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July 2021 Things To Do and Events Calendar for Upstate South Carolina


Schedules and events are still subject to change – sometimes at the last minute. Be sure to check with any event organizer or location before heading out. Stay safe and let us know about your events. Email chris@worthyplace.com with your calendar listings. 

SUMMER READING

JOIN THE 2021 SUMMER READING TOUR from Greenville Library System. Babies, children and teens can all participate in the Summer Reading challenge. It is free, open to the public and does not require a library card. For details, visit greenvillelibrary.org/summer-reading.

SPARTANBURG COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARIES’ SUMMER READING FOR ALL is open for all ages. Sign up at a local branch or download a Summer Reading for All card. To earn a prize for your age group, read 9 books or read for 9 hours (or any combination to complete your card). Prizes are available while supplies last. For details, visit spartanburglibraries.org.

TEEN AUTHOR TALK WITH SANDHYA MENON AND JEFF ZENTNER is online from 3 – 4 p.m. July 28 from Spartanburg County Libraries. The first 60 teens who sign up and attend will receive autographed books by each author along with themed goodies in the July Book Box. While supplies last, request a free book by either author as a Pick Me Up at https://forms.gle/i35BkizYmRpiEbeM8. For teens ages 12 – 18 or entering grades 7 – 12. For details, visit spartanburglibraries.org/Events.

JOIN PICKENS COUNTY LIBRARY’S “TAILS & TALES” summer reading program. It continues through July 31. All Pickens County residents should have received a postcard in the mail with a list of activities to complete and return to the library. To complete the program, participants can read 10 books, complete 10 activities or a combination of both options to total 10. More postcards are available at all library branches. Look for virtual programs on the library’s Facebook and YouTube pages and visit www.pcls.fyi. 

ARTS, FUN AND LEARNING

PLAY DISNEY TRIVIA 11 a.m. – noon July 3 from Spartanburg County Libraries. For details, visit infodepot-org.zoom.us/j/87140437239.

WATCH A VIRTUAL PUPPET SHOW 11 a.m. – noon July 13 from Spartanburg County Libraries. Visit youtube.com/spartanburglibraries.

BABY AND TODDLER VIRTUAL STORY TIME is 11 a.m. – noon July 27 from Spartanburg County Libraries. Visit youtube.com/spartanburglibraries.

TODDLER TIME is 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. July 20 at the Upcountry History Museum. Enjoy themed games designed for children ages 1 – 5. Toddlers can join in a scavenger hunt, a group story time with juice and a snack and meet Ariel. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit upcountryhistory.org.

FAMILY FUN DAY is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. July 31 at the Upcountry History Museum. Enjoy themed game and craft stations for children and families along with group story times. Meet Moana from 11 a.m. – noon. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit upcountryhistory.org.

SUMMER ADVENTURE is open 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesdays – Saturdays at Roper Mountain Science Center. Timed and ticketed entry will be required. Activities include the traveling exhibit “Be the Dinosaur,” which shows what happens when paleontology gets together with interactive video game technology. The new building also features the permanent interactive Orientation and Habitat Overview, Sustainable Future, and Our Water Story exhibits, and a Nature Exchange interactive forum where visitors trade ethically collected natural objects and glean information about them. Also available is the outdoor Dinosaur Trail, which begins above the Fossil Pit on the Nature Trail and stretches above the pond. This trail features life-size dinosaur models. For details, visit ropermountain.org. 

ONCE UPON A TIME: EXPLORING THE WORLD OF FAIRY TALES is open through Sept. 19 at the Upcountry History Museum. This bilingual (English and Spanish) exhibition immerses visitors into a three-dimensional, fully developed world which emphasizes the importance of reading and the significance of fairy tales throughout history. Explore the extraordinary settings of six popular stories from around the globe. It is recommended for ages 3 –10 but adults might feel nostalgic about these stories, too. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit upcountryhistory.org.

THE MAULDIN FARMERS MARKET is 5 – 8 p.m. Tuesdays through July 27 at the Mauldin Cultural Center. For safety protocols and details, visit mauldinculturalcenter.org.

STARRY NIGHTS are Fridays at 6 and 8 p.m. at Roper Mountain Science Center. Advance ticket purchases are required.  For details, visit ropermountain.org.

BEACHIN’ FRIDAYS are Friday evenings through July 30 at the Mauldin Outdoor Amphitheatre. For safety protocols and details, visit mauldinculturalcenter.org/events/festival-season/beachin-fridays. 

THE TD SATURDAY MARKET is 8 a.m. – noon Saturdays in downtown Greenville. For details, visit saturdaymarketlive.com.

GEO’S GOLF: SWINGING THROUGH GREENVILLE is open at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate – Greenville. The new exhibit features a custom-built putt-putt course with nine unique holes inspired by Upstate locations and landmarks. Each of the holes introduces children of all ages to STEM concepts in relation to the game of golf. Advance timed-entry tickets are required. Visit tcmupstate.org.

EDUCATORS: SPARTANBURG YOUTH THEATRE’S STORYBOOK LIVE is a virtual series performed by SYT actors. Educators will receive a curriculum companion with activities linked to SC content standards. The program is free for Spartanburg, Union and Cherokee County schools. View all available storybooks online at spartanburgyouththeatre.com/storybooklive. 

GO LIME GREEN: MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS at 3 p.m. July 17 at the Anderson Main Library. Anderson County Library is partnering with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) for a presentation on the warning signs and symptoms, facts and statistics, and how to get help for teens struggling with mental health conditions. Register online at calendar.andersonlibrary.org. For questions, call 864-260-4500, ext. 114.

CREATE YOUR OWN APP workshop series at 3 p.m. July 12 – 15 at the Anderson Main Library. Tweens ages 9 – 12 can learn how apps are designed and create their own app in this four-day workshop. Register online at calendar.andersonlibrary.org.

CIRCUITS AND PROGRAMMING workshop series is 1 – 4 p.m. July 26 – 29 at the Westside Community Center. Teens ages 12 – 18 can register for a four-day workshop to work with Hummingbird Duo and learn about electrical circuits and basic programming. Register online at calendar.andersonlibrary.org.

STROLLER STRUT: POND PALS is 10 – 11 a.m. July 21 at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. This free program is ideal for preschoolers, but all ages are encouraged to join. Registration is required by 10 a.m. the day prior. To register and see COVID-19 guidelines, visit clemson.edu/public/scbg/events/events-calendar.html.

BLACKSMITHING CLASSES are offered July 7 and 14 (101) and July 10 (102) at Hagood Mill. Students younger than 18 must be accompanied by an adult. For details, visit hagoodmillhistoricsite.com.  

DRAWING FOR TEENS ages 13 – 17 is 6 – 7:30 p.m. Thursdays July 15 – Aug. 19 at the Spartanburg Art Museum. The cost is $105 each. Learn the fundamentals of drawing. Discover how to draw with proper techniques using a variety of materials including pen and ink, charcoal and more. Materials are included. For details and registration, visit spartanburgartmuseum.org/artschoolclasses.

SALLEY MAVOR: SOCIAL FABRIC is open through Sept. 4 at the Upcountry History Museum. The exhibition offers a three-dimensional flair to stories assembled on backdrops all stitched by hand. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit upcountryhistory.org.

COOKING CLASSES at the Truist Culinary & Hospitality Innovation Center (CHI) include Cook Like a Wizard (hands-on) 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. July 21. The cost is $89 per adult (add one child ages 8 – 15 for $69 per each child). For details and registration, visit chigreenville.com or aceweb.gvltec.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=213XCHI65001. 

THE ANDERSON COUNTY LIBRARY offers a variety of virtual events. For more information, visit calendar.andersonlibrary.org.

DO BASICS, weekly text messaging from the Palmetto Basics, gives parents and caregivers tips that align with the Palmetto Basics’ monthly theme. For Spanish, text “losbasics” to 888-111. For English, text “dobasics” to 888-111. Reply STOP to cancel, HELP for help. Message and data rates apply. For more information, visit palmetto.thebasics.org. 

STRIDES, a nonprofit program, offers individualized instruction for ages 6 – 20 who need to catch up before school starts. Students with disabilities or ESOL are welcome. Virtual instruction is available. In-person or virtual tutoring is available at Cherrydale, Fountain Inn, Greer, Boiling Springs or Easley. For details, call 864-246-9898 or stridestutor.org.

SPORTS AND OUTDOORS

SEE THE GREENVILLE DRIVE at home vs. Winston-Salem July 1 – 4, vs. Aberdeen July 6 – 11 and vs. Greensboro July 20 – 25. For tickets and details, visit greenvilledrive.com.

GREENVILLE COUNTY’S WATERPARKS are open for the summer. For safety guidelines and other details, visit waterparks.greenvillerec.com.

REGISTRATION FOR YOUTH FOOTBALL for ages 6 – 13 continues through July 16. For details, visit greenvillerec.com/sport/youth-football.

PARK HOP 2021 is underway at parkhop.org. This summer-long scavenger hunt runs across multiple park locations in the Upstate. Families can sign up for free and complete the scavenger hunt using a paper or mobile app version of the Park Hop Passport. At the end of the summer, families turn in their passports (by Sept. 7) for a chance to win prizes from the coordinating agencies. 

THE BATTLE OF MUSGROVE MILL STATE HISTORIC SITE features new TRACK Trails from Kids in Parks. Kids can pick their own adventure full of interesting information, unique images and interactive activities. Visit kidsinparks.com and southcarolinaparks.com. 

iCan Bike, run by iCan Shine, is hosted by the Eastside Family YMCA at Taylors First Baptist Church July 26 – 30. Registration closes July 11. This week-long camp teaches individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional two-wheel bicycle. The cost for riders is $100 each, but financial assistance is available. Volunteers ages 16 and older are needed. Community members are also invited to sponsor a child by making a financial donation. For details about registration, volunteering or sponsorship, email Rebecca Barnes at rbarnes@ymcagreenville.org.

ICE SKATING is offered at The Pavilion. For details about activities and costs, as well as COVID-19 guidelines, visit pavilion.greenvillerec.com.

TREETOP QUEST GREENVILLE is open at Westside Park. For hours and details, visit treetopquest.com/greenville.

SWIM LESSONS are offered at Spartanburg YMCA locations. For details for Thomas E. Hannah, email mdavis@spartanburgymca.org and for Middle Tyger and Willis Road, email mmurray@spartanburgymca.org.

CHECK OUT A SC STATE PARK PASSPORT at the Anderson County Library andersonlibrary.org/park-pass or Greenville County Library System. greenvillelibrary.org/sc-state-park-passport. 

ROAD TRIP

PARI – Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute offers private tours and evening viewings. For details, pari.edu. 

BREVARD MUSIC CENTER’S SUMMER FESTIVAL is July 9 – Aug. 8. Highlights include Beethoven@251 “Festival Within a Festival,” the BMC Presents series, performances by Brevard Music Center's Janiec Opera Company and more. For tickets and details, visit brevardmusic.org/tickets or call 828-862-2130.

SUMMER ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS are at 11 a.m. weekdays in July at Chimney Rock Park. Join a Park Naturalist to meet some of the resident Animal Ambassadors. Included with admission. Visit chimneyrockpark.com.

THE WILD ART SCULPTURE SHOWCASE is on view at the North Carolina Arboretum through Sept. 26. For details and events, visit ncarboretum.org.