Duck Derby, Free Comic Book Day, festivals offer weekend fun
With almost 20 events worthy of mention, it’s bound to be another fun-packed weekend for families in the Upstate.
World War II Planes of the Commemorative Air Force visit the Greenville Downtown Airport Friday through Sunday, allowing families to step back in time and see vehicles used in the United States Army Air Corps and the U.S. Navy during WWII. The event is free. Hours are noon – 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday. For details, visit dixiewing.org/greenville-s-c-may-5-6-7/.
The 33rd annual Pelham Medical Center Greer Family Fest kicks off 6 – 10 p.m. Friday in downtown Greer. The two-day event includes live music, children’s activities, food and more than 150 vendors. Hours are 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday. Visit greerfamilyfest.com.
Falls Park on the Reedy will be transformed into a giant movie theater by Georgia Tourism beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday. One of two movies filmed in Georgia — “My Cousin Vinny” or “Smoky and the Bandits” — will be shown based on votes. The free event will include swag and free goodies, and the movie will begin at 7:30 p.m. Cast your vote for the movie at http://bit.ly/GAFilmGreenville.
Starry Nights is Friday at Roper Mountain Science Center. Show times are 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the newly renovated T. C. Hooper Planetarium. Each show will begin with Carolina Skies, a live talk about the constellations currently in the night sky, followed by the featured show. The 7 p.m. feature will be “Magic Tree House Space Mission.” The 8:30 p.m. feature will be “Solar Superstorms.” The Daniel Observatory will also be open, weather permitting, for viewing through the 23-inch telescope. Visit www.ropermountain.org.
Greenville Drive will host the Hubbell Lighting “Light It Up” Friday night fireworks display following their game at 7:05 p.m. Throughout the game, the Drive will welcome back BBoy McCoy and his breakdancing bat boy act in between innings. On Saturday, the Drive will host the Mauldin Miracle League during their 70’s Night-themed game at 7:05 p.m. Sunday is a day full of events, beginning with a Little League Day pregame parade at 3:30 p.m. Following the 4:05 p.m. game, kids can run the bases. It’s also Bark in the Park at Fluor Field Sunday, and fans will be allowed to bring their dogs to the game. During the game, there will be on-field training demonstrations from Off Leash K9 Greenville. To buy tickets or for more information, visit www.greenvilledrive.com.
Families who love all things Dr. Seuss can catch the second and last weekend of “Seussical,” presented by the S.C. Children’s Theatre at the Peace Center Gunter Theatre. The mischievous Cat in the Hat is the master of ceremonies as Dr. Seuss’ beloved tales are brought to life. This fast-paced musical features Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie and all of the Whos in Whoville. Shows are 7 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $18 – $27. For details, visit scchildrenstheatre.org.
Foothills Playhouse in Easley will bring “The Velveteen Rabbit” to the stage this weekend. Unbeknownst to Andrea’s grumpy nursemaid, there is a life to the playthings on the floor and in the toy cabinet when the lights go out in the nursery, and Timothy Lion, Train Engine, Skin Horse, Model Boat and Velveteen Rabbit all spring to life. Performances are at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $5 for children 6 and younger, $10 for seniors, students, military and first responders with ID, and $15 for adults. The theater is located at 201 S. 5th St., Easley. Visit fhplayhouse.com.
TD Saturday Market, Greenville’s outdoor market, held each Saturday on Main Street, will kick off a new season May 6. A variety of vendors, such as local farmers, crafters and food producers, offer fresh products. The event also features live music and special activities. For more details, visit www.saturdaymarketlive.com.
The kid-friendly Free Comic Book Day kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at participating stores. Borderlands Comics and Games in Greenville will have artists sketching for free all day, and people dressed in costume as superheroes will be available for free photos. Costumes will include Storm Troopers and other Star Wars-related characters, Captain America and Ghostbusters. Visitors can choose five free comics from select comic books, which will include kid-friendly titles such as “Disney Descendants,” “Underdog,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “Barbie” and “DC Superhero Girls.” Special guest and artist Adam Kubert, who is known for his work on Marvel Comic and DC Comics, will make appearance from noon – 3 p.m. Richard’s Comics and Collectables in Greenville, which opens at 11 a.m., will also host a kid’s art contest and similar activities. Other stores participating include 2nd and Charles in Greenville, The Tangled Web in Spartanburg, and Planet Comics in Anderson. Visit freecomicbookday.com.
The Upstate Strawberry Festival is 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at Slater Hall near Travelers Rest. Featuring live music, food vendors, arts and crafts and more, this free festival will also feature children’s activities. For details, visit www.upstatestrawberryfestival.com.
Wildlife Action’s Pioneer Day 2017 for ages 7 – 11 is 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at Lost Acres in Spartanburg. Events include BB rifle target practice, candle making, leaf printing, archery and more. The cost is $12 per child and includes lunch. For additional information and registration forms, visit www.wlaupstate.org.
Grab your kids and your dog. The Tails and Trails 5K Walk/Run is 8:30 a.m. – noon Saturday at Conestee Park. Participants and their dogs walk or run to support Greenville County Animal Care. For details, visit www.greenvillepets.org.
March for Babies, benefitting the March of Dimes, is at 9 a.m. Saturday at Greenville Technical College’s Barton Campus. Registration begins at 8 a.m. Teams and individuals can register at marchforbabies.org.
The Reedy River Duck Derby is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at Falls Park. The park will come alive with children’s activities, entertainment, food vendors and other activities. The duck race will begin at 2:30 p.m. For details or to adopt a duck, visit www.duckrace.com/greenville.
Duke Energy’s World of Energy at Oconee Nuclear Station is hosting an Earth Day in May festival, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturday, in partnership with Keep Oconee Beautiful Association (KOBA). Activity stations will be placed on the World of Energy grounds to teach children and families what small steps they can take to make a positive impact on our environment. All activities are free and open to the public. Activity stations include a tour of the World of Energy butterfly garden, an exhibition hive with live honeybees, learning native and pollinator seed planting, reduce, reuse and recycle activities and games, learning about vermiculture: composting with worms, watershed demonstrations, and making arts and crafts with recycled materials. For more details, visit duke-energy.com.
Farm Day is 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday at Whispering Pines Stables in Mauldin. The day includes tours, Border Collie demonstrations, 4H activities and more. The cost is $5 each and $2 each for ages 6 and younger. For details, visit wpstables.com.
The 2017 Red Ribbon VIP Party and Auction through Greenville Family Partnership and Chris and Kelly's HOPE Foundation is at 5 p.m. Saturday at Green Valley Country Club, 225 Green Valley Dr., Greenville. For more information, contact Karen at 864-467-4099 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday is Family Fun Day with Dr. Seuss at the Upcountry History Museum. From 1-4 p.m., families can enjoy Dr. Seuss-themed activities, crafts, storytelling and more. See “The Art of Dr. Seuss” exhibit before it ends May 21. Regular admission prices apply. Visit upcountryhistory.org.
Find more events and resources online at www.UpstateParent.com.