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October 13th - 19th Triangle 2016

by Pam & Michael Davison

This weekend's events are all about Halloween and Fall! One more great weekend where there is something fun to do for just about every age and interest. The State Fair kicks off Thursday and runs through next Sunday. Click through for all the information you need including the five special days.

Getting in the Halloween Spirit

They've Gone Batty Thursday night at Umstead State Park. You will get a quick lesson about our local bats and then sit back and scope out the night sky to see some bats in action.

Crowder Park staff are Going Batty after dark Friday night. Learn how bats live, play a fun batty game and then go on a night hike.

Friday is Fright Night at Forest Hills Park. Come to the Fall Festival and Haunted House featuring classic carnival games for all ages to enjoy and a costume contest for kids and adults.

Pullen Park is hosting a Pumpkin Patch Bash Saturday afternoon. Join them for an awesome afternoon of fun, games, and pumpkins!

Come hang with the bats, discover their good nature and why they are so important during Batology 101 Saturday at the North Carolina Zoo.

Its Operation Pumpkin Saturday at Marbles Kids Museum. Come carve a pumpkin alongside the steady hands of a WakeMed pediatric surgeon.

Downtown Wake Forest invites you to their Scarecrow Contest & Children's Craft Event Saturday. There will be a Scarecrow "Walk-about" as well as kids activities including scarecrow-themed crafts, tattoos, a photo area with pumpkins and hay bales, and free snacks.

Come enjoy a Haunted Trail at Carroll Howard Johnson Park Saturday night. There will be both a family version and a full fright version.

Fall Festivals & Fun

The annual West End Poetry Festival in Carrboro will feature some of the southeast's most talented poets while celebrating the many exciting and varied poetic styles on both Friday and Saturday.

Art It Up! is a collection of free events and performances happening in the Hillsborough Street business district. A mix of arts, culture and recreation happenings will take place throughout the day Saturday at multiple locations.

Its another Super Fun Saturday at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. Stop by and sample activities for the upcoming art camps, do some crafts or play games.

The Annual Cary Diwali Celebration returns to Regency Park Saturday. Enjoy Indian music, art, cultural dance, food, music, and theater, along with a bazaar of ethnic Indian handicrafts. The evening will even end with a fireworks show!

The Fall Arts Fair features 55 Pullen and Sertoma Arts Center artists including jewelers, painters and potters along with live music and art activities for the whole family Saturday at the Pullen Arts Center.

The Fall Harvest Festival marks the last Saturday morning Farmers Market in Downtown Apex. There will be live music, a pumpkin carving contest, kids activities, plus a whole bunch or awesome farmers and vendors.

They"re expecting a bigger crowd this year for the 3rd annual Triangle Vegfest, so they've moved to Nash Square on Friday and the McKimmon Center on Saturday. Come celebrate healthy, veg lifestyles, local food, numerous vendors of veg products (local, regional and national), area non-profits, food demos, live music and expert speakers.

The Hillsborough Handmade Parade is a grass roots community participation celebration sponsored and organized by the Hillsborough Arts Council. This Mardi Gras style street parade is completely created by the community and includes wild costumes, giant puppets, stilt-walkers, marching bands and much more Saturday afternoon.

Rock Quarry Park invites you and your furry friends to Sunday's Barktoberfest. The event highlights are the show Muttallica, a Treibball Competition and Demo, and the Hyperflite Skyhoundz NC Canine Disc State Championship. There will also be a costume contest & parade, fun zone, canine organizations, a fun walk, a pet market, a rabies vaccination & microchip clinic and a canine food drive.

Come together to laugh, play and enjoy fun and games in front of Raleigh Times Bar on this Sunday for the last Third Sunday Children's Carnival of the season.

History, Art, Music & Movies

This week's Science Thursday at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences will explore "Why Lemurs Make a Stink about Everything." The Museum stays open until 9pm every Thursday.

The Embers will take the stage for Thursday's Follow Me 2 Fuquay-Varina Concert. There will also be local craft breweries, vineyards and eateries for you to enjoy.

The Angry Birds Movie will be the featured flick Thursday night for the Halle Cultural Arts Center's monthly Pizza and a Movie Night.

The Live and Local Music & Arts Series celebrates an Autumn Jubilee with puppetry and painting by Jeghetto, seasonal crafts, and games in Downtown Chapel Hill Friday night.

Start your weekend at the North Carolina Museum of Art Friday night with live music by Oak City Hot Mess playing Gypsy Swing and an exploration of Fluid Motion. On Friday, you also have the opportunity to Meet the Artists. Discuss your thoughts about their work and share a glass of wine with the artists whose work is featured in exhibitions Panorama: North Carolina and Human/Nature. This Friday's Fall Film will feature the 1932 classic Shanghai Express.

Once a month they offer a Family Movie Night at Hill Street Community Center. Join them this Friday for the 2016 Jungle Book complete with popcorn and drinks.

Friday Flicks on the Field of the North Main Athletic Complex is back with the film Hocus Pocus.

Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park will be running Costumed Corn Grinding Tours of the fully restored mill both Saturday and Sunday. On Friday, drop by anytime to participate in a Fossil Find. On Saturday, their Historic Trades series will explore Brewers & Distillers. There will be a History Mystery to solve at the Park on Sunday.

Join them at Pullen Park for a great family Dinner and a Movie every Saturday evening in October.

The North Carolina Museum of History invites you to a Make It, Take It: Mini Greenhouses program and a History of the Harvest: Farm Fresh exploration on Saturday.

Sundays In Hillsborough features Concerts & Carriage Rides every Sunday through October.

Meet the Robinsons will be the Monday Morning Movie at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.

Wednesday, take a free Walking Tour of the Wake Forest Historic District. The tour will include areas along North Main Street, North Avenue, Front Street, and South Avenue and will discuss the developmental and architectural history of the area, along with the significant men and women who lived in the homes.

Enjoy Fall at the Parks in the Parks

Join an Anderson Point Park Nature Instructor and other families for a Wildside Walk with your child Thursday morning. There will be another guided family hike on October 27th.

Lake Crabtree County Park invites you to join them Friday evening for a Sunset Canoe Trip.

Come see what's flying through Eno River State Park as Fall migration begins during Saturday Morning Birds.

Learn what things you should stay away from when hiking at Saturday's Dangerous Plants and Animals at Falls Lake.

Join an Umstead State Park Ranger for a morning of Trail Work Saturday morning.

Jordan Lake will host an Eagle Talk and Viewing Saturday morning at their Bald Eagle Observation Deck. Come back Sunday for a Canoe Hike.

Take a Fall Foliage Walk with real Landscape Architects Saturday at Kids Together Park. After the walk, enjoy a fun art activity using plant materials collected during the tour.

Discover the strengths and limitations of your senses through activities and some games during Saturday's Night Hike at Umstead State Park.

Hike to the Overlook and experience Raven Rock State Park at Sunset and Moonrise Sunday at dusk.

Discover Nature through Sign Language Monday at Harris Lake County Park.

Bring your pre-school children to Eno River State Park Wednesday morning to take a Turtle Safari.


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