Festivals, sports, Mess Fest highlight weekend fun
Whether you love Nascar, Greek food or festivals, there’s an event sure to entertain your family this weekend.
The Greek Festival will showcase Greek food and culture to the Upstate May 18-21 at Saint George Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Greenville. Admission is $1 for adults and free for children 12 and younger. For a schedule of events and a free ticket voucher, visit www.greekforaday.com.
The Fair at Heritage Park returns May 18 – 28 to Heritage Park in Simpsonville. Featuring local vendors, crafts, artists and food, the fair will feature Kiddie Land, a selection of rides and games specifically for children. In addition, there will be a petting zoo, helicopter rides, free shows and live entertainment. Admission is $7 and children 6 and younger are admitted free. Rides are $1.25 each. Most days operate 4 p.m. – 11 p.m. For a complete schedule, hours and coupons, visit www.fairatheritagepark.com.
LiveWell Greenville’s annual Park Hop Scavenger Hunt kicks off Friday. This adventure-themed scavenger hunt encourages children and families to discover featured parks throughout the summer while searching for answers to clues within each park. Families should register at livewellgreenville.org/park-hop. You can track your hunt using the iOnGreenville mobile app or by printing a paper passport from the website. Participants earn prizes like a LiveWell Greenville swag bag, Park Hop t-shirts and Greenville Drive tickets. Submit your clues by July 31 to earn prizes, which can be redeemed during the Park Hop Celebration Aug. 10.
Greenville Drive will have home games at Fluor Field this weekend. Friday’s 7:05 p.m. game will feature the Greenville Scottish Games and Friday Night Fireworks. Saturday’s 7:05 p.m. game will feature blockbuster movie clips played between innings. Sunday is Girl Scout Day at the Drive, beginning at 4 p.m. Girl Scouts will participate in a pregame parade around Fluor Field, and when the gates open, there will be an on-field bridging ceremony in which Girl Scouts receive a commemorative patch from this special day. During the game, Girl Scouts will take part in the Education Adventure Challenge that teaches the importance of healthy living by combining Scout practices with the game of baseball. For more information, visit www.greenvilledrive.com.
The Road to the Races Nationwide Tour from Disney comes to Charlotte Motor Speedway for two days only. Between noon – 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday take a photo with the vehicle stars of “Cars 3” (Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm) and see exclusive footage from the film. Take part in a variety of “Cars 3”-themed activities and giveaways. For details, visit www.Cars3Tour.com. The event coincides with Nascar’s All-Star Race at 6:20 p.m. Saturday, which will also feature a huge kids zone, free kids pit passes, pre-race concerts and seating options for families. For more information, visit www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.
Super Saturday Mess Fest is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Artist-in-residence, Michael Albert, will be in the Off the Wall Area creating cereal box collages. All classrooms are dedicated to messy science and art. See food thrown off the roof to see how big of a splat it makes. Visit www.tcmupstate.org for a complete schedule of events.
Rocky Creek Veterinary Hospital invites all fellow animal lovers to its first ever Block Party 2 – 4 p.m. Saturday in the animal clinic's parking lot. This free event is family (and dog!) friendly and open to everyone in the community. Employees will hold a dog wash station and take donations to benefit Lowcountry Lab Rescue, a local organization that rescues Labrador retrievers from Upstate shelters. Donations will also be accepted in exchange for a shot at dunking the veterinarians in a dunk tank. There will also be free carnival snacks, such as popcorn, cotton candy and snow cones, free beer for the adults and a bounce house for kids. There will also be a fun photo booth and a live band. The animal hospital is located at 111 Ebenezer Road, Greer. For more information, call Rocky Creek Veterinary Hospital at 864-234-4600.
Upcountry History Museum – Furman University will host an Armed Forces Day Celebration 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday. The festivities will start with an opening ceremony at 10 a.m., honoring local veterans of WWII, Korean War, Vietnam War and Persian Gulf War. The day will include a veterans forum, film screenings, gallery tours, and children’s activities, including story time at noon. Active duty military personnel and their families will receive free admission. Otherwise, regular admission applies — $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students with ID, $4 for children 4 – 18 and free for children 3 and younger. For more details, visit www.upcountryhistory.org.
The 27th annual Power from the Past Antique Engine, Tractor Show and Swap Meet will be held from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Abner Creek Baptist Church. The show is sponsored by the Foothills Antique Power Association and the church. The show will feature antique tractors, garden tractors, hit-and-miss engines, crafts, a kids bounce house area, and more. Food will be available for purchase, and gospel music will be performed. The church is located at 2461 Abner Creek Road, Greer.
Greenville County Museum of Art will host Family Art Adventure – Comic Book Art at 2 p.m. Sunday. Comic book-loving kids of all ages are invited to a free introduction into how graphic novelists create strong characters. Artist Adam DuShole will lead participants in a basic drawing exercise, allowing everyone to create their own characters. For details, visit www.gcma.org.
Hagood Mill Historic Site in Pickens will host a Southern Appalachian Arts and Crafts Fair 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday. Watch regional artisans and craftsmen at work demonstrating their skills with a variety of time-honored traditions unique to the Southern Appalachian Region. Bring a little extra spending money as there will be plenty of opportunities to purchase unique handcrafted items from local artists, craftsmen, and traditional demonstrators. This free event will feature musical performances by Pretty Little Goat String Band and Alexa Rose. The day will also include a variety of folklife and traditional-arts demonstrations. There will be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint-knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basketmaking, pottery, quilting, spinning, knitting, weaving, and more. There is a $5 parking fee for the day but admission is free to the Hagood Mill Site as well as to the Hagood Creek Petroglyph Site. All proceeds from parking help offset the costs incurred at Hagood Mill Historic Site.
Find more events and resources online at www.UpstateParent.com.