Memorial Day Weekend: Triangle Events, Day Trips
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1. Enjoy a family movie and/or camping in Garner.
Kick off the Memorial Day weekend with a free family-friendly movie at 8:30 p.m., Friday, May 27, at Lake Benson Park in Garner and/or opt to camp overnight for a fee. Learn more.
PHOTO COURTESY OF GARNER PARKS, RECREATION AND CULTURAL RESOURCES
2. Look skyward at a hot air balloon festival in Fuquay-Varina.
The WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest on Memorial Day Weekend honors military veterans and brings the community together to watch hot air balloons sail. The festival is located at Fleming Loop Park about a mile from Main Street Fuquay-Varina, and all parking managed by the festival is park and ride. There is no parking at the park. For details on parking and shuttle fees, visit wralfreedomballoonfest.com/parking-and-faq.html
Photo courtesy of WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest
3. Step back in time at a "Memorial Day Soldier Salute" May 28-29 at Bennett Place historic Site in Durham.
A tribute to all who have served in the military, the event will feature living historians of America's military from the American Revolution to the war in Iraq. Learn more.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR RE-ENACTORS AT BENNETT PLACE (PHOTO COURTESY OF North carolina DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL AND CULTURAL RESOURCES)
4. Head to the Town of Cary’s free Memorial Day Remembrance at its Veteran’s Freedom Park, 2:30-3:30 p.m., May 30.
The Cary Town Band will open the ceremony with patriotic music after which Mayor Pro Tem Ed Yerha will lead a moment of remembrance, then Army veterans will speak. In the event of inclement weather, event updates will be available on the town’s Weather Status Page.
5. Catch a free outdoor concert.
- The Blues on the Plaza series features Piedmont Blues at Northgate Mall in Durham at 6:30 on May 27. Go to hear from Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos featuring legendary bluesman John Dee Holeman.
- The Brightleaf Summer Concert series features Alex Weiss, 7-9 pm., May 27.
6. Explore a new park.
Check out these parks that opened recently. Learn more.
7. Check out the ACC Fan Fest, 2-7 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-noon Sunday on Blackwell St. outside the Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Organized by the Triangle Sports Commission, the fest will feature local food trucks Porchetta, American Meltdown and Bam Pow Chow, as well as an inflatable obstacle course, Wiffle Ball and skee ball. Fans can also check out the ACC Social Lounge featuring a big screen TV and official Championship merchandise.
8. Take advantage of Marbles Kids Museum's new 2016 summer hours for more play on Mondays. Starting Memorial Day through Labor Day, Marbles Kids Museum will be open on Mondays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., with no field trips.
Photo courtesy of Marbles Kids Museum
9. Enjoy traditional melodies played on the Mountain Dulcimer in Cary. Head to the Cary Farmers Market 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday, May 28, to hear a group from the Triangle Mountain Dulcimer Association play melodies and find out more about the mountain dulcimer. For more, Cary Farmers Market.
10. Head to City Plaza in downtown Raleigh to enjoy a family-friendly retro event starting at 5 p.m. Friday, May 27 See "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" on the big screen at dusk as part of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance #FlashbackFriday films from the ‘80s and ‘90s. Enjoy popular music from the era, craft beer and fare from food vendors. For more information, visit the new PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series website.
1. Take the train to the parade in Thomasville.
NC By Train is offering a fun family trip for Memorial Day — an out-and-back-in-one-day trip to Thomasville on May 30 for the largest Memorial Day Parade in the Southeast..
2. See the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro from a fresh perspective.
Air Hike, a forest exploration ropes course located in the zoo’s Africa region between Junction Plaza and the Aviary, opens May 27, allowing visitors to challenge their balancing and climbing skills with a series of 23 obstacles. Air Hike tickets are $12 and may be purchased at the Air Hike entrance. The course is open daily May through October this year from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with ticket sales ending at 4 p.m. Zoofari, an open air bus ride through the Africa grasslands and the brand new Ocelot habitat just outside the Mangum Desert both opened recently as well.