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August 2021 Calendar of Events


Monday, Aug. 2

YOUTH IMPACT SPORTS (YIS) Basketball Practice is 6 – 8 p.m. at North Franklin Apartments, 1114 N. Franklin Road, Greenville. Cheer on the participants. Admission is free. For details, visit justsaysomethingsc.org/youth-impact-sports.  

Tuesday, Aug. 3

STORY TIME AND MORE is at TCMU-Greenville. For details, visit tcmupstate.org.

SEE THE GREENVILLE DRIVE at home vs. Rome. For tickets and details, visit greenvilledrive.com.

CELEBRATE NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 6 – 8 p.m. at St. Mark United Methodist Church in Taylors. The event includes giveaways and family activities. Admission is free. Visit justsaysomethingsc.org/national-night-out-2021-page.  

Wednesday. Aug. 4

SEE THE GREENVILLE DRIVE at home vs. Rome. For tickets and details, visit greenvilledrive.com.

Thursday, Aug. 5

THE LASER DAYS OF SUMMER are at Roper Mountain Science Center. Chart-topping musical artists and genres that appeal to all musical tastes will be set to lasers. Admission is $8 each for nonmembers and $4 each for members. For details and tickets, visit ropermountain.org. 

SPARK!LAB is at TCMU-Greenville. For details, visit tcmupstate.org.

SEE THE GREENVILLE DRIVE at home vs. Rome. For tickets and details, visit greenvilledrive.com.

Friday, Aug. 6

A FAMILY FRIDAY HIKE is 10 a.m. – noon at Paris Mountain State Park. Take a nature walk with a ranger, and wade into Mountain Creek. Using one of the park’s nets, search for dragonfly nymphs, salamanders and other animals. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water shoes. Social distancing is expected. All ages are welcome. The cost is $5 each (adults and children) plus park admission. Park passport holders only pay the program cost. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $6 each for ages 16 – 64, $3.50 each for ages 6 – 15 and $3.75 each for ages 65 and older. Children ages 5 and younger are not charged park admission, so they only pay for the program. For details and registration, email Interpretive Ranger Cathy Taylor at ctaylor@scprt.comor call 864-244-5565.

A BOOK SALE FOR TEACHERS is hosted by the Friends of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries at Pages on Pine. For details, visit spartanburglibraries.org.

COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN is 6 – 8 p.m. at TCMU-Spartanburg. This event is free to all who RSVP and designed for families with rising 3K, 4K and 5K students. For details, visit tcmupstate.org/countdown-to-kindergarten.

THE LASER DAYS OF SUMMER – See Aug. 5.

SEE THE GREENVILLE DRIVE at home vs. Rome. For tickets and details, visit greenvilledrive.com.

Saturday, Aug. 7

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

A BOOK SALE FOR TEACHERS is hosted by the Friends of the Spartanburg County Public Libraries at Pages on Pine. For details, visit spartanburglibraries.org.

THE LASER DAYS OF SUMMER – See Aug. 5.

CREATE YOUR OWN MASTERPIECE at 1 p.m. at TCMU-Greenville. For details, visit tcmupstate.org.

SEE THE GREENVILLE DRIVE at home vs. Rome. For tickets and details, visit greenvilledrive.com.

Sunday, Aug. 8

SEE THE GREENVILLE DRIVE at home vs. Rome. For tickets and details, visit greenvilledrive.com.

Wednesday. Aug. 11

OPEN ART STUDIOS is at 1 p.m. at TCMU-Greenville. For details, visit tcmupstate.org.

TAG: TEEN ADVISORY GROUP meets online at 3 p.m. Help the Spartanburg County Public Libraries plan upcoming teen programs and contests. Register online. The program is for local teens ages 12 – 18 or entering grades 7 – 12. Visit spartanburglibraries.org.

Thursday, Aug. 12

THE LASER DAYS OF SUMMER – See Aug. 5.

Friday, Aug. 13

A FAMILY FRIDAY HIKE is 10 a.m. – noon at Paris Mountain State Park. Take a nature walk with a ranger, and wade into Mountain Creek. Using one of the park’s nets, search for dragonfly nymphs, salamanders and other animals. Participants are encouraged to bring their own water shoes. Social distancing is expected. All ages are welcome. The cost is $5 each (adults and children) plus park admission. Park passport holders only pay the program cost. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is $6 each for ages 16 – 64, $3.50 each for ages 6 – 15 and $3.75 each for ages 65 and older. Children ages 5 and younger are not charged park admission, so they only pay for the program. For details and registration, email Interpretive Ranger Cathy Taylor at ctaylor@scprt.comor call 864-244-5565.

THE LASER DAYS OF SUMMER – See Aug. 5.

Saturday, Aug. 14

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

THE BACK TO SCHOOL BASH is 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at TCMU-Greenville. Celebrate the return to school with a full day of play and activities. For tickets and details, visit tcmupstate.org.

THE LASER DAYS OF SUMMER – See Aug. 5.

Tuesday, Aug. 17

TODDLER TIME with Sophia the First is 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. 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 a fairy tale princess. Visit upcountryhistory.org.

Thursday, Aug. 19

STORY TIME AND MORE is at TCMU-Greenville. For details, visit tcmupstate.org.

Friday, Aug. 20

FRESH FRIDAY AT HARTNESS is 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. on the Grand Lawn at Hartness Greenville. The event includes an open-air market, entertainment and activities. For details, visit hartnessliving.com/fresh-fridays-2021.

STARRY NIGHTS programs are at 6 p.m. (“The Little Star That Could”) and 7:30 p.m. (“Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to Edge of the Universe”) at Roper Mountain Science Center. Advance ticket purchases are required. For details, visit ropermountain.org.

Saturday, Aug. 21

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

Tuesday, Aug. 24

SEE THE GREENVILLE DRIVE at home vs. Hickory. For tickets and details, visit greenvilledrive.com.

Wednesday. Aug. 25

SEE THE GREENVILLE DRIVE at home vs. Hickory. For tickets and details, visit greenvilledrive.com.

Thursday, Aug. 26

SEE THE GREENVILLE DRIVE at home vs. Hickory. For tickets and details, visit greenvilledrive.com.

Friday, Aug. 27

SEE THE GREENVILLE DRIVE at home vs. Hickory. For tickets and details, visit greenvilledrive.com.

STARRY NIGHTS programs are at 6 p.m. (“The Little Star That Could”) and 7:30 p.m. (“Chasing the Ghost Particle: From the South Pole to Edge of the Universe”) at Roper Mountain Science Center. Advance ticket purchases are required. For details, visit ropermountain.org.

THE PEOPLES BANK MIDNIGHT FLIGHT is in person at the Anderson Area YMCA. The one-mile race starts at 8:15 p.m. and the 5K starts at 9 p.m. Visit runsignup.com for details and registration. 

Saturday, Aug. 28

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

FAMILY FUN DAY is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Upcountry History Museum. Explore themed game and craft stations for children and families along with group story times and princess appearances. Today, see Elsa from 11 a.m. – noon. (Time may be extended, if needed.) For details, visit upcountryhistory.org.

CREATE YOUR OWN MASTERPIECE at 1 p.m. at TCMU-Greenville. For details, visit tcmupstate.org.

SEE THE GREENVILLE DRIVE at home vs. Hickory. For tickets and details, visit greenvilledrive.com.

Sunday, Aug. 29

SEE THE GREENVILLE DRIVE at home vs. Hickory. For tickets and details, visit greenvilledrive.com.

Tuesday, Aug. 31

SEE THE GREENVILLE DRIVE at home vs. Asheville. For tickets and details, visit greenvilledrive.com.

ARTS, LEARNING AND MORE

GERMAN SCHOOL UPSTATE has for 25 years employed native speakers to teach their language and culture to a diverse student body. Course levels, from kindergarten to adult, are academically rigorous with international benchmark testing and the possibility of high-school credit. Learn more 4 – 6:30 p.m. Aug. 24 in Greenville at Holland Park Church and Aug. 26 at Spartanburg Day School. Find details at website.germanschoolupstate.org, call 864-606-4622 or email info@germanschoolupstate.org.

AUDITIONS FOR “THE CAT IN THE HAT” are 5 – 7:30 p.m. Aug. 10 or 11 at the Chapman Cultural Center. Spartanburg Youth Theatre welcomes youth in grades 3 – 12 to audition. An audition workshop is offered Aug. 7. (Registration is required. The cost is $25 each for the workshop.) See audition requirements and details at spartanburgyouththeatre.com/auditions. 

AUDITIONS FOR “SISTER ACT JR.,” presented by Mauldin Youth Theatre, are Aug. 21 at the Maudlin Cultural Center. For details, visit mauldinculturalcenter.org/events/theatre-season.

THE GREENVILLE COUNTY LIBRARY offers a wealth of videos and virtual activities for kids and teens, including Bilingual Story Time, Bouncing Babies, Mother Goose on the Loose, Story Time Ballet, scavenger hunts, escape rooms and more. Visit greenvillelibrary.org/kids-virtual-activities and greenvillelibrary.org/teen-virtual-activities for details and links. 

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.

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. 

METAMORPHOSIS – Art and nature come together in this collaboration between the South Carolina Botanical Gardens and The Arts Center of Clemson. Paint a clay butterfly to become part of a traveling installation. The butterflies will be first installed at the Nature Center Patio at the gardens beginning Sept. 6 through the celebration and closing event Oct. 3. Paint a butterfly for the exhibit and one to take home. All proceeds benefit the SCBG Butterfly Garden. The cost is $5 each. Register online for one of several days in August, including Aug. 7, 8, 21 and 22. Visit clemson.edu/public/scbg. 

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 Cooking for Life Boot Camp for rising grades 9 – 12, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Aug. 7. For details and registration, visit chigreenville.com or aceweb.gvltec.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&Course=211XDAU50501 or CHIgreenville.com. 

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

REGISTRATION FOR FALL SOCCER with the YMCA of Greenville continues through Aug. 8. For details, visit ymcagreenville.org/programs/sports-recreation/soccer.

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. 

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 continues through 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.

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

STORYLANE, inspired during quarantine by Story Walk programs, is on Montview Drive in Asheville, North Carolina near UNC–Asheville. Take a neighborhood stroll and read a children’s book. The pages are displayed in the yards of 14 – 17 homes. Each sign is posted near the street and begins at house No. 7 and ends at house No. 77. An activity sheet based on the current book can also be found at the last house enabling families to continue discussing the book at home. The event is free. Books can be read 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. 

Aug. 4 – “Clever Jack Takes the Cake” by Candace Fleming

Aug. 18 – “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Pena

Sept. 1 – “Roxaboxen” by Alice McLerra

Sept. 15 – “Lost and Found Cat” by Doug Kuntz