Fun Things to Do in the Triangle This Weekend, June 30-July 2

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Enjoy live music, local crafts, food and beer, and splashing good fun in the water at the Festival for the Eno, taking place July 1 and 4 in Durham.

Get a head start on your holiday weekend with mountain music at Booth Amphitheater, the science of “X-Men,” hockey fun at PNC Arena, music and nature at the Festival for the Eno, and a two-day expo on all things reptile at the State Fairgrounds.

“X-Men” at the North Carolina Museum Natural Sciences in Raleigh

Enjoy a great movie and explore the science behind the science fiction when the “Final Fridays” film series brings the original “X-Men” to the museum. Visit superhero-themed science stations while enjoying live music from Loos Change and food and beverages before viewing the film, then hear from museum scientist Magdalena Sorger to find out what the movie got right or wrong about the science. This event begins at 5:30 p.m., with the movie screening at 7 p.m., Friday, June 30, at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Tickets ($5) are available online.

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Steep Canyon Rangers at Summerfest at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre

Be sure to be in the audience when the Steep Canyon Rangers, the Grammy Award-winning band based in the North Carolina mountains, take to the stage with the North Carolina Symphony as part of their Summerfest series. The performance takes place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, June 30, at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Purchase tickets ($33 and up) online or at the gate. Kids 12 and younger are admitted free on the lawn.

Carolina Hurricanes’ Summerfest Celebration at PNC Arena in Raleigh FREE

The Carolina Hurricanes are hosting their fifth annual Hurricanes Summerfest, with 20 interactive inflatables, games and experiences, giveaways, appearances by Stormy and the Pepsi Storm Squad and more. Enjoy the final practice of Prospects Development Camp at noon, an autograph session with the camp’s participants, a school supply drive and a discussion on the State of the Hurricanes. This event runs 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Saturday, July 1, at Raleigh’s PNC Arena. Parking and admission are free.

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38th Annual Festival for the Eno in Durham

The 38th Annual Festival for the Eno will feature live music with over 65 artists on four stages, a juried craft show spotlighting over 80 local artisans, food trucks and area food vendors, a beer garden, educational workshops and plenty of family fun on the river. The two-day event runs 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 4, at West Point on the Eno City Park in Durham. Advance tickets are $30 for a two-day pass and $18 for a single-day pass. Teens (ages 13-17) pay $11 for a single-day pass, and children ages 12 and younger are admitted free. 

Repticon at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh

Celebrate the world of exotic animals and reptiles at this two-day event, formerly the North Carolina Reptile & Exotic Animal Show. Enjoy live specimens, presentations, raffles, vendors and more. This event takes place 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, July 1, and 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday, July 2, at the Scott Building at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. Purchase tickets ($12 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 5-12) online or at the door.

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Check Out Our Independence Day Round-Up

If you’re looking for local Independence Day festivities, be sure to check out our round-up of Triangle-area events taking place Monday, July 3, and Tuesday, July 4.

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