Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, Sept. 1-3
You'll enjoy music and more at the African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County Sept. 2-3.
Photo courtesy of the African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County
Don’t feel like you need to travel to treat the family to a fun Labor Day weekend! Staying right here in the Triangle, you certainly won’t be hungry or bored. This weekend offers First Friday in Raleigh, Sproutfest in Holly Springs, the African American Cultural Festival in Raleigh, a Food Truck Rodeo in Durham and a bluegrass concert in Wake Forest.
First Friday Raleigh FREE
If you’ve never been to a First Friday, this is a great month to start! It’s a wonderful way to enjoy downtown Raleigh’s arts community, from traditional galleries to studios and museums. Area venues stay open late for this hip event to welcome attendees. Use your sleuthing skills to join a scavenger hunt for Glenwood South Rocks to win prizes. Find the First Friday Flags to identify participating venues and take advantage of specials offered by participating restaurants. First Friday takes place 6-9 p.m., Sept. 1, and covers several blocks of downtown Raleigh. The event is free.
"SPIRITUALITY IN ARCHITECTURE" BY ANNA PODRIS
Photo courtesy of the Holly Springs Farmers Market
Immerse yourself in African American culture by experiencing art, music, food, tradition and history. Stroll through the Art Gallery Walk, meet the artists and create your own art in the make-and-take craft tents. Stop by the Story Corner in The Family Village to hear stories from celebrated African American authors. Take a moment to enjoy the wide variety of foods available at the festival while you check out the entertainment on the main stage or Family Village Stage. The Festival takes place 11 a.m.-10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 2, and 1-10 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 3, in downtown Raleigh along Fayetteville Street, from Martin Street to City Plaza. Admission is free.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE AFRICAN AMERICAN CULTURAL FESTIVAL OF RALEIGH AND WAKE COUNTY
Even families with the most varied palates can have fun together at a Food Truck Rodeo. It will be hard to decide among the dozens of popular food trucks at this event that combines food with live music from Greensboro’s own Wood Robinson’s New Formal. Revisit old favorite trucks or try something new from one you’ve never sampled. The rodeo takes place noon-4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 3, at Durham Central Park. Music starts at 12:30 p.m. The event is free to attend; bring money for food trucks.
PHOTO COURTESY OF DURHAM CENTRAL PARK
Treat the family to live music presented by The Piney Woods Boys, an old-time bluegrass band featuring fiddles, guitar, autoharp and mandolins, as they perform a tribute to the legendary Doc Watson. Bring a blanket and a picnic or purchase food and refreshments at the park. The concert takes place 5-6:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 3, at E. Carroll Joyner Park in Wake Forest.
PHOTO COURTESY OF THE PINEY WOODS BOYS