Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, Sept. 8-10
Folk dancing, music, and galaktoboureko await you at the Raleigh Greek Festival!
Photo courtesy of the Raleigh Greek Festival
There are so many things to do in the Triangle this weekend that you'll almost need a weekend after it's over! All of the activities are FREE or cheap. Choices include the Raleigh Greek Festival, AKC Responsible Dog Owner Day in Raleigh, whirligig making in Durham, a science walk in Raleigh, a "Family Crafternoon" in Raleigh and a sewing meetup in Durham. Whew!
This weekend marks the 36th year of the Raleigh Greek Festival! With the action running from 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 8 until 6 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10, you're sure to have time to stop by and enjoy the traditional folk dances, live Greek music, and delicious foods available. Cooks from the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church family use recipes handed down for generations for the array of tasty treats they prepare for visitors, from baklava to yaourtopita! The Festival is held in the Jim Graham Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Daily hours, schedule, menus and ticket information are all available here. General admission is $3 for adults, $2 for seniors and ages 13-18, and FREE for children 12 and under. Insider tip: if you print your own ticket(s), all ages are admitted FREE!
photo courtesy of the raleigh greek festival
The 15th annual AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day will be held in the Holshouser Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dogs and their owners are invited to come enjoy a FREE day of demonstrations, giveaways, games, meet-the-breeds and more. Area dogs and their owners will get a chance to try out a mini agility course at AKC's "My Dog Can Do That!" and achieve the AKC Canine Good Citizen title. Schedules for demonstrations, breed parades and the K-9 games are available here.
photo courtesy of susan judge and the american kennel club
Try your hand at making a whirligig at Leigh Farm Park in Durham. What's a whirligig? It's the Colonial-era version of a fidget spinner that kids have been making for hundreds of years. You and your child can make a whirligig out of recycled materials between 10 a.m. and noon on Saturday, Sept. 9. This is a drop-in program with no registration requirement. Adults must stay with their children and are encouraged to participate! The project is intended for children ages 5-12.
PHOTO COURTESY OF TYLER RUDD PUTMAN
The Prairie Ridge Ecostation in Raleigh, part of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, holds weekly science walks during which participants will help collect and enter scientific data as they enjoy a walk around the grounds with a naturalist. Topics vary and may include gathering data on tree and garden budding/blooming, pond dragonflies, ladybugs or birds. The walk runs from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 9, and is best suited for citizen scientists ages 8 and older. Please bring a water bottle and wear closed-toed shoes. Meet at the Ecostation's entrance kiosk a few minutes before 10:30 a.m. to join other citizen scientists for the walk.
Photo courtesy of John Flannery from Richmond County, NC (Blue Dasher) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The North Regional Library in Raleigh will provide all the materials you need to explore color, design and texture as you create wonderful works of art at this "September Art Party." All you need to bring is your imagination. The fun takes place from 2-3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 10. Registration is requested.
2nd Sunday Sewing FREE
Join a community sewing meetup hosted by textile artist Christine Ramsey at The Scrap Exchange Creative Reuse Arts Center in Durham on Sunday, Sept 10 from 2-6 p.m. Bring a new or old project, then Christine can help you work through creative and technical blocks. Take the opportunity to sew with tons of fabric, trim and accessories at your fingertips. Free to all who attend. Sewing machines are available for use, but materials are not included. Drop-ins welcome. Space is limited, so please arrive early. This meetup is for ages 10 and older. Children aged 10-13 should attend with an adult.