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April 19th - 25th Triangle 2018

by Pam & Michael Davison

The Spring Festivals and Concerts kick up this weekend with something for everyone.

Festivals Galore

Come to the American Tobacco Campus Friday at lunch time to be a part of their 2nd Annual Earth Day Celebration. There will be free lemonade, water, and cake pops, information tables from local non-profits, a large message board for sharing "green" ideas, a live demonstration on how to make mats for the homeless from plastic grocery bags, and food trucks.

Saturday is the 153rd Anniversary Surrender Commemoration at Bennett Place Historic Site. Learn about the negotiations that took place in the parlor and listen to military historians who will discuss how the end of the war impacted soldiers and civilians.

On Saturday, Bond Park will be celebrating Children's Day with dance, music, crafts, food trucks, face painting, animal balloons and a magic show focusing on Cary kids and their diverse cultures.

HerbFest kicks off this weekend in Wake Forest and continues next weekend. Join them for free entertainment, animal petting, live bands, and the largest selection of herbs and local grown, adapted perennials.

The North Carolina Zoo will be celebrating Earth Day Weekend all day Saturday with as you explore ways you can help your planet through water conservation, protecting green spaces and living the green life. Don't miss this party for the planet featuring live music, crafts and more!

The Durham Earth Day Festival takes place Sunday at Durham Central Park with green activities and demos; a chance to learn about many green practices and products at the Sustainability Expo and Earth Day Market; and lots of great music and food.

Head on over to Cary's Downtown Chowdown Sunday afternoon. The food truck rodeo will feature your favorite food trucks, plus local beer and wine vendors lining the street along with seating areas and music from local performers throughout the day.

Rodeo on Rosemary also returns to Downtown Chapel Hill on Sunday. The lively street celebration will introduce a tasting menu so that visitors can try many delights in one day!

NC Science Festival & More Fun at the Parks

As the grand finale to the NC Science Festival, Friday night is the Statewide Star Party. There will be star watching and related activities after dark on the American Tobacco Trail, at Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Bond Park and Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve. White Deer Park will host their Star Party Saturday night.

NCSU Reynolds Coliseum joins in on the NC Science Festival Friday afternoon with a NanoDays event. Come check out the hands-on Science and Engineering demonstrations about the tiny world of Nano.

NC Science Olympiad State Tournament will also be at NC State on Saturday. Teams from all over the state will come together to compete in a variety events including building bottle rockets, constructing towers with balsa wood, making a hovercraft, and many others. Come cheer our future scientists and engineers on!

Jordan Lake will host a Fishing Fiesta Saturday complete with more than a dozen hands-on activities where participants can fish (loaner fishing rods and free bait are available), try paddling a canoe, learn about lures, chat with conservation or law enforcement professionals about careers in natural resources, and see the research vessels used for their work.

Come and learn about Occoneechee Mountain's Geologic Wonders as you explore the pyrophyllite quarry with a real geologist Saturday.

Explore Durham's Civil Rights Legacy a monthly walking tour Saturday morning. This exciting tour focuses on many of the sites in downtown Durham that were important during the 1950s and 60s Civil Rights movement, including the Durham County Courthouse, the Arts Center (originally Durham High School and later City Hall), and the Kress and Woolworth buildings, sites of sit-in protests.

Saturday is the annual 2018 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead. Click through for all the registration information on how you can support the park and enjoy a great day on the trails.

Yates Mill will host their regular Saturday and Sunday tours of the Mill. Friday through Sunday, they will have a Discovery Table celebrating Going Green for Earth Day. Saturday, you can join them for some Country Dancing in the Mill Yard and explore the historic trade of Millers and Millwrights. Come back to the Mill Sunday to learn how farmers of the past did their Planting by the Signs of nature.

Join a Falls Lake Ranger Sunday afternoon to learn about amazing Animal Adaptations.

Teens and adults are invited to join rangers at Harris Lake County Park Sunday for a Wild Edibles Workshop.

For you early risers, you can join them at Eno River State Park Sunday morning for an Earth Day Bird Walk.

Meet Historic Oak View Park's Goats and Chickens both Saturday and Sunday and then make an origami goat or chicken bookmark to take home!

This Sunday's Spring Hike at West Point on the Eno will explore the Pump Station while looking for wildflowers.

Sunday is Serve the Earth Day at Walnut Creek Wetland Center. Join them to give their wetlands a little TLC.

Kids Get Crafty making Eco-Crafts Monday at Crowder District Park.

Art, Music and Culture

Pullen Park continues to host their Dinner and a Movie on Fridays in April. This week's movie hint is " Recycling Robots" and if you get there early you can also enjoy trivia and other fun activities prior to the feature presentation.

The NC Museum of Art will kick off the weekend with Iris After Dark and the Spring Film Bend It Like Beckham. The Museum of Art invites you back Saturday for a Family Campout and Movie. The featured flick will be Epic. Click through for all the other activities and registration information.

Meet Outside the North Carolina Museum of History Friday night to take a Raleigh Rockin' Walkin' Tour to learn all about the rocks, minerals and fossils that make up the buildings of downtown Raleigh. If you can't make it Friday, they will offer another Raleigh Rockin' Walkin' Tour on Wednesday.

Come out to Bond Park and enjoy the movie Space Jam by the lake with your family. The boathouse will be open for you to take a boat out on the lake while you wait for the sun to set since the movie won't play until dusk.

A traditional Dance Caller will teach fun dances for the whole family with help from a live old-time string band Friday night at Halle Cultural Center's Family Dance.

The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences hosts a Saturday Science Buffet this week with 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.

The State Fairgrounds

Are you planning the Big Day? The North Carolina State Fairgrounds presents the Southern Bridal Show and Expo all weekend with over 150 Triangle wedding experts.

The Hunt Horse Complex will host a Open Horse Show both Saturday and Sunday.


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