Fun Things to Do This Weekend (Oct. 14-16)


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The Hillsborough Handmade Parade provides a walk on the wild and colorful side.

Photo courtesy of the Hillsborough Arts Council

Take to the streets to watch the Hillsborough Handmade Parade bring wild creatures to life. Head to festivals that celebrate Indian culture or offer an opportunity to party with Fido. Attend harvest and Halloween events or visit parks for nature programs. Fun flows freely this weekend in Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill.

Hillsborough Handmade Parade
Head to a Mardi Gras style street parade created by the local community featuring handmade costumes, giant puppets, stilt-walkers and marching bands Saturday, Oct. 15. The parade is set to kick off at 2:30 p.m. at Town Hall, 101 East Orange Street, and end at Cameron Park in Hillsborough. The theme is "Walk of the Wild Things."

Photo by Bruce Wilkes, courtesy of Hillsborough Arts Council

The Cary Diwali Festival
Celebrate Indian culture with music, dance, yoga, food, traditional arts and a handicrafts bazaar at Koka Booth Amphitheatre 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15. Fireworks cap off the festival. Admission is free and parking is $5.

Photo of Cary Diwali Festival courtesy of the Town of Cary and Hum Sub

Barktoberfest
Take Fido to a canine-lovers festival, noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 16, at Rock Quarry Park in Durham. Enjoy a family-oriented show featuring rescued and adopted dogs, a canine disc competition, a fun zone, and a costume contest and parade where you get to dress up your pup. 

North Carolina State Fair
Enjoy rides and games, a "Flower and Garden Show," "Folk Festival," the Village of Yesteryear, featuring more than 75 artists and crafters, and the "Field of Dreams," a miniature farm designed to help children learn how food is grown. The fair is Oct. 13-23. Visit the fair website for hours of operation.

Photo courtesy of the north carolina state fair

Cary’s Fire Prevention Week Celebration
Meet firefighters, see firefighting and rescue equipment and learn valuable fire safety tips when the Town of Cary opens its fire stations, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15.  For more information, search “Fire Public Education” at townofcary.org, or call 919-460-4958.

Harvest Fun
Plan a family outing to a pumpkin patch, corn maze or for a hayride. Local farms are offering lots of harvest-themed fun. Learn more in our roundup of fall fun at area farms.

Photo courtesy of Arina P. Habich/Shutterstock.com

 

Trick-or-Treat Events
Catch some early Halloween fun, like Fright Night 6-9 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15, at Forest Hills Park in Durham, when you can don a costume and enjoy a costume contest, carnival games and a haunted house. (Admission is a canned food donation for the Durham Rescue Mission.) Learn more in our roundup of Halloween fun.

Nature Programs at Local Parks
Take your kids to area parks for walks and naturalist programs that cultivate their curiosity about Mother Nature. Browse our Daily Calendar for details.

Duke Homestead Archaeology Dig
Take your kids for free history-themed activities 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 15, at Duke Homestead in Durham. You’ll help Duke Homestead staff dig for clues about life for a North Carolina farm family in the 19th century. 

Raleigh Little Theatre's Costume Sale
Get your Halloween costume at this sale 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, where you’ll vintage hats, fun costumes, accessories and more. Concessions will be on sale. Credit and debit cards are accepted. 

Heading out to eat or shop on Saturday, Oct. 15?

Where you dine or shop can help victims of Hurricane Matthew. A growing number of Raleigh and Durham restaurants, bars, and retailers will contribute proceeds from specific items or as much as 30 percent of tomorrow's receipts to the North Carolina Community Foundation's Disaster Relief Fund as part of Rally + Relief NC's effort to raise funds for #HurricaneMatthew flood victims across North Carolina.

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Karen Lewis Taylor is a freelance writer and editor and lifelong resident of the Triangle. A former English teacher and student publication advisor, she has written for numerous local and regional publications. Karen will blog about family fun in the Triangle — including freebies and news that matters to local parents. Check our home page on Thursdays to see her weekend family fun planner post. Karen lives in Apex with her husband and two daughters. 

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Bee populations are in decline in North America. Learn how to attract pollinators to your very own pollinator hotel. Discover why pollinator hotels are important and how to create pollinator...

Cost: $30 (Tuition + Materials)

Where:
The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: The Scrap Exchange
Telephone: 191-921-31278
Contact Name: Anna Graves
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Watch a brief slideshow and explore the inner workings of the mill. All ages. Online registration encouraged.

Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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he Durham Bulls host a Touch A Truck event in conjunction with local public safety agencies. The event will precede the team’s game that evening at 5:05 p.m. Blackwell Street,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Blackwell St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Children with disabilities discover what's happening in nature on a stroll through Hemlock Bluffs. Ages 11 and older. Register online. Choose course #104850.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Take the family for a drop-in creative workshop for kids ages 5-10. Free with admission.

Cost: Free with admission. Free for ages 15 and younger

Where:
Nasher Museum of Art
2001 Campus Dr.
Durham, NC  27705
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Learn how to help your baby excel in motor development. This class focuses on standing/walking and offers a variety of ways to help your baby master motor development. Register online.

Cost: $15

Where:
Baby + Co
226 Ashville Ave.
Cary, NC  27518
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Ages 5-12 learn about healthy fruits and vegetables, kitchen and food safety, and enjoy a healthy snack. Meet in the bakery side of the cafe. Email sherry.thrasher@wholefoods.com to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Whole Foods North Raleigh
8710 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Telephone: 919-354-0350
Contact Name: Sherry Thrasher

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Ages 3-6 enjoy fun games and drills. Call to RSVP.  

Cost: $5/child

Where:
Fitness4Life
6701 Glenwood Ave.
Suite 103
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Fitness4Life
Telephone: 919-787-2250
Contact Name: George Whitten
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Learn about rocks and soil by digging in the dirt. Find hidden rock treasures, make a mud painting, and plant a seed to take home and grow. Dress to get dirty. Ages 3-5 with an accompanying adult....

Cost: $5

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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Join others for an easy-paced walk along the greenway accompanied by a naturalist. Registration encouraged. Choose course #203541.

Cost: Free

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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Listen to nature-themed books and enjoy hands-on explorations in the garden. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Register online.

Cost: $3/child

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: North Carolia Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-537-3370
Contact Name: Elisha Taylor
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Ages 6-8 investigate the habitats and behaviors of some of the mammals that call the nature preserve “home.”  Dressed for outdoor fun.  Register online....

Cost: $5

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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Parents of children ages 3-18 months learn how to prepare quick and easy meals for their little one, learn about weaning and when to transition into the next nutritional step....

Cost: Free

Where:
Guidepost Montessori at Spruce Tree
12600 Spruce Tree Way
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: Guidepost Montessori at Spruce Tree
Telephone: (919) 825-1771
Contact Name: Holly Vincitorio
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Attend a private pop-up event with Songs for Seeds at SnickerDoodles. Enjoy a concert plus 30-minutes of private use of play space for all attendees. Ages infant-6. Call to...

Cost: $15 per child and $10 for each additional sibling

Where:
SnickerDoodles
3721 Lynn Road, #112
Raleigh, NC  27613
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Sponsor: songs for seeds
Telephone: 984.219.2022
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Learn about beetles with a craft, games, stories and a guided walk through the wetland. Ages 2-6. Register online. Choose course #203552. 

Cost: $3

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/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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Hear the Grammy-winning band based in the North Carolina mountains take to the stage with the North Carolina Symphony.  Purchase tickets online. Kids 12 and younger admitted free on...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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Join bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our feathered friends. Discover different types of birds and their habitats.​ Meet at the Waterwise Garden.

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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The 38th Annual Festival for the Eno features over 65 music performances, a juried craft show, interactive arts, environmental and backyard farming demonstrations, a wide variety of local food...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
West Point on the Eno
5101 N Roxboro Road
Durham, NC  27712
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Summerfest Celebration features an autograph session, inflatables, games, free giveaways, guest speakers from the Hurricanes, appearances by Stormy and the Pepsi Storm Squad, discounted...

Cost: Free

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Enjoy storytime with a community farm member, a book swap via Little Free Library, and free play in a natural playground.   

Cost: Free

Where:
The Community Farm at Camp Chestnut Ridge
2902 Mount Willing Rd.
Efland, NC  27243
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Contact Name: Sandy Straw
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Celebrate the wonderful world of exotic animals and reptiles. Enjoy live specimens, presentations, raffles, vendors and much more. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $12 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 5-12.

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds, Kerr Scott Building
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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In this new book from acclaimed author Ryan T. Higgins, all Rupert the Mouse wants is to star in a beautiful, wordless picture book. He has plenty of ideas about what makes a great book, but his...

Cost: Free

Where:
Barnes & Noble Cary
760 S.E. Maynard Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Telephone: 919-467-3866
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American Dance Festival favorite Pilobolus returns. "On the Nature of Things" explores the birth of desire and its intertwined connection to shame and revenge....

Cost: $16/person

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian Street
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: American Dance Festival
Telephone: 919-684-6402
Contact Name: Mollie O'Reilly
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Explore the historic nature of Leigh Farm Park with a friendly guide. Venture inside the historic farmhouse while being captivated by tales about life at Leigh Farm throughout the years.

Cost: Free

Where:
Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Durham Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 919-560-1116
Contact Name: Natalya Buckel
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Hear the music of U2 performed by the North Carolina Symphony. Purchase tickets online. Kids 12 and younger admitted free on the lawn. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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