The third weekend of March brings many fun opportunities for families in the Upstate.

Pre-schoolers ages 2 to 6 can participate in St. Patrick’s Day fun at the Pavilion in Taylors during the Leprechaun O’Gala 9 a.m. – noon Friday. Children will be given a snack, do a special craft and visit the bounce house. Cost is $8 and is paid at the event. For more details, visit

The Southeast Homeschool Convention will be held at the TD Convention Center through Saturday. The event is for anyone considering homeschooling, beginning the venture or a veteran homeschooler. Curriculum materials will be offered, and special tracks will be offered on parenting, Homeschool 101 and more. Standard registration begins at $15 with admission increasing the day of the event. To register in advance, visit

“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, the Musical” will be presented this weekend at Greenville Little Theatre. Performances will beheld at at 10:30 a.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $15 each with group discounts available. For tickets, visit

Kids Fest will be held 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at Hagood Mill Historic Site in Pickens. Explore the Instrument Petting Zoo, participate in the Mountain Music and Milling Games at 12:15 p.m. and more. The event includes folk art, safety demonstrations and music. Admission is free, but a $5 per vehicle parking fee applies. For details, visit

The sixth annual St. Paddy’s Day Dash and Bash begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at Fluor Field and on Main Street. Join the 5K, kids’ fun run, costume contest and more. Proceeds benefit five local children’s charities. For details, schedule of events and registration, visit

Greenville Fan Fest will be held 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday on Main Street between Court Street and Broad Street, Greenville. There will be full-court basketball, games and contests, Bud bar, food trucks and tournament games on live TV. For details, visit

A Clemson Tigers Championship Celebration will be held at the Plametto Moon at Haywood Mall starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. Tiger fans can expect to meet and have their memorabilia autographed by DeShaun Watson, Ben Boulware, Jordan Leggett and Artavis Scott. Autograph tickets must be purchased in order to attend. Attendees can bring their own items to be signed or purchase items such as footballs, helmets and photos at the event to be autographed. For an additional cost, attendees can pose for a professional photo with the players. For details, visit

Stop by any Barnes & Noble Booksellers at 11 a.m. Saturday for “Egg” story time. “Egg” is a graphic novel for preschoolers about four eggs, one big surprise and an unlikely friendship by Caldecott Medalist and New York Times bestselling author Kevin Henkes. The event will include story time, coloring and activities. For details, visit

The Music at the Museum series will feature Furman’s Petting Zoo 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday at the Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Music students from Furman University will bring their instruments in to give children an up-close and personal look at instruments from the orchestra. They’ll be able to use (almost) all their senses as they look at, touch and listen to brass, percussion, string and woodwind instruments. Instruments include violins, violas, cellos, trombones, trumpets, saxophones, percussive instruments and more. Free with admission. For more information, visit

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