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May 15th - May 21st 2014 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

 After a toasty 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 180 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 be a Media Sponsor 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.
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.
Rock Quarry Park 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.
Durham Central Park will bring together bands Bag Of Llamas and Durham Jazz Messengers along with a silent auction, cakewalk, cornhole tournament and local beer/food for purchase for Saturday's Meals On Wheels Music Festival.
Help them celebrate National Kids to Parks Day at Falls Lake State Recreation Area Saturday with a Youth Fishing Tournament. There is no fee to enter, lots of great giveaways & prizes and educational booths. Call to register.
Wheels on Academy brings antique cars, entertainment, food, and fun for the entire family to Downtown Cary Saturday.
Saturday is Endangered Species Day at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro. The event recognizes and encourages national conservation efforts to save our endangered species and their habitats.
The North Carolina State Fairgrounds will also be hosting the Chatlee Boat Show & Sale, the 4-H Horse Show , an Independent Labrador Specialty Dog Show this weekend.
Fun Thursday & Friday
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 Disney's "Pirate Fairy".
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 sounds of the band Tea Cup Gin.
Right around the corner, Back Porch Music on the Lawn  presents a concert by Southern Culture on the Skids and The Letter Jackets Thursday evening.
This Thursday's Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences delves into Explaining Health Disparities along with extended hours, special programming and discounts in the Museum stores.
Art in the Evening Friday features music by Side Car Social Club and a sound bite about Color in Context at the North Carolina Museum of Art.
Its Third Friday in Downtown Durham! Come enjoy a Gallery Crawl with live music and more.
Cary Town Band will be playing an All Request Friday-Redux at the Sertoma Amphitheater with an entire program of music by request.
Friday night's City Market Summer Concert Series will kick off their season with a concert by The Magic Pippers.
Friday night's Movie by Moonlight at Regency Park will feature "Frozen" so pack up the whole family, a picnic and a blanket.
"Despicable Me 2" will be playing at Lake Benson Park Friday night as they host a Family Camp Night & Friday Family Flick. The movie is free and there is a small fee to camp.
The Seven O'clock Rock Series will liven up Downtown Cary Friday night with a 50's-70's Night with The Fabulous Daddy-O"s. Come early for free dance lessons before the concert.
Getting Outside
 You are invited to go on a Family Herp Hunt Thursday evening at the Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife Learning to search for reptiles and amphibians. They will be taking a Night Time Mammal Hike on Saturday after dark.

What Does the Fox Say? Come to the American Tobacco Trail Friday night and explore what foxes actually say. Learn what you can do to be a friend to our official "State Reptile" and meet some Box Turtles up close Saturday.

Join the Occoneechee Ranger for a hike to see the Mountain Laurels and other "heath plants" in bloom Friday morning.
Advanced Project WILD  is an adult program for educators. Come to Blue Jay Point Park Saturday to learn how to incorporate Raptors into the classroom through activities and school-appropriate field research techniques.
Kids Get Craft Saturday at Crowder District Park. Join them to create flowers using recyclable materials and make a flower press using a real flower, then paint a flower pot to grow a plant in at home! Sunday afternoon, the whole family is invited to stop by for a Turtle Talk.
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 discover the benefits and beauty of Raleigh's urban Wetlands.
They will be up early Saturday morning at Durant Nature Park to do some Birding.
Harris Lake County Park is home to the Red-spotted Newt. Come out Sunday afternoon to net some newts and create a fun newt craft.
Music & History Come Alive
Join them at Historic Yates Mill Park for a display on the park's beginnings and enjoy some cookies and lemonade in celebration of the Park's 8th Anniversary on Sunday afternoon.
Also at Historic Yates Mill County Park this weekend, adults are invited to an Advanced Milling Workshop Friday evening. The whole family is welcome to learn about Millwrights, Millers and their Apprentices Saturday.
Cedars in the Pines in the Kitchen Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of History will explore the foods that made the trip from Lebanon to North Carolina and how they changed. Also Saturday, visit the museum's military history gallery, A Call to Arms, then make a World War II Soldier Patch or Badge for Memorial Day. Come back Sunday to enjoy a free concert with the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble.
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.
The Movies @ Your Library this Saturday at the Holly Springs Cultural Center will feature the family flick, The Wild. Bring you little ones back Monday morning for the movie, The Lorax.
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.
If you're busy Saturday, you have a second chance to catch a Pops in the Park Concert Sunday afternoon at Cameron Park.
Round out your weekend with another installment of the Six Sundays in Spring Concert at E. Carroll Joyner Park. This week features the Old-school R&B and swinging, New Orleans-style jazz of Boneslinger .
Starting Monday and running through Saturday, May 26th, the Museum of Life and Science will Build It! Bamboo. Make your own masterpiece from one of the world's most versatile plants while you follow the work of bamboo artist Will Hooker.
NC Wildlife Resources Commission will be at Pullen Park Tuesday presenting a program on Skulls and Skins.
Bear Awareness Week continues at the Museum of Life and Science through Saturday. Stop by each afternoon for a special Meet the Keeper Program.




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