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June 24th - 30th

by Pam & Michael Davison

Independence Day is next weekend so remember to check with us for all the area fireworks, festivals and parades to celebrate the 4th of July. This weekend, the Rural Reunion: Mountain Festival over at Historic Oak View County Park is the hightlight. There are also a wide variety of concerts so no matter what your musical preferences, we can get your toes tapping and your hands clapping to the beat.
If you are looking for some yummy fresh food for your holiday picnics, don't forget all of our local farmer's markets. 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.
For more info on everything going on, go to click on "Event Search" and fill in the dates. Be sure to include Friday through Sunday so you don't miss anything. Select the search button and start planning! See below for more...
Movies at the Parks and Museums
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! The fun starts Thursday with the Movies by Moonlight series at Regency Park. The evening will feature the classic film Casablanca along with piano player Andrew Richardson and a classic car display.
The North Carolina Museum of Art offers up films both Friday and Saturday nights. Friday night will feature It's Complicated and Saturday night will bring Up in the Air.
The Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing The Little Mermaid for their Saturday morning free family movie.
Music for Everyone at Outdoor Concerts
Old Habits Bluegrass Band will provide a fun show filled with a mix of originals, traditional bluegrass and familiar cover songs over at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center.
DJ Piddipat will spin music from her prodigious music collection for some Music in the Park at Durham Central Park.
New and Classic Country & Rock will be filling the air at the Holly Springs Cultural Center during an outdoor concert by The Carla Wilson Band.
It may not be musical, but the Super Cool Liquid Nitrogen Show at the Museum of Life and Science will be exciting, engaging and chilly.
A Sunday night concert is a great way to wind down the weekend. Head on over to Fred Fletcher Park enjoy the sounds of The Blue Notes Dixieland Jazz Band .
The Natural Science Center of Greensboro invites you to experience Laser Metallica. The laser light will dance across the 40 foot dome of the OmniSphere Theater as audiences are entertained by hits from Metallica.
Wednesday, the North Carolina Art Museum continues their Children's Performance Series with Rhythm and You with The Magic of African Rhythm . While you are there, you are welcome to join in on the Drop-In Crafts.
Fun Festivals Around the Triangle
The Rural Reunion: Mountain Festival will highlight mountain traditions and crafts from the turn of the 20th Century. The event will include food, activities for kids, craft displays and live music! There will even be NC Barbecue for sale!
Generacion Que Transforma will be holding It's the fourth Regional Convention of AJEC (Association of Young Ambassadors of Christ) in City Plaza. The event is open to the public.There will be music by the local church band, and some other performances from visiting churches.
Bring your Teddy Bear to the North Carolina Zoo this Saturday for the Teddy Bear Fair. Zoo veterinarians will be performing check ups on teddy bears to make sure they stay happy and healthy.
The Historic Preservation Society of Durham docents will lead a 45 minute Durham Architecture & Urban Landscape Walking Tour highlighting the many architectural styles popular in the 20th century.
Visit a medical station of the Civil War as surgeons and stewards demonstrate the various methods of medicine in trying to keep the armies from disintegrating during A Life of Dysentery and Death at Bennett Place Historic Site.
Come share your best memories and reminisce on the New Bern Avenue Day Care as the City of Raleigh Teen Program prepares to reopen its former building as the St. Monica Teen Center! Bring pictures, letters, newspaper articles and anything else to help make a wall of history at the St. Monica Teen Center to preserve the rich history of the St. Monica building!
Join the exhibit curator, Leonard Rogoff, for a special tour and book signing as you learn how the Jewish experience in North Carolina parallels the larger story of an agrarian state that has risen from poverty to Sunbelt prosperity at the The North Carolina Museum of History.
More Fun Things at the Parks and Fairgrounds
Come join in on the fun of Geocaching - a high tech treasure hunt using GPS units to find hidden caches. Geocaching experts at Harris Lake County Park will get you started with a gps unit and basic instruction before turning you loose to find hidden caches in the park. Also at Harris Lake County Park Wednesday night, bring the family to explore what's that lighting up the summer sky? Fireflies! Join them during this fun-filled hour as you investigate the world of these bioluminescent beetles.
The moon will be the focus of several events this weekend. Crowder District Park will be having a Moonlight Hike. Anderson Point Park invites you to their Full Moon Hike. And the American Tobacco Trail will be holding a Full Moon Night Hike.
Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park invites you to Paddle the Pond or tag along on either a Mill Technology Tour or a Mill Heritage Tours.
The state parks offer a variety of programs this weekend from a Fern Hike at Occoneechee Mountain and Learn The Ferns at Eno River State Park to Old Field Succession and Life on the Waters Surface at Eno River State Park
Raleigh Parks and Recreation and Kaboom! staff will hold a Design Day for participants interested in offering input into the design of the new playground equipment for children age 5-12 at Southgate Neighborhood Park.
The State Fairgrounds will be hosting a Hunter/Jumper Horse Show and a Toy & Hobby Show .


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