August Family Events: Festivals, Melon Day & Theater
Take a look at our picks of fun events for the whole family in August. Enjoy a range of festivals that celebrate Lebanese culture, summer, storytelling and African American heritage. Savor outdoor theater and melons at the farmers market.
Cedars on the Plaza Festival Honors Lebanese Culture
Take the family for Lebanese dancing, music, food and crafts at the Cedars on the Plaza Festival Aug. 2, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., located on Bicentennial Plaza and at the N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. Try your hand at henna painting and Arabic calligraphy, and take part in a scavenger hunt with prizes. Visit the exhibit “Cedars in the Pines” at the N.C. Museum of History to learn about Lebanese immigrants who have made North Carolina their home since the 1880s, and see the Triangle Lebanese Association’s nationally recognized Dabke group perform traditional dances in Daniels Auditorium. Admission to the festival and exhibit is free. tlanc.us.
Enjoy The Princess & The Pea and Robin Hood
Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre takes families on a magical journey this month with two productions. The Princess and the Pea follows Prince Peter in his search to find a true princess to marry. Shows take place Aug. 2 at 10 a.m. and Aug 6 at 7:30 p.m. Robin Hood traces the adventures of the Sherwood Forest outlaw and his quest to aid Maid Marian Aug. 9 at 10 a.m. Tickets are $5/person for each show at the gate. Call 336-376-6948 to make advanced reservations to enjoy lunch or dinner (depending on show times) with the characters. The amphitheater is at located 301 Drama Rd., Snow Camp. snowcampdrama.com.
Stretch Fest Celebrates Summer HAS BEEN CANCELLED
Celebrate summer with Populate Productions’ Summer Stretch Festival, which was to have taken place Aug. 9 at Sugg Farm Park in Holly Springs, has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. For details, visit summerstretchfest.com.
Spin Your Tale at the Wake Forest Storytelling Festival
Celebrate the art of storytelling at the Wake Forest Storytelling Festival Aug. 9, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. in the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre. Children’s storytellers Claire Ramsey and Priscilla Best kick off the festival at 10 a.m., followed by storytelling workshops at 11 a.m. An open mike session for children’s workshop participants begins at 12:30 p.m. The adult portion of the festival begins at 2 p.m. and features workshops, open mike sessions and storytelling by E. Gale Buck and Robin Kitson. Tickets, available for purchase online, are $5-$10. wakeforestnc.gov/forest-storytelling-festival.aspx.
Melons Take Center Stage at Western Wake Farmers Market
Enjoy watermelons, cantaloupe, honeydew and other in-season melon varieties at the Western Wake Farmers Market Aug. 16, 8 a.m. to noon. Melon Day offers children’s activities, cooking demonstrations from Herons Restaurant in Cary and mouthwatering recipes. The market also offers wellness demonstrations and health and nutrition information from local businesses. The Western Wake Farmers Market (pictured at right) is at 1225 Morrisville Carpenter Rd., Cary. westernwakefarmersmarket.org.
Festival Celebrates African American Heritage
Explore the cultural traditions of African Americans in North Carolina and from around the world at the African American Cultural Festival Aug. 30 and 31 (check website listed below for hours), at Charter Square and City Plaza in downtown Raleigh. Pictured at left, the event showcases storytellers, dance troupes, drum circles, make-and-take crafts and more in the Family Village; a marketplace, art gallery walk and food vendors along Fayetteville Street; and live music on the City Plaza main stage. Admission is free. aacfralwake.org.