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September 28th - October 4th Triangle 2017

by Pam & Michael Davison

This weekend is jam packed with Fall Festivals and outdoor fun. TACO (Take A Child Outside) Week continues through Saturday with loads of fun activities to do with your kids at the parks - see below:

Thursday is a Nature Play Day at JC Raulston Arboretum, while they will be telling Nature Stories at Prairie Ridge Ecostation.

They will be sharing Park Tales about Night Animals at Yates Mill County Park, hosting a Garden Storytime at JC Raulston Arboretum, sharing 4 KIP Track Trail Hikes at Prairie Ridge and holding a Nature Play Day at Annie Wilkerson Nature Park on Friday. The monthly Bands, Bites and Boats at Bond Park is a TACO event Friday night with Flamenco/Rock music by Ed Stephenson and food Truck Queso Monster. Also starting Friday, Durant Nature Preserve invites the whole family to a Family Campout.

Join Prairie Ridge Ecostation for a Citizen Science opportunity Saturday, go on a Scavenger Hunt at JC Raulston Arboretum, learn about Marvelous Migration at Harris Lake County Park. At dusk Saturday, you can take a Twilight Walk at Annie Wilkerson Nature Park.

My favorite TACO event every year is the Storytelling Festival at Historic Oak View County Park on Saturday. The festival features a wide variety local and nationally celebrated storytellers sharing their tales at spots throughout the picturesque park.

The Fun Starts Early

Come out and try some free apple samples and apple dessert samples during Apple Day at the State Farmers market in Raleigh Thursday at lunchtime.

This Thursday's Science Cafe at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will explore CRISPR and the ethics of editing genes with John Godwin, Professor of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University.

Celebrate 10 years of fun at Marbles Kids Museum all day Friday including a birthday candle obstacle courses, courtyard games, pop-up play and more! Click through for the complete celebration schedule.

Downtown Hillsborough Carrboro and Chapel Hill host the final Last Friday of the season with an art walk and a concert by the band Risse on the old courthouse lawn.

On the last Friday of every month, Cary celebrates art with the Cary Art Loop. Triangle arts and culture in the Cary area are highlighted with extended hours for participating art galleries, restaurants and coffee houses.

The Fall Film Series at the North Carolina Museum of Art will be introduced by John Munson, who for 25 years was program manager for the Rialto, Raleigh's oldest art house cinema. The series highlights the latest in critically acclaimed independent, international, and documentary features. Friday night's film will be Kedi.

Final Friday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will feature the film Twister along with tornado-themed science stations, live music, sliders and drinks - including local craft beers.

The Town of Apex also celebrates that its Finally Friday with entertainment and food along Salem Street for some after-work relaxation and fun. As a special treat this month, there will be a concert by Jack the Radio.

Fridays on the Front Porch of the Carolina Inn heads into its last month with a concert and local food trucks.

Fall Festivals

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 in multiple locations around Downtown Raleigh. Click through for the all the banks and locations.

As part of the World of Bluegrass, Banjostand, a popular interactive public art project, made from hundreds of castoff banjo parts to create a bandstand, will be located at the sculpture of Sir Walter Raleigh at the Cabarrus Street end of the Raleigh Convention Center,. Activities at Banjostand this year include a prop shop with a photographer to capture participants in costume, yoga classes, and a combo music class and jam session led by local musicians. Click through for the schedule of events.

The Town of Wake Forest invites you to join them in celebrating the opening of 3.7 miles of new trails in their greenway system. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by a scavenger hunt along the Tri-Creek Greenway Saturday afternoon.

Over 125 athletes from 20 North Carolina counties across the state will compete for equestrian championship in dressage, showmanship and English and Western trails and equitation at the State Fairgrounds in this year's Special Olympics.

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 30 trucks, beer and wine vendors along with live music at their new Downtown Park.

Music, History & Culture

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 Buffet is a lively science presentation featuring a "taste" of everything the Museum has to offer: live animals, weird science facts, dramatic demonstrations, and explosions (small and controlled of course), all seasoned with a touch of humor Saturday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

Load up the kids, the lawn chairs, blankets, and a picnic dinner and show up early for good seats for a concert with Forlorn Strangers at the Historic Depot Stage Saturday evening in Apex

The Holly Springs Cultural Center will be showing the movie Nanny McPhee on Monday.

The Halle Cultural Arts Center will be showing a Kids Movie Tuesday morning and an Award Winning Movie Wednesday evening. Click through for the titles.

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

Fall Fun in the Parks

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.

Also at Yates Mill, Saturday will feature Harvest-time for the Ingalls, an exploration of how the family tended to their farm animals, collected and stored fall fruits, and prepared for the county fair!

Each week a Sarah P. Duke Gardens staff member will guide families through an exploration of all things connected with growing plants, including digging, using tools, planting, watering, weeding, managing pests, harvesting, tasting and composting during their weekly Gardening Open Hours.

Harris Lake invites you to Geocaching 101 Sunday afternoon. Come learn how you can use GPS coordinates to track down hidden "caches."

You have the opportunity to further research on the amazing migration patterns of the Monarch Butterflies by Catching and Tagging these amazing creatures on Sunday at Falls Lake.

Crowder Park will hold their monthly preschool programs this week. Tiny Tots on Monday, for ages 10 months to 3 years will be about Bugs in Nature. Nature Watchers, for ages 3-5 will focus on the Very Busy Spider.


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