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Weekend Fun: Free Festivals, Concerts, Kids Outdoor Activities

September 27, 2012 1:46 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

This weekend is chock full of family fun across the Triangle. Choose from festivals in Raleigh and Durham that celebrate storytelling, Irish, Latino and German cultures, as well as an international festival, where you can sample the cuisine, dance and music of 50 local ethnic groups who call the Triangle home. In Hillsborough, Last Fridays, a free monthly art event, features a concert on the lawn, musicians, artisans and kids activities.

In Raleigh, Marbles Kids Museum is celebrating its fifth birthday by offering free admission for the whole family from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Also Saturday, museums participating in Smithsonian Magazine's nationwide Eighth Annual Museum Day Live! will feature free admission. In Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Botanical Garden is hosting a free concert of violin music to celebrate the opening of a "Sculpture in the Garden" exhibition and in honor of "Take a Child Outside Week." In Cary, catch a free brass concert at Bond Park. Kids can also attend a variety of nature programs and story times at various Triangle venues. Unless otherwise noted, find details of these upcoming events in our Daily Calendar.

ALL WEEKEND

The International Festival of Raleigh will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Raleigh Convention Center, in downtown Raleigh, celebrating the diversity of the Triangle. Enjoy international cuisine, dance and music at the family-friendly event, which brings together 50 local ethnic groups and 30,000 community members. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for kids ages 7 to 12. Children ages 6 and under get free admission. See our Daily Calendar for schedules and more details.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28

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

Or spend Friday night gazing at the stars at the Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh. From 8 to 9:30 p.m., the park will host "Up, Up and Away Astronomy," a free program appropriate for all ages. Take a jacket and binoculars. Registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29

Marbles Kids Museum, in downtown Raleigh, is inviting folks to celebrate its fifth birthday with a day of birthday fun, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, when museum admission is free for the whole family, and IMAX movies are $5 per person. Look for "The Best of Marbles" activities with a birthday twist on Saturday. Visit Marbles Kids Museum's site for details.

In Chapel Hill, Teer Farm will host a fundraiser to benefit families in the Duke Intensive Care Nursery from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Enjoy a dinner that includes dessert, music, raffle prizes, kids activities and more. Tickets cost $10. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Botanical Garden kicks off a free children's Outdoor Violin Concert at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday to celebrate the opening of the 24th Annual "Sculpture in the Garden" Exhibition and Take a Child Outside Week. All ages are invited. Find more events related to Take a Child Outside Week here.

In Durham's Rock Quarry Park, the Eighth Annual Latino Festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday offering live music, authentic foods, a marketplace, a soccer tournament and a chance to learn about the service resources available in Durham. Organized by Durham Parks and Recreation, the free festival will share Hispanic traditions and folklore. Kids can take part in hands-on activities that include creating traditional Latin crafts. Look for special performances by Los Galleros De Mexico​, Sajaso​, and the West End Mambo Band, a Zumba demonstration as well as information on ! For more information call (919) 560-4355 or visit www.DPRPlayMore.org. In case of inclement weather, the festival will be held at  Holton Career and Resource Center on 401 N. Driver St.

In Raleigh, the North Carolina Museum of History will host Celebracion!, a free event from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. EnjoyLatino music and dance performances, craft demonstrations, hands-on activities for kids, and food.

The Raleigh Irish Festival, a celebration of all things Irish, is also free and runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in Raleigh's Moore Square. The festival features Irish music, demonstrations of Irish sports and competitions, stories, and kids rides and inflatables.

Enjoy a good story time? Wake County Libraries and Parks, Recreation and Open Space will host its annual free Storytelling Festival on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oakview Historic County Park, in Raleigh. Head there for a stellar line up of storytellers and entertainment who will be celebrating the festival's 30year history of bringing tales to life. Performers will include acclaimed storytellers Donald Davis and Donna Washington and the local children's band, Sandbox as well as tellers from the Raleigh Little Theatre. The festival features a food vendor, hayrides and face painting and a book sale that offers $2 hardbound books and $1 paperbacks. Find free parking at the Wake County Office Park. Feel free to take a lawn chair or a blanket.

Guglhupf Bakery, Café & Restaurant, in Durham, will host Rocktoberfest from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, when you'll find live music, face painting, delicious food cooked and served out on the patio, including grilled house-made sausages, Sauerkraut, warm apple fritters, Berliner doughnuts and homemade ice cream. You are invited to wear a German costume. Menu items range from $2 to $12.

On Saturday, museums and cultural institutions participating in Museum Day Live! will offer free admission to anyone who downloads a Museum Day Live! ticket at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Across the U.S., more than 1,400 venues are expected to take part in the day, which is hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, in celebration of culture, science history and education. Search here to find participating museums near you.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 30

Catch Brass at Bond, a free concert at Bond Park's Sertoma Amphitheatre in Cary, starting at 2 p.m. Sunday. The concert is appropriate for people of all ages.

On Sunday, the Fairy and Gnome Making Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, in Chapel Hill, invites children ages 5 and older to create fairy, gnome and woodland creature sculptures out of clay. They'll also enjoy fairy activities in the garden. The cost is $15, and registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Looking for more upcoming fall fun? You'll find lots of pumpkin patches, corn mazes and age-appropriate Halloween haunts in and around the Triangle on our Things to Do page, Family Fun page and Fall Fun Guide.



This weekend is chock full of family fun across the Triangle. Choose from festivals in Raleigh and Durham that celebrate storytelling, Irish, Latino and German cultures, as well as an international festival, where you can sample the cuisine, dance and music of 50 local ethnic groups who call the Triangle home. In Hillsborough, Last Fridays, a free monthly art event, features a concert on the lawn, musicians, artisans and kids activities.

In Raleigh, Marbles Kids Museum is celebrating its fifth birthday by offering free admission for the whole family from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Also Saturday, museums participating in Smithsonian Magazine's nationwide Eighth Annual Museum Day Live! will feature free admission. In Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Botanical Garden is hosting a free concert of violin music to celebrate the opening of a "Sculpture in the Garden" exhibition and in honor of "Take a Child Outside Week." In Cary, catch a free brass concert at Bond Park. Kids can also attend a variety of nature programs and story times at various Triangle venues. Unless otherwise noted, find details of these upcoming events in our Daily Calendar.

ALL WEEKEND

The International Festival of Raleigh will run Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Raleigh Convention Center, in downtown Raleigh, celebrating the diversity of the Triangle. Enjoy international cuisine, dance and music at the family-friendly event, which brings together 50 local ethnic groups and 30,000 community members. Tickets are $6 for adults and $5 for kids ages 7 to 12. Children ages 6 and under get free admission. See our Daily Calendar for schedules and more details.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28

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

Or spend Friday night gazing at the stars at the Historic Yates Mill County Park in Raleigh. From 8 to 9:30 p.m., the park will host "Up, Up and Away Astronomy," a free program appropriate for all ages. Take a jacket and binoculars. Registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29

Marbles Kids Museum, in downtown Raleigh, is inviting folks to celebrate its fifth birthday with a day of birthday fun, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, when museum admission is free for the whole family, and IMAX movies are $5 per person. Look for "The Best of Marbles" activities with a birthday twist on Saturday. Visit Marbles Kids Museum's site for details.

In Chapel Hill, Teer Farm will host a fundraiser to benefit families in the Duke Intensive Care Nursery from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Enjoy a dinner that includes dessert, music, raffle prizes, kids activities and more. Tickets cost $10. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Chapel Hill, the North Carolina Botanical Garden kicks off a free children's Outdoor Violin Concert at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday to celebrate the opening of the 24th Annual "Sculpture in the Garden" Exhibition and Take a Child Outside Week. All ages are invited. Find more events related to Take a Child Outside Week here.

In Durham's Rock Quarry Park, the Eighth Annual Latino Festival runs from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday offering live music, authentic foods, a marketplace, a soccer tournament and a chance to learn about the service resources available in Durham. Organized by Durham Parks and Recreation, the free festival will share Hispanic traditions and folklore. Kids can take part in hands-on activities that include creating traditional Latin crafts. Look for special performances by Los Galleros De Mexico​, Sajaso​, and the West End Mambo Band, a Zumba demonstration as well as information on ! For more information call (919) 560-4355 or visit www.DPRPlayMore.org. In case of inclement weather, the festival will be held at  Holton Career and Resource Center on 401 N. Driver St.

In Raleigh, the North Carolina Museum of History will host Celebracion!, a free event from 11a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month. EnjoyLatino music and dance performances, craft demonstrations, hands-on activities for kids, and food.

The Raleigh Irish Festival, a celebration of all things Irish, is also free and runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in Raleigh's Moore Square. The festival features Irish music, demonstrations of Irish sports and competitions, stories, and kids rides and inflatables.

Enjoy a good story time? Wake County Libraries and Parks, Recreation and Open Space will host its annual free Storytelling Festival on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Oakview Historic County Park, in Raleigh. Head there for a stellar line up of storytellers and entertainment who will be celebrating the festival's 30year history of bringing tales to life. Performers will include acclaimed storytellers Donald Davis and Donna Washington and the local children's band, Sandbox as well as tellers from the Raleigh Little Theatre. The festival features a food vendor, hayrides and face painting and a book sale that offers $2 hardbound books and $1 paperbacks. Find free parking at the Wake County Office Park. Feel free to take a lawn chair or a blanket.

Guglhupf Bakery, Café & Restaurant, in Durham, will host Rocktoberfest from 4 to 10 p.m. Saturday, when you'll find live music, face painting, delicious food cooked and served out on the patio, including grilled house-made sausages, Sauerkraut, warm apple fritters, Berliner doughnuts and homemade ice cream. You are invited to wear a German costume. Menu items range from $2 to $12.

On Saturday, museums and cultural institutions participating in Museum Day Live! will offer free admission to anyone who downloads a Museum Day Live! ticket at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Across the U.S., more than 1,400 venues are expected to take part in the day, which is hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, in celebration of culture, science history and education. Search here to find participating museums near you.

SUNDAY, SEPT. 30

Catch Brass at Bond, a free concert at Bond Park's Sertoma Amphitheatre in Cary, starting at 2 p.m. Sunday. The concert is appropriate for people of all ages.

On Sunday, the Fairy and Gnome Making Workshop from 2 to 4 p.m. at the North Carolina Botanical Garden, in Chapel Hill, invites children ages 5 and older to create fairy, gnome and woodland creature sculptures out of clay. They'll also enjoy fairy activities in the garden. The cost is $15, and registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Looking for more upcoming fall fun? You'll find lots of pumpkin patches, corn mazes and age-appropriate Halloween haunts in and around the Triangle on our Things to Do page, Family Fun page and Fall Fun Guide.


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