Greenville Events Calendar & Things to Do
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Music Festival with food, drink, dancing and entertainment benefiting local charities.
Enjoy the music of WNC’s Celtic history. Multiple music and performances daily.
12:15-1:00 Smokey Mountain Highlanders – Pipe & Drums
6:00-9:00 Piper Jones Concert joined by David Brown – $10 tickets
12:30 – 1:00 Montreat Pipe & Drums
1:00 – 2:00 Piper Jones Band
6:00 – 8:30 Celtic ConFusion
12:30 – 1:15 Michael Waters – Bagpipes
1:30 – 3:00 Piper Jones Band
3:30 – 6:00 Lynn Goldsmith and the Jeter Mountain Band
We kick off our Celtic Festival with the return of the Smokey Mountain Highlanders.
Come out for a Tryon International Film Festival benefit. Enjoy what Bullhded has to offer. All nights proceeds will be donated to the film festival. GO BULL | EVERYDAY
Ready for LOADS OF FUN? Spring Fling, covering SEVERAL City blocks, is the Upstate’s largest street festival. The 3-day event brings 115,000+ people downtown for the music, food, shopping, kids rides, and tons of special attractions. It’s a great chance for everyone to see why downtown Spartanburg is AMAZING all year long.
Friday, April 26: 5 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, April 27: 10 am – 9 pm
Sunday, April 28: 12 Noon – 6 pm
Our 10th annual BBQ Cook-off will be held April 26th and 27th, 2019! The festival takes place by the Reedy River at 320 S. Hudson Street. In conjunction with the South Carolina BBQ Association, we are smokin’ at the site of Unity Park near the Swamp Rabbit Trail. The festival includes an “Anything Butt BBQ” competition, barbecue, rib, and brisket cooking contests and great family entertainment including live music, food vendors, beverages, and games for kids. Admission is always free and tasting tickets are sold at the festival–cash and cards accepted. All proceeds benefit Project Host.
FULL BAND SHOW, the official pre-party before the 8th Annual Meltdown Vintage Motorcycle Show on the 27th.
Morgan Geer, the songwriter behind Drunken Prayer, is the current guitar player for iconic alt-country goths, Freakwater. He’s recently been touring internationally solo with The Handsome Family.
Morgan was born in San Francisco and grew up traveling around the US, following his folk-singing mother. Today he splits time between Portland, OR and Asheville, NC. He’s lived in nearly every region of the country and sounds like it. His is American music – straight, no irony chaser.
Drunken Prayer will likely bring to mind The Band for a lot of listeners, with the sense of place and history. But Morgan Geer’s songs and his singing often suggest a kinship with artists like Bobby Charles or Doug Sahm, musicians with Southern roots, with a yip and break to their voices, and notes of sadness offset by a wicked sense of humor.
Over the past two years Drunken Prayer has played hundreds of shows across 18 countries and across the US at venues such as the Pickathon Music Festival and San Francisco’s Great American Music Hall. Geer’s music has been featured on AMC, NPR, WFMU and SiriusXM.
The new Drunken Prayer album, Cordelia Elsewhere, was mixed by Mitch Easter (Let’s Active, REM) at The Fidelitorium in rural North Carolina. A maverick descendant of outlaw country, this album bears witness to life on earth in uncertain times.
We hope you join us for our annual run at Kings Mountain State Park in Clover South Carolina!
In 2019, with fresh legs, we’ve teamed up with the Camp Cherokee YMCA staff to make this event bigger, better, and more inclusive than ever before. With the addition of the kid’s races, 5k, and a 10k to the half and full marathon, there will be something for everyone. This event supports Camp Cherokee’s revitalization efforts and helps get more kids to camps.
Children 9+ can certainly sign up for the 5k or 10k if the parents feel like the child is adequately prepared for the distance otherwise children who sign up for the kids races will be set into the following groups and distances.
We’ll run these a couple times through out the morning to give parents a chance to run with the tots after their race and complete details will be posted to the website and athlete guide at www.runkingsmountain.com
It was a little army and a little battle, but it was of mighty portent.
In 1780, atop Kings Mountain the Patriot Militia toppled the Royal Loyalists in the Revolutionary War. When the smoke cleared on the mountain’s steep western ridge, the Patriot Militia stood victorious.
“This is a place of inspiring memories. Here less than a thousand men, inspired by the urge of freedom, defeated a superior force entrenched in this strategic position.”
– President Herbert Hoover, October 7, 1930, atop Kings Mountain.
President Teddy Roosevelt once called this small but strategic victory the “turning point of the American Revolution.”
And to this day, the battle’s spirit lives on in the inhabitants of York County, South Carolina. Folks here carry a certain dignity because of their home’s unique place in history. And why shouldn’t they? It’s beautiful and rugged land they live on!
Which is why it won’t surprise you to hear that 230 years after the famous triumph, a small band of runners came directly to Kings Mountain for their own “battle.” A freak snowstorm and a last-minute marathon race cancellation had left them with little choice.
You see, just like the Patriot militia, they had something to prove. And if they could just get a race organizer to meet a few simple demands, they were going to fight for it.
So, they got in touch with Adventure Geek Productions, and inside an hour, the new Kings Mountain Militia was formed, and the battle was on!
Only this time the enemy wasn’t a red coated army. It was the terrain itself. Specifically, 26.2 miles of it. They called the challenge Kings Mountain Marathon.
Yes, this course has hills. Kings MOUNTAIN Running Festival.
The marathon fulfills all the marathonmaniacs.com requirements to count towards a marathon completion in all 50 states. A half marathon and full marathon course have been designed and tested by local runners to provide the best scenery, safety, and support for your race experience.
All 5k, 10k, half and full marathon participants will receive event t-shirts and all finishers will receive a custom finishers medal and other goodies!
Yes this course has hills. Kings MOUNTAIN Marathon.
This race fulfills all of the marathonmaniacs.com requirements to count towards a marathon completion in all 50 states. A half marathon and full marathon course have been designed and tested by local runners to provide the best scenery, safety, and support for your race experience.
All half and full marathon participants will receive event t-shirts and all finishers will receive a custom finishers medal and other goodies!
Race day registration will be available from 6:30AM-7:45AM.
*Participants who register on race day may not receive a t-shirt due to limited supply
Packet Pickup will be available on Friday at the starting line, from 5PM – 7PM and again on race day from 6:30AM to 7:45AM.
This year the Mutts are taking over Main Street! Join us Saturday, April 27th for the 8th Annual Mutt Strut, presented by Papa John’s and benefiting the Greenville Humane Society! Participants will enjoy a 2-mile walk/run through beautiful Downtown Greenville beginning at 550 South Main St. in front of Halls Chophouse. Following immediately after, the Mutt Market festival and after party will take place on South Main Street between the Army Navy Store and Mary’s Cottage. The streets will be lined with entertainment including live music, free pizza from our presenting sponsor Papa John’s, caricature artists, face painters and sponsor tents with plenty of awesome giveaways! Participants over the age of 6 will also receive a swag bag filled with goodies and a race t-shirt. Don’t forget! All proceeds from the Mutt Strut go to benefit the animals of the Greenville Humane Society. Limited registrations remaining!
The Railroad Festival takes place in historic downtown Central, S.C. annually on the fourth Saturday in April and features tours of the Central Railway Museum, local food, music and arts and crafts vendors.
Annual festival celebrating the work of the artist blacksmith, featuring demonstrations, hands-on activities, vendors, exhibitions, competitions and more! Admission is free and all are welcome. 2019 Master Blacksmith John Rais, featured demonstrators Rachel Kedinger, Eric Velleca, and Seth Gould.
It’s (almost) that time of year again! Come out to the Heritage Green on Saturday, April 27, for a morning of FREE activities and games. . This festival is geared towards our youngest learners and is filled with age appropriate activities for kids 1-5 years old.
Each Heritage Green organization will have a booth on the lawn with opportunities for families to experience what their museum or entity provides to our community every day.
Heritage Green includes Upcountry History Museum, Greenville County Library System (Hughes Main Library), Greenville Theatre, Greenville County Museum of Art, The Children’s Museum of the Upstate, and Carolina Music Museum!
Kids’ Fest at Heritage is presented by Primrose School of Greenville and supported by Greenville First Steps and Palmetto Basics.
More details coming soon!
Celebrate the cultures of the Upstate with Greer’s 6th Annual International Festival at Greer City Park. International Featured Country Tents, Entertainment, Sports, Crafts, and Food fill the park during the 5 hour event.
Would you be interested in showing off the culture and talents of your country? Message us for more details!
Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Pets are not permitted.
Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a program, service, activity or public meeting of the City of Greer should contact 864-968-7008 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours prior to the scheduled event.
Join us for the Second Annual Peter Rabbit Festival! There will be live animals, games, storytelling, food and much more. This family-friendly event is free to the public but donations are encouraged and appreciated. For additional information, email Sue Watts at [email protected]
The triathlon portion of the festival is getting a new name to reflect its new course, said Jeremey Davis, owner of SetUp Events and the race’s director. The OconeeMan Triathlon will be held entirely around South Cove County Park in Seneca, S.C. and will include a 70.3 mile half triathlon as well as a sprint triathlon. It will be held on April 28.
A Half Iron Distance and Sprint Distance Triathlon event.
Formerly the Mountains to Main Street Triathlon, OconeeMan will take place completely within and around South Cove County Park in Seneca, SC. This move will eliminate the point to point nature of the event and give reason to add a sprint distance to the mix. The Half Marathon & 5K normally held as part of the Mountains to Main Street Festival will take place on Saturday, May 18, 2019.
Watch and listen as Camille Thurman joins forces with The Darrell Green Trio and jazz legend Wynton Marsalis to kick off the 2019 Charlotte Jazz Festival with an unforgettable night of entertainment in The Jazz Garden Tent at Romare Bearden Park!
Acclaimed by Downbeat Magazine as a “rising star” singer with “soulful inflection and remarkable, Fitzgerald-esque scat prowess” and hailed by All About Jazz as a “first class saxophonist that blows the proverbial roof of the place”, Camille Thurman has been amazing audiences throughout the world with her impeccable sound, remarkable vocal virtuosity and captivating artistry. Many have praised her vocal abilities to the likeness of Ella Fitzgerald and Betty Carter. Her lush, rich & warm sound on the tenor saxophone has led others to compare her to tenor greats Joe Henderson and Dexter Gordon.
Over a career that has spanned more than two decades Oakland, California native Darrell Green has become a master drummer and prolific sideman, sharing stages with leading jazz artists; from Blue Note vibraphonist Stefon Harris to saxophonist Red Holloway. Though jazz is his primary focus, Green is conversant in every genre from straight-ahead jazz to Latin and West African music.
For an up-close-and-personal experience, choose cabaret table seating.
Abbeville is where you want to be during the first weekend in May. Since its kickoff in 1981, the Spring Festival has drawn thousands to our charming town! The Festival features craft vendors, live music, food vendors, amusement rides for the young and “young at heart”, an antique car show, and more!
General admission is FREE! Which means FUN for the entire family!
Wristband Tickets for rides can be purchased at: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/city-of-abbeville-17863224357
New this year is Merchant Day! Come visit all of our amazing Downtown Merchants on Thursday May 2nd to kick off the Festival. Many merchants will have special deals and offers. Downtown Abbeville Merchants Association
Musical and Entertainment Lineup:
Westwood Chorus: Thursday 5pm-5:30pm
Natural Finish: Thursday 5:30pm-7pm
FIYA: Thursday 7pm-7:30pm
Thomas Fountain Band: Thursday 8pm-10:30pm
Adrienne Nicole: Friday 5pm-7:30pm
Wendy’s Dance Academy: 6:45pm-7:30pm
Finesse Band: Friday 8pm-11pm
Live Broadcast from the Southern Fried Morning Show!
Swingin’ Medallions: Saturday 12pm-2pm
Rick Michael Band: Saturday 3pm-6pm
Unified Lights and The Leftoversl: Saturday 7pm-8:30pm
Stone Echo: Saturday 9pm-11pm
Friday, May 3rd – 1:00pm until 9:00pm
Saturday, May 4th – 10:00am until 9:00pm
Thursday, May 2nd – 4:00pm until10pm
Friday, May 3rd – 1:00pm until 9:00pm
Saturday, May 4th – 10:00am until 9:00pm
30 years at the WNC Farmer’s Market and it’s going to be a big celebration! Free workshops, free advice, local food and tons of fresh herbal plants, fruit trees, soil, hardware for your gardening and herbal products for your garden inspirations! Pet and kid friendly. THREE DAYS ONLY!
Shadyside Dragway’s second annual music event, brought to you by Bob Webb-Homestar, Maco, and Servo South! An alternative music festival lasting Friday May 3rd through Saturday May 4th, 2019. We feature bands such as Dirty Grass Soul, Sunny Ledfurd, and many more!
Camping Friday and Saturday night is included in the cost of your ticket! For more information visit www.statelinemusicfestival.com