Autumn is in full swing this weekend with festive festivals and events, including fire station open houses, plays and hockey.
Fall for Greenville is Friday through Sunday in downtown Greenville. One of the largest free food and musical festivals in the Southeast, the event showcases more than 40 restaurants and 60 musical acts on five stages, as well as family entertainment and a children’s area. To buy food tickets in advance, visit www.fallforgreenville.net.
“Charlotte’s Web” will be presented by Spartanburg Youth Theatre at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg. Tickets are $15 each for adults and $10 each for ages 18 and younger. Visit www.chapmanculturalcenter.org or call 864-582-2787.
The Opening Weekend Extravaganza for the Greenville Swamp Rabbits begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday with a pregame fan fest that includes inflatables, the Dew Street Hockey Zone, music, concessions and a corn-hole tournament. Ticket specials begin at $10, and Bon Secours Family Fun Packs are available. On Saturday, fans are also encouraged to bring new underwear, diapers and other undergarments to the game to tossonto the ice after the Swamp Rabbits score their first goal. Items will then be donated to charity. For details, visit http://www.swamprabbits.com.
The Pumpkin Festival is Oct. 14 in Pumpkintown. A parade is at 9 a.m., and the festival continues until 5 p.m. with food, rides and more.
Greenville Animal Care is hosting TAILGate Party 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday. All adoptions will be $10, which includes spay/neuter, vaccines, testing and a microchip. The event will include hot dogs, corn hole and prizes. For details, visit www.greenvillecounty.org/ACS/Adopt.aspx.
The Anderson Buddy Walk is 1 – 5 p.m. Saturday at Chris Taylor Memorial Park in Anderson. The Buddy Walk is designed to celebrate individuals with Down syndrome and to promote awareness and inclusion in our communities. Visit www.antrsc.org/buddy-walk.
Rocky Creek Church will host a Fall Festival 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. Batman and Elsa will appear from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Nards will serve barbecue and brisket and there will be lIve music, an ABC bouncy obstacle course, games for kids, face painting, Kona Ice and local vendors to shop from (candles, baby items, olive oil, hairbows, books, wooden signs, essential oils, bakery and more). The church is at 1801 Woodruff Road, Greenville.
“Balloonacy,” a Wee Play Theatre performance, is at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday at South Carolina Children’s Theatre (Location: temporary headquarters at 1200 Pendleton St.). Tickets are $9.50 each. For ticket information, visit scchildrenstheatre.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.
Bon Jones University’s U.Day, short for University Day, will feature an educational street fair 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday and includes youth sports clinics at 9 a.m. (soccer), 10:30 a.m. (vollyeball), and 12:24 p.m. (basketball). A Patch the Pirate concert is at 2 p.m. For a schedule, visit http://homecoming.bju.edu/events.php.
The Pendleton Fall Harvest Festival is 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday. Visit the town square for games, vendors, crafts, children’s activitives, a scarecrow contest and food. The free festival will be followed by The Pendleton Ghost Walk at 7 p.m. For one night only, meet prominent Pendletonians who have gone into the beyond. Rain or shine, participants will visit buildings, grave sites and more on this eerie tour. Tickets are $15 per person and refreshments are included before and after the walk. Space is limited. Tours run every 20 minutes between 7 p.m. and 9:40 p.m. Participants must pay in advance via cash, check or PayPal. Registration is not complete without the assignment of a tour time and finalized payment. It is suggested that groups arrive at 203 E. Main St. 30 minutes before their tour begins to sign in. Email PHF at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kroctoberfest is at 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at the Kroc Center Greenville. The free event will feature lawn games, bounce houses, face painting, pumpkin decorating, group fit mixer, open swim, open gym. Food will be available for purchase.
Meet Annie the Apple Pie Fairy and Pippa the Pumpkin Fairy at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Anderson County Museum. Recommended for kids ages 5 to 12. The event will include story time and crafts. Admission is free.
The second annual Sundance Family Fun Day is 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday at Sundance Mountain Stables Animal Rescue, 170 Lewin Way, Tamassee. The free event will include a chili contest, live music, pumpkin crafts, balloon animals, a kissing booth with Batman the Pug, inflatables, food, and vendors. Proceeds benefit the animal rescue. For details, visit http://smsar.cfsites.org/index.php.
Community Day is at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Powdersville Volunteer Fire Department. The event will include snow cones, face painting, coloring pages, photo booth, emergency vehicles and free hotdogs. Visit their Facebook page for details.
Spartanburg Fire Department will host its 17th annual open house 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday at Spartanburg City Fire Station 1, 151 South Spring St. Free admission includes food, fire safety information, tours of the Family Safety House, truck tours, games and health information. For more information, call 864-596-2083.
St. Matthew United Methodist Church will have its Fall Festival 5 – 7 p.m. Sunday in the Family Life Center. Dress up in your best costume for a costume parade. There will be fun bouncy things, games, and food. Visit http://stmatthewumc.net/festive-fall-festival/.
The Piedmont Interstate Fair continues through Oct. 15 in Spartanburg. This year, the fair has new attractions, including Dr. Magical Balloons, Bubble Bots and Cosmic Putt Putt Golf along with musical entertainment, games and rides for all ages.
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