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Weekend Fun: Free Festivals, Concerts, Nature Activities

October 11, 2012 1:52 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

This weekend offers loads of family fun across the Triangle, from North Carolina State Fair entertainment to free festivals and concerts. Head to the grand opening of a natural play area at a Raleigh park, to a dairy in Chapel Hill to see calves and sample artisan cheeses, or shop a book sale at a Durham library. Take the kids out for activities that range from rickshaw rides and hayrides to dancing, crafts and an opportunity to build your own scarecrow! Unless otherwise noted, find more details of these events in our Daily Calendar.

The North Carolina State Fair opens at 3 p.m. this Thursday with a Preview Day at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, in Raleigh. Preview Day features discounted admission and unlimited ride wristbands. The fair will be in town through Oct. 21 offering concerts, fireworks, rides and games and a Kiddieland Fun Park that caters to children with special shows. 

On Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., head to downtown Fuquay-Varina for "Fall for the Arts," a free family-friendly creative celebration. Activities including jewelry making, pumpkin decorating, sidewalk chalk art, fall crafts, dancing circle, an artist and crafter's market, live local music, a picker's jam, museum tours, rickshaw rides around downtown and a classic Volkswagen Cruise-in. Learn more in our Daily Calendar.

In Chapel Hill on Saturday, the Chapel Hill Creamery is welcoming visitors for tours from 3 to 5 p.m. to see how soil, sunlight and grass turn into milk and cheese. Sample the creamery's artisan cheeses and sausages, and if you'd like to buy some, take a cooler. Activities include hayrides and tours of the dairy. Take the family to stroll by lush pastures, see recently-born calves, and watch pigs slurp. The cost is $6 per car, cash only. For details, www.facebook.com/chapelhillcreamery or call (919) 967-3757. This tour is offered in association with The Produce Box.

In Raleigh from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday head to the "Global Fare" street festival between West Jones and Tucker streets to savor the ethnic cuisine, boutiques and music venues of Glenwood South. The family-friendly event will feature street performers, live bands, a children's area with face painting and hula-hoops, an Iron Chef restaurant competition and a vendor bazaar in the style of a Barcelona street market. The festival is a joint effort between the Glenwood South Merchants Association, Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Legacy Event Planners. Learn more here.

On Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon, shop the Children's Cooperative Playschool Consignment Sale, in Chapel Hill for new and used clothes, toys, gear and maternity items. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Durham, on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m., the Durham Library Fall Book Sale offers a chance to buy thousands of books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs. The sale will be at the Durham County Library, at 300 N. Roxboro St. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Raleigh, Logan's Trading Co. will host a free event, Logan's Harvest Day, featuring family games and activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go for hayrides, pumpkin and face painting, a bouncy house and more fun. Take clothes to build your own scarecrow for a $5 donation to charity. Dress a dog in costume for a costume contest and parade at 3 p.m.

Also in Raleigh, children ages 8 and younger are invited to Blue Jay Point County Park from 1 to 3 p.m. for the grand opening of the park's "Natural Play Area." Visit the park's new attraction and learn about a popular new trend in children's play. Children can enjoy cookies, face painting and a short "Woodland Bingo" scavenger hunt. The Natural Play Area is located next to the picnic area – just follow the wooden 'Natural Play Area' signs. For information, call 919-870-4330. Blue Jay Point County Park is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road.

The Mebane Autumn Fest, also Saturday, runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Mebane offering more free fun. Celebrate autumn with vendors, live music, pumpkins, a kids zone, hayrides and more. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Chapel Hill, catch a free outdoor concert by the Nomads Band, activities for children and a silent auction that includes gifts and gift certificates from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Green at Southern Village. The event is hosted by Hosted by CASTLE, the "Center for the Acquisition of Spoken language Through Listening Enrichment," a program that teaches children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk. See our Daily Calendar for details.

On Sunday, the North Carolina Museum of History, in Raleigh will host a free concert, Music of the Carolinas: The Outliers, from 3 to 4 p.m. Enjoy hearing a bluegrass band that spans genres from reggae to Delta blues.

Visit our Daily Calendar for more events, including fundraisers, like walks and runs, that offer fun while helping local causes.

For more seasonal activities, including a guide to local hayrides, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween haunts and fall festivals, visit our Fall Fun Guide to the Triangle.



This weekend offers loads of family fun across the Triangle, from North Carolina State Fair entertainment to free festivals and concerts. Head to the grand opening of a natural play area at a Raleigh park, to a dairy in Chapel Hill to see calves and sample artisan cheeses, or shop a book sale at a Durham library. Take the kids out for activities that range from rickshaw rides and hayrides to dancing, crafts and an opportunity to build your own scarecrow! Unless otherwise noted, find more details of these events in our Daily Calendar.

The North Carolina State Fair opens at 3 p.m. this Thursday with a Preview Day at the N.C. State Fairgrounds, in Raleigh. Preview Day features discounted admission and unlimited ride wristbands. The fair will be in town through Oct. 21 offering concerts, fireworks, rides and games and a Kiddieland Fun Park that caters to children with special shows. 

On Friday from 5 to 9 p.m., head to downtown Fuquay-Varina for "Fall for the Arts," a free family-friendly creative celebration. Activities including jewelry making, pumpkin decorating, sidewalk chalk art, fall crafts, dancing circle, an artist and crafter's market, live local music, a picker's jam, museum tours, rickshaw rides around downtown and a classic Volkswagen Cruise-in. Learn more in our Daily Calendar.

In Chapel Hill on Saturday, the Chapel Hill Creamery is welcoming visitors for tours from 3 to 5 p.m. to see how soil, sunlight and grass turn into milk and cheese. Sample the creamery's artisan cheeses and sausages, and if you'd like to buy some, take a cooler. Activities include hayrides and tours of the dairy. Take the family to stroll by lush pastures, see recently-born calves, and watch pigs slurp. The cost is $6 per car, cash only. For details, www.facebook.com/chapelhillcreamery or call (919) 967-3757. This tour is offered in association with The Produce Box.

In Raleigh from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday head to the "Global Fare" street festival between West Jones and Tucker streets to savor the ethnic cuisine, boutiques and music venues of Glenwood South. The family-friendly event will feature street performers, live bands, a children's area with face painting and hula-hoops, an Iron Chef restaurant competition and a vendor bazaar in the style of a Barcelona street market. The festival is a joint effort between the Glenwood South Merchants Association, Downtown Raleigh Alliance and Legacy Event Planners. Learn more here.

On Saturday, from 8 a.m. to noon, shop the Children's Cooperative Playschool Consignment Sale, in Chapel Hill for new and used clothes, toys, gear and maternity items. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Durham, on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, from 2 to 5 p.m., the Durham Library Fall Book Sale offers a chance to buy thousands of books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs. The sale will be at the Durham County Library, at 300 N. Roxboro St. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Raleigh, Logan's Trading Co. will host a free event, Logan's Harvest Day, featuring family games and activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Go for hayrides, pumpkin and face painting, a bouncy house and more fun. Take clothes to build your own scarecrow for a $5 donation to charity. Dress a dog in costume for a costume contest and parade at 3 p.m.

Also in Raleigh, children ages 8 and younger are invited to Blue Jay Point County Park from 1 to 3 p.m. for the grand opening of the park's "Natural Play Area." Visit the park's new attraction and learn about a popular new trend in children's play. Children can enjoy cookies, face painting and a short "Woodland Bingo" scavenger hunt. The Natural Play Area is located next to the picnic area – just follow the wooden 'Natural Play Area' signs. For information, call 919-870-4330. Blue Jay Point County Park is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road.

The Mebane Autumn Fest, also Saturday, runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in downtown Mebane offering more free fun. Celebrate autumn with vendors, live music, pumpkins, a kids zone, hayrides and more. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Chapel Hill, catch a free outdoor concert by the Nomads Band, activities for children and a silent auction that includes gifts and gift certificates from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Green at Southern Village. The event is hosted by Hosted by CASTLE, the "Center for the Acquisition of Spoken language Through Listening Enrichment," a program that teaches children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk. See our Daily Calendar for details.

On Sunday, the North Carolina Museum of History, in Raleigh will host a free concert, Music of the Carolinas: The Outliers, from 3 to 4 p.m. Enjoy hearing a bluegrass band that spans genres from reggae to Delta blues.

Visit our Daily Calendar for more events, including fundraisers, like walks and runs, that offer fun while helping local causes.

For more seasonal activities, including a guide to local hayrides, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, Halloween haunts and fall festivals, visit our Fall Fun Guide to the Triangle.


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