Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, June 16-18
What’s more fun on a June day than to get outside and enjoy the sunshine? This weekend offers a garden storytime, pollinator festival, two-day Peak City Pig Fest, Juneteenth commemoration, and exploration of the sun’s surface and the upcoming eclipse.
Parent and child explore the gardens together to find the perfect spot to spread a picnic blanket for garden stories and crafts. The program takes place 10:30-11:30 a.m., Friday, June 16, at the JC Raulston Arboretum at North Carolina State University in Raleigh. Meet at the Bobby G. Wilder Visitor Center. Activities are moved to a sheltered location in the event of rain. Ages 3-5. Register online ($5 for nonmembers). Additional sessions will be held at 10 a.m., July 7, July 28 and August 18.
The 5th Annual Peak City Pig Fest, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, brings teams from all over the country to compete for prize money for their barbecued chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pork. Enjoy pig races, live music, vendors and more at this two-day event. The festival takes place 5-9 p.m., Friday, June 16, and 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, June 17, along Salem Street in downtown Apex. Admission is free; advance tickets for barbecue plates ($10) are available online.
photo courtesy of apex sunrise rotary
Celebrate birds, bees, bats, butterflies, moths and beetles at Lake Crabtree Park’s fifth annual Pollinator Festival, held in honor of National Pollinator Week. The festival features games, crafts, prizes, local experts and food vendors. This event takes place 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, June 17, at Lake Crabtree County Park in Morrisville. Free.
photo courtesy of lake crabtree county park
Durham hosts the 13th Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration, a fun-filled, educational and uplifting event that celebrates the end of slavery 152 years ago. Enjoy live entertainment, food, vendors, a health fair, kids’ zone and merchandise. The celebration takes place 1-10 p.m., Saturday, June 17, on East Main Street (between Roxboro Street and Dillard Street) in downtown Durham. Free.
Learn more about our amazing star on International SUN-day, which takes place each year on the Sunday closest to the summer solstice, June 21. Safely look at the sun’s surface features and solar storms with the museum’s “Hydrogen-Alpha” telescope on the Rooftop Terrace of the Nature Research Center (1-3:30 p.m., weather permitting), and learn about space weather, solar research and the upcoming total solar eclipse in special presentations in the SECU Daily Planet Theater. This event takes place 12:30-4 p.m., Sunday, June 18, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Free.
photo courtesy of NASA