Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, Sept. 15-17
It's BugFest time, where you can learn about the fascinating world of bugs of all kinds!
Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
This weekend there are bug and arts festivals, both in Raleigh, an international foods and music festival in Wendell and an arts festival in Durham. There's also a game night at Pullen Park. Here's the scoop!
Family Game Night at Pullen Park is a chance to compete with other families to determine the true champions of the park. Test your knowledge and mental might with different trivia topics. Are you a music aficionado? See if you can name that tune! You may even need to think or act quickly on your feet to complete random challenges thrown your way. Family Game Night is a free event with no preregistration necessary, and is geared towards ages 7 and older. The fun takes place Wednesday, Sept. 15 from 6-8 p.m. at the Pullen Event Lawn at Pullen Park in Raleigh.
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The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences presents BugFest 2017! Enjoy over 100 indoor and outdoor exhibits, crafts, games and activities, all about BUGS! Interact with entomologists and other scientists to learn all you want to know about the fascinating world of bugs. Sample dishes featuring creepy crawlers as a major ingredient prepared by local chefs at Café Insecta. Learn how to keep your own hive at a beekeeping workshop. Bring an unusual bug to the "Stump the Experts" table. When night falls join the moths, fireflies and katydids for an exhilarating evening of nocturnal activities at the Evening Insectival. The daytime fun runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m., and the evening activities are 5-7 p.m. BugFest will take place on Jones Street, The Plaza, Edenton Street, and all four floors of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences.
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CenterFest Arts Festival FREE for Kids 12 and Younger
Durham's "Art Lover's Festival" takes place 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Sept. 16 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 17. Select venues will remain open until 11 p.m. on Sept. 16. With 148 juried visual artists' work on display and for sale, 75 performing arts groups scattered among six stages, four food courts and the Creative Kids Zone, there's plenty to keep everyone in the family busy, happy, fed and entertained. Children 12 and younger are admitted for free and ages 13 and older are admitted with a suggested $5 donation that supports the festival and the arts programs and services of the Durham Arts Council. Food costs vary. CenterFest will be located in the downtown Durham loop on Main and Chapel Hill Streets in the Five Points and CCB Plaza areas.
You'll be in Wendell, but you'll be able to try foods from the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Mexico, the Philippines, Poland and more. While you're walking off your feast, enjoy entertainment from live international musicians and dancers. And for the kids, there are games, a dunking booth, inflatables and a rock climbing wall, too. No one will leave hungry or bored! The festival takes place Saturday, Sept. 16, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. in J. Ashley Wall Towne Square in Wendell. Food costs will vary.
photo courtesy of the international food and music festival
I mentioned SPARKcon in the weekday Things to Do, but since it runs through the weekend and is such a spectacular display of arts of all kinds, it deserves to be listed in this entry, too. With a slogan like "We're here, we're weird, it's awesome," how can you resist SPARKcon? It's a multi-day, multi-discipline, multi-venue festival that takes over 1.9 million square feet of downtown Raleigh to showcase over 2,000 artists in 200 events the third weekend of each September. You can see a full list of SPARKcon events here. The festival's creative programming is divided into 14 "SPARK" categories: artSPARK, fashionSPARK, geekSPARK, danceSPARK and more. Check out all of the SPARKs and see lists of events in their categories here. SPARKcon is a FREE event. The fun started Thursday, Sept. 14 but doesn't stop until Sunday, Sept. 17. Start your day of artsy exploration at the Information Tent at the intersection of Martin and Fayetteville Streets, where you can pick up your map and schedule of the event.
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