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Events and Things To Do Calendar for September 2021


Wednesday, Sept. 1

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

Thursday, Sept. 2

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

MOONLIGHT MOVIES returns to Falls Park. The movie begins at sunset. Admission is free. Tonight’s movie is “Independence Day.” For details, visit greenvillesc.gov/1324/Fidelity-Investments-Moonlight-Movies.

Friday, Sept. 3

ZOO TOTS for ages 2 – 4 is at 10 and 11:15 a.m. at the Greenville Zoo. For details and registration, visit greenvillezoo.com.

THE NORTH CAROLINA APPLE FESTIVAL is in Downtown Hendersonville, North Carolina. For details, visit ncapplefestival.org. 

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

BLIPPI THE MUSICAL is at 6 p.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. For tickets and details, visit bonsecoursarena.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.

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY COMES ALIVE FESTIVAL – Ben Franklin is at 7 p.m. at the Mauldin Cultural Center Outdoor Amphitheater. Admission is free. For a full schedule, including daytime events, visit historycomesalive.org.

Saturday, Sept. 4

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

THE NORTH CAROLINA APPLE FESTIVAL – See Sept. 3.

AN AUDITION WORKSHOP FOR “ELF THE MUSICAL JR.” is 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Chapman Cultural Center. The cost is $35 each. Registration is required. For details, visit spartanburgyouththeatre.com/auditions. 

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY COMES ALIVE FESTIVAL is at the Mauldin Cultural Center Outdoor Amphitheater. Rosa Parks is at 10 a.m. Thomas Edison is at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For a full schedule, including daytime events, visit historycomesalive.org.

SALLEY MAVOR: SOCIAL FABRIC closes today 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.

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

Sunday, Sept. 5

THE NORTH CAROLINA APPLE FESTIVAL – See Sept. 3.

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

SPIRITFEST is at 5 p.m. at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena. For tickets and details, visit bonsecoursarena.com.

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY COMES ALIVE FESTIVAL is at the Mauldin Cultural Center Outdoor Amphitheater. Nikola Tesla is at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For a full schedule, including daytime events, visit historycomesalive.org.

Monday, Sept. 6

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY COMES ALIVE FESTIVAL is at the Mauldin Cultural Center Outdoor Amphitheater. Thomas Edison is at 10 a.m. Rosa Parks is at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For a full schedule, including daytime events, visit historycomesalive.org.

DISCOVERY ISLAND AND OTTER CREEK Waterparks close today for the season. Visit greenvillerec.com for details. 

THE NORTH CAROLINA APPLE FESTIVAL – See Sept. 3.

Tuesday, Sept. 7

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY COMES ALIVE FESTIVAL is at the Mauldin Cultural Center Outdoor Amphitheater. Nikola Tesla is at 10 a.m. Hedy Lamarr is at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For a full schedule, including daytime events, visit historycomesalive.org.

TWEEN BOOK CLUB is at 5 p.m. at the Powdersville Library. This month, read and talk about “Book Scavenger” by Jennifer Chambliss Bertman. Visit andersonlibrary.org.

Wednesday, Sept. 8

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY COMES ALIVE FESTIVAL is at the Mauldin Cultural Center Outdoor Amphitheater. Ben Franklin is at 10 a.m. Thomas Edison is at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For a full schedule, including daytime events, visit historycomesalive.org.

Thursday, Sept. 9

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY COMES ALIVE FESTIVAL is at the Mauldin Cultural Center Outdoor Amphitheater. Hedy Lamarr is at 10 a.m. Nikola Tesla is at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For a full schedule, including daytime events, visit historycomesalive.org.

ACTIVE VOICES - PUBLIC SPEAKING CLUB FOR TEENS is at 6 p.m. at the Powdersville Library. Practice public speaking and develop leadership skills for grades 9 – 12. Registration is required. Visit andersonlibrary.org.

MOONLIGHT MOVIES returns to Falls Park. The movie begins at sunset. Admission is free. Tonight’s movie is “Cool Runnings.” For details, visit greenvillesc.gov/1324/Fidelity-Investments-Moonlight-Movies.

THE SOUTH CAROLINA APPLE FESTIVAL is in Westminster. For details and schedule, visit scapplefestival.com.

Friday, Sept. 10

THE SOUTH CAROLINA APPLE FESTIVAL — See Sept. 9.

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY COMES ALIVE FESTIVAL is at the Mauldin Cultural Center Outdoor Amphitheater. Thomas Edison is at 10 a.m. Rosa Parks is at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For a full schedule, including daytime events, visit historycomesalive.org.

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.

SALSA AT SUNSET, featuring live Latin music and dancing, is 6:15 – 10 p.m. at Camperdown Plaza. Admission is free. Visit upstateinternational.org.

FESTIVAL DO BRASIL is 7 – 10 p.m. at Swamp Rabbit Café and Grocery. The event features music, dancing, food and more. For details, visit swamprabbitcafe.com.

Saturday, Sept. 11

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

THE SOUTH CAROLINA APPLE FESTIVAL — See Sept. 9.

WAGGIN’ AT THE WATERPARK is 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Discovery Island Waterpark. For registration and requirements, visit greenvillerec.com.

SATURDAY SAFARI for ages 4 – 6 is at 10 a.m. and noon at the Greenville Zoo. For details and registration, visit greenvillezoo.com. 

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY COMES ALIVE FESTIVAL is at the Mauldin Cultural Center Outdoor Amphitheater. Nikola Tesla is at 10 a.m. Ben Franklin is at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For a full schedule, including daytime events, visit historycomesalive.org.

WEE PLAY: Wake Up, Brother Bear! Is at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at South Carolina Children’s Theatre. This interactive theater experience is recommended for ages 18 months – 5 years. Tickets are $10 each. For tickets, COVID protocols and more. Visit scchildrenstheatre.org/wee-play-wake-up-brother-bear.

Sunday, Sept. 12

CHAUTAUQUA HISTORY COMES ALIVE FESTIVAL is at the Mauldin Cultural Center Outdoor Amphitheater. Hedy Lamarr is at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For a full schedule, including daytime events, visit historycomesalive.org.

Tuesday, Sept. 14

A HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM for students in grades K5 – 8 is at the Greenville Zoo. For details and registration, visit greenvillezoo.com. 

AUDITIONS FOR “ELF THE MUSICAL JR.” are 5 – 7:30 p.m. at the Chapman Cultural Center. Spartanburg Youth Theatre welcomes youth in grades 3 – 12 to audition. See audition requirements and details at spartanburgyouththeatre.com/auditions. 

Wednesday, Sept. 15

A HOMESCHOOL PROGRAM for students in grades K5 – 8 is at the Greenville Zoo. For details and registration, visit greenvillezoo.com. 

AUDITIONS FOR “ELF THE MUSICAL JR.” are 5 – 7:30 p.m. at the Chapman Cultural Center. Spartanburg Youth Theatre welcomes youth in grades 3 – 12 to audition. See audition requirements and details at spartanburgyouththeatre.com/auditions. 

Thursday, Sept. 16

EPIDEMIC: YOUTH AND GUN VIOLENCE CONFERENCE is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Greenville County Square, Suite 400. In-person and Zoom attendance is available. Admission is free. Registration is required. Join expert speakers, panelists, and stakeholders as they discuss gun violence, possible solutions, and initiatives to save lives. The event is for youth, parents and mentors, the faith community, educators, nonprofits and more. Register at youthgunviolenceupstate.com. 

MOONLIGHT MOVIES returns to Falls Park. The movie begins at sunset. Admission is free. Tonight’s movie is “Notorious.” For details, visit greenvillesc.gov/1324/Fidelity-Investments-Moonlight-Movies.

Friday, Sept. 17

EPIDEMIC: YOUTH AND GUN VIOLENCE CONFERENCE – See Sept. 16.

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, Sept. 18

THE TD SATURDAY MARKET is 8 a.m. – noon in downtown Greenville. For details, visit saturdaymarketlive.com. Walk-up COVID-19 vaccines will be provided by the Prisma Mobile Health Clinic, located at Main and W. McBee, from 7:30 a.m. – noon today. 

MUSEUM DAY, sponsored by Smithsonian magazine, is Sept. 18. Museums across the United States open their doors for free to those who download a branded ticket. More than 1,000 museums are expected to participate. Visit smithsonianmag.com/museumday to learn more and download a Museum Day ticket. Each ticket grants the ticket holder and one guest free access to any participating museum on Sept. 18, 2021. One ticket is permitted per email address. A list of participating museums is at Smithsonianmag.com/museumday/search.

WAGGIN’ AT THE WATERPARK is 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. at Otter Creek Waterpark. For registration and requirements, visit greenvillerec.com.

ZOOKEEPING KIDS for ages 7 – 11 is at 10 a.m. at the Greenville Zoo. For details and registration, visit greenvillezoo.com. 

WEE PLAY: Wake Up, Brother Bear! Is at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at South Carolina Children’s Theatre. This interactive theater experience is recommended for ages 18 months – 5 years. Tickets are $10 each. For tickets, COVID protocols and more. Visit scchildrenstheatre.org/wee-play-wake-up-brother-bear.

Sunday, Sept. 19

ONCE UPON A TIME: Exploring the World of Fairy Tales closes today at the Upcountry History Museum. For more information, call 864-467-3100 or visit upcountryhistory.org.

DISCIPLES PUMPKIN PATCH opens today at Disciples United Methodist Church, 185 Riley Smith Road, Greenville. The Pumpkin Patch is open 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Mondays – Saturdays and noon – 7 p.m. Sundays through Oct. 31. Visit mydisciplesumc.org or call 864‑297‑0382.

Tuesday, Sept. 21

GIANT GAMES: CANDY LAND IN THE LIBRARY is at 6:30 p.m. at the Anderson Main Library. Other giant games will be available, too. Registration is required. Visit andersonlibrary.org.

Thursday, Sept. 23

MOONLIGHT MOVIES returns to Falls Park. The movie begins at sunset. Admission is free. Tonight’s movie is “Matilda.” For details, visit greenvillesc.gov/1324/Fidelity-Investments-Moonlight-Movies.

Friday, Sept. 24

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, Sept. 25

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

GIANT GAMES: CANDY LAND IN THE LIBRARY is at noon at the Anderson Main Library. Other giant games will be available, too. Registration is required. Visit andersonlibrary.org.

AN OVERNIGHT PROGRAM FOR GIRL SCOUTS is at the Greenville Zoo. For details and registration, visit greenvillezoo.com. 

Thursday, Sept. 30

MOONLIGHT MOVIES returns to Falls Park. The movie begins at sunset. Admission is free. Tonight’s movie is “A League of Their Own.” For details, visit greenvillesc.gov/1324/Fidelity-Investments-Moonlight-Movies.

ARTS, LEARNING AND MORE

FALL THEATRE CLASSES are offered by Spartanburg Youth Theatre for grades K4 – 12 beginning the week of Sept. 13. Visit spartanburgyouththeatre.com/fallclasses or call 864-585-8278.

FALL THEATRE CLASSES offered by South Carolina Children’s Theatre begin in September. For details and registration, visit scchildrenstheatre.org.

FAMILY STORY TIME is at 10:30 a.m. Mondays at the Lander Memorial Library, at 9:15 and 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays at the Anderson Main Library, and at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays at the Pendleton and Powdersville Libraries. Visit andersonlibrary.org.

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. 

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.

AUDITIONS FOR “ANNIE” are 6 –  8 p.m. Sept. 24 and noon – 5 p.m. Sept. 25 by appointment only at South Carolina Children’s Theatre. Roles are available for grade 3 – adult. For audition requirements, details and registration, visit scchildrenstheatre.org. 

GO LIME GREEN: Mental Health Matters, a mental health awareness event with NAMI SC, the Hayden Hurst Family Foundation, Same Here Global, Hilinski's Hope Foundation, and the United Way of Pickens County, is at Upstate football games including Sept. 3 Palmetto at Belton Honea Path and Seneca at Easley, Sept. 10 Hart County at Crescent and Easley at Wren, Sept. 23 Wren Middle at Pickens Middle, and Oct. 13 Gettys at Edwards. More information and a complete schedule is at namisc.org/golimegreen. 

EUPHORIA GREENVILLE is Sept. 16 – 19. Experience food, music and more at a variety of events. For tickets and details, visit euphoriagreenville.com.

SPORTS AND OUTDOORS

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. 

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

THE OMNI GROVE PARK INN National Gingerbread House Competition is reimagined for 2021 with in-person components. The house competition rules and entry form are open. For details, visit omnihotels.com/hotels/asheville-grove-park/things-to-do/gingerbread/national-gingerbread-competition.

THE FRIENDS OF THE LAKE 5K Road Race and Walk is Sept. 4 at Lake Junaluska, North Carolina. For details and registration, visit lakejunaluska.com/run.

NANTAHALA OUTDOOR CENTER’S Guest Appreciation Festival is Sept. 24 – 26. This is a family-friendly event with deals on outdoor gear, boats, rafts and more. The event includes live music and child-friendly activities. For details, visit noc.com/events/guest-appreciation-festival-gaf.

STORYLANE, inspired during quarantine by Story Walk programs, continues on Montview Drive in Asheville 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. 

Sept. 1 – “Roxaboxen” by Alice McLerra

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