September Festivals in the Triangle


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SPARKcon in Raleigh Sept. 14-17 features activities for kids, live entertainment and more.

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Tar Heel Downtown

Sept. 1 – Plaza at 140 W. Franklin St., downtown Chapel Hill. 6-9 p.m. Free. Celebrate with the Tar Heels in downtown Chapel Hill the night before the football season’s opening game day. The event features an outdoor concert, interactive games for kids, face painting and Rameses, the Tar Heel mascot. tarheeldowntown.com.

North Carolina State University Entrepalooza

Sept. 7 – NCSU Centennial Campus, 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh. 5:30-7:30 pm. Free. Enjoy an interactive showcase from alumni, students and partners. The second half of the event will be the “Minute to Pitch It” competition, which features 15 students pitching their business venture for a chance to win $1,000. Reserve tickets online. ei.ncsu.edu/entrepalooza.

Raleigh Greek Festival

Sep 8-10 – Jim Graham Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. See website for hours. $3/adults, $2/ages 13-18 and seniors. Free for ages 12 and younger. Greek folk dancing, live music, traditional cuisine and a marketplace highlight this annual festival. greekfestivalraleigh.com.

AKC Responsible Dog Ownership Day

Sept. 9 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Take your dog to meet rare breeds and enjoy canine demonstrations, face-painting, contests and more. akc.org/responsible.

Knightdale Education Festival

Sept. 9 – Knightdale Station Park, 810 N. First Ave., Knightdale. 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Free. Take part in a festival that focuses on the elements of science, technology, engineering, art and math. Enjoy interactive activities, nonprofit organizations and more. knightdalenc.gov.

Oak Village Academy Grand Opening Fair

Sept. 9 – Oak Village Academy, 7711 Carpenter Fire Station Rd., Cary. 3-7 p.m. Free. Enjoy kiddie rides, costumed characters, a mini food truck rodeo, face painters and more. exploreoakvillage.com.

Canes 5K

Sept. 10 – PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh. 9 a.m. $15-$50. Take part in a 5K race around PNC Arena and surrounding areas, 100- and 200-yard kids’ dashes, inflatables, and appearances by Stormy and Carolina Hurricanes’ players. Register online. nhl.com/hurricanes/community/canes-5k.

Clayton Harvest and Music Festival

Sept. 13-17 – Downtown Clayton, E. Main St., Clayton. See website for hours. Free. Clayton’s annual fall festival showcases live entertainment, food vendors, rides, hands-on activities, local talent performances, a car show, concerts and more. claytonchamber.com/pages/harvest-festival.

SPARKcon 2017

Sept. 14-17 – Fayetteville St., downtown Raleigh. See website for hours. Free. Celebrate the best in creative expression at this festival that features live entertainment, hands-on activities for kids, food trucks and more. sparkcon.com.

Hillsborough Hog Day

Sept. 15-16 – Downtown Hillsborough. 6-10 p.m. Sept 15; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16. Free. Enjoy local bands, contests, games and a barbecue cook-off contest. hogday.org.

15th International Food and Music Festival

Sept 16 – J. Ashley Wall Towne Square, Cyprus and Third streets, Wendell. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Taste the world while enjoying free music and dance entertainment, kids’ games and raffle prizes. thefoodfestival.com.

Bugfest

Sept. 16 – North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Experience more than 100 exhibits, crafts, games and activities at this annual festival dedicated to bugs. Sample buggy dishes prepared by local chefs. Live entertainment takes place outdoors on the plaza from 5-7 p.m. bugfest.org.

Creedmoor Music Festival

Sept. 16 – 301 N. Main St., Creedmoor. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Creedmoor’s annual music festival includes local and regional bands, food and craft vendors, free children’s activities and live demonstrations. cityofcreedmoor.org.

Dog Day in the Park

Sept. 16 – Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Dog Day features a variety of local pet-care businesses, adoptable dogs, clinics, live entertainment, contests, music and more. Friendly, leashed dogs welcome. hollyspringsnc.us/355/dog-day-in-the-park.

East Chapel Hill High Festival

Sept. 16 – East Chapel Hill High School, 500 Weaver Dairy Rd., Chapel Hill. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Enjoy a carnival featuring food trucks, games, music, face painting and more. echhs.chccs.k12.nc.us.

Fall Harvest Celebration at Yates Mill

Sept. 16 – Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Enjoy storytellers, a scavenger hunt, craft demonstrations, antique vehicles and food vendors. Tour Wake County’s last operable, water-powered gristmill, where costumed interpreters lead half-hour tours and conduct corn-grinding demonstrations. Tours are $5/adult, $3 for ages 7-16. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.

Oktoberfest at Lafayette Village

Sept. 16 – Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh. Noon-5 p.m. Free. This German-inspired event features food, live music, face painting, train rides and more. Watch wiener dogs compete in races at noon, 1 and 2 p.m. lafayettevillageraleigh.com.

CenterFest Arts Festival

Sept. 16-17 – Downtown Durham. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 17. $5 suggested donation. CenterFest showcases 145 juried visual artists, 600 performing artists from North Carolina and educational activities for kids. centerfest.durhamarts.org.

Carnaval Latino

Sept 17 – Garner Performing Arts Center, 125 Avery St., Garner. 1-5 p.m. Free. Celebrate Latino culture with live bands, food trucks, dance performances, face painting, a piñata giveaway, crafts and more. garnernc.gov.

Benson Mule Days

Sept. 21-24 – Downtown Benson, 500 S. Market St., Benson. 6-11 p.m. See website for hours and fees. Enjoy rodeos, a mule-pulling contest, arts and crafts vendors, carnival rides, street performers and bluegrass shows. bensonmuledays.com.

Ray Price Bikefest

Sept. 22-24 – Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. See website for hours. Free. Stunt shows, specialty rides, live music and local vendors highlight the motorcycle lifestyle. capitalcitybikefest.com.

Barbecue, Blues and Brews

Sept. 23 – Downtown Fuquay-Varina. 2-7 p.m. Free. Take the family for barbecue and live music. Barbecue tasting tickets are $10/person. fuquay-varinadowntown.com/recurring-events-2/bbq-blues-brews.

Dragon Boat Festival

Sept. 23 – Symphony Lake, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. $5/advance tickets, $8 at the door. Free for ages 12 and younger. See a variety of beautiful dragon boats on Symphony Lake. townofcary.org.

Durham Latino Festival

Sept. 23 – Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Celebrate Latino and Hispanic traditions at this annual event that also features authentic cuisine, an arts and crafts marketplace, kids’ activities and live performances. A soccer tournament takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. durhamnc.gov/1009/latino-festival.

East Meets West Festival

Sept. 23 – Town Hall Drive, Morrisville. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Celebrate Morrisville, Wake County’s most diverse community, with a day of food, culture and music from around the world. eastmeetswestmorrisville.org.

Kids Together Walk, Run and Roll for Inclusiveness

Sept. 23 – Kids Together Playground, 111 Thurston Dr., Cary. 10-11:30 a.m. $15/family, $5/individual. Take part in a 1.4-mile walk for inclusiveness featuring refreshments, games, raffle and a decorating station. Registration and activities begin at 10 a.m.; the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. All ages and abilities welcome. Register online. classweb.townofcary.org.

Raleigh Mini Maker Faire

Sept. 23 - Wake Technical Community College, 9101 Fayetteville Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5/person. Enjoy interactive exhibits and demonstrations, music, food and activities for kids. Register online as an attendee. raleigh.makerfaire.com.

Youngsville Fall Festival

Sept. 23 – 125 U.S. 1-A, Youngsville. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Welcome fall’s arrival with a food truck rodeo, car show, face painting, a craft show and more. youngsvillefallfestival.com.

Carrboro Music Festival

Sept. 23-24– Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. See website for hours. Free. Enjoy live music, crafts and food. carrboromusicfestival.com.

La Fiesta del Pueblo

Sept. 24 –Fayetteville St., downtown Raleigh. Noon-7 p.m. Free. See a showcase of popular and folk music, art, dance performances, educational booths, children’s activities and food from different regions of Latin America. elpueblo.org/eng/la-fiesta-del-pueblo-2017.

Harvest Festival 2017

Sept. 30 – St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church, 225 Bashford Rd., Raleigh. 3-8 p.m. Free. Enjoy authentic food, stage performances, music, kids’ games and a live auction. stgregoriosnc.org.

Storytelling Festival

Sept. 30 – Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Hear stories from professional storytellers and enjoy activity tents, live music and food vendors. Take a blanket or chair. wakegov.com/parks/oakview.

 

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February 2018

Run Club meets every Sunday at 8 a.m. in Midtown Raleigh or Wake Forest. Stroller friendly; children invited. 

Cost: $10/run or $100/annual pass

Where:
Optimist Park Community Center/Greenways
5900 Whittier Drive
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: FIT4MOM
Telephone: 919-348-0472
Contact Name: Missy Currin
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Join Mindful Families of Durham, a Buddhist-inspired spiritual community that supports area parents, caregivers, and their children in the practice of mindfulness and the understanding of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Mindful Families of Durham
Contact Name: Adam, Laura, Josh, Sumi
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Celebrate Black and African-American artists and stories. Ages 5-11 and caregiver.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Design, build and test a straw rocket that flies as far as possible, then scale it up to build your own stomp rocket. In partnership with NC State Engineering Ambassadors.

Cost: $7 ages 1 and older

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Participants develop their naturalist skills and understanding of local nature. Ages 5-8 with parent. Register online.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Join New York Times bestselling author and distinguished scholar Carole Boston Weatherford in this celebration of the poetry of music and musicians — from North...

Cost: Free

Where:
North Carolina Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St
Raleigh, NC
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Discover how animals prepare for cold weather and which ones hibernate during the winter months. Play games and take a short hike around the pond to look for signs of wintering...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Learn about volunteer opportunities at the museum, meet current participants and ask questions about the application process.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences
121 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy a performance from Chapel Hill's own Apple Chill Cloggers, a dance troupe dedicated to the performance, preservation and proliferation of music and dance from the southern Appalachian...

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Green St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Chase away your family's winter blues on a winter scavenger hunt. Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center to receive a list of winter items that you'll need to find as fast as...

Cost: $15/member family; $20/nonmember family

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: JC Raulston Arboretum
Telephone: (919)513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Applause! Cary Youth Theatre presents the tale of Scraps, who intends to go her own way until she happens onto an adventure that broadens her understanding of herself and the world around....

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC
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Ages 6-10 create an animal puppet from a sock and learn simple ventriloquism techniques to make it talk. Register online using course code #215497.

Cost: $3

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  21714
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Take the family to this play that explores what led to the Greensboro Sit-ins in the 1960s. A brief question and answer session, led by Pastor/Professor Charles Brooks, follows the play...

Cost: Free

Where:
Poplar Springs Christian Church
6115 Old Stage Road
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Poplar Springs Christian Church
Telephone: 919-559-6018
Contact Name: Shalon Maxile

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Celebrate Tell a Fairytale Day by enjoying a nature-themed fairytale or two. Create a fairy to take home or leave in the sensory and nature play garden’s fairy village....

Cost: $4/person

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Examine animal mounts, skulls, tracks, scat and more and observe animals in action on an around-the-pond hike. Ages7-14. Registration required online. 

Cost: $6/child

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, AL
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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See the play produced by students, who created the set design, stage make-up, choreography, costumes and masks, and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
The ArtsCenter
300-G E. Main St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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See a screening of "Fattitude," a feature-length documentary that exposes how popular culture fosters fat prejudice, and then offers an alternative way of thinking. Lindsey Averill and...

Cost: $25/person

Where:
Mission Valley Cinema
2109 Avent Ferry Rd .
Raleigh, FL   27606
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Contact Name: Lindsey Averill
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Children delight in discoveries of shapes, colors and textures in nature. Ages 1 and older with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Children delight in discoveries of shapes, colors and textures in nature. Ages 1 and older with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Learn to prepare a meal inspired from Mexico. Register online. Choose course #109616.

Cost: $35/resident, $46/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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See the play produced by students, who created the set design, stage make-up, choreography, costumes and masks, and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
The ArtsCenter
300-G E. Main St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Children delight in discoveries of shapes, colors and textures in nature. Ages 1 and older with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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A wonderfully kid-paced hour featuring music, play and dancing with toddler stars singing on the mic at Cotton's gently amplified & participatory music show. Children delight in...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Pump It Up Raleigh
10700 World Trade Blvd, #112
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: Pump it Up
Telephone: 919-828-3344
Contact Name: Owner/manager Kellie Paterson McHugh
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Kids enjoy an hour of yoga connected to the movie, "Sing," pizza and fun while parents enjoy a night out.

Cost: $35/child, $20/additional child

Where:
Little Guru Kids Yoga and Creative Arts
215 Glenwood Ave., Suite A
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Little Guru Kids Yoga
Telephone: 919-720-4921
Contact Name: Jen Bluestone
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Learn about owls and take an evening hike in search of them and other nocturnal species. See what their homes looks like, and take home instructions on how to build an owl box....

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Enjoy a contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s whimsical tale of fairies, lovers and woodland mischief. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Kennedy Theatre
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Dr. Elliot Engel will examine the bizarre and turbulent life of Poe to uncover the roots of his unique genius. Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, Professor Engel will bring to...

Cost: $27 general admission

Where:
Raleigh Moravian Church
1816 Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Sponsor: Joel Lane Museum House
Telephone: 919-616-8873
Contact Name: Lanie Hubbard
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Join Brier Creek Commons and the North Carolina Association of Educators to celebrate Read Across America with a Brier Creek Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast. Breakfast is $6 and begins at 9...

Cost: $6/person

Where:
Barnes & Noble, Brier Creek Commons
8431 Brier Creek Pkwy.
Raleigh, NC  27617
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Sponsor: American Asset Corporation
Contact Name: Erin Tharpe
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Participants develop their naturalist skills and understanding of local nature. Ages 5-8 with parent. Registration required.

Cost: $8/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Ages 13 and older with parent learn to navigate the college admissions process. Register online. Choose course #110862.

Cost: $5/resident, $6/nonresident

Where:
Middle Creek Community Center
123 Middle Creek Dr.
Apex, NC
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Take the family for a variety of activities and games including two sledding hills and plenty of snow for all the action. Also enjoy cornhole and life-sized chess or enjoy the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Waverly Place
Cary, NC  27518


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Kite lovers can enjoy a day of kite flying, contests, music, concessions and more. All ages. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. The rain date is March 4.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27511
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Select Sitters provides an opportunity for parents to meet with and have short 4-5 minute interviews with 8-10 pre-screened babysitters. All sitters in attendance have been interviewed, have...

Cost: Free

Where:
Snickerdoodles
3721 Lynn Rd #112
Raleigh, NC  27613
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Sponsor: Select Sitters
Telephone: 919-561-6233
Contact Name: Kara Varnell
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Explore the historic heart of downtown Raleigh on a walking tour of Fayetteville Street. Tours highlight the people, places, architecture and political movements that have shaped...

Cost: Adults (18+) $10; Youth (7-17) $4; Children (6 & under) Free.

Where:
City of Raleigh Museum
220 Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy a contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s whimsical tale of fairies, lovers and woodland mischief. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Kennedy Theatre
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Learn about outer space and extraterrestrial life. Ages 7-12 with family.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Morehead Planetarium & Science Center
250 E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Enjoy dance performances, community vocalists, a pre-show princess gathering, silent auction and more. Proceeds benefit the Me Fine Foundation, a local organization designed to provide...

Cost: $12/adult, $10/child

Where:
Stewart Theatre
2610 Cates Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27695
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Sponsor: Stage Door Dance Productions
Telephone: 919-720-3036
Contact Name: Chasta Hamilton
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Enjoy a contemporary spin on Shakespeare’s whimsical tale of fairies, lovers and woodland mischief. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Kennedy Theatre
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Online registration opens for PAGE of Wake County's Super Saturday event on April 28, which features enrichment workshops for gifted students. Register for morning sessions, 10 a.m.-noon...

Cost: $20-$25/session

Where:
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