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Weekend Offers First Friday Fun, Bargain Sales, Craft Fairs

November 1, 2012 1:27 pm
Written by: Odile Fredericks

This weekend, the Triangle offers a wide range of family fun, starting with First Friday evening celebrations in Raleigh. Attend a holiday craft fair in Apex, Morrisville or Wake Forest. Soak in Japanese culture at a free museum event in Chapel Hill. In Durham, the Junior League of Durham and Orange counties is holding its annual bargain sale, where you'll find loads of new and gently used children's items, from toys to clothing and gear.

Artists in Orange County are inviting folks to free tours of their studios to view their creations. Catch a free youth jazz concert in Raleigh. You'll also find a slew of family performances this month in the Triangle, including the opening of The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale, in Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise listed, find details of these events in our Daily Calendar.

As part of First Friday fun in Raleigh, Marbles Kids Museum is inviting kids to join in a play date with artist Mary Carter Taub from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday as she kicks off her artist-in-residency stay at the museum. Kids can explore the fun of line art and use florescent-colored ribbon to create a larger-than-life art installation for display in the museum. The cost is $5 for ages 1 to 11, and $5 for adults.

In Raleigh at 7 p.m. Friday, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in downtown Raleigh, will feature a free movie "The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues" for First Friday. The museum and the new Nature Research Center stay open from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, inviting visitors to view a (classic) sci-fi or horror movie and browse exhibits. At 6 p.m. Friday, teens are also invited to learn about space exploration and the search for life beyond Earth from as part of a monthly series, Teen Science Café, held in the new wing's Daily Planet Café  at 121 West Jones Street.

In Durham, rise early and head to Sarah P. Duke Gardens, for a "Bird Walk" from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. The stroll through the gardens to look for birds is open to children ages 8 and older.  The cost is $5; or free for members. Registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Durham, on Friday, from 5 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Annual Bargain Sale will be held at Durham Legion Post 7, located at 406 E. Trinity Ave. Shop for new and gently used baby and children's items, including toys, clothing and equipment. See our Daily Calendar for admission fees on various days. All proceeds support the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties' efforts to banish bullying and help children reach their potential.

On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 3 p.m., the Tarheel Tale Tellers, a children's literature performance company from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be performing at Marbles Kids Museum, in downtown Raleigh.

The Ackland Art Museum, on the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus will be celebrating Bunka no Hi (Culture Day), a national holiday in Japan that celebrates culture and the arts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The free event will offer workshops and an opportunity to learn about Japanese art forms like bonsai and embroidery. Enjoy do-it-yourself activities such as origami and gallery scavenger hunts. All ages are welcome.

The popular kindie rock band Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players will perform at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the ArtsCenter, in Carrboro. The band attracts pre-kindergarteners through elementary school ages kids. The cost is $10 youth/members, $12 general public; and $40 family 4-pack. See our Daily Calendar for details and find more family performances happening in November here.

On Saturday, The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale will open at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, in Chapel Hill, as part of a collaborative effort between the planetarium and Paperhand Puppet Intervention. The show tells the story of a young girl who leaves her snowy village to embark on a quest that tests her courage and sparks her generous spirit. Learn more here.

The Orange County Open Studio Tour runs Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. in Orange County. The tours of artists' studios are free and children of all ages welcome with adult supervision. Visit www.orangecountyartistsguild.com for detailed maps of studios and more information.

This Saturday, you can also catch three craft fairs offering free entry:

  1. The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest, will hold its annual Craft and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when you can shop for crafts, toys, baked goods and more.
  2. St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, in Apex, will host a holiday craft fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shop for holiday craft items, clothing and more.
  3. Western Wake Farmers' Market, in Morrisville, will feature a Fall Craft Fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Browse the work of local artisans and crafters.

Learn about more upcoming craft fairs here.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, head to the historic State Capitol building, at 1 E. Edenton St. in downtown Raleigh, for a chance to explore areas of the 172-year-old building that visitors don't usually get to see. The behind-the-scenes tour visits the attic, with its original crank system to lower the chandeliers, and a special room inside the Rotunda dome. Kids ages 10 and up accompanied by an adult are welcome. The cost is $15. Find details here.

If you're considering public school options for your kids in Wake County, check out the Wake County Public School System's Magnet Schools Fair on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, in Raleigh. Learn more here.

The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble will offer a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cary Arts Center. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Find more November Stage Performances in the Triangle here.



This weekend, the Triangle offers a wide range of family fun, starting with First Friday evening celebrations in Raleigh. Attend a holiday craft fair in Apex, Morrisville or Wake Forest. Soak in Japanese culture at a free museum event in Chapel Hill. In Durham, the Junior League of Durham and Orange counties is holding its annual bargain sale, where you'll find loads of new and gently used children's items, from toys to clothing and gear.

Artists in Orange County are inviting folks to free tours of their studios to view their creations. Catch a free youth jazz concert in Raleigh. You'll also find a slew of family performances this month in the Triangle, including the opening of The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale, in Chapel Hill. Unless otherwise listed, find details of these events in our Daily Calendar.

As part of First Friday fun in Raleigh, Marbles Kids Museum is inviting kids to join in a play date with artist Mary Carter Taub from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday as she kicks off her artist-in-residency stay at the museum. Kids can explore the fun of line art and use florescent-colored ribbon to create a larger-than-life art installation for display in the museum. The cost is $5 for ages 1 to 11, and $5 for adults.

In Raleigh at 7 p.m. Friday, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in downtown Raleigh, will feature a free movie "The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues" for First Friday. The museum and the new Nature Research Center stay open from 5 to 9 p.m. on the first Friday of every month, inviting visitors to view a (classic) sci-fi or horror movie and browse exhibits. At 6 p.m. Friday, teens are also invited to learn about space exploration and the search for life beyond Earth from as part of a monthly series, Teen Science Café, held in the new wing's Daily Planet Café  at 121 West Jones Street.

In Durham, rise early and head to Sarah P. Duke Gardens, for a "Bird Walk" from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday. The stroll through the gardens to look for birds is open to children ages 8 and older.  The cost is $5; or free for members. Registration is required. See our Daily Calendar for details.

In Durham, on Friday, from 5 to 10 p.m., and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., the Annual Bargain Sale will be held at Durham Legion Post 7, located at 406 E. Trinity Ave. Shop for new and gently used baby and children's items, including toys, clothing and equipment. See our Daily Calendar for admission fees on various days. All proceeds support the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties' efforts to banish bullying and help children reach their potential.

On Saturday, from 11 a.m. to noon and from 2 to 3 p.m., the Tarheel Tale Tellers, a children's literature performance company from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will be performing at Marbles Kids Museum, in downtown Raleigh.

The Ackland Art Museum, on the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill campus will be celebrating Bunka no Hi (Culture Day), a national holiday in Japan that celebrates culture and the arts from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The free event will offer workshops and an opportunity to learn about Japanese art forms like bonsai and embroidery. Enjoy do-it-yourself activities such as origami and gallery scavenger hunts. All ages are welcome.

The popular kindie rock band Justin Roberts and the Not Ready for Naptime Players will perform at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the ArtsCenter, in Carrboro. The band attracts pre-kindergarteners through elementary school ages kids. The cost is $10 youth/members, $12 general public; and $40 family 4-pack. See our Daily Calendar for details and find more family performances happening in November here.

On Saturday, The Longest Night: A Winter's Tale will open at the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, in Chapel Hill, as part of a collaborative effort between the planetarium and Paperhand Puppet Intervention. The show tells the story of a young girl who leaves her snowy village to embark on a quest that tests her courage and sparks her generous spirit. Learn more here.

The Orange County Open Studio Tour runs Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, from noon to 5 p.m. in Orange County. The tours of artists' studios are free and children of all ages welcome with adult supervision. Visit www.orangecountyartistsguild.com for detailed maps of studios and more information.

This Saturday, you can also catch three craft fairs offering free entry:

  1. The Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, in Wake Forest, will hold its annual Craft and Bake Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., when you can shop for crafts, toys, baked goods and more.
  2. St. Andrew the Apostle Catholic Church, in Apex, will host a holiday craft fair from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shop for holiday craft items, clothing and more.
  3. Western Wake Farmers' Market, in Morrisville, will feature a Fall Craft Fair from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Browse the work of local artisans and crafters.

Learn about more upcoming craft fairs here.

At 10 a.m. Saturday, head to the historic State Capitol building, at 1 E. Edenton St. in downtown Raleigh, for a chance to explore areas of the 172-year-old building that visitors don't usually get to see. The behind-the-scenes tour visits the attic, with its original crank system to lower the chandeliers, and a special room inside the Rotunda dome. Kids ages 10 and up accompanied by an adult are welcome. The cost is $15. Find details here.

If you're considering public school options for your kids in Wake County, check out the Wake County Public School System's Magnet Schools Fair on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 9 a.m. to noon at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School, in Raleigh. Learn more here.

The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble will offer a free concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Cary Arts Center. See our Daily Calendar for details.

Find more November Stage Performances in the Triangle here.


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