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September 29th - October 5th 2016 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

This weekend is jam packed with Fall Festivals and outdoor fun.

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The Fun Starts Friday

The Holly Springs Community Band will be playing a wide variety of genres during their concert Friday night at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.

Downtown Hillsborough hosts the final Last Friday of the season with an art walk and a concert by the 4EverAll Band.

Fridays on the Front Porch of the Carolina Inn heads into its last month with a concert by Mel Melton and the food trucks Bulkogi and Chirba Chirba.

The Final Friday Cary Art Loop brings Downtown Cary alive with extended hours at participating art galleries, restaurants, coffee houses, and other businesses that showcase visual arts and music.

Final Friday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will feature the film Anaconda along with some great snake info.

The North Carolina Museum of Art hosts Art in the Evening every Friday with extended hours, music by Peter Lamb and the Wolves and light fare. Their movies have moved indoors for the Fall. Friday night, the museum will be showing the 1931 flick, Five Star Final.

Fall Festivals

For over twenty years, Historic Oak View County Park has held Heritage Day on the first Saturday of October. This day celebrates North Carolina's farms and the lives of those who lived there with plenty of live animals, antique farm equipment, heritage crafts, handmade items, live music, antique cars, horse-drawn carriage rides, re-enactors, and a live quilt auction. ParkGeek will be there so make sure to stop by and say hello!

Bass Lake Day celebrates environmental education with interactive displays and exhibits about North Carolina's environment. Learn about soil types and water quality, touch pelts from a variety of our native critters and explore the wide diversity of aquatic life we enjoy. The evening will end with a concert.

Saturday also boasts Heritage Day at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area. The annual fall festival includes hands on activities, live entertainment, exhibits and live demonstrations.

The free Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest Friday and Saturday is the urban bluegrass music festival that closes out the IBMA"s World of Bluegrass week in beautiful downtown Raleigh. The bluegrass tide spills over into downtown Raleigh as more than 100 bands perform for FREE along Fayetteville Street, south of City Plaza toward the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Lichtin Plaza and the two surface lots out front.

Celebrate the history and heritage of John Chavis Memorial Park at their annual celebration. Enjoy food vendors, kids activities and a concert all day Saturday.

In celebrating Hayti's legacy, the annual Phoenix Fest will again live up to its reputation as Durham"s funkiest street music festival on Saturday.

Calling all classic car lovers! Check out beautiful cars (or bring your own) while enjoying coffee and breakfast items from the Belgian Waffle Crafters food truck Saturday morning outside the North Carolina Museum of Art for a Classic Car Meetup.

Garner will be celebrating Fireman's Day Saturday with a parade, BBQ, games, vendors, Live Fire Demonstration, music by the "Antique Outlaws" and a raffle drawing for $10,000.

Sunday brings the annual Festifall to Downtown Chapel Hill. One of North Carolina's longest running events, there will be over 100 area and regional artists showcased along with a wide variety of live music, poetry and hands on art opportunities.

Downtown Cary will host another Chatham Street Chowdown Sunday with a wide assortment of food trucks, seating areas and live performances.

Music, History & Culture will inspire you

Pullen Park invites you to join them Saturdays in October for a great family Dinner and a Movie. Pullen Place Cafe will offer a delicious dinner menu and freshly popped popcorn for purchase.

The North Carolina Museum of Art offers free admission every day. On the weekends, they also offer Meet Your Museum Tours to introduce you to the 164-acre campus, two buildings, an amphitheater, a park, and several gardens as well as Weekend Family Friendly Tours aimed at kids 5-11.

Science Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will explore CSI Dublin: Hunting a Potato Killer.

The WPTF Weekend Gardener Show with Mike Raley and Anne Clapp will be broadcasting live from the Raleigh State Farmers Market Saturday morning.

Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park invites you to take a Saturday Mill Tour of the Mill or a longer Mill Heritage & Local History Tour on Sunday.

Garland S. Tucker III, Author and Political Historian will be presenting his new book and holding a book signing Sunday at the North Carolina Museum of History.

The Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing the movie Jungle Book on Monday.

The Halle Cultural Arts Center will be showing Zootopia Tuesday morning and Free State of Jones Wednesday evening.

Acoustic Manner will be the featured band for Wednesday's Pickin' In The Pines Bluegrass Series at Regency Park.

Big Sweep & Fall Fun in the Parks

Join volunteers around the globe to help clean the world's waterways during this weekend's Big Sweep. Several area parks offer volunteering opportunities. The events are all free, but they do ask that you call to register so they have an idea of how many people will be helping.

Lake Crabtree County Park will host a Big Sweep event Saturday morning along with a guided hike with bird enthusiast, Vernon.

Join ranks to help clean up the Falls Lake shoreline around Blue Jay Point County Park during Big Sweep.

Join an Eno River State Park volunteer at the vernal pond to look for spotted or marbled Salamanders Saturday morning.

Join a Falls Lake ranger to learn about Turkey Vocalization and make your own turkey call Sunday morning.

Both Crowder Park and Blue Jay County Park offer their monthly programs for little kids this week. Click through for all the programs.

The North Carolina State Fairgrounds will host a Hunter Jumper Horse Show Friday through Sunday and the Tar Heel Fall Classic.


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