15 fun weekend events for families
The last weekend of the month brings plenty of fun opportunities for families, including festivals, plays and story times.
“Peppa Pig Live: Peppa Pig’s Surprise” is at 6 p.m. Friday at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. This new production features Peppa, George and their friends in an all-singing, all-dancing adventure full of surprises. Admission starts at $33. For tickets, visit www.crowdpleaser.com.
FRIDAY & SATURDAY
Carolina Ballet Theatre will perform “Snow White the Ballet” this weekend at the Peace Center. Full performances are scheduled for 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday for $35 admission, but a special educational performance for students will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday for $10 admission. The educational show will be a condensed version of the full performance at approximately 45 minutes long. Additionally, dance technique and style will be described to the audience. Tickets for both versions may be purchased online at www.peacecenter.org.
“Balloonacy,” a Wee Play Theatre performance, is at 9:30 and 11 a.m. Saturday at South Carolina Children’s Theatre (Location: temporary headquarters at 1200 Pendleton St.). The production follows a single balloon, which starts by drifting through the window of a lonely old man’s home on his birthday. Surprising, wonderful and fun things happen. Children will see how a single balloon can change one person’s life without realizing they’ve learned about friendship along the way. Tickets are $9.50 each. For ticket information, visit scchildrenstheatre.org.
Greer’s second annual Railfest is 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday at Greer City Park in Greer. This free community event offers rail safety presentations from Operation Livesaver, a trackless train and model trains. Children’s activities will include themed inflatables, crafts and rides on the mini “train” in the park. Local rail police and museums will be available with interactive displays, and there will be videos about locamotive history and rail safety showing inside city hall. Children and adults can enter to receive prizes such as scenic train rides and model trains. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. For more details, visit www.cityofgreer.org.
Open Heart Baptist Church will sponsor a free fall festival noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at their church, located at 205 Stafford Street, Greenville. The event will include children’s activities, including train rides and a bounce house, food vendors and “free food, fun and fellowship.” Call 864-252-5975 or visit www.openheartbaptist.com for more information.
Greyrock Farms and Green Acres Produce in Moore will have a Fall Farm Day 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday. The event will include hayrides, train rides, a pumpkin patch, food truck, playground, inflatables and more. Visit their Facebook page for details.
Music in the Woods, a fall festival taking place 2-4 p.m. every Saturday through October at Paris Mountain State Park, will feature eco-friendly concerts by local bands. Cncerts are free after paid admission to the park and family friendly. Concert-goers are welcome to bring their dinner, cooler and pets (on a leash). No smoking or alcohol allowed. After parking in the main parking lot, walk down toward the park center building, following signs to the amphitheater on Mountain Creek Trail. For details, call 864-244-5565.
Barnes and Noble Booksellers locations will host a special “Runny Rabbit Returns” story time at 11 a.m. Saturday. This collection of 41 never-before-published poems and drawings by Shel Silverstein features Runny and other woodland characters who speak a language all their own. Activities will follow. Visit www.barnesandnoble.com for details.
The 2017 Foothills Heritage Fair Youth Horse Show is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at the S.C. Foothills Heritage Fair, 178 Hayfield Road, Westminister. Visit the event's Facebook page.
Family Fun Day kicks off 1-4 p.m. Sunday at the Upcountry History Museum. Celebrate the opening of “The World of Jan Brett” by meeting Hedgie the Hedgehog the mascot and some guests from The Greenville Zoo. There will be several animal-themed games, crafts, and activities throughout the afternoon. The event is free with regular admission to the museum. Visit www.UpcountryHistory.org for details.
United Ministries’ Transformation Walk is noon – 4 p.m. Sunday at Fluor Field. Walk three miles “in the shoes” of those who seek assistance from service agencies in downtown Greenville. A block party begins at noon with games, music and food. All proceeds from the event benefit United Ministries' mission to serve and empower those on the transformative journey to self-sufficiency. Visit www.Walk.United-Ministries.org to register.
Waggin’ ‘N Walkin’ presented by St. Francis Pet Services and hosted by the Pebble Creek Women’s Club, is 3 – 5 p.m. Sunday at Pebble Creek Club, 101 Pebble Creek Dr., Taylors. The event includes a dog walk, raffle and prizes. Registration is $15 per dog. Proceeds benefit Greenville County Animal Care. For information, call 864-915-6990.
A Blessing of the Pets will be held at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at First Baptist Church in Greenville. This community event is open to people and pets of all faiths. Parents, make sure all pets are leashed, in a cage, or otherwise secured. For details, visit the church's Facebook page.
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If you’re ready for fall fun on the farm, some Upstate farms are open for fall events this weekend. Stewart Farms in Enoree is open with farm-grown pumpkins, wagon rides, a S.C. Maize, farm animals and honey bee observatory. For details, visit www.StewartFarm.net. Johnson Farms in Inman also offers hayrides, a gem mine, corn maze, pedal cars, playground and pumpkin patch. For details, visit www.johnsonfarmsinman.com. Denver Downs Farm in Anderson is now open for the fall season with a pumpkin patch, corn maze, and 35-plus attractions for families. Berry Acres in Anderson will celebrate a fall festival with hayrides, corn maze, jump pillow, pedal cars, tube slides, animals, and more. Visit their Facebook page for info. For details, visit http://denverdownsfarm.com. Beechwood Farms in Marietta is open Saturdays through October with a playground, farm animals, hayrides and pumpkin patch.Visit www.mybeechwoodfarms.com.