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September 25th - October 1st 2014 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Welcome to all you new ParkGeeks! We had a great time at BugFest and are thrilled to get to share all the fun fall events here in the Triangle with even more of you! This week we have over 100 events listed! We will cover the highlights in this week's newsletter, but for the full listing, feel free to go to the Events Search at


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Take a Child Outside Week continues through Tuesday. There is a multitude of events for children at the state, county & local parks as well as the Arboretum. There are even many evening programs. Some have waived their fees this week, but many do still require registration so click through to get more information.
TACO on Thursday brings School's Out: Find Your Way! a drop off program with activities on map reading at the JC Raulston Arboretum, and Build Your Own TACO, a drop in program where they will provide all the equipment/supplies you need to go bird watching, fishing, insect collecting, go on a scavenger hunt, and make nature crafts at Harris Lake County Park. Also Thursday, you can bring your Wee Walkers or learn All About Bats at Durant Nature Park. They will feature Rabies for Lunch at Lake Crabtree, Adopt-a-Tree at Eno River, Hug-a-Tree at Umstead and some Family Fun Fishing Thursday evening at Lake Johnson.
The JC Raulston Arboretum invites you to bring the kids for some Garden Bingo Friday. After Dark, you can bring the family to Crowder District Park to learn about Night Time Critters or check out Harris Lake After Dark.
Saturday's TACO events culminate with the Storytelling Festival at Historic Oak View Park. The annual event is a celebration of the wonderful and wide variety of storytellers out there. From pirates and spooky stories to songs and preschool ditties, they will be spinning tales at several spots throughout the pastural park.
In celebration of TACO Week, Prairie Ridge Ecostation will highlight the importance of outdoor play for children of all ages with a drop in Prairie Prowl.
On Saturday, you are also invited to the Fall Plant Sale at the JC Raulston Arboretum, explore Your Family Trees at Harris Lake, discover Mysterious Mushrooms at Lake Crabtree, take a Hopper Herding class at Blue Jay Point, listen to Nature Story Time & Public Lands Fishing at Eno River and learn about those Busy Beavers at Crowder Park.
Sunday continues TACO Week with Cloud Watching at JC Raulston Arboretum, Tracks and Traps at Crowder Park, Fishing Footprints at Yates Mill, a Fall Family Scavenger Hunt at Wilkerson Nature Preserve and Biking with Bats on the American Tobacco Trail.
Monday continues TACO Week with a Scavenger Hunt at Lake Crabtree, a Natural Explorations Hike at Yates Mill, and making Flower and Leaf Pressings at the JC Raulston Arboretum.
Tuesday closes out TACO Week with Garden Storytime at the JC Raulston Arboretum.
Fall Festivals
Join them Saturday at Regency Park for the Triangle's first ever, Dragon Boat Festival. Come watch the Dragon Boat racing while you enjoy a variety of food and performances.


The 10th Annual Ray Price Capital City Bikefest will take place in the heart of downtown Raleigh all weekend with live music, festival fare, stunt shows and specialty rides.
Powell Drive Park will host the Community Art Day Festival Saturday featuring a family event including dance performances, an art exhibition, kids art activities, food vendors and local art show.
Latin music lovers will "feel the music" at the Annual Latino Festival Saturday at Rock Quarry Park. Festival goers can dance to live music, taste authentic foods, shop the marketplace for arts and crafts, and learn about health, education and employment opportunities available in the community.
Come to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission's celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at Lake Wheeler Park on Saturday. You will enjoy events such as pellet range, archery range, fishing, outdoor cooking, mountain man, Indian history, birds of prey, and reptiles.
After Friday night's Music on the Street concert with the High Bushy Tails, the Carrboro music scene culminates Saturday & Sunday with the Carrboro Music Festival. Join them Saturday afternoon at the Town Commons for several bands and Sunday there will be over 180 free acts at 25 different locations throughout town.
The Downtown Bounty returns to Historic Varina Shopping District Saturday along with music, vendors, merchant specials, an assortment of family fun and the anticipated Brunswick Stew Cook-Off.
Thursday marks the annual Sweet Potato Day at the State Farmers Market in Raleigh. Come on out at lunchtime to get a free sample of a Sweet Potato Dessert, some recipes and some local sweet potatoes.
The North Carolina State Fairgrounds will host the Southern Ideal Home Show, a Quarter Horse Show, the North State Toy & Hobby Show and the DogGoneFast Flyball Tournament.
Join them Sunday at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens for the Autumn Festival in the Culberson Asiatic Arboretum. Learn to write haiku poetry, fold origami figures, and enjoy Japanese storytelling, martial arts displays, artists demonstrating traditional art techniques, and cultural performances from the region.
Come and celebrate Garner's diverse Latino cultures at Garner's Carnaval Latino on Sunday. There will be an assortment of Latino foods, regional music, arts and crafts booths, and kids activities.
More Fun, Music & Movies
The North Carolina Museum of Art stays open late every Friday. Their lobby turned lounge kicks off the weekend with small plates and beverages, live music by Peter Lamb and the Wolves, an art exploration of the Pattern with Flair and the 1951 film Ace in the Hole starring Kirk Douglas.


Live & Local Music & Art on the Plaza, the new Friday night concert series in Chapel Hill brings the R&B, Funk and Soul sounds of Chit Nasty and the UNC Kamikaze Dance Team to the stage.
This week's Science Thursday will explore the Science Behind Homebrewing, the Science of Food: Yogurt, a Robot Lab and a Nature Explorers Drop Off Program.
Downtown Historic Hillsborough comes alive for the Last Friday Art Walk with artists, food vendors, musicians and craftspeople set up on the sidewalks around the courthouse. Concerts on the Old Courthouse Lawn will feature Girls Guns and Glory and Sarah Borges.
Turbo will be shown on the big, outdoor screen Friday night at South Park.
Head to Downtown Cary Friday night for a Moonlight Sculpture Tour as part of the Final Friday Art Loop. Cary Visual Art will offer tours of the 12 piece Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition every half hour.
The Halle Cultural Arts Center invites the whole family to join them Friday night for a Family Dance complete with a traditional dance caller and old time string band.
The Pirate Fairy will be the featured family flick at the Holly Springs Cultural Center Saturday morning. Come back Monday morning to see Jumanji.
Calling all kids to participate in a 2-day cityBUILD design project at Marbles as the Museum celebrates its 7th Birthday both Saturday and Sunday.
Running through Saturday, you are invited to celebrate the third annual Global Cardboard Challenge at the Museum of Life and Science. Use their supplies to create and construct your own addition and watch as the machine changes from day-to-day! The final room-size cardboard machine will be unveiled for all to see and add to on Saturday.
The New Deal String Band will reunite for a special concert Wednesday evening at the North Carolina Museum of History.
Fun at the Parks
The Raleigh Parks & Rec Department invites you to a Festival in Motion. Start your day of fun and adventure with nature at the Walnut Creek Wetland Center. Then visit the tent stations along the Walnut Creek Greenway for live music, arts activities, games, food trucks and interactive displays for the whole family. Make your way around the circuit with fitness challenges, a disc golf demo course, live animals, and a host of other nature-related activities.


Historic Yates Mill County Park will offer Saturday and Sunday tours of the fully restored grist mill along with an opportunity to Paddle the Pond Saturday.
Umstead State Park invites you to Learn to Fish Sunday afternoon, take a 2 mile Mill Hike Monday afternoon or an American Beech Hike Tuesday.
C.A.S.T. (Catch A Sure Thing!) at Jordan Lake is a program designed to introduce kids 6-12 to the skills of fishing both Saturday and Sunday. They will also go on Canoe Hikes Saturday & Sunday down the Robeson Creek and Sunday down Weaver Creek. Come back after dark to join educators from Morehead Planetarium for an Astronomy Viewing Session.

Daytrips Outside the Triangle

The weather this weekend is going to be fabulous! Take a day trip and explore some of the fun attractions we have just outside the Triangle.

Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon will be featured for three showings Thursday night at the Natural Science Center of Greensboro. The Natural Science Center of Greensboro was an amazing destination only a couple hours away being a hybrid of a zoo, science museum, an aquarium and childrens' museum all under one roof.
The Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington invites you to join them for Battleship Alive on Saturday. The event brings historical events, places and people "alive" for the public by demonstrating various aspects of the past and allowing interaction with the interpreters. The event is included with regular admission.
Saturday is also Fall Family Day/Teacher Appreciation Day at Tryon Palace. Families of all ages can enjoy interactive crafts, tours, and activities celebrating the many cultures that made North Carolina what it is today. All teachers with valid ID will be admitted for free and there will be discounted One Day Passes for family members.
Saturday is Museum Day Live! The annual event is sposored by Smithsonain Magazine and features hundreds of Museums nationwide. Through their website, you can get 2 free tickets to a wide variety of participating museums.



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