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

Thursday, November 28, 2019
The Turkey Day 8k Returns to Fluor Field on Thanksgiving
Nov 28 all-day
Fluor Field

TreesUpstate is a 501 c3 founded in 2005.  This is our annual fundraiser.  100% of the funds raised are used to plant and care for trees in parks, schools, and neighborhoods.  For more information, visit our website TreesUpstate.org and check out our 2018 Annual Report.

2019 Turkey Day 8k and 5k

EVENTS:

8k Run (USATF Certified 8k Course)
5k Fun Run & Walk
1/4 Mile Tot Trot

Costume Contest:

Sponsored by Fleet Feet Sports Greenville  
One of our favorite things about this race have been the costumes!  We love seeing all of the pilgrims and turkey’s and creative fall motif’s.  The winner will get a prize as they cross the finish line.

FREE Trees:

Sponsored by Duke Energy  
TreesUpstate will be giving away 1,100 FREE trees at packet pick-up this year. 1,000 Eastern Red Cedars and 100 Holly trees will be available on a first come first serve basis.

Music Bingo at The Flat Spartanburg (Spartanburg, SC)
Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm – Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm
The Flat Spartanburg

Come join us for an amazing night of music, prizes, and drink specials. It’s Music Bingo at The Flat Spartanburg. Test your music knowledge and compete against your friends and other patrons. It’s easy to play, and everyone is welcome! We’ll see you there!

https://www.facebook.com/events/610468289358518/?event_time_id=610468422691838

Friday, November 29, 2019
The Station will be closed November 27th – December 1st
Nov 29 @ 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
City Seed at the Station

We will close at our normal time on Tuesday, November 25th at 5:30 p.m. and reopen Monday, December 2nd at 8:30 a.m. to celebrate Thanksgiving with our families.

https://www.facebook.com/events/366894774005991/?event_time_id=366895177339284

“Dressing for the Occasion: Mid-Century Sandburg as Celebrity and Family Man”
Nov 29 @ 9:30 am – 4:30 pm
Carl Sandburg Home

Sandburg Clothing on Exhibit

“Dressing for the Occasion” offers visitors a window into the style, culture, and feel of mid-century America. The family’s clothing and accessories weave together the roles of Carl Sandburg as a prominent writer, celebrity, father, and husband. This temporary exhibit offers an exciting opportunity for the public to view objects that are normally in storage or in the possession of Sandburg family members. Tours of the Sandburg Home are offered daily from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm. Tickets are available first come, first served, each day from the visitor information area in the ground level of the Sandburg Home.

Nearly every room in the historically furnished house museum will be included in the exhibit. Visitors will see the characteristic scarves Carl Sandburg wore as he played his guitar and sang folk songs to entertain his family and guests, the dress Lilian Sandburg wore to meet President Lyndon B. Johnson, and many other mid-century pieces worn by the Sandburgs and their daughters. Historic photographs, paired with the clothing, will provide context.

Christmas Lionel Train Scavenger Hunt
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Model Trains Station

Families love Model Trains Station’s Christmas Lionel train display with scavenger hunts set to the theme of “Frozen” and “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer”. Get into the holiday spirit by visiting the snowy mountains near the North Pole or taking a peak at Charlie Brown’s fictional town of Pinetree Corners. There are seven displays running 21 trains with interactive controls for little engineers. Model Trains Station located in Taylors Mill is a family Christmas adventure worth finding.

Fall Foliage Photography Contest
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

Capture photos of your friends and family members enjoying the vivid hues of fall and enter them into our photo contest. We’ll use the winning entries on our website and Facebook album, and you’ll win some fun prizes. Photos must be taken within the Chimney Rock section of the Park.

No additional costs to enter.

The first-place winner will receive an overnight getaway to Hickory Nut Gorge with a stay at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa, two passes to the Park, brunch for two at the Historic 1927 Lake Lure Inn & Spa and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

The contest’s second-place winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at the Old Rock Cafe and two tickets for a tour with Lake Lure Boat Tours.

Chimney Rock’s Facebook followers will select the People’s Choice Award winner. Followers will have a week to like and share their favorite photo from an album of Winter Photo Contest entries posted on the Park’s Facebook page at facebook.com/chimneyrockparknc. The People’s Choice Award Winner will receive two passes to the Park, lunch for two at Old Rock Cafe and their photo will be featured on the Park’s Facebook page.

Shutterbugs interested in capturing Mother Nature’s wintry beauty can do so by entering Friday through Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. during the Park’s winter hours.

All entries must be submitted to [email protected] or to the Parks’ Facebook page through Facebook messenger.

https://www.facebook.com/events/354841472011965/?event_time_id=354841532011959

Indie Craft Parade Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Holiday Pop Up Shop

A curated mix of handmade giftable art, home goods, jewelry, and children’s items will be available for purchase. The Pop Up Shop makes it simple for Greenville to buy handmade for the holidays.

Open Doors Artists Collective Art Exhibit
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Artists Collective
The Utley Collection of Brass Instruments
Nov 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Carolina Music Museum

The exhibit features selected pieces from one of the world’s finest collections of over 600 historic brass instruments from the Joe and Joella Utley Collection of Spartanburg, SC. In collaboration with the National Music Museum (NMM) in Vermillion, South Dakota, which will soon house the Utley Collection, Dr. Sabine Klaus, curator of the Utley Collection, worked closely with Tom Strange, Curator and Artistic Director of the Carolina Music Museum to prepare the exhibit.
Tuesday – Saturday 10-5 Sunday 1-5

Green Friday Get Outdoors!
Nov 29 @ 11:00 am
Wildwater Adventure Centers

Wildwater is excited to announce their Green Friday event— a Black Friday alternative for families looking to get outdoors while giving back to the local community. On November 29th only, a portion of proceeds from all Nantahala and Asheville-based aerial adventures will go to benefit local watershed conservation nonprofit Riverlink, local Hemlock restoration efforts, and other area nonprofits.

United Community Bank Ice on Main
Nov 29 @ 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Village Green

United Community Bank Ice on Main, located in the heart of downtown Greenville, is an open-air ice skating rink. Since 2011, more than 86,000 skaters and countless spectators have enjoyed Greenville’s favorite holiday tradition.

 

Come out from November through January every year, to celebrate the holiday season with one of America’s favorite winter traditions – ice skating!

Operating Hours

Monday – Thursday: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

School Break Hours

Saturday, December 21 – Sunday, January 5:
11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Holiday Hours

Wednesday, Nov. 27: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 29: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Christmas Eve: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Christmas Day: CLOSED
New Year’s Eve: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
New Year’s Day: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Sunday, January 19: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Martin Luther King Day/Closing Day: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Greenville Scavenger Hunt
Nov 29 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
220 N Main St, Greenville, SC 29601, United States

Forget tourist-filled museums, make your own memories with a photo scavenger hunt tour in Greenville! On a Let’s Roam scavenger hunt, you and your team will work together to wander throughout Greenville, racking up points and laughs along the way. Greenville Adventure is the perfect small group activity for anyone looking to spend an enjoyable afternoon in Greenville.

Some of the more memorable landmarks you’ll see are: NOMA Square, Swamp Rabbit Trail, Greenville Drive Baseball Stadium, Baseball Library..

Let’s Roam scavenger hunts work great for outdoor team building games in Greenville too! Whether you work in Greenville or are just visiting, you are sure to learn some new facts about the city as well as your teammates on this creative corporate event! This is one of the happiest hours your team will spend together!

Fear not, maids of honor, these hunts are sure fire ideas for Greenville bachelorette parties! Bachelors and bachelorettes will both enjoy roaming around on their wedding-themed Greenville scavenger hunts. Why just bar hop when you and your team can jump for joy as you complete hilarious photo challenges and see the best that Greenville has to offer!

Looking to check out a different part of the city? Check out Downtown Asheville Scavenger Hunt, Classic City Culture & History, and Lap Around Charlotte as well!

Here is some more info about this hunt:

Follow the Blue Ridge Mountains and you’ll find one of South Carolina’s most picturesque cities. On this fun-filled Greenville scavenger hunt, explore the storied buildings, great green spaces and cultural institutions.Is there a waterfall in NOMA Square? Who left their sox in the baseball stadium? Find out on this scavenger hunt of Greenville!

Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories
Nov 29 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bon Secours Wellness Arena

All persons two and older must have a ticket to enter arena. Note: Costumes not permitted for guests 14 years & older.

Sale Dates and Times:

Public Onsale : Tue, 21 May 2019 at 10:00 AM

Priority Customer Sale : Mon, 13 May 2019 at 10:00 AM

Venue/Ticketmaster Presales : Thu, 16 May 2019 at 10:00 AM

https://www.facebook.com/events/335144100517415/

Family Animal Encounters
Nov 29 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

We are lucky to have incredible Animal Educators to help us spread the word on the important roles they play in the Park. Join one of our Park naturalists for an informal program where your family will love meeting some of our wilder teammates! Kids of all ages are sure to take home some fun facts and special memories. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at the Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 education stations. Don’t forget your camera!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2218791431781448/

Family Animal Encounters
Nov 29 @ 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Chimney Rock at Chimney Rock State Park

We are lucky to have incredible Animal Educators to help us spread the word on the important roles they play in the Park. Join one of our Park naturalists for an informal program where your family will love meeting some of our wilder teammates! Kids of all ages are sure to take home some fun facts and special memories. Then, grab a Track Trail brochure at the Animal Discovery Den and round out the day with a hike along our Great Woodland Adventure trail with 12 education stations. Don’t forget your camera!

https://www.facebook.com/events/2218791431781448/?event_time_id=2218791441781447

Disney On Ice presents Celebrate Memories
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Bon Secours Wellness Arena

All persons two and older must have a ticket to enter arena. Note: Costumes not permitted for guests 14 years & older.

Sale Dates and Times:

Public Onsale : Tue, 21 May 2019 at 10:00 AM

Priority Customer Sale : Mon, 13 May 2019 at 10:00 AM

Venue/Ticketmaster Presales : Thu, 16 May 2019 at 10:00 AM

https://www.facebook.com/events/527176274480952/

Literacy Council November Community Box Partner: Chiesa Restaurant
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Chiesa

Community Box Partner

Each month, we are honored to be a community partner to a local non-profit that is working to make Asheville a better place. Over the past year we have supported the following non-profits who are making a difference in our community: Pisgah Legal Services, Mountain Child Advocacy Center, Asheville City Schools Foundation, Helpmate, The Montford Players, Asheville Choral Society, Asheville Symphony, BeLoved, Food Connection, The Montford Neighborhood Association, Immediate Theatre Project, The Asheville Humane Society, Western North Carolina Aids Project, and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.

Great food in Montford and when diners leave donations for the Literacy Council, Chiesa will match up to $500!

Chiesa (Italian for church) is a quaint Italian restaurant featuring generations of family recipes, house-made pasta, and local ingredients. Located in the historic Montford neighborhood, Chiesa (pronounced kee-ay-sa) is housed in a building that has been at the center of the community for over one hundred years, serving as the local grocery store, then as a church, and since 2014, the neighborhood Italian restaurant. Our friendly staff welcomes all guests as family, providing a warm and comfortable atmosphere for both inside and patio dining (when weather permits).

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ Train Ride
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – 6:15 pm
Bryson City Depot

About This Trip

Over 90,000 guests rode THE POLAR EXPRESS™ with the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad in 2018 and we hope to see you in 2019! The 1¼ hour round-trip excursion comes to life as the train departs the Bryson City depot for a journey through the quiet wilderness for a special visit at the North Pole. Set to the sounds of the motion picture soundtrack, guests on board will enjoy warm cocoa and a treat while listening and reading along with the magical story. Children’s faces show the magic of the season when the train arrives at the North Pole to find Santa Claus waiting. Santa will board THE POLAR EXPRESS™, greeting each child and presenting them with a special gift as in the story, their own silver sleigh bell. Christmas carols will be sung as they return back to the Bryson City Depot.

THE POLAR EXPRESS™ begins November 8, 2019, and operates through December 31, 2019.

Tweetsie Christmas
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tweetsie Railroad

Celebrate the holiday season as Tweetsie Railroad transforms into a winter wonderland for Tweetsie Christmas! Enjoy a nighttime train ride among thousands of dazzling lights, meet Santa in his Gingerbread House, larger than life snowglobes to play in, a live Christmas show, and more!

Tickets are for a specific date and train ride time. A limited number of guests are admitted nightly, so advance tickets are strongly recommended. Adults: $44, Children (age 3-12): $38, Children 2 and under: Free

unnatural history
Nov 29 @ 5:00 pm

unnatural history

The works in Unnatural History are portals backwards or forwards (or sometimes both at once) in geologic time, offering visions from before, after, and during the tenancy of humankind. Dioramas of cast resin depicting bizarre plants and animate slime suggest a post-human period wherein nature reclaims the planet. Artificial geodes made of oil paint, latex, foam, and soil transport viewers into a distant future where industrial waste has become fossil evidence of human activity. Abstract wall sculptures use motor and crude oil as raw material in the depiction of the vast, intricate industrial landscapes of the near future, while wooden mosaics made of materials salvaged from hurricane-affected cities and reconstructed glass objects found on beaches suggest a possible utopian remedy to decline, decay, and disintegration. Overall, the exhibition underscores and illustrates the many ways in which the technological processes of mass mining, manufacturing, resource extraction, and large-scale industrial agriculture have altered not only the present, but also the future history of our planet.

For more information, contact our Exhibitions Coordinator + Designer, Ashleigh Shuler, at 864.582.7616 x 254 or email [email protected].

​This exhibition is generously sponsored by Bagwell Fence, SantoLubes, Kerin Hannah, Margaret + George Nixon, Sikanas Family Charitable Fund, and Susu + George Dean Johnson, Jr.