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Weekend Fun: Free Festivals, Concerts, Consignment Sales

September 13, 2012 1:42 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks
This weekend, head outdoors for family-friendly festivals that celebrate just about everything, from bugs and the arts, to Greek culture and the harvest season. Soak in free concerts showcasing American music. In several counties—including Durham, Wake and Chatham—farms will open their doors for tours that let you enjoy locally grown food, hayrides and community gardens. And if you love consignment shopping, you can head out for sales on kids stuff. Unless otherwise noted, find details of these upcoming events in our Daily Calendar.

FRIDAY

The First United Methodist Church, in Cary will hold a consignment sale on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church at 117 S. Academy St. The sale features gently used clothing, equipment and more. Shop from 6 to 8 p.m. with a $5 donation to help a local family in need; and free from 8-9 p.m. Learn more in our Daily Calendar.

The Cary Town Band will perform for free at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bond Park's Sertoma Amphitheatre, in Cary, to celebrate the opening of its Fall Sertoma Series. The band will explore "sticky music," those catchy tunes that get stuck in your head. Learn more in our Daily Calendar.

In Chapel Hill, enjoy another free concert, compliments of the "Fridays on the Front Porch" series from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Carolina Inn. You can purchase advance food tickets online. Learn more in our Daily Calendar.

SATURDAY

Got a child who is crazy about bugs? Head to the Museum of Natural Sciences, in downtown Raleigh, where BugFest, a free festival dedicated to creepy crawlers, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The festival features family-friendly displays, educational exhibits as well as delectable dishes (not for the faint of heart as they feature bugs as the main ingredient), a beekeeping workshop and more fun inside and outside the museum on Jones Street. When the festival ends, an Evening Insectival takes over from 5 to 7 p.m., with live music, street performers and food outside the museum on Bicentennial Plaza. Learn more about upcoming festivals in our roundup here.

On Saturday, in Durham, you can shop the Chapel Hill/Durham Mothers of Multiples Fall Yard Sale from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Yates Baptist Church, located at 2819 Chapel Hill. You'll find clothing, equipment, toys, games and more at the sale, which trades in cash only. Learn more in our Daily Calendar.

In Raleigh, the Historic Yates Mill County Park, home to Wake County's last operable water-powered gristmill, will host a free harvest celebration on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take the family for harvest-related demonstrations and hands-on activities, community displays, story-tellers and games. Enjoy live bluegrass music and take part in harvest-themed singing and dancing. You'll also find vintage cars and tractors on display. Festival-goers can compete in the "Cornmeal Cook-Off," and sample foods made from corn and other agricultural products, including free popcorn in the afternoon. The gristmill will be open for half-hour tours and corn-grinding demonstrations conducted by costumed interpreters. The mill will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students, ages seven to 16.  Children six and younger are admitted free.

In Chapel Hill, the family-friendly Super Cooper's Rockin' Run Festival kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday in Southern Villages. Enjoy a 5-K race, live music from the band Skinny Bag of Sugar, a food truck alley, giant slide and mechanical bull, a live auction emceed by former NBA star Eric Montross and more. The festival benefits Super Cooper's Little Red Wagon Foundation and families affected by childhood cancer.  See our Daily Calendar for details on how to register online as well as cost.

The Triangle Brass Band will also perform a free concert of marches, musical and other tunes at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bond Park's Sertoma Amphitheatre, in Cary.

FUN SPANNING SEVERAL DAYS!

In Raleigh, join in a celebration of Greek culture with authentic food, music and dance performances, crafts and more this weekend. The Greek Festival will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds' Exposition Center, in Raleigh. See our Daily Calendar for details on schedules. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for ages 13 to 18, and free for ages 12 and under

In Durham, CenterFest, an outdoor arts festival featuring more than 200 visual and performing artists, will run Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy food, entertainment and educational activities for all ages. A donation of $5 is suggested. See our Daily Calendar for details.

On Saturday and Sunday, farms participating in the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour will open their barn doors to visitors from 1 to 5 p.m.  Farms in Durham, Wake, Chatham, Franklin, Granville and Person counties will take part in the tour that offers visitors a chance to enjoy locally grown food, free workshops, hayrides, community gardens, livestock, honeybee hives and more. You'll need to buy a ticket. See Barn Doors Open at 23 Triangle Farms for details.

Explore all the fun coming our way in the Triangle, including museum exhibits, garden and mansion tours, by visiting our Things to Do and Family Fun pages.


Faces & Places around the Triangle!

We're publishing photos of our readers' kids having fun in and around the Triangle in Carolina Parent magazine. We'd love to have yours. Send us high-resolution photos of your children to photos@carolinaparent.com for our Faces and Places page. View our latest photos on page 78 of the September issue of Carolina Parent.

This blog was modified at 2 p.m. Sept. 14




This weekend, head outdoors for family-friendly festivals that celebrate just about everything, from bugs and the arts, to Greek culture and the harvest season. Soak in free concerts showcasing American music. In several counties—including Durham, Wake and Chatham—farms will open their doors for tours that let you enjoy locally grown food, hayrides and community gardens. And if you love consignment shopping, you can head out for sales on kids stuff. Unless otherwise noted, find details of these upcoming events in our Daily Calendar.

FRIDAY

The First United Methodist Church, in Cary will hold a consignment sale on Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the church at 117 S. Academy St. The sale features gently used clothing, equipment and more. Shop from 6 to 8 p.m. with a $5 donation to help a local family in need; and free from 8-9 p.m. Learn more in our Daily Calendar.

The Cary Town Band will perform for free at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Bond Park's Sertoma Amphitheatre, in Cary, to celebrate the opening of its Fall Sertoma Series. The band will explore "sticky music," those catchy tunes that get stuck in your head. Learn more in our Daily Calendar.

In Chapel Hill, enjoy another free concert, compliments of the "Fridays on the Front Porch" series from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at The Carolina Inn. You can purchase advance food tickets online. Learn more in our Daily Calendar.

SATURDAY

Got a child who is crazy about bugs? Head to the Museum of Natural Sciences, in downtown Raleigh, where BugFest, a free festival dedicated to creepy crawlers, runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The festival features family-friendly displays, educational exhibits as well as delectable dishes (not for the faint of heart as they feature bugs as the main ingredient), a beekeeping workshop and more fun inside and outside the museum on Jones Street. When the festival ends, an Evening Insectival takes over from 5 to 7 p.m., with live music, street performers and food outside the museum on Bicentennial Plaza. Learn more about upcoming festivals in our roundup here.

On Saturday, in Durham, you can shop the Chapel Hill/Durham Mothers of Multiples Fall Yard Sale from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Yates Baptist Church, located at 2819 Chapel Hill. You'll find clothing, equipment, toys, games and more at the sale, which trades in cash only. Learn more in our Daily Calendar.

In Raleigh, the Historic Yates Mill County Park, home to Wake County's last operable water-powered gristmill, will host a free harvest celebration on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Take the family for harvest-related demonstrations and hands-on activities, community displays, story-tellers and games. Enjoy live bluegrass music and take part in harvest-themed singing and dancing. You'll also find vintage cars and tractors on display. Festival-goers can compete in the "Cornmeal Cook-Off," and sample foods made from corn and other agricultural products, including free popcorn in the afternoon. The gristmill will be open for half-hour tours and corn-grinding demonstrations conducted by costumed interpreters. The mill will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tours are $5 for adults and $3 for seniors and students, ages seven to 16.  Children six and younger are admitted free.

In Chapel Hill, the family-friendly Super Cooper's Rockin' Run Festival kicks off at 2 p.m. Saturday in Southern Villages. Enjoy a 5-K race, live music from the band Skinny Bag of Sugar, a food truck alley, giant slide and mechanical bull, a live auction emceed by former NBA star Eric Montross and more. The festival benefits Super Cooper's Little Red Wagon Foundation and families affected by childhood cancer.  See our Daily Calendar for details on how to register online as well as cost.

The Triangle Brass Band will also perform a free concert of marches, musical and other tunes at 7 p.m. Saturday at Bond Park's Sertoma Amphitheatre, in Cary.

FUN SPANNING SEVERAL DAYS!

In Raleigh, join in a celebration of Greek culture with authentic food, music and dance performances, crafts and more this weekend. The Greek Festival will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds' Exposition Center, in Raleigh. See our Daily Calendar for details on schedules. Tickets are $3 for adults, $2 for ages 13 to 18, and free for ages 12 and under

In Durham, CenterFest, an outdoor arts festival featuring more than 200 visual and performing artists, will run Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy food, entertainment and educational activities for all ages. A donation of $5 is suggested. See our Daily Calendar for details.

On Saturday and Sunday, farms participating in the Eastern Triangle Farm Tour will open their barn doors to visitors from 1 to 5 p.m.  Farms in Durham, Wake, Chatham, Franklin, Granville and Person counties will take part in the tour that offers visitors a chance to enjoy locally grown food, free workshops, hayrides, community gardens, livestock, honeybee hives and more. You'll need to buy a ticket. See Barn Doors Open at 23 Triangle Farms for details.

Explore all the fun coming our way in the Triangle, including museum exhibits, garden and mansion tours, by visiting our Things to Do and Family Fun pages.


Faces & Places around the Triangle!

We're publishing photos of our readers' kids having fun in and around the Triangle in Carolina Parent magazine. We'd love to have yours. Send us high-resolution photos of your children to photos@carolinaparent.com for our Faces and Places page. View our latest photos on page 78 of the September issue of Carolina Parent.

This blog was modified at 2 p.m. Sept. 14



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