Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, Sept. 22-24
These dancers are just part of the cultural exploration ready for you to begin at La Fiesta del Pueblo this Sunday, Sept. 24.
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It's definitely festival season in the Triangle. Two are featured this week: The Irish Music Festival in Wake Forest on Saturday and La Fiesta del Pueblo in Raleigh on Sunday. If your family is the more outdoorsy type, you have lots of choices, too: Skywatching just north of Durham, canoeing in Raleigh and a campout in Durham.
Morehead Planetarium is hosting a free skywatching session from 8-10 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22, at the Play Meadow of Little River Regional Park in Rougemont. Morehead educators and CHAOS members (from Chapel Hill Astronomical & Observational Society) bring high power telescopes and guide you through fun observations of stars, planets, moons, nebulae and other celestial objects. You might even see a few meteors! Skywatching sessions are very informal and family-friendly. Each session is scheduled for two hours, but you can arrive and leave at any time during the session. Bring a blanket, camp chairs or your own telescope or binoculars. Be sure to call the park office at 919-732-5505 after 4 p.m. for cloud/cancellation updates.
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Explore Historic Yates Mill County Park during the Paddle the Pond program on Saturday, Sept. 23. 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, along with launch assistance. This program is dependent on suitable weather conditions. Registration is required for either session: 9-10 a.m. or 11 a.m.-noon. This activity is intended for ages 5 and up (with an accompanying adult). The fee is $10 per boat. Each canoe can hold 1-4 people (800-pound total weight limit). All participants must sign a program waiver.
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The 2017 Raleigh Irish Music Festival takes place in downtown Wake Forest on S.Taylor Street between Wait and Elm Avenues from 3-10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23. Come to this family-friendly event to enjoy Celtic bands, Irish dancers, Gaelic sports demos, a seisún tent, a kids area, Celtic canines, vendors, food trucks and more. Whether you're Irish or Irish at heart, the whole family is sure to learn about Irish culture and music. Take your folding chairs or a blanket.
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Durham Parks and Recreation will host its Annual Bull City Campout on Saturday/Sunday, Sept. 23 and 24, 3 p.m.-7 a.m. at the historic West Point on the Eno Park. Area families and individuals will participate in an afternoon and evening filled with hiking, storytelling around a campfire, s’mores and more. After the activities, participants will pitch a tent in the park for an overnight campout. A limited number of tents/sleeping bags are available for use free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. All ages welcome and preregistration is required. The campout costs $8 for Durham County residents and $13 for non residents. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
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La Fiesta del Pueblo is back on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh again this year for another fantastic daylong celebration of Latin food, music, art and culture on Sunday, Sept. 24, noon-7 p.m. Join the fun and enjoy bands, dancing, artists, food, crafts and more. Check out the map to plan your day. Choose from over 20 food trucks and try something new. Insider tip: Try the esquites. Detailed logistical information, including accessibility, stage viewing and parking is available here.
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