Family Weekend

Celebrate Our Spartan Family!

Join us for USC Upstate Family Weekend! Parents, families, alumni, faculty, staff, and friends of the university are invited to take part in any or all of the activities listed below. We hope to see you there!

*Please note that registration for USC Upstate Family Fest will close on October 5, 2022. Tickets are $25 per individual and $70 for a family of four. Tickets are required for all non-USC Upstate student attendees 5 years of age and up. Children under the age of 5 are free, but you will need to provide a headcount, if applicable.

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Hotels and Lodging

  • Thursday, October 6

    Morgan Square Madness

    Time: 6 p.m.

    Location: Morgan Square, Downtown SpartanburgMap-Pin.png

    Description: The University of South Carolina Upstate will celebrate the start of the college basketball season with an event that aims to bring the excitement of Spartan hoops to the community. Morgan Square Madness will involve the installation of a half-court basketball floor in Spartanburg's iconic Morgan Square.

    Complimentary Shuttle to Morgan Square Madness: Enjoy a free, safe ride to and from USC Upstate and downtown Spartanburg. Shuttle pickup will start at USC Upstate at 5:30 p.m. and run every 30 minutes to Dunbar Street at Morgan Square. Pickup on campus will be at the bus stop in the North Campus Overflow Lot (across from Magnolia House and behind the Softball Stadium). The shuttle for pickup downtown will be on Dunbar Street until midnight and will return to the North Campus Overflow Lot.

    Friday, October 7

    Event Name: Fab Friday Campus Tour

    Time: 10 a.m.

    Location: Health Education ComplexMap-Pin.png

    Description: Join us for a tour of our beautiful 330-acre campus!

    Event Name: Rocktoberfest

    Time: 5-9 p.m.

    Location: Burroughs Lower LotMap-Pin.png

    Description: Music, rides, carnival games, prizes, food, and fun! 

    saturday, October 8

    Event Name: Josh Lee Memorial 5K

    Time: 9-11 a.m.

    Location: G.B. Hodge Center Parking LotMap-Pin.png

    Description: This event is in memory of our dear friend and Spartan Josh Lee. Proceeds from the race will be given to the Josh Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund at USC Upstate.

    Event Name: Open House

    Time: 1:30 p.m.

    Location: Campus Life CenterMap-Pin.png

    Description: Meet our people. See the sites. Have a look around and experience all we have to offer your student.

    USC Upstate Family Fest

    Time: 3-7 p.m.

    Location:University Readiness CenterMap-Pin.png

    Description: Families and Friends of USC Upstate students are invited to Spartan Country for Upstate Family Fest! Join us for a fun-filled, family-friendly event and take advantage of this opportunity to explore and enjoy USC Upstate with your Spartan. Tickets are $25 for individuals and $70 for a family of four. USC Upstate students and children under 5 are free. Registration is required by Wednesday, Oct. 5.

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    Faculty Panel

    Time: 3 p.m.

    Location: Campus Life CenterMap-Pin.png

    Description: Our faculty members will share how you can ensure your USC Upstate student has the best experience. 


    BBQ with Chancellor and First Lady at USC Upstate Family Fest

    Time: 4 p.m.

    Description: As part of your Family Fest celebration, USC Upstate Chancellor Bennie Harris and First Lady Frankie Harris invite you to join them for some delicious BBQ and fun!

  • Saturday, October 8

    Event Name: Women’s Soccer vs. Longwood

    Time: 4 p.m.

    Location: USC Upstate County University Soccer StadiumMap-Pin.png

    Event Name: Men's Soccer vs. Radford

    Time: 7 p.m.

    Location: USC Upstate County University Soccer StadiumMap-Pin.png