Fun Things to Do This Weekend in the Triangle, Oct. 13-15

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Immerse yourself in Indian culture at the popular annual Diwali Festival in Cary. Make sure to stay for the fireworks.

If you're not ready to brave the crowds at the North Carolina State Fair yet, there is still plenty do this weekend. Check out Mumkin Fest in Knightdale, enjoy an all-abilities night of bingo in Wake Forest, learn about the Monarch butterfly in Durham, celebrate at Cary Diwali, and wrap up the weekend with a relaxing musical performance in Raleigh.

Mumkin Fest 2017 FREE

Don't miss Knightdale's Mumkin Fest 2017, taking place Oct. 13-15 at Knightdale Station Park. As you may have guessed, Mumkin Fest is a community event featuring those hallmarks of fall: mums and pumpkins. The fun starts Friday, Oct. 13, 6-9 p.m., with a band and food trucks. The schedule for Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., is jam-packed with arts and crafts vendors, inflatables, train rides, food trucks, a pumpkin patch, a beer garden and several bands. Events for Sunday, Oct. 15, 1-5 p.m., feature a band, food trucks and inflatables. Find a detailed schedule of events here.

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Special Needs Family Bingo Night FREE

This FREE event takes place at the Wake Forest Community House on Friday, Oct. 13, 6:30-8 p.m. Exceptional children and their families will be able to play bingo, eat and socialize in a safe and accepting environment. A parent or caretaker must accompany each child. Concessions, including popcorn and soft drinks, will be available for purchase, but attendees are invited to bring their favorite snacks.

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Durham Monarch Festival FREE

Join Keep Durham Beautiful Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., as they celebrate the amazing journey of the Monarch butterfly. Sandy Creek Park is a certified waystation for Monarch butterflies as they migrate across North America. This unique Durham park features milkweed, nectar sources and shelter that help sustain Monarchs throughout their migration. In celebration of the Monarchs, the Durham Monarch Festival will feature music, family fun and food. Plenty of activities will keep kids busy, including butterfly-themed storytime and crafts, yard games, puppeteers and a parade. Attendees will even be treated to a few rare Pokémon GO sightings. Experts will be giving talks about Monarch biology, ecology, and conservation and pollinator-friendly plants will be available for purchase.

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Cary Diwali 2017 FREE

The theme of this year's popular Indian cultural event is Anubhuti, or perception. Join the community on Saturday, Oct. 14, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m., at Booth Amphitheater in Cary. Explore aspects of Indian culture including dance, music, an arts and crafts bazaar, cultural exhibitions and delicious food. You'll be treated to Bollywood and classical dance forms presented by area schools and groups and an evening performance by the Russian group, Mayuri, who has not performed at this festival since 2011. Insider tip: Stay for the big fireworks finale at 8:30 p.m. It's really amazing. Plan your day at the festival here.

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Local Music in the Library FREE

Bring the whole family to the North Regional Library in Raleigh and enjoy an hour of music performed by local musicians from the North Raleigh School of Music. The event takes place on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2-3 p.m. Preregistration is not required, and there is no cost to attend. 

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