28 Don't-Miss Fall Festivals in October


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The North Carolina State Fair will be held Oct. 12-22.

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Festifall

Oct. 1 – Downtown Chapel Hill. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Engage with the local arts community through performances, handmade artworks, kids’ activities and more. chapelhillfestifall.com.

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

Oct. 5-8 – Shakori Hills, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro. See the website for festival hours and to purchase tickets. Take the family for live music, kids’ activities, storytelling, face painting, food vendors and more. Ages 12 and younger not admitted without an adult. shakorihillsgrassroots.org.

Selma Railroad Days Festival

Oct. 6-7 – Downtown Selma. See website for hours. Free. Take the family for live entertainment, rides, and arts and crafts vendors. selma-nc.com/railroad-days-festival.

Triangle Oktoberfest

Oct. 6-7 – Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 6-11 p.m. Oct. 6; 1-11 p.m. Oct. 7. $5-$40. Enjoy German music, traditional Bavarian food, German cars, a Kinder Platz and more. Purchase tickets online. triangleoktoberfest.org.

26th Annual Dog Olympics

Oct. 7 – North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine, 1060 William Moore Dr., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free-$5. Dogs of all breeds and sizes can take part in athletic and nonathletic competitions, and microchipping services. Canine health information booths, vendors and food trucks round out the fun. cvm.ncsu.edu/outreach/dog-olympics.

Bass Lake Day

Oct. 7 – Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Rd., Holly Springs. 2- 6 p.m. Free. Celebrate nature and the environment with live music, crafts and games, live animal displays and interactive exhibits. hollyspringsnc.us/350/bass-lake-day

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina

Oct. 7 – Downtown Fuquay-Varina. 10 a.m-4 p.m. Free. Live entertainment, food, an artists’ village, classic car show and kids’ zone celebrate the town’s rich heritage. celebratefv.com.

Downtown Chili Cook-Off

Oct. 7 – Depot Street, 146 S. Main St., Fuquay-Varina. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Groups and individuals show off their chili-cooking skills. Tickets are $10/person to taste all entries and vote for the People’s Choice Awards. live-timely-qq1bcx3me4.time.ly/event/chili-cook-off-fvda-event.

Heritage Day Festival

Oct. 7 – Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. This old-time county fair showcases live music, animals, agricultural displays, heritage craft displays and costumed re-enactors. wakegov.com/parks/oakview.

Pottery and Glass Festival

Oct. 7-8 and 14-15 – Cedar Creek Gallery, 1150 Fleming Rd., Creedmoor. 10 a.m-6 p.m. Free. See pottery, glassblowing and wood turning demonstrations, kiln openings, raku firings and more. cedarcreekgallery.com.

Raleigh Children’s Business Fair

Oct. 7 – The Commons at North Hills, 4160 Main St., Raleigh. 2:30-4:30 p.m. Free. Shop with more than 40 businesses operated by local children. raleighcbf.org.

Swift Creek Elementary School’s 85th Anniversary

Oct. 7 – Swift Creek Elementary School, 5601 Tryon Rd., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Celebrate the 85th anniversary of Swift Creek Elementary School with games, crafts, fire trucks, food trucks and music. swiftcreekeswcpssnetptahtml.weebly.com/anniversary.html.

Tar River Festival

Oct. 7 – Riverbend Park, S. Church St., downtown Louisburg. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Enjoy cultural demonstrations, live music, inflatables, rides, face painting and more. franklin-county-nc.chambermaster.com.

North Carolina State Fair

Oct. 12-22 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. See the website for hours and ticket prices. North Carolina’s signature event features live music, rides, carnival-style food, kids’ entertainment and more. ncstatefair.org.

Cary Diwali

Oct. 14 – Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. Doors open at 10 a.m. Free. Parking is $5/car. Celebrate India and Diwali through music, dance, a craft bazaar and food vendors. A fireworks display begins at 8:30 p.m. townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/holiday-events/diwali-celebration.

DisABLE the Label

Oct. 14 – Northgate Mall, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Celebrate National Disabilities Employment Awareness Month with games, entertainment, kids’ activities and food vendors. All abilities welcome. durhamnc.gov/1605/disable-the-label.

Haunting at Harris: Rise of the Legends

Oct. 14 – Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 1-6 p.m. Free. Meet Blackbeard, the Loch Ness Monster, Paul Bunyan and other characters on a wagon ride. Enjoy crafts, face painting, crawly critters, an obstacle course and games. Costumes optional. Wagon rides for all ages leave every 30 minutes. Tickets available first come, first serve the day of the event only. Tickets for 1-3 p.m. rides handed out at 12:30 p.m.; tickets for 3:30-5:30 p.m. rides handed out at 3 p.m. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake.

KidFest 2017

Oct. 14 – Whole Family Chiropractic, 160 N.E. Maynard Rd., Cary. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Learn more about the different aspects of health and enjoy food, inflatables, character appearances, pumpkin painting and more. wholefamilyofcary.com.

North Carolina Fresh Catch Seafood and Music Festival

Oct. 14 – 131 S. Chatham Ave., Siler City. 1-7 p.m. See website for fees. Enjoy live music and fresh seafood as local and regional farms, fisheries and restaurants promote the richness of North Carolina’s natural resources. ncfreshcatch.com.

32nd International Festival of Raleigh

Oct. 20-22 – Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. See the website for festival hours. $5-$15/person. Explore multiculturalism through performances, cultural exhibits, world bazaars, sidewalk cafes, children’s activities and a naturalization ceremony. internationalfestival.org.

Creepy Crabtree Celebration

Oct. 21 – Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 2-6 p.m. Free. Celebrate Halloween and nature with scary scavenger hunts, creepy crafts and fun games. Costumes optional. wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree.

Midtown Pumpkin Palooza

Oct. 21 – Midtown Park at North Hills, 4011 Cardinal at North Hills St., Raleigh. 3-6 p.m. $10/adult, $5/child. Free for ages 5 and younger. Celebrate fall with pumpkin painting, giant games, an inflatable obstacle course, a bird-feeder craft and more. Adults can enjoy a chili cook-off, live band performances, a dog costume contest and smartphone scavenger hunt. midtownraleighalliance.org/2017-pumpkin-palooza.

Trick-or-Eat Food Truck Rodeo

Oct. 22 – Main Street, downtown Garner. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Enjoy 14 food trucks, street music and artisans. The Garner Police Athletics Activity League offers special crafts and games for kids. This is not a trick-or-treating event. downtowngarner.com.

Haunted Mordecai Festival

Oct. 28 – Mordecai Historic Park, 1 Mimosa St., Raleigh. 1-4 p.m. Free. Celebrate Halloween with food, music, games and crafts. Ages 15 and younger can take part in a costume contest beginning at 1 p.m. The Ghost Guild will reveal its findings from a paranormal investigation of the Mordecai House and answer attendees’ questions. raleighnc.gov/parks.

HollyFest

Oct. 28 – Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Live entertainment, a kids’ zone, cornhole competition, food trucks, and arts and crafts vendors highlight this annual festival in Holly Springs. hollyspringsnc.us/356/hollyfest.

Touch-a-Truck Fundraiser

Oct. 28 – Downtown Smithfield. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission; purchase tickets for unlimited access to activities. Kids explore their favorite trucks and heavy machinery, and meet the personnel who protect and build Johnston County communities. See emergency vehicles, tractors, construction equipment, delivery trucks and more. Enjoy food trucks, inflatables and face painting. Proceeds benefit the Me Fine Foundation. jwlsmithfield.com.

Barktoberfest

Oct. 29 – Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Man’s best friend is celebrated in a family-friendly event that includes dog shows, a canine costume contest, parade, photo booth and more. durhamnc.gov/2698/barktoberfest.

Festival of Fabulous Mums

Oct. 29 – Doris Duke Center, 420 Anderson St., Durham. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Parking fees apply. Celebrate the glory of mums at this event that features cultural and historical information, arts and crafts, gardening tips and tours of the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum, where visitors will find more mums on display in a beautiful garden setting. Presented in partnership with the Central Carolina Chrysanthemum Society. gardens.duke.edu/events/festival-fabulous-mums.

 

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June 2018

Run Club meets every Sunday at 8 a.m. in Midtown Raleigh or Wake Forest. Stroller friendly; children invited. 

Cost: $10/run or $100/annual pass

Where:
Optimist Park Community Center/Greenways
5900 Whittier Drive
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: FIT4MOM
Telephone: 919-348-0472
Contact Name: Missy Currin
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The summer heat is back, and so are the insects! Join us in the Finley Center exhibit hall to do some fun insect-themed crafts. We will make butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, and other insect...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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Read stories together and enjoy an arts and crafts activity based on the books.

Cost: $5

Where:
Read With Me
111 E. Hargett St., #110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr
Morrisville, NC  17560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Learn more about Earth's amazing star, the sun. Safely view the sun through a solar telescope, hear about unusual space weather and current solar research, and more. International SUNday...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences Nature Research Center
121 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919.707.8239
Contact Name: Rachel Smith
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Discover Historic Yates Mill - a place of business, community, and exciting local history! Watch a brief slideshow, then explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of water...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60+), $3/Child (ages 7-16), Age 6 & under free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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The Eno River Farmers Market celebrates its 10th anniversary. Take a blanket and dish to share.

Cost: Free

Where:
Eno River Farmers Market
144 E. Margaret Ln
Hillsborough, NC
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The summer heat is back, and so are the insects! Join us in the Finley Center exhibit hall to do some fun insect-themed crafts. We will make butterflies, dragonflies, ladybugs, and other insect...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Read stories together and enjoy an arts and crafts activity based on the books.

Cost: $5

Where:
Read With Me
111 E. Hargett St., #110
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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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Take the fast track to nature in this hands-on study of ecology. Ages 8-12. Register online.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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The Art Therapy Institute has been working in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools with the Exceptional Children's Program for the past ten years. Enjoy a summer art therapy groups in June and...

Cost: $20 per session

Where:
Art Therapy Institute of NC
200 N Greensboro St. Suite D-6 (2nd Floor Carr Mill Mall)
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Read stories together and enjoy an arts and crafts activity based on the books.

Cost: $5

Where:
Read With Me
111 E. Hargett St., #110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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Weekly basic skills cooking class offered for children ages 5-10 at Whole Foods North Raleigh.  This free class meets at the cafe each Tuesday at 4 p.m. and is offered by registering...

Cost: Free

Where:
Whole Foods Market (North Raleigh)
8710 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Enjoy "They Say Blue."

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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Website »

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Read stories together and enjoy an arts and crafts activity based on the books.

Cost: $5

Where:
Read With Me
111 E. Hargett St., #110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Children's author Darren Farrell reads from his book, "Letter Town: A Seek-and-Find Alphabet Adventure." From Avenue A to Zoo Z, there's always something to spot and see in Letter...

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Join us at Chatham Marketplace in Pittsboro every Thursday at 10 a.m. for a casual storytime on the porch or even out in the yard. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Chatham Marketplace
480 Hillsboro St.
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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Sponsor: Chatham Marketplace
Telephone: 919-542-2643
Contact Name: Craig Kolman
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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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Website »

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Read stories together and enjoy an arts and crafts activity based on the books.

Cost: $5

Where:
Read With Me
111 E. Hargett St., #110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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Website »

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Read stories together and enjoy an arts and crafts activity based on the books.

Cost: $5

Where:
Read With Me
111 E. Hargett St., #110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take part in a 5K on a USATF certified course hosted by Inter Development Futbol Club. Enjoy post-race refreshments and prizes for winners. Register online. 

Cost: $25/advance registration; $30/day of race

Where:
WakeMed Soccer Park
201 Soccer Park Dr.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Inter Development Futbol
Contact Name: Lydia Matombo
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Summerfest Celebration features an autograph session, inflatables, games, free giveaways, guest speakers from the Hurricanes, appearances by Stormy and the Pepsi Storm Squad, discounted...

Cost: Free

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Celebrate the wonderful world of exotic animals and reptiles. Enjoy live specimens, presentations, raffles, vendors and much more. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds, Kerr Scott Building
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Read stories together and enjoy an arts and crafts activity based on the books.

Cost: $5

Where:
Read With Me
111 E. Hargett St., #110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Before he was the beloved Pete the Cat, he was Pete the Kitty. Join Pete on a cat-tastic playdate as he learns a lesson about sharing with his friend, Grumpy Toad. Activities to follow. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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Little ones enjoy storytime.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
5959 Triangle Town Blvd.
Cary, NC  27616
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Ride the train in a Hawaiian setting complete with craft beer, barbecue and music. Iconic Productions’ DJ Harry will host games prizes and giveaways, including limbo, hula hoop and dance...

Cost: $10-$12

Where:
New Hope Valley Railway
3900 Bonsal Rd.
Bonsal, NC  27562
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the mill's history...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60+), $3/Child (ages 7-16), Age 6 & under free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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The Children’s Saturday Matinee series presents performances by three of the acclaimed professional dance companies that perform during the season. These one-hour performances are specially...

Cost: $17.25/person

Where:
Reynolds Industries Theater
Duke University
125 Science Dr.
Durham, NC
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Sponsor: American Dance Festival
Telephone: 919-684-6402
Contact Name: Sarah Tondu
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Explore the historic heart of downtown Raleigh on a walking tour of Fayetteville Street. Tours highlight the people, places, architecture and political movements that have shaped...

Cost: Adults (18+) $10; Youth (7-17) $4; Children (6 & under) Free.

Where:
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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