Fun Things to Do This Weekend (March 17-19)

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Take advantage of March's gusty winds at the Town of Cary’s Kite Festival, Saturday, March 18, at Bond Park.

This weekend is all about taking flight — on the wind, on the stage and in life. From festivals to performances to inspirational books, you and your kids will love what this weekend has in store.

“When She Had Wings” at Raleigh Little Theatre

“When She Had Wings” is a play about a girl who dreams about taking flight in a makeshift airplane she has built in her backyard. After a storm, she finds an elderly woman who looks and sounds like a bird but just might be Amelia Earhart. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., Friday, March 17, and 1 and 5 p.m., Saturday, March 18, and Sunday, March 19, at Raleigh Little Theatre. Enjoy pre- and post-performance activities with staff from the North Carolina Museum of History and North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Additional matinee and evening performances are scheduled through Sunday, April 2. Purchase tickets ($14/adults, $10/children) online or at the box office.

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Children’s Festival at Durham’s Northgate Mall FREE

Join the Durham Arts Council for the 6th Annual Children’s Festival at Northgate. Enjoy face painting, special character guests and live entertainment, and learn about local kid-focused programs and activities. This event takes place at Northgate Mall’s Center Court, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, March 18. Free.

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Nuv Yug India Fest at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh

Explore and celebrate South Asian culture at Raleigh’s Nuv Yug India Fest, featuring dance, music, fashion, crafts and cuisine. The festival, the largest production of its kind in the U.S., includes performances by local dance groups, vocalists and musicians of all ages as well as professional performances. This event takes place at the Exposition Center at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, March 18, and 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 19. Purchase tickets ($6 per day; free for children under age 5) at the door.

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Kite Festival at Bond Park FREE

Kite lovers of all ages can enjoy a day of kite flying, contests, music, concessions and more. The Kite Festival takes place at the spillway in Cary’s Bond Park, 1-3 p.m., Saturday, March 18. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. The rain date is Sunday, March 19.

Listen to Award-Winning Author Kwame Alexander at Chapel Hill Library

Book lovers will enjoy a reading and book signing by Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander — a poet, educator and bestselling author of 21 books. The program takes place at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 3-4 p.m., Sunday, March 19, and is free, but the after-program book signing requires a ticket, available at no cost with the advance purchase of Alexander’s latest release, “The Playbook: 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life,” from Flyleaf Books. Books will also be available for purchase at the event.


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