SC Festival of Flowers
First weekend in June
Recognized as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events and one of the American Bus Association’s top 100 events, the SC Festival of Flowers is held each June across Greenwood County and features over 20 events for adults, children, and of course, the avid gardener. The Signature Safari Topiary display has become the Festival's premier attraction. Over 40 live topiaries, including safari animals, college mascots and local industry icons such as the FujiFilm camera, are displayed throughout beautiful Uptown Greenwood.
The Festival provides much more than just flowers. FujiFilm Manufacturing U.S.A., Inc., holds a photography competition for beginners and professionals. There is also a fair for crafters and artists of all types to showcase and sell their creations.
SC Festival of Discovery
Second weekend in July
Uptown Greenwood Development Corporation
The SC Festival of Discovery is an award winning event held each July in Uptown Greenwood, featuring a “Blues Cruise” that takes revelers to numerous venues in the Uptown area for the uniquely Southern music. Under the artistic direction of Shrimp City Slim, the "Blues Cruise" features a wide variety of Blues performers well known across the Southeast. All musical performances are free.
The weekend features food, fun, music, amusement rides and much more. Experience and learn about the history, traditions, folklore, arts and crafts, music and dance, and vernacular culture of Greenwood, the South Carolina Upstate area, and the entire state. The Festival of Discovery also hosts a Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS), sanctioned Carolina Barbecue, and Black Kettle Hash competition and South Carolina State Championship cook-off, featuring some of the best BBQ teams in the country.
Memorial Day weekend
Ware Shoals, SC
Ware Shoals plays host to over 20,000 visitors each year to enjoy the large catfish feast during Memorial Day weekend at the annual Catfish Feastival. The event began in 1981 to harvest more than a ton of catfish from the shallows during the annual draining of the Riegel Textile Company pool and dam site. In addition to the catfish feast, the “feastival” also hosts a carnival, booths for arts and crafts, and the streets are roped off at night for dancing.
SC Festival of Stars
July 4th weekend
Ninety Six, SC
Begun in 2009 as a Fireworks Extravaganza, the Festival of Stars has quickly grown into much more, featuring its own beauty pageant, street dance, Star Spangled Community Parade, activities, games, and the final event, a major Fireworks Display.
“A Connie Maxwell Christmas”
First weekend in December
Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, Greenwood, SC
1 (800) 868-CMCH (2624)
Take a moment with family and friends to visit the campus of Connie Maxwell Children's Home in Greenwood, SC. The night will be filled with lights of the holiday as each cottage along with other beautiful buildings will be brightly lit with images of Christmas. Music will also fill the air with a wide variety of sounds of the season. Children of all ages will have the opportunity to ride in horse drawn wagons and sip on hot cups of cocoa. Everyone will enjoy a walk through Bethlehem as a guide leads you back to the nativity of the Christ child. Each evening's activities begin at 6:00 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m.
Ninety Six National Historic Site
SC Highway 248
Ninety Six, SC
Just south of Greenwood, the Ninety Six National Historic Site is the location of one of the first land battles of the Revolutionary War and a national historic park. Under the leadership of Gen. Nathaniel Greene, Star Fort survived a crucial 28-day siege in 1781, which is reenacted each April. Each October, a candlelight tour of the park is held showcasing the park and its beautiful autumn foliage.
SC Highway 246
Located close to the town of Hodges, The Masonic Female Collegiate Institute, a female school established by members of a local Masonic lodge, was built in the Cokesbury community in 1854. The school later became Cokesbury College and has undergone restorations, making it a beautiful site for weddings and other gatherings throughout the year. This group of antebellum structures is on the National Register of Historic Places and is open by appointment.
Dr. Benjamin E. Mays Historic Preservation Site
North Hospital Street
The Benjamin E. Mays Historic Site in Greenwood, SC is now open to the public and is THE destination for individuals and groups to learn about the remarkable life of the legendary President of Morehouse College. The site, which showcases Dr. Mays birth home and an original one-room African-American 1800's school, has been developed to represent an authentic sharecropper's homestead circa 1900. It is complete with a cotton field, vegetable garden, outhouse, cedar post clothesline, old well, and a washpot with accompanying rinsing tubs. A museum adjoining the birth home showcases an extraordinary collection of photos of Dr. Mays life from the 1920s to the 1980s as well as a collection of his books and articles. His films and speeches, to include his eulogy to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., can be viewed/heard in the museum's theater containing a large screen HD TV and DVD system. The theater seats up to 45 people. In addition to his Presidency of Morehouse College from 1940-1967, Dr. Mays was a mentor and great influence upon Martin Luther King, Jr. He was an advisor to Presidents Kennedy, Johnson and Carter. Dr. Mays, born in Greenwood on August 1st, 1894, rose to become a monumental figure in the field of education and civil rights. He has been referred to as the Founder of the Civil Rights Movement. Please call 864-223-8434 for further information and notification of your visit.
409 Emerald Farm Road
Located on the edge of the city of Greenwood, South Carolina, Emerald Farm is situated on about 75 acres of beautiful rolling pastures dotted with large sheltering oak trees and surrounded by forest land. Get hands-on experience at the working dairy farms, or take an educational walk through the herb garden. Visit their Soap Factory and Gift Shop where all natural Saanen goat milk soap and body products are made. The Natural Food Store offers healthy snacks, and stroll through the Train and Hobby Shop, bound to stimulate interests of all ages, especially with the trains running in the Model Railroad clubhouse. Guided tours are welcome by appointment. Call (864) 223-2247 to make arrangements.
The Mighty Auto Theatre
3109 Highway 25 South
The 25 Drive In.com is now under new management. The Screen first opened in March of 1945 and played through the mid 1980's. The last picture played was "King Kong." The screen was dark until the summer of 1999. Shortly after came Tommy and Carolyn McCutcheon; the new owners/managers of 25 Drive-In. The box office offers the latest hits, and they also offer the best quality food through their on-site restaurant, the Club House Grill.
For more information, contact the Auto Theatre at (864) 942-9871 or email Auto@25Drivein.com.
220 Maxwell Ave
The Uptown Market houses the City of Greenwood's Farmers Market, various community events, and an interactive water feature. Designed to remind visitors of the Seaboard Passenger station that once stood in the heart of Greenwood, the large brick pavilion is also available for private rental. During the summer months, visitors can enjoy splashing in the 42-jet interactive fountain. Visit UptownGreenwood.com for further information, or call 864-942-8421.
Lights on the Lake
457 Camp Fellowship Rd.
Enjoy the event! There will be food and beverages vendors plus live music by Jake Bartley Band! As a reminder, Cash Only. No Coolers, please. You are welcome to bring blankets and lawn chairs. Fireworks around 9:30 pm with the band returning afterwards until 10:30 pm. Boats - reminder after the event, depart at idle speed until you pass a bridge.
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Arts & Culture
The Greenwood Community Theatre
110 Main Street
The newly renovated 300-seat Greenwood Community Theatre offers year-round entertainment for the entire family. Located in the historic State Theater building, which originally opened to the public as a movie house in 1934, the Theatre stages top notch shows that compete largely with those of large regional theater companies.
106 Main Street
The Museum on Main Street in Uptown Greenwood, a major area attraction, offers a turn-of-the-century main street with peeks into shops and rooms as they appeared in 1900. The Museum also has a fascinating collection of artifacts of Greenwood’s cultural history, natural history, technology, and the arts. The museum’s lower level showcases machinery key to the county’s development and buggies used before the automobile came to town. The upper level houses a collection of artifacts from all around the world. Twice recognized as the South Carolina Tourist Attraction of the Year in its category, The Museum hosts a wide variety of exhibits. Open Wednesday – Saturday.
As part of The Museum, the Railroad Historical Center exhibits an old steam locomotive and other railroad rolling stock dating back to the 18th century. The center is located at 908 South Main Street and opens during the South Carolina Festival of Flowers as well as seasonally April – October. Reservations are required for groups of 25 or more. For more information or to make reservations, please call The Museum at 864-229-7093.
The Arts Center
120 Main Street (Federal Building)
After an 18-month renovation process, Greenwood’s 100 year old Federal Building reopened to the public as a community arts center in 2006. The center includes classrooms, conference and meeting rooms, artist studios and office space for the Arts Council of Greenwood County, Self Family Foundation, the Greenwood Regional Tourism and Visitors Bureau and Uptown Greenwood Development Corporation. The Countybank Gallery within the Arts Center hosts local and regional art exhibits throughout the year, and the Mays Reception hall is available as a unique venue for events.
Greenwood Festival Chorale
109 East Cambridge Avenue
The Greenwood Festival Chorale is a non-auditioned community chorale. Chorale members are from Greenwood and surrounding areas that enjoy rehearsing on Tuesday evenings at Greenwood First Presbyterian Church. The Chorale presents 2-3 concerts per year – during the Christmas season, in June as a SC Festival of Flowers event, and frequently as part of the FESTIVA arts series of First Presbyterian Church. December and June concerts are held at Lander University in the Josephine B. Abney Cultural Auditorium and often feature orchestral accompaniment.
Sponsored by First Presbyterian Church, Festiva musical concert series features a variety of both choral and instrumental performances. Held during the fall, winter, and spring seasons, the concerts offer visitors and local citizens a great Sunday afternoon activity.
Greenwood Performing Arts
110 Phoenix Street (Chamber of Commerce)
Each year, Greenwood Performing Arts brings some of the world’s most talented musicians, dancers, singers and actors, to the stage in local Greenwood venues. Visiting artists have included the Harlem Boys Choir, pianist Misha Dichter, soprano Sandi Patty, the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, the Moscow Festival Ballet, the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and many others. In addition to its subscription concert series, Greenwood Outreach Works, affiliated with Greenwood Performing Arts, sponsors cultural outreach programs as a way to introduce local young people to the diverse world of performing arts.
For more information, please contact Greenwood Performing Arts at (864) 227-8744 or e-mail Info@greenwoodperformingarts.org
Monsanto Art Gallery
320 Stanley Avenue (Lander University Cultural Center)
Lander’s Monsanto Art Gallery receives more than 500 visitors each month to view exhibits of Southeastern artists. Exhibits change monthly. The Art Gallery is located inside the Lander University Cultural Center on the university’s campus.
620 North Emerald Road (Piedmont Technical College)
The Solutia Gallery, located in the John S. Coleman Administration Building of Piedmont Technical College, showcases artwork from the colleges seven-county area. Also included is the James C. Self Collection, housed in the college’s conference center.
146 Maxwell Avenue
Home of Jon Holloway photography, Jon's photographs have been nationally/internationally exhibited and collected by museums, private and corporate collections. Jon has also renovated two of the historic buildings in the Emerald Triangle. Each spring and fall, the Music on Maxwell concert series is held at Sundance Gallery, providing a unique listening room experience.
The Military Museum
106 North Main Street (Greenwood County Veterans Center)
The Greenwood County Veterans Center Hall of Heroes Military Museum serves as a public display of United States military memorabilia associated with the experiences of local veterans. Open Wednesdays from 1:00-5:00 pm, Third weekend of each month (Saturday and Sunday) from 1:00-5:00 pm.