Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, April 21-23

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Photo courtesy of North Carolina Museum of Art
Explore the pig-shaped play structure “SCULPT. C” and enjoy a hoop jam with Cirque de Vol at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s HOOPLA event April 21.

This weekend brings outdoor festivals and fun, plus the opening of a highly anticipated exhibition on race at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. Saturday is also Earth Day. See our earlier post on events marking the occasion with explorations of science and nature.

HOOPLA: Party in the Park at North Carolina Museum of Art FREE

Check out new works of art in the museum’s park, including the interactive play structure “SCULPT. C” by Jaime Hayon and “Awilda & Irma,” larger-than-life head sculptures created by Jaume Plensa. Enjoy food trucks, a local DJ and Cirque de Vol performers, who will lead a “hoop jam” with hula hoops and their mini aerial rig. The fun starts at 5 p.m., Friday, April 21, at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Admission is free.

“RACE: Are We So Different?” at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences FREE

Opening Saturday, April 22, and running through Monday, September 4, the award-winning exhibition “RACE: Are We So Different?” explores the everyday experience of living with race, its history as an idea, and the findings of contemporary science that are challenging its foundations. Appropriate for all ages, “RACE” includes interactive components, photographs and other artifacts, multimedia presentations and more. Visitors can also explore genetics and biology, read blogs and take quizzes. Supplemental programming will include lectures, panel discussions and a celebration of poetry, dance and music June 10. This exhibition is offered by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Admission is free but tickets are required.

photo courtesy of SMM

2017 Strawberry Festival in Garner FREE

For many North Carolinians, the start of spring means one thing: strawberries. Celebrate all things strawberry at the Greater Cleveland Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Strawberry Festival, taking place 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, April 22, along Technology Drive in Garner. Enjoy inflatables, food trucks, craft vendors, kiddie rides, face painting, a classic car show and more. Admission is free. There are also plenty of places in the Triangle to pick your own strawberries. Be sure to check out our roundup of strawberry farms to find one near you.

photo courtesy of greater cleveland chamber of commerce

Mebane Dogwood Festival FREE

Celebrate spring in Mebane with the 29th annual Dogwood Festival. The festival features live entertainment, vendors, kids’ activities, a car show and more and takes place 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, April 22, in downtown Mebane. Admission is free.

photo courtesy of mebane enterprise

Rockin’ Around the Park at Crowder District Park in Apex

Come explore the rocks of Crowder District Park through hands-on science as part of their “Family Features” series. Conduct scientific tests to discover rocks’ hidden identities, learn the three types of rocks, and play the rock cycle game. This program takes place 2-3 p.m., Sunday, April 23, at Crowder District Park in Apex and is suitable for all ages. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Registration ($1 per person) is required.

photo courtesy of roman yanushevsky/


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