Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, Sept. 29-Oct. 1
There are some very smart goats to play with at Farm Animal Play Time at Hux Family Farm in Durham.
Photo courtesy of Hux Family Farm
The slate of fun awaiting Triangle residents this weekend ranges from the largest urban bluegrass festival in the world in Raleigh to boating at twilight at Bond Lake in Cary. Relive '80s-era music in Raleigh or search for just the right plant in Durham. Listen to renowned storytellers in Raleigh or frolick with farm animals in Durham. Whatever you choose, there's plenty of fun to be had for everyone.
This is THE big one, dear readers. Raleigh is lucky enough to have the largest urban bluegrass festival in the world, and it would be such a shame to miss it. There are ticketed shows at some venues, but with such a fantastic lineup of free performances during Streetfest on Sept. 29-30, it is a must-do for families. Seven stages blanketing downtown Raleigh feature musicians and dancers that will inspire even the most reluctant toes to tap along. The fun happens Friday, Sept. 29 and Saturday, Sept. 30, noon-11 p.m. both days. With bands named "Strictly Clean and Decent," "Tater Hill Mashers" and "The Gravy Boys" it's impossible not to have a blast at this jewel of a festival in Raleigh's crown. The schedule of FREE performances is here, and parking information is here.
photo courtesy of Ted Lehmann and Wide Open Bluegrass
On Friday, Sept. 29, the Bond Park Boathouse in Cary offers music, a food truck and after-hours boat rentals. Spend your Friday evening from 5-7 p.m. floating on Bond Lake in the setting sun while you listen to great music by Ed Stephenson and enjoy delicious food from Queso Monster. Prefer to stay on land? Bring a lawn chair, friends and family. To finish out Take a Child Outside Week, the park will offer half-price boat rentals and free private launches to families with children.
photo courtesy of Moss and kendall withers
Friday Night Tributes is a series of events at Midtown Park in Raleigh that appeal to young and old alike, paying homage to throwback music genres. This week's tribute, on Friday, Sept. 29, features the 80s MTV Experience with Electric Avenue Music. The block party style set up, complete with food trucks, specialty cocktails and a kid-friendly atmosphere is an ideal place for friends, family and coworkers to gather in celebration of the weekend to come. Doors open at 6 p.m. Come early to grab a spot on the lawn and enjoy local food trucks and a cold drink. Enjoy live music 7-9 p.m. Admission is FREE, and food and drink prices vary.
photo courtesy of north hills
Fall is a seriously underrated time for gardening, and kids make terrific assistants. Take advantage of the cooler temperatures and more predictable rain to keep your yard looking its best. From 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, Sept. 30, get some free advice from Durham County Extension Master Gardeners, and pick up a few plants, trees, shrubs, vines, bulbs and herbs from the Duke Gardens Fall Plant Sale. Planning your home's garden is definitely a fun family activity. Admission is FREE and plant prices vary. No pets, please.
photo courtesy of Cecilia Xie and duke gardens
This Saturday, Sept. 30, enjoy a day at Historic Oak View County Park in Raleigh listening to professional storytellers in this event proudly presented by Wake County Public Libraries and Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. Featured storytellers include Heather Forest, Sherry Norfolk and Bobby Norfolk, with musical guest Crann Ull. There willl also be activity tents and food vendors. Bring a blanket or chair as this event has lawn seating. This event runs from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and is FREE to attend and enjoy.
image courtesy of wake county public libraries
This Sunday from 2-4 p.m., enjoy some play time with farm animals at the Hux Family Farm in Durham. You can also learn more about the farm, the programs and how they encourage a supportive loving relationship with the environment. There is a wide variety of things to do, including feeding goats and sheep from a $1 hay bucket, participating in a scavenger hunt, going on a self-guided tour of the farm to learn about sustainability and farming in the future. Admission is FREE for ages 2 and younger, $8 each for ages 3-13 and $6 for 14 and up. Discounts are available to students, military and senior citizens. No pets, please. Cash, PayPal and Venmo are accepted forms of payment.
photo courtesy of the Hux family farm