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May 16th - May 22nd 2013 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

After all the cool temps this week, it looks like the weather this weekend is going to be fabulous so make sure to get out and enjoy one on the many festivals.

Festivals Around Town

Moore Square in downtown Raleigh is the place to be this weekend for Artsplosure. Expected to attract 80,000 people over the course of the weekend, the festival boasts non-stop activities, entertainment and more than 170 juried visual artists and crafters from across the country. Along with multiple stages with ongoing live entertainment, your kids won't want to miss the variety of entertainers on the The Kidsplosure Stage, which boasts a weekend full of family and kid centered entertainers. is thrilled to sponsor the awesome sand sculptor, Sandy Feat again this year.

Celebrate North Carolina during the annual Got to be NC Festival. Come enjoy a mix of food, music, carnival rides and games, antique farm equipment and grandstand entertainment. And best of all, admission is free for all ages! There are a few events that do have an admission fee like the Food & Wine Expo and the carnival rides so click through for all the details.

Hillsborough Hogg Day returns to Downtown Hillsborough with a barbecue cooking contest, live music, children's games, antique car show, crafters, assorted vendors, Hog Day souvenirs, and lots of food. There are a few changes to this years festival. Starting Friday, you can enjoy the chicken and rib competitions. Saturday will be all the pork bbq contests.

The East Meets West Food Festival is a celebration of Wake County's most diverse community. Join them in Downtown Morrisville for a day filled with food, music, performances, and visual arts from many cultures that call the Heart of the Triangle home.
The CCB Plaza will be hosting the BIMBE' Cultural Arts Festival Saturday. The annual family event is a celebration of African and African American history, culture, art and traditions.
Saturday is Art Museum Day at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Come enjoy free admission to their two ticketed exhibitions, 0 to 60: the Experience of Time through Contemporary Art and Object of Devotion.
Join Historic Oak View County Park for Civil War Day on Saturday. The family friendly event will feature Civil War reenactors, music, storytime, and Civil War Era games.
Wheels on Academy brings antique cars, entertainment, food, and fun for the entire family to Downtown Cary Saturday.
Come help Prairie Ridge celebrate as the Gnomes & Fairies prepare for the arrival of summer. Festivities include a Spring Scavenger Hunt, a Kite Flying Festival, Balloon Animals, Bubbles, Story Time, Gnome & Fairy House building and the Parade of the Prairie Fairies and Roaming Gnomes.
Saturday is Endangered Species Day at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro. Help each year, the event recognizes and encourages national conservation efforts to save our endangered species and their habitats.

Fun Thursday & Friday Kick Off the Weekend

Head over to the Halle Cultural Arts Center Thursday night for Pizza and a Movie Night. Take the night off from cooking dinner as the whole family enjoys "A Monster in Paris".

The tunes will be playing in Durham on Thursdays this spring. The Find Your Cool Summer Concert Series will bring free concerts to the CCB Plaza every Thursday through August. This week's concert features the Gypsy Jazz sounds of the Onyx Club Boys.
Right around the corner, the Art of Cool @ The Stack is a four week series of outstanding after work fun at The Stack. This Thursday's show will bring the tunes of DJ Jamad.
This Thursday's Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences features the Physical Fitness of Leaves along with extended hours, special programming and discounts in the Museum stores.
Art in the Evening takes a whole new spin this Friday with an Auction Preview, music by Side Car Social Club, sound bites about the Ever-Changing Isms in Art History and Docent Led Tours of American Art.
Its Third Friday in Downtown Durham! Come enjoy a Gallery Crawl with live music and more.
Also in Durham Friday night, Movies at the Park bring the Durham Cinematheque back for another season of free, vintage movies in the park.
Center Stage at American Tobacco is the new name for this Friday's concert series on the Diamond View Lawn adjacent to the DPAC. Each evening will feature two bands, lots of room for kids to play and food trucks. This weeks' bands are Solas and Celtic Traditionalists.
Morrisville Community Park will be showing Movies in the Park, too. Bring chairs and blankets out to Morrisville Community Park to enjoy the movie "Brave" as well as some of the area's finest food trucks.
Friday night's Movie by Moonlight at Regency Park will feature "Rio" so pack up the whole family, a picnic and a blanket.
"Wreck it Ralph" will be playing at Lake Benson Park Friday night as they host an Outdoor Movie Night.

Getting Outside at the Parks
Join a Park Ranger Thursday afternoon at William B. Umstead State Park to take Canoeing Skills I. Come back Sunday to learn the secrets of Basic Land Navigation.

Bike Raleigh continues their month of events celebrating National Bike to Work Day with the Go the Extra Mile Wellness Challenge. Starting at Nash Square, join them for the short morning ride Friday morning.
Wind down Friday night on the American Tobacco Trail with a night time Owl Walk. Come back Saturday for Cache In Trash Out.
Its another Citizen Science Saturday at Prairie Ridge Ecostation. Walk around the grounds with a naturalist as you learn how you can collect and enter data as a citizen scientist. Would you like to learn more about native plants and transform your yard into a haven for wildlife? Spend the morning at Prairie Ridge Wednesday to learn how to Garden for Wildlife.
Bathing suit season is just about here. Start your Spring Saturdays & Sundays with a vigorous Power Hike at Eno River State Park. Come learn about Reptiles in the park and how to ID Trees Saturday afternoon. Kids ages 5-15 are invited to try Beginning Fishing Saturday morning and 4-5 year olds are welcome to cast Sunday morning for Jr. Beginning Fishing. Moles and Voles will be the focus of Sunday's Bumps in the Grass along with a trail side display about Monarchs.
The North Carolina Zoo will be teaching visitors how we can all Save Our Snakes both Saturday and Sunday.
C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing!) returns to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area to introduce kids ages 6-12 to the basics of fishing Saturday morning.
Come to the Walnut Creek Wetland Center Saturday to discover the secret life of Spiders at the Swamp.
Crowder District County Park invites the whole family to join them for a family program on Bashful Bunnies on Sunday.
Bring the whole family to Durant Nature Park Tuesday evening for a leisurely Family Walk in the Park to explore the park after a long day at work (or school).
In addition to the Got to Be NC Festival this weekend, the State Fairgrounds will also be hosting a Pet and Horse Expo, a Boat Show & Sale, a Labrador Dog Show and the Wake County 4-H Horse Show.

Music & History Come Alive
There is lots to do at Historic Yates Mill County Park this weekend. Peddlers and Traveling Stores will explore the occupation of peddling from the colonial period into the 20th century while the Costumed Corn Grinding Tours offered both Saturday and Sunday will give you a sneak peak into the fully restored mill. Next week's Track Out Camp will focus on Aquatic Adventures.


The Holly Springs Cultural Center will feature the fun family classic, Rapunzel for Saturday's Family Movie. Come back Monday to see Monsters Inc.
Come Fly with Me is the theme of this weekend's Family Fun Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Along with Art Museum Day all day Saturday, there will be a free afternoon lecture on the Artistry of Devotion with sculptor Paris Alexander and art historian Stephen Perkinson.
The popular SAS Showchoir, VocalMotion will take the stage at the Sertoma Amphitheater in Bond Park Saturday afternoon with Audio Kudzu to perform a Broadway-style musical revue that includes a variety of music from pop to country.
Join one of the North Carolina Museum of History's garden staff for an informal tour of their History of the Harvest garden exhibit in Bicentennial Plaza Saturday afternoon.
Bring blankets and a picnic to enjoy the Durham Symphony Pops perform in Trinity Park Saturday evening. Come early or stay late to explore the Instrument Petting Zoo.
The Jazz It Up for COTA Concert and Silent Auction will be held in honor of Lucas Santos, a junior at Cary High who underwent a heart transplant last November. The Sunday afternoon event at Regency Park features bands from Athens Drive, Cary, Green Hope and Panther Creek high schools; the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble; and special guests Swing Street Band.
Join the staff or the Sertoma Arts Center for an Opening Reception for Amy Devereaux's photography emphasizing light, motion and cultures; Rock Kershaw's mixed media character necklaces and Vicki Rees's contemporary realism oil painting on Sunday afternoon.
Round out your weekend with another installment of the Six Sundays in Spring Concert at E. Carroll Joyner Park. This week features the cool blues sounds of Ben Payton & Boo Hanks.
Tuesday brings the monthly Target $2 Tuesday Night at Marbles Kids Museum. Enjoy discounted admission and extended hours.
Wednesday's Hob Nob Jazz Concert at Regency Park will feature the Mint Julep Jazz Band.








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