Triangle Offers Low-Cost or Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series

Tap your toes to these tunes under the night sky


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Above photo courtesy of Jason Moore; all other photos provided by venues unless otherwise noted

Keep the kids entertained and your wallet fat this summer with free or low-cost live outdoor concerts throughout the Triangle area. Here is what summer 2018 has in store. Check websites for updates, as scheduling changes may occur.

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Garner • Hillsborough • Mebane • Morrisville • Raleigh • Saxapahaw • Wake Forest 


APEX

Apex Music & Movies in the Park Series
facebook.com/townofapex
Apex Nature Park Amphitheatre: 2600 Evans Road
Apex Historic Depot: 22 N. Salem Street
919-249-1120
Held at the spacious Nature Park Amphitheatre & Historic Depot, the evening will offer family friendly concerts and movies. Load up the kids, the lawn chairs, blankets and a picnic dinner and show up early for good seats. Concerts start at dusk and are scheduled for select Saturdays. No pets or alcohol. Check website for dates.

Toasts and Tunes Concert Series
facebook.com/cloerfamilyvineyards
8624 Castleberry Rd.
919-387-5760
Free concerts for all ages held at Cloer Family Vineyards on select Saturdays from 2-4 p.m. These are outdoor concerts, and wine will be sold by the glass and bottle (no outside alcohol permitted). Feel free to bring lawn chairs and picnics. 


BYNUM

Summer Music Series
facebook.com/bynumfrontporch
950 Bynum Rd. 
Tickets are not needed but a $10 donation is requested and a hat is passed for performers. Bynum Front Porch invites folks to bring chairs and sit under an open sky to enjoy fine music, food from local vendors and one another's company on Friday evenings from May to September. Please leave pets and alcohol at home. Music plays from 7 to 9 p.m. and shows span genres from gospel, folk, blues, rockabilly and bluegrass. 


CARRBORO​

After Hours: Early Summer
https://www.facebook.com/weaverstreet
101 E. Weaver St. 
919-929-0010
Beat the heat Thursday evenings with free music starting May 24, 6–8 p.m., on the Weaver Street Market lawn. Bring a picnic or chairs. 

Jazz & More Brunch
https://www.facebook.com/weaverstreet
101 E. Weaver St. 
919-929-0010
This free outdoor jazz series takes place on Sundays, starting May 20, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., on the Weaver Street Market lawn. Take chairs and blankets. Purchase a la carte brunch items in the store.  


CARY

Bands, Bites and Boats at Bond Park
facebook.com/townofcarync
801 High House Road
919-469-4100
One Friday a month, the Bond Park Boathouse plays host to musicians, food trucks and after-hours boat rentals. Spend your Friday evening floating on Bond Lake in the setting sun while you listen to great music and enjoy delicious food. Prefer to stay on land? Bring a lawn chair, friends and family. April 6, May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5. Times vary. 

Cary Live
facebook.com/townofcarync
319 S. Academy St.
919-319-4650
Enjoy the new Downtown Park while listening to some of the best bands around! Come out for a free concert with food and drinks from local vendors. June 30, July 21 and Sept. 22. Outside food and beverages are allowed. Outside alcohol is not allowed. Bring lawn chairs.

HobNob Jazz Series
facebook.com/boothamphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy. 
919-462-2025
Tickets are $5 for adults and free for children ages 12 and under at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre on Wednesday nights May 9 - June 6. All shows are 5:30-8:30 p.m. Picnics and pets on leashes are allowed; alcohol is not. 

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2018 UNC Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series
facebook.com/boothamphitheatre
8003 Regency Pkwy. 
919-462-2025
The North Carolina Symphony's popular summer outdoor concerts return for another season at Cary's Koka Booth Amphitheatre on select dates May 26 through July 21. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., but you can bring a picnic as early as 5:30 p.m. Children ages 12 and under are admitted free on the lawn. Above photo courtesy of North Carolina Symphony.

Park After Dark
facebook.com/townofcarync
319 S. Academy Street
919-319-4560
Enjoy a fun night out in the Downtown Park on select Wednesdays this summer from 7 to 9 p.m. Each event features unique food from local vendors and entertainment. June 27, July 11, Aug. 8 and Sept. 12. Outside food and beverages are allowed. Outside alcohol is not allowed. Bring lawn chairs.

PineCone: Artify (The Arts in the Parks)
facebook.com/pineconenc
919-664-8333
PineCone collaborates with the Town of Cary to offer free concerts in venues including the Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park, Cary Arts Center and Koka Booth Amphitheater. This year’s dates are May 12, June 9, June 22, July 14 and Aug. 11. 

Sertoma Series
facebook.com/townofcarync
801 High House Rd.
919-469-4061
Enjoy free outdoor concerts May-August at 7 p.m. on select dates. All shows are held at the Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park. Come early for a seat, or pack your own chairs. This year’s dates are May 12, June 9, July 14 and Aug. 11.   

Starlight Concert Series
facebook.com/townofcarync
119 Ambassador Loop
919-460-4963
Enjoy free concerts at 7 p.m. on select Fridays, June-August, at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden. Food and lawn chairs are permitted. Please leave pets and alcoholic beverages at home. This year’s dates are May 18, June 22 (6 p.m.), July 27 and Aug. 10.

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Wind Down Wednesdays at Waverly Place
facebook.com/waverlyplacenc
575 New Waverly Place
919-678-0878
Don’t miss free concerts and family entertainment on the promenade every Wednesday night June 6 through Aug. 1, 6-9 p.m. Lawn chairs and ‘people-friendly’ dogs are welcome. No concert will be held July 4. Lawn chairs and ‘people-friendly’ dogs are welcome. Coolers are not permitted. Above photo courtesy of PopulateProductions.com.


CHAPEL HILL

Courtesy of The Carolina Inn
 

Carolina Inn's Fridays on the Front Porch
facebook.com/carolinainn
211 Pittsboro St.
919-933-2001
Enjoy free live music every Friday starting April 27, 5-8 p.m. Food, beer and wine will be offered. A variety of food trucks are returning this season. Above picture courtesy of The Carolina Inn.

Meadowmont Music Series
facebook.com/meadowmont
101 Old Barn Lane 
919-636-0598
​Featuring big name bands each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Meadowmont Gazebo. Bring your friends and family and have a picnic or enjoy dinner from food trucks. 2018 dates: May 19 and Sept. 15. 

Music in the Village
facebook.com/meadowmont
100 Meadowmont Village Circle
919-240-4682
​Free music the first Friday of each month at Meadowmont Village. From 6 p.m. to sunset. 2018 dates: May 4, June 1, July 6, Aug. 3, Sept. 7 and Oct. 5. 

Music in the Meadow
facebook.com/briarchapelnc​
1342 Briar Chapel Pkwy.
888-249-9429
Free concert series open to the public at Great Meadow Park at Briar Chapel. With food trucks, sweets and beer. 

Sunday Concert Series
facebook.com/southernvillagemarket
620 Market St.
919-933-4422
Enjoy free Sunday concerts on the Southern Village Green at 6 p.m., April 8 – Sept. 9. Picnics, and free will tips for the musicians, encouraged. Please note, some days of week and event start times vary. 


CLAYTON

Clayton Town Square Concerts Series
facebook.com/townofclayton
110 W. Main St.
919-553-5002
Free concert events every month from May through September. Bring a blanket and enjoy the local vendors. Square opens at 5:30 p.m. 2018 dates: May 18, June 21, July 19, Aug. 23 and Sept. 7. 


DURHAM

Back Porch Music on the Lawn at American Tobacco Concert Series
facebook.com/americantobaccocampus
318 Blackwell St. 
919-433-1570
Enjoy free concerts, 6-9 p.m., on the American Tobacco Amphitheater select Thursdays May 11-Sept. 14. Picnics and coolers are welcome-no glass. American Tobacco’s restaurants will be open, and beer and wine are available for purchase. 2018 dates: June 14, June 21, Aug. 23 and Aug. 30. 

Northgate Jams
1058 W. Club Blvd.
919-286-4400
​A community music collaboration event on Wednesday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. at Northgate Mall. Musicians and music enthusiasts are invited to come jam. 

Duke Performances' Music in the Gardens
facebook.com/dukeperformances
420 Anderson St.
919-660-3356
Listen to regional indie rock and folk groups in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on select Wednesdays in June and July. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and concerts start at 7 p.m. Chairs and picnics are allowed. Buy tickers at tickets.duke.edu or call 919-684-4444. Tickets will be available at the door if not sold out. 

The Streets at Southpoint's Music on Main
facebook.com/streetsatsouthpoint
8030 Renaissance Pkwy.
919-572-8808
Listen to free concerts featuring adult contemporary, beach and light jazz music at Cinema Circle (across from South Point Cinemas) Saturdays April 214 - Sept. 29, 6-9 p.m. Performers entertain the crowd in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Durham Central Park (DCP) PLAYlist Concert Series
facebook.com/durhamcentralpark
501 Foster St.
919-794-8194
​Durham Central Park free concert series Fridays, June 8 through Aug. 10. Shows 6 to 8 p.m.


FUQUAY-VARINA

​Follow Me to Fuquay-Varina (FM2FV) Concert Series
business.facebook.com/townoffuquayvarina
102 N. Main St.
919-552-1400
Free concerts on select Thursdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m. at Centennial Square. Kids can enjoy a free play area featuring Mimi the Clown and inflatables. Food trucks will be on site. 2018 dates: April 12, April 26 and May 10.


GARNER

Saturday Social - Food Truck & Live Music
facebook.com/downtowngarner
141 W. Main St.
919-773-4402 
Enjoy dinner and music in Downtown Garner on Saturday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m.


HILLSBOROUGH

Jazz Brunch
https://www.facebook.com/weaverstreet
228 S. Churton St.
919-245-5050
Free “Jazz and More” music on the Weaver Street Hillsborough patio from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sundays starting May 20. 

Last Fridays
facebook.com/hillsboroughartscouncil
106 E. King St.
919-643-2500
Free monthly concert series from April through September, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Located at Courthouse Square and features art, food, music and fun for the whole family. 2018 dates: April 27, May 25, June 29, July 27, Aug. 31 and Sept. 28.


MEBANE

No events at this time.


MORRISVILLE

LIVE in The District Music Series
facebook.com/parkwestvillage
3400 Village Market Place
919-234-6710
Join the fun each Thursday night, April 19 - June 7 from 6:30 - 9 p.m. Bring lawn chairs or a blanket in a brand new outdoor venue in front of Stone Theatre – Park West 14. Free, live music!


RALEIGH

Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
facebook.com/walnutcreekampraleigh
3801 Rock Quarry Road
919-719-5500
Several upcoming Live Nation shows scheduled throughout the summer. Stay tuned to COASTAL24.com/MusicPark for updates on membership perks.

Courtesy of North Hills

Midtown Beach Music Series
facebook.com/visitnorthhills
4158 Main at North Hills St.
919-833-5263
Enjoy free music performed by popular beach bands at North Hills on Thursdays, April 19 - Aug. 16, 6-9 p.m. Best parking located in either the CapTrust Tower or the newly completed Bank of America Tower. Above picture courtesy of North Hills.

North Carolina Museum of Art Summer Concerts
facebook.com/ncartmuseum
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
919-715-5923
Since 1997 the Joseph M. Bryan, Jr., Theater in the Museum Park has welcomed America's finest singer-songwriters and critically acclaimed musical ensembles from around the world. Tickets are $40 for reserved seating and $30 for general admission. Children 6 and under are free. Select dates June 8 – Aug. 18.


SAXAPAHAW

​Saturdays in Saxapahaw
facebook.com/SXPHW-40474061573
1612 Jordan Dr.
(No phone number provided)
Enjoy free outdoor concerts on Saturdays May 5-Aug. 25, 6-8 p.m., on the Hay Wagon Stage at the Saxapahaw Rivermill Farmers Market. No dogs allowed. 


WAKE FOREST

Wake Forest ARTS Six Sundays Concerts
facebook.com/wakeforestarts?sk=wall
701 Harris Rd.
(No phone number provided)
Free concerts on Sundays from April 29 through June 3 at 5 p.m. at E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater. Food and refreshments will be available. 


Originally compiled by Carolyn Caggia, May 21, 2014. 
Updated by Megan Finke, April 22, 2018.

 

 

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Children with special needs and their families enjoy an afternoon of boating. Ages 11 and older. Register online. Choose course #111595.

Cost: $7/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Take a stroll around the pond in search of nighttime critters. Play fun games and try to catch some nocturnal bugs. Take a flashlight. All ages with adult. Meet at the Heron Shelter....

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC  27539
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Sponsor: Crowder County Park
Telephone: 919-662-2850
Contact Name: Ashley Martin
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The North Carolina Symphony is joined by actors from the UNC School of the Arts for a semi-staged production of Shakespeare’s "Romeo & Juliet", drawing on music from...

Cost: $18 and up

Where:
Meymandi Concert Hall
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Explore hundreds of candy-colored and chrome-plated 1972 and older rods hot rods, customs, muscle cars, tricked out trucks and classics on display. Enjoy a timed racing...

Cost: $17/adult, $6/child

Where:
North Carolina State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Cyclists from around the Triangle are invited to participate in the Second Annual Tour de Triangle, benefiting UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF). Presented by SAS Health and Life...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve
5581 Harward Lane
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: UnitedHealthcare Children's Foundation
Telephone: 919-459-6461
Contact Name: Jordan Lockhart
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Calling all truck-loving kids! The National Public Power Lineworkers Rodeo will be featuring a Touch-A-Truck event from 8:30 AM-2:00 PM on Saturday, April 28th in Wake Forest.  Come see these...

Cost: Free

Where:
Holding Village
S. Franklin Street
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Sponsor: ElectriCities of North Carolina
Telephone: 919-760-6000
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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
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Telephone: 1-708-271-3042
Contact Name: Jerome De Perlinghi
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Spring Daze features more than 180 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, delicious festival food and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration. The Children's Village at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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The YMCA Families On! Challenge is a fun, family race specifically designed for all ages and athletic abilities. Family, friends, co-workers and teammates experience a unique race theme,...

Cost: $21-$33

Where:
Vollmer Farm
677 NC Hwy 98 East
Bunn, NC  27508
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Take part in a family-friendly event that's open to adults and children of all ages, abilities and fitness levels. Run, skip, roll or walk with Girls on the Run participants, their coaches and...

Cost: $30-$35

Where:
American Tobacco Campus, Downtown Durham
1415 W. Hwy 54, Suite 211
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Girls on the Run of the Triangle
Telephone: 919-401-6307
Contact Name: Jamie Botta
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Enjoy breakfast featuring fresh eggs from our chickens, toast or French toast made with bread from a local bakery, ham from a local farm just down the road and coffee, tea and juice. Hold baby...

Cost: 25$

Where:
Spring Haven Farm
5306 Homer Ruffin Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Andrew Crihfield
Telephone: 919-407-1806
Contact Name: Andrew Crihfield
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Celebrate all things strawberry. Enjoy inflatables, food trucks, craft vendors, kiddie rides, facepainting, a classic car show and more.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Technology Dr., off Hwy. 42 W.
Garner, NC  27529
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Explore the world of Koi and enjoy numerous speakers and vendors and a food truck in this family-friendly event.  

Cost: Free

Where:
Raleigh Elks Lodge $735
5538 Lead Mine Rd
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: ZNA Carolina
Contact Name: Robin Santos
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Spring Daze features more than 180 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, delicious festival food and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration. The Children's Village at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Learn to make a special French-style breakfast just in time for Mother's Day. Make oeufs en cocotte (eggs en cocotte) with tomato and cheese, asparagus mouillettes, and a strawberry...

Cost: $22/child

Where:
Midway Community Kitchen
505 W. Rosemary St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Carolina Family Nutrition
Telephone: 919-724-5419
Contact Name: Lisa Richardson
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Celebrate spring in Mebane with live entertainment, vendors, kids' activities, a car show and more. The rain date is April 29.

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Mebane
Mebane, NC  27302


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Go nutty for nature as children satisfy some of their curiosity about the world around them and parents share in the joy of discovery. Ages 3-5 with parent. Register online.

Cost: $10/resident, $13/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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Advance Registration Required: Super Saturday is a semi-annual event Partners for the Advancement of Gifted Education (PAGE) of Wake County hosts to provide enrichment for our families....

Cost: $20-$30

Where:
Powell Elementary School
1130 Marlborough Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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Sponsor: PAGE of Wake County
Contact Name: Suzy Wang
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Take part in fun, hands-on science experiments, which include chemistry, physics, materials and an engineering experiment. See website for ages and times. Register online. 

Cost: $55/child

Where:
SMILE Camp
6301 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: SMILE Camp
Telephone: 919-538-5278
Contact Name: Sheila Marsh
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Letterland brings letters to life by turning them into colorful characters, each with their own personality and stories that go along with their sounds. Wake County elementary schools in grades K-2...

Cost: Free

Where:
Pullen Park
408 Ashe Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Parent and child learn simple poses and breathing exercises that will help to strengthen coordination and build body awareness. Ages 5 and older. Reserve tickets online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
The Studio School of Durham
1201 W. Woodcroft Pkwy.
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: The Studio School of Durham
Telephone: 19199672700 x3
Contact Name: Danielle Clark
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Enjoy inflatables, food trucks, a photo booth, waterslide, face painting, Touch-a-Truck, tennis demos, swim team information and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Woodcroft Swim and Tennis Club
1203 W. Woodcroft Parkway
Durham, NC  27713
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Telephone: 919-489-7705
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Celebrate the return of feathered friends with game booths, activities, crafts and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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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...

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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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-6675
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Kids in grades 1-5 enjoy a scavenger hunt. Snacks provided.

Cost: Free

Where:
Grace Bible Fellowship
9043 Chapel Hill Road
Cary, NC  27513
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Sponsor: Grace Bible Fellowship
Telephone: 919-468-4590
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Search for salamanders, frogs, snakes, turtles and more with preserve staff. Ages 10-13. Register online.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Alice is a texting, tweeting and googling girl of the digital era, but she finds herself in the Wonderland of old. Lewis Carroll's original tale is transformed into a modern adaptation...

Cost: $18/adult, $12 ages 12 and younger

Where:
Raleigh Little Theater
301 Pogue St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Learn what ingredients are needed to make good growing soil, why plants needs soil, how to make black gold (compost) and get up-close with worms and other dirt-loving critters. Ages 5 and...

Cost: $9/member, $10/nonmember

Where:
North Carolina Botanical Garden
100 Old Mason Farm Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27517
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Sponsor: North Carolina Botanical Garden
Telephone: 919-537-3770
Contact Name: Elisha Taylor
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Enjoy a sneak peek of Carolina Ballet's upcoming "Sleeping Beauty" production. All ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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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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Become a scientist for a day. Collect data from bluebird boxes for NestWatch, investigate the different species of birds that use our nest boxes, and see nests and eggs up...

Cost: $2/person

Where:
Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
2900 Horse Shoe Farm Rd
Wake Forest, NC
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Come alongside Huckleberry Finn and his friend Tom Sawyer as they find themselves knee-deep in adventure, shenanigans and Mississippi mud. This show features a variety of audience...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Kennedy Theatre
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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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...

Cost: $10/boat

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Historic Yates Mill County Park
Telephone: 919-856-5638
Contact Name: Bianca Garner
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Children with special needs and their families enjoy an afternoon of boating. Ages 11 and older. Register online. Choose course #111595.

Cost: $7/resident, $10/nonresident

Where:
Bond Park
801 High House Rd.
Cary, NC  27513
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Come alongside Huckleberry Finn and his friend Tom Sawyer as they find themselves knee-deep in adventure, shenanigans and Mississippi mud. This show features a variety of audience...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Kennedy Theatre
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Many animals are active around sunset or shortly afterward. Take a walk with a park naturalist to explore the woods and fields at this special time of day. Look for deer, coyotes and owls. All...

Cost: $3 for ages 4 and up

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 Nature Preserve
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