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ARTS & CULTURE

If you’re looking for a vibe, this is where you’ll find it. Spartanburg is one of South Carolina’s most established, respected, progressive, and diverse art communities with everything from the fine arts—ballet, symphonies, and opera—to the cutting edge—street performers, graffiti, and dance mobs.

Experience the Cultural District

Downtown Spartanburg has even been designated as a cultural district by the South Carolina Arts Commission. Within the cultural district, you can walk to and enjoy world-class art galleries, studios, music venues, breweries, culinary arts, local literature publishers, coffee shops, libraries, museums, and more. Regardless of when you visit, you’re likely to encounter live music in the streets, featuring jazz, rock ‘n’ roll, or beach music.

Come experience how we put the art in SpARTanburg.

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Ballet Spartanburg

Ballet Spartanburg’ s 2019/2020 performance season is exciting, new and filled with fun for everyone; including Spartanburg’s Christmas holiday family tradition, The Nutcracker.

Chapman Cultural Center

The mission of Chapman Cultural Center is to provide cultural leadership for Greater Spartanburg by developing, strengthening, and promoting the scope, excellence, and educational role of the arts, humanities, and sciences and to further their significance in the life of our community and all of its citizens.

Proud Mary Theatre Company

The mission of the Proud Mary Theatre Company is to present LGBTQ+ voices and stories in Spartanburg and the entire Upstate region through theatrical plays: compelling dramas, rib-tickling comedies, campy musicals, and local original works and avant-garde pieces that celebrate diversity and tolerance.

Spartanburg Art Museum

Spartanburg Art Museum is a regional museum promoting contemporary visual arts by inspiring and engaging people of all ages through exhibitions and education.

Spartanburg ArtWalk

ArtWalk is a free, self-guided tour of art galleries in downtown Spartanburg that takes place on the 3rd Thursday of each month from 5–8pm.

Spartanburg Downtown Cultural District

This area includes 21 indoor live performance venues; nine outdoor performance venues; 43 galleries or exhibit spaces; 38 murals and other public art displays; five museums; 64 studios and workshops; six historic sites; 15 green spaces and arboretums; 251 creative industry and cultural jobs; and 1,335 events and festivals open to the public.

Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium

Christened the ‘Showplace of the South’ in 1951, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium is one of the finest theaters in the country, with seating capacity of 3244 and one of the largest stages in the southeast.

Spartanburg Music Trail

The Spartanburg Music Trail honors musicians from Spartanburg who have made a national or international impact in the world of music. The stops highlight artists in such genres as country, gospel, soul, rock ‘n’ roll and more. Ultimately the trail will circle the downtown as new inductees are added.

Spartanburg Philharmonic

For 90 seasons, Spartanburg Philharmonic has been delighting audiences of all ages. Our mission is to enrich, inspire, and educate through live performances.

Spartanburg Repertory Opera

Spartanburg Repertory Opera produces up to four major productions each year, including an educational program for local students, and specializes in standard repertoire from the traditions of light opera, operetta, and musical theatre.

The Art Lounge

Our front gallery features over 20 local artists. The artwork ranges from original paintings, fused glass, metal and wood works, pottery and jewelry.

The Johnson Collection

Hailed by The Magazine Antiques with having staged a “quiet art historical revolution” and expanding “the meaning of regional” through its “exhibitions, loans, publications, and institutional partnerships,” the Johnson Collection seeks to illuminate the rich history and diverse cultures of the American South.

Twichell Auditorium

Renowned for its outstanding acoustics and home to some of the most celebrated musical events in the region, Twichell Auditorium is a treasured jewel of the Spartanburg community for concerts, operas, dance and other events.