For many of us, it's the last weekend of summer vacation. Enjoy it!
Here’s your weekend family fun! Be sure to check WRAL.com's Out & About calendar for more information about events across the Triangle.
Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival will draw thousands to downtown Cary from 9 a. m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, for arts, crafts, music, food and lots of other activities. A special Kid’s World at the corner of Academy and Park streets will include make and take crafts, a misting tent and a stage, featuring clowns, marionettes and a set by power pop family band Big Bang Boom of Greensboro at 11:15 a.m. Cary is packed for this festival so it’s best to heed the advice of organizers and take the shuttle bus to avoid parking hassles. Shuttle buses run every 15 minutes from Cary Towne Center at Sears to Cary Elementary School from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center is closed right now (scheduled to reopen Labor Day weekend), but its staff will hold a couple of stargazing sessions this weekend. The first is 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday, at Historic Stagville in Durham. Another is 9 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, at Horton Grove Nature Preserve in Durham. Morehead staff and other stargazing enthusiasts bring telescopes and a lot of information to share about what you’re seeing in the night sky. Check the website for details, directions and weather information.
Wrap up summer vacation with two free concerts at Pullen Park in Raleigh. Brooke Hatala, an 11-year-old singer, songwriter and musician will perform from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday. And then the Raleigh concert band returns at 6 p.m., Sunday. The concerts are free, but be sure to bring lawn chairs or a blanket. Pullen Park's rides are open from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Pullen Place Cafe will be serving lemonade, sno-cones, Locopops, along with the rest of their menu.
CowParade North Carolina 2012 launched last weekend. You’ll now find more than 80 life-size cow sculptures, decorated by regional artists, around the Triangle in places like North Hills in Raleigh, downtown Raleigh, the American Tobacco Campus in Durham and UNC-Chapel Hill. The cows will be on display through early December. They will ultimately be auctioned off to raise money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital. For full details and a map, check the website. My family will definitely be checking out many of these as we travel around the Triangle.
Want to try Zumba? With your kids? Marbles Kids Museum’s Family Fit series is 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, and focuses on the dance fitness craze. Instructor Kelli Cheatham will lead mini-Zumba workouts for the whole family. It’s free with admission, which is $5 per person. Saturday also is Marbles Day at the Mudcats. Save on Carolina Mudcats tickets and sit in a special reserved box with other Marbles fans. Tickets are $7.50 for adults and $5 for kids 3 to 12. Regular price tickets are usually $10. A portion of sales benefits Marbles. The game is at 6:15 p.m., Saturday. Click here for details.
In north Raleigh, Cross Culture Church is sponsoring a free screening of Monsters, Inc., at 8 p.m., Friday, on the Leesville Road Elementary School field. Get there early for popcorn, Twizzlers and water. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. And in Cary, The Creek Church will host a free outdoor viewing of “The Lorax” at Mills Park Middle School. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with games and other activities, followed by the movie at dusk. There will be drinks and popcorn. The church will be collecting canned goods for the Western Wake Crisis Center.
CaribMask Caribbean Festival is 1 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, on Raleigh City Plaza in downtown Raleigh. You’ll find arts, crafts, food, masqueraders, along with a special kids corner with face painting, storytelling, games, crafts and other fun. Admission is free.
Crowder District Park on Ten Ten Road in Apex will hold a Best Dog Trick Contest from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday. The contest includes both youth and adult categories (for people and dogs). They have prizes. It’s free. Pre-registration is not required.
The 8th annual Children’s Good News Spectacular takes over the Jim Graham Building at the N.C. State Fairgrounds in Raleigh this year. The free event, organized by Child Evangelism Fellowship, includes food, games, inflatables, along with an illusion show. According to its website, the Child Evangelism Fellowship is a “Bible centered, international, fellowship of Christians dedicated to the task of winning boys and girls to Christ.”
Clifford the Big Red Dog will visit Northgate Mall on Saturday. Clifford will perform three free shows for kids at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m., Saturday, in front of Northgate Books, which is located inside mall entrance No. 2. Kids can have their picture taken with Clifford after each show for a small fee. He’ll also hold book signings of his books available for sale at the store at noon and 2:45 p.m., at Northgate Books. They’ll be collecting school supply donations such as pencils, paper, crayons, book bags and other items, which will be picked up by the Durham Police Department to distribute to Durham Public Schools.
We have two consignment sales this weekend - Good 2 Grow in north Raleigh and and Wings Consignment in southern Raleigh/Garner. Check my earlier post for details. Search our consignment sale database for details about other sales in the region over the next few months.
The Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s 13th annual puppet pageant, called City of Frogs this year, continues this weekend with shows at the Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill. This massive production features live music, masks, stilt walkers, shadow puppets and more started last weekend. Performances are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, plus Labor Day, through Sept. 9 with some matinees and mostly evening showtimes. Suggested donations are $12 for adults and $8 for kids (though nobody is turned away for lack of funds). The show moves over to the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh on Sept. 14 to Sept. 16.