2017 Holiday Events: Santa Visits, Christmas Tree Lightings, Sleigh Rides, Parades, Festivals

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Be dazzled by Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker,” which takes place Dec. 13-14 in Durham.

Photo courtesy of Moscow Ballet

Usher in the holiday season at these upcoming events in the Triangle, listed alphabetically by town. Mark your calendar for festive parades, tree-lighting ceremonies, gingerbread house displays and opportunities to meet Santa. Tickets for many events are on sale now. Plans can change based on inclement weather or other unexpected conditions, so be sure to check with the event’s sponsors before heading out. Events are free unless otherwise noted. 

Jump to events in:

Apex

Cary

Chapel Hill

Durham

Raleigh

Other Triangle Towns

 

APEX

Christmas on Salem Street in downtown Apex Dec. 1, 5-9 p.m., features sleigh rides, caroling and a tree-lighting ceremony. The following day, families can enjoy a pancake breakfast at the Salem Street firehouse and take pictures with Santa at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in the afternoon before the town’s Christmas parade, which begins at 5 p.m. apexdowntown.com/downtown-apex-events.

The Halle Cultural Arts Center presents two holiday productions in December. See Infinity Ballet perform “Nutcracker Dances” Dec. 1-3, and two musicals in one with “A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol” and “The Great Big Holiday Bake Off: A Confectionary Christmas Musical” Dec. 8-10. Visit etix.com for show times and to purchase tickets.

 

CARY

Waverly Place in Cary hosts a tree-lighting ceremony Nov. 17, 6-8:30 p.m., featuring the sounds of Cary Youth Voices and a visit from Santa. The tree will be lit at approximately 6:55 p.m. On Nov. 18, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., enjoy a holiday open house with horse and carriage rides, a performance by The Magic Pipers and appearances by Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph. waverlycary.com

See 20 light displays illuminated by thousands of LED lights at the Chinese Lantern Festival at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary Nov. 24-Jan. 14. The hours are 6-10 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday. The festival also features cultural performances and artisans. Purchase tickets, $15 for adults and $10 for ages 3-17, online at boothamphitheatre.com/nc-chinese-lantern-festival-cary.


Light up the holidays at the chinese lantern festival Nov. 24-jan.14. photo courtesy of booth amphitheatre

Cary Players present “A Christmas Story” Dec. 1-4 at the Cary Arts Center. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets, $20 for adults and $18 for kids. etix.com.

Cary’s annual Heart of the Holidays festivities take place Dec. 2. Learn about Victorian holiday traditions and enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides at the Page-Walker Arts and History Center, a historic 1868 hotel, 4-6 p.m. The town’s tree-lighting ceremony takes place at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall Campus and features live performances and the unveiling of a community tree decorated with handcrafted ornaments. See featured entries in the town’s 7th Annual Gingerbread House Competition in downtown Cary and also at the Cary Arts Center through December. townofcary.org.

The 2017 Cary Christmas Parade, sponsored by the Cary Jaycees, is Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. See the website for the parade route. caryjaycees.org/cary-jaycees-christmas-parade.

Cary Ballet Company presents “The Nutcracker Suite” Dec. 15-17 at the Cary Arts Center. Purchase tickets, $21-$25, at etix.com/ticket/v/8087/cary-arts-center.

Cary’s Menorah Lighting is Dec. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center. The town’s Kwanzaa Celebration is Dec. 29, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. townofcary.org.

 

CHAPEL HILL

Holiday carolers highlight Chapel Hill’s Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 26, 6-7 p.m., at Memorial Garden of University Baptist Church on Columbia Street. Children can have their pictures taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus. downtownchapelhill.com/celebrations.

 

Opportunities to dine with Santa on select days, gingerbread house-making, a gingerbread house display, horse-drawn carriage rides and more highlight the annual Twelve Days of Christmas event series at the Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill Dec. 1-Jan. 2. 12daysevents.com.



Carolina Inn sparkles with its Twelve Days of Christmas event Dec. 1-Jan. 2. photo courtesy of emily kristine photography
 

Carolina Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” Dec. 2-3 at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill. See website for show times and to purchase tickets at carolinaperformingarts.org.

Themed floats, marching bands and Santa welcome families to the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade Dec. 9, which begins at 10 a.m. at Morehead Planetarium on E. Franklin Street in downtown Chapel Hill and ends at noon on Main Street in Carrboro. townofchapelhill.org.

Symphonic arrangements and beloved holiday melodies highlight North Carolina Symphony’s Classic Holiday Pops concert Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hall in Chapel Hill. Purchase tickets, $43-$73, at ncsymphony.org.

PlayMakers Repertory Company presents “A Christmas Carol” at Kenan Theatre on the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus Dec. 13-17. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets, which start at $15. playmakersrep.org.

Enjoy family-friendly activities, performances and a kids’ countdown under the stars to ring in the new year at Morehead Planetarium’s Night Lights: A Family New Year’s Eve Celebration Dec. 31, 4-6 p.m. Purchase tickets online at moreheadplanetarium.org.

 

DURHAM

The Durham Performing Arts Center presents two holiday shows in November. “Hip Hop Nutcracker,” Nov. 24 at 2 and 7 p.m., is a contemporary re-imagination of Tchaikovsky’s timeless music. The Brian Setzer Orchestra performs rockabilly song arrangements in its 14th Annual “Christmas Rocks! Tour” Nov. 26 at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online. dpacnc.com.

Duke Chorale’s Christmas Concert, which features traditional carols for the entire audience to sing and stories and special treats for children, is Nov. 28 at 7 p.m. at Duke Chapel. Admission is one nonperishable food item for needy families in Durham. music.duke.edu.

The American Tobacco Tower Lighting in Durham takes place Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m., featuring performances by local dance groups and choirs. At the conclusion of the event, estimated at 7 p.m. when the tower lights, the holiday fun continues over at Diamond View Park as the Home for the Holidays playhouses come to life and the bidding begins. Santa Selfies available near the Trosa Tree Lot. americantobaccocampus.com.

Celebrate an 1870s Christmas as Duke Homestead in Durham hosts its annual Christmas by Candlelight event Dec. 1 and 8, 6:45-9:15 p.m., featuring costumed interpreters leading visitors on candlelit tours of the decorated homestead. Tickets are $5 per person and free for ages 1 and younger. Purchase tickets online. dukehomestead.org.


experience the holidays as they were celebrated in the 1870's at duke homestead. photo courtesy of bryan wiggins

 

Enjoy Christmas at Historic Stagville in Durham Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission is free. Learn about the Christmas traditions of enslaved and free people in North Carolina. After dark, see some of the slaves’ quarters and sharecroppers’ homes lit by lanterns as guides share stories of the holidays during these times. Lantern tours, begin at 5 p.m., and are $5 per person and free for ages 1 and younger. Advance ticket purchase is recommended by calling 919-620-0120. stagville.org.

The City of Durham hosts its annual holiday parade with all the trimmings Dec. 2 at 11 a.m. in downtown Durham. A Holiday Fun Fest takes place later that afternoon, 1-4 p.m., at the American Tobacco Campus featuring live entertainment, bounce houses, snow sledding, train rides and a visit with Santa. The city’s Kwanzaa Celebration is Dec. 30, 3-5 p.m., at the Holton Career and Resource Center. durhamnc.gov.

Singer and songwriter Robert Earl Keen presents “Merry Christmas from the Fam-O-Lee” show at Carolina Theatre Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. Purchase tickets, $34-$39, at carolinatheatre.org.

The vocal quartet 98° performs songs from its new Christmas album, “Let It Snow,”  Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the Durham Performing Arts Center. The following evening, Dec. 6, Grammy-award winner Fantasia delivers a soulful holiday show titled, “Christmas After Midnight” in the same venue at 7:30 p.m. Purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com.

Carolina Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” Dec. 9-10 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets at carolinaballet.com.

Moscow Ballet’s “Great Russian Nutcracker” takes place Dec. 13-14 at 7 p.m. at Carolina Theatre in Durham and features world-class Russian dancers, nesting dolls and giant puppets. Purchase tickets online at ticketmaster.com.

Christmas in the Piedmont During the Civil War at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham celebrates the season Dec. 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., with living historians who demonstrate cooking and gift-wrapping in the 19th century. Santa visits with families during the event. Candlelit tours of the site take place from 6-9 p.m. Tickets are required for the tours and are $3 for adults and $2 for ages 5-16. 919-383-4345. bennettplacehistoricsite.com.

 

RALEIGH

Santa's Magical Arrival is Nov. 10, 5-8 p.m., at Triangle Town Center. The festive event includes performances by local school groups, a magic show, s'mores station, sledding and more. A Holiday Light Show Spectacular, featuring a 30-foot Christmas tree and special lighting choreographed to holiday music, runs nightly through Dec. 24. triangletowncenter.com.

Classic cars, holiday-themed floats, marching bands and large helium balloons highlight the ABC 11 Raleigh Christmas Parade Nov. 18, 9:30 a.m., in downtown Raleigh. The parade begins at the corner of Hillsborough and St. Mary’s streets. grma.org/christmas-parade.


DON'T MISS THE SPECTACULAR wral christmas parade. PHOTO COURTESY OF nieto photography

Lafayette Village in Raleigh ushers in the holiday season with its Lighting of the Tree, Nov. 18, 3-6 p.m.,  8450 Honeycutt Rd., Raleigh. lafayettevillageraleigh.com.

North Hills in Raleigh welcomes families to its Tree-Lighting Celebration Nov. 18, 3:30-7:30 p.m., featuring visits with Santa, snow sledding, trackless train rides, kids' crafts and activities, a bounce house and a vendor village. visitnorthhills.com.

North Carolina Symphony Presents “The Polar Express” Nov. 22, 3 p.m., in Meymandi Concert Hall. Listen for the sounds of silver bells and climb aboard in your pajamas for a first-class journey on “The Polar Express.” Come early to meet Santa, and enjoy kid-friendly activities and a traditional singalong. Purchase tickets for $14-$29 at ticketmaster.com.

North Carolina Symphony presents “Home Alone” Nov. 24, 7:30 p.m.; and Nov. 25, 3 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall. See the comedy classic on a big screen as the symphony plays the delightful score by John Williams live. Purchase tickets for $14-$29. at ticketmaster.com.

“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical” lands at Fletcher Theater for performances Nov. 24-Dec. 24. Purchase tickets, $15 and up, at ticketmaster.com.

Theatre in the Park presents “A Charlie Brown Christmas” Dec. 1-10. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. Theatre in the Park’s production of “A Christmas Carol” is Dec. 6-10 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium and Dec. 14-17 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. See the website for show times and purchase tickets at ticketmaster.com.

Raleigh Little Theatre presents its holiday sugarplum, “Cinderella,” Dec. 1-17. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. raleighlittletheatre.org.


raleigh little theatre's "cinderella" charms audiences of all ages dec. 1-17. PHOTO COURTESY OF carrie santiago

Make holiday memories by riding NC By Train’s Santa Train round trip from Raleigh to Charlotte Dec. 2. The train ride features a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, carolers and refreshments. Call 800-298-7246 or see the website for departure times and fares. ncdot.gov.

The Sleigh Rides and Cider event at Historic Oak View County Park is Dec. 2, 5-7:30 p.m., and offers families horse-drawn carriage rides, hot apple cider, live music, holiday activities and more. Santa also makes an appearance. wakegov.com/parks/oakview.

The Downtown Raleigh Tree Lighting Celebration is Dec. 2, 4-8 p.m., at City Plaza. This year’s celebration features a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, live entertainment, a 40-foot slide, amusements and activities, holiday refreshments, and Gingerbread House and Holiday Hound Costume contests. The fun culminates in City Plaza with the Mayor’s lighting of the 35-foot Norway spruce tree. facebook.com/events/124812554869827.

Governor Roy Cooper and First Lady Kristin Cooper host the State Capitol Tree Lighting Dec. 6, 5-7:30 p.m., which includes live music and activities the whole family will enjoy. facebook.com/NCStateCapitol.

Mordecai Historic Park’s Holiday Open House in Raleigh welcomes families Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Dec. 10, 1-4 p.m. Tour the home as it would have been decorated for Christmas during colonial days through the World War II era. Admission is free. Take one of the lantern tours, which run 5-8:30 p.m. on Dec. 9, through the house and grounds to watch vignettes of the Mordecai family, soldiers and enslaved people during the Civil War. Purchase tickets, $5 per person, at reclink.raleighnc.gov (click on “advanced search” and search for “Mordecai”).

Raleigh Ringers’ Holiday Concerts Dec. 9-10 at Meymandi Concert Hall showcase unique interpretations of sacred, secular and popular music arranged just for handbells. See the website for show times and to purchase tickets. ticketmaster.com.

The Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s holiday spectacle, “Ghosts of Christmas Eve,” is Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m. at PNC Arena. ticketmaster.com.

Carolina Ballet presents “The Nutcracker” Dec. 15-24 at Raleigh Memorial auditorium. See the website for show times and purchase tickets at carolinaballet.com.

The renowned Raleigh Boychoir presents “Carols of Christmas” Dec. 22 at 7 p.m. at Edenton Street United Methodist Church. Purchase tickets, $8-$18, at raleighboychoir.org.

First Night Raleigh takes place Dec. 31, 2 p.m.-midnight, in downtown Raleigh. Enjoy a variety of family-friendly activities prior to the Acorn Drop at midnight. A First Night button, $10, is required for entry. firstnightraleigh.com.

ring in the new year at First night raleigh. PHOTO COURTESY Of artsplosure/first night raleigh
 

OTHER TRIANGLE TOWNS

Benson’s Christmas on Main event is Dec. 1, 6-9 p.m., and showcases live entertainment, a tree-lighting ceremony at 6:45 p.m. and a visit with Santa after the parade, which begins at 7 p.m. benson-chamber.com.

Visit Lights on the Neuse in Clayton, a 1-mile, tractor-pulled Christmas hayride through a magical extravaganza of holiday lights on select nights in November and December. The event also offers a sweet shop and visit with Santa. See the website for hours and to purchase tickets. lightsontheneuse.com.

Hubb's Farm in Clinton presents “The Hubb’s Express and Santa Too!” Dec. 1-2, 5-10 p.m., featuring a ride on the Hubb’s Express Train, time with Santa, a showing of “The Polar Express” and more. Purchase tickets online for $20 (free for ages 1 and younger), or call 910-564-6709. Tickets will not be sold at the gate. hubbsfarmnc.com.

Main Street in Clayton is transformed into a Christmas Village Nov. 30, 5:30-8 p.m., with live music, a visit with Santa, train rides and a live Nativity. The town’s tree-lighting ceremony begins at 7:45 p.m. at Town Square. Enjoy a holiday parade on Main Street Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. downtownclayton.org.

Families in Fuquay-Varina can enjoy choir performances and holiday activities downtown with a tree-lighting ceremony  on Nov. 30, 6-8 p.m. The annual Fuquay-Varina Christmas Parade is Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. on Main Street. fuquay-varinadowntown.com.

Garner’s Light Up Main event, Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m., showcases a tree-lighting ceremony and a visit by Santa and Mrs. Claus. Face painting, a local talent showcase and kids’ crafts round out the fun. The Garner Christmas Parade on Main Street is Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. and features dance troupes, marching bands, Santa and decorated floats. garnernc.gov.

Hillsborough’s Light Up the Night Holiday Parade is Dec. 2, 4:45-6:30 p.m., and features a parade that begins on Corbin Street and ends at E. Margaret Lane. A tree lighting will take place at the old courthouse lawn at 6:30 p.m. hillsboroughchamber.com.

Main Street Christmas in Holly Springs is Dec. 8, 6-8 p.m. The annual event includes hayrides, crafts and live entertainment. Mrs. Claus reads stories at the Cultural Center and Santa visits with children at town hall until 7:15 p.m. The night concludes with the town’s tree-lighting ceremony at 8 p.m. at the Cultural Center. The Happy Holly Days Parade on Main Street in Holly Springs takes place Dec. 9 at 11 a.m. hollyspringsnc.us.

During Christmas on First Avenue in Knightdale, kids can visit with Mrs. Claus and Santa’s elves at Knightdale Station Park Amphitheater Dec. 1, 6-8 p.m. The event also features a tree-lighting ceremony and fun activities. Santa visits at the end of the evening. Knightdale’s Christmas parade takes place Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. knightdalenc.gov.

Four Oaks’ Christmas Festival on Main Street Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., includes a visit from Santa, children’s activities, vendors and the town’s annual Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. fouroakschamber.com.

St. Nicholas visits with kids at Mebane’s Hometown Holiday Celebration Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. The event also features carolers, a tree-lighting ceremony, marshmallow roasts, a snow slide and crafts. The Mebane Christmas Parade takes place Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. visitalamance.com.

Park West Village in Morrisville hosts a Winter Wonderland Nov. 17, 5-9 p.m., featuring train rides, story time with Santa, live music and magical winter lights. parkwestvillage.net.

Morrisville’s Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony, featuring musical entertainment, cookies, crafts and a visit from Santa, is Dec. 1, 7-9 p.m. at Indian Creek Trailhead. townofmorrisville.org.

Hop aboard an open train car with all the trimmings when New Hope Valley Railway in New Hill hosts its annual Holiday Santa Trains. Santa Claus and his elf visit with each child and pose for photos. Trains run Dec. 2, 3, 9 and 10, departing at 9:30 a.m.,11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Visit the website for prices and to purchase tickets. triangletrain.com.

Ride the rails with new hope valley railway in december. photo courtesy of new hope valley railway

The Pittsboro Christmas Parade is Dec. 10 at 3 p.m. and features seasonal floats, tractors, vintage vehicles, Santa and more. pittsboronc.gov.

The Selma Christmas Parade is Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. and features Santa under the stars. selma-nc.com.

Smithfield's annual Christmas Tree Lighting is Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. at the corner of Third and Market streets. Enjoy hot chocolate, live entertainment and an appearance from Santa. The annual Smithfield Christmas Parade is Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. on Market Street. smithfield-nc.com.

The Lighting of Wake Forest on Dec. 1, 6-8:30 p.m., includes performances by local choirs, complimentary hot cocoa and cookies, a visit from Santa arriving on a Wake Forest fire truck, a children's craft activity, and the lighting of the town’s 30-foot Christmas tree at Town Hall on South Brooks Street. The Downtown Merchants Association hosts a Holiday Open House Dec. 2, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., when kids can enjoy free pictures with Santa and face painting at The Cotton Company Event Gallery on South White Street. The town’s holiday parade, featuring high school marching bands, more than 100 colorful floats and Santa, takes place Dec. 9 at 1 p.m. in downtown Wake Forest. wakeforestnc.gov.

Take a covered wagon hayride through the holiday lights, and enjoy bonfires, a jumping pillow, train rides and music at Hill Ridge Farms’ Festival of Lights in Youngsville Nov. 23-Dec. 31, 5-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, and 5-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday. Admission is $10 for ages 2 and older Sun., Mon., Tues and Thurs.; $12 for ages 2 and older Fri.-Sat.; and $8 on Wed. hillridgefarms.com.

Take the family for caroling and a tree lighting hosted by the mayor in downtown Zebulon Dec. 2 at 5 p.m.  Zebulon Christmas Parade is Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. Kids can pose for photos with Santa Dec. 1, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Town Hall. zebulonchamber.org.

Updated Nov. 15, 2017

Janice Lewine is the associate editor at Carolina Parent.

 

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February 2018

Run Club meets every Sunday at 8 a.m. in Midtown Raleigh or Wake Forest. Stroller friendly; children invited. 

Cost: $10/run or $100/annual pass

Where:
Optimist Park Community Center/Greenways
5900 Whittier Drive
Raleigh, NC  27609
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Sponsor: FIT4MOM
Telephone: 919-348-0472
Contact Name: Missy Currin
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Enjoy a free slideshow of the birds of Yates Mill Pond. Over 150 photographs of birds are featured in the show, along with a few mammals. This slideshow, which has accompanying...

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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Join park staff in collecting data for the 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count. We will look and listen for birds in a variety of habitats, and keep track of how many individuals of each species...

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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The Wake County New Vehicle Dealers Association brings the world of cars and trucks to Raleigh. See hybrids, electric cars, SUVs, compacts, luxury vehicles and more. At the expo, the Carolina...

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

Where:
Dorton Arena
1025 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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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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Parent and child spend time collaborating in a playful workshop that weaves music, color and improvisation. All ages. RSVP required by emailing admissions@studioschooldurham.org.

Cost: Free

Where:
Studio School of Durham
1201 W. Woodcroft Pkwy.
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: Studio School of Durham
Contact Name: Danielle Clark
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Celebrate Black and African-American artists and stories. Ages 5-11 and caregiver.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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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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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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Meet the farm's beloved animals and enjoy a Valentine's photo with you and a favorite goat. Meet Peppa Pig, feed the horses and more. Kids can ride the Valentines Express Tractor...

Cost: $10/person; free for ages 3 and younger

Where:
Spring Haven Farm
5306 Homer Ruffin Rd
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Shop for gently used children's clothing, juniors', ladies', and teen boys' clothing, toys, educational materials, infant equipment, nursery furniture, maternity wear and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrisville Outlet Mall
1001 Airport Blvd.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Kids EveryWEAR Consignment Sale
Contact Name: Gail Walker
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Carolina Ballet presents Shakespeare’s story of star-crossed lovers, dueling families, intrigue, deception and a tragic twist of fate. Dramatic sword fights, stunning costumes and...

Cost: $32 and up

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


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Carolina Ballet presents Shakespeare’s story of star-crossed lovers, dueling families, intrigue, deception and a tragic twist of fate. Dramatic sword fights, stunning costumes and...

Cost: $32 and up

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


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Carolina Ballet presents Shakespeare’s story of star-crossed lovers, dueling families, intrigue, deception and a tragic twist of fate. Dramatic sword fights, stunning costumes and...

Cost: $32 and up

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


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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: $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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Join a park naturalist on a one-mile hike around Yates Mill Pond and help to identify and count the birds that we see along the way. Learn how to identify backyard birds by sight, sound and other...

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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Learn about the use of birds in national symbols and make your own bird-themed Great Seal to take home. Drop-in program. All ages. Registration not 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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Join park staff in collecting data for the 21st annual Great Backyard Bird Count. We will look and listen for birds in a variety of habitats, and keep track of how many individuals of each species...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Parkway
Morrisville , NC  27560
View map »


Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
Website »

More information

Enjoy a free slideshow of the birds of Yates Mill Pond. Over 150 photographs of birds are featured in the show, along with a few mammals. This slideshow, which has accompanying...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd.
Raleigh, NC
View map »


Telephone: 919-856-6675
Website »

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Search for common birds of the park and count them along the way. Practice using binoculars and learn how to identify these animals by shape and color.  All ages with adult....

Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Shop for gently used children's clothing, juniors', ladies', and teen boys' clothing, toys, educational materials, infant equipment, nursery furniture, maternity wear and more.

Cost: Free

Where:
Morrisville Outlet Mall
1001 Airport Blvd.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Kids EveryWEAR Consignment Sale
Contact Name: Gail Walker
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Join park staff for games and activities in celebration of the Great Backyard Bird Count. Ages 5 and older. Register online. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Blue Jay Point County Park
3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Cost: $9/resident, $12/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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Cost: Free

Where:
Crowder District Park
4709 Ten Ten Rd.
Apex, NC
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Telephone: 919-662-2850
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Spend the afternoon learning about birds and bird conservation. Go on a bird behavior scavenger hunt, play the migration game, and learn how to identify common species on the lake and at a...

Cost: Free

Where:
Lake Crabtree County Park
1400 Aviation Pkwy.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: Lake Crabtree County Park
Telephone: 919-460-3355
Contact Name: Carol Cunningham
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There are many kinds of raptors or birds of prey that call Harris Lake County Park home. Some stay all year like the Bald Eagle and others like the Osprey live here only part of the year. Discover...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919.387.4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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There are many kinds of raptors or birds of prey that call Harris Lake County Park home. Some stay all year like the Bald Eagle and others like the Osprey live here only part of the year. Discover...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New HIll, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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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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Take part in an Open Studio Exploration. Children are invited to use the materials in the studio to create at their own pace. Parents and caregivers participate by helping children achieve...

Cost: Free

Where:
Our PlayHouse Preschool
3501 Highway 54 W.
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Our PlayHouse Preschool
Telephone: (919) 967-2700
Contact Name: Elizabeth Lenn
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Get snug in the farmhouse and listen to a nature story. Explore nature items and make a themed craft. Ages 3-5 with caregiver. Advance registration required online. Choose course #215883.

Cost: $2/person

Where:
Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
2900 Horse Shoe Farm Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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See William Shakespeare's classical masterpiece brought to life on stage by director Leo Egger, who lends his own unique vision to production. Tickets are available at the door...

Cost: $10/person

Where:
Durham School Of The Arts Blackbox Theater
400 N. Duke St.
Durham, NC  27707
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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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Support the American Red Cross by making thank-you cards for its staff and volunteers. Ages 11 and older. Register online. Choose course code #111616.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

Where:
Cary Senior Center Ballroom
120 Maury O'Dell Place
Cary, NC  27513
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See L.M. Montgomery’s beloved novel "Anne of Green Gables" come to life in this stage adaptation by Peter DeLaurier. Enjoy the misadventures of Anne Shirley, a...

Cost: $12/adult, $6/ages 18 and younger

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. Second St.
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: Clayton Youth Theater
Telephone: 919-553-1737
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See William Shakespeare's classical masterpiece brought to life on stage by director Leo Egger, who lends his own unique vision to production. Tickets are available at the door...

Cost: $10/person

Where:
Durham School Of The Arts Blackbox Theater
400 N. Duke St.
Durham, NC  27707
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Learn how to help your baby excel in motor development and master standing, cruising, and first steps. The class will look at standing from the earliest stages, all the way through learning how to...

Cost: $30

Where:
Baby + Company
226 Ashville Ave
Cary, NC  27518
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Sponsor: Babies On The MOVE
Telephone: 773-495-8117
Contact Name: Rebecca Quinones
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Read "Secret Pizza Party" by Adam Rubin and make personalized pizzas. Register online. Choose course #109612.

Cost: $23/resident, $30/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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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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Ages 5 and older enjoy an astronomy program that begins with an indoor presentation and moves outdoors after sunset to view the moon, stars, and more with the preserve's telescope,...

Cost: $3

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Drive
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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Historic Stagville and Morehead Planetarium will present a stellar program that focuses on the astronomy and night sky myths and legends told in African cultures, as well as the related stories...

Cost: Free

Where:
Historic Stagville
5828 Old Oxford Hwy.
Durham, NC  27712
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Telephone: 919-620-0120
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See L.M. Montgomery’s beloved novel "Anne of Green Gables" come to life in this stage adaptation by Peter DeLaurier. Enjoy the misadventures of Anne Shirley, a...

Cost: $12/adult, $6/ages 18 and younger

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. Second St.
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: Clayton Youth Theater
Telephone: 919-553-1737
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Explore the imagination behind the creation of riveting novels as D.G. Martin, of UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch,” hosts a candid conversation between top-selling authors John...

Cost: $45-$175

Where:
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919.996.8700
Contact Name: Blake Jones
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See William Shakespeare's classical masterpiece brought to life on stage by director Leo Egger, who lends his own unique vision to production. Tickets are available at the door...

Cost: $10/person

Where:
Durham School Of The Arts Blackbox Theater
400 N. Duke St.
Durham, NC  27707
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Applause! Cary Youth Theatre presents the tale of Scraps, who intends to go her own way until she happens onto an adventure that broadens her understanding of herself and the world around....

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC
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Relive the magical adventure of Harry Potter's second year at school like never before. This concert features "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" in high-definition while...

Cost: $50-$80

Where:
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919.996.8700
Contact Name: Blake Jones
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The tribute band Rain celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of "Sgt Pepper's Lonley Hearts Club Band" by performing the historic album in its entirety in a psychedelic...

Cost: $35-$89

Where:
Durham Performing Arts Center
123 Vivian St.
Durham, NC  27701
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Enjoy a beautiful morning on this easy-paced bird walk at Horseshoe Farm. We’ll likely see birds that frequent meadows and forests as we make our way around the unique habitats at...

Cost: Free

Where:
Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve
2900 Horse Shoe Farm Rd.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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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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Celebrate Black and African-American artists and stories. Ages 5-11 and caregiver.

Cost: Free

Where:
N.C. Museum of Art
2110 Blue Ridge Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Future Tigers, 'retired' Tigers and Tiger Fans of all ages can have a turn to take 10 swings at the plate for a $5 donation.  A prize of Tiger apparel and an autographed Tiger baseball...

Cost: $5 for 10 swings

Where:
Chapel Hill High School
1709 High School Rd.
Chapel Hill, NC  27516
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Sponsor: Chapel Hill High School Baseball Team
Telephone: 856-952-3054
Contact Name: Coach Lee Land
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Children make treasured memories while increasing their knowledge of plants and animals. Ages 7-10. 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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Celebrate literature during Black History Month at the State Capitol, and hear the words and experiences of African-Americans echo through a structure built by African-Americans. The program...

Cost: Free

Where:
North Carolina State Capitol
1 E. Edenton St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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The fifth annual Marbles Future Me Kids Career Fair introduces children to an architect, dentist, engineer and many other professionals representing a wide variety of...

Cost: $7 ages 1 and older

Where:
Marbles Kids Museum
201 E. Hargett St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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New York Times bestselling author and distinguished scholar Carole Boston Weatherford discusses how American history and cultural evolution is shaped by slavery, segregation and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Cameron Village Library
1930 Clark Ave.
Raleigh, NC
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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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See Shakespeare's most magical comedy performed by Playmakers Repertory company.  

Cost: Free

Where:
The ArtsCenter
300-G East Main St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Sponsor: The ArtsCenter
Telephone: 1.919.929.2787
Contact Name: Patrick Phelps-Mckeown
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See William Shakespeare's classical masterpiece brought to life on stage by director Leo Egger, who lends his own unique vision to production. Tickets are available at the door...

Cost: $10/person

Where:
Durham School Of The Arts Blackbox Theater
400 N. Duke St.
Durham, NC  27707
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Rags to Riches Theatre for Young Audiences performs three spider tales,"Ananse and the Talking Melon," "Ananse and the Moss Covered Rock," and "Ananse Goes...

Cost: $10/person

Where:
The Scrap Exchange
2050 Chapel Hill Rd.
Durham, NC  27703
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Sponsor: The Scrap Exchange
Telephone: 919-213-1278
Contact Name: Anna Graves
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Become familiar with the current night sky through stories that various African cultures have told about the Moon, planets, and stars. Ages 7-12 with family.

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Morehead Planetarium & Science Center
250 E. Franklin St.
Chapel Hill, NC  27514
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Walk with a park naturalist to look and listen for wildlife in the woods and fields as daylight transitions to night. Ages 4 and older; children must be accompanied by an adult. Register...

Cost: $3

Where:
Wilkerson Nature Preserve
5229 Awls Haven Dr.
Raleigh, NC  27614
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Sponsor: City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources
Telephone: 919-996-6764
Contact Name: Wilkerson staff
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See L.M. Montgomery’s beloved novel "Anne of Green Gables" come to life in this stage adaptation by Peter DeLaurier. Enjoy the misadventures of Anne Shirley, a...

Cost: $12/adult, $6/ages 18 and younger

Where:
The Clayton Center
111 E. Second St.
Clayton, NC  27520
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Sponsor: Clayton Youth Theater
Telephone: 919-553-1737
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Relive the magical adventure of Harry Potter's second year at school like never before. This concert features "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" in high-definition while...

Cost: $50-$80

Where:
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E South St.
Raleigh, NC  27601
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Telephone: 919.996.8700
Contact Name: Blake Jones
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Applause! Cary Youth Theatre presents the tale of Scraps, who intends to go her own way until she happens onto an adventure that broadens her understanding of herself and the world around....

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC
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See William Shakespeare's classical masterpiece brought to life on stage by director Leo Egger, who lends his own unique vision to production. Tickets are available at the door...

Cost: $10/person

Where:
Durham School Of The Arts Blackbox Theater
400 N. Duke St.
Durham, NC  27707
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Enjoy a family-friendly comedy show from The Un-Intentionals Improv Troupe. Purchase food and beverages at the The Comedy Cafe before, during and after the show.

Cost: Free

Where:
First Baptist Church Morrisville
209 Church St.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Sponsor: The Un-Intentionals
Telephone: 919-475-4211
Contact Name: Marc Moore
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The Town of Cary’s 22nd annual celebration of African-American history and heritage features live entertainment and informative discussion. See the website for hours and fees. 

Where:
The Cary Theater
122 E. Chatham St.
Cary, NC  27511
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