Weekend Fun: 6 Things to Do in Raleigh, Durham
1. Wake Forest’s annual Mardi Gras Street Festival is Saturday, Feb. 6, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and features strolling entertainers, live music, an inflatable playground, special contests, face painting and more. Children and adults are invited to join in the walking parade. No pre-registration is required; but all children must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. Youngsters are invited to walk, roller skate, ride their bicycles or be pulled along in a wagon. Participation is free, but bicyclists must wear their helmets. For details on the festival, parade and contests, and special offers by downtown merchants, visit wakeforestnc.gov.
Photo of Mardi gras Street Festival courtesy of Town of Wake Forest
2. In Durham, the annual Durham MLK/Black History Month parade kicks off at noon, Saturday, Feb. 6, featuring marching bands, floats, school and church groups, step and dance teams, horses, cars, motorcycles, unique vehicles, clowns and more. The parade will start at W.G. Pearson Elementary School (3501 Fayetteville Street), proceed up Fayetteville Street and end at Lawson and Fayetteville Streets at (N.C. Central Univeristy). Learn more here.
3. Blue Jay Point County Park in Raleigh is hosting a Winter Open House Saturday, Feb. 6, 1-4 p.m. on the importance of “habitat” for all living things. Use a dip net in the pond to find out about its residents. Learn about local aquatic habitats and gray squirrels. Craft animal-shaped snowflakes, and enjoy hot cocoa and cookies. Admission is free. Take a nonperishable food donation for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC. Learn about more activities at during the open house at wakegov.com/parks/bluejay.
Photo courtesy of Blue Jay Point County Park
4. Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey “Circus XTREME” is at the PNC Arena in Raleigh through Sunday, Feb. 7. The two-and-a-half-hour show will feature exotic animals, high-wire acts, strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and more. Visit thepncarena.com to learn more.
5. Carolina Ballet’s tribute to William Shakespeare, “Love Speaks,” runs Feb. 4-21 at the Fletcher Theater of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. The performance commemorates the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. Learn more at carolinaballet.com/program/love-speaks.
6. It’s a no brainer that Carolina Panthers fans will be watching Super Bowl 50 Sunday, Feb. 7. If you’re hosting a party check out our top 10 Pinterest Panther Party Picks and if you’re considering adopting a cat, don’t miss your chance to adopt Kuechly, a Panthers fan, from Safe Haven, a nonprofit, no-kill animal shelter in Raleigh dedicated to finding homes for homeless cats and kittens.
Photo courtesy of Safe Haven for Cats