Fun Things to Do this Weekend (Oct. 8-10)

Indoor and Outdoor Events
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Photo courtesy of Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association
UPDATE: The Ellerbe Creek Nature Tour has been canceled due to weather.

Lots of family-friendly fun is planned for this weekend, from free festivals to consignment sales and Halloween and harvest outings. Keep an eye on the weather and contact the venue ahead of heading out in the event of inclement weather.

Take your children to try out orchestra instruments at the “Instrument Zoo” 11a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh. North Carolina Symphony musicians and volunteers will be taking instruments to Marbles for visitors to enjoy. The Brio String Quartet, a North Carolina Chamber Music Institute student ensemble, will perform 1-2 p.m. The program is free with Marbles Kids Museum admission.

Courtesy of the North Carolina Symphony

Treat your child with autism or other special needs to a special "Sensory Friendly" viewing of "Storks" 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at Frank Theatres CineBowl & Grille at 1140 Parkside Main St in Cary. The movie will be shown with lights on and low sound and movie viewers are welcome to sing and dance. For tickets, visit

Check out a museum exhibit in Raleigh, Durham or Chapel Hill. Browse our roundup of current exhibits to find one that fits your interests.

Escape to an indoor play space at your local mall. Browse our roundup of Triangle Mall Play Areas for Little Ones.


UPDATE: The Latino Fiesta and Soccer Challenge was scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 8 At Rock Quarry Park in Durham. The festival has been canceled, but the soccer tournament games will be rescheduled for a date still to be determined.  

Head to the Celebrate Fuquay-Varina Festival, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, in the Fuquay Business District for live entertainment, craft beer, food, an artist village, a classic  car show, a free kids zone and museum tours. Admission is free.

Celebrate fall at Logan’s Trading Co.’s Harvest Day, where you’ll find pumpkin painting, games and tractor rides, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 8, in Raleigh. Admission is free. 

Plan an outing to a pumpkin patch, corn maze or hayride. Local farms are offering harvest-themed fun. Learn more in our roundup of fall fun at area farms.



Shop for children's clothing, maternity clothing, baby gear, furniture, toys and more at Kidcycle's Fall/Winter Consignment Event Oct, 7-9 at Northgate Mall in Durham. The sale is a fundraiser for the Diaper Bank, which works to ensure babies in our community have diapers. 

UPDATE: The Tour of Town of Cary's Fire Prevention Week Celebration planned for Oct. 8 and has been rescheduled to Saturday, Oct. 15  (10 a.m.-2 p.m.) The Town of Cary will open its fire stations Oct. 15 so you can meet firefighters, see firefighting and rescue equipment and learn valuable fire safety tips. For more information, search “Fire Public Education” at, or call 919-460-4958.

UPDATE: The Ellerbe Creek Nature Tour in Durham has been canceled. Check venues before you head to a nature program at a local park. Browse our Daily Calendar to explore your choices. Many nature programs are free, but some require registration.

Photo courtesy of Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association

UPDATE: Due to inclement weather, this event has been rescheduled from Oct. 8 to Oct. 15: Celebrate Halloween early in Apex at Lufkin Road Middle School’s "Spooky Walk" and "Trunk or Treat"6-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 15.  Admission to Trunk or Treat (trick-or-treating from the trunks of Halloween-themed cars) and the Spooky Walk (a haunted trail featuring multiple “scare stations” created by Lufkin Road Middle's athletic teams) is $5, or enjoy unlimited visits for $10. The events support the school’s Athletic Boosters/Healthful Living Department.

Take your kids to a free outdoor concert Friday, Oct. 7. Hear bluegrass band Big Fat Gap, 5-8 p.m., at The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill or catch Clash of the Decades performed by The VIPS vs. Here’s to the Night, 7-9:30 p.m., at North Hills Midtown Park.

Photo courtesy of Big Fat Gap


Interested in connecting with other fathers who take the lead role in caring for their kids? The 21st Annual At-Home Dads Convention is Oct. 7-9 at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh. Registration will be open right up to the start of the convention.


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