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

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2001 Campus Dr.
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Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60+), $3/Child (ages 7-16), Age 6 & under free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
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Cost: Free

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Apex Community Park
2200 Laura Duncan Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Town of Apex
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Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Cost: $32 and up

Where:
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2 E. South St.
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Cost: $3/person

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100 N. Green St.
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Cost: $7/resident, $10/nonresident

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Historic Downtown Wilson
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Telephone: 191-946-03355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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141 Park at North Hills St.
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Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Historic Downtown Wilson
210 Moss St.
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Telephone: 1-708-271-3042
Contact Name: Jerome De Perlinghi
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Cost: Free

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Kings Dining & Entertainment
141 Park at North Hills St.
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Sponsor: Baptist Grove Church
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Cost: $4/child

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Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Historic Downtown Wilson
210 Moss St.
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Cost: Free

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Chatham Marketplace
480 Hillsboro St.
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Sponsor: Chatham Marketplace
Telephone: 919-542-2643
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Cost: Free

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950 Peterson St.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-2760
Contact Name: Stacie Hagwood
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This Father's Day weekend, Kings Dining & Entertainment welcomes single fathers for a time to be celebrated with other single dads and have fun with their children. Register today...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Dining & Entertainment
141 Park at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Baptist Grove Church
Telephone: 919.787.4528 ext.224
Contact Name: Cynthia Jacko
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Enjoy concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise and unique artwork at this Japanese animation and culture convention. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $70/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Cost: $11/resident, $15/nonresident

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC  27513
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Cost: $3/person

Where:
Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
2900 Horse Shoe Farm Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
Telephone: (919) 870-2871
Contact Name: Nikki Jones
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For families and visitors requiring special accommodations, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Nature Exploration Center will stay open late for visitation during a quieter...

Cost: Event free; $3/person for featured exhibition

Where:
NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise and unique artwork at this Japanese animation and culture convention. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $70/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy the renowned outdoor and indoor photography festival, featuring the work of 100 prominent photographers from 38 countries. Historic Downtown Wilson is transformed into a vibrant...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Wilson
210 Moss St.
Wilson, NC  27893
View map »


Telephone: 1-708-271-3042
Contact Name: Jerome De Perlinghi
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Explore the gardens to find the perfect spot to spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Dress for the weather. Ages 3-5 with...

Cost: Free for Arboretum Family members, $5.00 per child for nonmembers.

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Road
Campus Box 7212
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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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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This Father's Day weekend, Kings Dining & Entertainment welcomes single fathers for a time to be celebrated with other single dads and have fun with their children. Register today...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Dining & Entertainment
141 Park at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Baptist Grove Church
Telephone: 919.787.4528 ext.224
Contact Name: Cynthia Jacko
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This Memorial Day, honor those who have served our nation as Project Uplift USA hosts the annual Freedom Balloon Fest at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina. See 35 hot air...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Bats are the world's only flying mammals, and having wings is only one of the adaptations that make them unique. Discover just how special bats are during this evening program.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 191-946-03355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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This Memorial Day, honor those who have served our nation as Project Uplift USA hosts the annual Freedom Balloon Fest at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina. See 35 hot air...

Cost: Free

Where:
Fleming Loop Park
2321 N. Main St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
View map »


Website »

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Enjoy the renowned outdoor and indoor photography festival, featuring the work of 100 prominent photographers from 38 countries. Historic Downtown Wilson is transformed into a vibrant...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Downtown Wilson
210 Moss St.
Wilson, NC  27893
View map »


Telephone: 1-708-271-3042
Contact Name: Jerome De Perlinghi
Website »

More information

Enjoy concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise and unique artwork at this Japanese animation and culture convention. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $70/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
View map »


Website »

More information

Enjoy concerts, educational panels, limited merchandise and unique artwork at this Japanese animation and culture convention. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $70/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Website »

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​CraZBrain Science Track out and Summer Camps has expanded to Holly Springs. Tour the facility, try out some activities and meet staff members This drop-in event is free; parental...

Cost: Free

Where:
CraZBrain - Holly Springs
333 Earnie Lane
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: CraZBrain
Telephone: 919-357-2200
Contact Name: Aaron Rothrock
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Cost: $1/person

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Cost: $2.00 per person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of History
5 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Want to get inside Historic Yates Mill? Join us for a half-hour tour (starting at 1, 1:30, 2, 2:30 or 3 p.m.) to view the main power drive and milling machinery while exploring the mill's history...

Cost: $5/Adult, $4/Senior (ages 60+), $3/Child (ages 7-16), Age 6 & under free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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This Father's Day weekend, Kings Dining & Entertainment welcomes single fathers for a time to be celebrated with other single dads and have fun with their children. Register today...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kings Dining & Entertainment
141 Park at North Hills St.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Baptist Grove Church
Telephone: 919.787.4528 ext.224
Contact Name: Cynthia Jacko
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Ride on a diesel-powered train and enjoy festivities in the rail yard. Enjoy a beach-themed cookout complete with grilled shrimp, chicken, hot dogs, corn on the cob, and non-alcoholic tropical...

Cost: $12/adult, $10 ages 2-12. Free for ages 2 and younger

Where:
New Hope Valley Railway
3900 Bonsal Rd.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Join a nature instructor to look for signs of deer like antler rubbings, tracks and scat.  Decorate deer tracks to take home and play fun games to learn more about these magnificent mammals....

Cost: $6/person

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: Durant Nature Preserve
Telephone: 919-870-2871
Contact Name: Nikki Jones
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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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Learn how salamanders compare with their reptile cousins. Ages 5 and older. Register online at http://apm.activecommunities.com/wakeparks/Activity_Search/2724.

Cost: $1/participant

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Telephone: 919-870-4330
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Children in grades K-5 enjoy an art-filled afternoon. Materials provided. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Eva Perry Regional Library
2100 Shepherd's Vineyard Dr.
Apex, NC  27502
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Learn basic canoeing skills and a bit about the millpond's history, then head out to explore the pond's many features as seen only from the water. Canoes, paddles, and life jackets are provided,...

Cost: $10.00 per boat

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Enjoy an old-fashioned Memorial Day event on the lawn of the historic house that includes  barbecue (chicken or pork) and fixins, old-school relay games, prizes and fun. Tickets must...

Cost: $20-$25.

Where:
CocoFARM
960 Luther Rd.
Apex, NC  27523
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Sponsor: CocoFARM
Telephone: 919-985-1865
Contact Name: Corrie Burton
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Celebrate the season opener by enjoying live music under the pines. Purchase tickets online. Kids 12 and under are admitted free on the lawn.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Booth Amphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy.
Cary, NC
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