Weekend Fun: 9 Things to Do in Raleigh, Durham, Apex, Wendell
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1. In downtown Raleigh, BugFest — N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences’ free festival — is Saturday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Now in its 19th year, BugFest draws 35,000 people annually for weird and wonderful educational fun, from science talks and face painting to bug-eating and live music. All four floors of the main museum, its new Nature Research Center and the surrounding plaza and streets will feature more than 100 educational stations, presentations and displays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bee keepers will also be on hand selling local honey.
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2. Buzz over to the N.C. Museum of History — across the plaza from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences — for a special drop-in program, “Make it, Take it: The Birds and the Bees,” Saturday, 1-3 p.m. Your kids will enjoy making a house to take home for a pollinator during the museum’s “History of the Harvest Program.”
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3. In Cary, the free Dragon Boat Festival Saturday, Sept. 19, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre returns for the second year on Symphony Lake. Watch dragon boat racing from club and community teams, savor food and performances.
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4. In Durham, the Harvest Festival at the Historic Stagville site Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., will offer agricultural-themed tours about antebellum farm work and artisans demonstrating period crafts or tasks. Children's crafts also will reflect the agricultural theme and include a pony bead corn craft and a paper bag pumpkin craft. Mule cart rides are included in the admission cost of $5.38 for adults, $3.23 for children and $16.13 for families of up to five people. Food trucks will sell grilled cheese and hot dogs.
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5. In Durham, the historic Bennett Place offers scenes from the past Saturday and Sunday as historic interpreters go through the basic training that Civil War soldiers would have received. Details on schedules here.
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6. In downtown Raleigh, SPARKcon, a 4-day celebration of art, music, film, fashion, circus, dance, comedy, design, food, media and technology and more, will serve up loads of creative fun. The festival kicks off Sept. 17.
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7. The Apex Jazz Music Festival is also Sept. 19 on Salem St. in downtown Apex. What started as a pub crawl experience has grown into a combination indoor venue and street performance music festival. For the first time, this year festival brings bands from far outside the Triangle as well as locals. Tickets are only $10, and provide access to the main stage, beer garden, and all music venues.
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8. In Durham, CenterFest Arts Festival, Sept. 19-20, will showcase the work of 143 juried visual artists from 17 states. Their handcrafted work will be for sale. Go for more than 70 performing acts on six stages and a creative “Kids Zone” with hands-on arts activities and entertainment. Enjoy locally-sourced foods and international cuisine. While you’re at CenterFest, don’t miss the Museum of Durham History “pop-up” exhibit featuring railroad historians at the History Hub, 500 West Main St., from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Learn from historians about five railroads that served Durham. You can also participate in the History Hunt, a downtown scavenger hunt that encourages players to take “selfies” at local landmarks and share them on social media to win prizes from the museum.
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9. In Wendell, the free International Food and Music Festival, Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., will feature ethnic food, live entertainment, games, raffles and a silent auction. The festival started in 2002 as a way for parishioners to share their ethnic food and has grown to include food from countries that include Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Jamaica, El Salvador and more faraway lands.
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