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Kid’s Fest, International Festival highlight weekend

It’s looking like another fun weekend for families in the Upstate, with events such as the Kid’s Fest at Heritage Green and Greer Goes Global International Festival on the schedule.

The Greenville Swamp Rabbits will host its Fan Appreciation Night Friday at Bon Secours Wellness Arena. The hockey team’s last game of the season will include giveaways during each whistle and certain $2 concessions. A pre-game fan fest will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the plaza and feature an appearance by Clemson football star and NFL Draft pick Kevin Dodd, who will sign autographs and take photos through the first intermission. For details, visit

The Hejaz Shrine Circus rolls into Greenville this weekend with six shows at the Timmons Arena at Furman University. Shows are at 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m., 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Sunday. This annual fundraiser for Hejaz Shrine programs will feature aerial acrobatics, a canine show, equestrian display, The Chicago Boys from “America’s Got Talent,” and more. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for children 12 and younger. For more information, visit

Kid’s Fest at Heritage Green is 10 a.m. – noon Saturday in downtown Greenville. To celebrate the Week of the Young Child, Heritage Green attractions will have booths on the lawn with opportunities for families to experience what they provide to the community every day. The Children’s Museum of the Upstate will host special activities outside during the event. Greenville Little Theatre will be on the lawn with actors dressed as characters from Junie B. Jones. The Greenville County Library System, Bob Jones Museum & Gallery, Upcountry History Museum and Greenville County Museum of Art will also provide activities aimed at children ages 1 – 5. For more details, visit

The City of Greer’s third annual Greer Goes Global International Festival is 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at Greer City Hall. The event includes entertainment, country booths and international food and beverages for sale. Children can enjoy arts and crafts activities representing various countries. Visit

If you’re in the mood for shopping and don’t mind a drive, Upstate Kids will present its 2016 spring consignment event April 7 – 9 at the Central-Clemson Recreation Center in Central. The event will feature more than 100,000 items of gently-used clothing, baby equipment, furniture, play sets, books, games and toys. For details, visit

Clemson Experimental Forest Tours are 9 – 11 a.m. Saturday at the South Carolina Botanical Garden. The cost is $10 per family, up to five family members. To register, visit

Enjoy Let’s Play Storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Barnes and Noble Booksellers store at The Shops at Greenridge in Greenville. The book “Let’s Play” by Hervé Tullet will be the subject of a reading and activities. This event is good for children of all ages. For more details, call 864-627-9197.

Enjoy traditional bluegrass music as local musicians gather at Table Rock State Park’s lodge from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday. Visitors can bring their own instruments to participate, or families can sit back and enjoy the view of the lake and mountains while they listen to music. Admission is free with a park passport plus. For details, call 864-878-9813.

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