Arts & Entertainment
Walnut Grove Plantation is on land granted in 1763 by King George III to Charles Moore when the area was known as the backcountry. The documented collection of antique furnishings and accessories vividly portrays living conditions in Spartanburg County prior to 1805.
Welcome to the Arts in Spartanburg. This site will outline for you the cultural activities taking place in Spartanburg, SC. For specific information on organizations supported by The Arts Partnership you may select that organization and learn more about it.
Ballet Spartanburg’s mission is to promote dance appreciation in Spartanburg County and surrounding areas by providing quality dance presentation, education, and outreach. Ballet Spartanburg produces a four program season that includes “The Nutcracker”, a fall program, a spring program and a guest company.
The Carolina Foothills Artisan Center in Chesnee, SC is organized and shall operate exclusively as a nonprofit corporation to develop the educational, artistic, cultural and economic growth of the Upstate by providing means for North and South Carolina artists to demonstrate the creative process and to showcase the products of their talents to a wide variety of citizens and by providing a place for citizens to learn about and purchase the work of Carolina artisans.
The Music Foundation of Spartanburg’s mission is to educate, entertain and enrich people’s lives through music. The Music Foundation of Spartanburg Concert Series presents world-class artists and the Greater Spartanburg Philharmonic. The concert series runs from September to April and consists of classical, jazz, pop, folk, and holiday programs. Most performances are held at Twitchell Auditorium.
Hollywild Animal Park is located near Inman in Spartanburg County, South Carolina, one of the most scenic and culturally diverse areas of South Carolina’s Upcountry. Nestled on over 100 acres, Hollywild is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization committed to providing an interactive and enlightening experience for our visitors as we continually improve the lives of our animals in an enriching and respectful environment.
The State Theatre of North Carolina, and one of the finest local playhouses in the United States. Highly acclaimed throughout the theater world. The Playhouse’s dual mission of producing the performing arts and providing education in the performing arts includes a ten-show professional series; a summer and fall college apprentice and intern program; performances and cabaret series by the YouTheatre; year-round classes and workshops for students from kindergarten through adults. Flat Rock Playhouse now hosts over 90,000 patrons annually and is a major contributor to the local economy and the Arts in North Carolina. Check the web site for schedule: www.flatrockplayhouse.org.
A typical concert season at the Petrie School of Music at Converse College features over 150 events each year, including student and faculty recitals as well as performances, lectures and master classes by some of the world’s most gifted musicians.
Located just off bustling Main Street, Café And Then Some brings you folksy satire and music and great food, blended with a personal touch by proprietors Bill and Susan Smith. He’s better known as “Bubba” on stage. She’s best known as “Norma Jean, a big ole country and western star”, but she has also introduced Café And Then Some regulars to a host of characters—from cosmetologist Joenine Whitehead to Mary Louise Earle McDaniel Hampton Pinckney.
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The group features young actors in productions designed for viewing by the entire family. Performances are staged at the David Reid Playhouse and has administrative and ticket offices with its sponsor, the Spartanburg Little Theatre, on the second floor of the Arts Center.
The Greenville County Museum of Art offers its visitors a way to sample the very best in American art through traveling exhibitions and exhibitions drawn from its own collection. It also offers art classes, evening programs, and information for teachers and school classes.
The Spartanburg County Museum of Art is a regional museum supporting the arts by: supporting educational programming; sponsoring diverse exhibitions; acquiring, displaying and conserving a permanent collection; and providing appropriate places for achieving its mission. Located at The Arts Center
864- 582-7616 , Fax 864-948-5353
Cowpens National Battlefield, in Cowpens, SC, commemorates a decisive battle that helped turn the tide of war in the Southern Campaign of the American Revolution. The battle at the “Cow Pens,” one of only a few successful double envelopments in history, is recognized by historians as one of the most important of the American Revolution.
In 1957 the Spartanburg County Historical Association was founded with a mission to promote and encourage interest in all aspects of the history of Spartanburg County. FestiFall, a colonial living history festival, is held at Walnut Grove Plantation the first weekend in October each year. Taste of the Backcountry, a cooking festival, is held the first Saturday in April at the Price House.
The Science Center offers programs in natural history and science to schools, scout troupes, summer camps, parks and recreations centers, and other interested groups. It also has a portable Star lab planetarium available for programs.
The Peace Center, located in downtown Greenville, South Carolina, is the premier performing arts center in the Upstate. Come in, explore, and enjoy.
a professional oriented non-profit organization, embracing a philosophy of education and competition for its members and a policy of community service through arts education for the public. It endorses no particular style or esthetic philosophy, but seeks to help its individual members realize their full potential in the mediums and styles of their choice.
Hatcher Garden is a community supported urban garden located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Started by a man with a dream, the garden has grown to become a beautiful woodland preserve that provides a home for wildlife and a display for the nature’s beauty. The mission of Hatcher Garden & Woodland Preserve is to be a place for the public to come for inspiration, enjoyment and education through the study of nature. The Garden is home to over 10,000 trees, shrubs and flowers. Admission is free.
Centre Stage-South Carolina! has as its focus and primary purpose the nurturing of a culturally and ethnically diverse not-for-profit theatre with broad participation by both professional and non-professional artists.
The black-box theatre in Wofford’s Campus Life Building offers performances by the Wofford Theatre Workshop, a campus organization dedicated to showing students how playwrights express ideas through drama.
When the subject is conferences, tradeshows, or meetings, we’ve got plenty of room to talk! Long known as one of the largest exhibit halls in the country, Palmetto Expo Center in Greenville, SC is also one of the most elegant, flexible and well-equipped meeting sites.
The mission of the Spartanburg Little Theatre is to activate, cultivate, and educate our community by providing quality theatrical experiences. They stage at least four productions a year including comedies, dramas, and musical theatre. Performances are at the David Reid Playhouse.
The Humanities and Performing Arts Center at USC – Upstate offers performances by the USC Upstate Gordon-Colloms Gospel Choir, the University Singers, and the Shoestring Players, the university’s theatre group. The Horace Smith Gallery hosts exhibits by area artists.
The Spartanburg Arts Center & The Gallery includes exhibits by local, regional and international artists. All work on display in the Gallery section is available for purchase. Open 9am-5pm Monday thru Friday; 10am-5pm Saturday; 2pm-5pm Sunday.
Art Hop is a celebration and showcase of art and artists in our community. Art Hop is your chance to meet, greet and enjoy art in the heart of Spartanburg and historic Hampton Heights. Spartanburg.com is a proud sponsor of the upcoming Art Hop.
In service since the fall of 1969 and named as one of the “Outstanding Buildings of the Year” by the South Carolina Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, the The Sandor Teszler Library at Wofford College was dedicated in 1971 and named for Sandor Teszler, a well-known textile leader. The downstairs gallery houses art collections with a changing schedule of exhibitions through the course of each year.
The Spartanburg Reperatory Company provides accessible cultural community enrichment and educational opportunities through professional quality experiences in the various aspects of opera, operettas and musicals, thereby developing area talent and promoting community appreciation in the Upstate.
Since its inception ten years ago, BellSouth FastAccess Music on Main has been embraced by the Spartanburg community as a favorite after-work social gathering. What began as a plan to re-introduce the business community and the local residents to the downtown area is now a destination point where you can meet your friends and colleagues, hear great live music, enjoy food and beverages in an outdoor setting, and just have plain fun!
Lawson’s Fork Creek is now accessible to paddlers who want to put in at Whitney and float to Lawson’s Fork is now accessible to paddlers who want to put in at Whitney and float to the Cottonwood Trail, a distance of 4.5 river miles. A crew from V. Palmetto Builders has completed work on the “put-in” just below the dam, along U.S. Highway 221.
Spartanburg’s grand old lady, the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, reopened after an extensive $10.5 million renovation, and is a great venue for entertainment. The new renovations include a new lobby, complete with custom carpeting, a specialty coffee bar, copper chandeliers, and arched skylights. The concession stand has rich oak cabinets behind the counter, and just around the corner is a new souvenir booth.
Main Phone number: 864-582-8107, Fax: 864-278-2003, Ticketmaster: 864-576-1550
Following in the footsteps of such outstanding professional teams as the Spinners, Spartans, Braves, and Bombers, your new World Champion Red Sox affiliate team, Greenville Drive, is here to provide baseball at it finest for a community that knows and appreciates what the game is all about.
See the cars, the speed, the innovation – all for free in the only BMW museum in North America. The BMW Zentrum is part meeting and events center, part café, part gallery, and part time machine. Located next to the only BMW manufacturing plant in the US, this museum of motion offers something for everyone.
The Bi-Lo Center is the place to see sporting events, concerts and much more.
Forward Fridays showcases local music and musicians. Rock, hip hop, jazz fusion, dj’s, electronica, experimental, etc.
The Cove Lounge and Club
9112 Greenville Hwy. 864-576-2683
4895 S. Pine Street 864-582-7381
Magnolia Street Pub
261 Magnolia Street 864-948-1777
179 E. Saint John Street 864-585-0088
Milliken Art Gallery at Converse College
The Milliken Art Gallery at Converse College hosts visiting exhibits, as well as exhibits by the students and faculty of the Converse Department of Art and Design. The Gallery maintains approximately six shows per year.