USA Cycling National Championships

In addition to the Highland Scottish Games and Freedom Weekend Aloft, the USA Cycling National Championships will be taking place in Greenville this weekend as well. 

Official Time Trial and Road Race Championships

Saturday, May 28, 2011

  • Individual Time Trial Championships presented by Duke Energy
  • Defending Champion: Taylor Phinney, Team BMC
  • Distance: 20.7 miles
  • Start Time: 11:30 am
  • Location: CU-ICAR
  • Estimated Finish Time: 1:30pm (awards immediately following)
Ancillary Events
  • US Handcycling Series, Individual Time Trial: 8:30 am
  • Stars and Stripes Challenge, 'Ride Like the Pros' (top fundraisers): 9:30 am

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Stars and Stripes Challenge
  • Fundraising Ride (various distances, including century ride)
  • Benefits Greenville Hospital System Cancer Center
  • Start Time: 8:00 am
  • Location: Greenville County
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Monday, May 30, 2011 (Memorial Day)

  • Road Race Championships presented by TD Bank
  • Defending Champion: Ben King, Team RadioShack
  • Distance: 115 miles
  • Start Time: 11:00 am
  • Location: Downtown Greenville
  • Estimated Finish Time: 3:30 pm (awards immediately following)
Ancillary Events
  • Stars and Stripes Challenge, 'Ride Like The Pros' (top fundraisers): 7:30 am
  • Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital US Handcycling National Criterium Championship: 11:30 am
  • Duke Energy Kid's Races: 12:30 pm | Download Registration Form
  • Greenville Hospital System Health & Wellness Expo: 10:00 am to 3:30 pm

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Freedom Weekend Aloft

Freedom Weekend Aloft comes back to Heritage Park in Simpsonville this weekend.  


Distance from downtown Greenville: 17 miles

Greater Greenville Scottish Games is back

The Greater Greenville Scottish Games, will begin Friday evening at 6:00 PM with a parade down Main Street, followed by a Ceilidh at the Peace Center amphitheater, then will continue the following day at Furman University.

Location: 34°54'12.56"N 82°25'6.61"W
Distance from downtown Greenville: 5 miles

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Art Bomb 10th Anniversary Spring Show

If you didn't get enough art last weekend at Artisphere, you have a chance to meet some of the finest artists in Greenville this weekend at the Art Bomb's 10th Anniversary Spring Show.

When: May 21st from 6-10 PM.

In addition to great art you can enjoy some free wine, beer and music from the Fine Art Ramblers, one of the hootenanniest bands around.

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Distance from downtown Greenville: 1 mile

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The Slow Food Market at McDunn Gallery

This looks like a great new addition to Greenville. Starting tomorrow, every third Thursday the Michael McDunn Gallery on Rutherford Rd. will host an organic farmers market with produce provided by local farmers.  It's located just up the street from the SC Farmers Market. 

Opening Thursday May 19, 2011, from 2-6pm on the front lawn of the McDunn Studio & Gallery, North Main Street and Rutherford Road, Greenville SC.
"Food as Art/Art for Food" 
---Greenville SC, USA. McDunn Gallery is working with Slow Food Upstate to establish a Slow Food "Earth Market" on our large front lawn at the intersection of North Main Street and Rutherford Road. Thank you to everyone who turned out for the Slow Food Market presentation. We had a great crowd and enjoyed the conversation. The market will be an ongoing process of discovery and learning, from the farmers to the consumer. Thanks again, to Janette Wesley, Renato Vicario, the Slow Food board, Whole Foods, and so many more who give such extensive effort to make good food available!

Distance from downtown Greenville: 2 miles

Top of the Hops Beer Festival this weekend

Greenville had a small beer festival a few years ago but it fizzled out after a couple years.   Last year Tom Davis of Thomas Creek Brewery brought in back, bigger and better than ever. The 2nd annual Top of the Hops Beerfest is back this weekend.
Top of the Hops Greenville Beer Festival will showcase the growing popularity of craft beers from around the country and the world in a relaxed and friendly environment. Patrons will receive a commemorative sampling mug and have access to unlimited, two-ounce sampling of over 150 craft beers in the Green's Discount Beverages Beer Garden, the Abita Beer Garden, the Yuengling Beer Garden, and the Blue Moon Beer Garden. The festival will also feature the Samuel Adams Brew University Education Area where patrons will enjoy beer seminars such as Cooking with Beer, Food Pairings, How to Brew Beer and other beer education sessions. Come enjoy the mass of craft beers with live music and fun games like cornhole.
Date:  May 21st
Time:  2-6 PM
Location: Carolina First Center

Distance from downtown Greenville:  3 miles


This may be the best Artisphere to date for the following reasons:

  1. Despite the stormy forecast, the weather has been great.
  2. The ratio of real art to kitschy "booth art," is leaning far more towards the real art side.
  3. The live music is better than ever. There are far more artistes with original music as opposed to the old R&B, country and beach music cover bands of the past.  I caught three bands today who were all excellent. (Elonzo, The New Familiars, and Cory Chisel.)
  4. Most importantly, NO MORE STUPID TICKETS! Now you can buy food, beer and wine with cash. And get can now buy wristbands and beer at the same booth at the same time. No more standing in line for a wristband and then a second line for booze.  Wonder if the rest of the downtown events will follow suit? 
Kudos to executive director Kerry Murphy!