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August 2nd - 8th Triangle 2018

by Pam & Michael Davison

There are a wide variety of concerts, movies, park events and historical programs throughout the weekend.

Movie Night on the Back Lawn comes to the Garner Performing Arts Center on the First Thursday of the month. Come enjoy the food truck Wandering Moose and the Brewery, Brueprint Brewing Co. while you watch Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Family Nature Night at Laurel Hills Community Center will be all about Dragons of the Pond. Bring your family and explore the pond with nets and buckets to find dragonfly nymphs Thursday evening.

The fun and inspiring 1992 movie, Sister Act will be playing on the outdoor screen Thursday after dark at the Raleigh Little Theater. Come early to see a performance from the Cast of Sister Act and enjoy Food Trucks Ty's All Natural, Jay's Italian Ice, and Fresh Outta Brooklyn.

Science Thursday at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences features extended hours and a competitive round of Science Trivia.

From 3pm-7pm every Thursday and Friday, Marbles Kids Museum drops their admission price to $3 and stays open late for family fun.

First Friday Fun

First Friday is always a blast in Downtown Raleigh! The North Carolina Museum of History joins the festivities a screening of Ken Burns PBS film, The Vietnam War.

The City of Raleigh Museum and Marbles Kids Museum feature extended hours and special activities.

Along with the Museums, local Raleigh galleries and restaurants host a Downtown Gallery Walk.

Iris after Dark returns every Friday with music, small plates and special drinks at the North Carolina Museum of Art. While you are there, enjoy an evening stroll around the Museum Park.

Bands, Bites and Boats at Bond Park will feature the Pop/Country sounds of Kaylin Roberson along with the Food Truck Cousins Maine Lobster and the Brewery Bond Brothers.

Fridays on the Front Porch of the Carolina Inn will bring local band, the Old Well Wishers to the stage along with Triangle Food Trucks, 454 Grill and Wandering Moose.

Far from the city lights, Bass Lake invites you to bring the kids to the park for a Family Fun Night. Start off with some arts and crafts, meet a live animal, or borrow a fishing pole and then end the evening with a kid friendly concert with Trish Miller.

Festivals and Fun

Science Saturday returns to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences with a two part program. Part 1 at noon will explore Cleaner Shrimp & Fish Clients while Part 2 later in the afternoon covers Fast Moving Mantis Shrimp.

Join them at the Halle Cultural Arts Center for a Super Fun Saturday with free arts & crafts for children.

The 2018 UNC Football Team will host the annual Meet the Heels Day Saturday at the Eddie Smith Field House.

The State Fairgrounds is hosting the 2018 NC Japan Summer Festival featuring traditional-type street food and drink (including Japanese beer), traditional Japanese bon odori dancing and performances by taiko drums, Japanese musical instruments, Japanese choir and musicians, Japanese martial arts demos, and other Japanese cultural entertainment.

The North Carolina State Fairgrounds will host a Finally Farm Show Series at the Hunt Horse Complex.

Explore Durham's public art on the Murals by Bike Tour Saturday morning.

The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo will bring over 50 food trucks to downtown Sunday afternoon along with tables and chair seating for over 1,000 people.

Monday is Watermelon Day at the Museum of Life and Science. Join them for special watermelon-themed animal programing. Bring a whole watermelon to share with your favorite Museum animals and learn more about the hot weather care of our animals.

Tuesday is National Night Out at Lake Benson Park. Join Garner Police and learn how to make neighborhoods safe places to live, work and play.

Music at the Parks

Al Strong & the Fresh Five will be closing out the PLAYlist Concert Series Friday night at Durham Central Park.

In Durham Saturday night, Shursoundz will Rock the Park at Southern Boundaries.

Pinkerton Raid will be playing a concert Saturday evening at the Apex Nature Park.

Emily Musolino is the featured act at Sunday's Concert in the Park at Carroll Joyner Park.

More at the Parks

Join Umstead Park Ranger, Billy for a short hike to find and identify summer Wildflowers in the Park Saturday morning.

Join an Raven Rock park naturalist on an easy, 0.5 mile hike on the American Beech Trail as you explore the sights and sounds of the woods and discover what kinds of wildlife live alongside the creek Saturday morning.

Join Lake Crabtree's bird enthusiast, Vernon, for an easy walk while looking and listening for feathered friends Saturday morning.

Also Saturday morning, Eno River State Park invites you to join them for a moderately challenging 4 mile hike to the ruins of the Holden Mill as you learn about the people who lived in the Eno community, including William Woods Holden, the former governor of North Carolina. Come back Saturday afternoon to learn about Spiders.

Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park will be offering Saturday at the Old Mill Tours and Mill Heritage & Local History Tours on Sunday. You are also invited to join them for a collaborative community art project celebrating National Friendship Day Friday through Sunday.

West Point on the Eno will take a History Hike Saturday that will explore how man has changed the river and the river has changed man.

Bring your child to Occoneechee Mountain Sunday morning so they can Learn to Fish. Also Sunday, you can help them find, capture, classify, identify, and release Tadpoles in three different places

Explore the Creek at Prairie Ridge Sunday afternoon! You will get to use nets and buckets to find creek critters as you examine the health of the stream and participate in two citizen science projects.

North Carolina is home to nine lighthouses including Cape Hatteras, the tallest in the United States. Join Yates Mill Historic Park Tuesday morning, National Lighthouse Day, to hear the true heroic tale of Abbie Burgess, a young woman who was forced to run her family's lighthouse alone in the winter of 1856. You'll even get to make your own model lighthouse to take home.


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