Groundhog Day Events in Raleigh and Garner

Saturday, Feb. 2, is Groundhog Day
Photo courtesy of Rob Smith/Town of Garner
Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams (in the top hat) receives Snerd's prediction. Vinny Mammone of CLAWS is on the left.

Saturday, Feb. 2, is Groundhog Day, which means our local weather prognosticators — Sir Walter Wally of Raleigh and Snerd of Garner — will be getting a lot of attention. Will we experience six more weeks of winter or will spring arrive early? According to tradition, if a groundhog sees his shadow, we’ll have six more weeks of winter weather, but if he does not, spring will come early. 

Enjoy these Groundhog Day and weather-related events and activities around the Triangle with your kids, and check out these fun facts from the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources about why we celebrate Groundhog Day.

For those who have never attended local events featuring Wally or Snerd, they are unforgettable experiences, especially for children, opening their eyes to science through nature. 

Groundhog Day and Shadow Ceremony FREE

Photo courtesy of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences

North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
11 W. Jones St., Raleigh
Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Head inside the museum for some fun and educational exhibits that focus on the history of Groundhog Day, how animals — including groundhogs — get through winter, as well as fun activities like the Groundhog Toss game and a groundhog headband craft to wear at the shadow ceremony at noon on Bicentennial Plaza, right in front of the museum. 

Go Go Groundhog FREE

Photo courtesy of Prairie Ridge Ecostation

Prairie Ridge Ecostation
1671 Gold Star Dr., Raleigh 
Feb. 3, 2-3 p.m.

Take a walk through the prairie looking for a groundhog and any other signs of wildlife, then make a groundhog craft to take home. Meet at the outdoor classroom. This is a drop-in, family program. Please dress appropriately for the outdoors.

Wizened Woodchucks and Weather Predictors FREE

Photo courtesy of Historic Yates Mill County park

Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh
Feb. 1-3, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Explore how people predicted the weather before modern meteorology. Learn how to make weather equipment with recycled and natural materials and put the colonial “weather proverbs” to the test. 


Weather Wisdom FREE


Historic Yates Mill County Park
4620 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh 
Feb. 1, 2-3 p.m

Historic Yates Mill County Park also offers a special session, “Weather Wisdom,” for ages 7 and older. Explore the four weather factors, observe the clouds and learn about extreme weather patterns. Registration is required for all family members.

Groundhog Day at White Deer Park FREE


White Deer Park
2400 Aversboro Rd, Garner
Feb. 2, 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Hear Snerd the Groundhog’s official prediction for an early spring or six more weeks of winter. See live animals, stop at educational booths, meet Smokey Bear, enjoy storytime on stage and much, much more. Snerd will deliver his prediction to the mayor on the stage at noon.


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