Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, July 28-30

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Enjoy Disney’s classic “Beauty and the Beast” on stage at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium through July 30.

Looking for something a little out of the ordinary to do this weekend? Celebrate a cupcake shop’s birthday, enjoy jazz in a historic setting, play old-school kids’ games, learn about Japanese culture and food, and get ready for the August solar eclipse with a special screening and discussion of the science of the beloved ‘80s film “Ladyhawke.” Plus, “Beauty and the Beast” is on stage in Raleigh through Sunday!

Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” at Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium

Disney’s “tale as old as time” has come to the Raleigh stage in a production by NC Theatre that will delight parents and children alike. Show times are 7:30 p.m. nightly, with 2 p.m. matinees as well on Saturday, July 29, and Sunday, July 30, at Memorial Auditorium, part of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Tickets ($25 and up) are available online. Parents may use NC Theatre’s online social narrative on the story and the venue to help first-time theater-goers, young children, and guests with special needs prepare for the experience.

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The Cupcake Shoppe’s 10th Birthday Party FREE

Yum! Raleigh’s first cupcake bakery is celebrating its 10th birthday with treats for all! Stop by to enjoy a free mini-cupcake in-house (Thursday only), with t-shirt giveaways and delicious 4-for-$10 cupcakes to take home and savor. The fun takes place during store hours, 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday, July 27, Friday, July 28, and Saturday, July 29. Free.

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Final Fridays: “Ladyhawke” at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Downtown Raleigh

Enter the medieval fantasy world of knights, castles and well-trained hawks as the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences explores the 1985 film “Ladyhawke” as part of their “Final Fridays” series. Before the film, meet red-tailed hawks, test your skill at turtle-glider jousting, enjoy live music and refreshments, and learn about the solar eclipse coming Aug. 21. After the 7 p.m. screening, hear from ornithologist John Gerwin. This event takes place 5:30-9 p.m., Friday, July 28, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Admission is $5; tickets are available online or at the door.

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Jazz Ensemble at the Burwell School in Hillsborough FREE

Enjoy an encore performance by the Hillsborough Jazz Collective, an ensemble of home-grown musicians, during Hillsborough’s “Last Fridays” event. Sip a delicious Burwell Blackberry Fizz ($1) or ice-cold water during the performance, 7-8 p.m., Friday, July 28, on the lawn of the Burwell School Historic Site in Hillsborough. Mini-tours of the Burwell School will be offered from 6-7 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket and even a picnic supper. Free.

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A Kid’s Life: Old-School Games at Leigh Farm Park in Durham FREE

Explore what life was like for kids growing up in the past by playing popular children’s games from over 100 years ago. The program takes place 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, July 29, at Leigh Farm Park in Durham. Free drop-in program; no registration is required. Adults must stay with their kids and are encouraged to participate. Ages 5-12.

Japan Summer Festival at North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh

The 12th annual NC Japan Summer Festival, organized by the Nippon Club of the Triangle, is moving to a larger venue in order to offer even more fun for attendees. Enjoy traditional Japanese food, cultural displays and activities, and lots of music, dancing and other entertainment and games for families. The festival takes place 1-8 p.m., Saturday, July 29, in the Kerr-Scott Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Admission tickets ($5 at the door or $4 in advance; free for children 12 and under) and food/beverage coupons ($1 each) may be purchased online.

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Kids Day at 41 North Coffee Company in Wendell FREE

Savor that coffee a little longer while your little ones explore books and games set out just for them! Sundays have been designated “Kids Days” through Sept. 3. Kids receive a free cookie with any purchase. Stop by 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sunday, July 30, at 41 North Coffee Company in Wendell for treats, fun and free face-painting from noon-3 p.m.

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