It’s festival time in the Upstate, and this weekend brings a healthy helping of them to whet your appetite.

Sara Collins Elementary School will host the 54th annual Freaky Friday carnival from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Friday on the campus of Greenville Technical College, 506 S. Pleasantburg Dr. The community event is open to all ages, and admission is free. It will include carnival rides, games, a sports zone, carnival foods, prizes and silent auction. Ride and booth tickets will be available for purchase. All profits support the school’s PTA, school programming and wellness programs. For more details, call 864-355-3200.

Oktoberfest at NOMA Square is Thursday through Saturday in Downtown Greenville. The event includes food, beer, games, music and more. Events kick off at 6 p.m. Thursday with music and contests. For more details, visit

“Grace for President,” presented by the Spartanburg Youth Theatre, is at 4:30 and 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Chapman Cultural Center. Tickets are $15 each for adults and $10 each for ages 18 and younger. Group discounts are available. For tickets, visit www.chapmanculturalcenter.orgor call 864-582-ARTS.

Residents in the Simpsonville community and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to receive free dental services at Harrison Bridge Dental Care on Saturday. Dr. Julia Findlay, Dr. Joshlyn Wilson and team at Harrison Bridge Dental Care will improve the oral health of the community as part of Free Dentistry Day. A choice of one free cleaning, filling or extraction will be provided per patient between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Saturday at 340 Harrison Bridge Road, Suite D in Simpsonville. Patients will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, call 864-962-3515 or visit

The Aunt Het Fall Festival is 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Fountain Inn. Food, children’s activities, a car show and more fill historic Fountain Inn. For details, visit

Bippity Boppity Boo, a Princess and Villains Party, will be held at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at Centre Stage in Greenville. Bring your little ones in their favorite princess or villain garb to a mid-day party featuring all their favorite princesses and villainesses. Enjoy treats and goodies, pictures with characters, and a musical sing-a-long performance. From classics like “Someday My Prince Will Come” to “Let it Go,” there is something for fairytale-lovers of all ages. Call 864-233-6733 for more information or book your tickets at

Get Out Greenville is 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at Conestee Park. The event includes trail races, the CX Cup, music, an outdoor gear fashion show, demos, a children’s area and more. Visit greenville

International Ballet presents Angelina Ballerina at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Five Forks Branch Library and at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Hughes Main Library. Visit to learn more about these free performances.

Music in the Woods is 2 – 4 p.m. Saturday at Paris Mountain State Park. The event is free after adult admission, but donations are appreciated. Concert-goers are welcome to bring food, coolers and pets (on a leash). No smoking or alcohol. After parking in the main parking lot, walk down toward the Park Center building, following signs to the amphitheater on Mountain Creek Trail. For more information, call the park office at 864-244-5565.

Spartanburg’s International Festival is 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday at Barnet Park. This year, the focus is on the Philippines. Get your passport stamped as you travel the Avenue of Nations and experience food and handcrafted items from around the world. Play games, sports and more. Admission is free. For details, visit

Remnant Church will host a free Family Fun Day 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Pope Field in Easley. The community-wide event will include free inflatables, popcorn, snow cones, nachos, hot dogs, prizes and more. New Deliverance Church and the Pickens County Shelter of Hope will also be on hand that day supplying winter clothing to anyone in need. Visit

Trick ‘R Treat with the merchants at The Shops at Greenridge from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 before a free outdoor screening of “Coco.” Kids are invited to dress in costume and enjoy special treats from the shopping center’s merchants. The free outdoor movie will begin at dusk near Dick’s Sporting Goods. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. For details, visit

Family Fun Day is 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday at Upcountry History Museum in Greenville. Learn all about dinosaurs with the museum’s new immersive exhibit, Land of Dinosaurs, and go on a scavenger hunt looking for dinosaur bones, get creative with dinosaur crafts (make your own dinosaur skeleton artwork) and take part in story times. Free with the price of admission. Visit

Hendrick Honda and the City of Easley's Movies at the Market will combine this Saturday’s movie with the 150th Celebration of Pickens County. A free screening of “Coco” will begin at 8 p.m. after a fireworks show. The event will beheld at the JB Owens Recreation Complex. Visit for details.

Festifall is Saturday and Sunday at Walnut Grove Plantation in Roebuck. The event includes colonial lifestyle and battle demonstrations, music, family activities and more. For details, visit

The 20th annual Pendleton Fall Harvest Festival is 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6 in downtown Pendleton. It includes live entertainment, food, old-fashioned children’s games, vendors and more. No pets allowed. Visit

A Pendleton Ghost Walk, hosted by the Pendleton Historic Foundation, is 6:30-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 6, at Ashtabula Plantation. Rain or shine, participants will visit buildings, grave sites, and more on this eerie tour. Tickets are $15 per person and refreshments are included before and after the walk. This special event is designed to be fun for the whole family and space is limited. Tours run every 20 minutes between 7 p.m. and 9:40 p.m., with a maximum of 25 people per tour. Visit for details.

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