Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, Oct. 20-22
Festivals, fairs, puppets and Halloween fun
Celebrate Halloween, Paperhand Puppet Intervention-style at Northgate Mall in Durham.
Paperhand Puppet Intervention
Take advantage of fantastic learning experiences and have some old-fashioned fun this weekend. Learn about other cultures at the International Festival of Raleigh, life in Historic Stagville in Durham and country dancing in Raleigh. Don't miss the last weekend of the North Carolina State Fair at the State Fairgrounds, check out a Halloween-themed movie double feature at Dorothea Dix Park and experience the wonder of Paperhand Puppet Intervention at Northgate Mall.
The North Carolina State Fair, which kicked off Oct. 12, is celebrating its 150th birthday this year with new foods, rides and exhibits at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Be sure to check it out this weekend before all the fun leaves town. The fair's last day is Sunday, Oct. 22.
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The 32nd Annual International Festival of Raleigh takes place at the Raleigh Convention Center and features live performances on two stages, international foods and crafts, fashion, storytelling and activities. It takes place 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Oct. 20 and 21; and 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Oct. 22. View the daily schedule and purchase discounted advance tickets here. Children age 6 and younger are free, and tickets are $5-$15 depending on how many days you plan to attend.
photo courtesy of the International Festival of Raleigh
Explore crafts and harvest traditions of one of North Carolina’s largest plantations during the Historic Stagville Harvest Festival, Oct. 21, noon-6 p.m. Daytime demonstrations, vendors and crafts give way to an African drum circle around an evening campfire with Master Musician Kwabena Osei Appiagyei. The day offers many cultural and historic experiences for visitors: brick making, basket weaving, textile work, blacksmithing, wood turning, mule cart rides, West African storytelling, music and dance. Admission is $5 per person and there is a $15 family rate. Historic Stagville is just a few minutes north of downtown Durham.
photo courtesy of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources
Your whole family can learn country dances at Historic Yates Mill County Park, Saturday, Oct. 21, noon-12:45 p.m. or 4-4:45 p.m. Put your dancing shoes on and come to the mill yard to join costumed interpreters Jon and Karena Potter in learning and dancing 19th-century country dances. You don’t need to have a partner to dance, just a willing heart and a desire to learn. Families are welcome. No registration is required for this FREE, drop-in program. All ages are welcome, and registration is not required.
photo courtesy of Historic Yates Mill county Park
Dress up and enjoy a double feature of "Hocus Pocus" (rated PG) at 7 p.m. and "Shaun of the Dead" (rated R) at 9 p.m., Saturday, Oct 21, at Dorothea Dix Park. Special contests and surprises, including costume contests for all ages, are part of the evening's fun, so arrive as early as 6 p.m. Bring blankets or low chairs to sit on, as well as snacks and drinks, if you don't plan on visiting the food trucks that will be available. Pregeristation online is recommended. Preregister and get parking and location information here.
photo courtesy of the City of Raleigh Parks, recreation and cultural resources
Paperhand Puppet Intervention comes to Northgate Mall in Durham for its fourth annual Halloween Spooktacular at Northgate. This popular, family-friendly event on Sunday, Oct. 22, 4-7 p.m., offers something for everyone and includes a costume contest, local food trucks, beer and wine, additional area vendors, community partners and children’s activities. There is a small fee for face painting but the rest of the afternoon fun is FREE.
photo courtesy of paperhand puppet intervention