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Weekend Family Fun Offers Art, Music, Classic Car Show

August 15, 2012 4:37 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

This weekend, the Triangle beckons families with fun events that cater to range of tastes, from art and music to classic cars and ice skating. You'll also find lots of nature programs and story times for children of all ages. Unless otherwise noted, look for details of these upcoming events in our Daily Calendar.

Artspace's Summer Arts Program Youth Exhibition runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Artspace in downtown Raleigh. Head out to see artwork created by students ages 5 to 16 participating in summer programs at Artspace. The free show includes pottery, collages, abstract art and self-portraits. Artspace is also hosting a free Family Fun Day on Saturday, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Take the family for artists' demonstrations, face painting, carnival treats and art activities.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, catch Cirque du Soleil's "Dralion" at the PNC Arena, in Raleigh. The show features a fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions with the Cirque du Soleil's avant-garde style. See our Daily Calendar for show times and where to buy tickets.

Also Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you'll find hundreds of classic and show cars and trucks and enjoy live entertainment at the Carolina Classics at the Capital Car Show at the Raleigh Convention Center and along the streets of downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and younger, and it's free for kids 6 and younger. See our Daily Calendar for show times.

Art lovers, don't forget you can browse Third Friday art exhibitions in Durham. Details here. 

And catch a free concert in Chapel Hill on Friday, from 5 to 8 pm. at the Carolina Inn, compliments of the Fridays on the Front Porch series. Find more free or low-cost outdoors concerts around the Triangle in our roundup here.

On Saturday, head to Capital City BMX Race Day at Lions Park, in Raleigh, for fun and great racing. Registration and practice will take place between 1 and 2:30 p.m., and the race starts at 3 p.m. See our Daily Calendar for details.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Historic Yates Mill County Park, in Raleigh, will host corn grinding demonstrations and mill tours. Step back in time with 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones grind corn into meal. Reservations are encouraged. See our Daily Calendar for times and ticket prices. If you're at Yates Mill County Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, don't miss Plenair Painters, a free event when you can meet artists who work outside and practice working with watercolors.

The Raleigh IcePlex is hosting an open house Saturday from 1 to 4:15 p.m. Enjoy free lessons, face painting, figure skating and hockey demonstrations, games, giveaways and more at the ice rink at 2601 N. Raleigh Blvd., in Raleigh. The cost is $2, but skate rental is free.

Do you have a little one headed to kindergarten or a current kindergartner? Ease the transition to school with a little fun. Marbles Kids Museum, in downtown Raleigh, is hosting a Kick-off to Kindergarten, a playful event designed to clue your child into what life's like at school. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Learn more in my previous blog.

National Airborne Day Celebration!
If your kids are fascinated by paratroopers, you might want to head out of town for a day trip. The Airborne & Special Operations Museum, in Fayetteville, will celebrate National Airborne Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event marks the 72nd anniversary of the first sets of parachute jumps at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. The celebration will include free-fall parachute demonstrations by the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers and the 82nd Airborne Division's All American Freefall Team.

The 82nd Airborne Division "All American" Chorus will perform in the museum at 10:15 and 11 a.m., and displays of current XVIII Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and U.S. Army Special Operations Command equipment, as well as historic re-enactors, will be on the museum's parade field and in the lobby and gallery until 3 p.m. Parachute riggers will also hold demonstrations throughout the day. The Airborne & Special Operations Museum tells the story of the Army airborne and special operations units from 1940 to the present. Learn more about the museum here.



This weekend, the Triangle beckons families with fun events that cater to range of tastes, from art and music to classic cars and ice skating. You'll also find lots of nature programs and story times for children of all ages. Unless otherwise noted, look for details of these upcoming events in our Daily Calendar.

Artspace's Summer Arts Program Youth Exhibition runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Artspace in downtown Raleigh. Head out to see artwork created by students ages 5 to 16 participating in summer programs at Artspace. The free show includes pottery, collages, abstract art and self-portraits. Artspace is also hosting a free Family Fun Day on Saturday, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Take the family for artists' demonstrations, face painting, carnival treats and art activities.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, catch Cirque du Soleil's "Dralion" at the PNC Arena, in Raleigh. The show features a fusion of ancient Chinese circus traditions with the Cirque du Soleil's avant-garde style. See our Daily Calendar for show times and where to buy tickets.

Also Friday, Saturday and Sunday, you'll find hundreds of classic and show cars and trucks and enjoy live entertainment at the Carolina Classics at the Capital Car Show at the Raleigh Convention Center and along the streets of downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids 12 and younger, and it's free for kids 6 and younger. See our Daily Calendar for show times.

Art lovers, don't forget you can browse Third Friday art exhibitions in Durham. Details here. 

And catch a free concert in Chapel Hill on Friday, from 5 to 8 pm. at the Carolina Inn, compliments of the Fridays on the Front Porch series. Find more free or low-cost outdoors concerts around the Triangle in our roundup here.

On Saturday, head to Capital City BMX Race Day at Lions Park, in Raleigh, for fun and great racing. Registration and practice will take place between 1 and 2:30 p.m., and the race starts at 3 p.m. See our Daily Calendar for details.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Historic Yates Mill County Park, in Raleigh, will host corn grinding demonstrations and mill tours. Step back in time with 19th-century costumed interpreters and watch the millstones grind corn into meal. Reservations are encouraged. See our Daily Calendar for times and ticket prices. If you're at Yates Mill County Park on Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon, don't miss Plenair Painters, a free event when you can meet artists who work outside and practice working with watercolors.

The Raleigh IcePlex is hosting an open house Saturday from 1 to 4:15 p.m. Enjoy free lessons, face painting, figure skating and hockey demonstrations, games, giveaways and more at the ice rink at 2601 N. Raleigh Blvd., in Raleigh. The cost is $2, but skate rental is free.

Do you have a little one headed to kindergarten or a current kindergartner? Ease the transition to school with a little fun. Marbles Kids Museum, in downtown Raleigh, is hosting a Kick-off to Kindergarten, a playful event designed to clue your child into what life's like at school. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Learn more in my previous blog.

National Airborne Day Celebration!
If your kids are fascinated by paratroopers, you might want to head out of town for a day trip. The Airborne & Special Operations Museum, in Fayetteville, will celebrate National Airborne Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The event marks the 72nd anniversary of the first sets of parachute jumps at Fort Benning in Columbus, Ga. The celebration will include free-fall parachute demonstrations by the Golden Knights, the U.S. Army Special Operations Command Black Daggers and the 82nd Airborne Division's All American Freefall Team.

The 82nd Airborne Division "All American" Chorus will perform in the museum at 10:15 and 11 a.m., and displays of current XVIII Airborne Corps, 82nd Airborne Division and U.S. Army Special Operations Command equipment, as well as historic re-enactors, will be on the museum's parade field and in the lobby and gallery until 3 p.m. Parachute riggers will also hold demonstrations throughout the day. The Airborne & Special Operations Museum tells the story of the Army airborne and special operations units from 1940 to the present. Learn more about the museum here.


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