USC Upstate News

Upstate Fallfest Promises Weekend Of Family Fun

09- 03- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The University of South Carolina Upstate will host Upstate Fallfest, a fun family weekend, September 25-27. The weekend promises activities ranging from live music to sporting events to campus tours to classes to an art stroll and much, much more.

Fallfest Graphic“This weekend is a meant to bring together our students, parents, alumni, employees, supporters and the Upstate community in a celebration of all that is USC Upstate,” said Bea Walters Smith, director of development and foundation scholarships at USC Upstate. “The University has experienced an explosion of growth in the last few years and many in the community are unaware of all that USC Upstate has to offer. We invite them to our campus to get just a small sampling during the weekend of Upstate Fallfest.”

Upstate Fallfest kicks off Friday, September 25 when the USC Upstate Alumni Association sponsors Jazz on the Square in downtown Spartanburg. Gregg Akkerman, director of jazz studies at USC Upstate, will perform, followed by a talent show, and other downtown activities. Trolley tours showcasing the George Dean Johnson Jr. College of Business and Economics and the USC Upstate campus will be available from downtown. A volleyball game will take place at 7 p.m. at the Hodge Center on the USC Upstate campus.

Swingin Medallions PhotoActivities begin at 7:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 26 in the Health Education Complex with a Fun Walk/Run, followed by a variety of classes, antique car show in the annex parking lot (if the weather will allow they may be moved to the parking lot of the University Readiness Center), and an art stroll featuring local artists who will sell handmade items such as jewelry, pottery, clothing and wooden crafts. The afternoon will feature events in the University Readiness Center with food by the Beacon, live music by The Associates and The Swingin’ Medallions, and a men’s soccer game against Presbyterian College.

Sunday, September 27 features a brunch at the Marriott (with discounts for those who participated in Upstate Fallfest) and a women’s soccer game against University of North Florida. 

For more details, visit or call 503-5235 or 503-5234.