18 weekend events: Duck Derby, Comic Book Day, more
Spring weather has finally arrived, and the weekend brings plenty of opportunities to enjoy it across the Upstate.
A Spring Carnival is 4-7:30 p.m. at Hollis Acdemy in Greenville. Rain or shine. The event includes games, rides, food and inflatables. Visit www.facebook.com/events/164265587607150.
Starry Nights is Friday at Roper Mountain Science Center. Show times are 6, 7:30 and 8:45 p.m. at the T. C. Hooper Planetarium. The 6 and 7:30 p.m. feature will be “Perfect Little Planet.” The 8:45 p.m. feature will be “Exploding Universe.” The Daniel Observatory will also be open, weather permitting, for viewing through the 23-inch telescope. Visit www.ropermountain.org.
The annual March for Babies, benefitting the March of Dimes, is at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Fluor Field. Registration begins at 5 p.m. Teams and individuals can register at marchforbabies.org.
“The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” is presented by South Carolina Children’s Theatre at 7 p.m. Friday at the Peace Center. This performance will include sign language interpretation. For details, visit www.peacecenter.org.
Parents Night Out, hosted by the Love SC chapter of the Red Hat Society, is 6-10 p.m. Friday at Pleasant Valley Connection Inc., 510 Old Augusta Road. Cost is $20 per child, which includes activities and snacks. Visit www.facebook.com/events/1330185693791477 for details.
Pelham Medical Center Greer Family Fest runs through Saturday, kicking off at 6 – 10 p.m. Friday in downtown Greer. The event includes live music, children’s activities, food and more than 150 vendors. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Visit greerfamilyfest.com.
Music at the Market is 7-10 p.m. Fridays at Old Market Square in Easley. Snacks and treats are available for purchase. Bring chairs or blankets and enjoy live music. Visit www.cityofeasley.com.
Rockin’ in the Barn, Christmas in Action’s signature fundraiser, is at 7 p.m. at The Barn at Forevermore Farm in Moore. For tickets and details, visit www.ciaspartanburg.org.
Saturday is Free Comic Book Day at participating stores. Many events are family friendly. Borderlands Comic and Games in Greenville will give away special comics, host cosplayers, and hold a blood drive, while Richard’s Comics & Collectables in Greenville will have special guests, a kids art contest, prizes and cosplayers during the day-long event. Visit freecomicbookday.com for more details.
The Reedy River Duck Derby is 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday at Falls Park. As many as 10,000 ducks will post at 2:30 p.m., but the event also includes live entertainment, games and food. For details or to adopt a duck, visit www.duckrace.com/greenville.
The Upstate Strawberry Festival is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at Slater Hall near Travelers Rest. It will feature food, storytellers, magic shows, live music and other family-friendly entertainment. Proceeds support the efforts of Foothills Family Resources, a health and community welfare organization serving northern Greenville county by moving people from crisis to self-sufficiency. For details, visit www.upstatestrawberryfestival.com.
“The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley” will again be presented by South Carolina Children’s Theatre at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday at the Peace Center. For details, visit www.peacecenter.org.
Hands on Greenville Day is Saturday and encourages volunteerism throughout the Upstate. For a list of projects in need of volunteers on HOG Day, visit www.handsongreenville.org.
Bank of America’s Museums on Us program offers free admission to the Upcountry History Museum for cardholders Saturday and Sunday. Present your Bank of America, Merrill Lynch or U.S. Trust credit or debit card along with a photo ID to gain free general admission. Cardholders only; guests are not eligible for free admission. Visit www.upcountryhistory.org or museums.bankofamerica.com.
Family Fun Day is 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday at the Upcountry History Museum. Celebrate the exhibit “Superhero and Superstars: The Works of Alex Ross” with a Star Wars-themed afternoon. Games, crafts and story time highlight the day. Visit www.upcountryhistory.org/programs/programsfamily-fun-days.
Spring Farm Day is 1 – 5 p.m. Sunday at Whispering Pines Stables in Mauldin. The day includes tours, Border Collie demonstrations, 4H activities and more. The cost is $10 per car. For details, visit wpstables.com.
Giggles Drop-In Childcare will have an open house 1-4 p.m. Sunday at its new location on Pelham Road next to Earth Fare. There will be free tours, games, prizes and a chance to learn more about their services. Visit https://www.facebook.com/events/163857887617889 for more details.
The Carolina Youth Symphony’s grand finale concert is at 3 p.m. at McAlister Auditorium at Furman University. For details, visit carolinayouthsymphony.org.
Find more events and resources online at www.UpstateParent.com.