Oct. 26-28: Ghostly Gourds, Sir Walter Raleigh, Barktoberfest, Hiking, a Bird Walk and More
Fun things to do this weekend
Learn about pumpkins at a fun program at Historic Yates Mill County Park this weekend.
Photo courtesy of Sera Lewis
This weekend in the Triangle, learn about pumpkins at an all-ages activity at Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh, learn about Sir Walter Raleigh as the 400th anniversary of his death is remembered at an event at the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh, celebrate Halloween with your dog at Barktoberfest in Durham, hike a Triangle Land Conservancy Trail at Horton Grove Nature Preserve in Bahama near Durham, and enjoy some morning bird-watching at Lake Crabtree County Park in Morrisville.
Join staff at Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh Oct. 26, 2-3 p.m., to investigate pumpkins. Discover this favorite autumn gourd and learn about its important role in Halloween lore. Find out what’s beneath the rind and make a fun pumpkin-themed craft to take home. This activity is appropriate for all ages and registration is required. The fee is $1 per participant.
photo courtesy of Daniel Schweinert
Join in worldwide remembrances of Sir Walter Raleigh Oct. 27, noon-4 p.m., at the North Carolina State Capitol. Costumed reenactors will engage attendees and entertain with dance demonstrations, Elizabethan-era game play, a tailoring demonstration and activity stations. View a rare copy of a 1652 edition of “The History of the World,” written by Sir Walter Raleigh. At 3 p.m., a formal ceremony commemorating Raleigh’s life and legacy will be held in the historic House Chamber. North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall will give remarks, and dignitaries will be present to represent our state and British organizations. No preregistration is required.
photo courtesy of the shore family
Bring your furry friend to Durham Central Park this Oct. 27 anytime from 2:30-7 p.m. for tricks and treats at this spooktacular event for Durham’s four-legged residents. Catch two action-packed shows featuring the world’s most athletic dogs at 2:35 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., enter a dog costume contest with a chance to win a prize, shop at the pet market, enjoy beer and food, and check out foster and adoption agencies on hand. Bring small bags of dry dog food for Beyond Fences to help dogs in need.
photo courtesy of angie abromitis
Get Wild! FREE
On Oct. 28, 3-5 p.m., have some Halloween fun at Horton Grove Nature Preserve in Bahama near Durham. Families with kids ages 4 and older can explore a Triangle Land Conservancy trail, play Halloween-themed games and enjoy a treat, all while learning about some of the lesser-appreciated animals we see out at this time of year. Dress for the weather in clothes and shoes you don’t mind getting a little dirty. The event is free but organizers do request preregistration.
photo courtesy of the Triangle land conservancy
Bird Walk FREE
New and experienced birders can join park staff at Lake Crabtree County Park in Morrisville Oct. 28, 8:30-10 a.m., for a morning of bird-watching. Look and listen for birds in a variety of habitats and keep track of how many of each species you find. The last half hour includes an optional drive to view the mudflat area near Crabtree Creek to look for shorebirds, eagles and more. This event is geared toward adults and children ages 5 and older. Preregister here.
photo courtesy of patricia tyndall