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

UIWG Crafting Day
Jan 28 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Come craft with the IWC on the 3rd Thursday of every month, September through May! Bring your current craft project or just come for the conversation.

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

Filling the Well of our Being: Scientific and Spiritual Insights for Health and Happiness 
Feb 2 @ 10:00 am

After the difficulties presented last year, finding both scientific and spiritual insights for health and happiness couldn’t come at a better time. Join the International Women’s Group in welcoming Dr. Shamini Jain of CHI (Consciousness and Healing Initiative) as she shares her expertise and helps us to learn and grow together.

Shamini Jain, PhD, is the Founder and CEO of the nonprofit Consciousness and Healing Initiative (CHI), a collaborative accelerator of scientists, healers, artists, and educators to help lead humanity to heal themselves. She is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UC San Diego and has received numerous awards for her published studies in biofield healing practices and meditation.
Shamini integrates her background in clinical psychology, psychoneuroimmunology, healing arts, vocal performance, and East Indian spiritual practice to share with others how they can best heal themselves and live joyful, and meaningful lives. Shamini speaks and teaches in diverse venues including TEDx, universities, conferences, hospitals and retreat centers. She also contributes as an author on the science and practice of healing. Her online courses can be found at Shift Network. Her public writing can be found in online blogs including Huffington Post, Thrive Global and the Times of India. Her first public book, “Healing Ourselves”, will be published with SoundsTrue in 2021.   More information at www.shaminijain.com  and www.chi.is.

Join the UIWG on Tuesday, February 2nd at 10:00 am for this live, online presentation by Dr. Shamini Jain

Free to register; Registration required

Click Here to Register Now!

Once you register you will receive a link and a passcode necessary to join the meeting on February 2nd.

Many thanks to our event partner, Dr. Shamini Jain and CHI

Feb 5 @ 11:00 am

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Celebrate 2021 Interfaith Harmony Month

Sponsored by Aiken Interfaith Partners (An affiliate of Interfaith Partners of SC)
In Lieu of our Places of Worship Tour, we are offering the following links so, you may experience a Worship Service of a different Faith Tradition at your convenience.

St Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Aiken: https://www.facebook.com/stmarysaiken
First Baptist Church in Aiken: http://www.fbcaiken.org
Adath Yeshurun Synagogue: High Holiday 2020 Videos
Why Latter-day Saints Have Temples All over the World (6 min)
First Baptist Greenville: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y6TdblcaJlw

Hiking with the UIWG
Feb 9 @ 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. 

Stride and Stroll with the UIWG
Feb 11 @ 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.