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Back to School Festival leads family weekend events

Now that school is back in session, families looking for a low-key weekend can enjoy one of the activities happening around the Upstate or go exploring on their own.

Back to School Fun

A Back to School Family Festival is 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at Forestville Baptist Church, located at 2 Old McElhaney Road in Greenville. This free family-friendly event is open to the community and will include free rides, games and food. For more details or to register to let them know you’re coming, visit or call 864-834-4276.

Get Creative

Barnes and Noble Booksellers will host special events Saturday for families, including a special story timeevent beginning at 11 a.m. Coloring and activities will follow the reading of “Mira Forecasts the Future” and “The Bot That Scott Built Storytime.” Then, stores will host a special LEGO Build Event at 4 p.m. for kids ages 6 and older, who are invited to explore their creativity. For more details, visit or contact the store nearest you.

Let’s Jam

The Shoeless Jam is a two-day family-friendly festival happening in West Greenville Friday and Saturday at 1282 Pendleton St. Featuring 10 bands performing in celebration of Shoeless Joe Jackson, the festival will also include food trucks, artists and a kid’s zone. For more details, visit

Catch a Movie

If you don’t mind a drive to Spartanburg, your family can enjoy an outdoor screening of Disney’s “Zootopia” at 8:15 p.m. Saturday at Barnet Park. The free community event is presented by Hub City Church. Visit for more information.

Back to Nature

Have you been to the Greenville Zoo lately? Greenville’s popular giraffes are on display, and it’s a great time to go see them, especially since Tatu is growing fast. He currently weighs 600 pounds and is more than 9 feet tall. The zoo is open 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $9 for adults, $5.75 for children 3 – 15, and free for kids 2 and younger. For more details, visit

Lake Conestee Nature Park, 601 Fork Shoals Road in Greenville, features 400 acres of nature along the Reedy River. The park has established two family-friendly walks with easy-to-follow maps available for download on its website. There’s a good chance you’ll get a glimpse of deer, raccoon, beavers, foxes, river otters and other small mammals in their natural environment. Admission is free, and the park is open sunrise to sunset. For more details, visit

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