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Written by:  Odile Fredericks
Date: June 21, 2012

Are you a fan of astronomy, history, bubbles, consignment sales, books, goats, chickens, sheep, blues music, biking or nature? You'll find lots of family fun activities across the Triangle and its surroundings to satisfy every interest this weekend (June 22-24). Many events are free. Unless otherwise noted, see our Daily Calendar for details.

FRIDAY, JUNE 22

Start the weekend by gazing at the heavens at the Stagville State Historic Site, in Durham, at a free family fun event from 8:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday.  Historic Stagville, located at 5828 Old Oxford Hwy, is partnering with Morehead Planetarium to focus on astronomy and night sky myths and legends as told in African cultures. The site has the remnants of one of the largest plantations of the pre-Civil War South. Enjoy telescope viewing of the moon and Saturn, storytelling and exploration of the original slave quarters from the 1800s. No reservations are needed. See our Daily  Calendar for details.

From 5 to 8 p.m., Friday relax outdoors with your family at a free concert, compliments of the Fridays on the Front Porch series at The Carolina Inn, in Chapel Hill. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Or head to Durham for another free concert at 6 p.m. Friday at American Tobacco. The Lizzie Ross Band will perform Americana music, compliments of the series, On the Law at American Tobacco.  Get details in our Daily Calendar and find more free outdoor concerts in our roundup.

For a day trip to Smithfield, check out the Lazy O Farm's $5 Fridayz Scavenger Hunt Friday, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Search for green eggs and ham, Charlotte's web, the "holy" bucket, a beard and more. You'll also have a chance to visit goats, chickens, sheep, cows, donkeys, pigs, rabbits, a peacock and other animals, and enjoy a hayride. See Go on a Scavenger Hunt at Lazy O Farm for details.

SATURDAY, JUNE 23

In Cary, take in a free concert of blues music by Cool John Ferguson from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Sertoma Amphitheater, in Bond Park. See our Daily Calendar for details.

The Museum of Life and Science, in Durham, will feature Bubble Blitz, a time to explore the world of gigantic and tiny bubbles, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Blow bubbles, burst bubbles and learn how marine animals use bubbles. The event is appropriate for all ages. See our Daily Calendar for details on ticket prices.

Head to the Rolesville Town Hall's Community Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday for fun fundraiser, Brooke's Buddies Bash! You'll find a DJ, dancing, karaoke, games, raffles, a silent auction, corn hole games, chair massages, face painting and more at this event designed to help a 12-year-old-girl in need of a liver transplant. The Rolesville Town Hall is located at 502 Southtown Circle. For more information, check out Brooke's Buddies page on Facebook.

Love to bike? Watch or join in the Tour de Fat and Costumed Bike Parade, which kicks off at 10 a.m. Saturday at Diamond View Park. A fundraiser for the Triangle Spokes Group, this event offers bicycle-centered, family-friendly fun. The parade route is specifically designed for children, with live music, food and entertainment throughout the day. Proceeds benefit Triangle Spokes Group. Registration opens at 9 a.m. See our Daily Calendar for details on cost.

In downtown Raleigh, the War of 1812 Bicentennial Reenactment, a free event, at the Raleigh City Museum will take place from 10:30 a.m. to noon, 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday. Enjoy living history demonstrations, learn about civilian and military life and more. See our Daily Calendar for details.

You'll find lots of story times, nature programs as well as fun at farmers markets on Saturday. On Sunday, look for more fun activities for kids, including nature programs, like "Desperately Seeking Serpents" and "Eco-explorers: Stream Explorations," on Sunday in our Daily Calendar.

EVENTS RUNNING SEVERAL DAYS

Summer is barbecue season. Celebrate at the free Peak City Pig Fest from 7 to 9 p.m.  Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday in downtown Apex. On Friday, cook teams kick off this inaugural barbecue contest sanctioned by Kansas City Barbeque Society. Take the family for food, vendors, a kids area and live entertainment on Saturday. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Shop for toys, books, clothing, equipment and more and the Frog in My Pocket Consignment Sale, Friday, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, at the BienVenue Event Center, in Apex. See our Daily Calendar for details.


Visit our Summer Fun Guide to the Triangle to find free movies and more!

Discover which Triangle-area towns are planning Fourth of July Celebrations with parades, fireworks and kids activities.

Could you use a free seaside adventure for four at Beaufort? Visit our Contests page to enter our Family Travel Photo Contest for a chance to win this great family getaway. Our contests page is loaded with great prizes this month, including tickets to the North Carolina Symphony's Summerfest 2012 series, kids DVDs and family.

Post updated at 4 p.m., June 22



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