Weekend events: Festivals, storytelling, more
Sure, you probably know Fall for Greenville is this weekend in Greenville, but there are also plenty of family-friendly activities happening elsewhere around the Upstate.
“Glow Tales,” a black light puppetry performance, opens at 6 p.m. Friday at South Carolina Children’s Theatre. Three short tales are told through black light puppetry, storytelling, and music. “Charlie and the Little Splash,” “Benjamin Bee’s Secret Wish” and “Rosie Bloom’s Dreams” are back by popular demand. One-hour shows are at 1 p.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Performances continue through Oct. 30. For dates, times and tickets, visit http://scchildrenstheatre.org.
Friday is Homeschool Day: Hands-On Harley-Davidson at the Upcountry History Museum – Furman University. The event, which begins at 1:30 p.m., includes a guided experience in one of the museum’s galleries, hands-on activities in the classrooms, and all day admission to the museum. Programs are multidisciplinary and support South Carolina state standards for social studies. Learn about the history of two-wheeled moving vehicles, experiment with movement, ride a simulator and build your own vehicle with Spark!Lab. Registration is required. Call 864-467-3100 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a spot. For more information, visit http://www.upcountryhistory.org/education/homeschool-days/.
The 3rd annual ArtoberFest at Upcountry Provisions Bakery & Bistro in Travelers Rest is a community art event that showcases local music, food and craft vendors. The event kicks off with a farm to table dinner on Friday featuring food from local upstate farms. A festival will be held noon – 8 p.m. Saturday with live music, food, and vendors. Proceeds support the Shriner's Children's Hospital in Greenville. For details, visit upcountryprovisions.com/artoberfest/.
Stop by any Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 11 a.m. Saturday for a special "Pete the Cat" storytelling event. Help Pete the Cat and his friends find the missing cupcakes. Who could have taken them? In this latest Pete the Cat picture book adventure by New York Times bestselling authors James and Kimberly Dean, Pete and the gang solve the mystery of the missing cupcakes and learn that it's cool to be kind. For details, visit http://stores.barnesandnoble.com.
Fall for Greenville is this weekend in downtown Greenville. One of the largest free food and musical festivals in the Southeast, the event showcases more than 40 restaurants and 60 musical acts on five stages, as well as family entertainment and a children’s area. The Borderlands Comics & Games Kids' Area, located on East Broad Street, will include a fun house, merry-go-round, up and down helicopter ride and festival wheel. Hours are 5 p.m. – 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. To buy food tickets in advance, visit http://www.fallforgreenville.net.
Take a not-so-spooky nighttime wagon ride 7 – 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Stewart Farms in Enoree. Cost is $6 per person with no charge for lap babies. The farm’s The Big Boo is also open 7 – 10 p.m. Families can take a trip through a non-scary corn maze from 7 10 p.m. For more information, call 864-969-7270 or visit http://www.stewartfarms.net.
The Hagood Mill Storytelling Festival is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at Hagood Mill Historic Site in Pickens. In addition to featured and award-winning storytellers, there will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, hearth cooking, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, woodcarving, metal-smithing, leather-working, bee keeping and more. Parking is $5 per vehicle. Visit http://www.visitpickenscounty.com/calendar.
Greer City Park comes to life twice a year with a pop-up market full of more than 60 vendors of handmade, vintage and upcycled items. The next market is scheduled for 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, and it’s a Pinterest lover’s dream come true. Moms and dads can find vintage and antique pieces of furniture, clothes, and handmade crafts for the home. Vendors such as Nood Clean will showcase all-natural cleaning products while Iviva will sell Himalayan salt products. If you get hungry, some vendors will also be selling homemade pies and more. For more information, visit www.vintagemarketgreer.com.
Does your dog or cat need to be spayed/neutered but your budget doesn't allow it? Bring proof of government assistance and come to the Big Fix event 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at Legacy Charter Elementary School to register. The first 100 appointments are free with proof of eligibility. For details, visit www.facebook.com/speakforanimals.
The Children's Museum of the Upstate has many season-themed activities happening over the weekend. For example, Play in Clay is at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Use air-dry clay to make fall and Halloween ornaments. The program is for ages 5 and older. Space is limited, so arrive early to sign up at admissions. For details, visit http://www.tcmupstate.org.