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July 29th - August 4th

by Pam & Michael Davison

Looks like its going to be warm again this weekend. Luckily, we have some wonderful museums if you want to get out of the house, but stay out of the heat. Plenty of evening hikes, movies and concerts let you get out and enjoy the fresh air once the sun goes down.
The place to be this weekend is Downtown Raleigh for Raleigh Wide Open. The annual event boasts something for everyone. Kicking off the event will be a parade down Fayetteville Street complete with marching bands, floats and local celebrities. The city will then come alive with everything from Wrestling and BMX Stunt Shows to the Maximus Circus and a Beer and Wine Festival. There will also be Art Exhibits at various locations, Carolina Hurricanes Alley, an Artisan Market, a Classic Car Show and a Kids Zone complete with inflatables and games. On top of all that, there will be three stages boasting continuous live entertainment. The evening will conclude with a Concert by the Bare Naked Ladies (that does require tickets) and a Fireworks show! Click through for the complete schedule and locations.
Get to a Park for some Fun in the Sun
The fun starts Thursday night after the sun goes down at Eno River State Park with Summer Stars. Relax under starry skies and get to know the summer constellations. You are also invited to join the Naturalist at Eno on Saturday for an After-Dark adventure in the park.
If you are looking for a fun, easy hike, you might want to check out Dragonflies at Occoneechee Mountain. While strolling around the ponds, you will discover what dragonflies call the park home.
Take a tour of the Native Plant Garden at Harris Lake County Park and learn why native plants are beneficial for wildlife. Also, explore why non-native (invasive) plants are bad, how to identify them, and ways to control their spread.
Explore both the history of the mill and its owners as well as the first floor of the fully restored mill on a Heritage Tour at Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park.
Break up the week with a Family Walk in the Park Tuesday night at Durant Nature Park.
Concerts this Weekend in the Triangle
Get outside and enjoy Raleigh's warm summer evenings at the Sunday in the Park Concert Series at Fred Fletcher Park. Held on the park's grassy knolls, the concert will feature Sandbox, a fun, twangy, interactive children's band the whole family will enjoy!
Movie at the Parks and Museums
The weekend starts early over at Regency Park. Pack up the chairs and blanket Thursday night and enjoy the movie 2012. Join them for pre-movie entertainment with a performance by rising stars, Conflux, out of Newport, North Carolina.
Mall Cop will be the featured family flick over at Falcon Park. Come on out and enjoy free popcorn on the hillside.
Friday night, the North Carolina Museum of Art will feature the 2009 film An Education at their outdoor amphitheater. Saturday, bring the whole family and cool down with a screening of Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs.
Air Bud: World Pup will be playing at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.
Even More Fun Events
This Tuesday marks the annual celebration of National Night Out. Many cities and towns are celebrating with neighborhood picnics and activities. Holly Springs will celebrate the event over at Jones Park with a night of food, games and other family activities. Many other area towns are hosting events in conjunction with local shopping centers and throughout neighborhoods. Check with your local police for details.
The NC State Fairgrounds will be hosting an eclectic mix of activities this weekend. Chick-Fil-A will be introducing the public to their new Spicy Chicken Sandwich at a Spicy Summer Cool Down. Join them to try the sandwich for free, and enjoy music, activities, and safety demonstrations at this free, fun, family oriented event!
The Hunt Horse Complex will be hosting both a Indoor Horse Show and the Raleigh Summer Dressage Show.
Over 80 exhibitors will be buying, selling and trading vintage to new sportscards, memorabilia, Nascar, etc. on over 200 tables at a Sportscard and Sports Memorabilia Show.


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