Weekend Fun: Festivals, the Royal Wedding and a Historic House Tour

Check out the Got to Be NC Festival, the royal wedding, a tour of Duke Homestead and Artsplosure
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Photo courtesy of Nancy Arehart Photography and Artsplosure
Raleigh's Arts Festival, Artsplosure, takes place this weekend in downtown Raleigh.

This weekend, experience all North Carolina has to offer at the Got to Be NC Festival in Raleigh; watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's royal wedding and enjoy traditionally British activities at a special event at Lafayette Village in Raleigh; learn to separate historical myths from reality at a tour of Duke Homestead in Durham; and explore lots of different types of art at Artsplosure in downtown Raleigh.

Got to Be NC Festival FREE 

Join your friends and family this weekend for three great days of down-home celebration North Carolina-style at the Got to Be NC Festival at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Enjoy carnival rides and games, food from a variety of vendors, pony rides, fireworks and more. Gate admission and parking are free but ticket purchases are required for rides, and other attractions incur a separate fee. View the packed schedule here.


Royal Wedding Watch

Immerse yourself in the royal wedding this May 19 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Village Grill and Lafayette Village in Raleigh. Watch a recording of the royal wedding; enjoy a traditional English Breakfast Brunch at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. for $16.95. Other activities throughout the day include Scottish, Irish and English dance performances, afternoon tea for $13 and a “Photo Hat” contest. Check the schedule of events for details. Reservations are required for breakfast/brunch and the wedding viewing.

Due to weather, the Little Prince and Princess contest has been cancelled. 

Weather Pending Events:
10:30 a.m.: Dancers Scots, Annandale Center for Scottish Dance
11 a.m.: Dancers Irish, Trionoide Academy
11:30 a.m. Dancers English, Sun Assembly
3 p.m.: Bagpiper to announce "Afternoon Tea." Be on the look out for Alice and the Mad Hatter partaking in tea time. Afternoon Tea can be enjoyed at Village Grill Pub, Simply Crepes or Farina.
4- 6 p.m.: Chapter 4 Band play Beatles Tribute Music

Photo courtesy of Ink Drop/Shutterstock.com

Mythbusting Day: Historic House Myths FREE

Ever heard of a closet tax? Were people really shorter a couple hundred years ago? It’s time to break down all those common myths and misconceptions about historic houses and life in the 19th century. After your May 19 interactive tour of Duke Homestead in Durham, you’ll be an expert. Take a special guided tour to find out about common misconceptions and discuss how such ideas are perpetuated. You’ll see period artifacts, costume pieces and other interactive elements in this informative activity. Tours begin every hour, on the hour, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participation is free and no ticket is necessary, simply check in at the front desk.

photo courtesy of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

Artsplosure FREE

Raleigh’s Arts Festival, Artsplosure, takes place May 19-20. Enjoy artwork by more than 170 juried fine artists and craftspeople exhibiting original works of art in 10 different categories. All will be available for purchase, including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork and more. Artists’ booths will line Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh along with music performances, art installations, food trucks and more — all highlighting North Carolina performing and visual artists. Visit Kidsplosure in its new location on Market and Exchange plazas between Fayetteville and Wilmington streets. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on May 19 and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on May 20. Check out the schedule of events and view the festival mapto familiarize yourself with directions and parking information.

photo courtesy of artsplosure


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