Sept. 28-30: Wide Open Bluegrass, Finally Friday, Storytelling Festival, the Durham College Fair and Soccer Injury Prevention

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Photo courtesy of Karen A. Blum
Catch the band "Cane Mill Road" and many more at this weekend's Wide Open Bluegrass.

This weekend in the Triangle, check out world-renowned bluegrass musicians at Wide Open Bluegrass in downtown Raleigh, catch an old favorite movie at Finally Friday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh, hear talented storytellers at the Storytelling Festival at Historic Oak View County Park in Raleigh, visit representatives from 100 colleges and universities at the Durham College Fair and learn how to protect your kids from common soccer injuries at a seminar at Soccer Genome in Raleigh.

Wide Open Bluegrass FREE

Downtown Raleigh is going to be filled with bluegrass music at this weekend’s Wide Open Bluegrass. World class bluegrass musicians will be playing at ticketed shows at Red Hat Amphitheater and at free performances at seven stages during StreetFest. Besides the fantastic music, attendees will be able to grab a bite to eat from food trucks and shop from artisans. The Whole Hog Barbecue Championship will have all-you-can-eat barbecue and coleslaw and you’ll be able to vote for your favorite as the People’s Choice Winner. Barbecue tickets are $15 the day of the event but are $10 in advance — grab them here to save. Click here to plan your visit so you can catch your favorite artists, and here to purchase tickets for the paid shows, which range from $50-$160 each. Shows start at noon on Sept. 28 and run through late into the night on Sept. 29.

photo courtesy of karen a. blum


Finally Friday

Catch the 1971 version of the movie “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” — and some accompanying science stations — on Sept. 28, 5:30-9 p.m., at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. Science stations run 5:30-7 p.m. and include “Good Egg, Bad Egg,” “Chocolate Slime,” “Floating in the Air,” “Defeating Violet Beauregarde” and more. The movie begins at 7 p.m. Food truck vendors will have items for additional purchase. Tickets are available at the door for $2 each for museum members and $5 for nonmembers. 

photo courtesy of the north carolina museum of natural sciences

Storytelling Festival FREE

Bring lawn chairs or blankets to Historic Oak View County Park Sept. 29 for the 36th annual Storytelling Festival. Drop in anytime between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. for this entertaining collaboration of Wake County Public Libraries and Wake County Parks, Recreation and Open Space. Hear songwriters, storytellers, recording artists and youth librarians bring stories alive for the audience.  

photo courtesy of Historic Oak View County Park

Durham College Fair FREE

Parents and students can meet with representatives from 100 and colleges and universities Sept. 30, 1-3 p.m., at Northgate Mall in Durham. Hosted by Durham Technical Community College and Durham Public Schools, two and four-year private and public schools from across North Carolina and the region will be represented as students prepare for life beyond high school.

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Soccer Injury Prevention Seminar FREE

Parents, athletes and coaches can learn about anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) injury and concussion management on Sept. 30, 5-6 p.m. as presenters from Wake County Duke Sports Medicine offer demonstrations at Soccer Genome in Raleigh. RSVPs are requested.

photo courtesy of daisy adkins


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