Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, Aug. 4-6

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Experience the thrill of women’s professional soccer when the North Carolina Courage takes on Seattle Rein FC Aug. 5.

Embrace the “dog days” of summer with these sure-to-please weekend events. Enjoy movies under the stars, a Paperhand Puppet show, star-gazing at the Morehead Planetarium, women’s professional soccer, a Latin jazz concert and a food truck rodeo in downtown Raleigh. (Whew!)

Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s “Of Wings and Feet” in Chapel Hill’s Forest Theatre

Paperhand Puppet Intervention showcases gigantic puppets, elaborate masks, stilt walkers, multiperson marionettes, shadows and illuminated puppets to weave a moving story, backed by original music. “Of Wings and Feet” runs Aug. 4-Sept. 4, with 7 p.m. performances every Friday, Saturday, Sunday plus Labor Day (Monday, Sept. 4) and 3 p.m. matinees on three Sundays, Aug. 20, Aug. 27 and Sept. 3, at Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill. Pre-show performances at 6:20 p.m. (2:20 p.m. for matinees) feature local musicians. All ages. Tickets are general admission at the door for a suggested donation of $15 for adults and $10 for children; ages 2 and under get in free.

Movies by Moonlight: “Finding Dory” at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary

Fans of “Finding Nemo” will want to catch the sequel about absent-minded Dory when it screens as part of the “Movies by Moonlight” series. Gates open at 7 p.m., with the movie starting at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.), Friday, Aug. 4, at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Admission is $5; children 12 and under get in free. Bring a blanket or chair and even a picnic.

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Star Families: Greek Myths and Legends at Morehead Planetarium in Chapel Hill

Many of the constellations we can see in our night sky appear as characters in Greek myths. This presentation of “Star Families” will include tales of monsters, animals, gods, princesses and heroes (such as Hercules, below) and show audience members how to identify the associated constellations. This program takes place 3:30-4:15 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Morehead Planetarium & Science Center in Chapel Hill. Admission is $6.50 and up. For children ages 7-12 accompanied by their families.

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North Carolina Courage vs. Seattle Reign FC at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary

The North Carolina Courage is playing its inaugural season in the National Women’s Soccer League. See what the excitement is all about when they host the Seattle Reign FC at 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary. Tickets ($14 and up) are available online or at the gate.

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Rock the Park Concert: Jazziando at Durham’s Southern Boundaries Park FREE

Enjoy Latin jazz and more when Jazziando rocks the park in this family-friendly series. This performance takes place 6-8 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, at Southern Boundaries Park in Durham. Food vendors will be on site. Bring blankets and lawn chairs. No alcohol or smoking allowed. Free admission.

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Movies by Moonlight: “Beauty and the Beast” at Southern Village in Chapel Hill

The live-action “Beauty and the Beast” comes to Southern Village in their “Movies by Moonlight” series. This screening takes place 8:30-10:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Village Green in Southern Village in Chapel Hill. Bring blankets, low chairs and coolers (no glass). All movies are subject to change with weather-related events. Admission is $5.

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Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo FREE

Eat to your heart’s content, with a half-mile of food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks. More than 50 food trucks from across the state will be on site, with seating for over 1,000 people on the sidewalks. This event takes place 3-9 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 6, along Fayetteville St. in downtown Raleigh. Admission is free. No dogs are permitted.


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