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

Sunday, August 14, 2022
2022 Hughes Investments Elevate Upstate Grants
Aug 14 all-day
online
We are pleased to announce that Hughes Investments has committed $15,000 to support three grants at $5,000 each for the 2022 Elevate Upstate Community Vibrancy Grant program. Two of the grants will be deployed across the Upstate in the same manner that has been done since the start of the Elevate Upstate Initiative in 2013. The third grant will be for a project to be deployed at the new BridgeWay Station Development in Mauldin.
The deadline for the initial Elevate Upstate Interest Form is August 5, 2022. The deadline for the completed applications is September 16, 2022. The grant finalists will present their project during the TATT Celebrating Successes event on November 16, 2022 with the grant recipients being announced during that event.
You can find all the application material for the 2022 Elevate Upstate Grants on the grant web site. In addition, the site lists all past grant recipients as well as shares tips and ideas for potential vibrancy projects.
9th Annual New South Comedy Festival SUBMISSIONS
Aug 14 all-day
online w/ Alchemy Comedy Theater at Coffee Underground

 

9th Annual New South Comedy Festival SUBMISSIONS

This year’s event will be from November 3-12th, 2022. The first weekend will primarily be stand-up and sketch comedy shows. The second weekend will primarily be improv comedy acts. Local acts will mostly be scheduled in between. However, there is some flexibility for all types of acts to be scheduled throughout the 2 week festival.

The submission fee is $30 (early bird is only $20) and, if accepted, there is no performer fee to attend or see shows. The festival is accepting submissions from Improv, Stand-up, Sketch, and Musical Comedy.

Deadline for applications is September 12th  (with the early bird discount ending August 31st). All acts will be notified of acceptance in late September. All accepted acts will receive free access to the all festival shows and after parties as well as discounts on workshops from veteran performers.

To keep up with festival headliners and other announcements head to NewSouthComedy.com

Applications are now open for Artisphere 2023
Aug 14 all-day
online
Biltmore: Legends of Art & Innovation
Aug 14 – Nov 20 all-day
Biltmore

Immerse yourself in our new exhibition series, Legends of Art & Innovation at Biltmore—featuring three different large-scale, multi-sensory experiences—created and produced by Grande Experiences using the very latest in immersive technology to illuminate the remarkable lives of Van Gogh, Monet, and Da Vinci and their timeless masterpieces of art and design.

Each individual component of this year-long series offers fascinating ties to George Vanderbilt’s collection of treasures for his magnificent home on the grounds of Biltmore.

Brevard Music Center Car Raffle
Aug 14 all-day
online w/ Brevard Music Center

Official 2022 Raffle RulesAudi Asheville

PROCEEDS

This raffle is a fundraising event, and all net proceeds benefit the Brevard Music Center (BMC). Brevard Music Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. EIN# 56-0729350

DRAWING

The drawing will take place on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 at 3:00pm EDT. All mail, phone, and internet orders must be received by 11:59pm EDT on Monday, November 14, 2022.

TICKETS

The cost to purchase a single entry (“Ticket”) for the Raffle is $125 (U.S. Funds only) and is not tax deductible.

DETAILS

  1. By entering this raffle, entrants accept and agree to be bound by all the rules, limitations and restrictions set forth here and that their names and/or likenesses may be disclosed to and used by the news media and may otherwise be used by BMC for publicity purposes.
  2. The winner may choose a new 2022 Volvo, Subaru, or Hyundai prize vehicle from Hunter Automotive Group of Fletcher, NC with an MSRP up to $50,000.
  3. Vehicle choice will be subject to the current available inventory of the dealer. BMC reserves the right to substitute a Volvo, Subaru, or Hyundai model of equal value.
  4. The winner is responsible for all taxes, delivery costs, dealer fees, and any options he or she may choose above the vehicle’s manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) greater than $50,000.
  5. The gross winnings of the raffle will be reported to the federal and state tax authorities at the MSRP and the winner is responsible for income tax withholding prior to taking title to the prize.
  6. Individuals may purchase as many tickets as they wish; however, only 1,500 tickets will be sold.
  7. Participants must be 18 years old or older.
  8. BMC employees, faculty, and students 18 or older are eligible to participate.
  9. Winnings are not redeemable for cash.
  10. If a minimum of 600 tickets is not sold, all ticket holders will receive a full refund and the raffle will not occur.
  11. BMC does not make or provide any representation, guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, in connection with the car and accepts no liability or responsibility regarding the construction or condition of the car.

WINNINGS

Once the winner has selected a prize vehicle, the Dealer will notify BMC of the award vehicle’s MSRP. BMC will calculate the required federal income taxes due. The raffle winner is responsible for remitting the funds to BMC for the federal income tax. Brevard Music Center is required by law to report the base MSRP of the vehicle the winner chooses as gaming income to federal and state authorities and to withhold and deposit federal income taxes equal to 25% of the MSRP less the wager (raffle ticket). The winner’s payment of the federal taxes to BMC will be deposited with the US Federal Treasury and the winner will receive credit for the taxes remitted. In order for the dealer to release the winner’s vehicle, the winner will need to provide the following to BMC:

  1. A completed form W-9.
  2. Payment to BMC of the appropriate amount of federal tax withholding in cash or certified check.

Once both of these are received, BMC will authorize the dealer to release the vehicle. The winner will receive a Form W-2G by January 31, 2023 to use in preparing their 2022 income tax return.

Call for entry: SE Center for Photography
Aug 14 all-day
online w/ SE Center for Photography


© Jerry Park

THE MEMBERS SHOW

MEG GRIFFITHS, JUROR

The Members Show. It’s that time agin, the 2022-23 Members show. Anything goes, all subjects, any photo based imagery. Analog and digital manipulation in all its forms welcome. Monochrome or color, all subjects, analog, digital or antique processes, photographers of all skill levels and locations are welcome.

Our juror for the The Members Show is Meg Griffiths. Griffiths was born in Indiana and raised in Texas. She received two B.A.’s from the University of Texas in Cultural Anthropology and English Literature and earned her Master of Fine Arts in Photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. She currently lives in Denton, Texas where she is an Assistant Professor and Area Head of Photography in the Department of Visual Art at Texas Woman’s University.

35-40 Selected images will hang in the SE Center’s main gallery space for approximately one month with the opportunity to be invited for a solo show at a later date. In addition, selected images are featured in the SE Center social media accounts (FB, IG, Twitter) and an archived, online slide show. A video walkthrough of each exhibition is also featured and archived.

Submissions Now Open

Submissions Close 10/2/22

Exhibition Opens 12/2/22

END OF SUMMER RAFTING SPECIAL!
Aug 14 all-day
Various rivers in Western NC
Pigeon White Water
                                            Rafting

END OF SUMMER

RAFTING SPECIAL!

There’s still time to squeeze a little more splash into your summer! There is nothing is better than cool mountain water in the August heat. Paddle the French Broad River or take it next level with a ducky rental down the Nantahala. Whichever you choose, here’s an End of Summer Offer you can’t refuse!

SAVE 20% OFF

ON SELECT OUTDOOR ADVENTURES

PADDLE22

Use code PADDLE22 through August 31st for 20% OFF any of the four activities highlighted below. Activity dates through 9/5 are eligible for the discount.

NANTAHALA RAFTING

A classic and a must-do experience for anyone visiting the Southeast!

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FRENCH BROAD RAFTING

Just 30 minutes from downtown Asheville, you can have fun on the river and make it back to town in time for dinner.

French Broad River
                                            Rafting

CHATTOOGA RIVER

SECT. III

The Wild and Scenic Chattooga River is an iconic river rafting adventure, rich in natural beauty and acclaimed rapids. Come see for yourself!

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Learn-Speak-Connect with Foreign Language Classes at Upstate International
Aug 14 – Dec 28 all-day
Online and in-person

Registration is OPEN for our winter Foreign Language Classes.

Learn~Speak~Connect with classes at Upstate International. DON’T DELAY: Classes fill up quickly!

Classes begin the week of January 3rd and will be completed by February 25th, then followed by our spring semester. Upstate International offers both once/week regular and twice/week intensive classes, online and in-house. English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish. Check the schedule for details. Click here: http://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/event?oeidk=a07eiwswdx0d921b8c1&llr=4w9vvofab&showPage=true.

Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour
Aug 14 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

Zip line lights on the Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour trip

Nantahala Outdoor Center’s premier Mountaintop Zip Line Tour takes the heart-pounding intensity up a notch when it’s under the night time sky! On dates near a full moon, NOC offers limited trips on this stunning Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour.

Zip under the night sky while taking in the sights and sounds of the calm Blue Ridge Mountains. NOC’s expert aerial guides use glow sticks to signal you, and you use glow sticks to paint the night sky. This adventure truly feels magical.

NOC’s Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line Tour consists of two-miles of mountaintop-to-mountaintop zip lines, culminating in the heart-pounding 1/2 mile Mega Zip underneath the stars – silhouetting stunning 360-degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Highlights

  • NOC’s Moonlight Mountaintop Zip Line is an unparalleled experience of mountaintop-to-mountaintop zips under a full moon.
  • Glow sticks are used by Aerial Guides to signal you forward through the course.
  • Participants use glow sticks to paint the star-filled sky.
  • The 1/2 Mile Mega Zip is the true gem of the trip – offering silhouetted 360-degree views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the starry night sky.

What to Expect

Please check-in for your trip 30 minutes prior to your reservation at the Adventure Deck. All guests should have prior zip lining experience. Once being fitted for equipment, guests will shuttle to a ground school where they will receive instructions on how to use glow sticks to signal with the Aerial Guides. Guests will be required to demonstrate proficiency in zip lining including breaking.

Nantahala Outdoor Center 2023 Adventure travel trips
Aug 14 all-day
Nantahala Outdoor Center

Adventure is what we do.

Nantahala Outdoor Center has a long history of venturing where many haven’t, pioneering new adventures, and bringing opportunities to experience the outdoors to millions of guests over five decades. Our International Adventure Tours offer unique destinations, exciting adventures and activities, experienced guides, and world-class hospitality. These all-inclusive, small group excursions will redefine how you travel. Experience some of the most breathtaking places in the world without feeling like a tourist.

If your idea of fun is a rafting trip on the Chilko, a quiet lake paddle in Argentina, surf lessons in Ecuador, or trekking in Iceland, our trips have something for every adventure and skill level. Enjoy kayaking, hiking, fishing, horseback riding, yoga, surfing, ziplining, wine tastings, or cultural experiences, along with the flexibility to customize your own adventure. Settle in after your travels in some of the most unique accommodations in the world; from cozy lodges and five star resorts, with local cuisine and tastings, every detail is meticulously planned so you can soak up every moment.

We hope these guided, off-the-beaten-path expeditions will foster the same spirit of adventure we encourage in our Southeastern locations, while giving you the opportunity to explore beyond your own backyard.

 

We have officially announced our new 2023 Adventure travel trips for you to explore new destinations, try new adventures, and experience new cultures! Our trips are small groups, offer world-class hospitality, unique lodging and the most diverse activity options for you to try! We’re giving “revenge travel” new meaning.

Donate and Vote: “Mr. and Ms. August” Campaign
Aug 14 @ 7:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Blood Connection--Greenville

DONATE BLOOD TO VOTE!

Right now, The Blood Connection has a critical need for blood donations and we need community members like YOU to help us out!

18 community members have chosen to help TBC ramp up blood donations in August, and your donation can help crown them MR. OR MS. AUGUST!

These contestants have stepped up to be community lifesavers…WILL YOU?

Twenty contestants from across the Carolinas and Georgia have signed on to share TBC’s mission and
encourage others to roll up their sleeves this August. They include:
– Dr. Annie Andrews – Politician and Pediatrician from Charleston, SC
– Michelle Brandt – Charleston County Parks and Recreation Commissioner and Politician from
Charleston, SC
– Wool E. Bull – Mascot for the Durham Bulls Baseball Team
– Jan Correll – Blogger/influencer behind Silver is the New Blonde® in Charlotte, NC
– Jordan Coppinger – Radio Host, 98.1 The River in Asheville, NC
– Max Diekneite – News Anchor from Savannah, GA
– Jane Dough – Radio Host, Kiss 101.9 in New Bern, NC
– Anastasia Garcia – Social Media Influencer from Greensboro, NC
– Brevin Galloway – Basketball Player for Clemson University
– Dr. Carlos Grant – Principal of Wade Hampton High School in Greenville, SC
– Nikki Kuniej – Account Manager for Charleston Radio Group in Charleston, SC
– Dr. Zion Ko Lamm – Internal Medicine Specialist in Greenville, SC
– Andrew Lord – Head Coach of the Greenville Swamp Rabbits in Greenville, SC

– Miguel Lucero – Paramedic and EMT Teacher from Berkely County, SC
– Walker Merritt – Football Player at The Citadel
– Ed Piotrowski – Chief Meteorologist, WPDE from Myrtle Beach, SC
– Jane Robelot – Anchor, WYFF News 4 from Greenville, SC
– Ian Robinson – Leukemia Survivor from Greenville, SC
– Sarah Margaret Sandlin – Social Media Influencer from Charlotte, NC
– Rhys Shaw – 12-year-old Lymphoma Survivor from Charleston, SC

Greenville State Farmers Market
Aug 14 @ 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Greenville State Farmers Market

The Greenville State Farmers Market includes retail sheds and farmer stalls that offer a wide variety of locally grown products and specialty goods. Both quality and variety are standards for the volume of products offered for sale at the Greenville State Farmers Market. Market operations continue Monday – Saturday all year long, ceasing for only two holidays: Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Find information about upcoming events and what’s in season at our market’s Facebook page.

 

Office Hours

Monday – Friday  •  7:30 am – 4 pm
Closed on State Holidays

 

Retail Hours

Monday – Saturday  •  8 am – 6 pm
Admission and parking are free
Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

PIGEON RAFTING SPECIAL
Aug 14 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Nantahala Outdoor Center
People browsing the
                                            outdoor gear vendor market
                                            at Guest Appreciation
                                            Festival

 

Find adventure in the Great Smoky Mountains! Try one of our two  whitewater rafting trips on the Pigeon River, conveniently located near Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge, Asheville, and Maggie Valley.

 

Raft the Upper Pigeon for a full dose of excitement with a dozen Class III and IV rapids, or if gentle rapids and swimming holes are more your speed, float the Lower Pigeon – ideal for families and groups with young children.

 

Save $10 per person on the Upper or Lower Pigeon! Use code: PIGEON10 at checkout.

SC Arms Collectors Association – Gun + Knife Show
Aug 14 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Greenville Convention Center

Switch-A-Roos Children’s Consignment Sale
Aug 14 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Greenville Convention Center

1/2 day most items

 

 

A Semi Annual Children’s Consignment Sale specializing in new and gently used:

Children’s Clothing
Shoes
Accessories
Baby Equipment
Toys
Indoor/Outdoor Play Toys
Maternity Clothing

 

Come experience the Upstate’s Finest and Most Advanced Children’s Consignment Sale.

Switch-A-Roos provides an excellent way for you to sell your new and gently used children’s items while shopping from only the best in name brand and specialty shop items at great prices! Switch-a-Roos Consignment

IT JUST MAKES $ENSE!!

Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit
Aug 14 @ 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
NC Arboretum

On exhibit Saturdays and Sundays from 12 – 4 p.m., Rocky Cove Railroad is a G-Scale (garden scale) model train that demonstrates the coming of trains to western North Carolina at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibit is located below the Grand Promenade. Please note, Rocky Cove Railroad will not operate in rainy or wet conditions.

AMECO: Upstate Roots, Global Reach …75 Years Delivering Construction Site Services
Aug 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Upstate History Museum

For more than seven decades, one company has been steadily going about its day-to-day operations – operations that are critical to construction projects, certainly seen and heard, but often unsung heroes.

Managing indirect products and services, including equipment, scaffolding, tools, consumable supplies and fleet management for capital construction, facility operations and maintenance projects on a global scale, this one-time equipment storage division has evolved over the years into an all-purpose site services company focused on expanding the core business to support clients.

As a leading construction and maintenance field services planning and management company, AMECO has been delivering responsiveness, reliability, innovation, safety, and expertise through integrated and collaborative approaches to project management with world-class expertise.

Whether in the fields of manufacturing, infrastructure, power, mining and metals, energy and chemicals, heavy industry, or government, AMECO brings reliable onsite solutions to construction and maintenance industry challenges.

This exhibition celebrates the remarkable history of a company grounded in the work ethic and progressive attitude associated with its founding in Upstate Greenville while steadily advancing to its position as a single trusted source to keep workers working safely, projects moving forward, and jobsites work-ready across North America.

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice
Aug 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Upstate History Museum

Dinosaurs will roar into the Upstate South Carolina, when the Upcountry History Museum presents Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice. Crossing the threshold of this interactive exhibition means traveling back in time to explore the Age of the Dinosaurs.

 

Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice is the first child-centered exhibit in the country dedicated to expanding the understanding of dinosaurs and their habitats. Designed for young explorers, ages 3-10, the bilingual (Spanish and English) exhibit features three distinct sections that build on a child’s innate curiosity about dinosaurs: Land of Fire (a warm dinosaur habitat), Land of Ice (a cold dinosaur habitat), and a Field Research Station (complete with a Big Dig experience).

 

The steamy Land of Fire, present day Montana, introduces visitors to the Triceratops, T-Rex and the dinosaurs who called this environment home. Children can circle the land in insect costumes, buzz through a volcano with oozing lava, work through a swampy bog and identify an ecosystem of animals and plants.

 

No coats are needed for a trip across the Land of Ice where visitors meet the dinosaurs who made their homes in the cold climate of Alaska. Activities include: climbing rocky steps, breezing down an icy slide, and hopping across stepping stones in an icy river.

 

In the hands-on Field Research Station children and their caregivers don goggles and research vests, as they uncover dinosaur bones in a dig station and examine fossils to identify dinosaurs.

 

The exhibit builds on the popular fascination with dinosaurs and includes science, history, and literacy based activities to challenge all ages. Sculpted, touchable dinosaurs, featuring the most recent scientific findings about dinosaur colors, textures and structural form create opportunities for young
explorers to investigate clues that the dinosaurs left behind.

 

Book a Field Trip!

Vietnam: The Real War Photography from the Associated Press
Aug 14 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Upstate History Museum

The Vietnam War (1954-1975) was a long, costly and divisive conflict that pitted the communist government of North Vietnam against South Vietnam and its principal ally, the United States.  The conflict was intensified by the ongoing Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union.  More than 3 million people (including over 58,000 Americans) were killed in the Vietnam War, and more than half of the dead were Vietnamese civilians.

U.S. Marines move through a landing zone, December 1969. (AP Photo)

 

The war left a deep and lasting impression in American life, from its impact on the men and women who fought in it, to the journalists and photographers who covered it, to the millions of Americans who protested against it or supported it. Due to an uncensored press, the world knew and saw more of this war than any in history before or since.

 

To cover the War, The Associated Press (AP) gathered an extraordinary group of superb photojournalists in its Saigon bureau, creating one of the greatest photographic legacies of the 20th century.  The AP won six Pulitzer Prizes for its coverage, four of them for photography.

 

Now, drawn from AP’s photo history of the conflict, Vietnam: The Real War, featuring a selection of 50 large-format images curated by the Associated Press, will be presented at the Upcountry History Museum.  The exhibition tells the human story of the War, from the American presence starting as a trickle of military advisers in the late 1950s, through dramatic operations involving thousands of soldiers in the 1960s, to the fall of Saigon in 1975. These are pictures that both recorded and made history, taken by courageous photojournalists.

 

As we begin to look back from the vantage point of half a century, Vietnam: The Real War serves as a photographic record of the drama and tragedy of the Vietnam War.

 

The Upcountry History Museum will include objects, archival materials and oral histories from its permanent collection to support and further illustrate the impact of the Vietnam War.  The Museum will partner with Upstate veterans and military organizations to insure the preservation and presentation of our community’s history and stories.

 

The Associated Press (AP) is a not-for-profit global news agency headquartered in New York.  Founded in 1846, the AP today is the essential global news network, delivering fast, unbiased news and information from every corner of the world to media platforms and formats.

The Warehouse Theatre presents The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee
Aug 14 @ 3:00 pm
The Warehouse Theatre

An eclectic group of six kids with outsized ambitions that match their outsized personalities vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. In between candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens (as well as some chosen audience members) spell their way through a series of insane words competing for the title. Heartwarming, hilarious, and featuring the insane unpredictability of audience participation, each performance will be a wild and unique ride rivaling the drama of any major sporting event.