Weather permitting, it’s shaping up to be a busy weekend in the Upstate with a full schedule of family friendly events.

Hispanic Heritage Month starts Sept. 15, and Greenville Technical College (GTC) will be part of Hispanic Heritage Month Opening Night at 6 p.m. Sept. 14, sponsored by the Hispanic Alliance, in the Clemson One Building. The event will feature a panel conversation focused on the central role of Hispanic youth in the global competitiveness of the Upstate with leaders including Dr. Keith Miller, president of Greenville Technical College. Artwork created by area high school students will be sold during the event to raise money for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) student scholarships.

The Enchanted Chalice Renaissance Faire offers kids a chance to step back in time Sept. 15 – 16 at Greenville UU Fellowship. The event includes a Saturday afternoon costume contest, a Viking encampment by Austlend Vikings, food, games for all ages, music and more. Performances include Tuatha Dea, TimTv & The Secret Cirkus and more. Parking is free. Tickets are $12 each for adults and $10 each for children. Save with a two-day pass. For details and a full schedule, visit

The South Greenville Fair kicks off 5 – 7 p.m. Friday and continues starting at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Simpsonville City Park. The event promotes responsibility, and leadership for youths by providing the challenges of competition in all phases of agriculture, horses, and livestock. It includes an antique engine and tractor show, vendors, live music, farm animals, art show and flower show and features a tractor parade at 2 p.m. Saturday. For more details, visit

It’s not too late to stop by Trains, Trains and More Trains, which continues Friday and Saturday at the Mauldin Cultural Center. This annual event offers free admission to the largest 42-feet by 26-feet push-button operated, interactive miniature train layout on the East Coast from the Atlantic Coast S Gaugers. Kids can operate accessories such as a saw mill, log loader, barrel loader and outhouse door and be the engineer for the Thomas the Tank Engine train from Thomas’ Cab. Hours are noon – 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Saturday. For details, visit

The Pandas/PANS Awareness and Children’s Fun Run is 9 – 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Legacy Park in Greenville. The cost is $10 each for early registration, $15 each for late registration and $20 each for on-site registration. Children ages 10 and younger walk free. The event raises awareness of PANS and PANDAS, which are forms of post-infectious autoimmune encephalopathy. Visit

Greenville Rec will host a free Touch a Truck event 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday at Westside Park. Tow trucks, dump trucks, fire trucks and more will be on hand for kids to climb on and explore. The park is located at 2700 W Blue Ridge Drive, Greenville. For details, visit

South Carolina Children’s Theatre kicks off its season this weekend with “Pinkalicious: The Musical” with shows at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Sunday at The Peace Center. Pinkalicious loves pink, and after over-indulging in pink cupcakes, she wakes up to her dream-come-true of being pink. For tickets, visit

The Greenville Zoo will host special Saturday programs for children, including Saturday Safari: Sherlock Bones. Learn about animal bones and who they belong to. Family Workshop: Feeding Frenzy is for families with children ages 5 and older. Explore mealtime at the zoo. This class includes a trip to the zoo kitchen to help make a meal for zoo animals and an in-class animal encounter. To register for either event, visit

As autumn approaches and the leaves turn their brilliant colors, it signals the time for fiddle music in the mountains. Hagood Mill in Pickens will host the annual South Carolina Old Time Fiddling Championship 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday. Some of the best fiddlers in the Southeast will compete for the title of South Carolina’s State Champion. There will also be blacksmithing, bowl-digging, flint knapping, chair-caning, moonshining, broom-making, basket-making, pottery, quilting, spinning and more at the old grist mill site. For details, visit

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