Explore the Triangle's Cities and Towns

Newcomers to the Triangle undoubtedly have many choices for where to establish their roots near the cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.


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Apex     Carrboro     Cary     Chapel Hill     Clayton     Durham     Fuquay-Varina     Garner 
Hillsborough     Holly Springs     Knightdale     Morrisville     Raleigh     Rolesville     Wake Forest 
Wendell     Zebulon


More than a dozen towns surround the bustling cities of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill — each one enticing newcomers with its own unique character. Hillsborough, Wake Forest and Apex delight residents with charming historic districts lined with centuries-old buildings and quaint storefronts that harken back to a simpler time. Morrisville accommodates a large international population, and Holly Springs and Zebulon take pride in having their own professional baseball teams.

Strengthened by its CardRates.com “2018 Cities Primed for Economic Growth and Opportunity” No. 7 ranking — and an unemployment rate well below the national average — Raleigh boasts a reputation as a robust career destination. Just 3 miles west of the downtown district, North Carolina State University ranks ninth on Kiplinger’s 2018 list of campuses with the “Best Values in Public Colleges.”

North Carolina’s fifth-largest city, Durham, boasts the elegantly renovated American Tobacco Historic District, which accommodates shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Just 2 miles northwest of downtown, Duke University sprawls across 8,690 acres of land that includes the majestic Duke Forest. This prestigious private school ranked ninth on U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges list of national universities. And according to the city’s most recent resident satisfaction survey, four out of five feel Durham is a good-to-excellent place to live.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill claims the No. 1 spot on Kiplinger’s 2018 list of campuses with the “Best Values in Public Colleges,” and Cary ranked 10th in 2017 among the “30 Safest Cities to Raise a Child,” according to SafeWise, a website that tracks information on home security systems and safety. Ting Park (previously North Main Athletic Complex) in Holly Springs was named “Public Park of the Year” by Tennis Industry magazine in January 2017.

Newcomers to the Triangle undoubtedly have many choices for where to establish their roots. Explore the unique towns and cities Triangle residents call home. Read additional information about some of the region’s most popular suburbs.


Wake County

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Apex Peakfest


Apex
73 Hunter St., 919-249-3400
Population: 47,349
Apex lives up to its motto, The Peak of Good Living, by hosting events throughout the year such as Christmas on Salem Street, the PeakFest street fair in May, Peak City Pig Fest in June and its popular Olde Fashioned Fourth of July. In 2015, Apex ranked No. 1 on Money magazine’s annual list of the “50 Best Places to Live,” and in 2018 Apex ranked seventh on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s list of “The Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

Find out what's going on in Apex.


Cary
316 N. Academy St., 919-469-4000
Population: 162,320
Located in the heart of the Triangle between Raleigh and Research Triangle Park, Cary hosts signature annual events such as the Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in April and Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in August. In 2017, Cary was named the fourth best real estate market in the U.S. by WalletHub, and the 10th safest U.S. city in which to raise a child by SafeWise. Cary also ranked fourth on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s 2018 list of “The Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

Find out what's going on in Cary.


Fuquay-Varina
401 Old Honeycutt Rd., 919-552-1400
Population: 25,865
Fuquay-Varina, once known as “Piney Woods,” became famous for a mineral spring rumored to heal ailments. Named after French Revolutionary War veteran William Fuquay, who moved his family to the site, Fuquay incorporated in 1909 and joined the neighboring community of Varina in 1963 to become Fuquay-Varina. Annual events include the WRAL Freedom Balloon Festival in May and FM2FV Concert Series in the spring. Fuquay-Varina ranked ninth on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s 2018 list of “The Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

Find out what's going on in Fuquay-Varina.


Garner
900 Seventh Ave., 919-772-4688
Population: 28,776
This fast-growing community south of Raleigh boasts family-friendly events throughout the year, including the Groundhog Day Celebration, Spring Eggstravaganza and Garner Independence Day Celebration. Families can enjoy more than 4 miles of paved trails, 12 playgrounds, a boathouse on Lake Benson open during the warmer months and musical performances at the Garner Performing Arts Center.

Find out what's going on in Garner.


Holly Springs
128 S. Main St., 919-552-6221
Population: 33,260
One of Wake County’s boomtowns, Holly Springs is home to a $5 million cultural center, $19 million Ting Park, golf courses and spacious parks. Ting Park was named the “Public Park of the Year” by Tennis Industry magazine in January 2017; and, in 2018, Holly Springs ranked third on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s list of “The Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

Find out what's going on in Holly Springs.


Knightdale
950 Steeple Square Ct., 919-217-2220
Population: 14,794
Located just 9 miles from Raleigh, this small town is one of Triangle’s fastest growing. Annual events include the Easter Eggstraordinaire, Fourth of July celebration and Christmas on First Avenue. Knightdale ranked 13th on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s 2018 list of “The Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

Find out what's going on in Knightdale.


Morrisville
100 Town Hall Dr., 919-463-6200
Population: 24,732
Morrisville has grown from a small population of 1,022 in 1990 to 24,732 current residents, thanks to its ideal location near Research Triangle Park, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport, and Interstates 40 and 540. The culturally diverse town is lauded for its signature events, including the East Meets West festival and SpringFest, and residents have easy access to large shopping centers, including Park West Village and Morrisville Place.

Find out what's going on in Morrisville.


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Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh


Raleigh
222 W. Hargett St., 919-996-3000
Population: 458,880
In February 2018, CardRates.com ranked Raleigh the seventh “City Primed for Economic Growth and Opportunity.” Men’s Health ranked Raleigh third among the “Sportiest Cities in America” in September 2017. From parks to museums, North Carolina’s capital offers plenty of fun and entertainment for Triangle families.

Find out what's going on in Raleigh.


Rolesville
502 Southtown Cir., 919-556-3506
Population: 6,962
Rolesville is Wake County’s second oldest town after Raleigh, and one of North Carolina’s fastest-growing. Once fenced from post to post to contain animals, Rolesville now accommodates residential and commercial subdivisions where large farms once stretched.

Find out what's going on in Rolesville.


Wake Forest
301 S. Brooks St., 919-435-9400
Population: 40,112
The original birthplace of Wake Forest College, this quaint town offers residents a rich history in addition to shops and restaurants at The Factory, a thriving farmers market, annual parades and festivals, and recreational fun at nearby Falls Lake. The town’s annual Meet in the Street festival in May draws more than 10,000 attendants.

Find out what's going on in Wake Forest.


Wendell
15 E. Fourth St., 919-365-4450
Population: 6,745
Once a tobacco-farming area, Wendell evolved from a school-centered village in the late 1800s named by a teacher in honor of poet Oliver Wendell Homes, to a picturesque town with an historic business district. A 70-foot-long tobacco hornworm mural was painted in downtown Wendell in 2016 to preserve the town’s history. The hornworm, affectionately named Oliver, wears different hats throughout the year to celebrate the seasons and holidays.

Find out what's going on in Wendell.


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Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace


Zebulon
1003 N. Arendell Ave., 919-269-7455
Population: 5,159
The easternmost town in Wake County, Zebulon came into existance after the Raleigh and Pamlico Sound Railroad Company decided to lay down rails through a dense pine forest between two family farms in 1906. The town is named after Zebulon B. Vance, the state’s governor during the Civil War. Zebulon is also home to the Carolina Mudcats, a minor league baseball affiliate of the Milwaukee Brewers.

Find out what's going on in Zebulon.


Durham County

Durham
101 City Hall Plaza, 919-560-1200
Population: 263,016
Durham’s American Tobacco Historic District features shops, restaurants and entertainment venues located in renovated tobacco warehouses. The Durham Bulls play in Durham Bulls Athletic Park, which is also located in the district, and the Durham Performing Arts Center attracts award-winning Broadway shows and concerts year-round. Durham is also home to Duke University, Duke University Medical Center and North Carolina Central University. 

A 2017 Durham Resident Satisfaction Survey showed that 81 percent of residents feel that Durham is a good-to-excellent place to live. Durham County also comprises the unincorporated communities of Bahama, Rougemont and Bethesda.

Find out what's going on in Durham.


Orange County

Carrboro
301 W. Main St., 919-942-8541
Population: 21,265
Carrboro is known for its cultural diversity, managed growth, dedication to the arts and Weaver Street Market, a natural foods grocery store. The bustling Carrboro Farmers’ Market is celebrating its 40th year in 2018 and features more than 75 market vendors. Carrboro ranked 11th on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s 2018 list of “The Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

Find out what's going on in Carrboro.


Photo courtesy of UNC-Chapel Hill

Old Well


Chapel Hill
405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 919-968-2743
Population: 59,246
Chapel Hill’s history is tied to the University of North Carolina, which ranked first on Kiplinger’s 2018 list of campuses with the “Best Values in Public Colleges” and 30th among U.S. News and World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges list of national universities. Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools boasts the state’s lowest dropout rate and one of its highest graduation rates. In 2017, Chapel Hill was featured in The Guardian’s “Best Towns and Small Cities in the U.S.”

Find out what's going on in Chapel Hill.


Hillsborough
101 E. Orange St., 919-732-1270
Population: 6,568
Rich with American Colonial history, Hillsborough claims more than 100 late 18th- and 19th-century structures and hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. Downtown Hillsborough comes alive with arts and entertainment the last Friday of each warm weather month. Natural attractions include Occoneechee Mountain State Natural Area and the Hillsborough Riverwalk.

Find out what's going on in Hillsborough.


Chatham County

Pittsboro
635 East St., 919-542-4621
Population: 4,266
Pittsboro is home to a quaint downtown district and the renowned Fearrington House Inn, a AAA Five Diamond Relais and Châteaux property. The town hosts an old-fashioned Christmas parade the second Sunday in December, and the ever-popular Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance, which takes place biannually in spring and fall 10 miles northwest of town.

Find out what's going on in Pittsboro.


Johnston County

Clayton
111 E. Second St., 919-553-5002
Population: 20,260
Clayton has experienced explosive growth in the last decade, owing to its small-town charm and close proximity to Raleigh. The Clayton Center is the town’s crown jewel, offering a variety of musical and dramatic performances for all ages, and Clayton ranked 10th on the National Council for Home Safety and Security’s 2018 list of “The Safest Cities in North Carolina.”

Find out what's going on in Clayton.


Smithfield
350 E. Market St., 919-934-2116
Population: 12,266
Situated along the Neuse River, Smithfield is home to the Ava Gardner Museum in the town’s historic district, and hosts the annual Ham & Yam Festival, which attracts thousands of visitors in celebration of the region’s agricultural heritage.

Find out what's going on in Smithfield.


Populations are based on July 2016  U.S. Census population estimates, the most recent available at press time.

 

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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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Due to inclement weather, this event has been canceled. Children make treasured memories while increasing their knowledge of plants and animals. Ages 7-10. Register online.

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 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 a street arts festival located in Durham’s historic city center that showcases 145 juried visual artists from across the U.S. and 600 performing artists from North Carolina. Food,...

Cost: $5 suggested donation

Where:
Downtown Durham
120 Morris St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal. Tours are offered every 20 minutes beginning at 1 p.m. Reservations are...

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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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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Sunday, Sept. 16, 1–5 p.m. Learn how farmers harvested crops such as wheat before the invention of mechanized harvesters, try threshing wheat by hand and make a craft to take home!

Cost: free

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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Celebrate Latino culture with live bands, food trucks, dance performances, face painting, a pinata giveaway, crafts and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Garner Performing Arts Center
125 Avery St.
Garner, NC  27529
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Take the family for live entertainment, food vendors, rides, hands-on activities, local talent performances, a car show, concerts and more. See website for hours.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Clayton
E. Main St.
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sharon O'Donnell discusses her new book and tell humorous and poignant stories of having a child at 38.

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble
760 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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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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Children with special needs make a creamy vegetable curry. Ages 11 and older. Register online. Choose course #116721.

Cost: $19/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
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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Read the story by John Parker, sing a spider song and pretend to be a spider before taking a short walk to mist spider webs and to see who’s home.  Ages 18 months-3 years with...

Cost: $2/child

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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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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Telephone: 703-850-2282

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Wednesday, Sept. 19, 10–11 a.m.** All great inventions start out as merely ideas, and some even happen by accident. Hear invention stories, including the story of Oliver Evans, who invented the...

Cost: $4/child

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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Do you have what it takes to be a History Detective? Come to Yates Mill and find out! Solve puzzles, hunt for clues, and investigate the mystery of milling with real historical artifacts inside the...

Cost: $5 for Adults $4 for Seniors (ages 60 & over) $3 for Children (ages16 & under)

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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See Happy Dan perform magic, comedy and more.

Cost: $5/person

Where:
Renaissance Centre
405 Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Join park staff for an informal fishing experience for the whole family. Take your own poles or borrow one from the park through the Tackle Loaner Program. Bait and basic instruction are...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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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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Ages 1-5 and caregiver discover nature on a morning stroll. Register online. Choose course #117285.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Jack Smith Park
9725 Penny Rd.
Cary, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Get great bargains on gently used kids' clothing, toys, furniture, baby equip & more at the twice-yearly Kidz Stuff Consignment Sale. From strollers to jumpers, bikes to wipes warmers-if a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hayes Barton Baptist Church
1800 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC
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Celebrate Raleigh's creativity under the beautiful lights and cobblestone streets of City Market. Find locally-made goods and enjoy a night filled with music and entertainment with over 30...

Cost: Free

Where:
City Market
306 Parham St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Raleigh Night Market
Contact Name: Sara Buxton
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Get great bargains on gently used kids' clothing, toys, furniture, baby equip & more at the twice-yearly Kidz Stuff Consignment Sale. From strollers to jumpers, bikes to wipes warmers-if a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hayes Barton Baptist Church
1800 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC
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In celebration of the 151st anniversary of emancipation, MOJAA Performing Arts Company presents a theatrical experience that leads guests through Mordecai Historic Park to experience plantation...

Cost: $15/person

Where:
Mordecai Historic Park
1 Mimosa St.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Friday, Sept. 21, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Go on an Owl Prowl and discover the kinds of owls that are found in the Piedmont, what they eat, where they live, and what they sound like. Dissect an owl...

Cost: $1/Person

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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Join us for Scrappy Hour at The Scrap Exchange! This month at Scrappy Hour we will be upcycling mason jars! Join us to create useful and decorative items that will spruce up your space! We will be...

Cost: $25

Where:
The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Road
Lakewood Avenue
Durham, NC  27707
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Telephone: 919-213-1278
Contact Name: Anna Graves
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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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Take the family to see a movie by the lake. Movie begins at dusk. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC
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Americana powerhouse vocal trio Red Molly has graced stages from Denver to Denmark. The "Mollies" bring audiences to their feet with their gorgeous harmonies, crisp musicianship,...

Cost: $24

Where:
Garner Performing Arts Center
742 W Garner Road
Garner, NC  27529
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Sponsor: Heartwood Montessori
Telephone: (919) 465-2113
Contact Name: Virginia McCollum
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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
View map »


Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

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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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Website »

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2018 marks 300 years since the notorious pirate Blackbeard roamed the Carolina coast and lost his life – and his head – in a fight with British soldiers. Learn more about the history of...

Cost: Free

Where:
North Carolina Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take part in nearly 100 exhibits and activities, including dragon boat races, cultural displays, games, health screenings, and stage performances. Enjoy a wide collection of ethnic foods...

Cost: $5 advance tickets; $8 at the door. Free for ages 12 and younger

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC  27518
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Tinkergarten brings early childhood education to a park near you. In our classes, kids enjoy the freedom of independent exploration through well-designed play-based activities that lend from the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hollow Rock Nature Park
692 Erwin Rd
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Ali Wolfe
Contact Name: Ali Wolfe
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Take the family for a day of activity and fellowship. There are two different courses for beginners and advanced competitors, and the whole family can take part as a team. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Hope Valley Farms YMCA
4818 S. Roxboro St.
Durham , NC  27713
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Sponsor: Hope Valley Farms YMCA
Telephone: 919-401-9621
Contact Name: Kelly Johnson
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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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Project Palooza benefits Project Enlightenment in Wake County and celebrates Project Enlightenment's service to children, families and educators. Enjoy games, crafts,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Project Enlightenment
501 S. Boylan Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Project Enlightenment
Telephone: 614-783-2507
Contact Name: Caitlin Howison
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Durham Public Schools Hub Farm hosts its biannual open house. This free event will feature music, food catered by DPS students, boating, tree climbing, tours, beekeeping demos, and is kid- and...

Cost: Free for general admission

Where:
The Hub Farm
117 Milton Rd.
Durham, NC  27712
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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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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: $3/child

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
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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Taste the world while enjoying free music and dance entertainment, kids games and raffle prizes. Enjoy authentic foods from a dozen countries, live entertainment, games, inflatables and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
J. Ashley Wall Towne Square
Cyprus and Third Streets
Wendell, NC  27591
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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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Enjoy live music in the Stephenson Amphitheater and Rose Garden. Kids can play games and make crafts in the Kids Zone. Gates open at 1:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 advance tickets; $15 at the door

Where:
Raleigh Little Theatre
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Get great bargains on gently used kids' clothing, toys, furniture, baby equip & more at the twice-yearly Kidz Stuff Consignment Sale. From strollers to jumpers, bikes to wipes warmers-if a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hayes Barton Baptist Church
1800 Glenwood Ave
Raleigh, NC
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In celebration of the 151st anniversary of emancipation, MOJAA Performing Arts Company presents a theatrical experience that leads guests through Mordecai Historic Park to experience plantation...

Cost: $15/person

Where:
Mordecai Historic Park
1 Mimosa St.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Many animals are active around sunset or shortly after. Take a walk with a park naturalist to explore the woods and fields at this special time. Look for deer, coyotes and owls. All ages....

Cost: $2

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson Nature Preserve
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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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