Most students are out of school and many parents have Monday off, so if you’re looking for something to do this weekend without traveling too far outside of the Upstate, don’t worry. There are plenty of family friendly events planned to keep all ages entertained this holiday weekend.
The North Carolina Apple Festival is Sept. 1-4 in Downtown Hendersonville, North Carolina, but it’s always a big draw for families from the Upstate, too. The event includes a street fair, free entertainment, children’s activities, food, carnival rides and more. For more details, including a schedule of events, visit ncapplefestival.org.
The Upper South Carolina State Fair continues daily through Labor Day at the Greenville-Pickens Speedway, 3800 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley. Featuring games, rides and shows, the fair will also have a petting zoo, dinosaur adventure and exhibit hall open daily. Hours are 5 p.m. – 10 p.m. Mondays – Fridays, noon – 11 p.m. Saturdays, and noon – 11 p.m. Sundays. For more details, visit uppersouthcarolinastatefair.com.
Starry Nights is Friday at Roper Mountain Science Center. Show times are 6, 7:15 and 8:45 p.m. at the T. C. Hooper Planetarium. Each show will begin with Carolina Skies, a live talk about the constellations currently in the night sky, followed by the featured show. The 6 p.m. feature will be “Little Star.” The 7:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. feature will be “Astronaut.” A separate ticket is required for each show. The Daniel Observatory will also be open from 7:30 – 10 p.m., weather permitting, for viewing through the 23-inch telescope. Visit www.ropermountain.org.
Stop by the Greenville Center for Creative Arts 6 to 8 p.m. Friday for its First Friday event, which includes food trucks, free kids art activities, live music and a preview of the latest gallery exhibit. The center is located at 25 Draper St. in the West Village of Greenville. For details, visit www.artcentergreenville.org.
Wellness Weekend is at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Children learn to stay healthy and active with healthy snacks, children’s yoga, planting herbs and brain health. Sign up at admissions the day of the event. Space is limited. Visit www.tcmupstate.org.
Kids can meet costumed superheroes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at The Shops at Greenridge Open-Air Market. The special event includes children’s games and activities, a chance to take a picture with Spider-Man or The Flash, opportunities to meet a princess, local vendors and more. For details, visit www.shopgreenridge.com/open_air_market.
The fourth annual Bacon Labor Day festival kicks off at noon Sunday at the Travelers Rest Farmers Market and will feature amusement rides, bacon vendors, artisans, crafters and live music. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. Admission is $3 per person with family four packs available for $10. Kids 5 and younger are admitted free. For more details, visit www.baconlaborday.com.
Family Fun Day is 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday at the Upcountry History Museum. The event includes stories, crafts and more, all inspired by Curious George. Free for members and included with regular admission. For details, visit upcountryhistory.org.
Sundays Unplugged is 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday at the Chapman Cultural Center. The Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, Artists’ Guild of Spartanburg, The John F. Green Spartanburg Science Center and the Student Galleries are all open with free admission. Live music is 2 – 4 p.m. Visit www.chapmanculturalcenter.org for more information.
For more events and resources, visit www.UpstateParent.com.