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-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

Wings of the City comes to Greenville, SC
Aug 6 all-day
The City of Greenville announced that we will be the first city on the east coast of the US to host the monumental bronze sculpture collection — Wings of the City — by world-renowned Mexican artist Jorge Marín.

The nine sculptures will arrive in town on April 2 and remain on display throughout Falls Park + on the campus of the Peace Center until OctoberClick here for an interactive map to view the future locations of the works of art. #ProTip — If you click on each pin on the map, you can view the name of the sculpture, the year it was created, its size, and a brief description of the inspiration behind its creation.

Map of Wings of the City Sculptures
Map of Wings of the City Sculptures

Previously, the iconic sculpture from the collection Alas de México (alas means wings in Spanish) has even *flown* to Sacramento, CA; Denver, CO; Dubai; and Istanbul.

The city partnered with the Hispanic Alliance, the Jorge Marín Foundation, Bank of America, and others to secure the exhibition of this collection in Greenville. The collection is expected to draw visitors from across the region and Adela Mendoza, executive director of the Hispanic Alliance of SC, said, ‘Wings of the City’ highlights the importance of migration and the cultural exchange that enriches societies…This world-class exhibit celebrates the global spirit of the Upstate — symbolizing human connection across distance, and the role of art as a universal language.”

Hiking with the UIWG
Aug 10 @ 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Come out and enjoy a nice hike with the UIWG usually on the 2nd Tuesday of every month, September through May. Meet at the Starbucks on E. North St. to carpool departing at 9:00am (or drive yourself and meet us there).  RSVP required so we know whether to wait for you. RSVP by emailing Margo here.

Our hikes vary each month:

September 15, 2020: Hike Glassy Mountain in Flatrock and cap it off with apple-picking at Sky Top
October 13, 2020: Hike Lake Junaluska, NC

UIWG Events are brought to you by Upstate International, a membership-based organization.
Check out the membership page on our website for more information. 

Salsa at Sunset
Aug 13 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The Hottest Summer Nights in SC

Fridays: July 16, August 13 and September 10
6:00 – 10:00 pm  (Group dance lesson begins at 6:15pm)
On the new Camperdown Plaza in front of the AC Hotel,
at the corner of S. Main and Broad Streets in downtown Greenville.
Free and open to the public.
Salsa at Sunset is a THREE PART SUMMER SERIES celebrating LATIN MUSIC and dance in beautiful downtown Greenville. The event features a live Latin band and DANCING on the beautiful new Camperdown Plaza
A COMMUNITY-BUILDING and FAMILY-FRIENDLY event, Salsa at Sunset is free and open to the public. The event attracts people of all ages and cultural backgrounds. The casual and CELEBRATORY ATMOSPHERE is welcoming and inclusive, and the downtown location provides incredible convenience and visibility.
Are you interested in connecting with enthusiastic individuals and organizations who celebrate the cultural diversity of Upstate SC? Be a part of one of the most exciting and diverse events in downtown Greenville. Please join us and sponsor Salsa at Sunset!  For more information please call us at 864-631-2188 or email us at [email protected]
Coffee & Conversation with the International Women’s Group
Aug 17 @ 10:00 am
Coffee and Conversation
Tuesday, May 18
10:00 am
Panera on Woodruff (at the Shops at Greenridge)
Outdoor patio
Join the International Women’s Club for our 1st in-person, but outside, Coffee & Conversation meeting in over a year! We’ve been meeting virtually every 3rd Tuesday of the month, but are especially excited to see everyone, outside, this time. While many of us are from abroad, just as many are from the U.S. and we love to share our stories and cultures.
No RSVP necessary, just come and join us.
Immigration Law & Travel Restrictions Update
Aug 19 @ 11:30 am
EACC Carolinas Lunch & Learn
Immigration Law & Travel Restrictions Update

August 19 @ 11:30 am EDT / 17h30 CET

Join us for a review of emerging issues in US employment-based immigration matters and an update on travel restrictions.  This European American Chamber of Commerce – Carolinas event is presented by Ogletree Deakins and offered in partnership with Upstate SC Alliance and World Affairs Council Upstate.


Upstate International Month Kick Off Party

The official opening event for Upstate International Month, varies year to year and has included  everything from our International Galas, and our Caliente Cuba: A Night of Hot Art & Cool Culture to our International Trivia Night of Mind Madness and more. Whatever the event, we guarantee a sensational night replete with customs, culture, and cuisine!

This year’s event will be a Murder Mystery Party! Join us at Zen for a night of fun where you can come dressed in character and socialize all while trying to find out who committed murder on a train. Did the butler do it? Or was it the actress, the professor, or even the detective? It is up to you to find out…

For more information CLICK HERE

America and the World Lecture Series

An informal Lunch & Learn lecture series on America, our allies and our enemies, our difficult diplomatic relationships, the status of cultures and countries, and the current track of U.S. relations that keeps us all guessing.   The whole world is connected and what happens abroad can have major ramifications here at home. Cultural and economic changes happening on the other side of the globe affect our safety and impact us economically.  With nearly 460 companies representing 36 countries here in the Upstate, it is important that we stay abreast of global issues that might impact us.  Each year, generally September through May, The World Affairs Council Upstate, a program of Upstate International, offers a monthly lecture series that focuses on American Foreign Policy as it relates to different parts of the world.

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.

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.

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 Partner Event)

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.