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

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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December 2017

Meet Santa Claus and enjoy pictures with him and his helpers. Pets welcome. Individual and group photos will be taken for special price of $10 for a set of 3 professional quality...

Cost: Free to attend. Fee for pictures.

Where:
Front Porch of former Stephen's Hardware
405 Broad St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC  27526
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Sponsor: Fuquay-Varina Arts Council
Telephone: 919-399-3183
Contact Name: Patti Goodwin
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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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Learn to code during Computer Science Education Week, an annual program for K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Coder School - Cary
201 Davis Grove Circle
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: The Coder School - Cary
Telephone: 919-234-5193
Contact Name: Nidhi Joshi
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Learn to code during Computer Science Education Week, an annual program for K-12 students to take interest in computer science. Register online.

Cost: Free

Where:
The Coder School - Cary
201 Davis Grove Circle
Cary, NC  27519
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Sponsor: The Coder School - Cary
Telephone: 919-234-5193
Contact Name: Nidhi Joshi
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See favorite Disney characters Moana, Elsa, Anna, Rapunzel, Belle, Cinderella and more skate on ice. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Enjoy homemade food and other goodies, play Hanukkah-inspired games and activities, and enjoy kids, enjoy music, dancing and more. This year’s festivities will include multiple interactive...

Cost: Free

Where:
Levin Jewish Community Center
1937 W Cornwallis Rd
Durham, NC  27705
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Telephone: 919-354-4948
Contact Name: Jillian Lea
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Join Burning Coal Theatre Company as it presents a stage production based on the children's novel by JM Barrie. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $25/adult, $15/student

Where:
Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-834-4001
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Captain Kid performs with his talented macaw, Jax.

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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The Triangle Jewish Chorale lifts its voices in Hebrew, Yiddish, Ladino and English to offer a range of songs that have come to be considered the music of the people -- folk music.

Cost: Free; donations welcome

Where:
Temple Beth Or
5315 Creedmoor Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Triangle Jewish Chorale
Telephone: 919 881 8520
Contact Name: Annie Lang
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Charlie Brown discovers the true meaning of Christmas, with help from Linus. Enjoy the classic Christmas TV special performed live on stage. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $12/person

Where:
Theatre in the Park
107 Pullen Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Enjoy two musicals in one performance. In "A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol," Mother Goose narrates as the Big Bad Wolf (Ebenezer Scrooge) meets his old business partner Jacob Midas...

Cost: $10/adult, $6/child

Where:
The Halle Cultural Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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The Raleigh Ringers perform holiday handbell music. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $20/adult, $10/student

Where:
Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Search for owls and other nocturnal wildlife. Ages 13-15. Register online.

Cost: $12/resident, $16/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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See favorite Disney characters Moana, Elsa, Anna, Rapunzel, Belle, Cinderella and more skate on ice. Hosted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Come experience O'Henry's classic Christmas tale “The Gift of the Magi." Be transported back to the Roaring '20s in...

Cost: $25

Where:
Sonorous Road Theatre
3801 Hillsborough St, Suite 113,
Raleigh, NC   27607
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Ages 18 months-5 years learn, explore and play outdoors, while enjoying a nature-based activity. Parents welcome. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Forest Hills Park (northwestern end)
1639 University Dr.
Durham, NC  27701
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Sponsor: Tinkergarten
Telephone: 919-806-7502
Contact Name: Kate Macartney
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Enjoy a short walk to look for signs of winter and play winter-related games. A story and craft will also be included. Ages 3-5. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults attend free....

Cost: $3/child

Where:
Durant Nature Preserve
8305 Camp Durant Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Enjoy holiday fun with cookies, crafts and a children's show.

Cost: Free

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Green 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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Children's Book Buyer Sarah reads stories to babies, toddlers and preschoolers.

Cost: Free

Where:
McIntyre's Books at Fearrington Village
2000 Fearrington Village Center
Pittsboro, NC  27312
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Children with special needs experience Marbles in a calmer, quieter environment after hours. This event is free and exclusively for kids with special needs and their families.

Cost: Free

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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The children's choir performs an evening of holiday favorites for all ages.

Cost: Free

Where:
Wake Forest Renaissance Center
405 Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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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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Parents and their children ages 18 months-4 years old enjoy a story, snack and music class. Contact Sarah Rapp to RSVP. srapp@saintraphael.org or 919-865-5725

Cost: Free

Where:
Saint Raphael Preschool
5801 Falls of the Neuse Rd
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: Saint Raphael Preschool
Telephone: 919-865-5725
Contact Name: Sarah Rapp
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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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Larger-than-life puppets, Russian-made costumes and a 60-foot magical Christmas tree highlight the Moscow Ballet's holiday treat. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $28 and up

Where:
Carolina Theatre
309 W. Morgan St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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The Trans-Siberian Orchestra presents its "Winter Tour 2017: The Ghosts of Christmas Eve," a holiday spectacular. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Enjoy a family-friendly movie and a slice or two of pizza. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/person. Free for ages 2 and younger

Where:
The Halle Cultural Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Larger-than-life puppets, Russian-made costumes and a 60-foot magical Christmas tree highlight the Moscow Ballet's holiday treat. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $28 and up

Where:
Carolina Theatre
309 W. Morgan St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Website »

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Join Burning Coal Theatre Company as it presents a stage production based on the children's novel by JM Barrie. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $25/adult, $15/student

Where:
Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-834-4001
Website »

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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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Cary Ballet students presents a condensed version of the holiday story for younger audiences. Join Clara, her heroic nutcracker, the evil Mouse Queen and all of Clara’s colorful friends on a...

Cost: $21-$25

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-200-3939
Contact Name: Michelle Gisondi
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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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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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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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Make three special keepsake ornaments to celebrate the holidays. Also enjoy mini cupcakes and play time.

Cost: $8/person

Where:
Bull City Craft
105 W NC 54
Suite 265
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: Bull City Craft
Telephone: 919-419-0800
Contact Name: Jessica Greene
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Kids enjoy nature activities while parents enjoy a day off. Take a hike in the wetland, learn how animals get ready for winter, make a natural ornament to take home, and finish with a movie,...

Cost: $5

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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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Registration required.

Cost: $15/resident, $19/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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Enjoy a 3.5-hour bus tour in the heart of downtown Raleigh during the holiday season. Pullen Park Holiday Express tickets included. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $55/adult, $39/child

Where:
Downtown Raleigh
, NC  27601


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Barriskill Dance Theatre School present its annual production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Reynolds Theater, Duke University
125 Science Dr.
Durham, NC  27708
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Celebrate the season with favorite carols and enjoy a singalong.

Cost: Free

Where:
Cary Senior Center
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC
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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
View map »


Website »

More information

Join Burning Coal Theatre Company as it presents a stage production based on the children's novel by JM Barrie. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $25/adult, $15/student

Where:
Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-834-4001
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Celebrate the Capital City Girls Choir’s 30th anniversary season with a concert featuring music written by composers from all over the world. See the website for the performance time.

Cost: $15 at the door

Where:
Meredith College
3800 Hillsborough St.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Telephone: 919-760-2374
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Mrs. Claus will read a Christmas-themed story children enjoy a continental breakfast. Mrs. Claus will be available for pictures and will accept letters to pass on to Santa. The event closes...

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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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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Website »

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Stop by the Holly Springs Indoor Winter Farmers Market for pictures with Santa. The jolly elf will be available from 9:30 a.m.-noon so you can take your own photos with him at the Holly Springs...

Cost: Free

Where:
Holly Springs Cultural Center
300 W Ballentine St
Holly Springs, NC  27540
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Sponsor: Holly Springs Farmers Market
Telephone: 919-567-4010
Contact Name: Farmers Market Coordinator
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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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Cary Ballet students presents a condensed version of the holiday story for younger audiences. Join Clara, her heroic nutcracker, the evil Mouse Queen and all of Clara’s colorful friends on a...

Cost: $21-$25

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-200-3939
Contact Name: Michelle Gisondi
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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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Learn how different types of birds are able to adapt to the change in weather. Play bird-themed games, take a short walk to search to birds, and make tasty bird treats. Bird treats will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Swift Creek Nature Preserve
7800 Holly Springs Rd
Raleigh, NC  27606
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Sponsor: Triangle Land Conservancy
Telephone: 919-908-0054
Contact Name: Molly Richard
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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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Enjoy a puppet show and storytime from 10:30-based on the book "Gingy: The True Story of the Gingerbread Boy" and is a twist on the classic fairy tale. Make-and-take...

Cost: Free

Where:
Carrboro Library
900 Old Fayetteville Road
Inside McDougle Middle School
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Carrboro Library in Orange County
Telephone: 919-969-3006
Contact Name: Jody Smith or Kathie Guild
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Enjoy a culinary adventure through the lands of the Nutcracker featuring high tea and pictures with a Carolina Ballet dancer, a multicultural coffee and tea experience, traditional tea...

Cost: $75-$95

Where:
Sommelier's Roast
3700 Glenwood Avenue
Suite 150
Raleigh, NC  27612
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Sponsor: Sommelier's Roast
Telephone: 191-952-61790
Contact Name: Ashley Odvody
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Shop for holiday gifts at Local Love Handmade Market, benefiting Cary-based Read & Feed. Enjoy sipping complimentary hot chocolate, crafting at the free make-and-take ornament station,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Cary
107 W. Chatham St.
Cary, NC  27511
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GeekCraft Expo has partnered with Marbles Kids Museum to provide geeky, holiday-themed make-n-take crafting activities for kids and families. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Durham Armory
220 Foster St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Artspace is hosting a Holiday Market featuring fine art, craft and jewelry by Artspace artists and local community artists. Join Connect & Create: Handmade Jewelry with Sarah Clover from...

Cost: Free admission; Class $15/$10 for members

Where:
Artspace
201 E. Davie St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-821-2787
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Take the family to make gingerbread houses. Allergy-free workshops also available. Registration required online for all workshops. 

Cost: $40/house (includes group of family or friends)

Where:
Family Preschool
4907 Garrett Rd.
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Family Preschool
Telephone: 919-402-1500
Contact Name: JJ Richardson
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Take a walk in the woods and discover the animals and plants that call the park home. Help collect data for our Natural Resource Inventory Database and other citizen science projects. Ages 14 and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Barriskill Dance Theatre School present its annual production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Reynolds Theater, Duke University
125 Science Dr.
Durham, NC  27708
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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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The Johnston County Chorale and special guests perform a blend of secular and sacred Christmas favorites. 

Cost: $15/person

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. 2nd St.
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: Johnston County Chorale
Telephone: 919 801-6448
Contact Name: Amy Rowe
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Join Burning Coal Theatre Company as it presents a stage production based on the children's novel by JM Barrie. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $25/adult, $15/student

Where:
Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-834-4001
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Cary Ballet students presents the holiday story of Clara, her heroic nutcracker, the evil Mouse Queen and all of Clara’s colorful friends. The Raleigh Boychoir's Resident...

Cost: $21-$25

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-200-3939
Contact Name: Michelle Gisondi
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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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Enjoy a family-friendly holiday gospel tradition. The show, created by Langston Hughes, features soaring singers, inspirational dancers and the heartwarming and humorous procession of...

Cost: $26/adult, $22/student

Where:
Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University
Raleigh, NC


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​Sibshops give brothers and sisters of kids with special needs an opportunity to meet other siblings in a relaxed, recreational setting to explore their feelings in creative, light...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hargraves Community Center
216 N. Roberson St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Sponsor: Adapted Recreation & Inclusion program: Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation
Telephone: 919 968-2813
Contact Name: Marian Kaslovsky
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Join Jen Bluestone and Brad Ellsworth, of Druminyasa, for a special holiday edition of family yoga and a family-friendly holiday drumming circle. Ages 5 and older.

Cost: $30 for two family members, $10 each additional member

Where:
Little Guru Kids Yoga and Creative Arts
215 Glenwood Ave., Ste. 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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Discover what's happening in the forest as the sun sets, and listen to stories and enjoy s'mores around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/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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Barriskill Dance Theatre School present its annual production of Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Ballet. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Reynolds Theater, Duke University
125 Science Dr.
Durham, NC  27708
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Enjoy a build-your-own taco bar catered by NanaTaco, latkes, dreidels, games and crafts, and a concert by Jerusalem-based band Nava Tehila, which will perform original and...

Cost: $7-$12. Free for ages 4 and younger

Where:
Judea Reform Congregation
1933 W. Cornwallis Rd.
Durham, NC  27705
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The Johnston County Chorale and special guests perform a blend of secular and sacred Christmas favorites. 

Cost: $15/person

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. 2nd St.
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: Johnston County Chorale
Telephone: 919 801-6448
Contact Name: Amy Rowe
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Come experience O'Henry's classic Christmas tale “The Gift of the Magi." Be transported back to the Roaring '20s in...

Cost: $25

Where:
Sonorous Road Theatre
3801 Hillsborough St, Suite 113,
Raleigh, NC   27607
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Cary Ballet students presents the holiday story of Clara, her heroic nutcracker, the evil Mouse Queen and all of Clara’s colorful friends. The Raleigh Boychoir's Resident...

Cost: $21-$25

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Sponsor: Cary Ballet Company
Telephone: 919-200-3939
Contact Name: Michelle Gisondi
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Join Burning Coal Theatre Company as it presents a stage production based on the children's novel by JM Barrie. Purchase tickets online.  

Cost: $25/adult, $15/student

Where:
Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919-834-4001
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Take the family to this witty and warm journey through a lifetime of Christmases as Scrooge finally finds redemption, charity and love. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
Kenan Theatre
120 Country Club Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC
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Enjoy a family-friendly holiday gospel tradition. The show, created by Langston Hughes, features soaring singers, inspirational dancers and the heartwarming and humorous procession of...

Cost: $26/adult, $22/student

Where:
Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University
Raleigh, NC


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The ArtsCenter’s annual Songs from the Circle shows are a celebration of the best in classic American Folk and Bluegrass. The Circle cast has added a second program to celebrate the...

Cost: $25/person

Where:
The ArtsCenter
300-G E. Main St.
Carrboro, NC  NC
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Telephone: 919-929-2787
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