Ongoing Events

2nd Saturdays — 3-5pm, Old Time Music Gathering, Oconee Heritage Center, Walhalla More Info

3rd Saturdays — "Music in the Mountains," Hagood Mill, Pickens, SC. For more information call 864.898.2936

3rd Saturday each month, 6:30pm, "Movie Night at the Museum", Oconee Heritage Center, Walhalla More Info

Last Tuesday each month, 7:00pm, "The Green Screen Movie Night", Oconee Heritage Center, Walhalla More Info

Thursdays 6-8pm — "Jazz on the Alley", 6:30-9pm, Ram Cat Alley, Seneca More Info

Fridays 7pm, Blue Grass Music, The Silver Dollar Music Hall, Long Creek, SC. Call 864.647.0188  More Info

3rd Saturday each month through October 15th 2011, 4-9pm, Classic Car Cruize-Ins, Seneca Family Restaurant, Seneca, SC Call 864.566.9599.

Mid October, Annual Oktoberfest, Walhalla, SC More Info

Saturdays, 2-6 pm (April 14, May 12, June 9, 2012) Music on the Mountain, Table Rock Lodge, Pickens. More Info 

Fridays, 8-10 pm (May 25, June 1, June 8, June 15, June 22, June 29, 2012) Blue Grass Music & Square Dancing, Oconee State Park, Mountain Rest. More Info

Local Arts & Theater Shows

Blue Ridge Arts Center More Info

Clemson University Brooks Center for the Performing Arts More Info

The Clemson Little Theatre More Info

Oconee Theater More Info

Walhalla Civic Auditorium More Info

Northwest Corner of South Carolina 

The northwest corner of South Carolina is known as South Carolina's Freshwater Coast because of over 1,000 miles of shoreline on Lakes Keowee, Hartwell and Jocassee.

The area is a haven for fisherman, boaters, hikers, birdwatchers and nature lovers. Pictured above are Yellow Branch Falls and Lake Keowee. The area and Sunrise Farm were featured in the March/April 1995 issue of National Geographic Traveler, the May 1999 issue of Southern Living, the summer 2008 issue of Sandlapper Magazine, the Nov/Dec 2008 issue of Blue Ridge Country, and the July 2012 issue of Southern Living.

For South Carolina Upcountry vacation or relocation ideas, check out SC Mountain LakesUpstate Today, Discover Upstate South CarolinaLake Jocassee and Oconee Country.

Apr
01

Clemson Hanson Nature Center Open House: Signs of Spring

Event Time: 1 - 4 pm / Event Location: Hanson Nature Learning Center Clemson University

As the earth awakens we will discover and celebrate the signs of spring. Take a guided walk in the South Carolina Botanical Garden, learn which birds are returning or passing through, find out more about some of South Carolina’s beautiful spring ephemerals. Children will be able to decorate their own egg. Master Naturalists will be on hand to educate and inspire! This is a drop-in come when you like, and stay as long as you want.

Saturday, April 1 at 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Hanson Nature Learning Center

Apr
08

Kids Spring Fling

Event Time: 2-4 pm / Event Location: Ballenger House, 212 S. 3rd St., Seneca, SC 29678

Kids Spring Fling at the Historic Ballenger House in Seneca, South Carolina

Stop by for an afternoon of playing games, face painting and balloon characters.

Free event for ages 4 to 14.  Parents must accompany children.

Apr
08

Sunrise Hike – Bald Knob

Event Time: 3:15 - 10:15 AM / Event Location: Table Rock State Park

Be an extra early riser and take a unique moonlit hike to Bald Knob overlook on Pinnacle Trail. After experiencing the nocturnal aspects of the forest we will enjoy the pre-dawn sky from the outcrop as we anticipate the beauty of a new sunrise.  http://www.southcarolinaparks.com/products/10004209

  • April 8, 2017, 3:15 AM – 10:15 AM
  • Registration Deadline : One week before the event.
  • What to Bring : Water (at least 2 liters), snack, flashlight, good hiking shoes/boots, and dress for weather conditions (check the forecast).
  • Price : $25/participant
Apr
22

Issaqueena’s Last Ride 2017

Event Time: 9 am - 5 pm / Event Location: Walhalla, SC

Cycling Event with 100-80-62-52-30 Mile Route Options. The 3 Long Routes include the climb to Wigington Overlook. The New 52 Mile Route will not be a climbing ride, but will stay in the rolling Foothills.   The three longer rides are highlighted by the climb to Wigington Overlook where one is rewarded with expansive views of Lake Jocassee and the surrounding Carolina Piedmont. The 30 and 52 mile rides stay in the flatter areas of Salem and Tamassee where the roads are gently rolling with no difficult climbs. All routes feature scenic rural roads with little traffic.  Registration Open now at www.localraces.com
Early Bird – $35 thru 3-02-2017
Regular – $40 begins 3-03-2017
Day of – $50

Location:
St. Johns Lutheran Church
301 West Main Street
Walhalla, SC 29691-1858  Google Map

http://ilrsc.com/

May
26

Seneca Fest 2017

Event Time: 9 pm / Event Location: Gignilliat Community Center, Seneca, SC

Seneca Fest 2017 (11th Annual Event)

Date and Time: Friday May 26 – 27 9pmLocation: Gignilliat Community Center Contact for More Info:   Riley Johnson, 864-723-3910, rhjohnson@seneca.sc.usEvent Fees:  Weekend Passes on Sale for $10 While Supplies Last
At City Hall or call 864-885-2700

Featured Act:        Mothers Finest

SENECA FEST SCHEDULE

Thursday, May 25th
Jazz On The Alley on Ram Cat Alley 6:30pm-9:00pm

Friday, May 26th
Mothers Finest at Gignilliat 9:00pm

Saturday, May 27th
Wrestling feature: Rock and Roll Express 12:00 Noon
Concert at Gignilliat featuring Sammy Kershaw, Aaron Tippin, McKayla Reece 4:00pm Event Details

May
27

Oconee Forever Rally In the Valley

Event Time: No time set / Event Location: Lake Jemiki, Walhalla, SC

SAVE THE DATE FOR 2017!

THE SIXTH ANNUAL RALLY IN THE VALLEY EVENT

SATURDAY, MAY 27TH, 2017

 

Registration is now open!  REGISTRATION PAGE

     Rally in the Valley is an event held in beautiful Oconee County, South Carolina featuring bicycle rides of 30 or 60 miles through the foothills and valleys of the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as live music, craft beer and a wonderful meal including locally slow cooked barbecue and fresh home cooked side dishes. Best of all, your ticket includes the bicycle ride, music, food and beer…everything!

We are thrilled to welcome back Oskar Blues Brewery (Brevard, NC) and Thomas Creek Brewery (Greenville, SC) who will pouring delicious brews the day of the event.

Tickets are available to bicyclists and non-bicyclists.   On the day of the event, registration for bicyclists begins at 7 am.  The 60 mile ride begins at 8 am.  The 30 mile ride begins at 9 am.  The barbecue, music and craft beer portion of the event starts at 11:30 am.  Non-bicyclists may wish to arrive around 11:30, when the music, food and libations begin. Cyclists join in the food and fun upon completion of their rides.

This year’s event will take place at beautiful Lake Jemiki, a beautiful site of conserved land at the base of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Lake Jemiki actually includes two separate lakes and will make for an excellent backdrop to this year’s music, food, drink and fun! Pictures of this year’s event site and fun from prior events are shown below.   A map of the general location of the event site can be found here.

For a map and data concerning the 60 Mile Bike Route, please click here.

For a map and data concerning the 30 Mile Bike Ride, please click here.

For further information regarding important event details, registration and other information, please see our active.com listing here.

This event supports Upstate Forever, acting through its all volunteer outreach group Oconee Forever, whose mission includes conserving natural resources, working farms, historic sites and open spaces in Oconee County, South Carolina.  One hundred percent of the net proceeds from this event will be used to support conservation activities in Oconee County.

REGISTRATION OPENS JANUARY 1ST, 2017!

Please See Below for Details and Memories from Prior Rally Events.

 RALLY IN THE VALLEY  – MAY 23, 2015

OCONEE FOREVER’S RIDE ROLLS FOR CONSERVATION!!!

 

“This had to be one the best rides ever. Great route, well-supported, great weather, and great food/beer/music after,” said rider Martin Remick of Greenville. “Doesn’t get any better.”

Remick was one of 181 bicyclists who participated in the fourth annual Rally in the Valley 2015 event at Oconee’s Calyx Farm last Saturday.

The day started early with the 60-mile and 30-miles rides through the rolling hills and valleys.  After their hard efforts, the riders, their families and other event-goers chowed down on family-cooked BBQ and other fresh, healthy sides and desserts (especially the brownies!).

Craft brew, live music and lovely views round out the event’s attractions.

“The number of cyclists was a 30% increase over last year, said Emily Hitchcock, Oconee Forever volunteer.

“We continue to grow this fun event to showcase the natural resources of Oconee County,” added Shea Airey, Oconee Forever volunteer.

Airey continued, “The proceeds from the event support various conservation causes in Oconee, including the protecting Scenic Highway 11, identifying local spots most worthy of protection, and supporting the Oconee County Conservation Bank.”

Supporters of the event included:  Moresby Custom Woodworking Inc, Oskar Blues Brewery, Michael and Mackenzie Whitmire, The Airey Law Firm,,Lenard L. Rogers, Mary Investor, Bountyland Food Services, Courtaud, Elastic Waist Band, Community First Bank, Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative, Janet Neville, Soulstew,  Excel Rehabilitation and Sports Enhancement, Powell Insurance Group Inc., Blue Ridge Bank, Economy Tree Services, Wildwater, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Chattooga Belle Farm, Southpaw Cycles, REI, Swamp Rabbit Inn.

This year’s great live music was provided by Courtaud (http://www.reverbnation.com/courtaud), The Elastic Waist Band and Soul Stew (http://soulstew.bandcamp.com/). Please follow the links shown to hear their music and follow these great bands!

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