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April 30th - May 6th 2015 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

Here comes another incredible weekend full of fun activities to do throughout the Triangle. With close to 80 events listed this weekend, there is definitely something for everyone. We will hit the highlights here, but check out ParkGeek.com for all the events or LIKE ParkGeek on Facebook so you can get daily ideas and updates.

First Friday Happenings  

The A/V Geeks at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences present "Unknown World," along with live music, and an opening reception for "Old Roots, New Branches" for First Friday.
 
Friday is also Teen Night at the Museum. Teens 8th-12th grade are invited to sample the chemistry of flavor at their snack bars, learn about the Museum"s many teen opportunities, be a mad scientist at their photo booth, and dance the night away in the SECU Daily Planet Theater.
 
Celebrate First Friday with the North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh City Museum, stroll around Downtown Raleigh to take in the First Friday Gallery Walk or head over to Marbles Kids Museum. City Market even joins back in the fun with local artisans, live music, entertainment, and local craft beer.
 
The Live and Local Music & Arts Series brings the family friendly band, Sandbox to the Plaza in Downtown Chapel Hill Friday night along with games all related to Bike Week.
 
Fridays on the Front Porch of the Carolina Inn features the sounds of Mel Melton and the food trucks Chirba Chirba and Soom Soom.
 
The Double L Bar Cowboy Mounted Shooters come to the NC State Fairgrounds both Friday and Saturday evening with riders dressed in period and contemporary western costumes on horseback shooting balloons from their galloping horses in the main arena with six guns, rifles and shotguns using safety blanks.
 
Art in the Evening returns to the North Carolina Museum of Art with music by Tea Cup Gin, a discussion on the Distinct Geographies, and the 2001 French film, Amélie.
Historic Yates Mill County Park invites you to come out after dark to learn how you can Save the Night Sky.
 
Holly Springs will be celebrating Family Fun Night at Bass Lake Park. Kick off the evening by making some arts and crafts, meeting a live animal, or borrowing a fishing pole. End the night with a fun interactive concert with kid favorite, Trish Miller or a magic show with Dan the Magic Man.
 
Movies By Moonlight start the season Friday night at Regency Park with 2001: A Space Odyssey.
 
The Dealing Stan concert scheduled for Friday night as an Apex Depot Free Concert has been canceled.

Festivals and Special Events


If you missed Spring Daze in Cary last weekend, you have a chance this weekend to enjoy Apex Peakfest. A wonderful variety of crafters and artisans will be on hand displaying their creations while the stages will boast live family entertainment all day. Not only will there be an assortment of yummy festival food, but also a tempting collection of international fare. There will even be a Kids Zone area with rides and games for the younger population.
 
Celebrate the history and importance of the longleaf pine at the 6th annual Longleaf Festival Saturday at Harris Lake County Park. Enjoy free fun festival activities, live animals, games, crafts and music by the Kudzu Ramblers and A Touch of Dixie. You can even check out the bulldozer, fire engine and prescribed burn equipment.
 
Saturday is Kids Appreciation Day in Holly Springs. Kids are treated to free food along with inflatables, face painting, arts & crafts, music, a motorcycle & fire engine display and the Terrific Kids Ceremony. This years celebration will be held at Sugg Farm Park.
 
Strawberries are the theme of a fun family event in Durham. The Strawberry Festival in Durham will be a day long celebration with Music, Dance, Food and Games!
 
The North Carolina State Fairgrounds hosts One Tribe Fest 2015, a Local Community Expo and Festival and the Triangle Wide Horseman's Association May Days
 
Downtown Cary will also host En Plein Air Paint the Town Saturday. The streets will come alive as artists take to the streets to Paint the Town!
 
Meet in the Street is back to downtown Wake Forest Saturday. Join them for a day filled with food and entertainment including live music and children's activities.
 
Saturday is the annual Friends of the Page-Walker Herbfest in Cary. Tour the gardens; stroll through booths selling a wide variety of herbs, crafts and garden products; and be there for the butterfly release.
 
The Durham Art Walk Spring Market is a festive fine arts and crafts event that celebrates the season in downtown Durham! You will also enjoy live musical performances and can enjoy delicious food at numerous downtown Durham restaurants and food trucks.
 
Gnomes & Fairies Spring up at Prairie Ridge Saturday to celebrate spring with scavenger hunts , balloon animals, a gnome and fairy village, story time, ladybug hunts and a parade.
 
Saturday at Nash Square there will be a parade and Memorial Service to honor Fallen Firefighters.
 
Join the North Carolina Museum of History Friday evening for film screenings in Daniels Auditorium. On Saturday, three screens at the Longleaf Film Festival will show submissions from around the world in five categories, including shorts made by middle and high school students.
 
Come downtown Sunday afternoon to enjoy the Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo with over 50 trucks.
 
Oaks & Spokes is a 10 day long bicycle festival. Join them for rides, scavenger hunts, movies, parties workshops, a bike rodeo and an art show. Click through for all the details.
 
Sunday's Carrboro Day & Block Party features music, food, poetry and family fun. The day includes concerts by Mad Affair, a Different Drum and the Paco Band. In addition to the main stage entertainment, the community festival will include additional live music inside Cat's Cradle and The ArtsCenter, food trucks, beer and fun.
 
Fun at the Parks   

The farmer's markets are still celebrating their Grand Openings. Holly Springs will kick off the season this Saturday with plenty of fresh produce. The Growers Market of Fuquay-Varina opens next Saturday with a BBQ, kids activities and live music. The Pig Pickin' Kick Off Event at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market was postponed until Wednesday, May 7th.
 
Join rangers Saturday at Durant Nature Park to Sample Durant. You can enjoy live animals, bird watching, fun crafts, nature scavenger hunt, dip-netting in the lake, canoeing and fishing!
 
Join Lake Crabtree County Park's bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our birds Saturday morning.
 
Take a May Flower Folly around Yates Mill Pond Saturday while searching for the many marvelous wildflowers that are in bloom, and listen to a few flowery poems along the way. They will also be conducting Old Mill Tours Saturday and Mill Heritage & Local History Tours on Sunday.
 
Eno River State Park invites you to an Open House at the historic Piper Cox House and a Small Wonders Safari on Sunday.
 
This Sunday's Spring Hike at West Point on the Eno will explore Sennet's Hole and search for West Point Wildflowers.
 
Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park invites those 55+ to a Seniors Stay Fit Nature Walk Monday afternoon.
 
The first Tuesday in May, June, July and August will be designated Tuesdays for Tots at Regency Park. Join them for a a fun filled morning of story-telling, creative movement and play, stroller walks around Symphony Lake, games and crafts.

Music & Museums
  

Join them at Mordecai Historic Park for Living History Saturday and take a step back into North Carolina of the 1800s through a variety of historic demonstrations and reenactments.
 
Science Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will explore Ice: How it Behaves in Space.
 
The Six Sundays in Spring Concert Series is back again at Carroll Joyner Park with Capitol Transit, playing four-part vocal jazz ensemble with musical accompaniment.
 
Peter Lamb and the Wolves will be the featured performers for Wednesday night's Hob Nob Jazz Series at Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

 

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