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9 family-friendly events offer fun this weekend

There are plenty of festivals and celebrations happening around the Upstate this Labor Day weekend.

Greenville Center for Creative Arts will host its First Friday in the Village event 6 – 9 p.m. Friday at its location at 25 Draper St. The family friendly open house always includes free admission to an art exhibit, free kid-friendly arts activities and access to food trucks. For more details, visit

The exhibit “Things Come Apart” opens Saturday at the Upcountry History Museum. The exhibit continues through Feb. 19, 2017. Explore how things are designed and made and how technology has evolved over time. Children and families can become a part of the design experience through activities from Spark!Lab, developed by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation. Visit

A free Dog First Aid and CPR community class will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Poinsett Park in Travelers Rest. Led by Dr. Michelle Mayers from Hillcrest Animal Hospital, the class will discuss ways to help dogs in an emergency. A free dog first aid kit will be provided. Registration is required. Register at

Barnes and Noble Bestsellers stores will host an “If You Ever Want to Bring an Alligator to School, Don’t!” story time event at 11 a.m. Saturday. The event will include a reading of the children’s book by Elise Parsley and special activities in the children’s section of the store. Each location in the Upstate will host the event. For more details, visit

The 2016 Upper South Carolina State Fair is open daily through Monday at the Upper S.C. State Fairgrounds/Greenville Pickens Speedway in Easley. Gates open at 4 p.m. on weekdays and noon on weekends. Attractions include amusement rides, the Ken Treadway Rodeo, Baird’s Petting Zoo and Bob Bohm’s Magic Show. Admission is $8 with children 2 and younger admitted for free. For more details, visit

The Dacusville Farm Show is held each year on Labor Day weekend, and families enjoy getting up close to antique farm equipment and tractors, taking hayrides, browsing classic cars and steam engines, listening to live music, and exploring an arts and crafts area. Children can visit the kids zone, where bounce houses and other activities await them. The festival is held 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Sunday at 3147 Earls Bridge Road in Easley. For a complete schedule of events, visit the Dacusville Heritage Association’s Facebook page.

The Bacon Labor Day festival will take over Simpsonville City Park Sunday and Monday with food, entertainment, rides and a car show. The event kicks off with a Touch-a-Truck and other activities noon – 8 p.m. Sunday. You can purchase advanced tickets as a family four pack for $10. For details, visit

If you’re up for a short drive this weekend, consider heading to Hendersonville, N.C. for the North Carolina Apple Festival Friday – Monday. Known as the state’s “premier family festival,” it features a street fair full of freshly picked apples, festival food, arts and crafts, and free entertainment, centered around the historic courthouse on Main Street. There will also be rides, inflatables and other children’s activities. For more information, visit

“Wake Up, Brother Bear,” a Wee Play Theatre performance, is at 9:30 a.m. Monday at South Carolina Children’s Theatre. Watch a waterfall melt, meet a butterfly, chase a fish and skate on an ice pond. Children get to join the action with a bag of props. Tickets are $8 each. For ticket information, visit

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