Juneteenth is this weekend, Sun., June 19, commemorating the day slavery was abolished in the US, nearly two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation.
This week marks one year since Juneteenth was officially announced as a federal holiday — the first national holiday to be signed into law since MLK Day in 1983.
There are several events taking place to celebrate + commemorate the holiday that you won’t want to miss.
This will be the third Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration at the Peace Center. | Photo by the Peace Center
Juneteenth at Unity Park | Fri., June 17 | 4 p.m. | Prisma Health Welcome Center at Unity Park | Free | Listen to poetry readings, view art + enjoy jazz music from local performers and artists.
Juneteenth GVL Mega Fest | Sat., June 18 | 11 a.m.-8 p.m. | Falls Park | Free entry | Enjoy a full day of art, live music, food + games at this inaugural event.
Juneteenth GVL Mega Fest 5k & Yoga with Vets | Sat., June 18 | 7-10 a.m. | Falls Park | Prices vary | Run or walk in the race + participate in a restorative yoga practice in remembrance of veterans and Black soldiers who fought during the Civil War.
2022 Juneteenth Freedom Day Celebration | Sun., June 19 | 2-7 p.m. | TD Stage at the Peace Center | Free entry | Join the Peace Center for its third annual celebration with live music from local artists, local food vendors, children’s activities + a Blood Drive.
Greenville Heritage Main Street Fridays | Fri., June 17 | 5:30-9:30 p.m. | NOMA square, downtown Greenville | Free entry | Kick off the weekend with some music by Mac Arnold & Plate Full O’ Blues + eats from Everything Egg Roll at this weekly block party.
Brooks and Dunn | Fri., June 17 | 7 p.m. | Bon Secours Wells Arena | $26.75+ | When the sun goes down, join Brooks and Dunn for some country music under the neon moon. 🌝
TD Saturday Market | Sat., June 18 | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Main Street | Free entry | Shop everything from produce, flowers, handmade goods + specialty items at this downtown GVL farmers market. 💐
Rivertree Singers & Friends Choral Festival | Sat., June 18 | 7:30-8:45 p.m. | White Oak Baptist Church, 1805 Wade Hampton Blvd. | $10+ | The Rivertree Singers, led by conductor Warren Cook, perform the Duruflé Requiem at this night of music.
Dinosaur Adventure | Sat., June 18-Sun., June 19 | Times vary | Greenville Convention Center | $25+ | With fossil crafts, Jurassic Jeeps, obstacle courses, dinosaur rides + more, the kids are sure to love this fun-filled peep into prehistoric times. 🦕
The Dinner Detective Interactive Murder Mystery | Sat., June 18 | 6-9 p.m. | Hilton Greenville Hotel, 45 W. Orchard Park Dr. | $62 | Search for the culprit during this interactive comedy show while you dine on a four-course meal. 🕵️♂️
ashe + ivy Sunday Makers Market | Sun., June 19 | 12-4 p.m. | Holland Park, 813 Laurens Rd. | Free entry | Shop 40+ local artisans at this makers market each Sunday.
The Temptations & The Four Tops | Sun., June 19 | 8:00 p.m. | Bon Secours Wellness Arena | $62+ | Musical Group The Temptations & The Four Tops perform for one night only. 🎶
Mystic Moonlight Paint & Sip | Sun., June 19 | 2-4 p.m. | Wine & Design, 1175 Woods Crossing Rd. | $35 | Sip, chill, and paint your own mystical moonlit night at this BYOB art class for adults 18 and over. 🎨
We have amonthly guide filled with events + activities you can plan for in advance. Click the button below to bookmark ideas for upcoming date nights, family outings, and time with friends.
Sunbasket makes it easy to enjoy healthy, mouthwatering meals. | Photo provided by Sunbasket
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Created by award-winning chefs and made with super-fresh organic produce, sustainably sourced meats + plant-based proteins, Sunbasket also offers ten pre-built meal plans for your unique dietary needs and preferences (think: paleo, veg, diabetes-friendly + more).
We all scream for Clare’s Creamery, which opened a new location in The Commons(147 Wellborn St.). The small-batch, hand-made ice cream business plans to share the same space asartisanal bakery Bake Roomfrom 4-9 p.m., seven days a week — when the bakery is closed. 🍦 (Upstate Business Journal)
Hudson Blake Lifestyle and Home, a new women’s clothing and home decor store, is coming to downtown Greenville (119 N. Main St., the old Llyn Strong Fine Art Jewelry location) this summer. The shop is founded by the people behind Dress Up, which has a Main Street location near One City Plaza. (The Post and Courier Greenville)
The Warehouse Theatre is currently performing the play “APPROPRIATE” by Braden Jacobs-Jenkins now through Sun., June 26. The theatre is also hosting an upcoming discussion on the history of racial violence with the Community Remembrance Project of Greenville County. Read the reviews. 🎭
Greenville entrepreneur LaShonn Edmunds is launching a women’s shoe-line called CAIRS, a four-way stretch shoe for those with lymphedema — a chronic condition that causes swelling. LaShonn has lived with lymphedema for 23 years and wants to provide comfort + style for others with the same condition. 👟 (Upstate Business Journal)
Local nonprofit Upstate Foreverhonored conservation heroes at the ForeverGreen Luncheon this week. Among them are Mable Owensfor her work to preserve the historic Soapstone Church, Tim Leefor his work as a wildlife educator, and Hoyt Grantfor his work to protect Grant Meadow and Table Rock viewshed. (Greenville Journal)
Fabian Menendez — Riverside junior + boys soccer team midfielder — has won theGatorade South Carolina Boys Soccer Player of the Year award. Fabian is now the second Greenville County player to receive the award in the last five years. ⚽ (Greenville News)
Greenville Roller Derby will roll back into action for the first time since 2019. They announced dates for the 2022 season. Skaters ranging from ages 18 to 46 — with players as old as 56 competing in the past — will join them in their first game on Sat., July 23 at 7 p.m. at the Pavilion(400 Scottswood Rd.,Taylors). 🛼 (Greenville Journal)
This one’s cheesy. TheChildren’s Museum of the Upstate (TCMU) will host Story Time & More! next Tues., June 21 at the Camperdown Plaza Stage. Their book of choice will be “Are You a Cheeseburger?” by Monica Arnaldo and the reading will include a burger sampling from Social Burger Greenville. 🍔
Speaking of TCMU,it’s hosting an adults-only Birthday Bash on Sat., July 30 to celebrate the museum’s 13th birthday. The event will provide a unique opportunity to see the museum’s exhibits after-hours while enjoying complimentary drinks, kid-inspired food, live music +The Science of Beer with Think Tank Brew Lab.
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“Living life in community with others isn’t just good for the soul, it’s essential.”
Those were the words Matthew Hubbard, co-owner + co-founder of the new Group Therapy Pub & Playground, shared with the crowd tapped to test the games, food, and drinks at his new Greenville establishment.
While the atmosphere is wacky, nostalgic, over-the-top, picture-perfect + beyond fun, the story behind the space is unique and, in our opinion, pretty special.
Group Therapy was born after Matthew went to therapy to address his own mental health. He wanted to create a place where people could come build community, and know they aren’t alone.
We think this is just the spot for that, so grab your friends + make a reservation (or two or three or four.)
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Editor’s pick: As an avid golfer, I often prefer to hit the real course, but sometimes a round of putt-putt can be much more relaxing + therapeutic (plus, it’s a fun way to get your non-golfing friends involved).
When you play the 18 holes of mini-golf at Group Therapy, have your movie and television trivia ready. Each hole will wow you with the attention to detail as you tee-off into the Iron Throne + make a putt next to the Titanic, looking to avoid hitting the iceberg.
Without giving away too many spoilers, I’ve heard some of the top favorites include the “Throne of Lies” from “Elf” and the “Harry Potter”-themed hole.
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