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November 18th - November 24th

by Pam & Michael Davison


Thanksgiving is right around the corner and the holiday buzz is in the air! This weekend officially kicks off the holiday season in the Triangle with parades and seasonal events.
The Raleigh Christmas Parade Marches into Downtown!
Bundle up and head downtown early to get a great spot to watch the Annual Christmas Parade in downtown Raleigh. The event is expected to draw more that 60,000 spectators to see the the largest parade between Atlanta and Washington, D.C. The parade is also broadcast live on WRAL starting at 10:00am.
Once you are downtown, you can head over to The North Carolina Museum of History for the Annual American Indian Heritage Celebration. Come celebrate North Carolina's American Indian heritage at this exciting festival featuring music, dancing, storytelling, hands-on activities and food. There will be members of the state's eight recognized tribes sharing their heritage and demonstrating their skills at pottery, basketry, beadwork and stone carving. Its a great event to learn about the history of the American Indian that took place right here in North Carolina. In conjunction with the Indian Heritage Celebration, artist Karen Lynch Harley will be drawing, painting and sculpting based on southeastern Indian culture. The evening will end with a concert by Dark Water Rising. Come on out to enjoy their sound of soul, alternative rock, blues, country, and hip-hop.
After the parade, walk over to City Market on Moore Square for a City Market Christmas. Stroll the streets in a horse drawn wagon, enjoy cookies and apple cider, sing along with local music groups, and kids can make a Christmas gift with materials from The Scrap Exchange
The Raleigh City Museum will also get in the spirit of the season with their Saturday Children's Program. Learn about the history of Thanksgiving in Raleigh and other fall traditions. Kids can do a museum scavenger hunt to earn a silver acorn and paint their own thanksgiving craft.
Great Fall Fun for the Whole Family
Bring the "night owls" in your family to enjoy the magic of a stroll along the luminaria-lined trail at Blue Jay Point Park. Night Owls and Candle Magic will introduce you to the late fall seasonal activities of our local owls. Enjoy hot cocoa and a lantern-lit craft project before you go home.
Saturday will be Fall Family Fun Day at Historic Yates Mill Park. You and your family will have the opportunity to take a Mill Corn Grinding Tour, take a scenic tour of the millpond in a canoe, participate in some old-time cane pole fishing or take a scenic fall hike around the millpond.
Join the staff of West Point on the Eno for a North Carolina Bears. You will learn about the lives of black bears in North Carolina as you hike through the forest.
Turkeys are very alert and majestic birds. Learn your turkey calls and you might just be lucky enough to spot one in the wild at Crowder District Park for some Talkin' Turkey.
Join the staff of Harris Lake County Park as they take you on a leisurely Hay Wagon Ride through some of the special areas of the Park to see what's happening in the woods this time of year. Enjoy the scenic fall colors with a steaming cup of hot apple cider.
Take a trip over to the Raleigh Farmers Market on Friday and not only can you pick up a few sweet potatoes or some fresh green beans for your Thanksgiving feast, but you can also enjoy Pecan Day . There will be plenty of local pecans for sale as well as free samples, recipes and educational information about the south's favorite tree nut.
Lake Crabtree County Park will be talking about Wacky Woodpeckers. Come find out how they drill into trees without getting a headache, what distinguishes them from other birds and how many species of woodpeckers call Lake Crabtree home.
You are also invited to join in on the Big Sweep at Lake Crabtree County Park Saturday morning. Join citizens across North Carolina for a good fall cleaning of our waterways.
Any Seeds You Please will be a fun and informative program on the American Tobacco Trail. Through a hike and games, you'll learn how animals play an important role dispersing seeds.
Eno River Sate Park invites you to join them for some early morning Birdwatching, a Trail Workday or a hike to the Cole Mill Gristmill on Saturday or hike out to the Pump Station Ruins or a Fall Hike on Sunday.
Also in Durham, you can join a real geologist at Occoneechee Mountain and take a Geology Hike while you learn about the Mountain's geologic wonders and explore the pyrophyllite quarry.
Art and Culture
The Carrboro Film Festival is a celebration of the film and video creativity we have in Orange County. All filmmakers-from beginner to well-established professionals will be featured.
Marbles Kids Museum invites you and your kids to check out Let's All Play on Saturday, an exploration of accessibility and inclusion featuring the latest communication and mobility devices for everybody to try; to play with some Gadgets & Gizmos on Sunday; and to Help Stuff Their Turkey on Wednesday with a free museum guest pass for every four cans of food donated.
The North Carolina Museum of Art kick off the weekend with their Fall Film Series & Friday Night Wine Bar. This weeks movie is the 1998 classic Pleasantville starring Tobey Maguire, Reese Witherspoon, William H. Macy, and Joan Allen. The fun continues Saturday with Front Porch Stories: Folktales and Ghost Stories of Piedmont North Carolina and a Family Fun Saturdays Program: A Banner Day.
Downtown Wake Forest continues their Fall Concert Series this Sunday with another Funday Sunday Downtown.
E.T. will be the featured flick at the Holly Springs Cultural Center Saturday morning.
A Fun Day Trip
If you are looking for a fun day trip outside the Triangle, the Natural Science Center of Greensboro is a great destination. This weekend they will be celebrating the 10th birthday of one of their gibbons and your invited to Dempsey's Birthday Party.
The Natural Science Center of Greensboro is an awesome blend of children's museum, science center and outdoor zoo. With lots of hands on exploratory opportunities for little ones, science shows and displays for older kids, and a beautiful outdoor area with a wide variety of animals in natural haabitats, the center can keep the whole family engaged. The museum also sits adjacent to a large park and lake which make for a great picnic opportunity.


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