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Farm to Fork, Ninja Challenge lead our weekend best bets

Posted June 5, 2014

Farm to Fork 2014 (Image from Facebook)

— There are so many events going on in the Triangle this weekend, and most are outdoors in the beautiful summer weather.

On Friday: 

Celebrate the launch of Hopscotch's Design Festival lineup at CAM Raleigh. Happy hour features beer and pizza from Trophy Brewing Company!

The PNC Downtown Raleigh Movie Series continues Friday night with “Last of the Mohicans.” Music will be provided by Outside Soul. The party starts at 5:30 p.m. and bring your lawn chair!

Also in downtown Raleigh, it's First Friday! Check out our guide to the fun.

One of our favorite “paloozas” is in Durham. Lemurpalooza invites you to a picnic to meet the lemurs in the adopt-a-lemur program at the Duke Lemur Center. It is $50 per person and the picnic is from 5-7 p.m. The adopt-a-lemur program allows individuals or groups to cover the $7,400 per year cost it takes to care for each animal. Lemurs are the world’s most endangered mammals.

On Saturday:

Bring out your inner ninja for the third annual Ninja Challenge Obstacle 5K race held off of Lafayette Road in Fuquay-Varina. The race will feature more than 15 obstacles, including throwing stars and running through water. After the race, stick around for an after-party featuring music, food, beer and live ninja school demos. Race signup starts at $60. Proceeds benefit the Triangle Aquatic Center and Triangle Area Red Cross.

A popular event for inventors and innovators young and old, the Maker Faire returns to the Fairgrounds. There are plenty of classes, workshops, demos and more. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids.

Go Ask Mom has even more family-friendly picks for the weekend.

The Triangle Breakfast Club along with Coglin's Raleigh are shutting down the 200 block of Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh for the 5th Annual Capital Cornhole Classic and 50/50 Raffle. All proceeds go to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's BackPack Buddies Program. Team entry is $50.

Also in downtown Raleigh, you can enjoy a clambake, live music, craft beer at the second annual NC Fresh Catch. This Caribbean-style food feast is at Moore Square Park from 1-7 p.m. In addition to clams, there will be Island-style fish and chips, Jamaican peppered prawns, grilled jerk chicken and more. Admission is free with a minimum $4 food or drink order. A portion of the proceeds will go to Nourish International.

On Sunday:

The annual Farm to Fork Picnic at the W.C. Breeze Family Farm in Hurdle Mills celebrates local farms, their products and local restaurants. More than 30 farm-restaurants pairings help make this a hot ticket every year! This year’s event is from 4-7 p.m. Tickets are $100 for adults 21 and over.

Head to downtown Raleigh for an afternoon of good, local food. Over 50 trucks from across the state are participating in the Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo, and there is a bubble zone and street chalk art zone for the kids.

Triangle Restaurant Week ends on Sunday, so be sure to make those last-minute dinner reservations!

Enjoy some polo during the family-friendly Triangle Charity Polo Classic on Sunday afternoon at MacNair’s Farm in Raleigh. Bring your own chair and picnic or buy refreshments on site. General admission is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Children 10 years and younger get in for free. There will be polo matches, hat and fashion contests and more. The event is a fundraiser for Guiding Lights Caregiver Support Center in Raleigh.

Live music: 

The NC Symphony plays two events at Koka Booth this weekend. On Friday, hear the music of John Williams, the creative force behind the musical themes of Harry Potter, Star Wars, Superman and many more. You can meet your favorite Star Wars characters and get pictures before the show! On Saturday, Broadway Romance is in the air with some of your favorite songs from Wicked, Les Miserables, Sweeny Todd and more. 

WRAL-TV news anchor Bill Leslie and the Celtic-fusion ensemble Lorica will present an afternoon of original Appalachian Celtic music and storytelling at the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre at 3 p.m. Sunday.

One of the top touring acts in the country, Widespread Panic plays two shows at the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh this weekend. Shows are Thursday and Friday nights. Tickets are $42. 

Country star Luke Bryan plays Saturday and Sunday at the Walnut Creek Amphitheatre in Raleigh. Tickets start at $30.

For even more shows going on in the Triangle this weekend, read through our music roundup.

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