Spartanburg is one of the most culturally-diverse areas in the state. With a population of nearly 40,000 residents, its considered the 12th largest city in SC. Spartanburg was formed in 1785, after the American Revolutionary War, when it was named after local militia called the Spartan Regiment. Now, Downtown Spartanburg is a designated Cultural Arts District – home to more than 156 studios, 78 public works of art, and 1,872 events and festivals each year. And with an average of 255 sunny days each year, you can enjoy all Spartanburg has to offer year-round.
There's something special happening year-round in Spartanburg, including a variety of events and festivals that the City directly plans and provides for local residents and visitors! From weekly music series like Music on Main, to large scale events like Spring Fling in April and the International Festival in October, there's always something going on in downtown Spartanburg!
Spartanburg is a beacon for foodies from all over. You could eat out every meal, every day, for weeks, and never eat at the same place or have the same meal twice. So if you’re looking for fine dining with white linens or a T-shirt-casual lunch counter, Spartanburg has you covered. Here are a few local hot stops you can not miss:
The Kennedy | American/Southern
Hub City Scoops | Ice Cream
Sugar-N-Spice | American
When talking about art, you are in the right place - 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. Click here for a list of artistic things to do.
Now, if you are looking for nightlife, these venues let the good times roll later than most, so if you’re a proud night owl set on experiencing as much as in Spartanburg, here is where you’ll want to go.
No matter what’s on your shopping list, Spartanburg has you covered with an abundance of shopping options. From international retailers in WestGate Mall to small business, the city is a gold mine of spots to buy unique gifts.