July 2019: Our Picks for Fun Family Outings
Destination SunFest, One Giant Leap Festival, 'Annie,' and more
Photo courtesy of Beth Shugg
Destination SunFest | July 13
Soak in the sun and celebrate Raleigh’s glorious sunflower field at Dorothea Dix Park during Destination SunFest, 2-9 p.m. Hop on a history hayride tour, play a round of mini golf, and take a spin on the Ferris wheel and carousel. Enjoy live and roving entertainment. Shop local vendors and sample freshly made cuisine from a variety of food trucks. Face painting, inflatables, balloon twisting and kids crafts round out the fun. Pets, alcohol, smoking and drones are not permitted. Dorothea Dix Park is located at 101 Blair Dr., Raleigh. See the website for information about where to park. Festival admission is Free, but registration is encouraged here.
One Giant Leap Festival | July 20
On July 20, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, who had guided their spacecraft more than 238,000 miles from Earth, became the first humans to land on the moon’s surface. To commemorate the 50th anniversary of this momentous occasion in our nation’s history, the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh will host the One Giant Leap Festival, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Travel to outer space in a virtual reality lab, take part in bungee jumping to experience the thrill of zero gravity, and enjoy hands-on crafts, demonstrations and activities. View the lobby exhibit, “One Giant Leap: North Carolina and the Space Race,” that explores North Carolina’s role in the moon landing. Admission is Free. The North Carolina Museum of History is located at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh.
Photo courtesy of Mitch Danforth Photography
English Bernhardt starred as Annie in North Carolina Theatre’s 2010 production of “Annie.”
“Annie” | July 23-28
Leapin’ lizards! America’s favorite orphan returns to Raleigh for eight performances of “Annie” at Memorial Auditorium. See the spunky redhead embark on a courageous journey to find her parents, outwit the villainous Miss Hannigan, befriend President Roosevelt and find a loving new father in billionaire Oliver Warbucks. Purchase tickets, $25-$89 per person, at ticketmaster.com.