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

Thursday, June 30, 2022
Bullington Gardens: Fairy Trail
Jun 30 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bullington Gardens

Join us on the magical Fairy Trail where your imagination is the only limit.

Developed by Fairies and dedicated volunteers, Bullington Gardens’ Fairy Trail is a whimsical treat for the young and the young at heart. Featuring charming vignettes and villages, the fairy trail will charm you with its thoughtful design, eye catching displays and secret woodland trail.

Rules of the trail:

Do not move or rearrange fairy displays. The fairies are very fond of their own decorating.

Do not leave trash on the trail. Fairies do not like litter in their town.

Please ensure children and pets are supervised at all times. Dogs and loud noises can scare the fairies into hiding.

Do not disturb wildlife or vegetation. The fairies depend on the vegetation to build their homes.

The trail is one way only. Please stay on the trail at all times.

P.S. the Fairies would like us to remind you that we are a non-profit and donations are greatly appreciated. Help us keep the fairies living in the style with which they’ve become accustomed.

Musical Theatre Camp Rising 1st- 2nd Grades
Jun 30 @ 9:00 am – Jul 1 @ 12:00 pm
Studio 52 Education Building

In this exciting week-long, half-day summer theatre program, young artists will combine acting, singing, and dance as they dive into the world of musical theatre. With a fun combination of training, rehearsal, and performance, students will apply their new skills in a short, informal performance presented at the end of the week for a small audience. This week is perfectly suited for imaginative students who love music and movement, are excited to collaborate with peers and professionals, and interested in diving into the world of theatre. No previous experience required. Every program covers new material. Space is limited.

Summer Adventure Roper Mountain Science Center
Jun 30 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Roper Mountain Science Center
If adventure has a name, it must be Roper Mountain!
Beginning Tuesday, June 1, the lower part of the mountain will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 10 weeks. Featuring several hands-on learning activities and exhibits meant to excite and educate, Roper Mountain is the ideal attraction for everyone this summer, with more than a full-day of fun and adventure.
Grab your whip, dust off your fedora, and head to explore our traveling exhibit “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion,” a rip-roaring archaeological adventure. Learn about the lasting contributions of the Maya people and discover how they shaped, and were shaped by, the natural world as you explore the abandoned camp and mysterious ruins of Site 25. Search for clues and use your best problem-solving skills as you seek to succeed where others have failed and recover the priceless Jade Medallion!
Frequent the always popular Nature Exchange while exploring the Orientation, Our Sustainable Future, and Water Story exhibits. Wander through the Dinosaur Adventure Trail, meet some critters and marine life in Harrison Hall of Natural Science, play in Wildwood, and go back in time on our Living History.

  • Explore our new building & exhibits including the Orientation, Nature Exchange, Our Water Story, and Sustainable Future
  • Encounter our new traveling exhibit “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion ”
  • Pet a stingray in our Marine Lab
  • Discover our Living History Farm (through 2:00pm)
  • Visit the new Outdoor Dinosaur Trails
  • And so much more…

Tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable
Last tickets sold at 3:00pm

Summer Art Camp: Printmaking Studio for ages 11 +
Jun 30 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Greenville County Museum of Art

Printmaking is a medium that allows an artist to transfer an image from one surface to another, offering countless possibilities. In this camp, aspiring artists will explore a variety of printing techniques including relief prints, screen prints, and monotypes using gelli plates. Instruction is designed to build technical and design skills, while developing personal style.

Moonlight Movies
Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm
Greer City Park Amphitheater

 

Watch the stars under the stars at the Greer City Park Amphitheater! The Moonlight Movies series is free and fun for all families. Pre-show fun & crafts start at 7:00pm. Movies start at sundown every Thursday night during the summer. Concessions will be available for purchase.2022 Website Image

Music by The Lake: Greenville Chorale and Lakeside Concert Band
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Furman Amphitheater

Relax at our beautiful Furman Amphitheater by the Furman University Lake and enjoy a cross-section of Big Band, Jazz, International, Contemporary, and traditional band and orchestra favorites. All concerts are FREE and open to the public. Bring your family and friends and celebrate the Sounds of Summer!

Friday, July 1, 2022
VIRTUAL RAILFAN is live from the Hub City RR Museum in Spartanburg
Jul 1 all-day
online

Our annual Train Day event attracts hundreds of visitors

The Virtual Railfan cameras were installed on Tuesday, July 6th at the Hub City Railroad Museum. There is one camera looking north and one looking south. The Hub City RR Museum wants to thank the City of Spartanburg for allowing us to install the cameras, and to Virtual Railfan for the install. We have already seen over 300 railfans at one time watching the video feed.
Links to live feeds:
[North Camera feed]
[South Camera feed]

Bullington Gardens: Fairy Trail
Jul 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Bullington Gardens

Join us on the magical Fairy Trail where your imagination is the only limit.

Developed by Fairies and dedicated volunteers, Bullington Gardens’ Fairy Trail is a whimsical treat for the young and the young at heart. Featuring charming vignettes and villages, the fairy trail will charm you with its thoughtful design, eye catching displays and secret woodland trail.

Rules of the trail:

Do not move or rearrange fairy displays. The fairies are very fond of their own decorating.

Do not leave trash on the trail. Fairies do not like litter in their town.

Please ensure children and pets are supervised at all times. Dogs and loud noises can scare the fairies into hiding.

Do not disturb wildlife or vegetation. The fairies depend on the vegetation to build their homes.

The trail is one way only. Please stay on the trail at all times.

P.S. the Fairies would like us to remind you that we are a non-profit and donations are greatly appreciated. Help us keep the fairies living in the style with which they’ve become accustomed.

GCS Winners Show Gallery Art Exhibition
Jul 1 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Greenville Center for Creative Arts

GCCA is proud to host the first annual Greenville County School’s Winners Show. The winning students from GCS elementary, middle, and high schools represent the best of the best from over 90 schools throughout the district!

Summer Camp: Ecosystems | | Ages 9-11
Jul 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Spartanburg Science Center

Students will learn about the interplay of plants, animals, and abiotic factors that together make an interconnected web. Students will learn of a variety of different types of ecosystems, and they each will choose one ecosystem to model creatively.

 

Camp is for students ages 9-11

Location: Milliken Room

Scholarships are available contact Mary Levens at [email protected]

Summer Camp: Nature at Hatcher Gardens | Ages 6-10
Jul 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Hatcher Gardens

Hatcher Garden Summer camp with Spartanburg Science center

Students will learn first-hand and explore wonders of nature in South Carolina at Hatcher Gardens.

Note to parents: Students will be dropped off and picked up at Hatcher Gardens. We recommend your students wear light clothing, apply sunscreen, wear good athletic shoes for walking, and bring a water bottle.

June 27- July 1

9:00am-12:00pm

Camp is for students ages 6-10

Location: Hatcher Gardens

Scholarships are available contact Mary Levens at [email protected]

Summer Adventure Roper Mountain Science Center
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Roper Mountain Science Center
If adventure has a name, it must be Roper Mountain!
Beginning Tuesday, June 1, the lower part of the mountain will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 10 weeks. Featuring several hands-on learning activities and exhibits meant to excite and educate, Roper Mountain is the ideal attraction for everyone this summer, with more than a full-day of fun and adventure.
Grab your whip, dust off your fedora, and head to explore our traveling exhibit “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion,” a rip-roaring archaeological adventure. Learn about the lasting contributions of the Maya people and discover how they shaped, and were shaped by, the natural world as you explore the abandoned camp and mysterious ruins of Site 25. Search for clues and use your best problem-solving skills as you seek to succeed where others have failed and recover the priceless Jade Medallion!
Frequent the always popular Nature Exchange while exploring the Orientation, Our Sustainable Future, and Water Story exhibits. Wander through the Dinosaur Adventure Trail, meet some critters and marine life in Harrison Hall of Natural Science, play in Wildwood, and go back in time on our Living History.

  • Explore our new building & exhibits including the Orientation, Nature Exchange, Our Water Story, and Sustainable Future
  • Encounter our new traveling exhibit “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion ”
  • Pet a stingray in our Marine Lab
  • Discover our Living History Farm (through 2:00pm)
  • Visit the new Outdoor Dinosaur Trails
  • And so much more…

Tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable
Last tickets sold at 3:00pm

Starry Nights – Magic Tree House
Jul 1 @ 4:30 pm
Roper Mountain Science Center
GCS Winners Show Opening Reception
Jul 1 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 2 @ 9:00 pm
Greenville Center for Creative Arts

GCCA is proud to host the first annual Greenville County School’s Winners Show. The winning students from GCS elementary, middle, and high schools represent the best of the best from over 90 schools throughout the district!

Parent-Free PJ Party Drop-off Childcare | Ages 4-10
Jul 1 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
World Explorers, Greenville

Our movie-goers dine on pizza before watching current hit movies as well as staff favorites from when they were children.  Each movie is accompanied by an organic, all natural fruit juice popsicle and themed crafts & activities! This is the perfect excuse to celebrate the fact that you chose the best for your child with a toast somewhere without cheddar bunnies on the menu! Note: Children must be fully potty-trained to attend.

Grandfather Glows: Bioluminescent Evenings on Grandfather Mountain
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm
Grandfather Mountain

Grandfather Glows

New in 2022: Bioluminescent Evenings on Grandfather Mountain! Have the rare opportunity to see Synchronous Fireflies, Blue Ghost Fireflies and Glowworms, weather and conditions permitting (rain date is July 2). Grandfather Mountain is home to the Photinus carolinus, the only species of firefly in North America whose individuals can synchronize their lighting display, meaning they can flash in unison. Read more about them!

Grandfather Glows Schedule
7:00 p.m.: MacRae Meadows (Gate 3) opens for parking. Navigate to Grandfather Mountain (2050 Blowing Rock Hwy, Linville, NC). MacRae Meadows is just south of the Grandfather Mountain Entrance Gate on US 221.
7:00-8:00 p.m.: Educators roving to answer questions. Picnics are welcome, but please pack away all trash since we have bears in the park.
7:25 p.m: 20-minute fireflies program by park naturalists in parking area
8:00 p.m.: Begin walking or riding the shuttle to the viewing area
8:00-9:00 p.m.: Interpretive tables set up with information about night critters, astronomy and more, plus kid’s activities
8:25 p.m.: 20-minute program by park naturalists in viewing area
9:00-11:00 p.m.: Viewing time, sitting in your chair or on a blanket
11:00 p.m.: Walk or shuttle back to car. Those wanting to walk back to their car before 11 p.m. may do so.

 

Event Admission
Tickets go on sale on this page on May 23 at 10 a.m.
Adult: $60
Child (4-12): $35
Bridge Club Adult: $51
Bridge Club Child: $29
Children under 4 are free and do not require a ticket.
Limited to 200 guests

Loomis Bros. Circus
Jul 1 @ 7:30 pm
WNC Agricultural Center

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Loomis Brothers Circus began as a childhood dream for Justin Loomis and has now grown to be one of America’s best and most beautiful circuses.

Now in our 24th year, our show travels throughout the country, concentrating on the southern and central United States and visiting a different city every almost ever other day! Our show is presented in the traditional circus format, but with a modern twist. We are the only circus in North America to feature Three Rings, Exotic Animals AND Live Music.

Our production team is always working to bring you and your family the finest acts from around the world and our show changes with each tour, however you will always be led on a magical circus journey by Justin Loomis, the world’s premier singing ringmaster.

Our big show is a traditional style circus, just like you remember as a kid. The sights of superhuman athleticism and animal magnificence, the sounds of our singing ringmaster, the smells of fresh popcorn and cotton candy ….they’re all here.

Our International Cast of Performers will have you on the edge of your seat with their amazing skills which include a rotating program of specialty and animal acts from all corners of the globe including Juggling, Dogs, Rolla Bolla, Unicycles, Motorcycle Daredevils, Aerialists, and Elephants. All our animal performers receive the best, loving care –  24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   

When our circus comes to town, it’s always for a good cause. We are always looking at ways to work with the local communities in which we perform. In fact, our circus has raised money for organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, Lions Club,4-H, Chamber of Commerce, Parks & Recreation, Elementary Schools, City Councils, Townships, Fair Associations, Zoo teaching programs, Regional Chapters of Shriners International and many more.

Loomis Bros. Circus will spark your imagination and take you on a magical journey where the impossible becomes reality. It’s good old fashioned family entertainment in your town! Don’t miss it!

Starry Nights – Tales of the Maya Skies
Jul 1 @ 7:30 pm
Roper Mountain Science Center
Saturday, July 2, 2022
VIRTUAL RAILFAN is live from the Hub City RR Museum in Spartanburg
Jul 2 all-day
online

Our annual Train Day event attracts hundreds of visitors

The Virtual Railfan cameras were installed on Tuesday, July 6th at the Hub City Railroad Museum. There is one camera looking north and one looking south. The Hub City RR Museum wants to thank the City of Spartanburg for allowing us to install the cameras, and to Virtual Railfan for the install. We have already seen over 300 railfans at one time watching the video feed.
Links to live feeds:
[North Camera feed]
[South Camera feed]

Summer Adventure Roper Mountain Science Center
Jul 2 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Roper Mountain Science Center
If adventure has a name, it must be Roper Mountain!
Beginning Tuesday, June 1, the lower part of the mountain will be open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for 10 weeks. Featuring several hands-on learning activities and exhibits meant to excite and educate, Roper Mountain is the ideal attraction for everyone this summer, with more than a full-day of fun and adventure.
Grab your whip, dust off your fedora, and head to explore our traveling exhibit “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion,” a rip-roaring archaeological adventure. Learn about the lasting contributions of the Maya people and discover how they shaped, and were shaped by, the natural world as you explore the abandoned camp and mysterious ruins of Site 25. Search for clues and use your best problem-solving skills as you seek to succeed where others have failed and recover the priceless Jade Medallion!
Frequent the always popular Nature Exchange while exploring the Orientation, Our Sustainable Future, and Water Story exhibits. Wander through the Dinosaur Adventure Trail, meet some critters and marine life in Harrison Hall of Natural Science, play in Wildwood, and go back in time on our Living History.

  • Explore our new building & exhibits including the Orientation, Nature Exchange, Our Water Story, and Sustainable Future
  • Encounter our new traveling exhibit “Mystery of the Mayan Medallion ”
  • Pet a stingray in our Marine Lab
  • Discover our Living History Farm (through 2:00pm)
  • Visit the new Outdoor Dinosaur Trails
  • And so much more…

Tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable
Last tickets sold at 3:00pm