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June 21st - June 27th 2012

by Pam & Michael Davison

 This weekend there are some fun festivals, several movies and a wide variety of concerts so no matter what you're in the mood for, we can get you out enjoying your summer weekend.

If you are looking for some yummy fresh food for your holiday picnics, don't forget all of our local farmer's markets. In addition to the State Farmer's Market which is open every day, just about every Triangle town has a municipal market. Right now the blueberries are in and the corn, tomatoes and summer squash are delicious! Just go to the Event Search on and type in Farmer's Markets and we will get you all the info on your local market.
This newsletter highlights mostly weekend events. There are also some great events listed on during the week. Now that you might have kids on summer vacation check out the Event Search at and put in the dates you are interested in. You can also "Like" ParkGeek on Facebook and get updates on daily events.
Movies at the Parks & Museums

Get out a blanket and the bug spray and head on out to watch an evening movie under the stars. There are even more great movies hitting the big screen this weekend!

Movies By Moonlight kicks off the weekend at Regency Park Thursday evening with the touching southern film, "The Help".
Bring the kids and take the night off Thursday night at the Halle Cultural Arts Center for Pizza and a Show. There is a fee for the pizza, but the featured film, "The Muppets", is free.
The North Carolina Museum of Art offers up films both Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night will feature Super 8 and Saturday night will bring The Decendants.
Friday night at the Art Museum, you can also enjoy  Art in the Evening with live music with The Hey Brothers and The Power of Two, a casual, in-depth exploration of how twins are represented in Nigerian art. Come back Saturday for a Family Fun Saturday  focusing on Light & Color.
As part of their Rock the Park Series, Forest Hills Park will be showing "The Tooth Fairy" after the sun goes down on Saturday.
The North Carolina Museum of Art. invites you to get out of the heat on Wednesday afternoons and enjoy aFamily Film. The series showcases new and classic live-action and animated films each week and this week focuses on vintage tales of nature vs. humans with the 1941 "Hoppity Goes to Town".
Music for Everyone at Outdoor Concerts

Kick off your weekend with a picnic and a concert by Soulomios at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.

The Lizzy Ross Band will be performing at the American Tobacco Campus as a continuation of WUNC's "Back Porch Music Series" on Friday night.
The Triangle Brass Band will present their first of two summer Pops in the Park concerts this Friday night at Bond Park.
Cool John Ferguson will be treating an audience at Bond Park to a blues concert Saturday night.
In celebration of the exhibition El Anatsui: When Last I Wrote to You about Africa, renowned Senegalese kora player and percussionist Diali Cissokho performs Sunday afternoon in the West Building of the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Raleigh's Sunday in the Park Concerts are rotating through four different Raleigh parks this summer. This Sunday evening, The Village Band will be performing at Pullen Park.
Festivals & Special Events

Saturday brings the inaugural Peak City Pig Fest to Historic Downtown Apex. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, teams from all over the country will come to compete against each other for prize money cooking chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pork. Along with great food, there will be live music, a kid's area, pig races, and a corn hole tournament. The festivities actually start Friday night with music by Fairview Grass and the cooking kick-off. Click through for the complete two day schedule.

The Tour de Fat makes its way to Durham this Saturday. Kicking off with a Bike Parade at Diamond View Park, the bicycle themed event also includes beer, entertainment, local food, crazy bike contests and much more.
The War of 1812 Bicentennial Celebration will take place across three locations Saturday. The day will start with a reenactment of the Reading of the War Declaration by Gov. Hawkins to the Wake Regiment along with living history demonstrations at the North Carolina State Capitol. Then the fun moves to Mordecai Historical Park where you can learn about civilian and military life in 1812 through living histories demonstrations. Finally, the Raleigh City Museum will recreate a ball held in 1812 to celebrate North Carolina's entry into the war.
Come celebrate the Dedication of The Leaf  with special guests like Corn and the Colonels and Ted's Twisted Balloons. Also at Durham Central Park Saturday morning, you are invited to take an Architecture & the Urban Landscape Walking Tour.
Admission is only $5 after 5pm every fourth Friday at the Museum of Life and Science. Explore the 84-acre science park and enjoy its newest attraction, Into the Mist, as well as Magic Wings Butterfly House with exotic butterflies, Explore the Wild with black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves and Dinosaur Trail with life-size dinosaurs during Fridays Made Easy.
Blow bubbles, burst bubbles and learn how marine animals use bubbles during the Museum of Life & Science's Bubble Blitz all day Saturday.
Take an in-depth Curator's Choice Tour on Sunday afternoon at the North Carolina Museum of History. Conservator Paige Myers will take a close-up look at clothing and textiles from the late colonial and federal periods.
Get Outside at the Parks

Have you ever wondered what happens in a museum at night after the lights dim and the doors close? Join the staff at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park for a behind the scenes tour of the park's visitor center with flashlights and help them solve a Night Time Mystery Friday night.

Come back to Yates Mill Saturday for a Tip Top to Bottom Mill Tour and explore all 4 floors of the mill or take a Mill Heritage & Local History Tour on either Saturday or Sunday to delve into the history of the mill business along with the inner workings of the mill.
Come to Lake Crabtree County Park on Saturday to learn about the Creepiest of Crawlies. While you are there, check out the radio control yachts with theTriangle Model Yacht Club. Come back Sunday to Explore the Beauty of Snakes and get the truth behind some popular snake myths.
Learn about Backyard Insects, both native and exotic, and how they can work for you and against you during a Family Wildlife Series Saturday morning at Blue Jay Point County Park .
Did you know there are some 38 species of Snakes in North Carolina? Eno River State Park invites you to learn about the ones in our area by taking a short hike on Saturday. Sunday afternoon, pick up your list and take a Scavenger Hunt.
On Saturday at dusk, naturalists on the American Tobacco Trail are going exploring for Crepuscular Critters, the animals that come out at dusk.
Join experts from Morehead Planetarium Saturday Evening at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area for an Astronomy Viewing Session.
Come, learn about Occoneechee Mountain's Geologic Wonders and explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist on Sunday.
The Hunt Horse Complex at the State Fairgrounds is hosting a Miniature Horse Performance Show and anOpen Breed Horse Show. The Fairgrounds will also feature a Toy & Hobby Show all weekend.







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