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September 12th - September 18th 2013 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Welcome to a fabulous fall festival weekend! There are so many awesome festivals throughout the parks and museums this weekend to pick from with a great variety of music, culture and activities.

This Thursday's Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will focus on the theme Biopharmaceuticals: Not Your Parent's Medicine. This Thursday is also the last day to see the Museum's Special Exhibit: Dinosaurs in Motion. Its a fun collection of 14 interactive, life-size metal dinosaur sculptures inspired by actual fossils. As an added bonus, the Museum will be celebrating and streaming live the 2013 Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony from Harvard"s Sanders Theatre. The awards are given "for achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think."

 

Festivals

 

Come downtown Raleigh to experience three days of the art, design + creativity festival, SPARKcon. Activities include 700 street painters, a fashion show, film screenings, creative projects for kids, as well as music, theater, dance and athletic performances. Click through for a list of the 13 SPARKs or festivals within the festival.

Saturday also brings the Sister Cities of Durham Festival. The theme is "Durham and the World; Journeys Toward World Peace" and will feature displays, art activities, musical presentations, international prizes, and a poster contest about World Peace Day.
 
Step back in time for Colonial Kids Day on Saturday in Hillsborough. There will be a full day of free activities like candle-making, butter-churning, traditional dancing, old-fashioned lawn games and a Scavenger Hunt!
 
The Harvest and Hornworm Festival at Duke Homestead Historic Site will provide demonstrations of historic tobacco harvesting, stringing, and curing in the morning and a tobacco auction in the afternoon. There will also be hornworm races, MoonPie eating contest, musical entertainment, craft vendors and refreshments.
 
Enjoy pony rides, inflatables, games, live entertainment and much more at the Knightdale Community Day on Saturday.
 
Historic Varina will be celebrating fresh local foods and community spirit during Saturday's Downtown Bounty. There will be music, vendors, merchant specials and even a Brunswick Stew Cook-Off.
 
The sixth Cary Eid Festival comes to Downtown Cary this Saturday with a full day of food and entertainment.
 
Good Neighbor Day at Holding Park assembles people from all walks of life for a Sunday of food, fun, and family entertainment. By bringing together a mix of cultures, music, ages, and ethnicities, the event celebrates diversity and promotes goodwill among all of Wake Forest's citizens.
 
Fun Fall Events at the Parks
 
Saturday morning's Discovery Days at Pullen Park is a new series aimed at pre-school and elementary aged children. Join them to hear about Eagles, Hawks and Owls as they meet some live raptors in a wildlife show that gives your kids an up close and personal look at actual birds of prey. There will be a second Discovery Days program on Tuesday about Birds.

Saturday is a Volunteer Day over at Crowder Park. Join them for this monthly event and help keep the park beautiful. Drop on over to the boardwalk at Crowder District Park Sunday afternoon for a Family Pond Study.

Step back into history and tour the Historic Piper Cox House Saturday afternoon at Eno River State Park. Come back Sunday to learn all about the Snakes that live in the park.

Another way to dive into History is by taking a Tobacco Heritage Walking Tour in Durham Saturday morning.

Adults are invited to gain Mushroom Mastery in a workshop offered at Lake Crabtree County Park Saturday. Kids 5-12 can come to the park on Tuesday to learn all about Spiders.

As the growing season prepares for the fall harvest, join a gardener from the North Carolina Museum of History for a History of the Harvest Garden Tour Saturday afternoon.

Prairie Ridge Ecostation welcomes young children to their Nature Stories on Thursday mornings and the whole family for Citizen Science Saturdays.

Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park will be giving Saturdays at the Old Mill Tours and Mill Heritage & Local History Tours on Sunday. Monday, the park will offer a fun program for kids 8-14 about Inventors and the Patent System.

Come to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area Sunday morning for a Bald Eagle & Osprey Talk and Viewing.

This week brings a 3-day Eco-Kids Camp for kids 4-5 to Blue Jay County Park all about the properties and importance of Water.

Walnut Creek Wetland Center will be offering both a Wetland Birds program and a Preschool Swamp Romp on Wednesday morning.

Culture in the Triangle

Traditional Dance Caller, Connie Carringer will teach fun dances for the whole family: Squares, Circles, Appalachian, and more to live old-time string band music at Friday night's Family Dance at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.

 

Every Friday this September, spend a relaxing evening watching a free, family-friendly movie at Falcon Park. This week's feature film will be Madagascar 3.
 
Also in Fuquay-Varina Friday night, Art After Dark will include a variety of creative events and activities including an Artist and Crafter"s Market, live local music, a drum circle, creative activities for kids, open mic, local artwork, a kid's fashion show and Rickshaw Rides.
 
The North Carolina Museum of Art kicks off the weekend Friday with music by Ed Stephenson & the Paco Band for Art in the Evening and an art exploration of Influences from Afar. Come back Sunday for a lecture on the Harlem Renaissance.
 
Bass Lake Park kicks off the weekend Friday with an evening of friendly competition with some Family Bingo.
 
On the second Friday night of each month the streets of Downtown Wake Forest come alive with food, merchants and music for Art After Hours.
 
The Avengers will be showing after dark on a 30-foot outdoor inflatable screen Friday night at Lake Benson Park.
 
The Seven O'clock Rock Series returns in Downtown Cary Friday night for Swing Night with the Jim McCann Jazz Project.
 
The Triangle Brass Band will play a concert Saturday night at the Sertoma Amphitheatre.
 
See the exhibit "Turn the Radio On" Carolina Bluegrass on Saturday at the NC Museum of History, and then make yourself a toy banjo in a Make It, Take It event. Enjoy Bluegrass in the Garden with Blue52 and the Phillips Family Band Saturday afternoon. You can also come meet artist Mort Kunstler at the Museum Saturday and purchase signed prints of Capitol Farewell.
 
All Dogs go to Heaven will be Saturday's family movie at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.
 
This week's Sunday in the Park Concert will be at Pullen Park and will feature 3 groups: Brooke Hatala, SWAG and Nick Driver.
 
A Bit More Fun

Discover the amazing lives of gorillas and chimpanzees at Great Ape Days at the North Carolina Zoo both Saturday & Sunday.

Target $2 Tuesday Night returns this week to Marbles Kids Museum. Come on out to enjoy the extended hours and discounted admission. Take the night off from cooking dinner and check out their new restaurant Pogo.
 
YogaFest Raleigh continues this Tuesday with free yoga classes on the City Plaza Astroturf.
 
Tom Rankin will be at the Burwell School Historic Site Wednesday evening to discuss from the book he edited, "One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia."

 

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