Weekend Offers Free Family Fun in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill

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Triangle families can enjoy lots of free fun this weekend. Take your kids for entertainment that includes games, crafts, art, live music and more. In the event of inclement weather, contact venues before you head out.

Destination Dix Community Festival
Join in the Destination Dix Community Festival, a new, free, family-friendly celebration at Dix Park, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday, July 23 at Dorothea Dix Park in downtown Raleigh. The festival marking the one-year anniversary of the sale of the Dorothea Dix campus by the State of North Carolina to the City of Raleigh will feature live music from 14 bands on three stages, art, live performances and children’s activities. Ride a Ferris wheel or a tethered hot air balloon, and take the kids for crafts, inflatables, lawn games and a “Touch-a-Truck” section. Shaded areas will offer an escape from the sun. Visitors will have an opportunity to share their ideas for the future of the 308-acre property through interactive activities. Learn more at destinationdix.com.

Photo of Dix Park Courtesy of City of Raleigh

Quail Ridge Books’ Grand Opening Celebration
If you’ve loved going to Quail Ridge Books over the years, don’t miss out on the festivities as this famed, independent bookstore opens in its new Raleigh location at 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road with a two-day party July 23-24. Go for games, prizes, special author events, and craft and book activity stations on both days. Visit Quail Ridge Books' website for details.

Photo courtesy of René Martin/Quail Ridge Books

Free Jazz Concert
Enjoy a free concert by the vocal jazz ensemble “Capital Transit” at Brightleaf Square in Durham, 7-9 p.m., Friday, June 22. Find more free concerts in your hometown in our roundup of outdoor concert series. 

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Ackland Art Museum Family Fun
Spend a free interactive, art-filled afternoon with your kids at the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill, 1-5 p.m., July 24. Part of UNC-Chapel Hill, the museum features a “Family and Friends Sunday” event Sundays for people of all ages.

Photo courtesy of Ackland Art Museum

Free Bicycle Tours
Take a free bicycle tour of murals of downtown Durham, 10-11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 23. Preservation Durham, the Museum of Durham History and the Nasher Museum of Duke University are organizing the tours. Check in 15 minutes early. Learn more.

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Pick Your Own Blueberries

Go blueberry picking at a local pick-your-own farm for a delicious family outing your kids will savor. Browse our roundup of pick-your-own farms close to home.

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Zip Through the Tree Tops
Swing through the forest with your kids like Tarzan. Go Ape’s new Treetop Junior course at Blue Jay Point County Park in North Raleigh is featuring a 25 percent off deal through July 24. The Junior Course is designed for ages 4 and older (but anyone who is 3-feet-3-inches or taller may participate). Enter the code: NCKIDS when booking online to access the deal. 


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