8 Family-Friendly Events in the Triangle: September 2021
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39th Annual Raleigh Greek Festival
Can you hear your stomach growling already? Known for its authentic Greek food, the Greek Festival has been a Raleigh staple for almost half a century. Food is not the only thing the event is serving up. Watch authentic Greek dancing and music while making your way through the vendor booths. Everything takes place at the Jim Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds. Things kick off Friday, Sept. 10 from 5-10pm and continue Sept. 11 & 12 from 11am-10pm and 11am-6pm respectively. Tickets are $4 for general admission, $3 for seniors & youths (ages 13-18), and free for 12 and under.
40th Annual Apex PeakFest
If you thought the Greek Festival has been going on for a long time, check out the PeakFest with a staggering 40 year run! Centered around arts and crafts, this event’s goal is to bring out families to have a fun-filled day. Additionally, you can find live music, entertainment for the kids, and food. From 9am-5pm on Sept. 11 in historic downtown Apex, you’ll find the festivities unfolding. Admission is free!
SEPT. 10-12, 17-19, AND 24-26
Purlie at Pure Life Theatre
Historic Royal Bakery Building, 3801 Hillsborough St. Suite 113, Raleigh
The musical explores the Jim Crow south and what changes are possible for the present and future. The preacher Purlie comes into town and shakes things up while attempting to give freedom to his community.
BugFest at NC Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St., Raleigh
What’s all the buzz about? BugFest returns to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) Sept. 13-18, and the arthropod for this year is the bee. Due to Covid-19, this family-friendly experience will look a little different this year. Their “Plan Bee!” brings programming to you virtually Monday-Thursday and will have two in-person outdoor events on Saturday, Sept. 18: The Pollination Celebration and the Moth Party. All events are free and we think that’s the bee’s knees. More info here.
SEPT. 24-26 AND OCT. 1-3
Cary the Stories at Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Avenue, Cary
A new original play by Dr. Katherine Loflin, commemorating the 150 year anniversary of Cary. This walk through history will highlight Cary’s most famous stories and lesser-known ones too. A fun but educational way to learn more about a favorite town of the Triangle.
Farmers Fall Festival
Happening just a few days after the official start of fall, the Farmers Fall Festival will celebrate the kick-off of the harvest season. Live music, kids performances, games, interactive exhibits, arts & crafts, and of course food will all be a part of this crisp fall day event. Speaking of food, there will also be a pie eating contest! The street of West Chatham and the Ivey-Ellington grounds are the locations for the event taking place from 9am-3pm.
Festa Italiana Raleigh
One of the youngest festivals on the block, the Festa Italiana Raleigh is returning for its third year. Glenwood South will be taken over by the people, food, vendors, and music of Italy. Bring the kids because there will also be games specifically for them. The action happens from 11am-7pm.
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.