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Guide to Arts/Entertainment, Activities, Festivals and Parks in the Upcountry of South Carolina.


Arts & Entertainment
Foothills Playhouse

Foothills Playhouse, a non-profit organization, was established in 1981 by a group of dedicated individuals. Known originally as the Easley Community Theatre, they produced four adult shows at Easley High School during their debut season. Over the next 24 seasons it has evolved into the Foothills Playhouse, has changed locations from the high school to the Foothills Mall, and finally in 1991 to West End Hall, where it still resides, and has grown to six shows including youth productions and drama classes. Through all of the changes, our mission has remained the same: to provide quality, live theatre for the entertainment, education, and edification of our city, state, and region.

Location: 201 South 5th Street, Easley

Phone: (864) 855-1817

Rudolph E. Lee Gallery

The Lee Gallery provides Clemson University and the surrounding community with access to regional, national and international artists through a variety of exhibitions and special events. These exhibitions examine contemporary issues that underscore academic programs and serve the broader mission of the university. The gallery also showcases the work of undergraduate and graduate art, architecture and landscape architecture students as they complete their courses of study.

Location: Clemson University, Clemson

Phone: (864) 656-3899
 
Activities
Table Rock Resort and Equestrian Center

We’re a wonderful place to bring your family and friends. We have the best and safest horses around and our knowledgeable guides will assist you so that even the most inexperienced rider can enjoy all we have to offer. Lessons & Boarding available.

Location: 103 Sliding Rock Road, Pickens

Phone: (864) 878-2896

The Happy Berry

We are known for our abundance of delicious blueberries. Blackberries, elderberries, figs, and grapes are also available. Custom picks available on request. Visit our website to order and for coupons. June-September. M-F 8am-dusk. Sa 8am-6pm and Sun Noon-dusk.

Location: 510 Gap Hill Road, Six Mile

Phone: (864) 868-2946
 
Festivals
Oktoberfest

Tucked into the mountainous foothills of the Northwestern Corner of South Carolina, Walhalla bids you "Guten Tag! (Good Day!)" You're invited to experience "Gemutlichkeit!!!" (good spirits, good Times, laughter and goodwill) at the Annual Walhalla Oktoberfest! German banners herald the Oktoberfest season as everyone joins in the festival. Each year, the festival is held at Sertoma Field (located on Highway 183), and features hot air balloons, skydivers, crafts, lederhosen, and carnival rides, as well as fantastic food such as wurst and kraut, AND authentic German music and dancers.

Location: 214 E. Main Street, Walhalla

Phone: (864) 638-2727

Pickens Azalea Festival

Spring, with its warming days encouraging trees to bud and flowers to grace the landscape, is always a reason to celebrate, and Pickens takes full advantage of the opportunity. A 1989 brochure promoting the city’s annual festival said it best with the words “When the azaleas are blooming in Pickens, South Carolina, the little town celebrates!” And having fun in a family-oriented atmosphere is exactly what they do during the Azalea Festival, which occurs each year in April.

Location: Pickens

Phone: (866) 615-6603
 
Parks
Ceasars Head State Park

Caesars Head State Park has long been a must-see in the South Carolina Upstate. A granitic gneiss outcropping atop the dramatic Blue Ridge Escarpment, it offers breathtaking views year-round, especially when fall sets the hardwoods ablaze.

Location: 8155 Geer Highway, Cleveland

Phone: (864) 836-6115

Table Rock State Park

Table Rock Mountain provides a towering backdrop for an upcountry retreat at the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Table Rock State Park features two lakes, a campground, mountain cabins, meeting facilities and its historic, renovated lodge. The park has been one of South Carolina’s most popular since it was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Many of its structures are now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Location: 158 E. Ellison Lane, Pickens

Phone: (864) 878-9813