It’s almost springtime in Greenville, which means on any given day between now and May. You could be wearing snow boots in the morning and a tank top at dusk.
Mother nature is generally a bit testy in the Upstate, what with the hail storms and tornadoes whipping through at odd times of year. But post-Groundhog Day, she’s especially volatile and unpredictable.
Despite her meddlesome ways, there are still plenty of reasons to enjoy this time of year in Greenville, like the one day each spring it’s 73, sunny and low humidity. OK, maybe there are two. We won’t mention the pollen situation.
But beyond the weather we all seem to gripe about each year like it’s a surprise Greenville has a lot going for it, such as these five great events you should plan now to attend later.
There’s no better retort to “there’s nothing to do in this town” than a Thursday night fundraiser that annually draws more than 45,000 people. Kicking off March 19, Downtown Alive, starts each weekend until Aug. 27 a night early with music at NOMA Square on Main Street. To make the free music even more enticing and coax you to spend some cash at the various vendors, the event serves as the single largest fundraiser for the Metropolitan Arts Council.
Imagine Upstate STEAM Festival
All along the south end of Main Street and around Fluor Field drones and all manner of bots and science experiments take over the West End April 4 for the full-day free event geared toward the school-age crowd. But let’s be honest — playing with remote-controlled anything is super cool no matter your age. You’ll see adults having just as much fun as the kids, and you’ll likely learn more than a few things you definitely didn’t pick up in school.
Tacos ‘N Tequila
This fourth annual Sunday Funday needs almost no explanation. The name says it all (mostly). What you need to know beyond that is both of those great things, made by dozens of the best chefs and bartenders in the Upstate, are all-you-can-consume in those few hours. Produced by High Spirits Events, the party is April 5 from 3-7 p.m. at The Old Cigar Warehouse, 912 S. Main St. Grab tickets at www.tacotequilafiesta.com.
euphoria Roast and Toast
Just when we thought we’d never get to enjoy another euphoria event in the Wyche Pavilion (because of now-defunct plans by the Peace Center to enclose it) the April 26 Roast and Toast comes through. This annual event is part oyster roast, barbecue fest, and the launch for the September events’ ticket sales. And this year, the 15th anniversary, we get a Drivin N Cryin concert on the TD Stage. Of course, beer, wine and cocktails are also included in the ticket price, making this a must-do event for anyone into having a great time. Snag tickets at euphoriagreenville.com/events/roast-toast.
Derby Day is big in Greenville, not only with the hat-wearing and Julep-drinking crowd, but each year, the Reedy River section in Falls Park is taken over by thousands of yellow ducks racing to the finish line. This year, the Reedy River Duck Derby takes place May 2, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Throughout the day, families can enjoy live music from local artists, face painters, balloon twisters, stilt walkers and more. The event is free to attend, but to adopt a duck, only to send it hurtling down the Falls, you can make a donation to the Rotary Club of Reedy River Greenville, who gives 100 percent of profits to local charities.