Trains, Renaissance faire, more: 10 events offer weekend fun
Whether you love spending time with your dog, trains, or a chance to step back in time, there’s an event happening this weekend that you won’t want to miss.
Hear ye! Hear ye! The sixth annual Enchanted Chalice Renaissance Faire will bring the past to life Sept. 9 – 10 on the grounds of Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. The two-day festival is family friendly and will offer entertainment for all ages, including storytellers, jugglers, face painting and carnival-like games. The children’s realm in an Enchanted Forest will offer Renaissance-themed crafts, and on Saturday, children can sign up for a tea party with a princess. Tickets at the door are $12 for adults and $10 for children. For more information, visit www.TheEnchantedChalice.com.
Trains, Trains and More Trains makes a stop at the Mauldin Cultural Center this weekend. It all begins at noon Friday with the opening of a large display of model trains that children can operate. The exhibit is open daily through Sunday. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated. For more details, including hours, visit cityofmauldin.org.
The city of Greer will host its first Railfest at Greer City Park 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. Free to the public, the event will celebrate the city’s railroad heritage and promote rail safety with free activities and entertainment for all ages. Children will be able to enjoy trackless train rides in the park, as well as train-themed inflatable attractions. Crafts, coloring stations and an event hall displaying age appropriate train videos are planned for inside Greer City Hall. Visitors can enter for trips on the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad. For more details, visit cityofgreer.org.
Food allergies affect 1 in every 13 children in the United States. If your child is among them, consider coming out for the FARE Upstate Walk for Food Allergy is Saturday at Heritage Park in Simpsonville. Check-in and activities begin at 8:30 a.m. The walk ceremony begins at 9:30 a.m. The event includes entertainment and more. For details and registration, visit http://bit.ly/2bjOYAn.
“Wake Up, Brother Bear,” a Wee Play Theatre performance, is at 9:30 a.m. Saturday 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 scchildrenstheatre.org.
A Grandparent's Day Activity Fair is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at the Mary Black Conference Center in Spartanburg. Grandparents are invited to bring their grandchildren/great-grandchildren to participate in family activities together in honor of Grandparent’s Day. There will be many vendor-sponsored activities including face painting, old school games, music, a bubble station and more. Free. For details, visit http://bit.ly/2aQTBqm.
Grab your four-legged best friend and head to Waggin’ at the Waterpark 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at Discovery Island Waterpark. Dogs can play in the waterpark during this special event. Registration times are based on size. For registration, costs and vaccination requirements, visit greenvillerec.com.
If you love Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” you’ll have multiple chances to catch a live stage production this weekend. Friday, the play will be presented by Spartanburg Little Theatre at 8 p.m. at Chapman Cultural Center. For tickets, visit http://chapmanculturalcenter.org. Saturday and Sunday, the popular show returns to Greenville when the S.C. Children’s Theatre offers performances at 1:30 and 7 p.m. at the Peace Center. For tickets, visit peacecenter.org.
If you're up for a drive, The South Carolina Apple Festival in Westminster continues through Saturday. The festival includes the Apple Festival parade, a children’s craft booth, karaoke competition, clogging, entertainment and more. Both days include the 21st annual Westminster IPRA Rodeo, and children's activities will be up and running 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday. For a complete schedule, visit http://scapplefestival.com.
Finally, grab the family and head to the Upcountry History Museum Sunday for Family Fun Day. It’s also the last day for “Storyland.” Activities are planned 1 – 4 p.m. and include story time, bingo and more. For details, visit http://www.upcountryhistory.org.
Find more events and family resources online at www.UpstateParent.com.