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Oct. 22-25: Field School, Community Days at the Museum, Nature Nerds and a Science Café

Learn about birds and their habitats, enjoy free admission to the Museum of Life and Science if you're a Durham resident, “nerd out” over nature and learn about the world of animal motion.

Oct. 19-21: SPARKcon, BugFest, a Kid’s Life and More

Enjoy SPARKcon and BugFest, both in downtown Raleigh; try handwriting using old-fashioned tools in Durham; and check out the Creepy Crabtree Celebration in Morrisville.

Oct. 15-18: Kids Yoga, STEM Career Showcase, Nature Stories and What’s in the Box?

Try kids yoga in Durham; and in Raleigh, get inspired at the STEM Career Showcase, enjoy a fall hike and explore settings in pieces of art.

Oct. 12-14: Fright Night, the Great Pumpkin, Bats and Pumpkin Painting

This weekend, enjoy a fall festival and haunted house in Durham, view a Halloween favorite show under the stars in Apex, learn about bats in Apex and paint a pumpkin in Cary.

Oct. 8-11: Pumpkin Circle, Flatbread Pizza Baking, Acrylic Pouring and Natural History Halloween

Learn about a pumpkin's life cycle, bake a flatbread pizza, make a masterpiece with acrylics and enjoy nature-themed Halloween activities.

The 2018 North Carolina State Fair Comes to Town Oct. 11-21

Fairgoers will experience new attractions, special deals and delicious food.

Oct. 5-7: Science of Superpowers, Durham Big Sweep, Art Stories and Bass Lake Day

Learn about genetic traits, help keep Durham clean, find out what stories art has to tell and check out a nature and environmental education festival.

Oct. 1-4: Bugs in Nature, a Kids’ Gardening Primer, Hedgehogs 101 and What’s in the Box?

Here are some fun things to do with the kids this week in the Triangle.

24 October Festivals and Fairs in the Triangle

Mark your calendar for fall fun at these family-friendly events.

Explore North Carolina’s Rail Trails

Old rail lines become recreational, scenic pathways.

Sept. 24-27: Take a Child Outside Week Activities Galore

Take a sunset walk, learn about “hoppers" and investigate trees in Raleigh; and hear a nature-inspired story and explore a garden in Durham.

Sept. 21-23: A Celebration of Toys, Paddling the Pond, Dragon Boat Festival and Nature Journaling

Check out these fall family fun options this weekend in the Triangle.

Sept. 17-20: Bugs With Superpowers, Spiders and Webs, Candy Science and Art & Movement

Learn about bugs and spiders in experiment with candy, and integrate art and movement.

30 Days of Giveaways: Day 13

Enter to win two one-day passes to VIRginia International Raceway’s Heacock Classic Gold Cup Historic Races Sept. 21-23.

30 Days of Giveaways: Day 11

Enter to win four passes to the Museum of Life and Science in Durham.

30 Days of Giveaways: Day 9

Enter to win one of two family four-packs of tickets for Day Out With Thomas on Sept. 30 at the North Carolina Transportation Museum.

30 Days of Giveaways: Day 7

Enter to win two tickets to see “Lady Antebellum and Darius Rucker: Summer Plays On Tour” Oct. 4 at Coastal Credit Union Music Park.

Sept. 10-13: Box Turtle Discovery, History of Football, Open Painting Studio and Nature Storytime

Learn about turtles in New Hill, discover the history of football and paint your own creation in Raleigh, and explore a garden in Durham.

Sept. 7-9: Giant Puppets, a Pooch Plunge, Thomas in the Garden and Exploring Field Bugs

Take in a Paperhand Puppet Intervention show and learn about bugs in Raleigh, enjoy a swim with your pooch in Durham, and explore model and real trains in Bonsal.

30 Days of Giveaways: Day 5

Enter to win a pair of Western Chief rain boots and a diverse collection of children's books.

Sept. 3-6: Reading to Dogs, Fossil Exploration, Penmanship Practice and a College Admissions Primer

Improve reading skills, inspire junior paleontologists, learn about 1800s handwriting and learn about the college admissions process.

Labor Day Weekend: Hula Hoop Boot Camp, Glow Night, Wings Over Springs and More

Advance your hula hooping skills, zip through trees, watch aerial stunts by radio-controlled model airplanes and drones, and enjoy pay-what-you-can admission to Kidzu Children's Museum.

Family-Friendly Festivals in September

40+ festivals in the Triangle for family fun.

Family-Friendly Fall Festivals in North Carolina

Venture out of town for a day trip or weekend getaway to enjoy one or more of the state's best fests.

Aug. 27-30: Dragonfly Crafts, Learning with LittleBits, Farm Storytime and Backpack Charms

Make a dragonfly craft in Apex, find out about sound waves in Raleigh, hear a story in Apex and make a backpack charm in Hillsborough.

Aug. 24-26: Stagville Under the Stars, Canoeing, Packapalooza and Dazzling Dragonflies

This weekend, hear traditional African tales, learn canoe basics, check out Packapalooza and learn about dragonflies.

Aug. 20-23: Free Sports Physicals, Pop-Up in the Park, Metamorphosis Lesson and More

Get a free sports physical for your student-athlete, check out skate and Zumba demos, learn how caterpillars turn into butterflies, explore life on a dairy farm and get free museum admission.

Aug. 17-19 Chess 101, Milling Flour, Making Fabric Art and Observing Honey Bees

This weekend in the Triangle, play chess, learn how flour is milled, make fabric art and observe honey bees.

Aug. 13-16: Forest Bathing, Stargazing, Frog Watching and a Movie Under the Stars

Relax in nature in Raleigh, see celestial objects from a rooftop in Durham, learn about frogs and toads in Apex, and watch an outdoor movie in Chapel Hill.

August 10-12: S’Morrisville, Paperhand Puppet Theater Performance, Tree Identification and a Movie Under the Stars

This weekend, celebrate National S’mores Day in Morrisville, catch a puppet show in Chapel Hill, learn to identify trees in Raleigh and watch an outdoor movie in Wake Forest.
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October 2018

North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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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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Enjoy a craft fair presented by the Junior League of Raleigh. See website for hours and to purchase advance tickets.  

Cost: $10/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
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 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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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  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Discover the origins of the State Fair at a display table, and learn the history behind some of its tasty treats. Make a fair-related craft to take home. All ages. Registration not required.

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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Tour the farm, spend time with farmers who care about the environment and meet friendly animals. Tickets must be purchased online; the farm is not open for drop-ins.

Cost: $10/person

Where:
Hux Family Farm
1923 Shaw Rd.
Durham, NC  27704
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Participants develop their naturalist skills and understanding of local nature. Ages 5-8 with parent. Registration required.

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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This colorful performance follows a young girl named Vita, who thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones. Why throw a party for the dead? But when a candy...

Cost: $12/person. Free for ages 3 and younger.

Where:
Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union
2610 Cates Avenue
Raleigh, NC  27695
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Sponsor: NC State LIVE
Contact Name: Liza Green
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The Midtown Raleigh Alliance invites you to join in for a fall festival of events for the entire family (even the dog!) This year’s event promises another fun-filled day ~ including a live...

Cost: Online - $10 adult, $5 ages 6-16, free 5 and under, $25 family.

Where:
Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park @ North Hills
4011 Cardinal at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Midtown Raleigh Alliance and Capital Bank
Telephone: 919-438-2210
Contact Name: Emily Holton
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Celebrate local food and the community it inspires at Chickadee Farms, a female-run, organic vegetable farm in Clayton. Enjoy slow-roasted pig raised by Little Eco River Farm, Southern...

Cost: $25 for adults, $5 for kids, free for children 3 and under

Where:
Chickadee Farms
980 McLemore Rd
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: Chickadee Farms
Telephone: 919-418-9628
Contact Name: Jenn Sanford-Johnson
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Explore the birds found around the millpond and their diverse habitats through several fun activities. Discover how to effectively use binoculars to spot birds in the landscape and to identify them...

Cost: $6/child

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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Children ages 11 and older with special needs make snacks for furry friends. Register online. Choose course #116722.

Cost: $19/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC  27513
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Enjoy a fun rotation through hands-on stations to learn about a variety of fall topics. Interact with the topics and volunteers at each activity. Activities range from hands-on learning experiences...

Cost: $5.00 per child for Arboretum Family members, $7.00 per child for nonmembers

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Learn how bats fly, catch their food, where they live, and what they do all winter. Preregistration recommended. Program includes story, craft, and outdoor experience.

Cost: $3

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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Enjoy an evening stroll to watch the moon rise and learn about the natural world after dark. Dress warmly, wear good walking shoes, and take water and a flashlight. Ages 10 and older. Register...

Cost: $9/member, $12/nonmember

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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Learn why leaves turn color during the fall season. Enjoy a one-hour tour of native trees in the park.

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Celebrate with this annual tribute to the state vegetable.

Cost: Free

Where:
State Farmers Market
1201 Agriculture St.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Learn why leaves turn color during the fall season. Enjoy a one-hour tour of native trees in the park.

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Take the family out for a night of trick-or-treating, hayrides, music and a free outdoor movie-screening at sunset. Enjoy discounts and specials at select restaurants and shops in the District for...

Cost: Free

Where:
The District at Park West Village
3400 Village Market Place
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Park West Village
Contact Name: Conner
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Enjoy movies, trick-or-treating in the shopping district, a costume contest for kids and adults, free hayrides and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Village Market Place, corner of 54 and Cary Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Ghostly games, activities, face painting, haunted maze and more highlight this annual event for all ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Flaherty Park Community Center
1226 N. White St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Learn how information is protected online. Students will work on puzzles, encryption and code breaking. At the end of the lesson students will see if they can figure out encrypted information....

Cost: Free

Where:
Spreedly
733 Foster Street
Durham, NC  27701
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Learn about area charter schools and speak to school representatives. Snacks provided.

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Arts Council Allenton Gallery
120 Morris St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: NC Association for Public Charter Schools
Telephone: 336-669-9996
Contact Name: Rhonda Dillingham
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Enjoy mischief, magic, spirits and fortunes. Enjoy a kid-oriented daytime version of the popular Halloween Phantasmagoria event with crafts and hands-on activities. Learn all about...

Cost: $5 donation per car

Where:
Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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Fly into the world of "Stellaluna" to discover bats, owls and other nocturnal animals. Make a craft. Ages 3-10 with adult. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Good Hope Farm
580 Morrisville Carpenter Rd.
Cary, NC  27519
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Wander the garden to see glowing pumpkins and follow a scavenger hunt. Make your own natural potions, meet live critters, design a candy catapult, and create leaf art. Enjoy treats and prizes. Take...

Cost: $5/person. Free for ages 3 and younger

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: NC Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-249-8404
Contact Name: Andrew Torlage
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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. 

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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This annual celebration of multiculturalism brings together nearly 60 international groups who call the Triangle home. Explore the world through main stage performances, cultural exhibits, world...

Cost: $5-$15/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: International Focus
Telephone: 919-782-0552
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Get ready for a day filled with Lexington barbecue, live music and family friendly attractions as NC By Train gets you to the Lexington Barbecue Festival on Oct. 27, dropping you off at the welcome...

Cost: Train price varies; free festival

Where:
Raleigh Union Station
510 W. Martin St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: NC By Train
Telephone: 800-298-7246
Contact Name: Alison Boswell
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Enjoy enrichment classes for grades pre-K to 8th grade. Super Saturday is a bi-annual event organized by PAGE (Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education) of Wake County.  To...

Cost: $20-$25 per class

Where:
Triangle Math and Science Academy
312 Gregson Drive
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: PAGE of Wake County
Contact Name: Suzy Wang
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Live entertainment, a kids' zone, corn hole competition, food trucks, and arts and crafts vendors highlight this annual festival in Holly Springs.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park
2401 Grigsby Ave.
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Explore magnet programs in the Durham Public School system.

Cost: Free

Where:
Southern High School
800 Clayton Rd.
Durham, NC  27703
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Learn how bats fly, catch their food, where they live, and what they do all winter. Preregistration recommended. Program includes story, craft, and outdoor experience.

Cost: $3

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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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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Take the family for a grassroots outdoor music event

Cost: Free

Where:
River Park
106 E. Margaret Ln.
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Enjoy food trucks, a petting zoo, costume contests for adults and pets, trick or treating at downtown businesses, a hay ride, children’s arts and crafts, balloon artistry,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Cary
South Academy Street
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: The Heart of Cary Association
Telephone: 919-561-3340
Contact Name: Nanette Mattox
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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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Learn about local bats and the wonderful things they do for humans. Wrap up the session by making a night creature luminary to use in fall celebrations. Appropriate for ages 5 and older....

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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Man's best friend is featured in a family-friendly event that includes dog shows, a canine costume contest, parade, photo booth and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Wear a costume and take part in the inaugural Trick or Trot 5K at Wendell Falls. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest runners in costume and awards for the best-dressed runner. Awards will...

Cost: $30/person

Where:
Wendell Falls
320 Vintage Point Lane
Wendell, NC  27591
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Don a costume and experience the magic of Marbles after dark with family-friendly Halloween activities. Purchase tickets online; this event sells out quickly.

Cost: $12-$18/person

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Explore historical concepts of spiritualism, awe and wonder from the 19th century at Duke Homestead in this no-scare event. Wander the property to see what wonders you can find. All ages....

Cost: $10 plus tax per person in advance, $15 plus tax at the door.

Where:
Duke Homestead
2828 Duke Homestead Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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This annual celebration of multiculturalism brings together nearly 60 international groups who call the Triangle home. Explore the world through main stage performances, cultural exhibits, world...

Cost: $5-$15/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: International Focus
Telephone: 919-782-0552
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