February 2019: Our Picks for Fun Family Outings
Cirque du Soleil, Triangle Russian Festival, and more
Get a taste of the Old West at PNC Arena in Raleigh as the best cowboys and livestock compete to be the “Toughest in the World.” The rodeo features three fan-favorite events: bareback riding, saddle bronc riding and bull riding. Twelve contestants will compete for the chance to return for a second ride in the thrilling “Winner Takes All Showdown Round.” The rodeo also includes women’s barrel racing. Arrive early for a free preshow event on the dirt featuring pony rides, meet and greets with cowboys and entertainers, and photo opportunities atop Sonny and Silver Dollar, the live bulls in the bucking chutes. The rodeo begins at 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6 p.m. Purchase tickets, $20-$77.
Don’t miss Cirque du Soleil’s newest production, “Corteo,” at PNC Arena in Raleigh. A clown imagines a festive parade that plunges the audience into a theatrical world of fun, comedy and spontaneity. “Corteo” features 51 acrobats, musicians and singers from around the globe. Visit ticketmaster.com for show times and to purchase tickets, $55-$139.
Photo courtesy of Cirque de Soleil
Celebrate Russian culture with authentic cuisine, live folk dancing, Georgian folk games and a marketplace at the Halle Cultural Arts Center in Apex, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. The Golden Gates folk dance group and the Moscow Nights Trio deliver two performances at noon and 5 p.m. Admission is free for the festival; the Golden Gates Folk Show charges $10 for adults and $8 for ages 16 and younger for tickets at etix.com.