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Mother’s Day weekend plans: Celebrate the arts in downtown Greenville

Founded in 2003, Artisphere presented by TD Bank has succeeded in their mission to create a nationally recognized Fine Arts festival in South Carolina.

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A wide shot of the crowd at the annual Artisphere event.

Spend the weekend surrounded by art and enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown Greenville.

Photo by Creagh Cross

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It’s that time of year — Artisphere is almost here. The free, 19th annual Artisphere presented by TD Bank is happening in downtown Greenville on Mother’s Day weekend (May 12-14).

This year, 143 visual artists (the most to date) representing 17 different mediums head to GE Artist Row, chosen from 946 applicants. The fest will also feature a variety of live music, theatre, and dance performances.

Two people looking at art on display during Artisphere.

Artisphere is one of the country’s top art shows and has landed a spot in USA Today’s Best Art Festival list.

Photo by Creagh Cross

If you’re looking forward to this artistic celebration like we are, here’s what to know before you go:

Festival hours:

  • Friday, May 12: 12-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, May 13: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 14: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Where to park:

Main St. at River and Markley and other access point streets will shut down beginning at 4 a.m. on Thursday morning prior to the festival.

Guests can park in downtown garages or at County Square (301 University Ridge) throughout the weekend — it’s just a short walk to the festival. For more parking details, check out the City’s Interactive Parking Map.

What to leave home:

  • Four-legged friends (but service animals are allowed) per the city’s ordinances
  • Lawn chairs, blankets and coolers
  • Roller skates, skateboards, bikes, and personal transportation

What to bring:


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