Fun Things to Do This Weekend (Nov. 11-13)

Photo courtesy of North Carolina Botanical Garden
"The Runner" created by Ashley Knight received this year's Sculpture in the Garden's "Best in Show" award at the North Carolina Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill

Relax and unwind by participating in family-friendly nature programs in Apex. Head to live performances in Durham. Tour Orange County farms, watch ponies compete in Raleigh and enjoy the works of local artists outdoors in Chapel Hill. Shop for gifts at holiday craft markets in Raleigh, Cary and Knightdale. Share your talent to help hospitalized children at the Give Gala in Raleigh.

Nature Programs

Relax and unwind Saturday, Nov. 12, at nature programs at the Jordan Lake State Recreation Area in Apex. Opt for the “Red Loop Trail Hike," 10-a.m.-1 p.m., or go for the “Eagle Talk and Viewing," 2-3 p.m. 

Photo courtesy of North Carolina Parks

Head to Crowder District Park in Apex to walk back in time with a park naturalist to learn about Native Americans, play games and make a craft, 2-3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13. The fee is $1 per person and registration is required. 

Family Concert at Duke Gardens

Catch a brass concert, 1-2 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13, at Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham. Take your kids to listen and learn about the trumpet, trombone, horn and tuba as the Boylan Brass perform and demonstrate their instruments. This interactive family program is designed for ages 5 and older. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger and $5 for students.

Sculpture in the Garden Exhibit FREE

Wander the North Carolina Botanical Garden’s annual juried outdoor exhibition of sculptures by North Carolina artists in Chapel Hill. The Sculpture in the Garden exhibit runs through Dec. 11 and is free.

"Queen Bee" by Sofie Kennedy is among the Sculpture in the Garden works you can see at the North Carolina Botanical Garden.


Storytelling Under the Stars FREE

Take your kids ages 7 and older to Morehead Planetarium & Science Center in Chapel Hill for Storytelling Under the Stars 4:30 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 13. The storytelling will take place against the backdrop of the “sky” of Morehead’s GlaxoSmithKline Fulldome Theater, and will finish with a "fly-through of the universe.” 

The Give Gala FREE

Don’t have any money to spare but want to help sick children and their parents in the Triangle? You can donate your services or talent at The Give Gala, 8-11 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh. Your nonmonetary gift will help patients and families at Duke and UNC Children’s Hospitals.

Holiday Craft Markets

Start your holiday shopping off this weekend at nine craft markets in Cary, Raleigh and Knightdale. Browse our roundup of holiday craft fairs for details. 

Jump for the Children Horse Show 

See ponies, hunters and jumpers compete in an event that benefits Duke Children’s Hospital through Nov. 13 at the Gov. James B. Hunt Jr. Horse Complex in Raleigh. Visit

“Octonauts Live!”

Watch The Octonauts and the Deep Sea Volcano Adventure 6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 11, at the Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham. Tickets are $29-$39. Buy tickets at

Poinsettias, Ponies and Parker Farm & Vineyard Tour

Enjoy an afternoon of flowers, farms and fun touring neighborhood farms, 1-6 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 12, in Hillsborough. Meet at the Hillsborough Visitors Center.

Veteran's Day Discounts
On Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources is offering free or discounted  admissions to many of its venues to active military with identification

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