by D. Lanier Shook September 18, 2019
1. Goombay Festival in Asheville
The Goombay Festival is a great chance to visit downtown Asheville and discover the gem that is “The Block.” This music celebrates the vibrant African American community that is such an important part of the Asheville area. To find out more about it just click here to visit their website.
2. Spartanburg Greek Festival
America is great because of the vibrant multiculturalism that we share and another great culture to celebrate is the Greek festival. Like Goombay, this features music, food, and dance — just from another part of the world. For more information about this celebration just click here to visit their website.
3. Southern Home and Garden Show in Greenville
If you have a home, plan on having a home, or just want to enjoy a great time you need to click here and learn more about the Southern Home and Garden Show this weekend at the Greenville Convention Center. This event is well worth the price of admission because of the wide variety of vendors and products they offer. Its not just a place to see windows, doors, and floors — there are civic groups, consumer products, and so much more there.
4. North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival in Asheville
If you happen to be in Asheville this Saturday and have an hour — or less — free, step down to Pack Square Park and explore the wares at the North Carolina Ceramic Arts Festival. You can click here to find out more, but this event is a great one to choose for a couple reasons including the fact that its literally a block away from the Goombay Festival. Also remember that Christmas is coming up and ceramics come in all shapes and sizes and prices.
5. Euphoria Festival in Greenville
You may already know about the Euphoria Festival in Greenville but if you don’t you should click here to visit their website. For starters, this is a great chance to savor the best of what Greenville’s vibrant restaurant scene has to offer. Its also a great place to hear wonderful music. And many of the events are already Sold Out, so click on that link to see if the one you’re interested in is still available.
3. Folk Art Center’s Heritage Weekend in Asheville
If you’ve been to the Folk Art Center off the Blue Ridge Parkway just east of Asheville then I don’t have to share what a wonderful, whimsical, and inspiring place it is. If you haven’t you need to visit it and this weekend is a wonderful time to do that as they host the Southern Highland Craft Guild’s Heritage Weekend. There’s so much to tell you about I’m just going to suggest you click here to visit their website.
6. Newsies Broadway Musical in Greenville
Hamilton made quite a splash on Broadway — and beyond — and you can find out why actors and audiences alike enjoy treading the boards this weekend when the musical Newsies comes to Greenville. Whether you enjoy the dancing, the singing, or the inspiring story you’ll want to click here to visit their website to find out more. Its a great opportunity to experience the vibrant arts scene in the Upstate.
4. Asheville Symphony Orchestra Season Opener
This area is so rich in arts its hard — nearly impossible — to keep track of it all. One great place to start is at our local symphonies and that’s what you can do thgis weekend as the Asheville Symphony celebrates the opening of their season. You can find out more by clicking here to visit their website where you can also find out about the amazing offerings during the rest of this season.
5. Sooie Mauldin Barbeque Cookoff in Mauldin, SC
This area is also blessed with amazing food and this weekend you can sample some of at a barbeque cookoff in Mauldin, South Carolina, just west of Greenville. Click here to find out more about this amazing sounding event. If you like food, fun, and music this may be where you’ll be this weekend.
9. Greenville Triumph
The Greenville Triumph is an amazing recent addition to the Upstate’s sports additions and if you haven’t been to one of their games you’re missing out on alot. They’re fast moving — seriously, that referee could give lessons on running backwards and there were more collisions than on a typical day on I-85 — and don’t take too long. If you have kids you should take them to one of these games, considering the status that soccer carries around the globe and its growth in the States.
Their games occur in the West End of Greenville, which will be perfect one the parking situation is addressed, although I promise you someone is working on that right now. However, for the time being arrive very early for parking — their stadium is in a rather residential area and I had to park a mile down the road at a lovely church. If this sounds like something you’d enjoy click here to visit their website for more information.
10. Mamma Mia in Spartanburg
If you saw the film Mamma Mia on the big screen, you might be interested in seeing it on the stage and right now you have the opportunity to do that at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. Until the 29th of this month they will be presenting the musical accompanied by the music of ABBA. You can find out more by clicking here to visit their website.