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Labor Day Weekend Family Fun: Free Festivals, Concerts

August 30, 2012 2:10 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

Ready for a Labor Day weekend of relaxation and family fun? The Triangle has a great lineup starting on Friday with a free art festival in Hillsborough. Head to the African American Cultural Festival, enjoy free outdoor concerts, go canoeing or catch some story times or performances with your little ones.

Thinking of heading out of town? See our suggestions to find the right Carolina beach for your family or visit with some wild animals in Asheville. Unless otherwise noted, see our Daily Calendar for details.

Last Fridays in Hillsborough, a monthly art event featuring a free concert on the old courthouse lawn, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. You'll find workshops for kids, artists, food vendors, musicians and artisans and a pie eating contest at Cup A Joe's. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Chapel Hill, the "Fridays on the Front Porch" series invites you to relax outdoors with you family listening to a free concert from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Carolina Inn. You can buy advance food tickets online. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Paperhand Puppet Intervention's will host its annual summer pageant at 7 p.m. on Friday, with a pre-show beginning at 6:20 p.m. at The Forest Theatre, in Chapel Hill. The show features giant puppets, masks, stilts and music and is appropriate for all ages. See our Daily Calendar for details. Paperhand Puppet Intervention will also present "City of Frogs" at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with a pre-show beginning at 6:20 p.m., also at The Forest Theatre. See our Daily Calendar for details.

This Saturday (from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (from 1 to 8 p.m.), head to the African American Cultural Festival, on Fayetteville Street, in Raleigh. The free festival features artists, a marketplace, food vendors and live music. Look for the Family Village, where you'll find hands-on arts and crafts activities and performances for children to celebrate African American art and culture. See our Daily Calendar for details and find more family-friendly fall festivals here.

How about spending a part of Saturday floating on a canoe? Historic Yates Mill County Park, in Raleigh, will offer "Paddle the Pond: Canoeing" from 9 to 10 a.m. and from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Equipment will be provided. The cost is $10 per boat and the program is for ages 6 and up with adult. Registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Saturday is also a good day for story times in the Triangle. In Durham, Chapel Hill and Apex, story times cater to preschoolers, offers crafts and songs, help kids learn German, and celebrate the season outdoors in a garden. See our Daily Calendar for details.

On Sunday, the Duke Symphony Orchestra will offer a free "Pops" concert at 6 p.m. on Duke University's East Campus in the Main Quad. Soak in tunes from Broadway shows and popular movies, patriotic fare and works from American composers. You're invited to take a picnic.

On Monday at 10 a.m., take your little ones ages 2 to 5 to a free story time with crafts at Quail Ridge Books and Music, in Raleigh. See our Daily Calendar for details and learn about other programs for kids on Monday that include preschool art and crafts, kids yoga and climbing, bouncing and jumping fun!

Thinking of heading to the ocean to play and unwind this weekend? See our roundup to discover which Carolina Beach is Right for Your Family.

If your kids love wild animals, consider a trip to Asheville on Saturday for the first annual Wild Things Weekend.  The event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pack Place in the downtown area will feature live animal shows, award-winning wildlife films and interactive exhibits from outdoor businesses, environmental educators, and conservation groups. The conservation organization Wild South is sponsoring the day. A $5 donation a person will give you access to presentations and films all day. All proceeds will go to support Wild South's wildlife education initiatives. Visit www.wildsouth.org for more information and to register for the event.



Ready for a Labor Day weekend of relaxation and family fun? The Triangle has a great lineup starting on Friday with a free art festival in Hillsborough. Head to the African American Cultural Festival, enjoy free outdoor concerts, go canoeing or catch some story times or performances with your little ones.

Thinking of heading out of town? See our suggestions to find the right Carolina beach for your family or visit with some wild animals in Asheville. Unless otherwise noted, see our Daily Calendar for details.

Last Fridays in Hillsborough, a monthly art event featuring a free concert on the old courthouse lawn, kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Friday. You'll find workshops for kids, artists, food vendors, musicians and artisans and a pie eating contest at Cup A Joe's. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Chapel Hill, the "Fridays on the Front Porch" series invites you to relax outdoors with you family listening to a free concert from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Carolina Inn. You can buy advance food tickets online. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Paperhand Puppet Intervention's will host its annual summer pageant at 7 p.m. on Friday, with a pre-show beginning at 6:20 p.m. at The Forest Theatre, in Chapel Hill. The show features giant puppets, masks, stilts and music and is appropriate for all ages. See our Daily Calendar for details. Paperhand Puppet Intervention will also present "City of Frogs" at 7 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, with a pre-show beginning at 6:20 p.m., also at The Forest Theatre. See our Daily Calendar for details.

This Saturday (from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.) and Sunday (from 1 to 8 p.m.), head to the African American Cultural Festival, on Fayetteville Street, in Raleigh. The free festival features artists, a marketplace, food vendors and live music. Look for the Family Village, where you'll find hands-on arts and crafts activities and performances for children to celebrate African American art and culture. See our Daily Calendar for details and find more family-friendly fall festivals here.

How about spending a part of Saturday floating on a canoe? Historic Yates Mill County Park, in Raleigh, will offer "Paddle the Pond: Canoeing" from 9 to 10 a.m. and from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Saturday. Equipment will be provided. The cost is $10 per boat and the program is for ages 6 and up with adult. Registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Saturday is also a good day for story times in the Triangle. In Durham, Chapel Hill and Apex, story times cater to preschoolers, offers crafts and songs, help kids learn German, and celebrate the season outdoors in a garden. See our Daily Calendar for details.

On Sunday, the Duke Symphony Orchestra will offer a free "Pops" concert at 6 p.m. on Duke University's East Campus in the Main Quad. Soak in tunes from Broadway shows and popular movies, patriotic fare and works from American composers. You're invited to take a picnic.

On Monday at 10 a.m., take your little ones ages 2 to 5 to a free story time with crafts at Quail Ridge Books and Music, in Raleigh. See our Daily Calendar for details and learn about other programs for kids on Monday that include preschool art and crafts, kids yoga and climbing, bouncing and jumping fun!

Thinking of heading to the ocean to play and unwind this weekend? See our roundup to discover which Carolina Beach is Right for Your Family.

If your kids love wild animals, consider a trip to Asheville on Saturday for the first annual Wild Things Weekend.  The event, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Pack Place in the downtown area will feature live animal shows, award-winning wildlife films and interactive exhibits from outdoor businesses, environmental educators, and conservation groups. The conservation organization Wild South is sponsoring the day. A $5 donation a person will give you access to presentations and films all day. All proceeds will go to support Wild South's wildlife education initiatives. Visit www.wildsouth.org for more information and to register for the event.


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