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June 3rd - 9th

by Michael & Pam Davison

All the warm weather and sunshine sure make it feel like summer is here! Along with summer in the Triangle comes a wonderful assortment of outdoor concerts and summer movies on the lawn. Grab a blanket and some snacks and enjoy the season!
This weekend we have listed almost 50 events! We will highlight some of the exciting events, but for the whole list of everything going on throughout the Triangle, make sure you go to the ParkGeek.com event search. Put in this weekend's dates and start planning a fabulous weekend.
First Friday, Music & Movies
Downtown Raleigh will celebrate First Friday with the Grassroots Grand Opening of the Raleigh Amphitheater. Friday's free concert will feature seven bands ending with the Connells.
Enjoy a free self-guided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums, retail, restaurants and alternative art venues on the first Friday of every month in Downtown Raleigh. You can pick up a detailed map/guide at any participating business displaying the First Friday Flags.
First Friday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will feature live music from Yeti Man, an opening reception for renowned potter Ben Owen III: Earth, Water and Fire: Works in Clay and the Natural Horror Picture Show: The Amazing Transparent Man (1960).
Both the Raleigh City Museum and Marbles Kids Museum will stay open late and join in the festivities of First Friday.
Friday night also brings back the Movies on the Lawn at the newly reopened North Carolina Museum of Art. This weekend's featured flick will be the powerful story of how South African President Nelson Mandela used the World Cup rugby match to unite a nation. Invictus stars Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.
The fun starts early over at Booth Amphitheater at Regency Park. Movies by Moonlight offer movies on Thursday evenings through the summer. This week's film will be Sherlock Holmes.
Festivals at the Parks
Celebrate Fuquay-Varina will be heating things up this weekend. The fun starts Friday night with a concert by Jim Quick & Coastline. The festival continues all day Saturday with live music, arts & crafts, free children"s rides, a BMX Stunt Show, antique cars and tractors, concessions, eating contests, the Mayor's Walk and the Run the Quay 5K race. Click through for the schedule of entertainment.
Kids Together Park invites you to an old-fashioned Birthday Party to celebrate the anniversary of the park. March with KATAL the KT Dragon in a kids' parade, hear the Kids Together Park story, and help make Roly Poly fruit slushies.
The Dog Days of June come to Bond Park with plenty to do for you and your four legged friend. There will be Family Events including live music, a charity dog walk, a dog/owner look-alike contest, raffles and lots of pet related businesses. You can also team up with your dog and compete in the Dog Disc Competition! All dogs and experience levels are welcome and it should be a blast for spectators, too. Dog Days is all about keeping your pet healthy and happy. The event will also include a Dog Wash, Rabies Vaccine and Micro-chipping Clinic.
Bring the Family out to Lake Wheeler for the annual Kids Fishing Derby and kick off to National Fishing and Boating Week. Following the event there will be a free hot dog cookout, games and door prizes.
Duke Park will host the Annual Beaver Queen Pageant. This year's pageant has been dubbed the Wild, Wild Wetlands to honor the beavers who helped with the expansion of the American west. The family friendly Beaver Drag fundraising event supports the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association in its effort to clean the beaver's wetland.
The Recreation Center at Lyon Park will be holding an Open House. Come on out to Learn about programs and activities at the center, while enjoying entertainment and light refreshments.
The heart of downtown Raleigh serves as the playing field for The Raleigh Typhoon 4 Scavenger Hunt. Over the past three years, nearly 1000 participants teamed up to find specific items, and perform tons of fun tasks in the hopes of capturing the grand prize!
Come to the North Carolina Museum of History to celebrate our state's rich African American heritage and culture for the Annual African American Cultural Celebration. There will be storytellers, musicians, steppers, craftspeople, hands on activities and delicious food.
More Fun Outside
This weekend offers plenty of variety in entertainment. Family Fun Night at Bass Lake will start off with opportunities to paddle a canoe, borrow a fishing pole. check out a discovery pack or make a nature craft. The evening will finish up with a concert by Trish Miller.
Raleigh hosts its popular free concert series at Fletcher Park on Sundays with the band Milagro Saints.
Family Disc Golf over at Harris Lake County Park is a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors while learning a fun, new sport with your family
Join the Triangle Brass Band at the Sertoma Amphitheater for "Pops in the Park!" The area"s premier adult brass band will perform an audience-pleasing selection of marches, musicals, light classical music and traditional brass band tunes.
Have you ever wondered about the lives of Civil War Soldiers? Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site invites you to experience A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier. This military living history program will feature costumed interpreters conducting drill and weapons demonstrations and discussing the life of the average Civil War soldier.
Saturday's in June will feature Bears & Bees at the North Carolina Zoo. This Saturday will highlight the Polar Bear. While you are there, you will also want to check out the newly opened Lemur Island.
Saturday at the State Farmers Market is Crawfish Day.
National Trails Day
This weekend as we celebrate National Trails Day, there are numerous projects around the Triangle that you are invited to join in on. What a great opportunity to give back to our parks! Some of the events do require registration or request you bring or wear special equipment, so make sure you click through for all the information.
Wake County will be celebrating National Trails Day by dedicating the newly constructed 4.7 mile Chatham County segment of the American Tobacco Trail.
Volunteers at Eno River State Park will help park staff work along the Eno River maintaining the trail, fixing erosion problems, clearing brush, and getting it ready for a summer full of hikers.
REI will be out at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve mulching, bamboo trimming, sanding, plant and tree trimming, and doing some board replacement.
REI will also be at Blue Jay Point County Park, located along the banks of Falls Lake in North Raleigh, to work on the Falls Lake Trail.
In addition to these events listed, there are several other events going on throughout the Triangle. For more information on everything going on, go to www.Parkgeek.com and start planning! I hope to see you out there.
Sincerely,
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Michael & Pam
Michael & Pam Davison
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