It has been a hot week in the Upstate, but there are some events happening this weekend that will help families cool off.

A Creek Ranger Hike begins at 10 a.m. Friday at Paris Mountain State Park. The event is a one-mile, ranger-led walk. The cost is $7 each, payable at the gate instead of park admission. Registration is required. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Call 864-244-5565 or email for more information or to register. While you’re there, you can also go swimming in the park’s lake. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children ages six to 15, $3.25 for seniors and free for children five and under. Admission includes access to the swimming area when open.

Beachin’ Fridays happens weekly at the Mauldin Cultural Center. The event is family friendly and features shag dancing, music, food trucks and more. Music begins at 7 p.m. For details, visit

If you don’t mind the short drive to Duke Energy’s World of Energy in Seneca, you can catch “Star Wars: Rogue One” on an outdoor screen beginning at 9 p.m. Friday. The free screening is held on the shores of Lake Keowee. Park at the World of Energy and ride a shuttle down to the lake. For more details, visit

Build boxes, LEGOs and more during The Children’s Museum of the Upstate’s annual Build-it Day 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday. Imagination Playground and Rigamjig will be open, and all events are designed to engage kids in the museum’s favorite building activities. Activities will include Minecraft and 3D printing, outdoor building in Bib’s World, and building healthy snacks. Free with the price of admission. Visit for more details.

The new Häagen-Dazs® shop inside Haywood Mall will celebrate its grand opening with day-long events Saturday. The first 500 guests will get a free scoop of ice cream. Enter to win prizes, and meet the store’s mascot, Coneman.

Dragonfly Summer: Dip is 9 – 11 a.m. Saturday at Lake Conestee Nature Park. Join park educator Sarah Whitmire as she explores the aquatic organisms found in the wetlands around the park. The cost is $8 each. Open to all ages. Registration is required. Visit

Barnes and Noble Booksellers will host a special “Pig the Pug” and “Pig the Winner” story time event beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday. Join Pig the Pug as he learns lessons the hard way with his footlong playmate Trevor by his side. The event is great for young readers. Activities will follow. For details, visit

Head over to Hagood Mill in Pickens Saturday for a Banjo Extravaganza. The event will feature live music along with old-time instrument workshops. The The gristmill and demonstrations such blacksmithing and spinning will run from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free, but there is a $5 parking fee.

You can watch “Finding Dory” at Barney Park in Spartanburg Saturday night. The movie, presented by Hub City Church, begins at dark. Visit

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