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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: July 5, 2012

This weekend's family fun includes indoor and outdoor fun, from festivals that celebrate the environment and dance, to free concerts and cool story times for children. Enjoy family exhibits at local museums. Unless otherwise listed, visit our Daily Calendar for details on these upcoming events.

In downtown Raleigh, catch First Friday, a monthly art festival. On the first Friday of every month, many museums, galleries and other venues stay open late for visitors to browse, shop and play. From 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Marbles Kids Museum is inviting kids and adults to design their own silly critter that can be turned into a unique stuffed creature you take home. Learn more, including pricing details, in our Daily Calendar. Head over to the historic City Market area for more First Friday fun, including free activities for kids at the City Market information tent, set up directly across from Cobblestone Hall, in front of Big Ed's restaurant.  Acoustic guitar player Chris Overstreet will perform from 7 to 10 p.m. in front of Cobblestone Hall. Chairs are welcome, but no coolers, please. Food and beverages are available from all City Market restaurants and many setup outdoor tents to serve patrons who stroll the cobblestone streets. You'll find more First Friday events here.

In Durham, you're invited to join in a celebration of the environment at the 33rd annual Eno River Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, The event showcases more than 90 music and dance performers, the work of North Carolina crafters and artisans and offers things for kids to do, dance workshops, craft demonstrations and river activities. Learn more here.

The American Dance Festival is also underway through July 28 in Durham, featuring three hour-long performances in its Children's Saturday Matinee Series. Attend the imaginative Pilobolus show at 1 p.m. July 7 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Learn more here.

You can catch at these free concerts this weekend:
* In Chapel Hill, a Fridays on the Front Porch series concert runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Carolina Inn.
*In Durham, Rock the Park Movie and Concert Series, a new summer series offered by Durham Parks and Recreation will feature the R&B group Veeda from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Old Farm Road Park.
* In Raleigh, the North Carolina Museum of Art's will host Music in the Galleries: Traditional Music from West Africa inside its west building at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Senagalese kora player and percussionist Diali Cissokho will perform. See our Daily Calendar for details.
* In Carrboro, Jo Gore & The Alternative will offer outdoor jazz, as part of the Jazz & More Brunch series, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday on the lawn at Weaver Street Market. Be sure to take chairs and blankets with you. Visit the Weaver Street Market's website for more information.

Learn about more upcoming free concerts in our round-up here.

Is it too hot to take your little ones outdoors?  You'll find lots of cool indoor story times on Saturday. They're designed for a range of ages, starting with babies! Visit our Daily Calendar for details what times you can catch these free story times:
* Family story time at Cameron Village Regional Library, in Raleigh
* Family story time at East Regional Library, in Knightdale
* German story time at Eva Perry Library, in Apex
* Preschool Story time at Barnes & Noble, in Durham
* Story time at Orange County Public Library's Carrboro Branch, in Chapel Hill.

Also, the North Carolina Museum of Art is featuring a free event, Storytelling in the Galleries, on both Saturday and Sunday. The event offers family-friendly tours and activities in the museum's galleries. Meet at the  East Building Information Desk. See our Daily Calendar for details on times.

Explore family exhibits at local museums, where you can stay out of the heat! Visit our Daily Calendar to explore nature programs for kids and indoor activities at play spaces around the Triangle.


Browse our Summer Fun Guide for more activities, including summer movies deals for families and outdoor theater offerings.

Updated July 6, 11:55 a.m.




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