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Harry Potter, Barbie and dogs lead weekend events

Whether you love dogs, Harry Potter, baseball or Barbie, there’s a family-friendly event on tap for you and your kids this weekend.

It’s an exciting weekend for families who love books. Barnes and Noble Booksellers will host award-winning author Jonathan Fenske at 6:30 p.m. Friday at The Shops at Greenridge location in Greenville. Fenske will sign copies of his children’s book, “Barnacle is Bored,” and present a story time.

The following day kicks off Harry Potter mania, with special events beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday at all Barnes and Noble locations in the Upstate. In-store parties will feature a Muggle Wall where customers can share their favorite memories of Harry Potter, giveaways and activities leading up to the midnight release of “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” by J.K. Rowling. For those who miss the midnight release party, all stores will hold a special “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” celebration beginning at 9 a.m. Sunday with day-long events and activities. For more details, visit

“Esther,” a historic, dramatic and family-friendly retelling of the life of Queen Esther from the Bible, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday at the LOGOS Theatre in Taylors. General seating is $10 each. Back seating is $7 each. Preferred admission is $15 each. Visit or call 864-268-9342.

Families who love dogs can get out of the heat this weekend and enjoy free admission to the Carolina Foothills Dog Show Cluster daily through Sunday at the TD Convention Center in Greenville. In addition to a variety of dog breeds on display, there will be vendors featuring many dog and pet-related items, such as food and toys, books and magazines, as well as concessions offering a variety of food items. For more information, visit

Fathom Events and Mattel are bringing Barbie to the big screen with “Barbie Star Light Adventure” at 10 a.m. Saturday at Regal Simpsonville Stadium 14 and IMAX in Simpsonville. This one-day only event will feature Barbie as a cosmic princess who flies high on her hover board through a far-off universe with her adorable and devoted pet sidekick, Pupcorn. One day, everything changes when the twinkling stars start to dim and slow their dance in the sky. Barbie travels to a beautiful new planet to join a special rescue team on a mission to save the stars. Once there, she teams up with a group of talented new friends who work together to save the galaxy through exciting hover-boarding adventures. This big-screen event will include an exclusive introduction by Barbie, a special interview with a NASA astronaut and music videos from the movie. For more details or to purchase tickets, visit

Family Fun Field Day, hosted by The Center for Developmental Services, will be held 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday on the grounds of St Mary’s Catholic Church. The event will include field day activities for children, community resources for parents and free health screenings. For more information, call Kim Perez at 864-331-1445 or email

The 4th annual Summer on Augusta Celebration is through Sunday along Augusta Road in Greenville. This community festival will include live music and food in a family-friendly atmosphere all weekend long. Returning events include the Tomato Pie Contest, Block Party at Capers Place, Grillin’ and Chillin’ BBQ Fest at Augusta Commons, Hound Dog Social at Augusta Village and Shaggin’ on Augusta. New events will include The BHV Fiddling Contest from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday at Bernhardt House of Violins. Also, the newly renovated South End Augusta Shopping Center will host the event’s finale on Sunday with live music and kid’s activities. For a complete schedule and more information, visit

It's Mario Party Night at the Greenville Drive game at Fluor Field Saturday night. Beloved Super Mario characters such as Mario, Luigi, Peach and many more will be on hand for a night filled with Mario-themed music and games. First pitch for the game against the Braves is at 7:05 p.m.

Then, the Greenville Drive will “Go to Bat for Babies” Sunday during its 4:05 p.m. home game at Fluor Field. Fans who wear March for Babies shirts or purchase tickets through the Greenville Drive and March of Dimes online page, located at, can join a pregame Parade of Champions around the warning track at 3:30 p.m. Those fans will also have the chance to participate in between-innings games and ceremonies celebrating their contributions to the March of Dimes. For more details, call 864-240-4528.

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