8 Family-Friendly Events in the Triangle: August 2021
From comic conventions to international food events
Through August 1
500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh
GalaxyCon Raleigh, a sci-fi, fantasy, anime, and comic convention, takes over the Raleigh Convention Center (500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh) for a few days in late July through August 1. Tens of thousands are expected at the event, including cosplayers, special guests, vendors, and more. Tickets run $10-$15 for kids single days and multi-day passes, $30-$55 for adult single days, and $105-$275 for multi-day passes for adults.
Through August 31
Kidzu Children’s Museum Summer Hours
201 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill
General admission is 12:30-2:30pm & 3-5pm from Tuesday to Sunday. During those times families can explore the 9 exhibits scattered about the premises including The Makery and the Flexible Forest. The former is a maker space dedicated to STEM learning while the latter is a treehouse complete with pulleys, levers, and a crow’s nest. Yearly memberships are offered at different levels ranging from $145 to $225. Another option is the Summer Membership which is $60. One bonus for becoming a member is the Member Morning access on Saturdays from 10am-12pm. If membership is not the right fit, individual tickets are $8.50 for ages 1 and up. If your child is under 1 year old they can enter for free. Be aware that online advanced registration is required.
Durham Bulls’ Home Games
500 W. Corporation St., Durham
The storied Triple-A affiliate of Major League Baseball has a packed schedule this month. Home games take place August 3-8 and 17-22. Every Friday game comes with a fireworks display, and every Sunday invites kids to run the bases after the game.
Bull City Reels on Wheels
Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Drive
Looking for a family-friendly drive-in movie option that’s not going to break the bank? In that case, check out the movie magic happening under the stars at Durham County Memorial Stadium, 750 Stadium Drive. Check out Mrs. Doubtfire, rated PG-13, on Aug 6. For the purposes of comfort and accessibility, participants can watch the big screen from a car, chair, or blanket, and can come by wheels of any kind (ex. car, bike, bus) or by foot. In order to appreciate the 20 by 40 ft screen, tickets must be reserved online in advance. Only one ticket is needed per parking spot. Given that, walk-ups with no prior registration will not be admitted into the event.
Rock the Lot
3218 Rose of Sharon Rd.
Feeling a little more musical? Grab a chair from home and be ready to groove to the rhythmic styles of two local bands. You can hear Salsa, Jazz, and Soul from salsa band, Sajaso on Aug 14 at the Southern High School Parking Lot, 800 Clayton Road. Gates open at 5pm and the concert runs from 6-8pm. Unlike the Bull City Reels on Wheels, pre-registration is not required. However, space will be limited to the first 200 attendants.
Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival
The Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is back this August in downtown Cary. After only taking its second hiatus in history, once for a hurricane and last year for Covid-19, the Town of Cary is ready to put on its 45th go-around. Spread across two days, this event will highlight the works of over 300 artists. Together with music, children’s activities, and food, Aug. 28 (9am-6pm) & 29 (12:30-5pm) will be jam-packed with fun! The event is free to the public, so bring the whole family.
Raleigh’s 5th Annual International Food Festival
Expect food, desserts, beer, wine, and live music at this event, running noon to 10 p.m. Countries from across the globe are represented, and the event, which previously drew more than 17,000, is free to attend.
To Be Young: Coming of Age in the Contemporary
North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh
From the museum: “Where does childhood end and adulthood begin? Using both figurative and abstract images from the Museum collection, To Be Young: Coming of Age in the Contemporary offers an introspective overview of coming of age across various communities throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. The exhibition explores how youths process development through concepts such as identity, community, and kinship to form new perspectives on the world.” As always, the museum is free to attend.