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May 19th - 25th 2016 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

They often say if you don't like the weather here in North Carolina, wait a day. Well, I think it's going to be that kind of weekend. There is a glorious selection of fun and festivals this weekend and you may just have to take advantage of the sunny spots.


Festivals Around Town


Raleigh is the place to be this weekend for Artsplosure. Again this year the festival will be split between Fayetteville Street and Moore Square. The festival boasts non-stop activities, entertainment and more than 170 juried visual artists and crafters from across the country. Along with multiple stages with ongoing live entertainment, your kids won't want to miss the variety of entertainers on the The Kidsplosure Stage, which boasts a weekend full of family and kid centered entertainers. is thrilled to be a Media Sponsor again this year.


Celebrate North Carolina during the annual Got to be NC Festival. Come enjoy a mix of food, music, carnival rides and games, antique farm equipment and grandstand entertainment. And best of all, admission is free for all ages! There are a few events that do have an admission fee like the Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook-off and the carnival rides but others like the John Deere Gator Wars, Canine & Equine Shows, Antique Tractor Pulls, Raleigh Trans Jam BMX Contest and the fireworks are free!

This weekend at the Fairgrounds there will also be a Boat Show, RV World Open House Celebration Sale, Island Spring Festival, a Horse Show and a Labrador Dog Show.

The Longleaf Festival at Harris Lake County Park will feature a hayride, living history programs, live animals, games, crafts, food trucks and over 30 agencies and organizations with interactive exhibits

Rock Quarry Park will be hosting the BIMBE' Cultural Arts Festival Saturday. The annual family event is a celebration of African and African American history, culture, art and traditions.

Falls Lake will host the annual Youth Fishing Tournament and Centennial Celebration Saturday. Youth ages 5 to 13 are invited to pre-register for this exciting event. All fishing gear and bait will be provided for free, or you can bring your own gear.

Wheels on Academy brings antique cars, entertainment, food, and fun for the entire family to Downtown Cary Saturday.

The Holly Springs Rotary Club"s free annual Kids Bike Rodeo is at a new location: the new Holly Springs Law Enforcement Center. Bring your kids to run through the obstacle course, win prizes, eat food, take home prizes and have fun!

Fun Thursday & Friday Kick off the Weekend

Head over to the Halle Cultural Arts Center Thursday night for Pizza and a Movie Night. Take the night off from cooking dinner as the whole family enjoys the movie "Alvin and the Chipmunks". Come back Friday night for a Family Dance complete with Traditional Dance Caller and an old-time string band.

After Hours Early Summer will bring free music on Thursday nights on the lawn in Downtown Carrboro. They will be also be sampling and selling local beers.

This Thursday's Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences explores Racoons on the Outer Banks along with extended hours, special programming and discounts in the Museum stores.

Band of OZ will be bringing the tunes to this month's Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina Concert Thursday evening.

Join them every third Thursday of the month for Family Nature Night at Sertoma Arts Center. This month is going to be all about Owls.

The Live and Local Music & Arts Series in Downtown Chapel Hill will feature Cirque du Plaza. The Plaza will come to life with color as face painters turn people into lions, tigers and bears, oh my! Minuet Entertainment will make big strides on stilts and balloon twisters will transform balloons into fantastic creatures right before your eyes. Even the Spin Man will be making an appearance, balancing basketballs in a way you have never seen before!

Celebrate Yankovic Day at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center Friday with the Polka Plus Band.

Art in the Evening Friday features music by the Sidecar Social Club and a sound bite about It's all in the Front at the North Carolina Museum of Art. The Friday's festivities also include a Contemporaries Third Friday Tour. Young professionals are invited on a walking tour of the Museum Park and then stay to mingle at the wine bar.

Its Third Friday in Downtown Durham! Come enjoy a Gallery Crawl with live music and more.

The Durham Cinematheque kicks off the Movies in the Park 2016 season with Maybe You Should Quit. This new show, is their third program about smoking and is about cessation.

You're invited to bring up to three objects to the North Carolina Museum of History Friday for assessment and advice on care from their conservators.

Surprise, Surprise is the theme for Friday night's Cary Town Band Concert at the Cary Arts Center.

Getting Outside at the Parks

In honor of the Historic Yates Mill Park's 10th anniversary, head to the park center porch Saturday to hear stories about the park"s wild beginnings and enjoy some free popcorn. You are also invited to bring a photo, artwork or other object to place on or below the 10th Anniversary Remembering Wall that shows what the park means to you, or you can simply add a few words.

As a Special treat this Saturday, they will be conducting Corn Milling Demonstrations so you can see the mill wheel working. Also Saturday, explore how Yates Mill's stone dam was constructed and the types of tools that have been used by Stone Masons to build such impressive and solid structures.

Join Rangers each Thursday at Raven Rock State Park on a Hike for Your Health. Hikes are 3 to 6 miles on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps. They also stop to observe wildlife, enjoy environmental education moments and to listen to the natural world.

Prairie Ridge Ecostation for Wildlife Learning invites you to join them on Thursdays for Nature Stories, on Saturdays for Citizen Science Saturdays and on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays for a Walk Through the Seasons.

O is For Opossum Sunday on the American Tobacco Trail. Join them for a program all about our State Marsupial.

Music, Movies and Musuem Fun

Bring a teddy bear who's under the weather to Marble's Teddy Bear Clinic Saturday. Nurses from WakeMed Children's Hospital will have just the right treatment to get your cuddly friends on the road to recovery.


Adventure Stories is the theme for this months Family Fun Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Art.

Artist Jessica Dingle, a member of the Waccamaw Siouan tribe will be the featured Artist at Work Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of History. Come watch as she creates intricate beaded designs.

The Halle Cultural Arts Center invites you to bring your kids for a SuperFun Saturday on the first and third Saturdays of the month so they can enjoy free arts and crafts.

Saturday after dark is Family Movie Night at Carroll Joyner Park. Bring a blanket and join them under the stars.

The North Carolina Museum of History presents a film screening of the movie Sitting at God's Table Sunday afternoon followed by a panel discussion with filmmakers Ellen L. Shepard and Eric Barstow and three of the film's participants-David J. Hailey, Shakil Ahmed, and Lucy Dinner.

Round out your weekend with another installment of the Six Sundays in Spring Concert at E. Carroll Joyner Park. This week features the Beetles Tribute Band, Faol Liath.

Wednesday's Hob Nob Jazz Series at Regency Park will feature Peter Lamb & the Wolves.





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