Weekend Fun: Free Music Festival, Outdoor Movies, Historic Programs

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This weekend, head out to North Carolina historic sites for free activities that reveal music, food preservation and Civil War medical practices. Enjoy a movie under the stars, savor the outdoors while taking a hike through the forest or go blueberry picking at a local farm.

Jubilee Music Festival
Celebrate African American musical traditions and legacies at the Historic Stagville’s Jubilee Music Festival in Durham, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, July 16. Enjoy kids' crafts and music from the Southside Church of Christ a capella choir, Lakota John and Kin and other musicians. Take a blanket or chair. Admission is free. 

Kids Activities: “Food on the Farm”
Visit historic Duke Homestead in Durham, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, July 16, for a free family outing that teaches kids how food goes from the barnyard or field to their table, and to learn some of the creative ways our ancestors preserved their food.

Civil War Medical Practices
Head out to Bennett Place State Historic Site Saturday, July 16, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Sunday, July 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., to see living historians portraying surgeons. Learn about the medical practices and instruments used during the Civil War, the emergence of the ambulance corps, and the differences between Union and Confederate medical equipment. Admission is free.

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Movies Under the Stars

  • Pack a picnic and head to Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, Friday, July 15, to see “Pitch Perfect 2” (PG-13) as part of the Movies by Moonlight Series. The movie starts at dusk (about 8:30 p.m.) and gates open at 7 p.m. Admission is $5; children ages 12 and under get in free.
  • Go to see Outdoor “Zootopia” (PG), 9 p.m., Friday, July 15, at the Museum Park at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Museum members will be admitted free; nonmembers pay $6;

Take a Hike!
Join a volunteer for a leisurely hike to enjoy the sounds of the forest and Eno River at Eno River State Park in Durham starting at 10 a.m., Sunday, July 17. Wear good hiking shoes, and bring water and a snack. Admission is free.

Pick-Your-Own Blueberry Farms
It's blueberry season! Take your kids to a local pick-your-own farm for a fun outing, and take home luscious berries full of healthy antioxidants. Browse our roundup to find the closest blueberry farm to your home.

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