May 20-22 Weekend Fun: 8 Things to Do With Kids
Photo courtesy of Got to Be NC Festival/NCDA&CS
Festivals take over the Triangle this weekend (May 20-22), offering family fun, art, local culture, live music, food and more. Attend a walk to help animals, head to a book reading or step out to play at a community event. In the event of inclement weather, be sure to check with venues before you head out.
PHOTO COURTESY OF GOT TO BE NC FESTIVAL/NCDA&CS
1. Got to Be NC Festival
Celebrate your home state at the Got to Be NC festival May 20-22 at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Go to enjoy North Carolina food as well as animal and agricultural exhibits at this family-friendly festival showcasing the state's agriculture industry. New attractions this year include an interactive dinosaur exhibit, swashbuckling pirate re-enactors and educators, and rumbling and roaring antique construction equipment. Foodies will want to attend “Homegrown Fare,” featuring 100 North Carolina vendors offering samples and purchases of locally made products. Barbecue fans will be flocking to the annual Masonic Carolina Pig Jig, held outside the Expo Building on Saturday, May 21. More information is available at gottobencfestival.com.
Photo courtesy of Got to Be NC Festival/NCDA&CS
Raleigh’s free spring arts festival — Artsplosure — draws the community together to showcase artists and performances May 20-22. Go to enjoy:
• An Art Market with more than 170 visual arts and crafts exhibitors from across North Carolina and the U.S.
• Kidsplosure, showcasing multiple interactive educational activities and entertainment for children and their parents.
• Large-scale, interactive visual art installations.
• Aerialists and/or other variety performers.
• A Student Art Exhibition by Wake County public and private middle and high school students.
• Ongoing performances by legends and rising stars from the national and regional jazz, blues, and alternative music scenes.
Photo courtesy of Artsplosure
3. Bull City Play Streets at Lyon Park
This free event is designed for families to enjoy a day of outside play Saturday, May 21, 1-4 p.m. at the Intersection of Halley and Cornell streets in Durham's Lyon Park. Attendees are invited to take their bikes, scooters, roller skates and other toys. Planned activities include kickball and other field sports, CrossFit mini-workouts, yoga, dancing, a bike rodeo and other physical fitness activities. Healthy snacks and water will be provided along with giveaways that support community health and fitness. For more information, contact Laura Biediger with the city’s Neighborhood Improvement Services Department at 919-560-1647, ext. 34259. Update: The Bull City Play Streets at Lyon Park will be held May 21. In the event of rain, activities will be moved indoors to the gym inside West End Foundation Community Center, located at 705 Kent St. Event attendees are asked to enter through the playground gate to access the event.
4. Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival
Now in its 47th year, the Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival is one of the oldest cultural festivals and celebrations of music, art and dance in North Carolina. The festival takes place Saturday, May 21, noon-8 p.m. Due to muddy field conditions at Rock Quarry Park, the festival will be moved to the Durham County Stadium Parking Lot, 750 Stadium Drive. Free parking will be available on the visitors' side of the Durham County Stadium which can be accessed from Wisteria Avenue. Call the weather line at 919-560-4636, press #8 for updates.
Go for old school hip hop artists 112 (at 4 p.m.) and Bobby V. (at 7 p.m.), as well as the Bimbé Marketplace of about 40 art, merchandise, educational and food vendors. Enjoy activities for all ages, including a Kid’s Zone hosted by the Durham Arts Council, Interactive Playgrounds and Home Depot.
Photo of Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival courtesy of Damien Prout
5. 919 Music Fest
This family and pet-friendly festival Sunday, May 22, noon-6 p.m. features all-day live music from four North Carolina bands and benefits the American Red Cross of Eastern North Carolina. Go for vendor booths, food trucks and tends, a kids zone and more at 8501 Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh.Tickets are $5 per person and include entry into all-day giveaways. Ages 18 and younger are admitted free. Buy tickets at this link.
6. Southeast Regional Library’s Grand Reopening Celebration
Southeast Regional Library, located at 908 7th Ave. in Garner, will celebrate its reopening with special contests, prizes and events, including a storytime (10:30 a.m.), Teen Leadership Corp Program (10 a.m.-1 p.m.) and "Reading is Magic: Inflate your Mind” by Clark Sides from Capital Balloon Studios (starting at 2:30 p.m.). For more information about Wake County libraries visit, wakegov.com/libraries/events.
7. Walk for the Animals
Grab a leash and join in the 2016 Walk for the Animals May 21 to help raise $80,000 to help homeless animals in Durham. The 1.5-mile walk around Duke University East Campus starts at 10 a.m. For fees and details, including how to register, visit secure.qgiv.com/event/816227.
8. NC Author Book Reading and Signing
Go to hear North Carolina native Leon Capetanos read from his young adult book, “The Time Box,” Friday, May 20, 7 p.m., at Barnes & Noble in Cary. A screenwriter and director whose credits include “Moscow on the Hudson” and “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” Capetanos latest venture is a coming-of-age story about an ordinary boy who wants to matter in the big scheme of things.
“This novel has shown me that I still love doing this work,” Capetanos says. “Although classified as a young adult novel, the book appeals to a wider audience. If you’ve been 12, you can read it and understand it because it’s a book about the moment when you start thinking about yourself and your existence.”
Updated Friday, May 20, 2016