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August 9th -15th Triangle 2018

by Pam & Michael Davison

For those of you heading back to college or traditional calendar school, your summer may be winding down. With plenty of fun activities throughout the Triangle, you can give the summer a grand farewell!

Even though the winter holidays seem pretty far off, advanced tickets for Pullen Park's Holiday Express are already on sale through Reclink. For the first two weeks in December, Pullen Park will be festively decorated with thousands of lights and transformed into a holiday wonderland. The tickets sell out so get yours now before they are gone.

Start your weekend fun early! Science Thursday at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will take a Neuse River Magic Carpet Ride with one of the riverkeepers.

The City of Raleigh Museum invites you to experience the Music That Made The City Thursday. Get your free tickets and join photographer Chris Seward and videographer Steve Boyle who will discuss their experience as they captured the music on film.

Coco will be the featured flick for Thursday night's Movies Under the Stars in Downtown Chapel Hill. Get there early to claim your spot on the Plaza and enjoy free kids activities before the movie.

Sister Act will be playing on the outdoor screen of Raleigh Little Theater along with Food Trucks, activities and a dog zone.

Festivals & Special Events

Bring your family to Laurel Hills Park Friday for their a monthly Family Fun and Picnic in the Park. Bring a picnic to eat, play on the playground, read a great story, show off your dance moves to some of your favorite preschool songs and join them for arts and crafts.

BikeFest 2018 comes to Downtown Hillsborough Saturday. All rides require registration so click through for all the info.

Rock Quarry Park hosts the annual Latino Festival & Soccer Tournament Saturday. In addition to the tournament there will be live music & entertainment, family fun zone, arts & crafts and ethnic food.

Enjoy some Vintage Base Ball at the DAP Saturday. Join Duke Homestead Education & History Corporation (DHEHC) at the Historic Durham Athletic Park for a vintage "base ball" game that celebrates and includes all those who contributed to the game over the past century and a half!

The WPTF Weekend Gardener Show with Mike Raley and Anne Clapp will be broadcasting live from the Raleigh State Farmers Market Saturday morning.

The Holly Springs Farmers Market will be celebrating National Farmers Market Week with Customer Appreciation Day at Saturday's market.

Are you planning a wedding? The NC State Fairgrounds will host the Southern Bridal Show and Expo with over 150 Triangle wedding experts.

History Comes Alive

Join the North Carolina Museum of History to explore North Carolina and World War I. The free, special exhibit runs until January 6th and covers 6,500 square feet with 500 artifacts, period photography, a trench diorama, historical film footage, educational interactive components, and video re-enactments.

Also this weekend at the North Carolina Museum of History Saturday, Artist Stuart Kent, a woodworking teacher and custom furniture maker will be turning bowls and other items made with North Carolina woods on a lathe. You can even try your hand at a Make it, Take it creating a dogwood print, having fun with furniture, and making a sassafras tea bag.

Yates Mill Historic Park will be offering Saturday and Sunday tours of the totally restored Mill.

Take a Durham Tobacco Heritage Walking Tour Saturday and learn about Durham's tobacco heritage through stories and experiences of Durham residents.

The North Carolina Museum of Art invites you to join them every weekend for a variety of free tours. On Saturdays, you can take a Guided Tour of the Museum Park. Both Saturday and Sunday, they offer Meet Your Museum Tours and Weekend Family Friendly Tours.

Movies & Concerts at the Parks and Museums

Iris after Dark kicks off the weekend at the North Carolina Museum of Art with music, small plates and special drinks. Friday night's outdoor movie will be Night of the Living Dead. Come back Saturday after dark for the movie Get Out.

Celebrate National S'Mores Day in S'Morrisville Friday! They're hosting a s'mores themed celebrations at four different locarions.

Movies by Moonlight will bring a Beauty & the Beast: Sing-A-Long to the big outdoor screen Friday after dark at Regency Park.

The second Friday of the month brings Art After Dark back to Downtown Fuquay-Varina and 2nd Friday Artwalk to Carrborro.

Second Friday also brings Art After Hours to Downtown Wake Forest. Come see the town come alive with food, merchants and music! As an added bonus, Big Love will be playing this month's Friday Night on White Concert joined by a wide variety of local food trucks.

The PLAYlist Concert Series comes to a close with a concert by Jenn Bostic.

Road Candy brings her rock, groove, funk, and soul tunes to the outdoor stage at the Holly Springs Cultural Center Friday night.

Fridays on the Front Porch of the Carolina Inn brings local musician Hank Smith to the stage along with Triangle food trucks Chickq and Oak City Fish.

The Starlight Concert Series at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center will bring Jamrock to the stage Friday evening for an evening of reggae.

Beauty & The Beast will be playing on the big screen after dark at Joyner Park Saturday. Bring a new or gently used book to donate and enjoy a Meet and Greet with Princess Belle before the movie.

The Princess Bride will beon the big screen Saturday evening at the Apex Nature Park Amphitheatre.

Bond Park will present cellist Shana Tucker joined by Amy K Bormet (piano), Keith Ganz (guitar), James Suter (bass), and Thomas Taylor (drums) for a concert Saturday evening.

At the Parks

Come on out to Eno River State Park Saturday for a Kangaroo Hike for parents carrying infants and toddlers or learn about Decomposers & the Circle of Life.

Come back to the Pump Station at Eno River Sunday to learn all about Salamanders.

Know Your Trees at Historic Oak View County Park offers two sessions, one Saturday and one Sunday so you can learn how to identify some of the park's trees with some fun activities.

Saturday night is an Astronomy Night at Annie Louise Wilkerson Nature Preserve. The monthly program begins with an indoor presentation and moves outside to view the moon, stars, and planets with the Preserve's telescope.

Come discover the truth about Snakes as you learn where snakes live, what they eat and what to do if you see one in the wild Saturday at Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve.

Jump into the mysteries of Frogs and Toads of North Carolina with a Falls Lake Park Ranger Sunday.

Head on over to Dix Park Sunday after dark for some Skywatching with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, Chapel Hill Astronomical and Observational Society (CHAOS) and Raleigh Astronomy Club (RAC).


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