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May 31st - June 6th 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

 All the warm weather and sunshine sure make it feel like summer is here! Along with summer in the Triangle comes a wonderful assortment of outdoor concerts and summer movies on the lawn. Grab a blanket and some snacks and enjoy the season!

This weekend we have listed almost 70 events! We will highlight some of the exciting events, but for the whole list of everything going on throughout the Triangle, make sure you go to the event search. Put in this weekend's dates and start planning a fabulous weekend.
The fun starts early over at Booth Amphitheater at Regency Park. Movies by Moonlight offer movies on Thursday evenings through the summer. This week's film will be Moneyball .
Raleigh's newest concert series, Oak City 7 starts this Thursday in City Plaza. Admission is free, will feature three bands each date and the concerts will take place every other Thursday through August. This week's concert will feature Saints Apollo, Antique Firearms & Tres Chicas. Click through for the entire line up.
First Friday, Music & Movies

First Friday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will feature live music, an opening reception for Freechild Studios and their show "Color on Clay II" and the Natural Horror Picture Show: The Wizzard of Oz.


Outside on Bicentennial Mall, you are invited to take a First Friday Hawk Walk. Come see Raleigh's amazing red-tails through spotting scopes.
Enjoy a free self-guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums, retail, restaurants and alternative art venues on the first Friday of every month for a First Friday Gallery Walk.
Both the Raleigh City Museum and Marbles Kids Museumwill stay open late and join in the festivities of First Friday.
Friday night also brings Art in the Evening along with Art All Around You and tunes by the Davis Dryer Trio to the North Carolina Museum of Art.
On the first Friday of each month stroll the streets of historic Raleigh City Market and celebrate great art, music, and shopping! Each month, take a break and enjoy an outdoor concert.
Under African Skies will be the featured flick for the Movies on the Lawn at the American Tobacco Campus.
Its Family Fun Night with Trish Miller over at Bass Lake Park. Start the evening with arts & crafts, live animals or fishing and finish the night with an interactive concert by kid favorite, Trish Miller.
Looking to get outside Friday night and enjoy the evening air? You could Bike With A Ranger at William B. Umstead State Park or go on a Night Hike at West point on the Eno. On Saturday night, bring the kids to Eno River State Park to search for Creatures of the Night,
The fun continues Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Family Fun Saturdays returns with Lines That Link Communities and the Summer Dance Series continues with a performance by the Cyrus Art Production. The 1993 classic Groundhog Day with Bill Murray & Andie MacDowell will be playing on their outdoor screen.
Science Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will feature a discussion on Insect Architecture.
The Sunday in the Park Concert Series will rotate through four Raleigh Parks this Summer. This week's concert will feature Milagro Saints at Fred Fletcher Park.
Festivals at the Parks

Celebrate Fuquay-Varina will be heating things up this weekend. The festival kicks off Friday night with a concert by Spare Change and then all day Saturday with live music, arts & crafts, free children"s rides, a BMX Stunt Show, antique cars and tractors, concessions, eating contests, the Mayor's Walk and the Run the Quay 5K race.

The Dog Days of June come to Bond Park with plenty to do for you and your four legged friend. There will be Family Events including live music, a charity dog walk, a dog/owner look-alike contest, raffles and lots of pet related businesses. You can also team up with your dog and compete in the Dog Disc Competition! All dogs and experience levels are welcome and it should be a blast for spectators, too. Dog Days is all about keeping your pet healthy and happy. The event will also include a Dog Wash, Rabies Vaccine and Micro-chipping Clinic.
Bring the Family out to Lake Wheeler for the annualKids Fishing Derby.
Duke Park will host the Annual Beaver Queen Pageant. The family friendly Beaver Drag fundraising event supports the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association in its effort to clean the beaver's wetland.
This weekend brings the Latino Arts Festival to Apex. The festivities start Friday night and continue to Saturday with a Latino Culinary Fest, Arts & Crafts workshops, Folk Dance Groups, Piñatas, and an Art Exhibit.
Co-Op-A-Fair  will feature local attractions like the GIANT SHOPPING CART, a bounce house, maze, live entertainment, chocolate sampling, Zumba, and cheese making demonstrations at the Ameican Tobacco Campus.
It's an old-fashioned Birthday Party to celebrate the anniversary of of Kids Together Park. Come join in on the festivities including a parade, The Kids Together Story and Roly Poly fruit slushies.
More Fun!
Witness the the transit of the planet Venus across the surface of the Sun on Tuesday night. There are three Triangle venues that will have scopes set up for sunset: The North Carolina Museum of Natural SciencesMorehead Planetarium and Science Center and Jordan Lake State Recreation Area.


It is time for the Raleigh City Museum's Used Book Sale. The 2012 Back to the Beach Book Sale starts Tuesday and runs through Saturday, June 9th. In addition to books, they offer CDs, DVDs, and other media formats. They also sell mounted photographs from past exhibits.
The New Southern-Latino Table will be explored during a Cooking Demonstration on Sunday afternoon at the North Carolina Museum of History.
National Trails Day
This weekend as we celebrate National Trails Day, there are numerous projects around the Triangle that you are invited to join in on and some special programs and hikes. What a great opportunity to give back to our parks! Some of the events do require registration or request you bring or wear special equipment, so make sure you click through for all the information.


Bass Lake Park invites you to go on a National Trails Day Exploration and check out some of their new trails opened for hiking, biking, and nature viewing.
Friends of the Mountains to Sea Trail invite you to join them to perform trail maintenace on 60 miles of the MST at Falls Lake.
REI will be out at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preservemulching, bamboo trimming, sanding, plant and tree trimming, and doing some board replacement.
Walnut Creek Wetland Center will be the the starting point for a Greenway Walk and Bike Ride.
Come on over to Blue Jay Point Park to help them build a spur off the Falls Lake Trail which runs through Blue Jay Point Park.
Celebrate National Trails Day with an Art in the Park Hike at Raven Rock State Park. On the hike, you will be challenged through art to discover the details to what makes the outdoors "Naturally Wonderful" to you. Basic art and drawing supplies will be provided.
Cary invites you to the Swift Creek Greenway & Pedestrian Bridge Dedication. Start at Ritter Park and take the Trivia Trail to the dedication and win fun prizes! Then enjoy breakfast snacks, bike checks by the Cary Police Department, and fun activities for the entire family!
Join in the 20th anniversary of America's largest trail celebration. Park staff at Little River Regional Park will lead an interpretive hike along portions of the Ridge, North River Loop, and Homestead Trails. Learn about the historical features along the trails as well as some of the flora and fauna found in the park.
Moore Square is one of the few green spaces that downtown residents and employees have to enjoy and it is important to help upgrade, sustain, and provide continued maintenance of Moore Square as a safe and clean public space. Come on out Saturday for the Moore Square Clean Up Event.






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