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October 17th - October 23rd 2013 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

This weekend's events are all about Halloween and Fall! One more great weekend where there is something fun to do for just about every age and interest. The State Fair kicks off Thursday and runs through next Sunday. Click through for all the information you need including the five special days.

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Getting in the Halloween Spirit
 
Saturday brings my personal favorite Halloween event, the Haunting at Harris Lake County Park. This year's hayride will take you through a Haunted Zoo. In addition to the hayride, put on your costume and come enjoy a Haunted Zoo obstacle course, games, crafts, and educational activities. Get there early because hayride tickets go fast. Come back Sunday for a Fall Fun Hayride.

 

Head over to Falls Lake State Recreation Area Saturday after dark to explore Sounds of the Night.
 
Discover the good nature of bats and see a live vampire bat feeding during Batology on both Saturday and Sunday at the NC Zoo.
 
Come enjoy a Haunted Trail at Carroll Howard Johnson Park Saturday night. There will be both a family version and a full fight version.
 
The W. D. Hill Recreation Center invites you to enjoy games, music, treats and "scary" surprises, plus a costume contest at Saturday's Fall Festival.
 
The Haunted Mordecai Free Festival and Mordecai House Ghost Tours are next weekend, but the fun starts Friday night with Haunted Trolley Tours of historic downtown Raleigh's most haunted places. The trolley departs from Mordecai Historic Park and takes an hour long journey ending at the City Cemetery.
 
The annual Spirits of Hillsborough tour will be held Friday night so you can get a glimpse into Hillsborough"s haunted past.
 
Join the Natural Science Center of Greensboro for their annual Pumpkin Palooza on Saturday. Kids can decorate pumpkins, play pumpkin-themed games, enjoy tasty pumpkin treats and watch the animals eat or play with theirs!
 
We're into Pumpkins will be the Family Feature at Crowder District County Park on Sunday afternoon. Join them as they explore the uses of pumpkins, past and present, then study pumpkins inside and out.
 
Wolf Awareness Week continues through Saturday at the Museum of Life & Science. Meet an Animal Keeper at the museum's Wolf Overlook to learn about the very rare red wolf.

Fall Festivals & Fun
 

Downtown Chapel Hill will be buzzing with activity before Thursday's kickoff at Tar Heel Downtown. Come on out to enjoy a concert featuring Liquid Pleasure, Tar Heel Sports Network Pre Game Radio Show, bouncy houses, concessions, ESPN coverage, Marching Band performances, a rock climbing wall, & face painting. You will even get to meet Rameses and watch the pregame show on the huge digital screen on the plaza.

 

The annual West End Poetry Festival in Carrboro will feature some of the southeast's most talented poets while celebrating the many exciting and varied poetic styles on both Friday and Saturday.
 
The Cary Diwali Celebration is back! Come to Regency Park to enjoy music and dance by local children, dance schools, ethnic handicrafts, clothing and jewelry bazaars, exhibitions as well as food choices from various parts of India. This year's theme is Darpan - Reflections of India.
 
This Saturday, Sk8 Cary will host the Sk8 Cary Fall Contest Series: BMX. Next Saturday will be the Skateboard Contest.
 
In conjunction with their exhibit, Porsche by Design, the North Carolina Museum of Art presents a European Car Meetup along Blue Ridge Road. Enjoy cars, along with music, food trucks with breakfast and snacks for sale, a kids play zone, and health screenings by UNC-REX Saturday morning.
Saturday afternoon, the Art Museum boasts a Fall Family Day. Bring your family and friends to an action-packed day to celebrate the Museum's first design exhibition as you explore automotive design, fashion and accessory design, graphic design, interior design, and architecture through demonstrations, tours, art workshops, and idea/solution labs.
 
C.F.D {Creative Food Drive} is a Community charity event/competition Saturday at the American Tobacco Campus. Local organizations and students will put their creativity to the test by designing and constructing anything they can imagine out of non-perishable food items. The event is free to attend, but non-perishable food donations are encouraged.
 
Sandy Creek Park will celebrate the completion of new facilities at a Fall Environmental Festival. There will be guided bird walks, nature exhibits, tree identification, water quality testing and environmental education for all ages.
 
Come celebrate the official grand opening of the new Volunteer Tree Nursery, located inside E. Carroll Joyner Park on Wednesday night.
 
History & Art Come Alive
 
This Thursday's Science Cafe at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences will cover the recent Discovery of the Olingito. Both the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the Nature Research Center stay open until 9pm on Thursdays and tickets for the Birds of Paradise exhibit are discounted after 5pm.

 

This week the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences opened their new special exhibit, Birds of Paradise: Amazing Avian Evolution. It is an amazing exhibit that took 8 years and 18 expeditions to collect breathtaking footage of all 39 known species of birds-of-paradise. The interactive exhibit will captivate your whole family!
 
Start your weekend at the North Carolina Museum of Art Friday night with live music by Ed Stephenson & the Paco Band, an exploration of State of Flux: Sculpting Motion and the film Two Lane Blacktop as this weekend's installment of the Car Crazy film series.
 
Enjoy Third Friday in Downtown Durham with a Gallery crawl with live music and more.
 
Historic Bentonville Battlefield will host a Fall Festival and Living History Program on Saturday featuring hayrides, carnival games based on 19th century games, corn shucking contest and townball (19th century baseball). Costumed civilian re-enactors will also discuss how their lives changed at the outbreak of war and the general 19th century civilian lifestyle. Demos will include open hearth cooking, games, spinning and sewing.
 
Historic Preservation Society of Durham volunteers will lead a Durham Civil Rights Legacy Walking Tour through downtown focusing on sites in downtown Durham that were important in the 1950s and "60s Civil Rights movement.
 
Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park will be running Costumed Corn Grinding Tours of the fully restored mill both Saturday and Sunday. Come to the park Friday after dark and observe the Autumn Sky using binoculars. Explore the Historic Trade of Farrier on Saturday and learn how the job of the farrier is different from a blacksmith.
 
Discover the arts classes and watch demonstrations by Pullen Arts Center instructors and students in jewelry, painting, pottery, printmaking and bookmaking during an Open House on Saturday. There will also be art activities for children and original art available for purchase.
 
The North Carolina Museum of History will be screening the 2008 Russian film, The Admiral with subtitles on Sunday afternoon followed by a discussion after the movie.
 
The Emperor's New Groove will be the Monday Morning Movie at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.
 
Photographer Mike Ligett will talk about his photographs of the iconic Free Expression Tunnel at NC State Tuesday evening at the Halle Cultural Arts Center.
 
Enjoy Fall in the Parks
 
Take advantage of the Wake County Schools Early Release this Friday and bring your kids to the JC Raulston Arboretum for some Arboretum Trivia.

 

How does a date night sound? Drop your kids off Friday night at Walnut Creek Wetland Center for a Kid's Nature Night. While your out enjoying dinner, they will be learn about nature, go for a short walk, play games, do a craft and watch a themed movie.
 
Take a Fall Foliage Walk at Kids Together Park with a Landscape Architect and learn about the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park.
 
Eno River State Park invites you to an Open House at the Historic Piper Cox House or to take a Fall Colors Hike on Saturday.
 
Take a Fall Foray Saturday afternoon at Durant Nature Park. Make a fall inspired craft, soak up the fall colors as they lead you on a nature hike, and enjoy carving a pumpkin.
 
Join an Umstead State Park Ranger Sunday afternoon to make a Hiking Stick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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