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Enjoy a festival, watch the duck derby, get free comics this weekend

It’s a busy weekend in the Upstate with plenty of family-friendly events on tap, including festivals, the annual duck derby, free comic book day, and more.

Blue Ridge Fest is 6 – 10 p.m. Friday at the Blue Ridge Electric Co-op in Pickens. The family-friendly event will include beach music and a classic car cruise-in along with food and live entertainment. Children 6 and younger are admitted free, Children ages 7 – 12 admission is $15 at the gate, and adult admission is $25 at the gate. Visit

The Greenville Center for Creative Arts will celebrate its first anniversary during its First Friday event 6 – 9 p.m. May 6. The family-friendly block party will include a free kids art activity on the first floor of the arts center, cake and refreshments, and the food truck from Whole Smoke BBQ serving food outside. Parents can meet the center’s studio artists, enjoy music, and browse vendors. For details, visit

The Reedy River Duck Derby is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at Falls Park. Rubber ducks will be released at 2:30 p.m., and families can watch them race down the waterfall. Live entertainment, food, and activities will be available. For details or to adopt a duck, visit

Pelham Medical Center Greer Family Fest is 6 – 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday in downtown Greer. Admission is free. The event includes live music, children’s activities, food and more than 150 vendors. Visit for more details.

Spartanburg’s Spring Fling is May 6 – 8 in downtown Spartanburg. Rides and inflatables will be available in the Family Fun Zone 5 – 11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon – 7 p.m. Sunday. The event includes live music, entertainment, children’s activities and more. For details, visit

Celebrate Missing Orangutan Mothers (MOM) Day 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday at Greenville Zoo. Zookeepers will be educating visitors on the plight of orangutans in the wild with special activities. For details, visit

The Upstate Strawberry Festival is 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at Slater Hall near Travelers Rest. Featuring bluegrass music, craft and food vendors, magic shows, jugglers, jump house and playground, the festival is family friendly. For details, including directions, visit

If your kids love the Bad Kitty books, bring them into Joe's Place Saturday to meet Bad Kitty in person. At 10:30 a.m., the store’s artist-in-residence (co-owner Alix Bernard) will teach kids how to learn to draw emotions. Coloring sheets, word scrambles, mad libs, etc. will be available all day for anyone who stops by. Then, stop by at 3 p.m. Sunday. A one-of-a-kind book scavenger hunt awaits you (ages 8 – 18; under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian). The first five people to solve three book-themed puzzles win a $25 gift card and a signed copy of “Book Scavenger.”

Grab your little superheroes and head to the nearest comic book store on Saturday for Free Comic Book Day. In Greenville, that happens to be Borderlands Comics and Games, Richard’s Comics Collectables and 2nd and Charles. In Spartanburg, head to The Tangled Web, and in Anderson, visit Planet Comics.This year’s free comics will include “DC Super Hero Girls #1” FCBD 2016 edition, which features two action-packed stories from the upcoming graphic novels “DC Super Hero Girls,” appropriate for all ages. Stores will also hold giveaways, invite families to dress in costume, and host appearances by comic book artists, writers and characters. Additional details, including a list of participating locations, can be found at

Get ready for Mother’s Day Sunday by dropping by the Children’s Museum of the Upstate Saturday or Sunday to make a Mother’s Day gift at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. This activity is included with the price of admission. For details, visit

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