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September 21st -28th 2016 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 ParkGeek.com.

We truly appreciate evey time you tell someone about ParkGeek and share the newsletter link. "Like" us on Facebook to get daily updates about what's going on around the Triangle. The newsletter is posted on Facebook each week also.

Take a Child Outside Week starts Saturday. 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 kicks off Saturday with an exploration of Bugs of the Park at Crowder Park, Family Disc Golf at Harris Lake and some evening Spider Sniffing at Lake Crabtree. Yates Mill Historic Park will offer a Family Hike. Raven Rock State Park joins the TACO fun Saturday with some Track Trail Adventures.

The JC Raulston Arboretum invites you to bring the kids for a Scavenger Hunt both Saturday and Sunday.

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 pastoral park.

On Sunday, TACO Week brings Busy Beavers on the American Tobacco Trail, a Campfire Story and Marshmallow Roast to Durant Nature Park and Apple Seeds & Orchard Fun to Yates Mill.

On Monday, TACO Week presents Mysterious Mushrooms at Lake Crabtree and Leaf Journals to JC Raulston Arboretum.

Tuesday TACO Week is a Nature Play Day at Blue Jay Park, an exploration of Tracks and Traps at Crowder Park and a chance to make Nature Walk Crowns at the JC Raulston Arboretum.

On TACO Week Wednesday, they will be celebrating Nature at Night at Lake Crabtree and Leaf and Flower Mandalas at the JC Raulston Arboretum.

TACO Week Thursday presents Animal Tracks and Signs at Historic Yates Mill County Park and Wee Walkers at Durant Nature Park.

Friday closes out TACO Week with Cunning Coyotes at Harris Lake County Park.

Fall Festivals around the Triangle

The 11th 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.

Sk8-Cary Fall Contest Series takes place Saturday at Godbold Park. There will be beginner, advanced and pro categories for both BMX and skateboarding as well as Contest Prep Clinics and a Pre-Contest Celebration.

Come to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission's celebration of National Hunting and Fishing Day at Lake Raleigh on Saturday. You will enjoy events such as pellet range, archery range, fishing, outdoor cooking, mountain man, Indian history, birds of prey, and reptiles.

The Live & Local Bluegrass Festival comes to Compiegne Park & Stephenson Amphitheatre at Raleigh Little Theatre both Saturday and Sunday. Join them for a full line up of musicians on multiple stages as well as dozens of vendors, a kids zone and food trucks.

Latin music lovers will "feel the music" at the Annual Latino Fiesta 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. This year they are also adding a Soccer Challenge.

Watch as soldiers perform basic drill, cook and sleep while in the field both Saturday and Sunday at Bennett Place State Historic Site's School of the Soldier Program.

The annual Carrboro Music Festival is back Saturday and Sunday. The free two day event showcases Triangle-area performers and the varied musical styles they represent. Click through for the line up.

BBQ, Blues & Brews comes to the Historic Varina Shopping District Saturday along with music, vendors, merchant specials, an assortment of family fun and the anticipated BBQ Competition. There will also be a special Artists' & Crafters' Market.

MACFest, a Multicultural Arts & Crafts Festival comes to Durham Central Park Saturday with musical performances by the Sahara Reggae Band & Indigo Dance Evolution Academy as well as multicultural crafts and multicultural food trucks including Boricua Soul.

Wake Forest is hosting a Dirty Dogs Pet Extravaganza both Saturday and Sunday with a show by the Ultimate Air Dogs and contests like 'Best Trick' to 'Pet-Owner Look-A-Like,' and dog related seminars.

The North Carolina State Fairgrounds will host the Southern Ideal Home Show, the North State Toy & Hobby Show, and the DogGoneFast Flyball Tournament.

La Fiesta del Pueblo returns to Fayetteville Street in Downtown Raleigh Sunday showcasing popular and folk music and art, dance performances, educational booths, children"s activities, and food from different regions of Latin America.

More Fun, Music & Movies

Valor follows part of the journey made by North Carolinian Kiffin Rockwell, who escaped the trenches of World War I to join the newly formed Lafayette Escadrille, where he gained fame as one of the earliest combat aviators. Come to the North Carolina Museum of History Friday evening to see the film and a Q&A session with the filmmaker.

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 Onyx Club Boys. Stay for the Fall Film, 1932 classic The Crowd Rules.

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.

The Outdoor Movie Night Series at Knightdale Station Park will present the 1968 version of the Planet of the Apes after dark Friday.

This week's Friday on the Front Porch of the Carolina Inn will feature Acoustic Manner and the food trucks Barone Meatballs and CockADoodleMoo.

They will be jamming to the tunes of Folk Exploration Friday night in Downtown Chapel Hill for this week's Live and Local Music & Arts Concert.

Come join the Marbles Makers Mash-Up Saturday and create, tinker and invent the next generation of great ideas alongside some of Raleigh"s most playful makers, designers and artists. The Tar Heel Tale Tellers will also be at Marbles Saturday bringing a children's book to life. On Sunday, Gadgets and Gizmos will explore Extreme Waterslides.

Marcus Anderson will be playing an outdoor concert Saturday at the Apex Nature Park

Mordecai Historic Park will host their monthly Shape Note Sing Sunday afternoon in the Chapel.

Join them in Sundays In Downtown Hillsborough for a concert on the Old Courthouse Lawn and carriage .

The Holly Springs Cultural Center will feature the film Shark Tale Monday morning.

Wednesday's Pickin' In the Pines Concert at Regency Park will feature the sounds of Garrett Newton Band with the String Peddlers.

Fun at the Parks

Celebrate the beginning of Autumn and the end of the workweek with an easy Sunset Hike Friday at Umstead Park.

Photographer/retired Veterinarian Doc Ellen, will give a presentation on her favorite bird, the Bald Eagle Saturday at Jordan Lake.

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 Saturday.

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.

Explore the prophyllite quarry of Occoneechee Mountain with a real geologist on Saturday's Geology Hike.

Daytrips Outside the Triangle

The Natural Science Center of Greensboro is 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.

October 8th-9th is Mumfest Weekend at Tryon Palace. Admission to the gardens will be free to see 1500 mums along with a variety of fall blooming plants.

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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