24 April Festivals in the Triangle


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Durham Easter

April 1 – Durham Central Park, 510 Foster St., Durham. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Celebrate Easter with bounce houses, face painting, live entertainment, food trucks, four egg hunts for ages 2-12 and a scavenger hunt for teens. Register online. durhameaster.com.


Farm Spring Fest With Goats at Spring Haven Farm

April 1 – Spring Haven Farm, 5306 Homer Ruffin Rd., Chapel Hill. 1-5 p.m. $12.50/person. Free for ages 3 and younger. Usher in the spring season with goats, baby pigs, horses and other farm animals. Dye Easter eggs and enjoy an egg hunt, face painting and rides on the Tractor Train Express. Purchase tickets online. eventbrite.com/e/farm-spring-fest-with-goats-tickets-43579749203.


North Carolina Science Festival

April 1-30 – Various locations across the Triangle and North Carolina. Discover the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in North Carolina. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the festival engages a wide range of audiences while inspiring future generations. ncsciencefestival.org.


Discovering Magic in the Garden: Spring Family Festival

April 7 – North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 1-4 p.m. $5/person. Free for ages 2 and younger. Enjoy hands-on activities, nature play, bird games, flower art, gnome homebuilding, a scavenger hunt and more. Register online. ncbg.unc.edu/youth-family.


Frog Fest

April 7 – Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Learn about frogs and the clean water that all living things need. Frog Fest features crafts, games, live music, food trucks, and a meet and greet with live frogs and reptiles. Parking is available at Middle Creek High School with a free shuttle to the park. All ages. wakegov.com/parks/crowder/pages/frogfest.aspx.


Parkwood Spring Fest

April 7 – Emerald Pond, 1603 Clermont Rd., Durham. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Take the family for an egg hunt, vendors, free food, games, a puppet show, storytime and more. Parking is available at the 4D Church lot on Clermont Road. parkwoodnc.org.


Raulston Blooms!

April 7 – JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5/nonmember, $10/family. Free for members. This annual garden festival showcases hands-on learning activities, educational demonstrations, artisans, food trucks and entries in the 18th Annual Birdhouse Competition. jcra.ncsu.edu.


Wake Forest Dirt Day

April 7 – Downtown Wake Forest. Free. Shake off the winter blues and enjoy beekeeping demonstrations, vendors, kids’ activities and more. wakeforestnc.gov/dirt-day.aspx.


Carrboro Open Streets

April 8 – Downtown Carrboro. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Bike, dance, climb a rock wall, enjoy yoga and more. All ages. www.ci.carrboro.nc.us/745/carrboro-open-streets (“www” is required in URL).


Near & Far Celebration

April 8 – 140 W. Franklin Plaza, downtown Chapel Hill. 2-5 p.m. Free. Chapel Hill honors its rich diversity in a street party showcasing traditional music and dance performances, authentic cuisine, crafts and more. All ages. plaza140westfranklin.squarespace.com/festivals.


Southern Women’s Show

April 13-15 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. See the website for hours and to purchase tickets. Fashion shows, top chefs and celebrity guests highlight this event that also offers women hundreds of boutiques filled with trendy fashions, beauty products and gourmet treats. southernshows.com/wra.


Pints for Paws

April 14 – Northgate Plaza, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. Noon-4 p.m. Purchase tickets online, $10-$35. Free for ages 10 and younger. This family- and dog-friendly festival features food trucks, live music, doggie wading pools, adoptable dogs and more. Proceeds benefit Animal Protection Society of Durham. eventbrite.com.


BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo

April 14-15 – Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. Purchase tickets online for either the 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. session on April 14 or 15. $15/person. Enjoy all things LEGO at this festival that offers huge LEGO displays, building zones, guest speakers, vendors and more. brickuniverse.org/raleigh.


Family Rube Goldberg Festival

April 15 – The Forge Initiative, 3300 Green Level Rd. W., Cary. 1:30-4:30 p.m. $20/family. Learn about chain reaction materials, mechanisms and movement by exploring Rube Goldberg contraptions. This event is part of the North Carolina Science Festival. theforgeinitiative.org/workshops/ccrfamilyfestival-04152018.


Pinwheels Family Fun Day

April 15 – Wheels Fun Park, 715 N. Hoover Rd., Durham. Noon-6 p.m. $15/person. Take the family for batting cage rounds, mini golf, skating, go-karts and more in support of the Exchange Family Center’s efforts to prevent child abuse. exchangefamilycenter.org/events/pinwheels.


Touch A Truck

April 15 – The Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Dr., Chapel Hill. Noon-4 p.m. $6/person, $25/family. Free for ages 1 and younger. Explore dozens of vehicles in a safe, supervised environment with local food trucks, kids’ activities and face painting. Proceeds benefit UNC Children’s Hospital and Boy Scout Troop 39. touchatruckchapelhill.com.


Wake Forest Arbor Day

April 21 – E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Rd., Wake Forest. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Receive a free tree seedling and enjoy organizations that offer special activities, treats and information related to gardening. Children can build a birdhouse and take part in other activities. wakeforestnc.gov/arbor-day.aspx.


Children’s Day Festival of Cary

April 21 – Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Enjoy music, crafts and international cuisine in an event that celebrates the Triangle’s children and their rich, diverse cultures. kids.ata-nc.org.


Durham Earth Day Festival

April 22 – Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Honor Mother Earth with music, food, educational activities and more. durhamnc.gov/1003/earth-day-festival.


Girls World Expo Raleigh

April 22 – Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary. Noon- 4 p.m. Free. Teen girls become empowered through demonstrations, science exhibits, guest speakers and more. Register online. girlsworldexpo.com/expos/raleigh.


Goodguys 4th North Carolina Nationals

April 27-29 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. See the website for fees and hours. Enjoy a demolition derby, dragster exhibition, vendors and kids’ activities. View more than 1,500 vehicles through 1972 on display. good-guys.com/ncn-2018.


Mebane Dogwood Festival

April 27-28 – Downtown Mebane. 6-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The spring season comes alive in Mebane with live entertainment, vendors, a car show, kids’ activities and more. The rain date is April 29. mbamebane.com/dogwood-festival.


Garner Strawberry Festival

April 28 – Technology Dr., off Hwy. 42 W., Garner. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Strawberries take center stage in a festival that also offers inflatables, food trucks, craft vendors, kiddie rides and a classic car show. greaterclevelandchamber.com/strawberry-festival1.html.


Songbird Celebration

April 28 – Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Herald the return of feathered friends with game booths, activities, crafts and more. wakegov.com/parks/bluejay.


Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival and Earth Day Celebration

April 28 – Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Spring Daze features more than 180 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, delicious festival food and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration. The Children’s Village at the Lazy Daze Playground offers interactive exhibits and hands-on crafts for kids. townofcary.org.

 

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September 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 autumnal equinox signals the beginning of fall. It is the point when there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness at the equator. Mark the change of seasons by heading to the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Embrace your inner rebel and celebrate the motorcycle lifestyle with family-friendly activities ranging from stunt shows and specialty rides to live music and local vendors. See website for hours.

Cost: $10 for ages 13 and older. Free for ages 12 and younger.

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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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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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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Experience a full day of outdoor experiences, nature adventures and family-friendly activities to kick off Take a Child Outside Week.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Take part in a 5K race, a kid’s dash and family activities to raise awareness in the fight against lung cancer in North Carolina. 

Cost: Free-$30

Where:
Midtown Park
4011 Cardinal at North Hills
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Rodeos, a mule-pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, carnival rides, street performers, bluegrass shows and more are all part of Benson Mule Days. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Benson
500 S. Market St.
Benson, NC  27504
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Discover Historic Yates Mill – a place of business, community and exciting local history! Explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of water as it turns the milling...

Cost: $5 for Adults $4 for Seniors (ages 60 & over) $3 for Children (ages 7–16)* *Ch

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675

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Pepper Fest heats up with a fresh array of pepper-themed dishes and brews, family activities, a kid chef competition and zesty live music.

Cost: $5-$30

Where:
The Great Meadow, Briar Chapel
161 Salt Cedar Ln.
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Sponsor: PlayMakers Repertory Company
Telephone: 703-850-2282

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Monday, Sept. 24, 11 a.m.–noon Let’s celebrate the arrival of Fall! Make a craft inspired by the leaves’ changing colors. We will bring the materials if you bring the imagination! For all...

Cost: free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
Contact Name: Ashley Martin

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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Sponsor: PlayMakers Repertory Company
Telephone: 703-850-2282

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Search the meadow for katydid, cicadas, crickets and other incredible insects that make up approximately 80% of the world’s species of animals. All ages. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2–3:30 p.m. The harvest season was a busy time for Laura Ingalls Wilder's pioneer family. Put on your straw hat or sun bonnet and head to the park to try out the types of farm...

Cost: $6/person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675

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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Sponsor: PlayMakers Repertory Company
Telephone: 703-850-2282

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Discover how beavers live, eat and play in their watery world. Search for beaver signs around the pond. Ages 3-5 with parent. Advance registration required.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy croquet, bocci, corn hole, ladder ball and more. Register online. Choose course #117149.

Cost: $4/resident, $5/nonresident

Where:
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Cary, NC  27513
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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Sponsor: PlayMakers Repertory Company
Telephone: 703-850-2282

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Play giant board games and special activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Cary Park
319 S. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Enjoy nature-themed books followed by a hands-on activity or garden exploration. Ages 3-5 with adult. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: North Carolina Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-537-3770
Contact Name: Elisha Taylor
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Apple Day features fresh North Carolina apples, an apple dessert and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy trivia about sports, music, movies and more. Register online. Choose course #116583.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC  27513
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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Sponsor: PlayMakers Repertory Company
Telephone: 703-850-2282

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Mums and pumpkins take center stage at this festival featuring food trucks, inflatables, hayrides and vendors.

Cost: Free

Where:
Knightdale Station Park
810 N. First Ave.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Website »

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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Sponsor: PlayMakers Repertory Company
Telephone: 703-850-2282

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Welcome fall's arrival with a food truck rodeo, car show, face painting, a craft show and more.  

Cost: Free

Where:
125 U.S. 1-A
Youngsville, NC  27596
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Enjoy national and regional professional dancers from the Wake Forest dance community and beyond, as well locally rising advanced dance performers. 

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC
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Take part in a 1.4-mile walk for inclusiveness. Registration and activities begin at 10 a.m.; walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Enjoy refreshments, games, raffle and a decorating station. All ages and...

Cost: $15/family, $5/individual

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Mums and pumpkins take center stage at this festival featuring food trucks, inflatables, hayrides and vendors.

Cost: Free

Where:
Knightdale Station Park
810 N. First Ave.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Take the family for a celebration of Orange County’s heritage and culture. Enjoy local food, music, cooking demonstrations, local artists and crafters, and kids’ activities.

Cost: Free

Where:
Blackwood Farm Park
4215 NC Hwy 86
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Government
Telephone: 919-245-2063
Contact Name: Mike Lanier
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Children's booksellers read their favorite picture books. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Matthew Cordell's upcoming tour for his next book, "King Alice," will make a stop at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh. Cordell most recently won the Caldecott Medal for his picture book,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Enjoy a day at the park and listen to stories from professional storytellers in an event presented in partnership with Wake County Public Libraries. Enjoy a wagon shuttle, activity tents, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Oak View County Park
4028 Carya Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries and Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Telephone: 919-212-7695
Contact Name: Abby Jones
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Take the family for pony rides, riding demonstrations, miniature horses and a petting area, hayrides, games, food trucks and an appearance by Woody and Jesse from Toy Story. Purchase activity bands...

Cost: Admission is free. Some activities charge a fee.

Where:
Horses for Hope
2909 Banks Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Celebrate Morrisville, Wake County’s most diverse community, with a day of food, culture and music from around the world. Kids can enjoy face painting and a bounce house.

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Village Market Place
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Snakes are very misunderstood and feared, yet are so important to the ecosystem. Meet some friendly snakes up close and learn about common snakes found in this area. All ages. Meet at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m. or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring...

Cost: $5 for Adults $4 for Seniors (ages 60 & over) $3 for Children (ages 7–16)* *Ch

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675

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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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Be part of the 2017 Harvest Festival, organized by St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church Raleigh, where authentic freshly cooked food, stage performances, music, live auction,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church
225 Bashford Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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PlayMakers Repertory Company presents Ken Ludwig's Sherwood: The Adventures of Robin Hood, a rip-roaring romp through Sherwood Forest with all the thrills and romance you could ever...

Cost: $12-$57

Where:
PlayMakers Repertory Company
120 Country Club Road
Chapel Hill, NC  27599
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Sponsor: PlayMakers Repertory Company
Telephone: 703-850-2282

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