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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Calendar

September 2017

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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Take the family for a showcase of popular and folk music and art, dance performances, educational booths, children's activities and food from different regions of Latin America.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
Fayetteville St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Rodeos, a mule-pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, carnival rides, street performers, bluegrass shows and more are all part of Benson Mule Days. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Downtown Benson
500 S. Market St.
Benson, NC  27504
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Take part in a self-guided scavenger hunt for all ages. Drop-in program.

Cost: Free

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Take part in a walk for suicide prevention. Registration begins at 1:00 p.m. with the walk starting at 2:00 p.m. Proceeds benefit local and national suicide prevention and awareness programs of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
South Park in Fuquay Varina
900 S. Main Street
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Telephone: 919-593-2578
Contact Name: Katie Biasi
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Discover the rich history and natural beauty of the American Tobacco Trail. Take a walk through time to learn how people historically used and shaped the land along the old railroad bed while...

Cost: Free

Where:
American Tobacco Trail -New Hill Parking Area
1309 New Hill-Olive Chapel Rd.
Apex, NC  27502
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park and the American Tobacco Trail
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Watch a brief slideshow and explore the inner workings of the mill itself. Witness the power of water as it turns the milling machinery. Registration encouraged. Tickets available inside...

Cost: $5/adult, $3 ages 7-16. Free for ages 6 and younger

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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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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Learn reptile adaptations, observe scales using hand lenses and meet Popcorn, the park's corn snake. All ages with parent. Advance registration required online. ...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Carolina Ballet presents the tale of an ugly little duckling who ultimately transforms into a beautiful swan. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $32-$72

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Carolina Ballet
Telephone: 919-719-0900
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Spice up your weekend at the 10th Annual Pepper Festival featuring one of the largest chef competitions in North Carolina. Enjoy pepper-themed dishes and brews, family activities, a kid chef...

Cost: $25-$35

Where:
Briar Chapel, Great Meadow Park, Chapel Hill, NC
Margaret B. Pollard Middle School 185 Granite Mill Blvd
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Briar Chapel & Abundance NC
Telephone: 919-511-5181
Contact Name: Hannah Eck
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Listen to a story about Johnny Appleseed, play the game of "fruit dash" and create a seed work of art to take home. All ages with adult. Register online.

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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In recognition of the special role that companion animals play in many of our lives, Millbrook Baptist Church hosts its 6th Annual Blessing of the Animals and fundraiser for Second Chance Pet...

Cost: Free

Where:
Millbrook Baptist Church
1519 E. Millbrook Rd.
RALEIGH, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Millbrook Baptist Church
Telephone: 919-876-1519
Contact Name: Franka Hawkins
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Honor hometown heroes and enjoy live music and free food while recognizing the Holly Springs Police and Fire Departments for their dedicated service. See a fire truck and Cinder the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sunrise United Methodist Church
5420 Sunset Lake Rd
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Telephone: 919-303-3720
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Enjoy hay rides and a hay bale obstacle challenge. Visit the “What’s it all About” Hay discovery table and take a leisurely stroll down to Ma Sue’s Hay Bale...

Cost: $8 and up

Where:
Hubb's Fall Festival and Corn Maze
10276 US Hwy 421 N.
Clinton, NC  28328
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Telephone: 910-564-6709
Contact Name: Tammy Peterson
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Discover the secret art of "spider sniffing." Take a flashlight. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville , NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Celebrate the motorcycle lifestyle with family-friendly activities ranging from stunt shows and specialty rides to live music and local vendors. See website for hours.

Cost: Free

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take the family for live music, crafts and food. See website for hours.

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Town Hall
301 W. Main St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Use sticks, leaves, seeds and other natural materials from the gardens to make paint brushes and use them to create a fall masterpiece. All ages.

Cost: Free for members; $5/nonmember.

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Take a nature stroll. Ages 3 and older with adult. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Enjoy a 45-minute class designed to strengthen and stretch the entire body, balance the nervous system, improve body awareness and more. Yoga classes for children incorporate breathing, music,...

Cost: $12/child; $10 for siblings

Where:
Yoga Garden PBO
184 E. Street
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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Sponsor: Kids Yoga with Emily
Telephone: 919-780-3516
Contact Name: Emily Behr
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From alligators to opossums, come face-to-face with a new live animal each week. All ages. Sessions are at 11 a.m.,  11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Programs start on time; arrive a few minutes...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Windows on the World
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Make a craft inspired by the leaves changing colors. Materials provided. All ages with adult. Registration is not required.

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Experience a music and movement class. Explore Orff and percussion instruments and do a little jumping and jamming.  Call to register.

Cost: Free

Where:
Millbrook Baptist Preschool
1519 East Millbrook Rd
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Millbrook Baptist Preschool
Telephone: 919-876-4030
Contact Name: Suzanne Holleman
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Learn basic fishing skills, fish anatomy and the role fish play in an aquatic food web by participating in a variety of games and activities. Use your skills to try and catch a fish or two and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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Learn what monarch butterflies like to eat and ways to attract them to your backyard. Make a butterfly craft to take home. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults attend...

Cost: $3/child

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Spend the morning in a magical fairy garden looking for fairies. Make a magical wand and decorate a fairy door to start a fairy garden at home. All ages. Register online.

Cost: $5/child member; $10/child nonmember

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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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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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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From alligators to opossums, come face-to-face with a new live animal each week. All ages. Sessions are at 11 a.m.,  11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Programs start on time; arrive a few minutes...

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, Windows on the World
11 W. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Ages 5-12 learn about healthy fruits and vegetables, kitchen and food safety, and enjoy a healthy snack. Meet in the bakery side of the cafe. Email sherry.thrasher@wholefoods.com to...

Cost: Free

Where:
Whole Foods North Raleigh
8710 Six Forks Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Telephone: 919-354-0350
Contact Name: Sherry Thrasher

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The golden age of the circus comes alive with puppetry, contortionists, acrobats and more. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20-$105

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
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Explore the water in the pond to see what's living in the water. Create a special pond friend to take home. All ages. Register online.

Cost: $5/child member; $7/child nonmember

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: (919) 513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Enjoy an outdoor session of yoga. Ages 3 and older with adult. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Enjoy stories with Amy Godfrey.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC  27705
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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Learn about nature and wildlife with a park naturalist. All ages with parent. Advance registration required online.

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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Discover how beavers live, eat and play in their watery world. Search for beaver signs around the pond. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online. Choose course #210656. 

Cost: $3/child

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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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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The golden age of the circus comes alive with puppetry, contortionists, acrobats and more. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20-$105

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Play with nature. Use natural items to explore and play with under the pine trees. Take a picnic lunch. All ages. Drop-in program.

Cost: Free

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Help park staff with citizen science projects. Take a water bottle and wear sturdy shoes. Ages 8-10 with adult; 11 years and older adult optional. Meet at the Cypress Shelter. Registration required.

Cost: Free

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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The golden age of the circus comes alive with puppetry, contortionists, acrobats and more. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20-$105

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Website »

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Enjoy garden stories and make a craft to take home. Take a blanket. All ages. 

Cost: Free for members; $5/nonmember

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
Website »

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Hear a funny tale by Gianna Marino about nocturnal animals that are afraid of the dark, only to find out that they are night animals themselves. Learn some fun facts about the nocturnal...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, AL
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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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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Enjoy imaginative play in a natural setting. Materials provided. All ages. Register online. Choose course code #210655. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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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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Learn how to help your baby excel in motor development and mater the skill of crawling. The class will look at crawling from the earliest stages, all the way through learning how to challenge your...

Cost: $30

Where:
Baby + Co.
226 Ashville Ave
Cary, NC  27518
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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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
View map »


Telephone: 919-387-5980
Website »

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Receive a sampling glass and passport for a $10 donation to the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. Stroll the shops at Waverly Place and visit the participating retailers for wine samples and special promotions.

Cost: Samples available for a $10 donation

Where:
Waverly Place Shopping Center
307 Colonades Way
Cary, NC  27518
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Sponsor: Kay Yow Cancer Fund
Contact Name: Robin Pate
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Families gather to form a group and enjoy an overnight experience, which includes a Dutch oven dinner, a naturalist-led night hike, s'mores, a light breakfast and time for fishing. Take a tent...

Cost: $15/youth, $20/adult

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Explore light pollution and how different shades of light affect wildlife. Measure the stars and discover the importance of the moon for sea turtles. All ages with adult. Advance...

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
Website »

More information

The golden age of the circus comes alive with puppetry, contortionists, acrobats and more. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20-$105

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Cost: $5 ages 1 and older

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Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Walk or run in a 5K or 10K run and stay for the music, games, food, raffles in an uplifting event raising awareness about Alzheimer's and dementia. AlzNC provides education,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Cary, NC


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Shop for clothing, baby equipment, toys, books and more. Many items half-off from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Cash and credit cards only. Kids can learn all about fire safety and explore a real fire...

Cost: Free admission

Where:
HillSong Church
201 Culbreth Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Chapel Hill-Durham Mothers of Multiples
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Toddler Time is a special time for ages 5 and younger to bounce under the supervision of their parents, and without interference from the big kids. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $7-$10

Where:
Sky Zone Durham
1720 Guess Rd., Ste. 90
Durham, NC  27701
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The Wake Forest Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department is partnering with Wake Forest Arts to present the inaugural Wake Forest Dance Festival. This free event will feature...

Cost: Free

Where:
E. Carroll Joyner Park
701 Harris Rd.
Wake Forest, NC
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Take part in a self-guided scavenger hunt for all ages. Drop-in program.

Cost: Free

Where:
JC Raulston Arboretum
4415 Beryl Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Telephone: 919-513-7011
Contact Name: Elizabeth Overcash
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Join gardeners as they share the joy of gardening and planting with the next generation. Read a gardening story, learn about the parts of a plant, what plants need to survive and about all the good...

Cost: Free

Where:
Garden Supply Company
1421 Old Apex Road
Cary, NC  27513
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Telephone: 919.460.7747
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Free food, classes, activities and more await families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Garden Supply Company
1421 Old Apex Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Discover how beavers live, eat and play in their watery world. Search for beaver signs around the pond. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online. Choose course #210657. 

Cost: $3/child

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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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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Kids ages 6 and younger enjoy stories. Take part in an optional arts and crafts session after storytime for $5.

Cost: Free

Where:
Read With Me Book Shop
111 E. Hargett St., $110
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy a day at the park and listen to stories from professional storytellers in an event presented in partnership with Wake County Public Libraries. Featured storytellers include Tim...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Oak View County Park
4028 Carya Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: Wake County Public Libraries and Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space
Telephone: 919-212-7695
Contact Name: Abby Jones
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Kelly Starling Lyons debuts her new chapter book series "Jada Jones" along with illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton. Enjoy a rock craft, prizes and refreshments. This...

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Enjoy a one-hour coding lesson. Choose either the 2 p.m. or 3 p.m. session. Call to register. 

Cost: Free

Where:
thecoderschool - Raleigh
13200 Strickland Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27613
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Sponsor: theCoderSchool - Raleigh
Telephone: 191-939-01708
Contact Name: Nidhi Joshi
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The golden age of the circus comes alive with puppetry, contortionists, acrobats and more. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20-$105

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Explore the amazing adaptations that make animals great migrants. All ages. Advance registration required online. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.

Cost: Free

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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Carolina Ballet presents the tale of an ugly little duckling who ultimately transforms into a beautiful swan. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $32-$72

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Carolina Ballet
Telephone: 919-719-0900
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Explore the historic nature of Leigh Farm Park with a friendly guide. Venture inside the historic farmhouse while being captivated by tales about life at Leigh Farm throughout the years.

Cost: Free

Where:
Leigh Farm Park
370 Leigh Farm Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Durham Parks and Recreation
Telephone: 919-560-1116
Contact Name: Natalya Buckel
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Put on a straw hat or sun bonnet and head to the park to try out the types of farm chores the Ingalls family had to tackle and what they did to get ready for winter. Explore how the family tended...

Cost: $6/person

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Be part of the 2017 Harvest Festival, organized by St. Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church Raleigh, where authentic freshly cooked food, stage performances, music, live auction,...

Cost: Free

Where:
St Gregorios Indian Orthodox Church
Address: 225 Bashford Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Families gather to form a group and enjoy an overnight experience, which includes a Dutch oven dinner, a naturalist-led night hike, s'mores, a light breakfast and time for fishing. Take a tent...

Cost: $15/youth, $20/adult

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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The golden age of the circus comes alive with puppetry, contortionists, acrobats and more. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20-$105

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Carolina Ballet presents the tale of an ugly little duckling who ultimately transforms into a beautiful swan. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $32-$72

Where:
Raleigh Memorial Auditorium
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: Carolina Ballet
Telephone: 919-719-0900
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