Triangle Offers Low-Cost or Free Outdoor Summer Concert Series


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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 2017 has in store. Check websites for updates, as scheduling changes may occur.

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APEX

Apex Music & Movies in the Park Series

2600 Evans Rd.
919-249-1120
Held at the spacious Nature Park Amphitheatre, 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
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
950 Bynum Rd. 
Tickets are not needed but a $5-8 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
101 E. Weaver St. 
919-929-0010
Beat the heat Thursday evenings with free music May 18-June 29, 6–8 p.m., on the Weaver Street Market lawn. Bring a picnic or chairs. 

Jazz & More Brunch
101 E. Weaver St. 
919-929-0010
This free outdoor jazz series takes place on Sundays, May 21 – Oct. 15, 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

Live at Lunch
100 W. Chatham St. 
919-469-4061
Bring your lunch or stop by one of Downtown Cary's restaurants and then join in for some mid-day music by local performers. Picnic tables provided. Thursdays in April and May from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Fidelity Bank Plaza. 

HobNob Jazz Series
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 in May. All shows are 5:30-8:30 p.m. Picnics and pets on leashes are allowed; alcohol is not. 

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2017 UNC Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series
8003 Regency Pkwy. 
919-462-2025
The North Carolina Symphony's popular summer outdoor concerts return for another season at Cary's Booth Amphitheatre on weekends May 27 through July 15. 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.

PineCone: Artify (The Arts in the Parks)
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 13, June 10, July 8 and Aug. 12. 

Sertoma Series
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 13, June 10, July 8 and Aug. 12.   

Starlight Concert Series
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 June 2, June 23, July 14 and Aug. 4.

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Wind Down Wednesdays at Waverly Place
575 New Waverly Place
919-678-0878
Don’t miss free concerts and family entertainment on the promenade every Wednesday night June 7 through July 26, 6-9 p.m. There is also a special end-of-summer concert on Wed., Aug. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. 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
211 Pittsboro St.
919-933-2001
Enjoy free live music every Friday through Oct. 13, 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.

Live and Local! Music and Art Series
140 W. Franklin St. 
919-968-2784
At the Plaza in Downtown Chapel Hill, free concerts on Friday May 5, 12 and 19. Most concerts begin at 6 p.m. and last until 9 p.m. 

Meadowmont Music Series
301 Old Barn Lane 
919-636-0598
Featuring big name bands each month from 6:30-8:30 p.m., with free parking. Bring your friends and family and have a picnic or enjoy dinner from food trucks. 2017 dates: May 6 and Sept. 16. 

Music in the Village
100 Meadowmont Village Circle
919-240-4682
Free music the first Friday of each month at Meadowmont Village. From 6 p.m. to sunset. 2017 dates: June 2, July 7, Aug. 4, Sept. 1 and Oct. 6. 

Music in the Meadow
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
620 Market St.
919-933-4422
Enjoy free Sunday concerts on the Southern Village Green at 6 p.m., April 9 – Sept. 17. 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
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. 2017 dates: May 19, June 15, July 20, Aug. 17 and Sept. 8. 

DURHAM

Back Porch Music on the Lawn at American Tobacco Concert Series
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. Parking is $6 per car.

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. Musicians and music enthusiasts are invited to come jam. 

Duke Performances 2017: Music in the Gardens
420 Anderson St.
919-660-3356
Listen to regional indie rock and folk groups in the Sarah P. Duke Gardens on select Wednesdays June 7-July 12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and concerts start at 7 p.m. Chairs and picnics are allowed. Tickets are $10, $5 for Duke employees and students and free for children 12 and under. 

The Streets at Southpoint's Music on Main
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 22 - Oct. 14, 6-9 p.m. Performers entertain the crowd in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Durham Central Park (DCP) Concert Series
501 Foster St.
919-794-8194
​Durham Central Park has a brand new, free concert series coming Fridays, June 23-Aug. 25, including Orquesta GarDel, Too Many Zooz and Skylar Gudasz w/ Special Guest Kamara Thomas. Shows 6 to 8 p.m.

FUQUAY-VARINA

​Follow Me to Fuquay-Varina (FM2FV) Concert Series
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. 2017 dates: April 13, April 27 and May 11. 

GARNER

Downtown Sounds
125 Avery St.
919-773-4402 
Listen to free live music on the back lawn of the Garner Performing Arts Center. Bring chairs or blankets, but coolers and pets are not permitted. Family-friendly food and beverages available for purchase. Check website for date(s). 

HILLSBOROUGH

Jazz Brunch
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, May 21 – Sept. 24. 

Last Fridays
​S. Churton St. and 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. 

MEBANE

Clay Street After Work
Every third Friday from May to August, 7-9 p.m. on Clay Street. Come early to shop and dine! 

MORRISVILLE

LIVE in The District Music Series
3400 Village Market Place
919-234-6710
Join the fun each Thursday night, April 20 - June 8 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
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
4158 Main at North Hills St.
919-833-5263
Enjoy free music performed by popular beach bands at North Hills on Thursdays, April 20-Aug. 17, 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
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 $30 for reserved seating and $23 for general admission. Children 6 and under are free. Select dates May 6-Sept. 16. 

Oak City 7 and Pickin’ in the Plaza
400 Fayetteville St.
919-844-1515
Summer concert series located in City Plaza (on Fayetteville Street) in downtown Raleigh. Admission is free to the public and the events take place from 5-10:30 p.m. on Thursdays, beginning the Thursday after Memorial Day and ending the Thursday before Labor Day.

SAXAPAHAW

​Saturdays in Saxapahaw
1612 Jordan Dr.
(No phone number provided)
Enjoy free outdoor concerts on Saturdays May 6-Aug. 26, 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
701 Harris Rd.
(No phone number provided)
Free concerts on Sundays from April 30 through June 4 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 23, 2017.

 

 

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October 2017

North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Pottery and glass pumpkin patch pottery demonstrations, kiln openings, raku firings, glass blowing demos, word turning demos, a fire truck, live music and more. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Cedar Creek Gallery
1150 Fleming Rd.
Creedmoor, NC  27522
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Sponsor: Cedar Creek Gallery
Telephone: 919-528-1041
Contact Name: Jennifer Dolan
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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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Join a textile artist and long-time sewing instructor for this class designed for brand new beginners and re-entry sewers. The session covers tools and sewing concepts, machine threading and...

Cost: $30

Where:
The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: The Scrap Exchange
Telephone: 191-921-31278
Contact Name: Anna Graves
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Design and build a parachute and engineer an action figure's safe landing off the big blue bridge. In partnership with NC State Engineering Ambassadors + Marbles STEM Play Corps.

Cost: $5 ages 1 and older

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Take the family for arts and crafts vendors, train rides, a car show, corn hole tournament, food trucks, inflatables and more. Live music continues until 8 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
Knightdale Station Park
810 N. First Ave.
Knightdale, NC  27545
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Explore the world of squirmy animals and learn their roles in their habitat. All ages with parent. Registration required. 

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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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. Tours take place from 2-3 and 3-4 p.m....

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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Ages 5-8 embrace science and nature while developing skills and knowledge about the natural world. 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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Carolina Ballet presents a night of haunted stories and bewitching tales.

Cost: $32 and up

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Enjoy Flamenco dance performers. All ages.

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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The Blessing of Animals is an outdoor worship service held each year. Duke Chapel has hosted a Blessing of Animals since 1989, a worship tradition made notable by the camels and other circus...

Cost: Free. $5 parking fee at Bryan Center garage

Where:
Duke Chapel Quad
Duke University
Durham, NC
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The Blessing of Animals is an outdoor worship service held each year. Duke Chapel has hosted a Blessing of Animals since 1989, a worship tradition made notable by the camels and other circus...

Cost: Free. $5 parking fee at Bryan Center garage

Where:
Duke Chapel Quad
Duke University
Durham, NC
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The Blessing of Animals is an outdoor worship service held each year. Duke Chapel has hosted a Blessing of Animals since 1989, a worship tradition made notable by the camels and other circus...

Cost: Free. $5 parking fee at Bryan Center garage

Where:
Duke Chapel Quad
Duke University
Durham, NC
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TABLE's Annual Empty Bowls event features live music, pottery demonstrations and delicious soups, bread, sandwiches and desserts from area restaurants and chefs.  Attendees will also...

Cost: $15-$60

Where:
Weaver Street Market
101 E. Weaver St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Enjoy live music and receive a meal of hearty soup, sandwich and a dessert, as well as a locally-made pottery bowl. Hear live music from local Americana and Bluegrass musicians. All ages....

Cost: $15-$50

Where:
Weaver Street Market
101 E. Weaver St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Sponsor: TABLE
Telephone: 919-636-4860
Contact Name: Suzanne Tormollen
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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Website »

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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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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Website »

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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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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Website »

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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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Burns and Company performs storytelling, mime and ventriloquism for all ages.

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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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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Website »

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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. Tours take place from 2-3 and 3-4 p.m....

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
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

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Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Parents learn more about ADHD, autism, OCD, anxiety, SPD, ODD, dyslexia and Tourette's. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Impact Family Chiropractic
5176 NC Highway 42 W, Ste. A
Ste. A
Garner, NC  27529
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Sponsor: Impact Family Chiropractic
Telephone: 919-977-5744
Contact Name: Impact Family Chiropractic
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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
View map »


Website »

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Parent and child explore what's happening in nature on an easy-paced hike around the preserve. Register online. Choose course #210344.

Cost: Free

Where:
Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
2900 Horse Shoe Farm Rd.
Wake Forest, NC
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Head outdoors with a park educator and explore popular creepy critters in the park. Dress for exploring and wear closed-toe shoes. Ages 6-12.  Registration required.

Cost: $7/child

Where:
White Deer Park Nature Center
2400 Aversboro Rd.
Garner, NC  27529
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Sponsor: Town of Garner, Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919.661.6982
Contact Name: Nature Center Front Desk
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Have your child's car seat checked for safety with Safe Kids of Durham County.

Cost: Free

Where:
buybuyBaby Durham
5430 New Hope Commons Dr
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: buybuyBaby and Safe Kids
Telephone: 919-593-3672
Contact Name: Jennifer Loomis

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Enjoy crafts, engaging activities and a guided walk through the park. Ages 2-6 with adult. Register online. Choose course #209272.

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Walnut Creek Wetland Park
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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Prepare a quesadilla recipe with a seasonal twist. Kids can be their own chefs as they follow the recipe for a delicious and healthy butternut squash quesadilla.

Cost: $5 ages 1 and older

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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This annual celebration of multiculturalism brings together nearly 60 international groups who call the Triangle home. Explore the world through main stage performances, cultural exhibits, world...

Cost: $5-$15/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: International Focus
Telephone: 919-782-0552
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: $18

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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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 the Halloween season with a creepy crawly yoga class. Paint a pumpkin to take home. Supplies included. Grades K-5. Registration required.  

Cost: $40

Where:
Little Guru Kids Yoga and Creative Arts
215 Glenwood Avenue, Suite A
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Little Guru Kids Yoga
Telephone: 919-345-5873
Contact Name: Jen Bluestone
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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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Design and decorate pumpkins to display at home, roast and eat pumpkin seeds and play pumpkin games. Registration required.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Kidzu Children's Museum
201 S. Estes Dr.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Telephone: 919-933-1455
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Meet superhero characters and enjoy music, activities and refreshments. Costumes optional. Ages 4-12. Register online. Choose course code #106338.

Cost: $39/parent and child; $17/additional child

Where:
Cary Senior Center Ballroom
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC  27513
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Learn about bats and go on a night hike to look for them. All ages with adult. Advance registration required online.

Cost: $1/person

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Take the family to view classic films. Games and activities will occur before the movie every Friday in October, 6-9 p.m. (The movie starts at dark.) Pullen Place Café will have...

Where:
Pullen Park and Pullen Place Café
408 Ashe Ave.
Raleigh, NC
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Enjoy a night of singing and dancing, fun activities for all ages and free carriage rides from 6-9 p.m.

Cost: Free

Where:
100 S. Third Street
, NC  27577
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Sponsor: Downtown Smithfield
Telephone: 919.934.0887
Contact Name: Sarah Edwards
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Enjoy a comic ballet with charming characters telling the story of this age-old fairytale. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $8/person

Where:
The Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-249-1120
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One day in class, Grace Campbell discovered that there has never been a female president. Frustrated by the lack of female faces in the White House, Grace decides she wants to be president and...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Raleigh Little Theater
301 Pogue Street
Raleigh, NC  27607
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North Carolina's signature event features live music, carnival rides, delicious food, kids' entertainment and more. See website for hours and ticket prices.  

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
N.C. State Fairgrounds
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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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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Join artist Peter Marin and explore traditional Mexican folk art to create amazing sugar skulls and "papel picado," the art of paper cut into beautiful designs. All...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Artspace
201 E. Davie St
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-821-2787
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This annual celebration of multiculturalism brings together nearly 60 international groups who call the Triangle home. Explore the world through main stage performances, cultural exhibits, world...

Cost: $5-$15/person

Where:
Raleigh Convention Center
500 S. Salisbury St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Sponsor: International Focus
Telephone: 919-782-0552
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Play with life-sized Jenga, jumbo Bananagrams, sidewalk tic-tac-toe, hoolah hoops and more. This event is organized by Communities in Schools.

Cost: Free

Where:
CCB Plaza
201 Corcoran St
Durham, NC  27701
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Enjoy a raffle, sensory activities, a bouncy house, trick-or-treating, a fire truck, police car and more. Open to children of all abilities. Costumes welcome.

Cost: Free

Where:
Aspen School
1050-A NW Maynard Rd
Cary, NC  27513
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Telephone: 919-981-6588
Contact Name: Lisa Wagner
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Infants-age 6 enjoy storytime featuring books related to a particular social justice theme. Stories are paired with an activity and music. May: Differently Abled People; June: Women...

Cost: Free

Where:
302 West Main Street
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Social Justice Storytime
Telephone: 919-714-3377
Contact Name: Jessica Hulick
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Enjoy a Halloween party featuring a costume parade, storytime, pumpkin crafts, games, family photo booth, trick-or-treating and more. Registration required online. 

Cost: Free. Suggested donation of either a new board book or $5

Where:
Triangle Presbyterian Church
5001 Tudor Place
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: Triangle Area Parenting Support
Telephone: 919-744-8876
Contact Name: Monica Richardson
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Cost: Free

Where:
Quail Ridge Books
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Enjoy a guided tour of the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park, followed by an art activity using plant materials collected during the tour. All ages and abilities welcome. Registration...

Cost: Free

Where:
Kids Together Playground
111 Thurston Dr.
Cary, NC  27518
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Carve a pumpkin alongside the steady hands of a WakeMed pediatric surgeon. All participants receive a free pumpkin while supplies last. 

Cost: $5 ages 1 and older

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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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 how to use mixed media techniques to create a dynamic self-portrait. In order for the instructor to prep for this workshop, students will need to provide the instructor with two items in...

Cost: $35

Where:
Durham Arts Council
120 Morris St.
Durham , NC  27701
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Sponsor: Durham Arts Council
Telephone: 919-560-2726
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Enjoy a festival celebrating work, food and harvest. This event explores the season for all people on one of North Carolina's largest plantations, through games, music, food,...

Cost: $5/person, $15 family rate

Where:
Historic Stagville
5828 Old Oxford Hwy.
Durham, NC  27712
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Telephone: 919-620-0120
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Join a costumed interpreter to learn 19th-century country dances. No registration required. Sessions are noon-12:45 p.m. and 4-4:45 p.m.

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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Enjoy a health fair, food, interactive exhibits, arts, crafts, games provided by Playworks NC, prizes face painting and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Poe Center for Health Education
224 Sunnybrook Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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One day in class, Grace Campbell discovered that there has never been a female president. Frustrated by the lack of female faces in the White House, Grace decides she wants to be president and...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Raleigh Little Theater
301 Pogue Street
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Learn about the trade of candy making, taste penny candy and take a trip around the globe to explore favorite treats. All ages. No registration required.

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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Celebrate Halloween and nature with scary scavenger hunts, creepy crafts and fun games. Costumes optional. 

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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Carolina Ballet presents a night of haunted stories and bewitching tales.

Cost: $32 and up

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Kelly Starling Lyons debuts her new chapter book series "Jada Jones" along with illustrator Vanessa Brantley Newton. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Richard B. Harrison Community Library
1313 New Bern Ave.
Raleigh, NC  27610
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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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Activities include large KidZone with fire engine, face-painting, reading corner, giant games, inflatable obstacle course, paint-a-pumpkin, bird-feeder craft and more. Adult activities include...

Cost: $10/adult, $5/child. Free for ages 5 and younger

Where:
Midtown Park @ North Hills
4011 Cardinal at North Hills Street
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Midtown Raleigh Alliance
Telephone: 919-606-6068
Contact Name: Tara Robbins
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Enjoy a comic ballet with charming characters telling the story of this age-old fairytale. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $8/person

Where:
The Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-249-1120
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One day in class, Grace Campbell discovered that there has never been a female president. Frustrated by the lack of female faces in the White House, Grace decides she wants to be president and...

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Raleigh Little Theater
301 Pogue Street
Raleigh, NC  27607
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All ages enjoy a barn dance hosted by the Sassafras Fork Farm with live music and barbecue.

Cost: $15-$50

Where:
Sassafras Fork Farm
639 U.S. 158
Rougemont, NC  27572
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Sponsor: The South Durham Farmers' Market
Contact Name: Jessie Kadolph
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Enjoy a comic ballet with charming characters telling the story of this age-old fairytale. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $8/person

Where:
The Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-249-1120
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Carolina Ballet presents a night of haunted stories and bewitching tales.

Cost: $32 and up

Where:
Fletcher Theater
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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