September Family Events: From Nature Fun to Festivals

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Take a look at our editors’ picks of fun events for the whole family in July. Enjoy a range of entertainment whether you lik – See more at:

Take a look at our editors’ picks of fun events for the whole family in September. Enjoy a range of entertainment whether you like music, art, 5k runs, kindie rock or nature activities.

Raleigh M.A.I.N. Event Showcases Music, Art and Innovation Sept. 3-Oct. 4
Creativity, culture, brain power and sound fuse at the Raleigh M.A.I.N. Event, a medley of festivals and family-friendly activities taking place Sept. 3-Oct. 4 in downtown Raleigh. Enjoy Latino foods, dancing and art at Fiesta del Pueblo Sept. 21, and the thrills of a stunt show and motorcycle parade at the Ray Price Capital City BikeFest Sept. 26-28. Watch creativity explode at the SPARKcon Festival Sept. 11-14, when more than 1,700 artists and performers deliver 200 shows and exhibits. Kids can design a futuristic city in Marbles Kids Museum’s cityBUILD project Sept. 27-28. Tap your feet at Wide Open Bluegrass Oct. 3-4, a festival that also hosts the N.C. Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship. Learn more about these events and others at

Not So Normal 5k + Weekend Serves Up Unique Fun Sept. 12-14
Take part in a three-day celebration of community and philanthropy Sept. 12-14 in Carrboro and Chapel Hill that includes kids’ parties, an outdoor movie, comedy shows and the Carrboro Art Walk. Proceeds from Not So Normal 5k + Weekend will benefit more than 20 local nonprofit organizations and culminates in a 5k run (shortened to 2.95 miles) on Sept. 14 for all ages that also features face painting and other fun activities. The Not So Normal 5k + Weekend is the creation of Jay Radford, a stay-at-home dad who writes the “Mom in Chapel Hill” blog. Visit to register for the weekend’s festivities.

o-cal-our-picks-andrewrobymakeawish2012.jpgPitch Corn for a Good Cause  Sept. 13
Help Make-A-Wish Eastern North Carolina grant the wishes of local children with life-threatening medical conditions at the Triangle’s inaugural Pitchin’ for Wishes cornhole tournament Sept. 13, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., at Midtown Park at North Hills in Raleigh. The family-friendly event features an NCAA bracket-style bag-toss competition, as well as food, music and entertainment. Two-player teams are $50 and can register online. Spectators are admitted free. Pitchin’ for Wishes has raised more than $500,000 for various charities. Learn more at

Sing Along with Mister G   Sept. 20o-cal-our-picks-misterg_4.jpg
Bilingual kindie rock star Mister G, pictured at right, who combines a mixture of music and learning techniques to inspire his audience, brings his high-energy show to The ArtsCenter in Carrboro Sept. 20 at 11 a.m. Mister G’s catchy songs feature Latin rhythms to teach young children about counting, colors and nature, all while celebrating the joys of discovery. His 2012 release, Chocolalala, won a Parents’ Choice Gold Award. Tickets, available for purchase online at, are $8 for ages 2-17 and $10 for adults. Learn more about Mister G at Want to win tickets to the show? Enter our Mister G Kindie Rock Show Contest!

Discover Ellerbe Creek’s Nature Preserves  Sept. 20
Nature lovers of all ages can enjoy hikes, wildlife and hands-on activities at the first Ellerbe Creek Nature Tour Sept. 20, 1-5 p.m. The tour features five stops all within 8 miles of downtown Durham and is hosted by the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association. Visit the preserves of 17-Acre Wood, Pearl Mill, Beaver Marsh and Glennstone, as well as the Creek Smart House. Environmental educators will be on hand at each tour stop offering birding, guided exploration of the forest habitat, art activities and an up-close look at live animals. Several stops include Spanish-speaking guides. Admission is free. Learn more at

Explore Nature with a Child – Sept. 24-30
Help kids develop appreciation and enthusiasm for the natural world during Take a Child Outside Week Sept. 24-30. Take A Child Outside Week is a national program that provides parents, teachers and caregivers local resources and outdoor activities to help children connect to the environment, stay focused in school and reduce obesity. Harris Lake County Park, American Tobacco Trail, Historic Yates Mill County Park and J.C. Raulston Arboretum are just some of the Triangle locations offering fun activities to celebrate Take a Child Outside Week. These activities, some of which are free, are listed in our Daily Calendar. and in this special Take Your Child Outside Week listing.

More Family Fun Around the Triangle . . .

Visit our Things to do and Family Fun pages to discover more fun events and festivals coming in September.


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