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Upstate Pride Week

October 25 — November 3

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Join us for the first-ever Upstate Pride Week, though it’s actually TEN days of Pride celebrations across the Upstate! Upstate Pride Week will be filled with Pride-themed events for all ages throughout the week ⁠— from art and literature, to music and performance, with some comedy, theater and movies all included.

Upstate Pride Week will feature the inaugural Upstate Pride Week Opening Day Mini-Fest on Sunday, October 27 at Fluor Field at the West End in downtown Greenville and the 11th annual Upstate Pride March and Festival on Saturday, November 2 at Barnet Park in downtown Spartanburg.

Make sure to follow @UpstatePrideSC on social media to stay up to date on the latest announcements (there will be a lot!). We cannot wait for you to help us celebrate the first-ever Upstate Pride Week. See you there! #UpstatePrideWeek

Partnership Opportunities

Vendor and exhibitor registration is closed.

Email vendor@upstatepridesc.org to inquire about vendor/exhibit opportunities.

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Festival Headliners

 
 
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Peppermint

Peppermint….Everyone’s Favorite Flavor. For decades Peppermint has dominated New York Audiences with her high-energy performance and engaging personality. Peppermint has performed all over the world and collected many honors. From her comedic microphone skills to her live singing pop performances. Peppermint has an uncanny knack for connecting with a dedicated and eclectic audience. She’s been featured on MTV’s The Real World Brooklyn, Ugly Betty and Season 9 of Rupaul’s Drag Race. She has also performed alongside Chaka Khan, Martha Wash, and Ultra Nate’. Peppermint has helped raise over $100,000 for the Human Rights Campaign (including a large bid from Vanessa Williams). She is deeply involved in the fight against HIV/AIDS and participant in the M.A.C. Aids Fund and the HIV Vaccine trials network.

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Cazwell

Cazwell is an American rapper and songwriter. He has released three studio albums, "Get Into It" in 2006, "Watch My Mouth" in 2009 and "Hard 2 B Fresh" in 2014, along with several music videos and singles. Cazwell is openly gay and his work focuses on gay and bisexual urban themes and content, and his music and videos are frequently played on Logo. His music comprises genres hip hop, rap, dance, electronica, house and homo hop.

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Mila Jam

NYC pop recording artist and transgender star, Mila Jam fills every room with talent, personality and undeniable style. A YouTube Sensation turned Original Pop Artist, Mila is known around the world for her unforgettable stage performance and one-of-a-kind music videos. Mila has toured internationally with the Broadway musical RENT; performed alongside James Brown, Mark Ronson, Laverne Cox, Travis Wall, Jody Watley, Lady Kier (Deee-Lie) and Natasha Bedingfield.

Events

Fri
10/25

Upstate Pride Week Halloween Extravaganza: Dead for Filth

Hosted by Rylee Hunty & Proudly Presented by Zach Herrin Group
10 PM ⁠— 1 AM @ Ink N Ivy in Greenville


Sat
10/26

Upstate Pride Ride: CycleGives

Noon ⁠— 1 PM @ CycleBar in Spartanburg
Reserve your bike

Upstate Pride Week: The Monster’s Ball (Youth Event)

6 ⁠— 10 PM @ The Children’s Museum of the Upstate in Greenville


Sun
10/27

The First-Ever Upstate Pride Week Opening Day

Noon ⁠— 6 PM @ Fluor Field in Greenville


Mon
10/28

Upstate Pride Night @ the Movies

Reel-y Queer Flicks, Presented by Modal Greenville
7 ⁠— 10 PM @ Swanson’s Warehouse in Greenville


Tues
10/29

Upstate Pride Stories: A Sense of Pride

6:30 ⁠— 8:30 PM @ Joe’s Place Bookstore in Greenville

Upstate Pride Art & Games: Win, Lose or Brew!

6 ⁠— 10 PM @ Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery in Spartanburg


Wed
10/30

Wake Up with Pride - Queer Coffee & Conversations

Listening session with special guest Marianne Williamson, Democratic candidate for US President
9:30 ⁠— 10:30 AM @ Denny’s Spartanburg

Upstate Pride Comedy Night

7:30 ⁠— 8:45 PM @ Alchemy Comedy Theater in Greenville at Coffee Underground
Purchase tickets


Thurs
10/31

Upstate Pride Night @ the Theater: Vampire Lesbians of Sodom

Proudly Presented by the Proud Mary Theater Company
8 ⁠— 9:30 PM @ West Main Artist Co-Op in Spartanburg
Purchase tickets

Upstate Pride Week: Halloween

10 PM ⁠— 2 AM @ VINE Nightclub in Greenville
Purchase tickets


Fri
11/1

Wake Up with Pride - Queer Coffee & Conversations

9:30 ⁠— 10:30 AM @ Denny’s Greenville

The House of Pride: La Celebración del Día de los Muertos

6 ⁠— 10 PM @ Greenville Hilton


Sat
11/2

The 11th Annual Upstate Pride March & Festival

11 AM ⁠— 5 PM @ Barnet Park in Spartanburg
March starts at noon

Upstate Pride Week: Recharge

5 ⁠— 9 PM @ Ciclops Cyderi & Brewery in Spartanburg

Upstate Pride Week Official After-Party

9 PM ⁠— 1 AM @ Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg


Sun
11/3

Upstate Pride Week "Delighted" Drag Brunch & Dinner Shows

Noon & 7 PM @ Cafe and Then Some in Greenville
Purchase tickets

 Hotel

Discounted room rates provided by Hilton Greenville for 10/27 ⁠— 11/3. Book your room using the group code UPW.

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Upstate Pride SC serves the 10-county region of the upstate of South Carolina including Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenwood, Greenville, Laurens, Oconee Pickens, Spartanburg and Union counties.