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May 4th - 10th Triangle 2017

by Pam & Michael Davison

Congratulations to all our area College Graduates! Looks like we will get a little break from the heat this weekend.

Science Thursday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences brings Science Trivia to this week's Science Cafe.

Laurel Hills Park invites the whole family to join them for a Family Nature Night Thursday evening all about those Amazing Amphibians.

Stop by the State Farmers Market in Raleigh Thursday at lunchtime for Strawberry Day. There will be free samples, recipes, Suzy the Strawberry, and of course lots of fresh, local strawberries.

Yates Mill Historic Park invites you to stop by their Discovery Table anytime Thursday to celebrate Bird Day.

The Wake County Public Library Festival of Reading and Book Sale starts Thursday and runs through Sunday with great deals on all types of books. The prices are low to begin with and the deals get better each day.

For more info on everything going on, go to www.Parkgeek.com click on Event Search and fill in the dates. Select the search button and start planning! See below for more...

First Friday Happenings

Celebrate First Friday with the Raleigh City Museum. You can enjoy live music from Christiane, check out "Where Roots Matter," enjoy light hor devours, as well as beer from Trophy Brewing!

Also in Downtown Raleigh, celebrate the new month with a First Friday Gallery Walk and extended hours at Marbles Kids Museum.

First Friday at the NC Museum of History includes beer samples from Fullsteam Brewery in Durham and Haw River Farmhouse Ales in Saxapahaw, a book signing with Marsh Gordan and a film screening of "The Big Red One."

Enjoy Pre-Peakfest Music in Downtown Apex Friday night with the band Carolina Moondogs.

Fridays on the Front Porch of the Carolina Inn features the sounds of a local band and area food trucks.

The Cary Town Band will celebrate all the May holidays with a May Days Daze Concert at the Cary Arts Center Friday evening.

Art in the Evening returns to the North Carolina Museum of Art with music by Ed Stephenson and the Paco Band, a discussion on Designs and Divinity, and the film Wings of the Dove.

The Halle Cultural Arts Center invites the public to the Opening Reception for the Latino Artist's Collective Friday night. There will be an estimated 30 artists from over 12 Latin American countries represented in the show that will run through June 9th.

Holly Springs will be celebrating Family Fun Night at Bass Lake Park. Kick off the evening by making some arts and crafts, meeting a live animal, or borrowing a fishing pole. End the night with a fun interactive concert with kid favorite, Trish Miller or a magic show with Dan the Magic Man.

Festivals and Special Events

If you missed Spring Daze in Cary last weekend, you have a chance this weekend to enjoy Apex Peakfest. A wonderful variety of crafters and artisans will be on hand displaying their creations while the stages will boast live family entertainment all day. Not only will there be an assortment of yummy festival food, but also a tempting collection of international fare. There will even be a Kids Zone area with rides and games for the younger population.

Saturday is Kids Appreciation Day in Holly Springs. Kids are treated to free food along with inflatables, face painting, arts & crafts, music, a motorcycle & fire engine display and the Terrific Kids Ceremony at Sugg Farm Park.

The Oaks and Spokes Bicycling Festival 2017 continues with daily events through Sunday. Join them for Raleigh Cat, Bike MS Ride, Mural Ride, Bike-In Movie, City Market Ride, Light Up the Night Ride, CycloFemme Ride, and a Bike Rodeo at Marbles Kids Museum on Saturday.

Saturday is Canine Field Day at Rock Quarry Park. The event will feature Games, Canine Fun Zone, Demonstrations, Pet-friendly Vendors and local Food Trucks.

Downtown Cary will also host En Plein Air Paint the Town Saturday. The streets will come alive as artists take to the streets to Paint the Town!

Meet in the Street is back to downtown Wake Forest Saturday. Join them for a day filled with food and entertainment including live music and children's activities. Wake Forest will also host a Bike Safety Fair Saturday for kids ages 5 to 14.

Saturday is the annual Friends of the Page-Walker Herbfest in Cary. Tour the gardens; stroll through booths selling a wide variety of herbs, crafts and garden products; and be there for the butterfly release.

Saturday is Letterland Adventure Day at Pullen Park. Children will be welcomed by Firefighter Fred and a real fire engine. They'll meet Annie Apple, Bouncy Ben and Clever Cat. Children can ride on Clever Cat's carousel and drive in one of Bouncy Ben's boats. They can travel with Letterlanders on Talking Tess's train, have their face painted with Impy Ink and make noise with Noisy Nick. Children can play a game of Munching Mike's Bean Bag Toss, make Kicking King or Quarrelsome Queen crowns, join the Letterland parade, and enjoy school group performances on the large stage. Pullen Place Café will offer Munching Mike's Menu for delicious food and options.

Gnomes & Fairies Spring up at Prairie Ridge Saturday to celebrate spring with scavenger hunts , balloon animals, a gnome and fairy village, story time, ladybug hunts and a parade.

Saturday at Nash Square there will be a parade and Memorial Service to honor Fallen Firefighters.

Over 50 Food Trucks from across the State of NC with silent power and seating for up to 1,000 people will come on out for Sunday's Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo.

Fun at the Parks

The farmer's markets are still celebrating their Grand Openings. Holly Springs will kick off the season this Saturday with plenty of fresh produce, live music, kids activities and the Holly Springs Fire Department with Cinder the Fire Dog.

Learn what geocaching is all about and head off to find a geocache in Harris Lake County Park Saturday as they teach Geocaching 101.

Join Lake Crabtree County Park's bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for our birds Saturday morning.

They will be conducting Old Mill Tours Saturday and Mill Heritage & Local History Tours on Sunday at Historic Yates Mill Park. Join them Wednesday for A Side of History to celebrate National Kite Month.

Catch it all in one day: a critter stop, bird watching, crafts, nature scavenger hunt, dip-netting, canoeing and fishing at Saturday's Sample Durant. Bring your little ones back Tuesday morning for a Storybook Summer program on Owls.

Join an Eno River State Park Ranger Saturday for a brief hike down to the wilderness cabin, followed by a Sing-a-Long of songs about the great outdoors and the animals that live there.

They will be Hunting for Herps Saturday at Lake Crowder Park. Come back Sunday for a Spring Butterflies Walk.

Discover the Park by taking a Walk in the Woods Saturday morning at Crowder District County Park. You can also drop by their Discovery Table all about Songbirds Saturday afternoon.

This Sunday's Spring Hike at West Point on the Eno take a hike on the Dunnagan Trail out to Buzzard Rock. Nearby at Eno River State Park Sunday morning, you can do some Morning Birdwatching.

Music & Museums

Science Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will explore a Bird's Egg View of the World.

Come see fourth-generation potter, Bayle Owens as she forms clay into sheep figurines-and then felts wool to make their coats Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of History. Come back Sunday for a staged reading of Maureen Quilligan and Michael Malone's innovative play, The Elizabeth Keckley Reader.

The Durham Symphony will present a Pops in the Park concert at Trinity Park Saturday afternoon.

The North Carolina State Fairgrounds will host a Toy Train Sale and Swap Meet, and the Original Coin & Currency Show,

North Carolina Museum of Art invites you to attend a Weinberg Lecture of Egyptology: "Agatha Christie, Archaeology, and Alzheimer's Sunday afternoon or a Pop-Up Art program out in the Museum Park centered around Mark di Suvero's sculptures.

The Six Sundays in Spring Concert Series is back again at Carroll Joyner Park with Faol Liath.

 

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