The best outdoor events in Greenville, SC! From film screenings under the sky to waterfront live music, consider this page your go-to guide to how to do the great outdoors.

Thursday, June 30, 2022
The Big Dog Show
Jun 30 all-day
Cleveland Park Stables and along Main Street in Downtown Greenville.

The Big Dog Show is a large-scale temporary art exhibition featuring artist Dale Rogers’ most beloved design, The American Dog. Since its original debut in 2009, this traveling public art collection has been featured in 22 shows in 11 different cities throughout the US.

LOCATION: The Big Dog Show will be located at the Cleveland Park Stables and along Main Street in Downtown Greenville.

SPECIAL EVENTS

March 11 – Press Conference

June 11 – Adoption Day – Greenville County Animal Care

June 11-19 – “Best in Show” Decorative Collars on Display

June 29 – K-9 Demonstration

July 25 – Dogs Depart

End of Exhibit (July TBD) – Artist Reception

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big dog statue in field
statue of a big dog with a cat sitting on its back in a field
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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.

ArborEvenings
Jun 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The North Carolina Arboretum

Sip and stroll through the Arboretum’s gardens in the glow of the golden hour, all while listening to live music from a variety of local and regional artists! ArborEvenings runs Thursdays and most Fridays through September 30, 2022 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

There is no additional cost to attend ArborEvenings beyond our standard parking fee. As always, Arboretum Society members and their accompanying guests can enter for FREE (guests must be in member vehicles to receive free entry). Proceeds from ArborEvenings help support the The North Carolina Arboretum Society and further advance the Arboretum’s mission.

Find more information, including a musician schedule, here.

Beverage Service

Beer, Wine, and soft drinks will be for sale onsite at the Green Gardener’s Shed from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. each night of the event. Outside alcohol is strictly prohibited, but guests are welcome to bring in water or a favorite non-alcoholic beverage.

Food Available for Pre-Order, Picnics Welcome

Although the Bent Creek Bistro will not be open during the event, they will be offering their delicious dining options at ArborEvenings via pre-order! Simply place your online order — including alcoholic beverages — up until 11 a.m. on the date you plan to attend, then pick up your order at the Baker Information Desk between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. (In the event of rain cancellation, pre-orders will be fully refunded.)

Guests are welcome to bring in outside food and non-alcoholic beverages. However, outside alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Please note: ArborEvenings will not be held in the event of rain. Please check the website or Facebook page by 3 p.m. for any cancellation announcements prior to attending. 

Music on Main
Jun 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm
100 W. Main St.

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Downtown Spartanburg’s longtime music series returns to Morgan Square starting in April. Music on Main happens every Thursday from 5:30-8:30 PM through July.

Thursdays on the Block Live Music featuring Parker Andrews
Jun 30 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Block 224

Thursdays on the Block Live Music featuring Parker Andrews

Parker Andrews is a local singer/songwriter who performs a variety of music with harmonies along with fellow commercial music major Maddie Starks.

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

GREENVILLE CHORALE: LAKESIDE PATRIOTIC CONCERT
Jun 30 @ 7:30 pm
Furman Amphitheater

To celebrate America’s Independence Day, the Chorale will join the Furman Lakeside Band for an uplifting, entertaining evening of music.

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!

Contra Dance At The OFB
Jun 30 @ 8:00 pm
Warren Wilson College

Come on out and Contra Dance with the Old Farmer’s Ball. Free lesson starts at 7:30 PM and the dance starts at 8.

Friday, July 1, 2022
Free National Park Owner’s Guides
Jul 1 all-day
online

National Park Foundation Owners Guides

Thinking about your next national park experience? These free downloadable national park Owner’s Guides are filled with travel tips and helpful information. It’s your one-stop resource to discover all your national parks!

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.

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]

Loving Where You Live: A Watershed Walk with Tom Southard
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The North Carolina Arboretum

How does a healthy stream works and why is it important to the health of an entire ecosystem? A volunteer stream monitor for sites in the French Broad River Basin and at the Arboretum, Naturalist Tom Southard brings his extensive background in stream assessment, aquatic ecology education and stream habitat restoration to inform this walk along Bent Creek. You’ll gain an awareness of our little creek’s belonging in a larger watershed flowing all the way to the Gulf of Mexico and you’ll come away with a better understanding of the importance of  observing and conserving the health of our region’s creeks, streams and rivers.

This series begins this spring and will continue through each coming season, with expertly-guided small-group walks that allow for mindful connection in the more than human world. With the help of our core faculty, you’ll see with an eye to wonder and learn ways to actively preserve and protect our place

ArborEvenings
Jul 1 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The North Carolina Arboretum

Sip and stroll through the Arboretum’s gardens in the glow of the golden hour, all while listening to live music from a variety of local and regional artists! ArborEvenings runs Thursdays and most Fridays through September 30, 2022 from 5:30 to 8:00 p.m.

There is no additional cost to attend ArborEvenings beyond our standard parking fee. As always, Arboretum Society members and their accompanying guests can enter for FREE (guests must be in member vehicles to receive free entry). Proceeds from ArborEvenings help support the The North Carolina Arboretum Society and further advance the Arboretum’s mission.

Find more information, including a musician schedule, here.

Beverage Service

Beer, Wine, and soft drinks will be for sale onsite at the Green Gardener’s Shed from 5:30 to 8:15 p.m. each night of the event. Outside alcohol is strictly prohibited, but guests are welcome to bring in water or a favorite non-alcoholic beverage.

Food Available for Pre-Order, Picnics Welcome

Although the Bent Creek Bistro will not be open during the event, they will be offering their delicious dining options at ArborEvenings via pre-order! Simply place your online order — including alcoholic beverages — up until 11 a.m. on the date you plan to attend, then pick up your order at the Baker Information Desk between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. (In the event of rain cancellation, pre-orders will be fully refunded.)

Guests are welcome to bring in outside food and non-alcoholic beverages. However, outside alcohol is strictly prohibited.

Please note: ArborEvenings will not be held in the event of rain. Please check the website or Facebook page by 3 p.m. for any cancellation announcements prior to attending. 

Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays
Jul 1 @ 5:30 pm – 10:00 pm
NOMA Square

This weekly music series on Main Street at NOMA Square opens at 5:30 p.m. and closes at 9:30 p.m., with bands playing two sets at 5:50 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. NOMA Square chairs go fast, so bring a tailgating chair if you are not arriving early.

Beachin’ Fridays
Jul 1 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Mauldin Cultural Center

It’s time for Beachin’ Fridays! Come enjoy evenings of beach music and shag dancing every Friday from May 27 – July 29, 2022. We’ll be playing all of your favorite beach hits and more! All shows are free, so bring your dancing shoes, lawn chairs, and blankets – it’s gonna be a long, fun, Southern night!

SPONSORS
Stage Sponsor: Duke Energy
Fireworks Sponsor: United Community Bank

THE LINEUP
May 27 | The Vinyl Junkies
June 3 | The Shag Doctorz
June 10 | The Holiday Band
June 17 | Split Shot
June 24 | Rhythm City Band
July 1 | The Mighty Kicks!
July 8 | The Entertainers
July 15 | The Wrecking Crew featuring Rickey Godfrey
July 22 | The Bruce Caldwell Project
July 29 | The Catalinas

FOOD & DRINK
Beverages: Growler Haus
Visit our website to see a full list of food trucks!

VOLUNTEER WITH US! Click here to register as a volunteer!

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

Shostakovich 5
Jul 1 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium

Shostakovich 5

While Barber’s style of American Romanticism is lyrical without restraint, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 is complex and issues the perfect invitation to read between the notes of a composition written during an era of political strife and war. Kirill Gerstein brings his ferocious technique, discerning intelligence, and imaginative musical presence to Bartók’s lyrical 3rd Piano Concerto, one of the composer’s very last works.


PERFORMANCE & ARTIST DETAILS
Brevard Music Center Orchestra
Keith Lockhart, conductor
Kirill Gerstein, piano

SAMUEL BARBER Second Essay
BÉLA BARTÓK Piano Concerto No. 3
DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5

Auditorium seating is reserved.  Lawn seating is general admission.

Saturday, July 2, 2022
Free National Park Owner’s Guides
Jul 2 all-day
online

National Park Foundation Owners Guides

Thinking about your next national park experience? These free downloadable national park Owner’s Guides are filled with travel tips and helpful information. It’s your one-stop resource to discover all your national parks!

Rocky Cove Railroad Exhibit
Jul 2 @ 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.