Festivals Across the Triangle: May 2019

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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

May 2-5 – Shakori Hills, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro. See the website for hours and to purchase tickets. Take the family for live music, artisans, food vendors, storytelling, face painting, a climbing wall and more. Ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


Apex PeakFest

May 4 – Downtown Apex. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. The Town of Apex lives up to its motto, “The Peak of Good Living,” in this annual festival featuring artisans, live performances, kids entertainment and carnival food.


Canine Field Day

May 4 – Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Take Fido to enjoy games, activities, competitions,
pet-friendly vendors and food trucks.


CPSC Strawberry Festival

May 4 – Old North Durham Park, 724 Foster St., Durham. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Enjoy all things strawberry in a benefit event for Central Park School for Children.


Fest in the West 

May 4 – USA Baseball National Training Complex, 7445 Green Hope School Rd., Cary. 11 am.-5 p.m. Free. Western Cary’s signature festival showcases a food truck rodeo, an arts and crafts village, a petting zoo, kids activities and more.


Friends of Page-Walker Herbfest

May 4 – Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Learn about gardening and cooking with herbs, and shop for garden-related items. Kids can enjoy an herb craft and butterfly releases.


Ham & Yam Festival

May 4 – Downtown Smithfield. 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Smithfield’s biggest festival of the year pays homage to Southern culture with pig races, live music, cuisine and more.


Meet in the Street 

May 4 – Downtown Wake Forest. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Enjoy artisan booths, multiple entertainment venues, food trucks, live music, children’s activities and much more.


Raleigh Touch-A-Truck

May 4 – Spring Hill Lot, 701 Barbour Dr., Raleigh. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $6 advance tickets online, $7 at the door. Climb aboard a fire truck, police vehicle, ambulance, city bus, dump truck and more. Enjoy a bounce house, face painting, food trucks and raffles. A quiet hour for guests with sensory sensitivities is 9-10 a.m.


Durham Greek Festival

May 4-5 – Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 Hwy. 751, Durham. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Opa! Enjoy the best of Greece with authentic cuisine, dance performances, artisans, children’s activities and more.


Carrboro Day

May 5 – Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 1-5 p.m. Free. Celebrate the unique qualities that make Carrboro special. Enjoy stories and photos, poetry readings, music and dancing, interactive field games, crafts and family activities.


Durham Touch-a-Truck 

May 5 – Duke University, 302 Science Dr., Durham. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5/person. Free for ages 2 and younger. Explore vehicles from law enforcement, fire departments, public works, emergency medical services, construction machinery, farm equipment and more. Enjoy face painting, a bounce house, games and a performance by the Bouncing Bulldogs.


Bull City Mini Golf Opening

May 11 – American Tobacco Campus, Blackwell St., Durham. All ages. 10 a.m.-midnight. Tickets are $7/person. Take part in the grand opening of community-designed mini golf holes and enjoy frozen beverages. View murals created by local artists.


Festival of Flowers

May 11 – Belle Vie Farm, 3100 Damascus Church Rd., Chapel Hill. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Romp through the forest, take a canoe ride, pick wildflowers and plant seeds. Craft flower crowns, bouquets, seed bombs and earth art.


Ritmo Latino Festival

May 11 – Downtown Cary. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Celebrate Latino culture through music, dance, visual arts and more. Enjoy craft vendors, traditional food and kids activities.


TurtleFest

May 11 – Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Rd., Holly Springs. 1-4 p.m. Free. Carnival games, crafts, live animals and live music highlight this annual festival. Meet tortoises and other reptiles, and talk to biologists and wildlife rehabilitators.


Got To Be NC Festival

May 17-19 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. Check the website for hours, fees and to purchase tickets. This celebrated Raleigh festival features animals, homegrown food, entertainment, music, antique farm equipment, carnival rides and more.


Barnyard Birthday Bash

May 18 – Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Celebrate the birthdays of the park’s beloved goats. The event features outdoor games, goody bags, birthday cake and ice cream.


Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival

May 18 – Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. Noon-8 p.m. Free. Durham welcomes families to enjoy African American history and culture.


Longleaf Festival

May 18 – Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 10 am.-2 p.m. Free. Learn about the longleaf pine and its special significance to North Carolina’s past, present and future. Enjoy hands-on activities; take a wagon ride to the 60-acre longleaf forest; and enjoy games, crafts, live animals, food trucks and special surprises as part of the festival and the park’s 20th anniversary celebration.


Morrisville Springfest

May 18 – Morrisville Town Hall Campus, 100 Town Hall Dr., Morrisville. 4-9 p.m. Free; game tickets are $1 each. Morrisville ushers in the spring season with live entertainment, carnival-style games, inflatables, craft vendors and food trucks.


Wheels on Academy Car Show and Touch‑A‑Truck

May 18 – Downtown Park and South Academy St., Cary. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. See cars of yesteryear come alive and rule the roads alongside some of today’s modern hot rods and exotic cars. Explore vehicles and heavy machinery coinciding with the town’s Touch-A-Truck event, and meet the personnel who protect and build the Cary community.


Artsplosure: The Raleigh Arts Festival

May 18-19 – Downtown Raleigh. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m-6 p.m. Free. Enjoy more than 170 visual arts and crafts exhibitors from across the state, multiple interactive activities and entertainment for children in Kidsplosure.


Mud Day

May 18 – Walnut Creek Wetland Park, 950 Peterson St., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Play in the mud and enjoy games, crafts, live animal exhibits, food trucks and more. Dress to get messy. Registration encouraged. Choose event #236849.


Apex Touch-A-Truck

May 19 – Apex Community Park, 2200 Laura Duncan Rd., Apex. 1-4 p.m. Free. Get in the driver’s seat and learn all about the vehicles used in construction, landscaping, transporation and more. All ages with adult. A quiet hour for guests with sensory sensitivities is 1-2 p.m.


Girls World Expo Raleigh

May 19 – Hilton North Raleigh, 3415 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh. Noon-4 p.m. Free. This empowerment workshop for teenage girls includes workshops, science exhibits, guest speakers, a fashion show and much more. Register online.


Animazement 2019

May 23-26 – Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. See the website for hours and to purchase tickets. $65/person. Raleigh’s premier Japanese animation and culture convention features educational panels, merchandise, unique artwork and more. Purchase tickets online.


NC Sugar Rush

May 26 – City Market, 214 E. Martin St., Raleigh. 1-5 p.m. Free. Enjoy sweet treats from more than 20 vendors in downtown Raleigh. Pets welcome.

 

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May 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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Prior to opening to the general public, the museum will be open from 9am to noon for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  The museum's regular exhibits will be available, in addition to...

Cost: $4-$12

Where:
North Carolina Transportation Museum
1 Samuel Spencer Drive
Spencer, NC  28159
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Sponsor: North Carolina Transportation Museum
Telephone: 704-636-2889
Contact Name: Ian J. Kuhn

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Ages 6-14 swim, walk and run to benefit Just Tryan It, an organization dedicated to supporting families facing pediatric cancer. Proceeds benefit families at UNC and...

Cost: $55

Where:
Chapel Hill Country Club
103 Lancaster Drive
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: Just TRYAN It
Contact Name: Sheryl Blackwell
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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: 24.00

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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Enjoy an Art Market with more than 170 visual arts and crafts exhibitors from across North Carolina and the nation; Kidsplosure, showcasing multiple interactive educational...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Fayetteville St.
, NC  27601
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Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
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The Triangle's annual agricultural festival showcases animals, home grown food, family entertainment, music, antique farm equipment, carnival rides and more. Gate admission and parking are...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Take part in a day-long event created by local teen girls for local teen girls that features demonstrations and vendors, and successful and powerful women from the community who can show girls the...

Cost: Free with advance registration

Where:
Hilton Raleigh
3415 Wake Forest Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Girls World Expo
Contact Name: Valerie Moore
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Celebrate our community and all things spring, with flowers, gardens, butterflies, shows, arts, crafts, treats and more to delight all ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Chapel Hill
140 W. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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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 (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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Get in the driver's seat with this hands-on experience with vehicles of all kinds. Children will be allowed to touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite vehicles in a safe,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Community Park
2200 Laura Duncan Rd.
Apex, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Town of Apex
Telephone: 919-249-3507
Contact Name: Allie Prelaske
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Enjoy free, live performances from the best artists from around the Triangle in front of Stone Theatre as well as kid-friendly activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Morrisville, NC  27560


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Ages 2-5 enjoy movement and mindfulness. Learn basic yoga elements through age-appropriate breath-work techniques, games, storytelling, and creative visualization.

Cost: $15 or use your package/membership

Where:
Kids Mindful Movement - Pittsboro
184 East St.
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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Ages 5-13. Homeschool Yoga is a one-hour class designed to strengthen and stretch the entire body, balance the nervous system, improve body awareness. Weave in art and journaling before or after...

Cost: $15 or use class pass/membership

Where:
Kids Mindful Movement - Pittsboro
184 East Street
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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The flowers are in full bloom at the park! Create a craft bursting with color inspired by nature. We will bring the materials if you bring the imagination! For all ages (adult accompaniment...

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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Ages 5-13 enjoy a one-hour yoga class designed to strengthen and stretch the entire body, balance the nervous system, improve body awareness, encourage the development of communication and social...

Cost: $15 or use class pass/membership

Where:
Kids Mindful Movement - Pittsboro
184 East St.
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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Ages 11 and older with disabilities make New Orleans creole. Register online. Choose course #120057.

Cost: $19/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC  27513
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Enjoy free, live performances from the best artists from around the Triangle in front of Stone Theatre as well as kid-friendly activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Morrisville, NC  27560


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Enjoy free, live performances from the best artists from around the Triangle in front of Stone Theatre as well as kid-friendly activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Morrisville, NC  27560


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Come celebrate Turtle Day by stopping by the park’s visitor’s center to learn some cool facts about North Carolina’s turtles! Meet our live park ambassador – Frankie the...

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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Making a kite is the perfect fun spring project! Learn about the forces that make kites fly and listen to the story of Benjamin Franklin and his kite (did he really draw electricity from lightning...

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 the classic story as presented by Rags to Riches Theatre for Young Audiences. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Century Center
Carrboro, NC  27510


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Connect with your baby, other parents and yourself during this adult-focused postpartum yoga class. Recommended for babies newborn to walking. Take a mat, a blanket for your little one, and...

Cost: $15 or use class pass/membership

Where:
Kids Mindful Movement - Pittsboro
184 East Street
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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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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Discover the joy of cooking with storybook characters. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online. Choose course #120084.

Cost: $23/resident, $30/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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Enjoy free, live performances from the best artists from around the Triangle in front of Stone Theatre as well as kid-friendly activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Morrisville, NC  27560


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Come celebrate Turtle Day by stopping by the park’s visitor’s center to learn some cool facts about North Carolina’s turtles! Meet our live park ambassador – Frankie the...

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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Help monitor and keep bluebird and wood duck boxes clean throughout our park, create or place additional habitat boxes and assist with other natural resource tasks. Come prepared to learn and work...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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This after-school class for kids in grades 3-5 offers fun learning yoga poses and mindfulness techniques to reduce stress. Grades 3-5. 

Cost: $15/class, or use your class pass/membership.

Where:
Kids Mindful Movement - Chapel Hill
781 Mt. Carmel Church Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Bring your curiosity and creativity and explore a variety of art media. Grades 3-5. 

Cost: 0

Where:
Orange County Public Library
137 W Margaret Lane
Hillsborough, NC  27278
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Sponsor: Orange County Public Library
Telephone: 191-924-52539
Contact Name: Libbie Hough
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Enjoy a family-friendly movie and a slice or two of pizza. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/person. Free for ages 2 and younger

Where:
The Halle Cultural Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy karaoke. Take a dish to share. Register online. Choose course #121043.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC  27513
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Enjoy free, live performances from the best artists from around the Triangle in front of Stone Theatre as well as kid-friendly activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Morrisville, NC  27560


Website »

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Come celebrate Turtle Day by stopping by the park’s visitor’s center to learn some cool facts about North Carolina’s turtles! Meet our live park ambassador – Frankie the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

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Enjoy Raleigh’s premier Japanese animation and culture convention. Concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise, unique artwork and more highlight the event. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $65/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Relax in the courtyard with live music and food. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Edison Johnson Community Center
500 W. Murray Ave.
Durham, NC
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Enjoy fun, games, friendship and more every Friday.

Cost: Free

Where:
Sanderford Road Center
2623 Sanderford Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department
Telephone: 919-831-1898
Contact Name: Adam Sproles
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Enjoy free, live performances from the best artists from around the Triangle in front of Stone Theatre as well as kid-friendly activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Morrisville, NC  27560


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Each Fourth Friday of the month join us for a night of art, film, food and fun. This is free and open to the public.​

Cost: Free

Where:
SummerStage
800 Taylor St
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Hi-Wire Brewing and abc11

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Enjoy Raleigh’s premier Japanese animation and culture convention. Concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise, unique artwork and more highlight the event. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $65/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Get inspired by the park's natural beauty and contribute to a community art project celebrating the spring season of flowers. Head to the Finley Center to make a few paper flowers and help to...

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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Dogs, face painting, animal tattoos, a bounce house, dog contests and canine demonstrations, handmade bandannas, photo booths and local vendors highlight this annual festival to benefit the...

Cost: $15-$30

Where:
Duke University East Campus
Durham, NC


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One Saturday of the month join us for our family fun series. This is free and open to the public. Here is what you can expect: 10am-12pm: Come to the plaza for family-friendly activities for...

Cost: Free

Where:
SummerStage
800 Taylor St
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Hi-Wire Brewing, abc11, and Offline

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Take a walk in the woods and discover the animals and plants that call our park home. Help collect data for our Natural Resource Inventory Database and other citizen science projects. All...

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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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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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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Stop by our FREE discovery table to learn about songbirds! Registration is not required. The display table is located at the Upper Playground.

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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Geocaching is a treasure hunt where participants use GPS coordinates to track down hidden “caches.” Learn what geocaching is all about and head out to find a real geocache in the park....

Cost: Free

Where:
American Tobacco Trail
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park and the American Tobacco Trail
Telephone: 919-387-2117
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Enjoy free, live performances from the best artists from around the Triangle in front of Stone Theatre as well as kid-friendly activities. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Park West Village
Morrisville, NC  27560


Website »

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Enjoy Raleigh’s premier Japanese animation and culture convention. Concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise, unique artwork and more highlight the event. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $65/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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