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June 15th - 21st Triangle 2017

by Pam & Michael Davison

This weekend there are some fun festivals, several movies and a wide variety of concerts so no matter what you're in the mood for, we can get you out enjoying your summer weekend and Fathers day

If you are looking for some yummy fresh food for your holiday picnics, don't forget all of our local farmer's markets. Thursday at lunchtime the State Farmes Market celebrates Blueberry Day with dessert samples, recipes and lots of fresh North Carolina blueberries. In addition to the State Farmer's Market which is open every day, just about every Triangle town has a municipal market. Right now the blueberries are in and the corn, tomatoes and summer squash are delicious! Just go to the Event Search on and type in Farmer's Markets and we will get you all the info on your local market.

Thursday night, Downtown Carrboro hosts After Hours Early Summer with free music by Rhonda Robichaux.

Also Thursday at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, the Science Cafe will explore Race, DNA and Ancestry Testing.

Family Nature Night Thursday at the Sertoma Arts Center will feature creatures of the night!

Back Porch Music on the Lawn brings Jim Lauderdale and Fireside Collective to the American Tobacco Campus Amphitheatre Thursday evening.

Mighty Ducks will be the featured flick Thursday night at Movies Under the Stars at the Wallace Parking Deck in Downtown Chapel Hill.

There are serveral events aimed specifically at Dads this weekend. Marbles Kids museum will be celebrating DIY with Dad Sunday.

Saturday's Family Wildlife Series at Blue Jay Point County Park will be all about how Father Knows Best, how animal fathers take care of their young and their various roles in nature.

Crowder District Park will celebrate Daddy and Me Day on Sunday. Bring the whole family out for an afternoon of games related to nature.

Bring a father to the NC Zoo on Sunday. Click through for the coupon and receive a $2.00 discount off his admission with one paid general admission.

This newsletter highlights mostly weekend events. There are also some great events listed on during the week. Now that you might have kids on summer vacation check out the Event Search at and put in the dates you are interested in. You can also "Like" ParkGeek on Facebook and get updates on daily events.

Festivals & History

The Peak City Pig Fest is back to Historic Downtown Apex this weekend. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society, teams from all over the country will come to compete against each other for prize money cooking chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pork. Along with great food, there will be live music, a kid's area, pig races, and a corn hole tournament. The festivities actually start Friday night and continue through Saturday.

Join Lake Crabtree County Park Saturday for their annual Pollinator Festival.There'll be lots of fun stuff to do like scavenger hunts with prizes, crafts to make, and games to play, as well as local experts to answer your questions and even an observation hive.

Historic Yates Mill County Park will be hosting some Country Dancing in the Mill Yard and a Historic Trades program on Spinners, Dyers & Weavers Saturday. Come for some Family Fishing Fun on Sunday. They will also be giving Corn Grinding Demonstrations both Saturday and Sunday.

Durham will host a Civil Rights Heritage Walking Tour Saturday morning focusing on the sites in downtown Durham that were important during the 1950s and 60s Civil Rights movement.

Durham's Juneteenth Celebration will take place this Saturday in Downtown Durham. There will be entertainment, vendors, health fair, children's village and a marketplace. They will also be celebrating Juneteenth at the Taylor Street Park with a meet & greet, a Freedom Parade, a job fair, speakers, food and entertainment.

Historic Oak View County Park invites you to take a History Hike Saturday morning through the old farmstead.

Saturday is World Oceans Day at the North Carolina Zoo. Come be a part of this global celebration and discover ways to protect the future of our oceans.

The Wake Forest Charity Car Show will take place along South White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest Saturday.

Come Celebrate Father"s Day with 50+ food trucks plus live music by the Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba and local beers at Sunday afternoon's Food Truck Rodeo at Durham Central Park.

Celebrate International SUNday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Safely view the Sun through solar telescopes, hear about unusual space weather and current solar research, and learn about the total solar eclipse happening in August.

Take a People and the Land: A History Walk at Harris Lake County Park Sunday afternoon. Take a walk through time to learn how people historically used and shaped the land in the park.

Music and Art for Everyone 

Budding young artists will show works depicting the theme "North Carolina State of Mind" Friday night at the Egg in Nest Art Studio Exhibit Opening at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. Bring the little ones back Saturday morning for a Super Fun Saturday full of free arts and crafts.

Head over to Downtown Durham for Third Friday with a gallery crawl, live music and more.

Fridays on the Front Porch of the Carolina Inn features local bands and area food trucks.

Come to Durham Central Park for a late afternoon of great band music for the Triangle Community Band Festival Saturday afternoon. This festival brings together five of the Triangle area's community bands in a joint concert not to be missed.

Come hear the Music of Drum Corps Sunday at the Apex Nature Park Amphitheatre Sunday for their final concert of the season.

Raleigh moves this week's Sunday in the Park Concert to Dorothea Dix Park with the featured band Handsome Al and the Lookers.


Get out a blanket and the bug spray and head on out to watch an evening movie under the stars. There are even more great movies hitting the big screen this weekend!

Regency Park's Movies by Moonlight Friday will present The Secret Life of Pets.

The PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie series returns Friday night with the 90's movie Clueless in Raleigh's City Plaza.

The North Carolina Museum of Art will be showing the 2016 film Hell or High Water Saturday after dark.

Bring the kids to the Holly Springs Cultural Center Monday for the movie Enchanted.

Get Outside at the Parks

Bring your binoculars and join an Occoneechee Mountain Park Ranger for a relaxing Friday morning outing to search for Birds in a variety of habitats. Come back Saturday to go Fishing With a Ranger.

Join an Eno River State Park Ranger at Few's Ford to observe the night sky and look for satellites during Saturday's Star Party or head over to Jordan Lake after dark to look at Jupiter and Saturn as you Skywatch with Morehead Planetarium educators.

Apex Nature Park will host a Free Family Disc Golf Clinic on Saturday. They will have both intro and advanced sessions to fit all skill levels.

Take a Walk in the Woods and discover the animals and plants that call Crowder Park home Saturday. While you are there, check out their Trees Discovery Table. Kids Get Crafty Monday where they will create a painting using fresh fruits and vegetables.

Experience the fun of Geocaching along the American Tobacco Trail and discover the GeoArt project Saturday afternoon.

They will be exploring Nature's Architects Saturday at Durant Nature Preserve. Learn fascinating facts about some of nature"s finest architects.

Bring your kids to learn how to fish during CAST Sunday morning at Jordan Lake.

Celebrate the Longest Summer Day at Yates Mill Historic Park Tuesday and Wednesday. The drop in program will explore the science and cultural importance of the Summer Solstice.

Historic Oak View Park will be hosting the Summer Food Service Program again this year. From June 19th through August 11th, they will be serving lunch to all children 18 and younger every Monday through Friday. There will also be fun activities each day!


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