The event features bluegrass music, local barbecue and all kinds of kid-friendly activities, including a moonbounce, wagon rides and crafts for kids. The Wildlife Rescue Center in Sanford also will be out for the weekend and release a red shouldered hawk each day at 2 p.m.
Of course, you'll also be able to see the zoo's resident herd, which includes more than 60 species from tree porcupines and ring tailed lemurs to a two-toed sloth and zebra. You'll be able to walk around the zoo and learn about the animals from trained guides.
Noah's Landing typically is only open for tours on weekends. But it opens its doors at special events, such as this weekend's, where visitors can walk around on their own. It's a particularly good opportunity for parents of small kids, who don't have the patience for a formal tour but would enjoy flitting from one animal to the next for a few hours.
Noah's Landing opened in 2004 in Coats, which is about 45 minutes south of Raleigh. It's a popular spot for field trips, birthday parties and classroom programs. In the summer, kids can participate in its Junior Zookeeper Camp. And special events are held throughout the year, including a Halloween Spooktacular this fall.
Blue & 'Cue at the Zoo is 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $8 per person. Barbecue plates are $8.