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April 19th - April 25th 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

This weekend you can celebrate Earth Day and the NC Science Festival (April 13th-29th) throughout the Triangle. The Highlight of this weekend's events will definitely be the much anticipated, grand opening of the Nature Research Center.

Celebrate Earth Day & the NRC Opening

The Nature Research Center, an addition to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences opens Friday with a 24 Hour Grand Celebration! Starting Friday and going until Saturday, the party will include non-stop entertainment, displays, hands on activities both inside the museums and all along Bicentennial Plaza. Click through for the schedule of entertainment.


Celebrate Earth Day at the Orange County Earth Fair on Saturday with live music, kids games and activities, earth friendly demonstrations, crafts, and free recycling drop offs.

The NC Zoo will celebrate Earth Day with a Party for the Planet. Dance to African drums and be in a giant puppet parade while discovering new ways to help take care of the earth.

Head over to Durham Central Park on Sunday for the Durham Earth Day Festival. The event promises something for everyone with live music, the Eco Lounge, an Earth Day Parade, a kids area, an Earth Art Market, and a Sustainability Expo.

HerbFest comes back to Wake Forest's Festival Park for 10 days of free entertainment, animal petting, live bands, and the largest selection of herbs and perennials for your yard.

Downtown Hillsborough's Fresh Roots Festival takes place Saturday followed by the Fresh Roots Feast on Sunday. The Fresh Roots Festival is an integral celebration of all things that make up the Downtown Hillsborough experience: shopping, dining, art and music.

Come back to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Tuesday evening for World Voice Day. Learn how the voice works, how broadcasters keep their voices healthy, the presentation of Patrick D. Kenan Award to Carl Kasell and an audience Q&A and panel discussion.

Music, Movies & Art





Friday night at the NC Museum of Art features College Night. Come spend the evening with students from all over the state eating some great food, exploring the environmental themes in the work of El Anatsui and trying your hand at screen printing your own T-shirt.


Everyone is invited to the NC Museum of Art on Friday night for Ceremonial Menagerie, an exploration of a variety of ceremonial headdresses and pendants that capture the spirit of the animal across different African cultural groups. Stay after the discussion for the 2003 movie Down With Love starring Ewan McGregor and Renée Zellweger.

Join the Raleigh City Museum Friday night for History and Art a la Raleigh to celebrate the artistic creations of students from Moore Square Museums Magnet Middle School and Ligon GT Magnet Middle School.

You're invited to bring up to three treasured possessions to the North Carolina Museum of History on Friday for assessment and advice on care from their conservators. You do need an appointment for Conservation Assistance Day so click through for all the details.

The Folsom Prison Gang will bring their five piece Johnny Cash tribute band out to Apex Saturday evening for a Concert on the Campus.

The annual Lebanese Festival is back at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds both Saturday and Sunday. Come on out to enjoy delicious Lebanese food, music and entertainment, art and craft items and other cultural exhibits.
Head on over to the Holly Springs Cultural Center for Reading Renaissance Day Saturday morning. The event will feature mock battles by Knightly Order of the Fiat Lux, Fairytales in Five by Stars Theater, Arts and crafts, face painting and a puppet show.
Learn about North Carolina's long tradition of Field Natural History (stretching back to the 1580s!) and view field naturalists' equipment on Saturday at Historic Yates Mill County Park. While you are at the Park, take a Tour of the Mill and see a Corn Grinding Demonstration with 19th century costumed interpreters. If you are really into history, you might want to attend a Volunteer Interest Session to learn all the fun ways you can help out at Yates Mill.
Celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month with a performance by the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, a group of talented young musicians from area high schools on Sunday afternoon at the North Carolina Museum of History.
Bring the kids out to the North Carolina Museum of Art Sunday afternoon for a Spring Family Festival that will celebrate the work of children's book author and illustrator Ashley Bryan. Browse the Museum's exhibition Rhythms of the Heart: The Illustration of Ashley Bryan, meet the author and be treated to guest performers who will lead the audience in song.
Over 150 Triangle wedding experts will be at the NC State Fairgrounds on Sunday for the Southern Bridal Show.
Marbles Kids Museum joins in on the week long NC Science Festival with special activities all week long. They will present To The Arctic 3D Family Learning Lab at Marbles IMAX on both Saturday and Sunday and FEAST! Food Engineering and Science Technology on Sunday.
Park Programs




The Historic Preservation Society of Durham leads a Durham Civil Rights Legacy Walking Tour on Saturday focusing on sites in downtown Durham that were important in the 1950s and "60s Civil Rights movement.


Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead is an annual fundraiser that offers a great day on the park trails, listening to great music, and enjoying children activities.

Fishing is a great way for families to spend quality time together. Come on out to Bass Lake Park on Saturday for a Family Fishing Clinic.

West Point on the Eno will be celebrating Earth Day on Sunday afternoon with a guided hike out to the Pump Station.

NCSU students invite you to bring the family out to Harris Lake County Park on Sunday for their program, Passport to Discovery. Pick up your passport when you arrive and participate in activities such as canoeing, fishing, camping skills, campfire cooking, disc golf, Hayride, and more.
On Tuesday evening, you are invited to take a midweek break at Lake Crabtree County Park For Your Ears Only. Learn all about which frogs make which noises, and why. Then hike the Old Beech Nature Trail to listen for calls and test your new found knowledge.

Farmer's Markets are Opening




Almost all of the Triangle Farmer's Markets are open or have transitioned to their summer schedules. To find a market near you, just go to the Event Search on and type in Farmers Market.


Friday through Sunday will feature Spring Herb Days at the NC State Farmers Market. Along with all the current crops, the Farmer's Market will highlight local Herbs. Strawberry Days is also coming up on May 3rd.

The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market kicks off the season this Wednesday with a pig pickin' from the Pit! Take a lunchtime break and check out the market's 3rd season at City Plaza.

You are also invited to the Easter Bunny Quarter Horse Circuit Horse Show all weekend long at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. The horse show is free and open to spectators and a great opportunity to get up close to the action.











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