Spartanburg

Bucket List

We want to make sure you have a little fun while you’re here.

Check off the items on the list below for a true Spartanburg experience.

Use #SpartanburgBucketList to document your experience on Instagram. Happy exploring!


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1. Dance the night away at College Fest

Free Food? Check. Dance Party in Morgan Square? Check. Bring all your college friends for a free night out in September.

 
 

2. Tour SpARTanburg's galleries during ArtWalk

ArtWalk is the third Thursday of each month. It's free, and many galleries offer wine and cheese. Find out where to start at SpartanburgArtWalk.org.

3. Shop Local at Hub City Farmers Market

Head to Harvest Park to buy fresh produce and local goods. The market is open 8 a.m. to noon every Saturday, April through December. HubCityFM.org

 
 

4.  Go on a ride at the Piedmont Interstate Fair

Fair rides, fried food, musical entertainment and animals galore. The fair is held every October. piedmontinterstatefair.com

5. Attend a Festival at Barnet Park

Explore other cultures at International Festival in October, or fly a kite with the pros at Spartanburg Soaring in April.

 
 

6. Bite into a famous Spartan-Burger

Dig in at Ike’s, Sugar & Spice, The Beacon, or the Nu-Way. Bonus point if you order 'a plenty!

7. Play Sparkle City Mini Putt

Pick up your clubs from Hub City Scoops, grab an ice cream, and hit the links. It's free to play. 118 E. Broad St.

 
 

8. Explore Butterfly Creek by VCOM

The Northside's Butterfly Creek is Spartanburg's newest park. Take a stroll across the bridge or ride a B-Cycle along Butterfly Branch Greenway. 

9. Show your Spartan pride

Catch a Basketball Game in USC Upstate’s Hodge Center, November-March. Bonus point if you get a selfie with Sparty! UpstateSpartans.com

 
 

10. Form a team and take on Trivia Night

Choose from:

Main Street Pub: Monday & Thursday Trivia Nights
Delaney’s Sports Trivia: Tuesdays, 7-9 PM
The Flat’s DJ Trivia: Wednesdays at 7 PM;

11. Rent a B-Cycle and ride the Rail Trail

On foot or on wheels, the 2-mile Mary Black Rail Trail is a great way to grab some fresh air. Start at 295 E. Henry St. for easy parking and B-Cycle rental.

 
 

12. Go Skating on the Square

Test your ice skating skills on the rink at Daniel Morgan Square. Warm up afterward with a cup of hot chocolate from Little River Coffee Bar.

13. Let Wofford Entertain You!

Watch a theatre production in the Rosalind Sallenger Richardson Center for the Arts or attend a sporting event at Jerry Richardson Indoor Stadium.

 
 

14. Ditch the dining hall and dine Downtown

For student-friendly prices, check out It's Bahn Mi Baby, Nacho Taco, Wade’s and Venus Pie Pizzeria.

15. Cheer on the SMC Pioneers Baseball Team

Have a ball watching the SMC Pioneers strike out their opponents. Catch a spring game for free! See the schedule at gosmcpioneers.com.

 
 

16. Take a trip to Strawberry Hill USA

Choose the ripest strawberries, juiciest peaches and hand-picked pumpkins fresh from the fields. Be sure to get a scoop of homemade ice cream from the Parlor.

17. Pose with the Love Where You Live Mural

If you haven't taken a picture with this iconic downtown mural, have you really lived in Spartanburg?

 
 

18. Venture out to Glendale Shoals

Take a picnic or plan a photo shoot on the picturesque bridge in this historic mill town.

19. See a show at Chapman Cultural Center

Spartanburg Little Theatre, Ballet Spartanburg and Spartanburg Philharmonic all perform on Chapman’s stage. Check the calendar at chapmanculturalcenter.org.

 
 

20. Listen to live music in Morgan Square

Discover local and regional acts at Music on Main, Thursdays from April to July. Swing by on Fridays in April, May, September & October for Jazz on the Square. After the show, head to FR8yard to continue the open-air fun.

21. Take a stroll along the Cottonwood Trail

Minutes from downtown, this urban preserve is a hidden treasure. Keep your eyes open for wildflowers and wildlife as you walk the boardwalk.

 
 

22. Learn how to use Chopsticks

Spartanburg can show you how. Test your skills while dining at Monsoon, Miyako's, LimeLeaf, Pokenori or The Lemongrass Kitchen.

23. Take a selfie with a spine in the Sherman College Health Center

Sign up for a free chiropractic visit while you’re there!

 
 

24. Act local at the Masonic Temple

Order a latte at Little River Coffee Bar, pair it with a cupcake from Cakehead Bakeshop, and pick up a copy of ’The Underground Guide to Spartanburg’ from Hub City Bookshop.

25. Volunteer on MLK Day

Volunteer with College Town at local nonprofits through the United Way's MLK Day of Service. Sign up at UWPiedmont.org.

 
 

26. Visit the Plant Zoo at the SCC Arboretum

SCC's central campus is one of five recognized arboretums in our county. Learn about the specialty gardens and unique plants at sccsc.edu/arboretum/.

27. Find all nine Electric Art boxes

There are nine mini murals on electrical boxes throughout Downtown Spartanburg. Snap a picture with the box that represents your college.

 
 

28. Hit the books at Spartanburg County Library

It's the perfect place to study when then campus library is overflowing.

29. Eat late-night at Papa's Breakfast Nook

Who needs to order a pizza when you can get breakfast at 2 AM? Bring your bills - this joint is cash only.

 
 

30. Jam out at Converse's spring festival

Head to Converse’s Quad to see an up-and-coming artist. The festival is held in April. Student tickets are $5.