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October 6th - 12th 2016 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

The weather could make things interesting this weekend. Please call ahead and make sure venues are open and events are on schedule if you have any doubts.

Head to Downtown Wake Forest Thursday for their annual Energy Expo. They will have free popcorn, both a daytime and evening Energy Savings & Electric Safety Expo featuring hands-on demonstrations, free hot dogs at lunch, prizes and giveaways.

They will host the annual Decorated Pumpkin Contest Thursday lunchtime at the Raleigh State Farmers Market. They will also have free recipes and the largest pumpkin contest.

Downtown Mebane invites you to their 5th Annual Chili Cook-Off Thursday night. The chili will be good and the competition stiff!

Science Thursday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences brings an evening of Science Trivia to the stage.

Its another Food Truck Thursday at Knightdale Station Park. Join them for either lunch or dinner with the trucks CockADoodleMoo and Hula Dogs Shave Ice at lunchtime and Bulkogi and Two Roosters Ice Cream for dinner.

Festivals Brave the Weather!

Several weekend festivals have already been canceled or rescheduled due to Hurricane Matthew. The following events are still scheduled as of Wednesday night. As the weekend and weather approaches, please check with the individual venue to see if the event is still on.

Saturday will Celebrate Fuquay-Varina. Join them for the 15th year with live entertainment, children and youth activities, classic cars, fabulous food and an arts and crafts show. Start the celebration early on Thursday night with a concert by the band Landshark.

Have a howling good time while learning about our native North Carolina Red Wolves at Saturday's HOWL-O-Ween at the North Carolina Zoo.

Downtown Mebane will be hosting an Autumn Festival Saturday with antiques and craft Vendors, live music, Kids Zone, Bar Obstacle Race and food vendors. They have already announced Sunday as the raindate if needed.

Saturday will be a Reunion & Remembrance of the Anniversary of the American Civil War at Bennett Place Historic Site. There will be both living history and ceremonial activities along with exhibits and displays of the post Civil War Era.

Step out of the kitchen Sunday afternoon for another ever so popular Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo.

Fall Color is Coming!

While October is a sensational time of year to just get in the car head over to a state or county park and go for a hike, there are some great guided hikes and special programs going on at the parks to make your Fall weekend that much more enjoyable!

Its Family Nature Night Thursday at Laurel Hills Park. Bring the whole family to explore Scales, Feathers or Fur.

They will be leaning about the Animals of Falls Lake Saturday afternoon.

Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park will offer Saturday at the Old Mill Tours and Mill Heritage & Local History Tours on Sunday. As a special treat Saturday, you can take a Tip Top to Bottom Mill Tour of all 4 floors of the mill.

Saturday after dark, you are invited to join Morehead Planetarium educators at Jordan Lake for International Observe the Moon Night. Come on out Sunday morning to help them take a Bald Eagle Count.

Through Sunday's Citizen Science program at Falls Lake, learn about the Monarch's Migration, catch them with nets, and tag their wings.

Both Harris Lake and Blue Jay Point County Parks will be hosting their preschool programs this week. Click through for all the details.

Kids ages 3-5 and their parents are invited to join them at Pullen Park Monday for a Playdate, a fun and interactive family friendly gathering based around a monthly theme.

First Friday, Movies and Music

The North Carolina Museum of Art stays open late every Friday. This week you can enjoy live music by the Onyx Club Boys, a gallery exploration of Ancient Needs, New solutions and the 1926 classic movie So This is Paris. On Saturday, they will be showing the 2016 film, Burden.

First Friday comes monthly to Downtown Raleigh with a city wide Gallery Walk as well as extended hours at Marbles Kids Museum, the City Museum of Raleigh and the North Carolina Museum of History. As a special treat, the History Museum will be showing the Best of the Longleaf Film Festival and samples from Clouds Brewing.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will host a Teen Science Cafe Friday night discussing Nanomaterials, Mega-Importance.

In Chapel Hill, Fridays on the Front Porch of the Carolina Inn brings Big Fat Gap to the stage with the food trucks Chick-N-Que and Bam Pow Chow.

Family Fun Night kicks off the month at Bass Lake Park. The evening starts with arts & crafts, live animals and fishing and ends with either a concert by Trish Miller or a magic show by Dan the Magic Man. The show will move indoors in case or rain.

This Friday's Live and Local Music & Arts Series will kick off with Rock & Roll storytelling by Mr. Erik for kid's of all ages followed by musical performances featuring Dissimilar South.

Come to the NC Museum of History Sunday for a Music of the Carolinas concert featuring the original ballads and traditional folk songs of Joe Penland.

The Holly Springs Cultural Center will feature Land Before Time Monday morning.


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