Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, Oct. 27-29
Immerse yourself in the experience of music and dance at North Carolina Symphony's performance of "Peter and the Wolf" Saturday, Oct. 28.
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Fall fun is in full swing this weekend. Be sure to check out all of the Halloween fun happening throughout the Triangle, enjoy some not-so-scary campfire stories in Durham, a big community festival in Holly Springs, a North Carolina Symphony performance of "Peter and the Wolf" in Raleigh, a downtown festival in Cary and a celebration of dogs — including a dog costume contest — in Durham.
As Halloween draws near, gather around the campfire, enjoy a s'more and listen to spooky(ish) stories that are appropriate for all ages. The campfire and stories are 7-8 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, at Leigh Farm Park in Durham. The park provides the stories, s'mores and fire. All ages are welcome and preregistration is not required.
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This annual event in Holly Springs takes place 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, at Sugg Farm Park. Churches, civic organizations, artisans, and businesses are all represented at this community celebration. Enjoy live entertainment, visit arts and crafts vendors, play games in the children's corner, try delicious foods from food trucks, chat with local nonprofit groups and get up close to fire trucks and police cars. There's something for everyone to do at HollyFest. Admission and rides are free, and the cost of food and drinks will vary. If you dare, come back later, 7 p.m.-midnight, for the Haunted Hayride. A fee applies for the hayride, which is intended for ages 10 and older who don't scare easily.
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The North Carolina Symphony invites families to experience Peter and the Wolf, a “symphonic fairy tale for children.” Part of the symphony's Young People’s Concert series, this performance features the Triangle Youth Ballet. Performances take place at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh on Saturday, Oct. 28, at 1 and 4 p.m. With colorful costumes and vivid dance, the music and story about bravery and friendship will capture children’s imaginations. Kids and adults are encouraged to show off costumes of their own at the show. Beginning an hour prior to the performance, children are invited to take part in pre-concert activities, including face painting and the symphony's Instrument Zoo, which gives kids the opportunity to try out instruments in the orchestra for themselves. After the concert, enjoy a costume parade and contest for the audience. Some of the symphony's musicians will be in costume, too. Purhcase tickets for $26 online or by calling 919-733-2750.
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Visit charming downtown Cary at South Academy and West Chatham Streets Saturday, Oct. 28, 2-6 p.m. for the Downtown Cary Harvest Festival. Enjoy treats from delicious food trucks and drinks at the Wine and Beer Garden, shop for arts and crafts from local artisans, trick or treat at local businesses, get your face painted, take a rickshaw ride or visit cuddly animals from Shaky Tail Farm at the petting zoo.
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Dress up your dog and stop by Barktoberfest in Durham. The event is noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29, at Durham Central Park. Watch an interactive trick dog show at 12:30 and 2 p.m., watch or enter different pet costume contests at 1, 3 and 3:30 p.m., get your picture taken with your best furry friend in the photo booth, and enjoy beer and food purchased onsite.
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