UI events and programs increase awareness, broaden horizons, and inspire appreciation for the many different expressions of cultures in our world. Our events fall into three main categories:

Cultural

Cultural-themed events invite Upstate residents into a new world of sights, tastes, sounds, arts, and traditions. With events catered to almost any crowd, you will learn about cultures of the world through first-hand experience.

World Affairs

Be aware and engage in conversation about the world’s most pressing issues by attending World Affairs events. As an official World Affairs Councils of America affiliateUpstate International engages globally-minded South Carolinians directly with each other and with elected officials, civic leaders and professionals from around the world.

International Business

As Greenville becomes the city of our dreams, it is also becoming the city of the dreams of many nations. In the last twenty years, this area has seen significant growth, attracting over 350 companies from around the world. UI fosters opportunities to form global connections with international business and commerce professionals.

Upcoming Events

The King and I at The Peace Center @ The Peace Center | Greenville | South Carolina | United States
Coming to the Peace Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I a musical about a British teacher who travels to Bangkok to teach the King of Siam and his family. You can buy your…
IWC Atlanta Bread Company Lunch, Pelham Road @ Atlanta Bread Company | Greenville | South Carolina | United States
Join the International Women’s Club for our monthly lunch! We will be eating at Atlanta Bread Company on Pelham Road.
The King and I at The Peace Center @ The Peace Center | Greenville | South Carolina | United States
Coming to the Peace Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I a musical about a British teacher who travels to Bangkok to teach the King of Siam and his family. You can buy your…
Aug 24 @ 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
Lunch & Learn: Theater Talk @ Hughes Main Library | Greenville | South Carolina | United States
The Peace Center presents performers from the upcoming production of The King and I. Learn about the production and what it’s like to perform in a Broadway show. Bring a bag lunch or purchase a lunch…
The King and I at The Peace Center @ The Peace Center | Greenville | South Carolina | United States
Coming to the Peace Center: Rodgers & Hammerstein’s The King and I a musical about a British teacher who travels to Bangkok to teach the King of Siam and his family. You can buy your…

Annual Events

Opening Night Gala

The official opening event for Upstate International Month, the International Gala is a sensational night replete with customs, culture, and cuisine! With delicious hors d’oeuvres and refreshments, dancing, a silent auction, and entertainment, the Gala is a lively social event that fuels the excitement for Upstate International Month.

Passport to Decadence

During this evening of international delights, guests have the chance to feast on desserts, sip on wines, and enjoy myriad other treats from around the globe. Hosted by the International Women’s Club, the evening features homemade delights from more than 15 countries.

Beaujolais Nouveau

While most red wines improve with age, the handpicked wine from the Beaujolais region of France is best enjoyed fresh. To celebrate the end of harvest season, we join the French this evening to indulge in this luxurious young wine and a delectable French meal.

Salsa at Sunset

A summer sensation, Salsa at Sunset brings live Latin music and dancing to the Upstate community. No prior experience in dancing is required for this outdoor family event held in downtown Greenville.  Whether you choose to dance or sit and enjoy the music, the energetic atmosphere will have your toes tapping.

Religious Traditions

Have you ever wanted to visit a Mosque? A Buddhist temple? A Synagogue? Have you ever wondered how other world religions worship or celebrate their culture? Many people are curious about religious traditions but are reluctant to inquire for fear of offending a person of another culture. Our series takes you to visit and learn about these traditions right here in the Upstate.

Glüehwein Party

A celebration of the Christmas season in traditional German style, the Glüehwein Party is a festive experience full of great German food and the spiced red wine special to this time of year. This family-friendly evening is a perfect start to the holiday season.

Robert Burns Evening

A night dedicated to the celebration of the poetic melody of Robert Burns, guests are treated to authentic Scottish food and drink while delighting in recitations of Burns’s poetry.

Global Humanitarian Outreach

A broad spectrum of international humanitarian aid stems from South Carolina, yet few know about its scope, impact, or how to help. Global Humanitarian Outreach luncheons bring in speakers who are currently addressing issues on things such as contaminated water, preventable childhood deaths, malnutrition, housing shortages, and other basic human needs.

The Galette des Rois, or King’s Cake Celebration

The “Galette des Rois” is a way for the French community to celebrate the Epiphany, or the arrival of the Three Wise Men (“Magi.”)  In France, every year the people gather pour tirer les rois, to find the kings.  We continue the tradition at Upstate International. The traditional galette is cut into slices and in one of the slices is a special charm.  The person who gets the slice with the lucky charm becomes ‘King for the day.’

Crêpe Day

A popular French treat, crêpes can be enjoyed savory or sweet, but they are best enjoyed in the company of fellow members of Upstate International.