Festivals Across the Triangle: June 2019

Check out fun family festivals happening across the Triangle this month


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The School’s Out Gelato Party is June 13 at La Vita Dolce Cafe in Chapel Hill.

Photo courtesy of La Vita Dolce Cafe

Fairy & Dragon Festival

June 1-2 – Learning Express Toys, 4209 Lassiter Mill Rd., Raleigh. 4-6 p.m. $10/child. Learning Express transforms into a land of magic and make-believe with face painting, fairy hair, and mystical crafts and games. Ages 3 and older. Registration is required online.


National Trails Day 

June 1 – Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Celebrate National Trails Day and 40 years of Cary greenways. Enjoy 16-mile and 6.5 mile bike rides, a Walk ‘n Roll event, food trucks, inflatables and more.


Tour D’Coop

June 1 – Backyards across Apex, Cary and Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15-$30/car. Take the family for a tour of backyard chicken coops and visit neighborhood chickens, bees and gardens. Proceeds benefit Urban Ministries of Wake County. Purchase tickets online.


Great Durham Odyssey

June 2 – The Durham Hotel, 315 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Form a team of 4-6 members and compete in a multi-faceted series of challenges centered around the City of Durham. Team members under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Register online.


PORCH Fest

June 2 – Southern Village Green, 620 Market St., Chapel Hill. 4-8 p.m. Free. This community gathering recognizes the impact of neighbors helping neighbors fight hunger through PORCH. Live music and kids’ activities round out the event.


Raleigh DIY/Punk Rock Flea Market

June 2 – Rebus Works, 301-2 Kinsey St., Raleigh. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Vendors, a record swap, food trucks, live music and punk rock karaoke await creative-loving families.


Day of Guatemala

June 8 – Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, 1924 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Pay homage to Guatemala through Marimba music, food and games.


Juneteenth at Stagville

June 8 – Stagville State Historic Site, 5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham. Noon-5 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Celebrate the end of slavery at Historic Stagville with guided tours, historical re-enactments and more.


Kids Obstacle Challenge

June 8-9 – Sugg Farm, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $36-$60. Kids Obstacle Challenge is an adventure and obstacle course race series for kids ages 5-16 featuring more than a dozen fun and challenging obstacles and mud. Register online.


Pimento Cheese Festival

June 8 – Downtown Cary. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Take the family for all things pimento, including a pimento cheese-sculpting contest.


Raleigh International Food Festival

June 8 – City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. Noon-10 p.m. Free. Raleigh’s diverse community welcomes all ages to enjoy dance performances, bands and food from around the world.


School’s Out Gelato Party

June 13 – La Vita Dolce Cafe, 610 Market St., Chapel Hill. 2:45-5:30 p.m. Free to attend; $5 for gelato bar. Savor gelato and enjoy games, music and more. This event takes place one day prior to the last day of school for students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School district and is open to the public.


Blackberry Festival

June 15 – Well Fed Community Garden, 1321 Athens Dr., Raleigh. 4-8 p.m. $20 for adults, $10 ages 11 and younger. Take the family for blackberries, a pizza dinner, food from the garden, live music and more. Purchase tickets online.


Juneteenth in Cary

June 15 – Downtown Park, 319 S. Academy St., Cary. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. The Town of Cary’s inaugural Juneteenth event offers special activities for families.


Pollinator Festival

June 15 – Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Celebrate National Pollinator Week with games, crafts and other fun activities. Win prizes, talk with local experts and enjoy food vendors.


Quilt-In at the Museum

June 15 – North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Learn the art of quilting through demonstrations and hand-on activities. Register online.


Triangle Community Band Festival

June 15 – Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Enjoy music from five community bands and a variety of food trucks. All ages.


Wake Forest Charity Car Show

June 15 – Downtown Wake Forest. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Take the family to see vehicles of all makes and models.


Farm Animal Festival 

June 22 – Duke Homestead State Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd., Durham. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 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 painting, and more.


Vollmer Farm Blueberry Festival

June 22 – Vollmer Farm, 677 NC Hwy 98 East, Bunn. 2-10 p.m. $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door. Free for ages 12 and younger. Vollmer Farms’ annual nod to the blueberry features pie-eating contests, food trucks and the Back-40 Country Playground. Purchase tickets online.


Toy Show Live

June 22-23 – Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12/person. Free for ages 2 and younger. The magic of toys comes alive through interactive attractions, vendors, toy experiences and more. Purchase tickets online.


Durham Refugee Day

June 23 – Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. 3-6 p.m. Free. Celebrate the contributions and cultures of refugee and immigrant communities with live music, kids activities and food vendors.


Juneteenth in Wake Forest

June 23 – East End Community, Wake Forest. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Sixteen vendors offer African clothing, jewelry, beauty products, bullying awareness and education, and much more. A Freedom March beings at 11 a.m.


SouthEast Crab Feast - Raleigh

June 29 – Lake Wheeler Park, 6404 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. Noon-7 p.m. $10-$30. Fresh crabs and live music highlight this day-long festival. Purchase tickets online.


Southern Slime Smash

June 29 – Kerr Scott Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $20-$70 per person. Slime takes center stage at this festival that also showcases live demos, Instagram slime stars, slime making booths and more. Free for kids 2 and younger. Purchase tickets online.

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June 2019

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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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 food, activities, music, and water sprayer fun for kids. Sixteen vendors will offer African clothing, jewelry, beauty products, voter registration, HIV/AIDS education and testing,...

Cost: Free

Where:
East End Community
Wake Forest, NC  27587


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Cost: Free

Where:
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Learn more about our amazing star, the Sun. Safely view the Sun through a solar telescope, hear about how the Sun and other stars affect life on planets, and about current solar science...

Cost: Free

Where:
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
121 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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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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Discover Historic Yates Mill - a place of business, community, and exciting local history! Watch a brief slideshow, then explore the inner workings of the mill itself and witness the power of water...

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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Enjoy ice cream made by the Children's House program and splash in the water table and kiddie pool.

Cost: Free

Where:
Nido: Coworking & Childcare
902 Broad St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Durham Refugee Day celebrates the contributions and cultures of our refugee and immigrant communities and provides an opportunity to stand in solidarity with these neighbors. This is a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Central Park
501 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Make colorful jellyfish with wiggly tentacles. Age 2-6 with caregiver. Register online. Choose course #125005.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park Community Center
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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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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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!
Website »

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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
View map »


Website »

More information

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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Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Ages 11 and older with special needs sing favorite songs, karaoke-style. Register online. Choose course #125030.

Cost: $3/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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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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See a fun mashup of classic fairytales. 

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Carrboro Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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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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Sally Ride will take audiences on the ride of their life in this dynamic performance about space exploration. Through music, audience participation, and narrative, kids will see just how far...

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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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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Sally Ride will take audiences on the ride of their life in this dynamic performance about space exploration. Through music, audience participation, and narrative, kids will see just how far...

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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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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Kids ages 6-9 discover the different types of turtles that live at the Preserve.  The focus will be hands-on outdoor investigation and the study of living things in their habitat.  In...

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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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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Explore the ocean through books and trivia. Make your own travel-sized magnetic fishing game. Grades 3-5.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Ages 11 and older with special needs play bocce, cornhole, croquet and more on the lawn. Register online. Choose course #125353.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Page-Walker Arts & History Center
119 Ambassador Loop
Cary, NC  27511
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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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Walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and the Triassic period and experience what it was like to be among living dinosaurs. See life-size replicas of adult and baby dinosaurs, dig...

Cost: $22-$36

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Meet live owls and other raptors, learn the secrets about their lives in the wild. Grades K-5.

Cost: Free

Where:
East Regional Library
946 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Ages 4-10 enjoy an evening with hiking, crafts, music, games and s'mores. Register online. Choose course #124331.

Cost: $23/parent and child pair; $12 additional child

Where:
Bond Park, Kiwanis Shelter
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Join the TreeRunner staff at Raleigh for a magical night in the park. Dress as your favorite prince, princess, wizard or another fairy tale character and come climb in the trees. Take pictures with...

Cost: General Admission

Where:
TreeRunner Raleigh
12804 Norwood Rd
Raleigh, NC  27613
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Sponsor: N/A
Telephone: 919-410-7347

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Walk through the Cretaceous period, the Jurassic Period and the Triassic period and experience what it was like to be among living dinosaurs. See life-size replicas of adult and baby dinosaurs, dig...

Cost: $22-$36

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take your family for a fun day of making slime, playing with slime, watching live demos on how to make slime, buying slime from Instagram slime stars, and much more! Kids under 3 admitted free....

Cost: $20-$70

Where:
Kerr Scott Building of NC State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Take part in the Carolina Hurricanes' Summerfest Celebration, headlined by an autograph session at 10 a.m., a State of the Hurricanes panel at 10:45 a.m. and the final practice of Prospect...

Cost: Free

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh , NC  27607
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Ages 1-5 and caregiver delight in the discoveries of nature. Register online. Choose course #124952.

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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Please join us for the SouthEast Crab Feast event this summer in Raleigh, NC.  This event offers the Low Country Coastal Heritage of outdoor cooking of fresh seafood.  This highly...

Cost: $10-$30

Where:
Lake Wheeler Park
6404 Lake Wheeler Rd
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: SouthEast Crab Feast Inc.
Telephone: 980-202-1142
Contact Name: Jamell Hamilton
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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!
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Search wetlands and forests for birds. Ages 13-15. Register online. Choose course #124934.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Hemlock Bluffs/Stevens Nature Center
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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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...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60+), $3/Child (ages 7-16), Free/Child (ages 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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Take the family for a day of fun, free food, live music, kids activities, giveaways, and motorcycle shows. There will be an onsite food pantry, job fair, health screening, clothing distribution,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Launch Ministries
3013 Barrow Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27616
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Telephone: (919) 225-1020
Contact Name: Yolanda Morgan
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