First Friday at Greenville Center for Creative Arts

First Friday at Greenville Center for Creative Arts

Make Greenville Center for Creative Arts (GCCA) your first stop on First Friday! Located in the historic Brandon Mill complex in the creative arts district of West Greenville, GCCA is a perfect place to begin the Metropolitan Arts Council’s monthly art walk.

The Art Center is open for extended hours, 6pm to 9pm, on the first Friday of every month for First Friday activities. In addition to viewing multiple exhibitions from both locally and nationally-recognized artists, at GCCA you’ll have the opportunity to meet the resident working artists, see their studio spaces and works in progress, and learn more about their personal style and artistic process.

The mission of GCCA is to enrich the cultural fabric of the community through visual arts promotion, education, and inspiration. Founded by a dedicated group of artists, teachers, and community leaders, the Art Center offers programs for people of all ages, backgrounds, and economic circumstances.

Greenville’s Downtown Trolley (Route 903) provides visitors to the downtown area easy and free transport to the West Greenville area from July through September, every Thursday and Friday, 6pm to 11pm, and Saturdays, 5:30pm to 11pm. For real-time scheduling, download the FindGreenlink app on your phone and come visit!

GALLABRAE 2022 Greenville Scottish Games

EVENT CANCELLED FOR 2021: Mark your calendars for The Great Scot! Parade to be held on Friday evening (May 27, 2022) at 6 pm on Main Street in downtown Greenville. The following day, (Saturday, May 28, 2022) venture to Furman University for the Greenville Scottish Games!

This is a B.Y.0.B. event—as in, bring your own bagpipes—to one of the world’s premier Games events. Enjoy two days of Scottish festivities that combine spirited competition, Celtic jams, a parade, and more! Scots are widely acknowledged as being fierce competitors and will make virtually anything into a contest of strength, agility, and guile. Pipers, drummers and athletes will be throwing, tossing and playing everywhere!

If you don’t come, you’ll never be able to ask the age-old question, ‘What does a Scotsman really wear under his kilt?’ (Spoiler Alert: It’s shoes!)

NOTE: Most of the information on this page currently reflects the 2019 event, since the event was cancelled for 2020 & 2021. Updates will be made in early 2022 when more details have been announced.

Jason Isbell and the 400 unit

Award winner Jason Isbell was asking himself leading up to the creation of his newest album Reunions, recorded with the 400 Unit.

America

2020 marked the 50th anniversary of perennial classic-rock favorite America.

Fall For Greenville: Virtual for 2020

Bank of America Fall for Greenville presented by Pepsi, one of the largest street festivals in the Southeast, will celebrate its 39th year virtually October 9-11, 2020 and throughout the month of October, with a lineup of virtual events, including a headlining musical performance from American country music singer-songwriter Nikki Lane, live cooking demonstrations presented by US Foods, a Michelob Ultra Virtual Beer Garden, Demos for Donations with local chefs, and much more.  

 A new initiative this year, event organizers have launched A Taste of Our Town Digital Discount Book, presented by Truist Culinary and Hospitality Innovation Center. The discount book features 35 local restaurants and over 40 discounts, including BOGO or half-off entrees, free appetizers, and free desserts (a value of over $350). Patrons who use their digital discount book at more than half of the participating restaurants will be entered into a 2021 festival weekend grand prize giveaway. The winner will receive two festival T-shirts and $100 in Taste Tickets, parking vouchers, and one night’s stay at the AC Hotel Greenville for the 2021 festival. Digital discount books are $20 and the restaurant discounts are valid from October 1, 2020 through February 28, 2021. To view a listing of all participating restaurants and purchase a digital discount book, click here. 

Free online concerts featuring local fan favorites, including progressive bluegrass/folk band My Girl My Whiskey & Me and Greenville native Nikki Lane will be held on Friday night; blues legend Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues (followed by a special question and answer session) on Saturday night and Greenville Jazz Collective and the Sharon Jones Tribute Band featuring Jamie Wright, Shannon Hoover, Tez Sherard, and more on Sunday. 

The Virtual Experience also includes cooking demonstrations presented by US Foods. Viewers can learn new recipes and techniques as chefs from US Foods, Kilwins Chocolates, Fudge & Ice Cream and Table 301 Catering & Kitchen create some of their favorite dishes. Local chefs and business owners have also teamed up to host Demos for Donations, offering private demonstration packages with 20% of the proceeds benefiting the five nonprofit festival partners. 

Every Tuesday and Thursday during the month of October, beer lovers can tune in for a Michelob Ultra Virtual Beer Garden featuring Tap Takeovers from six popular breweries, including Brewery 85, Wicked Weed, Bold Rock Cidery and New Belgium Brewing. Tour guides will offer a glance inside their facilities, share what they are currently brewing and answer viewer questions. Additionally, Brewery 85 FFG Festbier, the signature brew for the festival, will be available at select restaurants as part of the festival’s Taps on the Town.