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September 15th - September 21st 2011

by Pam & Michael Davison

Welcome to a fabulous fall festival weekend! There are so many awesome festivals throughout the parks and museums this weekend to pick from with a great variety of music, culture and activities. Downtown Raleigh will host both Bugfest and Sparkcon and just five miles down the road Historic Yates Mill Park will host the Fall Harvest Festival.

 

If you have never been to Bugfest, you can't imagine how an incredible collection of bugs can make for a fantastic event packed full of activities. If you have been to Bugfest before, you already know what an entertaining event it is. Bugfest is the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science's biggest and wildest annual event. Come visit ParkGeek. We will have our Cockroaches and some fun prizes! Promising to be bigger and better than ever, Bugfest fills the museum as well as the outdoor mall with everything buggy. For the really brave, there will be an assortment of delicious bug-filled delicacies at the Café Insecta. For the slightly more adult crowd that doesn't want to fight the crowds, Bugfest transforms into the Evening Insectival at 5pm. The evening crowd can relax with a new round of activities and live music to finish out the evening.

The official start to BugFest is the Critter Cook-off Friday morning. Chef Jim Long, Executive Sous Chef at the Angus Barn will compete against Chef Michael Lee, Executive Chef of Sono Sushi for the title of BugFest Critter Cook-off Champion 2011!
 
Festivals Throughout the Triangle
 
Celebrate the fall season by participating in a variety of hands-on activities and demonstrations at the
Harvest Celebration at Historic Yates Mill County Park. Learn how corn and wheat were traditionally harvested, stored, and processed, and explore harvest-related handcrafts featuring corn shucks and wheat straw. Listen to old time music, and enjoy harvest songs and dance. Do you have a fabulous cornbread recipe? Yates Mill invites you to make your most delicious recipe using cornmeal to their Cornmeal Cook-Off Contest.

 

 

Not only will Downtown Raleigh be full of bugs this weekend, but they are also hosting the annual SPARKcon Festival. Starting Thursday night and running through Sunday, there will be street painting, art installments, fashion shows, loads of entertainment and evening events on Fayetteville Street and throughout Downtown Raleigh. Click through for all the details on the 15 different Sparks or art components of the festival.
Each fall for 38 years, over 100 juried fine artists, craftsmen and performers from across the country gather together in Downtown Durham to dazzle, inspire, delight and entertain you. There will also be over 30 performing arts groups featuring 200 performers filling three stages with continuous music, dance and entertainment. A wide variety of festival food and international fare plus a Kids Zone makes Centerfest Arts Festival a fabulous destination for the whole family both Saturday and Sunday.
Are you in the mood for some stuffed grape leaves and some baklava? Head on over to the Holy Trinity Greek Festival at the State Fairgrounds. Along with delicious Greek delicacies, you can also enjoy the marketplace, Greek music and Greek dancers. Click through for information on how to get free admission tickets.
Explore the science behind entertainment and meet experts in the fields of special effects, make-up artistry, video game design and simulation, comic book art, and staged combat during the Museum of Life and Science's annual event, Heroes, Villains and Special Effects both Saturday and Sunday.
Enjoy pony rides, inflatables, games, live entertainment and much more at the Knightdale Community Day on Saturday.
Good Neighbor Day at Holding Park assembles people from all walks of life for a Sunday of food, fun, and family entertainment. By bringing together a mix of cultures, music, ages, and ethnicities, the event celebrates diversity and promotes goodwill among all of Wake Forest's citizens.
Read and Feed is sponsoring a Fun and Easy Science Expo at the Herbert C. Young Community Center. Your admission is the contents of a Read and Feed Book Bag and the event will include free pizza along with some dance, hands- on science, French, Latin, Art, and Gross Science!
La Fiesta del Pueblo rounds out the weekend in Raleigh at Moore Square on Sunday. The free outdoor event celebrates Hispanic culture with live Latin music, folkloric dances, arts and crafts, and delicious regional foods from Latin America. Marbles Kids Museum also joins in the festival fun with special kids activities.
 

Fun Fall Events at the Parks
 

Are you ophidiophobic? Or do you love everything scaly? Either way, William B. Umstead State Park will be presenting Snakes of North Carolina.

Saturday is your chance to give a little back through a Volunteer Workday at Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve.
Enjoy Migratory Bird Day by joining the fun at Eno River State Park for a Bird Boogie sing-A-Long. You are also invited to join a ranger for Whoo Gives A Hoot, a program about the Eno River Owl population. You can also take a walk to learn about Life Around the Pond.
 
Movies, Concerts & a Baking Concert
 

The North Carolina Museum of Art kicks off their Fall Film Series Friday night with the 1951 movie Pandora and the Flying Dutchman.

Bass Lake Park kicks off the weekend Friday with an evening of friendly competition with some Family Bingo.
Durham Cinematheque is back this Friday at Durham Central Park. The theme for the evening is Crazy Italian Night.
Loudon Wainwright III & Lucy Wainwright Roche will delight an audience with a free concert at the American Tobacco Campus Amphitheatre Friday night as part of WUNC's Back Porch Music
The Triangle Wind Ensemble presents Pops in the Park Friday night at the Sertoma Amphitheater. The area's premier adult brass band will perform an audience-pleasing selection of marches, musicals, light classical music and traditional brass band tunes.
Come out to the Baking Contest at Mordecai Historic Park on Saturday and get a taste of different baked goods. The event, on the grounds of the historic home, will be free, but the goodies will be first come.
Historic Preservation Society of Durham docents lead a Durham Civil Rights Legacy Walking Tour Saturday morning focusing on sites in downtown Durham that were important in the 1950's and 60's Civil Rights movement.
After getting rained out with Hurricane Irene, the Bud Light CityFest kicks off this Saturday with a concert at the Raleigh Amphitheater by the band Better Than Ezra. All tickets are an amazing $5.
The Sunday in the Park Concert Series continues this weekend at Lake Johnson Park with the pop & rock sounds of Down By Avalon.
One Leg Up will be performing a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz compositions on Sunday afternoon at the Sertoma Amphitheater.
 
A Bit More Fun
 

Take a Child Outside Week starts next Saturday. We will highlight the TACO events in next weeks newsletter. You can also go to the Events Search on ParkGeek.com and search for Take a Child Outside.

In addition to the Greek Festival, the State Fairgrounds are also hosting a Coin & Currency Show, an Antique Gun & Military Collector Show, a Flyball Tournament and a Championship Horse Show.

 

 

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