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June 19th - June 25th 2014 Triangle

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. Thursday at lunchtime the State Farmes Market celebrates Blueberry Day with dessert samples, recipes and lots of fresh North Carolina blueberries. 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.
Also Thursday at the NC Museum of Natural Science, its Game Night and the Science Cafe will introduce you to Alfred Russel Wallace, the last of the great Victorian naturalists.
Wake County is sponsoring a fun Instagram Contest this summer. The contest runs through July 27th so get out to a Wake County Park and start snapping pictures. There are some great prizes and its a great excuse to get out and enjoy the wide variety of parks we have here in Wake County.
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.
Optimist Pool will be a participating in the global record attempt for The World's Largest Swimming Lesson. Join them Friday morning to see if they can beat the current record of 32,450 participants representing 13 different countries across five continents!
Festivals & History

The Peak City Pig Fest is back to Historic Downtown Apex this weekend. 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 and continue through Saturday.

Come celebrate National Pollinator Week at Lake Crabtree County Park Saturday at the Pollinator Festival. The Festival features games, crafts and all sorts of other activities celebrating everything that pollinates.
Durham's Juneteenth Celebration will take place this Saturday at CCB Plaza. There will be entertainment, a food truck rodeo, health fair, children's village and a marketplace.
Come celebrate the goats' 9th birthday at the Historic Oak View Park's Barnyard Birthday Bash Saturday. Enjoy games and activities, eat some cake, and of course, sing "Happy Birthday" to Boyd, Quint and Walt!
Visit with men of the 6th North Carolina Infantry and learn about Soldiers of the Old North State both Saturday and Sunday at Bennett Place State Historic Site as they perform military drills and recreate camp life.
Saturday is Go Skateboarding Day and Sunday is BMX Day at Sk8-Cary at Godbold Park.
The North Carolina Museum of History will host an Art Pottery Roadshow Saturday with three authorities on the art pottery movement in North Carolina.
Historic Yates Mill County Park will be exploring the historical profession of the medical practitioner with staff from the Country Doctor Museum on Saturday. You can check out some of the museum"s medical artifacts, try your hand at pill rolling and learn about medicinal herbs They will also be giving Corn Grinding Demonstrations both Saturday and Sunday. Also on Saturday, you are invited to join them for a Summer Sightings Hike around the pond.
Celebrate International Sun-Day with the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences Sunday. Join Museum astronomers and Raleigh Astronomy Club members for an afternoon of solar viewing, illuminating presentations, and activities for all ages.
Join a local farmer and learn about life on a North Carolina Family Farm from sun-up to sun-down Saturday at Marbles Kids Museum.
Carolina Hurricanes staff members lead Hockey Fun at Marbles on Tuesday. Play around in the Canes inflatable slap shot booth and practice like a pro in the skills and drills zone.
Come celebrate the Reopening of the Halifax Community Center Wednesday evening. There are improvements both inside and out!
Music for Everyone
Kick off your weekend with a "Find Your Cool" Summer Concert at the CCB Plaza Thursday night. This week features the Americana sounds of Steph Stewart and the Boyfriends.


The sister series to Oak City 7 will be bringing Bluegrass to Raleigh's City Plaza Thursday evening. Come enjoy food trucks, local beers and a concert by Tommy Edwards & the Bluegrass Experience.
Its Swing Night with the Tar River Swing Band in Downtown Cary Friday night. Come back Sunday afternoon for Cary's first food truck rodeo, the Chatham Street Chowdown.
Head over to Downtown Durham for Third Friday with a gallery crawl, live music and more.
Friday night's City Market Summer Concert Series continues in Raleigh with the band Rush Street.
Crossover Drive will be performing new versions of Rock, Funk and Soul at Clay Street After Work on Friday night in Mebane.
Sandbox, the fun, twangy, interactive children's band will be playing at Fletcher Park Sunday evening to close out your weekend.
Movies Under the Stars

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!

Bring the kids and take the night off Thursday night at the Halle Cultural Arts Center for Pizza and a Movie. There is a fee for the pizza, but the featured film, "The Lego Movie," is free.

The North Carolina Museum of Art offers up outdoor films both Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night will feature Enough Said and Saturday night will bring Saving Mr. Banks.
Friday night at the Art Museum, you can also enjoy Art in the Evening with live music with Side Car Social Club and A Mother's Strength, a casual, in-depth exploration of how strong matriarchs abound in ancient literature.
Oz the Great and Powerful is the Monday Morning Movie at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.
The North Carolina Museum of Art. invites you to get out of the heat on Wednesday afternoons and enjoy a Family Film. The series showcases new and classic live-action and animated films each week and this week focuses Storybooks.Stop by before or after the film and enjoy a Drop in Studio.
Get Outside to a Park
End the "longest day" the best way with an evening hike at Eno River State Park. The Solstice Hike will incorporate family-friendly activities including games, a night-hike, and s'mores. Also at Eno on Saturday, kids can learn what it takes to be a Junior Ranger.

Make a Hiking Stick Saturday morning at Umstead State Park and then go for a short hike to try it out.
Play a game, make a craft and learn all about Pollination at Saturday's family program at Blue Jay Point County Park.
At Occoneechee Mountain, you can take a Geology Hike and explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist.
Search for Jumpin' Junebugs Sunday afternoon at Harris Lake County Park and then create your own shiny beetle to take home.
Take a Sunset Canoe Trip Sunday evening around Lake Crabtree.
The fun continues during the week. Go on a Bat Count Tuesday night or a Decomposer Hunt Wednesday morning at Eno River State Park.








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