August 2018: Our Picks for Fun Family Outings
NC Japan Summer Festival, Cirque du Soleil’s "Crystal" and "In the Heart of the Fire"
Cirque du Soleil’s “Crystal” is coming to PNC Arena Aug. 15-19.
Photo courtesy of Matt Beard/Cirque du Soleil
NC Japan Summer Festival | Aug. 4
Take a trip to Japan without leaving the Triangle. The NC Japan Summer Festival at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds’ Exposition Center in Raleigh, 1-7 p.m., celebrates the Land of the Rising Sun and its culture with authentic cuisine, martial arts demonstrations, a karaoke contest, children’s parades, taiko drumming, traditional bon dancing and a community market. Purchase advance tickets at ncjapanfest.org. Tickets are $5 for ages 13 and older, which allows early entry to the festival at 11 a.m. Tickets are $6 at the door. Ages 12 and younger are admitted for free.
Cirque du Soleil’s 'Crystal' | Aug. 15-19
If you thought Cirque du Soleil couldn’t get any more spectacular, think again, because this year the family-favorite show returns with a twist. “Crystal” — the first-ever Cirque du Soleil show on ice at PNC Arena in Raleigh — combines ice skating and acrobatics to introduce audiences to a character named Crystal as she journeys through self-discovery and dives into her imagination to find who she is truly meant to be. See ticketmaster.com for show times and to purchase tickets, $51 and up.
'In the Heart of the Fire' | Aug. 3-Sept. 23
Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s 19th annual puppet extravaganza, “In the Heart of the Fire,” explores the gift of fire and what makes all of us human, combining myths from around the world to tell an inspiring and moving story. Performances include masked dancing, shadow puppetry and stilt walking. See paperhand.org for show times. Performances take place Aug. 3-Sept. 3 and Sept. 14-23 at Forest Theater in Chapel Hill. Purchase general admission tickets at the door, $15 for adults and $10 for ages 3-14. For performances at the North Carolina Museum of Art Sept. 7-9, purchase tickets, $8.50-$17, at ncartmuseum.org.