Spartanburg is a wonderful city that is lively, family-friendly, and a great party town full of college students. It has many cultural activities and sports events to enjoy. Here is a helpful guide to some of the best places that you will want to check out after moving to Spartanburg.
Every third Thursday of each month is the day to enjoy fine art. Spartanburg art galleries offer wine and cheese on the free ArtWalk that is held in the downtown area. The route changes each month and you do not necessarily have to walk. If you prefer, you may drive between the locations instead. Take a designated driver along if you plan to enjoy the wine.
Farm to Table
For locally grown farm-fresh produce and other local goods, visit the Hub City Farmers Market on any Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon from April to December.
Fall Fair and Festival
The Piedmont Interstate Fair is held each year in October. The fair has all the blue ribbon farm animals, fried foods, and fun rides for the family to enjoy. There are contests for kids and adults.
The International Festival, held in Barnet Park, is also in October. It has the Avenue of Nations showing cultural exhibitions representing foreign countries and the Boulevard of Food with tasty international dishes to enjoy. There is also a Kids Zone, a Sports Zone, and live entertainment.
Free Chance for a Hole-in-One
The Sparkle City Mini Putt is a free miniature golf course that was created as a public-private partnership between the City of Spartanburg and Hub-Bub artists with funds from an anonymous donor. You can bring your putter and golf ball or borrow a set from the participating downtown businesses that include Growler Haus, Little River Coffee Bar, Paisley Paw, and The Local Hiker.
Ride a Bike in Butterfly Creek Park
Butterfly Creek is the newest city park on the northern side of Spartanburg. There are lovely picnic areas and walking paths that lead to a bridge over the creek. The bike path is fun and goes along the Butterfly Branch Greenway.
Bike Some More on the Mary Black Rail Trail
The Mary Black Rail Trail starts just south of downtown Spartanburg near the YMCA. Bicycles can be rented at the B-Cycle station, which is located at the beginning of the trail at Henry and Union streets. The Rail Trail passes by a beautiful dog park called the Rail Tail across from Duncan Park on Union Street.
B-Ball at Upstate’s Hodge Center
College basketball fans love to see a game at the University of South Carolina Upstate’s Hodge Center. The games are always high-energy and fans love the mascot Sparty, so be sure to get a photo with Sparty to show off your team spirit on social media.
Skating on the Square
In winter, from mid-November to mid-January, outdoor ice skating is available at Morgan Square in the center of the city. The entrance fee is a modest $10 for all-day access and that includes the cost of rental skates.
Oh, My Aching Back
If you just moved to Spartanburg, you are probably going to need a chiropractic adjustment after moving in. Maybe you’re sore from all those wonderful outdoor activities. The Chiropractic Health Center at Sherman College offers low-cost chiropractic visits with interns who are learning under the close supervision of their professors. The visits cost only $15 and this is discounted to $10 for students, active military, and seniors over the age of 65.
Taking Along Your Best Friend When Drinking
When your best friend is an Irish Setter, where would you take your dog along to enjoy shots of Irish whiskey? Let’s be clear, you get the shots of whiskey and man’s best friend gets a bowl of cool, pure water at Delaney’s Irish Pub located in downtown Spartanburg. The authentic Irish pub is dog-friendly.
To Be or Not to Be, Sis Boom Bah!
Enjoy a dramatic production or a musical at Wofford College’s Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts. There is also a Chamber Music Series, an art gallery and a museum to enjoy. Catch a game of the Wofford Terriers at the Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
The SMC Pioneers offers a full college sports program for men and women. Attendance at baseball games during spring is free. There are also tennis games, golf tournaments, wrestling matches, women’s volleyball, and women’s soccer that are terrific and fun to watch.
Strawberry Fields Forever
Strawberry Hill USA is run by Cooley Farms. This farm is family operated and was established in 1946. When in season, you can pick your strawberries, apples, peaches, blackberries, and pumpkins. Take the family for a fun day and enjoy some homemade ice creams and other delicious treats served in the cafe on the farm.
Mural Art Tour
Spartanburg is famous for its outstanding wall art in the downtown area. Take the Hub City Mural Tour to see these delightful expressions of culture that are painted on the exterior walls.
As a bonus round, see if you can locate all nine of the Hub Bub Painted Electric Art Boxes that are traffic signal utility boxes decorated with college themes. Take selfies with your favorites to share with your friends.
Get Your Culture On
Cultural activities are offered in abundance at the Chapman Cultural Center that includes ballet performances, theatricals dramas, musicals, orchestral symphonies, live concerts, art exhibitions, and much more. There are plenty of educational activities to enjoy, with classes for adults and programs for children.
Downtown Outdoor Live Music
Live music is offered downtown at Morgan Square. Every Thursday during April, May, June, and July, there are the Music on Main performances. On Fridays, during September, October, April, and May enjoy Jazz on the Square.
Fr8yard is an outdoor bar and eatery with delicious food and plenty of great beer. There is a stage for live music and a huge outdoor projection screen for live sports events.
Take a Stroll on Cottonwood Trail
Cottonwood Trail is a nature conservation area that is only a few miles from downtown Spartanburg. The area offers a pleasant stroll through beautiful woods and its famous boardwalk is planned to undergo major renovations in 2020.
The Spartanburg Community College Arboretum is highly recognized as being a spectacular collection of rare and native species. After you move to Spartanburg, you may need a peaceful place to enjoy gardens and stroll among beautiful trees and plants. There is a marvelous Asian Garden and the gorgeous Cabeanna Gardena.
Twice each year, once in fall and the other time in spring, there is a wonderful plant sale. This is the perfect place to get some wonderful live pants for your new place in Spartanburg.
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