten at the Top

The Ten at the Top Podcast Channel includes three distinct podcasts focused on issues impacting the Upstate. Be sure to subscribe to the channel to get notifications for the newest podcasts.

Ten at the Top is a regional non-profit organization with the mission of fostering collaboration and partnerships across the Upstate around issues that impact economic vitality and quality of life.

SUMMER EXPLORATIONS. For Teens Ages 14-17
Jun 16 @ 9:00 am – Jul 26 @ 5:00 pm
Center for the Environment at Catawba College

Center for the Environment at Catawba College invites you to Summer Explorations.

Join us for an exciting series of workshops delving deeper into key environmental topics such as: drones, biodiversity, green design, vernal pools, climate justice, leadership, and wilderness survival.

Learn about the diverse workshop offerings below: