Fall Fun: Triangle Offers Family-Friendly Festivals
African American Cultural Festival
Sept. 1-2 – Enjoy artists, a marketplace, food vendors, live music and a Family Village with hands-on arts and crafts activities and performances for children to celebrate African American art and culture. Free. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 1 and 1-8 p.m. Sept. 2. City Plaza, Fayetteville St., Raleigh. aacfralwake.org.
Saint Raphael Fair
Sept. 7-8 – Family fun includes games, rides, face painting, food and entertainment. Free. 5-11 p.m. Sept. 7, 1-11 p.m. Sept. 8. Saint Raphael Catholic Church, 5801 Falls of Neuse Rd., Raleigh. 919-865-5700. saintraphael.org.
Sept. 14-16 – Celebrate Greek culture with authentic food, music and dance performances, crafts and more. $3 adults, $2 ages 13-18, free for ages 12 and younger. 5-10 p.m. Sept. 14, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 15 and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 16. N.C. State Fairgrounds,
Exposition Center, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. holytrinity.org.
Sept. 15 – A festival devoted to bugs and creepy crawlers. Family-friendly displays, exhibits, presentations, delectable dishes featuring bugs as the main ingredient, a beekeeping workshop and more inside and outside the museum. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. An Evening Insectival featuring live music, street performers, food and more takes place outside on Bicentennial Plaza from 5-7 p.m. N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. 919-733-7450. bugfest.org.
Fall Harvest Celebration at Yates Mill
Sept. 15 – Take the family for corn-grinding tours of the mill, a kid's scavenger hunt, live music and dance, storytelling, antique vehicles, food vendors and more. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, 4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. 919-856-6675. wakegov.com/parks/yatesmill.
International Food and Music Festival
Sept. 15 – Enjoy authentic foods, music, dancing, games, silent auction, raffle and more. Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. J. Ashley Wall Town Center, Third and Cypress streets, Wendell. 919-365-7114. thefoodfestival.com.
CenterFest 2012: The Art Lover's Festival
Sept. 15-16 – This outdoor arts festival showcases more than 150 visual and performing artists, food, entertainment and educational activities for all ages. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sept. 15 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 16. Downtown Durham City Center, 919-560-2722. centerfest.durhamarts.org.
Asian Festival Day in the Arboretum
Sept. 23 – Write Haiku poetry, fold origami figures, enjoy Japanese kamishibai storytelling and see cultural performances. The Teahouse will also be open for tours, followed by a family-friendly Japanese tea program. (Registration and fees apply to the tea program; call to register.) All ages. Free. Noon-3 p.m. Culberson Asiatic Arboretum at Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St., Durham. 919-668-1707. gardens.duke.edu.
International Festival of Raleigh
Sept. 28-30 – Join 50 local ethnic groups and 30,000
community members to celebrate the diversity of the Triangle through international cuisine, dance and music. $6 adults, $5 ages 7-12, ages 6 and younger free. 4:30-10 p.m. Sept. 28, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sept. 29 and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sept. 30. Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. internationalfestival.org.
Celebracion! at the N.C. Museum of History
Sept. 29 – Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Latino music and dance performances, craft demonstrations, hands-on activities for kids, food and more. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. 919-807-7992. ncmuseumofhistory.org.
Raleigh Irish Festival
Sept. 29 – Celebrate all things Irish, including music, demonstrations of Irish sports and competitions, stories, vendors and more. Rides and inflatables for kids. Free. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Moore Square, Raleigh.