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

Coffee & Conversation with the International Women’s Group
Sep 21 @ 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.
Cultural Creations, Cuisines and Dialogue events presented by the Atlantic Institute
Sep 23 all-day
September 11th @ 2:00pm: Ebru Painting with Pascale Bilgis!
September 18th @ 11:30am: Spaghetti Squash Chicken Chow Mein!
Dialogue Event: Registration information coming soon
September 23rd @ 7:15: Exploring Celebratory Traditions
Join the Atlantic Institute as we explore celebratory traditions across the world! Our panel of multicultural speakers will discuss cultural traditions that differ from holidays. This dialogue event will see how weddings, funerals, and coming-of-age events are celebrated in different cultures. Sign up now to get access to this virtual event! If there are any cultural events or traditions you’d like to see discussed, let us know so our panel can explore the culture you want to see!
More information coming soon!
Long Fitness Walk with the UIWG
Sep 28 @ 9:00 am

Friends Power Walking in Park — Image by © Kevin Dodge/Corbis

Get in shape with the International Women’s Group on the fourth Tuesday of every month in our long fitness walk! Meet in the Cleveland Zoo parking lot.

We’ll walk all the way to the Swamp Rabbit Cafe, enjoy a cup of coffee and a snack, and then walk back…a good 8 miles round-trip!  You’ll definitely get in your 10,000 steps for the day!

RSVP required by noon the day before the walk … so we know that you are coming!  Please click here  to RSVP or to contact Margo for more information.

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

Hiking with the UIWG
Oct 12 @ 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:

August 10, 2021: Hike Raven Cliff Falls Trail at Ceaasar’s Head
September 14, 2021:
 Hike Glassy Mountain in Flatrock and cap it off with apple-picking at Sky Top
October 12, 2021: 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. 

Stride and Stroll with the UIWG
Oct 14 @ 9:00 am

For ladies of all ages and fitness levels, children who can walk 3 miles, babies in strollers. . .Join the Upstate International Women’s Group for Stride and Stroll on the 2nd Thursday of every month!
Meet us at the Greenville Zoo parking lot at 9 am.
Then … 2 options: 1) Some of us will walk slowly to the Children’s garden, turn around and have a snack at the cafe Spill the Beans and return to the parking lot by noon.  2) For ladies who would like to cover more miles and walk faster, please plan to  walk ahead to the  railroad bridge and come back to meet us at the cafe on your return.

Please RSVP (required) with Ursula by clicking here.

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


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.