Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Week, Sept. 11-14 Resizeimage
Photo courtesy of Bradley Pearce,
SPARKcon is the Triangle's Creativity Festival. The talent you'll see up close is jaw-dropping.

Let's hope the weather — I'm looking at YOU, Hurricane Irma — works in our favor this week, as there are just too many fun things happening to miss! I've included some indoor activities in the list just in case. Make a clay pumpkin or gourd in Durham, have a nature-themed play day in Raleigh, visit a harvest festival in Clayton and take in all of the artistry at SPARKcon in downtown Raleigh.

Parent/Child Clay Workshops

These monthly workshops at The Clay Studio in Space 836 of Northgate Mall in Durham are a great way to get creative with your child. Each workshop will allow your child, with your assistance, to create his or her very own ceramic artwork. Try one class or all of them! Because the projects need to be fired, artwork will be available for pick up two to three weeks after the workshop. During this month's session at either 10-11:30 a.m. or 4-5 p.m. on Sept. 11, or 10-11:30 a.m. or 4-5:30 p.m. on Sept. 12, you will create colorful fall gourds, such as pumpkins and squashes. Once created, you will paint them with liquid colored clay. Registration is required, and the fee is $15 per child.

Nature Play Day at Blue Jay FREE

Parents or grandparents with young children are invited to come to Blue Jay Point County Park from 10 a.m.-noon on Sept. 12 for a (warm season) monthly thematic Nature Play Day. The focus will be on free play, which means having self-guided activities with no start and end time that flow from kids’ creativity. Education staff will be on hand to answer questions and provide guidance. Activities are planned for 3- to 7-year-olds, but younger children are welcome to attend. Meet in the Natural Play Area near the T-ball field; follow signs from the playground parking lot. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Nature Play Days at Blue Jay is a free walk-up activity from 10a.m.-noon and requires no preregistration. If weather seems uncertain, be sure to check their Facebook page or call 919-870-4330 before going to make sure the Nature Play Day is still happening. Blue Jay Point County Park is located at 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road in Raleigh.

photo courtesy of Blue Jay Point County Park

2017 Clayton Harvest and Music Festival FREE

The Clayton Chamber of Commerce promises five days of fun, running from Sept. 13-19. Join revelers at Horne Square at 5 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 13 for a ribbon cutting by Mayor Jody McLeod to officially open the carnival rides and kick off the festival. Nearly 20,000 people will fill downtown Clayton during this annual festival of music, vendors, food, rides, performances and so much more for the entire family. Check out the schedule to see the wide variety of things to do. The Festival is FREE to attend but costs of food, carnival rides and midway games will vary. Please bring cash for carnival ride tickets.

photo courtesy of the Clayton Chamber of Commerce


With a slogan like "We're here, we're weird, it's awesome," how can you resist SPARKcon? It's a multi-day, multi-discipline, multi-venue festival that takes over 1.9 million square feet of downtown Raleigh to showcase over 2,000 artists in 200 events the third weekend of each September. You can see a full list of SPARKcon events here. The festival's creative programming is divided into 14 "SPARK" categories: artSPARK, fashionSPARK, geekSPARK, danceSPARK and more. Check out all of the SPARKs and see lists of events in their categories here. SPARKcon is a FREE event. The fun starts Thursday, Sept. 14 and doesn't stop until Sunday, Sept. 17. Start your day of artsy exploration at the Information Tent at the intersection of Martin and Fayetteville Streets, where you can pick up your map and schedule of the event.

photo courtesy bradley pearce,

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