Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, Aug. 11-13

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Learn about African textiles and try your hand at weaving at several programs with the North Carolina Museum of Art Aug. 11-12.

Explore African art and work on your own textile creation with multiple programs through the North Carolina Museum of Art, learn about STEM-related career opportunities for minority students, chug along a scenic route on a diesel train and more this weekend. 

African Art at Wake County Libraries FREE

Celebrate African art and stories as Wake County Libraries team up with the North Carolina Museum of Art to celebrate the opening of the museum’s expanded African art gallery! Make your own artwork inspired by the colorful cloth-weaving practices of West Africa. This program will take place twice on Friday, Aug. 11: at 10:30 a.m. at East Regional Library in Knightdale and at 4:30 p.m. at Southeast Regional Library in Garner. For children in grades K-5 and their families. Registration requested.

Fam Jam at Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill

Kick off the weekend and celebrate with Kidzu’s Fam(ily) Jam! Get your hearts pumping and your bodies moving with live music from Kidzu’s own talented artists and a few surprise guests.  This program runs 3:30-4 p.m., Friday, Aug. 11 (and subsequent Fridays) at Kidzu Children’s Museum in Chapel Hill and is included with museum admission ($7.50; children under 12 months get in free). Perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and their families.

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The Future of STEM: Back-to-School Minority Opportunity Fair at North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh FREE

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host The Future of STEM: Back-to-School Minority Opportunity Fair, introducing minority students in grades 5-12 who are interested in science, technology, engineering and math to professionals of color working in STEM-related fields. This event is part of the special programming being offered by the museum during its exhibition of “RACE: Are We So Different?” and takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 12, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Free; no registration required.

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Family Fun Saturdays: Textile Explorations at North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh

Enjoy a gallery tour plus studio workshop time! Explore fabrics and threads in the museum’s newly expanded African art gallery then create your own experimental textile using techniques of weaving, embroidery and more. This program is offered at 10 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 12 (and other select Saturdays, with different themes), in the East Building of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh. For families with children ages 5-11. All participants must have a ticket ($5, members; $8, non-members).

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Friends of the Durham Library Book Sale at Northgate Mall in Durham

Find your next favorite book at the Friends of the Durham Library’s Book Sale. The book sale is open to the public and features gently used hardbacks, paperbacks and children’s books at great prices. This event takes place 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 12, at Books Among Friends, located next to Sears inside Northgate Mall in Durham. Books are half-price after 2 p.m.

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“Slow Down Sunday” at New Hope Valley Railroad in New Hill

Unplug, slow down and have fun on “the Triangle’s train” as it chugs through nature, over a trestle and through scenic woods at a leisurely 12 miles per hour. The train departs at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 13, at New Hope Valley Railroad in New Hill. All ages. Purchase tickets ($10/adult, $7/child) online.

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