Family-Friendly Festivals in September

40+ festivals in the Triangle for family fun


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Tar Heel Downtown takes place Sept. 14 in Chapel Hill.

Photo courtesy of Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership

African American Cultural Festival

Sept. 1-2 – Fayetteville St., downtown Raleigh. All ages. Free. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday; 1-10 p.m. Sunday. Explore African-American culture and history with an art gallery walk, vendors, kids’ activities, food and more. See website for hours. aacfestival.org.


Mini BioBlitz

Sept. 6 – Piedmont Wildlife Center, 364 Leigh Farm Rd., Durham. All ages. 5:30-8:30 p.m. Free. Celebrate wildlife and search for reptiles, amphibians and insects. Learn how to identify common backyard plants, make crafts, track a box turtle through the woods and more. piedmontwildlifecenter.org/events/bioblitz2018.


Raleigh Greek Festival

Sept. 7-9 – Jim Graham Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. All ages. 5-10 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday. $3/adults, $2/ages 13-18 and seniors. Free for ages 12 and younger. The 37th annual Raleigh Greek Festival features folk dancing, live music, authentic cuisine, a marketplace and more. greekfestivalraleigh.com.


AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Sept. 8 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. All ages. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Dogs and their owners enjoy contests, breed parades, giveaways, games, a mini agility course and more. akc.org/sports/responsible-dog-ownership-days/flagship-akc-responsible-dog-ownership-day-2018.


Family Day at Duke Homestead

Sept. 8 – Duke Homestead, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd., Durham. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Family Day features inclusive activities for several ability levels. Learn all about life at Duke Homestead in the 1800s and make a craft. dukehomestead.org/special-events.php.


Knightdale Education Festival (K-Fest)

Sept. 8 – Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. First Ave., Knightdale. All ages. 1-8 p.m. Free. Explore the elements of STEAM. (science, technology, engineering, art and math) through interactive activities, nonprofit organizations and more. knightdalenc.gov/departments/parks-recreation-and-cultural-programs/festivals-and-events-0.


Trung Thu Moon Festival

Sept. 8 – Renaissance Centre, 405 Brooks St., Wake Forest. All ages. 5:30-10 p.m. $6-$8. Wake Forest celebrates its Vietnamese culture with music, stories, dance, arts and crafts, and more. The event concludes with a children’s lantern parade. Purchase tickets online. etix.com (search for “Trung Thu Moon”).


Clayton Harvest & Music Festival

Sept. 12-16 –Main St., downtown Clayton. All ages. See the website for hours. Free. Clayton’s annual music festival showcases live entertainment, food vendors, rides, hands-on activities, local talent performances, a car show and more. townofclaytonnc.org/downtown-clayton/clayton-harvest-music-festival.aspx.


Entrepalooza 2018

Sept. 13 – Talley Student Union at North Carolina State University, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh. All ages. 5:30-8 p.m. Free. NCSU’s annual entrepreneurship and innovation festival features creative business ideas from students, alumni and community partners. Reserve tickets online. entrepreneurship.ncsu.edu/event/entrepalooza-2018.


Hoppin’ John Old-Time and Bluegrass Fiddler’s Convention

Sept. 13-15 – Shakori Hills, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro. All ages. $18 and up. Enjoy fiddlers, bluegrass music, hayrides and family square dancing. hoppinjohn.org.


Photo courtesy of Dan Hacker

SPARKcon 2018 takes place Sept. 13-16 in downtown Raleigh.


SPARKcon 2018

Sept. 13-16 – Fayetteville St., downtown Raleigh. All ages. Free. Celebrate the best in creative expression at this four-day festival that features live entertainment, hands-on activities, food trucks and more. sparkcon.com.


Hillsborough Hog Day

Sept. 14-15 – River Park, 114 E. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough. All ages. 6-10 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday. Free. Hillsborough’s annual celebration of barbecue features local bands, games, a dessert contest and more. hogday.org.


Tar Heel Downtown

Sept. 14 – Franklin St., downtown Chapel Hill. All ages. 6-9 p.m. Free. Enjoy a pep rally the night before the Tar Heels’ first home football game of the season. The event features an outdoor concert, interactive games for kids, face painting and Rameses, the Tar Heel mascot. tarheeldowntown.com.


13th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration

Sept. 15 – Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Welcome fall’s arrival with corn-grinding demonstrations, costumed tours of Yates Mill, kids’ scavenger hunt, antique vehicles and storytellers at this annual fall festival. Mill tours charge a $3-$5 fee. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill/pages/fallharvest.aspx.


BugFest

Sept. 15 (rescheduled to Oct. 20) – North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. All ages. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Experience more than 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities dedicated to bugs and other creepy crawlies. This year's theme is crayfish. naturalsciences.org/calendar/bugfest.


Bygone Daze

Sept. 15 – Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. All ages. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Step back in time to celebrate the Page Walker Arts & History Center’s 150th year with carriage rides, crafts, games and more. townofcary.org (search for “Bygone Daze”).


CenterFest Arts Festival

Sept. 15-16 – Downtown Durham, 120 Morris St., Durham. All ages. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. $5 suggested donation. Durham’s renowned arts festival showcases 145 juried visual artists from across the U.S., 600 performing artists from North Carolina, food vendors and a Creative Kids Zone. centerfest.durhamarts.org.


Creedmoor Music Festival

Sept. 15 – Main St., Creedmoor. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Carnival food aficionados and music lovers converge on Main Street to enjoy free kids’ activities, handcrafted merchandise and live music. cityofcreedmoor.org/musicfestival.


Dog Day in the Park

Sept. 15 – Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. All ages. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Take Fido and the rest of the family for animal entertainment, adoption opportunities, vendors and more. hollyspringsnc.us/355/dog-day-in-the-park.


Carnaval Latino

Sept. 16 – Garner Performing Arts Center, Back Lawn, 125 Avery St., Garner. All ages. 1-5 p.m. Free. Celebrate Latino culture with live bands, food trucks, dance performances, face painting, a piñata giveaway, crafts and more. garnernc.gov/departments/parks-recreation-and-cultural-resources/events/carnaval-latino.


Benson Mule Days

Sept. 20-23 – Downtown Benson, 500 S. Market St., Benson. All ages. See the website for hours and fees. Benson’s celebrated festival features rodeos, a mule-pulling contest, arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides, street performers and bluegrass shows. bensonmuledays.com.


Capital City Bikefest

Sept. 21-23 – Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St, Raleigh. All ages. See the website for the schedule. $10 for ages 13 and older. Free for ages 12 and younger. Celebrate the motorcycle lifestyle with stunt shows, specialty rides, a pre-1972 car show and more. capitalcitybikefest.com.


16th International Food and Music Festival

Sept. 22 – J. Ashley Wall Towne Square, Cyprus and Third Streets, Wendell. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Enjoy authentic foods from a dozen countries, live entertainment, games and inflatables. thefoodfestival.com.


City of Oaks Pirate Fest

Sept. 22 – North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. All ages 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Learn more about the history of pirates in North Carolina, play swashbuckling games, make pirate crafts and meet Blackbeard himself. Reserve tickets online. ncmuseumofhistory.org/pirate-fest.


Dragon Boat Festival

Sept. 22 – Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. All ages. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $5 advance ticket, $8 at the door. Free for ages 12 and younger. See a variety of dragon boats and enjoy cultural displays, games and stage performances. boothamphitheatre.com/event/2018-dragon-boat-festival.


Groove in the Garden

Sept. 22 – Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. All ages. 2:15 p.m.; gates open at 1:30 p.m. $10 advance tickets, $15 at the door. Enjoy live music in the Stephenson Amphitheater and Rose Garden. Kids can play games and make crafts in the Kids Zone. raleighlittletheatre.org/events/groove-in-the-garden-18.


Project Palooza

Sept. 22 – Project Enlightenment, 501 S. Boylan Ave., Raleigh. All ages. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Games, crafts, fire trucks, police dogs, face painting and more highlight this event to benefit Project Enlightenment in Wake County. projectenlightenment.wcpss.net.


Take a Child Outside Week Kickoff Celebration

Sept. 23 – Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. All ages. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Experience a full day of outdoor activities and nature adventures to kick off Take a Child Outside Week. townofcary.org (search for “Child Outside Week”).


Apple Day at the State Farmers Market

Sept. 27 – State Farmers Market, 1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh. All ages. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Apple Day features fresh North Carolina apples, an apple dessert and more. ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/markets/raleigh/promos.htm.


Mumkin Fest

Sept. 28 – Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. First Ave., Knightdale. All ages. 6-8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday. Free. Mums and pumpkins take center stage at this festival featuring live music, food trucks, inflatables and hayrides. knightdalenc.gov/mumkin-fest-1.


East Meets West Festival

Sept. 29 – Park West Village, Village Market Place, Morrisville. All ages. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Celebrate Morrisville, Wake County’s most diverse community, with a day of food, culture and music from around the world. eastmeetswestmorrisville.org.


Harvest Festival

Sept. 29 – St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church, 225 Bashford Rd., Raleigh. All ages. 2-8 p.m. Free. Take the family for authentic cuisine, stage performances, music, a live auction and kids games. harvestfestnc.com.


Photo courtesy of Dulce Levitz

Hippie Tribe Fest takes place Sept. 29 in Holly Springs.


Hippie Tribe Fest

Sept. 29 – Sugg Farm Park at Bass Lake, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. All ages. Noon-7 p.m. $5 advance tickets, $10 at the door. Free for ages 12 and younger. Get into a groovy mood at this event that showcases musical artists, bohemian craft vendors, kids’ activities, face painting, food trucks and more. Purchase tickets online. eventbrite.com/e/hippie-tribe-fest-tickets-40127641857.


Horses for Hope Fall Hay Day

Sept. 29 – Horses for Hope, 2909 Banks Rd., Raleigh. All ages. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free admission. Activity wristbands for games and one hayride are $10; other activities charge a $1-$20 fee. Fall Hay Day features pony rides, horsemanship demonstrations, a petting area, hayrides, games, food trucks and an appearance by Woody and Jesse from “Toy Story.” horsesforhope.org/event/fall-hay-day-family-event.


Kids Together Walk, Run and Roll for Inclusiveness

Sept. 29 – Kids Together Playground, 111 Thurston Dr., Cary. All ages. 10-11:30 a.m. $15/family, $5/individual. Take part in a 1.4-mile walk for inclusiveness. Registration and activities begin at 10 a.m.; the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. Refreshments, games and more round out the fun. kidstogethercary.org.


Orange County Localfest

Sept. 29 – Blackwood Farm Park, 4215 N.C. Hwy. 86, Hillsborough. All ages. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Celebrate Orange County’s heritage and culture with local food, music, cooking demonstrations and artisans. orangecountylocalfest.com.


Storytelling Festival

Sept. 29 – Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Hear stories from professional storytellers and enjoy activity tents, live music and food vendors. facebook.com/events/1787205574906877.


Wake Forest Dance Festival

Sept. 29 – E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Rd., Wake Forest. All ages. 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Free. See professional dancers, as well as locally rising performers from the Wake Forest community, showcase their talents in this annual event. wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-dance-festival.aspx.


Youngsville Fall Festival

Sept. 29 – 125 U.S. 1-A, Youngsville. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Usher in the fall season with a food truck rodeo, car show, face painting, a craft show and more. youngsvillefallfestival.com.


Caniac Carnival

Sept. 30 – PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh. 12:15-3 p.m. Free. Caniac fun for the whole family features inflatable rides, interactive games and booths, a kid’s zone, appearances by Stormy and the Pepsi Storm Squad, live music and more. nhl.com/hurricanes/fans/caniac-carnival.


Carrboro Music Festival

Sept. 30 – Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. All ages. 1-7 p.m. Free. Carrboro’s signature music festival showcases Triangle-area performers. carrboromusicfestival.com.


Jewish Cultural Festival

Sept. 30 – Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury O’Dell Place, Cary. All ages. 1-4 p.m. Free. Celebrate Sukkot, Judaism’s harvest holiday, with Jewish foods, traditional dancing, a tour of the community garden and more. townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/holiday-events/jewish-cultural-festival.

 

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June 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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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Discover the joys of fishing at Bass Pro Shops with free fishing seminars, kids crafts and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Cabela's
201
Cabela Dr.
Garner, NC  27529
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Telephone: 984-204-2200
Contact Name: Tammy Fonda-Quann

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Discover the joys of fishing at Bass Pro Shops with free fishing seminars, kids crafts and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Bass Pro Shops
801 Bass Pro Ln.
Cary, NC  27513
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Telephone: 417-413-9368
Contact Name: Todd Foxx
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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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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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It`s 1863 at Yates Mill, and the yard is alive with activity! Step back in time with our 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones at work grinding corn into meal.  Tour fee:...

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

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Hop, skip, and jump over to Crowder County Park as we celebrate Father’s Day! Bring the whole family out for an afternoon of games related to nature. Afterwards we’ll cool off with some...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Search for salamanders, birds, deer and more. All ages with adult. Register online. Choose course #124938.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/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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Practice your recognition skills through sorting, matching, and more! Move like animals in nature and find park critters in a fun scavenger hunt. For ages 18 months - 3 years (with an accompanying...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Drop by the cybrary for storytime with a librarian. Activity Room 4. Preschool and kindergarten ages. No registration necessary. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Cybrary
100 N Greensboro St
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 919-918-7387
Contact Name: Cybrary
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online. Choose course #124963.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online. Choose course #124691.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Travel 238,900 miles above the earth as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of humans’ first landing on the moon. What's it like to travel in space? With the help of some volunteers, kids...

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: Orange County Main Library
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Travel 238,900 miles above the earth as we commemorate the 50th anniversary of humans’ first landing on the moon. What's it like to travel in space? With the help of some volunteers, kids...

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: Orange County Main Library
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Ages 11 and older with special needs stroll through the woods. Register online. Choose course #124383.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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Come out to the millpond and fish the old-fashioned way - we'll provide you with a cane pole, tackle, and bait, along with basic instructions and assistance with identifying fish species....

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 our #1 pollinator by learning about the busy bees of Crowder Park. Learn the dances of bees and how they communicate, discover how pollination works, and taste different types of honey....

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Preschoolers (ages 3-5 with accompanying adult) learn about different frogs and toads that live in our area and what they sound like.  Make frog sounds, hop along the park trails and look for...

Cost: $5

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: Martha Kane
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Bees are really important in our gardens! Read The Honey Robber and the Bee by Eric Carle and discover the world of bees and honey! Find your fellow bees by following your sense of smell, make a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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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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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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Enjoy an out-of-this world space spectacular event. Preschoolers and their families are invited to fly in for space-themed games, crafts, and more. No registration required.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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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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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy yoga and breathing exercises. Register online. Choose course #125022.

Cost: $9/resident, $11/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park Community Center
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Enjoy giant checkers, giant jenga, bubbles, and special art activities in Downtown Park. All other permanent games (ping pong, bocce ball, chess) will continue to be available.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Park
319 S. Academy St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Meet a staff member at the information desk and follow your guide outside to the garden exhibit or into one of the museum galleries. Look around and listen to a history-related story. Ages 3...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Kids ages 6-9 discover the wonders of reptiles that live at the Preserve.  The focus will be hands-on outdoor investigation and the study of living things in their habitat.  In case of...

Cost: $5

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: Marti Kane
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Parent and child ages 2-5 water plants in the native wildflower gardens. Register online. Choose course #124907.

Cost: Free

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
Website »

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Join Optimist Aquatic Center as thousands of kids and adults around the world unite for the world's largest swimming lesson. The World's Largest Swimming Lesson will celebrate its 10th...

Cost: Free

Where:
Optimist Aquatic Center
5902 Whittier Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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Every year on June 21, we enjoy the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Discover the science and cultural celebrations behind this special summer day. Make a pretty sun catcher to hang in...

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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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
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What do Historic Yates Mill County Park and the woodland faeries have in common? They both love nature! Take a short walk near the millpond to search for evidence of faeries (sightings are not...

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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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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Enjoy magic, storytelling and origami with Yasu Ishida. Grades K-5.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Enjoy an indoor/outdoor vendor market with food trucks, coffee, live music outside and plenty of fun for all ages.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Pine State Coffee
1614 Automotive Way
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Sponsor: Raleigh Night Market
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Vacation Bible School includes dinner. Register at wpumc.com/vbs

Cost: Free

Where:
White Plains United Methodist Church
313 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: White Plains UMC
Telephone: 919-467-9394
Contact Name: Michele Vansteen
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How many fireflies can you catch? Sign up for an evening of summer fun as we catch and release lightning bugs. Explore what gives them a special glow through hands-on discovery, games, and more!...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Road
Apex, NC  27539
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Every year on June 21, we enjoy the most hours of sunlight during the whole year. Discover the science and cultural celebrations behind this special summer day. Make a pretty sun catcher to hang in...

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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This celebration of toys features interactive attractions, vendors, toy experiences and more. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $12/person. Free for ages 2 and younger.

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
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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 provided,...

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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Young homesteaders learn about the importance of animals and pollinators on farms, both historically and today. Visit with animals, and enjoy interactive games, engaging crafts, imaginative face...

Cost: Free

Where:
Duke Homestead State Historic Site
2828 Duke Homestead Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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DIY Fest returns with more than 30 artisans and family-friendly activities to support the mission of Durham 150, the anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Durham. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sign up for a Raleigh scavenger hunt and put on your best Nick Cage impression as you seek out the national treasures hidden in Raleigh. Via an app, be guided through the cultural, historical,...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: LetsRoam!
Telephone: 833-202-7626
Contact Name: LetsRoam!
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The fair is for women thinking about getting pregnant, currently pregnant, or recently post-partum. Triangle-area organizations will have tables at the fair to share information about resources...

Cost: Free

Where:
NC Cooperative Extension
721 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: March of Dimes/Duke Family Medicine
Telephone: 678-246-9027
Contact Name: Courtney Simpson
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the mill's history...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60+), $3/Child (ages 7-16), Free/Child (6 - 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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Ages 5-8 embrace science and nature while developing skills and knowledge about the natural world. Register online. Choose course #124927.

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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Enjoy all-things blueberry, food trucks, pie-eating contests and more at Vollmer Farms' annual Blueberry Festival. The Back-40 Country Playground will be open and features a...

Cost: $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door. Free for ages 12 and younger

Where:
Vollmer Farm
677 NC Hwy 98 East
Bunn, NC  27508
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Sponsor: Vollmer Farm
Telephone: 919-496-3076
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Enjoy a movie under the stars and play games at 7:15 before the movie starts. 

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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