In Collaboration: The Milk Carton Kids & Sarah JaroszWhen something works, it just works. Bluesy songbird Sarah Jarosz and folk musicians the Milk Carton Kids have held onto this mentality since their first meeting last year, traveling around the music festival circuit to critical and audience acclaim. To our delight, they bring their collaborative act to the Upstate. Although the limited tour highlights the differences between the musicians, it’s the harmonies produced from their union that make each performance so engaging.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Sat, Oct 25, 8pm. $20-$35. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Susan Boyle in ConcertThe Scottish-bred songbird rose to fame on Britain’s Got Talent, surprising her homeland and the world with a timeless and powerful voice. Boyle is now on her first United States tour in celebration of her debut album’s immense success, providing an intimate evening of standards and originals that any audience can enjoy. The singer’s story is almost as gripping as her talent.
The Peace Center, 300 S Main St, Greenville. Mon, Oct 27, 7:30pm. $65-$105. (864) 467-3000, peacecenter.org
Boo in the ZooWhile nothing screams “fun, fun, fun!” like chaperoning a five-year-old Spiderman around the neighborhood for endless hours, it’s much more convenient to have all that excitement in one place. This annual event has become an Upstate staple, with the zoo transformed into a one-stop shop of Halloween games, costumed characters, and—of course—plenty of candy. Get the best frights and sights of the season while being safe—and holding onto your parental sanity.
The Greenville Zoo, 150 Cleveland Park Dr, Greenville. Fri, Oct 17 & 24, 5:30–8pm; Sat & Sun, Oct 18–19 & Oct 25–26, 4–8pm. (864) 467-4300, greenvillezoo.com
Spinx Run FestIt’s not often that you get your pick of scenery when running races. This run-stravaganza is the exception. Sponsored by Spinx, the weekend features runs of varying distances, on various routes, for athletes of all degrees. There’s the Carolina Marathon, taking place along the Swamp Rabbit Trail; the Runtown USA Half-Marathon through city parks and historic neighborhoods; the Downtown 10K for middle distance runners in an urban setting; the Big Punkin 5K fun run; and Spunky’s Kids Run, which ends at home plate on Fluor Field. Saturday’s pavement pounding is preceded by a runner’s expo on Friday.
Various locations around the Upstate. Fri, Oct 24, Noon–7pm; Sat, Oct 25, 7:30am, 8am, 8:30am, 8:45am, 8:50am. Registration, $7-$90. spinxrunfest.com