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May 17th - 23rd Triangle 2018

by Pam & Michael Davison

They often say if you don't like the weather here in North Carolina, wait a day. Well, no matter what the weather brings, there is a glorious selection of fun and festivals this weekend! If you are in doubt that an event may be weather dependent, please call the venue to confirm.


Festivals Around Town

Raleigh is the place to be this weekend for Artsplosure. The festival boasts non-stop activities, entertainment and more than 170 juried visual artists and crafters from across the country. Along with multiple stages with ongoing live entertainment, your kids won't want to miss the variety of entertainers on the The Kidsplosure Stage, which boasts a weekend full of family and kid centered entertainers.

Celebrate North Carolina during the annual Got to be NC Festival. Come enjoy a mix of food, music, carnival rides and games, antique farm equipment and grandstand entertainment. And best of all, admission is free for all ages! There are a few events that do have an admission fee like the Masonic Carolina Pig Jig BBQ Cook-off and the carnival rides but others like the John Deere Gator Wars, Canine & Equine Shows, Antique Tractor Pulls, Raleigh Trans Jam BMX Contest and the fireworks are free!

This weekend at the Fairgrounds there will also be a Boat Show, a Specialty Labrador Dog Show and Youth Horse Shows both Saturday and Sunday.

The Town of Morrisville's SpringFest turns Town Hall Drive into a carnival for the whole family! The event includes great entertainment, midway games, rides, live music and some of your favorite food trucks! Click through for the list of trucks.

Rock Quarry Park will be hosting the BIMBE' Cultural Arts Festival Saturday. The annual family event is a celebration of African and African American history, culture, art and traditions.

The Longleaf Festival at Harris Lake County Park will feature a hayride, living history programs, live animals, games, crafts, food trucks and over 30 agencies and organizations with interactive exhibits

Falls Lake will host the annual Youth Fishing Tournament and Centennial Celebration Saturday. Youth ages 5 to 13 are invited to pre-register for this exciting event. All fishing gear and bait will be provided for free, or you can bring your own gear.

Wheels on Academy brings antique cars, entertainment, food, and fun for the entire family to Downtown Cary. This year they have combined it with Cary Public Safety Day. Visit the Bike Cary booth, explore police and fire vehicles, meet Town of Cary Police and Fire crews, enjoy a kid's fun zone, and food trucks Saturday.

Historic Oak View Park invites you to their annual Barnyard Birthday Bash. Come wish the goats "happy birthday!" with cake and festivities.

Bike Durham hosts Riding of the Bulls Sunday afternoon in honor of Bike Month. A geocaching tour of downtown Durham that starts at the Bull statue downtown Durham at high noon! Solve the riddles! Do the Challenges! Earn bragging rights! !

Start Your Weekend Friday

Light The Woods With Sound is an Interactive Neon Audio Experiment that you can experience every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening in May at Dix Park.

The Freight Train Blues Music Series comes to Carrboro Friday nights through June 8th. This week's concert features Cool John Ferguson and Pee Wee Hayes.

The Starlight Concert Series presents the Polka Plus Band Friday evening in celebration of the annual Yankovic Day.

VocalMotion presents Joy in the Journey, a collection of great songs that bring joy and inspiration. Their will be concerts Friday evening and Saturday afternoon.

Its Third Friday in Downtown Durham! Come enjoy a Gallery Crawl with live music and more.

Getting Outside at the Parks

Join Lake Crabtree staff for a Sunset Paddle around the lake. You will explore "bird island," Crabtree Creek and other areas in search of herons, beaver, turtles and more.

As a Special treat this Saturday, Historic Yates Mill Pond will be conducting Corn Milling Demonstrations so you can see the mill wheel working. Also Saturday your invited to join them for some Country Dancing in the Mill Yard. Come back Sunday to learn how farmers Tended their Crops for over 200 years.

Saturday is Mud Day at Walnut Creek Wetland Center. Activities will include obstacle courses, soil painting, mud kitchen, clay art, water wall, dirt play, build-your-own log hotel, giant bubble wands, earth bracelets, fort building, and much more. There will be live animals, plants for sale, vermicomposting information and milkweed seeds you can plant and take home.

The Holly Springs Police are sponsoring a Rabies Clinic for both cats and dogs Saturday at Sugg Farm Park. Its $5 cash per vaccination and $25 cash per microchip. Bring your previous rabies certificate to be eligible for a 3 year shot instead of just one.

Bring your binoculars and join them at Eno River State Park for a relaxing morning Birdwatching early Saturday. All experience levels welcome

Stop by Crowder County Park's Discovery Table on Saturday to explore the Songbirds of the park and take a guided Walk in the Woods to explore the plants and animals in the park and help collect data for their Natural Resource Inventory Database. They will host a Family Feature Sunday a to explore Animal Senses. Kids Get Crafty Monday at Crowder District Park. They will be using fresh produce as stamps.

Come out to Falls Lake Sunday and learn the art of cooking in a Dutch Oven, a handy skill for the next time you cook outside. This will be a hands-on experience and tasting!

Get your Hands-On in the Hive with Mr. Buzz Sunday at Historic Oak View County Park and learn what it takes to maintain bee hives.

Music & Movies and Museum Fun

They are breaking down common Myths and Misconceptions about historic houses and life in the 19th century Saturday at Duke Homestead.

Digital Graffiti Projections by OMAi will be displayed on the wall of the East Buildig at the North Carolina Museum of Art Saturday night if the weather holds out.

The Halle Cultural Arts Center invites you to bring your kids for a SuperFun Saturday on the first and third Saturdays of the month so they can enjoy free arts and crafts.

Explore Durham"s Civil Rights Legacy with a Civil Rights Heritage Walking Tour Saturday morning and explore 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, and the Kress and Woolworth buildings, and sites of sit-in protests.

The North Carolina Museum of History presents another installment in their World War I Film Series Sunday with the film A Bear Named Winnie, the true story of the bear that inspired Winnie the Pooh.

Round out your weekend with another installment of the Six Sundays in Spring Concert at E. Carroll Joyner Park. This week features Caribe Vibe.

Monday's featured movie at the Holly Springs Cultural Center will be Muppets From Space.

Jump on board the Raleigh Trolley and take a Driving Tour of Dorthea Dix Park Monday evening. The free 1.5 hour tour will cover the history of the land and legacy of Dorothea Dix, the current use of the area as the headquarters of the Department of Health and Human Services, and the steps the City is taking in planning a future park.

Wednesday's Hob Nob Jazz Series at Regency Park will feature Second Line Stompers Feat Dave Wright & Gregg Gelb.


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