Festivals lead a full weekend of family-friendly events
October brings a full weekend of events for families in the Upstate.
Oktoberfest at Noma Square is Oct. 5-8 in Downtown Greenville. Enjoy live music and German food. Proceeds benefit the Community Foundation of Greenville. For details, visit nomasquare.com/Oktoberfest.
Freaky Friday, hosted by Sara Collins Elementary School, is 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. Friday at Greenville Technical College. Admission is free for all ages. Students from other schools and homeschoolers are welcome. The event will include more than three acres of carnival rides and booths. For more details, call 864-355-3200.
East North Street Academy’s Fall Festival is 5 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Friday at the school. Open to the entire community, the annual fundraiser will include games, food, cotton candy, bounce houses, rides, face painting and more. For details, call 864-355-2900.
Starry Nights is Friday at Roper Mountain Science Center. Show times are 6, 7:15 and 8:45 p.m. at the 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 6 p.m. feature will be “The Little Star That Could.” The 7:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. feature will be “Astronaut.” A separate ticket is required for each show. The Daniel Observatory will also be open from 7:30 – 10 p.m., weather permitting, for viewing through the 23-inch telescope. Visit www.ropermountain.org.
First Fridays at Greenville Center for Creative Arts will include free admission to the gallery, children’s activities, food trucks and more. Events are 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. The center is located at 16 Augusta St., Greenville. Visit http://firstfridaysgvl.com for details.
Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday during “Chaplin Au Lait,” a special screening of the Charlie Chaplin movie “The Kid.” Tickets are $26. For details, visit SpartanburgPhilharmonic.org.
Get Out! Greenville is a free community celebration of all that Greenville County and Upstate South Carolina has to offer to the outdoor enthusiast. Events run 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Conestee Park in Greenville. Vendors will include food items, children’s activities and more. The day starts with a 10K and kid’s race at 9 a.m. and 1.5-mile kid’s race at 10:30 a.m. To learn more, visit www.greenvillerec.com.
A Junior Chef “Fall Into Cooking” class will be 10 a.m. Saturday by The Cook’s Station, 659 S. Main St., Greenville. In this hands-on class, participants ages 8 to 13 will make and decorate candied apples, white chocolate trail mix, and smore's cookies. Cost is $30 per child. Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jr-chef-fall-into-cooking-ages-8-13-tickets-37625736591.
The Lauren’s Hope Foundation 5K and kids’ fun run is Saturday in downtown Fountain Inn. Visit www.laurenshope.org.
The Aunt Het Family Festival is Saturday in downtown Fountain Inn. Food, children’s activities, a quilt show, a car show and more fill historic Fountain Inn. For details, visit fountaininnchamber.org.
Hide and Seek is Saturday at the Greenville Zoo. This Zoo Tots program is for ages 2 – 3 with a guardian. Learn how animal play their own wild game of hide and seek. To register, visit www.greenvillezoo.com.
Princesses and Pancakes is 8 a.m. – 10 a.m. Saturday at the Fatz in Greer. This fundraiser for Greer Cultural Arts allows families to enjoy breakfast with famous princesses for $7 per person. Children under 6 eat free, limited to one per adult ticket. Breakfast includes pancakes, sausage links and mixed fruit. For advance tickets, call 864-848-5383. Visit www.greerculturalarts.com.
Kids eager to trick or treat can wear their costumes and trick or treat during The Shops at Greenridge Open-Air Market 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday. A princess meet-and-greet will also be held, and a pumpkin patch and children’s activities will be offered. For details, visit the center’s Facebook page. Plus, return that night to catch the outdoor movie, shown at dusk outside of Dick’s Sporting Goods.
“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.). Tickets are $9.50 each. For ticket information, visit scchildrenstheatre.org.
Beechwood Farms Family Farm Day is 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday in Marietta. Enjoy hayrides, pumpkin picking, tractor rides, horse rides, corn maze, food, vendors and crafts. For details, visit www.mybeechwoodfarms.com/farm-fun-day.html.
International Ballet performs at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Simpsonville Branch Library and at 11:30 a.m. at the Hughes Main Library. Visit greenvillelibrary.org.
Play in Clay at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at The Children’s Museum of the Upstate. Visit www.tcmupstate.org.
Peace Voices Teen Poetry is at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Peace Center. For details, visit www.peacecenter.org.
The Spartanburg International Festival is 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday in Barnet Park. Experience food, music, dance, folk art and more. The honored country for 2017 is Finland. Visit www.spartanburginternationalfestival.com.
Festifall is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Walnut Grove Plantation. The event includes colonial lifestyle and battle demonstrations, music, family activities and more. For details, visit www.spartanburghistory.org.
Safe Harbor’s True Grit Oyster Roast is at 4 p.m. at the Downtown Courtyard Marriott Village Green. This event is family-friendly and features live music, a silent auction, children’s activities and more. Proceeds directly support services and support to victims of domestic violence and prevention efforts aimed at promoting a culture where all people are safe and valued in their relationships. Tickets are available at: www.eventbrite.com/e/ 2017-true-grit-oyster-roast-tickets-35599585318.
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