26 Family-Friendly Festivals and Fairs in May


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Celebrate Artsplosure's 37th anniversary May 19-21 in downtown Raleigh.

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Strawberry Day

May 4 Raleigh Farmers Market, 1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Strawberries, games, ice cream and more take center stage at the Raleigh Farmers Market.


Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

May 4-7 Shakori Hills, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro. See website for fees and hours. Take the family for live music, craft and food vendors, storytelling, face painting, a climbing wall and more. Children 12 and younger not admitted without an adult.


Apex Peakfest

May 6 – Downtown Apex. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Arts and crafts, food, music and kids entertainment highlight the Town of Apex’s annual spring festival.


Canine Field Day

May 6 – Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Man’s best friend is celebrated with dog-related activities, competitions, pet-friendly vendors and food trucks.


Carrboro Day

May 6 – Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 1-5 p.m. Free. Celebrate the unique qualities that make Carrboro special. Enjoy stories and photos, poetry readings, music and dancing, interactive field games, crafts, family activities and more.


Carrboro Elementary School Fair

May 6 – Carrboro Elementary School, 400 Shelton St., Carrboro. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Tale the family for games, a silent auction, bounce houses, an archery competition, face painting and more.


Community Asthma Fair

May 6 – WakeMed Andrews Conference Center, 3024 New Bern Ave., Raleigh. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Free. Enjoy prize drawings and educational sessions provided by physicians from 10 a.m.-noon in English and Spanish, as well as spirometry tests and device training. Kids can take part in educational games and teddy bear physical examinations.


Friends of Page-Walker Herbfest

May 6 – The Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Learn how to start an herb garden by touring Anne B. Kratzer Educational Garden, including a close-up look at the historic 1850 Page smokehouse. Enjoy vendors, crafts, live music and butterfly releases at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. All ages.


Ham & Yam Festival

May 6 – Downtown Smithfield. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. The Ham & Yam Festival offers craft and food vendors, country ham and sweet potatoes, and local bands and dance groups performing on three stages. A barbecue cook-off, rubber duck race, 5K and the popular “What’s That Yam Thing?” contest round out the fun.

Wake Forest Bicycle Safety Fair

May 6 – Wake Forest Town Hall, Brooks Street Parking Lot. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Kids ages 5-14 benefit from free bicycle inspections and learn safe riding techniques in an obstacle course. A signed waiver is required. Adult participants can learn the ABCs of bicycling, preparing a bike to be road ready, as well as proper bike clothing, safety tips and techniques. Take a helmet.


Strawberry Festival

May 6 – Old North Durham Park, 310 W. Geer St., Durham. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Enjoy all things strawberry at this annual festival. Proceeds benefit Central Park School for Children.


Wake Forest Meet in the Street

May 6 – Downtown Wake Forest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Wake Forest comes alive with artisan booths, multiple entertainment venues, food trucks, live music and children’s activities.


One Tribe Fest Gathering

May 6-7 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., May 6; and 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m., May 7. $5/person per day. Free for ages 12 and younger. Spend the day with holistic and intuitive healing experts, craft artisans, natural and sustainable products, an eco village, live music, food and more. Kids can enjoy an interactive area with outdoor activities, storytelling and a healing space.

Kids Helping Kids Festival

May 7 – Laurel Hills Community Center, 3808 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh. 11 a.m. $10-$25. Outdoor activities and performances, a bouncy village, face painting and an exhibition by the Governor Morehead School Goal Ball Team highlight this festival designed to bring sighted and visually impaired children together. Proceeds fund eyeglasses, therapy equipment and Braille learning tools, and support The Exploration Learning Center, which offers preschool, camps and classes for visually impaired children in the Triangle. Hosted by the Bryce Martin Foundation.


Morrisville SpringFest

May 13 – Morrisville Town Hall Campus, Town Hall Dr., Morrisville. 4-9 p.m. Free. Celebrate the arrival of spring with live entertainment, carnival-style games, live performances, inflatables, craft vendors, food trucks and more.


Ritmo Latino Festival

May 13 – Town Hall Campus, 316 N. Academy St., Cary. Noon-6:30 p.m. Free. Latino culture is showcased through music, dance and visual arts. Craft vendors, authentic cuisine and kids’ activities round out the fun.


Turtlefest

May 13 – Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Rd., Holly Springs. 1-4 p.m. Free. Enjoy carnival games, crafts, live animals and live music. Meet tortoises and other reptiles. Talk to biologists and wildlife rehabilitators.


Artsplosure: The Raleigh Arts Festival

May 19-21 – Downtown Raleigh. See website for hours. Free. Celebrate Artsplosure’s 37th anniversary with exhibitors, interactive installations, live performances, a student art exhibition and more.


Got To Be NC Festival

May 19-21 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. Gate admission and parking are free; see website for carnival wristband fees and hours. The Triangle’s annual agricultural festival showcases animals, homegrown food, family entertainment, music, antique farm equipment, carnival rides and more.


Barnyard Birthday Bash

May 20 – Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Celebrate the birthdays of the park’s goats with cake, ice cream, children’s activities and games.


Bimbé Cultural Festival

May 20 – Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. Noon-8 p.m. Free. A Durham for 47 years, this family-oriented event is a celebration of African and African-American history, culture, arts and traditions.


Fest in the West

May 20 – USA Baseball National Training Complex, 7445 Green Hope School Rd., Cary. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Spend the day at West Cary’s own festival featuring an arts and crafts village, a KidZone and a food truck rodeo. Enter a horseshoe contest or a pie-eating contest.


Longleaf Festival

May 20 – Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Learn about the longleaf pine’s history and ecosystem with more than 35 agencies and organizations. Enjoy hands-on educational exhibits, live animals, fun games, crafts and wagon rides to the longleaf forest. All ages.

Tour D'Coup

May 20 – Various locations in Raleigh, Cary and Apex. $10-20. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tour local chicken coops, beehives and gardens. Enjoy food trucks, live music and animal demonstrations at select coop locations. Purchase tickets online. 

Wheels on Academy Car Show and Touch a Truck

May 20 – Downtown Park and S. Academy St., Cary. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. See the cars of yesteryear along with modern hot rods and exotic cars. Children can touch, climb on and ask operators about their favorite vehicles and heavy machinery.


Brew 'n’ Choo: Beach Party

May 27 – New Hope Valley Railway, 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill. 7 p.m. $12/adult, $10/child. Take the family for a ride in an open train car and enjoy ice cream, burgers, hot dogs, kids’ activities, music and more. Purchase tickets online.

 

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August 2019

For almost 200 years, farmers brought their wheat and corn to what is now Yates Mill to have their grains ground into flour and meal. Today, you can stop by the Yates Mill visitor center to see a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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August 16th is National Tell a Joke Day. Come to the Finley Center anytime during the day to share some jokes with the park community. A large board will be set up in the Exhibit Hall where...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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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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Enjoy live music, kid activities, a taco eating contest and The Best Taco contest.

Cost: Free

Where:
Knightdale Station Park
810 N. First Ave.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tour fee: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60 & over), $3/Child (ages 7-16),...

Cost: $5/Adult, 4$/Senior (60+), $3/Child (7-16), 6&Younger Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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See the Game Grumps play games, make jokes and more in this stage show. Purchase tickets online. 

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Stop in during one of our Back to School Open Houses!  Meet our instructors, tune your instrument, learn a quick song and more!. Aug 12th 7-8:30 Brass & Woodwinds Aug 17th 12:30-2:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bach to Rock Music School
9587 US 64
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: Bach To Rock Music School
Telephone: 919-446-5386
Contact Name: Kelly Foster
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Ages 11-17 learn how to make foods inspired by Asia. Register online. Choose course #124729.

Cost: $35/resident, $46/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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Stop in during one of our Back to School Open Houses!  Meet our instructors, tune your instrument, learn a quick song and more!. Aug 12th 7-8:30 Brass & Woodwinds Aug 17th 12:30-2:00...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bach to Rock Music School
9587 US 64
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: Bach To Rock Music School
Telephone: 919-446-5386
Contact Name: Kelly Foster
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Enjoy storytime with Amy Godfrey. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Locopops Dessert Cafe
2618 Hillsborough St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Dragonflies love to eat flying bugs, especially mosquitoes and gnats!  Discover the different parts of a dragonfly's body through a colorful craft, learn about its life cycle, and play fun...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Crowder County Park
Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Join us at Harris Lake County Park as we explore the wonders of water through educational activities and some for just plain fun! We will dip for critters in our pond to discover what lives...

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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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Come to Learning Express Falls Pointe for an instructive class on how to make your very own Do-A-Dot Art creation.

Cost: Free

Where:
Learning Express Falls Pointe
9660 Falls of Neuse Rd
#130
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Learning Express Falls Pointe
Telephone: 919-325-6057
Contact Name: Stephanie Gillespie
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Enjoy tea time for the whole family. Samples of hot tea, cold tea, and kombucha will be provided, along with games and family fun.

Cost: Free

Where:
IngenuiTea Kombucha Coffee & Tea
514 E Williams St
APEX, NC  27502
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Sponsor: IngenuiTea Brews
Telephone: 919-438-3684
Contact Name: Mark Poole
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Join park staff for an informal fishing experience for the whole family. Bring your own poles or borrow one of ours through the Tackle Loaner Program. Bait and basic instruction are provided. All...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Take the fast track to nature in this hands-on study of ecology. Ages 8-12. Register online. Choose course #124972.

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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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Design a T-shirt. Materials provided. Grades 3-5. Register at the library or call 919-245-2539.

Cost: Free

Where:
Orange County Main Library
137 W. Margaret Ln.
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-245-2539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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We are so excited for our next Durham Night Market at Pine & Poplar at The Wine Feed. Over 40 local makers will be selling their handmade products. There will be food trucks, live music...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Wine Feed
307 S Roxboro St
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Raleigh Night Market
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Film to be announced. *Actual time to be determined by sunset. Bring your lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics to enjoy a movie under the stars in our beautiful garden!

Cost: Free

Where:
GREGG MUSEUM OF ART & DESIGN
1903 Hillsborough Street
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: Gregg Museum of Art & Design
Telephone: 919-515-3503
Contact Name: Gregg Museum
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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Personality Festival is a Roxboro tradition. Enjoy amusements rides along Main Street, food vendors, singers, dancers, craft and merchandise vendors, local businesses and more. Little Miss...

Cost: Free

Where:
Uptown Roxboro
211 N. Main St.
Roxboro, NC  27573
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Sponsor: Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 336-599-8333
Contact Name: Melissa
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Bring your friends and family to Learning Express for a Family Game Night. There will be several games available to play including popular board games, card games, arcade games, and dice...

Cost: Free

Where:
Learning Express Falls Pointe
9660 Falls of Neuse Rd
#130
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Learning Express Falls Pointe
Telephone: 919-325-6057
Contact Name: Stephanie Gillespie
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Register online. Choose course #124903.

Cost: $15/resident, $19/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Take the family for a night of jigs, reels and anything Celtic. 

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Carrboro Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Shop for local handmade arts and crafts from local vendors. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Hundreds of artisans from across the Southeast, festival foods, demonstrations, a kids' play area and live music highlight the town's signature arts and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town Hall Campus
316 N. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27513
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Learn basic canoeing skills and a bit about the millpond's history, then head out to explore the pond's many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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The North Carolina Boys Choir and Girls Choir Half-Day Camp and Music Workshop is open to public (all children in our community between 7 and 14 years of age). Register online. ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Binkley Baptist Church
1712 Willow Dr
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: North Carolina Boys Choir and Girls Choir
Telephone: 919-239-9083
Contact Name: Robert Unger
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Celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history at Duke Homestead. Don't miss the looping contest and Hornworm Race. This event features live music, local arts and crafts vendors, hands-on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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Celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history at Duke Homestead. Don't miss the looping contest and Hornworm Race. This event features live music, local arts and crafts vendors, hands-on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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Personality Festival is a Roxboro tradition. Enjoy amusements rides along Main Street, food vendors, singers, dancers, craft and merchandise vendors, local businesses and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Uptown Roxboro
211 N. Main St.
Roxboro, NC  27573
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Sponsor: Roxboro Area Chamber of Commerce
Telephone: 336-599-8333
Contact Name: Melissa
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Play children's games from the past. No registration rquired. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Learn basic canoeing skills and a bit about the millpond's history, then head out to explore the pond's many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are...

Cost: Free

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

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Ages 18 months-5 years with special needs enjoy educational and therapeutic toys with caregiver. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Website »

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Take the family for treats, music, art and more. See a special exhibit showcasing the work of Artspace's talented young artists.

Cost: Free

Where:
Artspace
201 E. Davie St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30 & 3:00 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the...

Cost: $5/Adult, 4$/Senior (60+), $3/Child (7-16), 6&Younger Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Come into Learning Express North Hills for a trading event. Socialize with others who collect Pokemon and/or LOL dolls and negotiate for rare cards.

Cost: Free

Where:
Learning Express Falls Pointe
9660 Falls of Neuse Rd
#130
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Learning Express Falls Pointe
Telephone: 919-325-6057
Contact Name: Stephanie Gillespie
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Children make treasured memories while increasing their knowledge of plants and animals. Ages 7-10. Register online. Choose course #124931.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/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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Join Horne Memorial UMC & First Baptist Church of Clayton for an evening of Christian fellowship, inspirational music, free food and family fun. All proceeds benefit Clayton Area Ministries...

Cost: Free

Where:
Clayton Town Square
100 W. Main Street
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: First Baptist Church of Clayton and Horne Memorial UMC of Clayton
Telephone: 919-218-4010
Contact Name: Melissa Dooley
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East Cloud Kungfu hosts a Parent's Night Out event, featuring a safe environment for kids as they about the wide world of kungfu.   Check it out!...

Cost: $25 first child, $20 each additional child

Where:
East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
5655-A Western Blvd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: East Cloud Kungfu, LLC
Telephone: 252-646-7053
Contact Name: Imari Colon
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North Carolina State University celebrates the beginning of a new academic year with good, music and family-friendly activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC  27607


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Caribbean culture and cuisine showcase this 7th annual festival that features masqueraders, arts and craft vendors, live music and a kids corner. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
400 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC
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