Triangle Weekend Events: 10 Things to Do With Kids

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The Piedmont Farm Tour of local and organic farms is this weekend.

Step out this weekend to enjoy a wide variety of family fun, from free festivals and Earth Day events to the Southern Women’s Show. Go on the Piedmont Farm Tour. Watch the “Shakespeare Marathon. Please check with venues before you head out, in the event on inclement weather.

1. Looking for a spring outing your kids will love? Visit local and organic farms to meet farmers, learn about farm life and savor delicious food during the Piedmont Farm Tour, 2-6 p.m. April 23-24. Learn more in Piedmont Farm Tour: Fun for Kids and Foodies.

2. Celebrate diversity at the Children’s Day Festival 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 23 at Bond Park in Cary. The free festival features performances, crafts, games, magic, face painting, and more. The event is organized by the American Turkish Association–NC, Sister Cities Association of Cary and the Town of Cary. Learn more.

3. The Garner Strawberry Festival 9 a.m.-4 p.m. April 23 is a free celebration of strawberries. Go for inflatables, arts and craft vendors, a classic car show, and music and dance groups. Learn more.

4. The Songbird Celebration Family Festival 10 a.m.-3 p.m. April 23 at Blue Jay Point County Park in Raleigh  recognizes International Migratory Bird Day with games, activities, storytelling, crafts and more. Learn more

5.  Artists for Animals Faire 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 24 in downtown Apex benefits three animal rescue groups. Shop for creations from local painters, photographers, sculptors and more. Take your kids for face painting. Cats and dogs will be available for adoption. Learn more.

6. The Piedmont Wildlife Center in Durham hosts BioBlitz April 22 (6-11 p.m.) and April 23 (7 a.m.-4 p.m.) Join this free Earth Day celebration to help naturalists and volunteers search the park for species on evening and daytime hikes. Make environmental crafts and learn from exhibitors. Learn more.

7. The North Carolina Science Festival fun continues this weekend with hands-on activities at events across the state. Check out the schedule to find happenings close to your home which make learning fun for all ages. View the event schedule at

8. Durham Parks and Recreation and Keep Durham Beautiful invite all to a free Earth Day Festival noon-5 p.m. April 23 at Rock Quarry Park in Durham. Enjoy live music, environmental education activities, a Kid’s Zone, a Sustainability Expo, a parade, a market featuring local, handmade goods and more. Learn more at Update: Due to inclement weather and muddy field conditions, the festival will be held indoors.

9. The Southern Women’s Show at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh April 22-24, offers a wide variety of shopping, food and entertainment while giving back to great causes. This year, The Southern Women’s Show will donate $2 back to Teen Cancer America for every ticket purchased at the gates on Mother Daughter Day, Sunday, April 24. For details on the show and ticket information, visit

Chris Lowe (pictured below far left) will be one of the entertainers on Mother Daughter Day. Photo courtesy of Southern Women's Show 

10. The “Shakespeare Marathon: 38 Plays in 5 Days" kicks off at noon April 23, at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Admission is free. Learn more.


Check out our roundup of 10 free destinations and activities in the Triangle

Photo of Sarah P. Duke Gardens courtesy of Kavanah Anderson.

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