Weekend Plans: Artsplosure, Got to Be NC Festival, dinosaurs, circus, more
Posted May 15, 2013
It’s another very busy weekend with some major festivals planned. Of course, strawberries are in season. Click here if you’re looking for a place to pick them. And seasonal pools also are opening for the season. Check our database for public pools across the region.
As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for other weekend activities.
Here’s your weekend family fun!
Artsplosure, the major downtown Raleigh festival in its 34th year, runs from Friday afternoon to Sunday. Admission is free. You’ll find a juried arts and crafts market, along with lots of entertainment and activities for kids. New this year: The Pittsburg-based Squonk Opera "Go Roadshow," which will offer 10 free shows on City Plaza, on Fayetteville Street. Read all about Artsplosure in this earlier post.
The Got to Be NC Festival takes over the N.C. State Fairgrounds from Friday through Sunday. It’s kind of like a smaller version of the fair with carnival rides, games, animals, agricultural displays and more. Read this earlier post for more information about ride deals and new and popular attractions for kids (beyond the midway). Admission and parking are free for this one.
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will open a new exhibit on Saturday called Dinosaurs in Motion. This features 14 life-sized metal sculptures of dinosaurs that visitors can actually manipulate with levers and pulleys or remote controls. I hope to get a preview of this exhibit on Friday and will share more. The exhibit runs through Sept. 18. Tickets are $10 for adults; $6 for children ages 3 to 12; and $8 for students, seniors (65+) and military. There will be discounts on adult tickets on the first Friday of each month and each Thursday when the museum is open later (last entry into the exhibit will be at 7 p.m. those days).
The Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival is noon to 8 p.m., CCB Plaza, in downtown Durham. Among the highlights is old school hip hop group Naughty by Nature (pausing for a moment to reflect on my high school/college years). They’ll also have an area for kids, arts and crafts, ethnic food and other activities. It’s all free.
Zoppe, An Italian Family Circus, will take over the lawn in front of the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh this weekend. The small, traveling circus, I’m told, is an amazing, intimate circus experience complete with clowns, the trapeze, dancing dogs and more. Tickets are $15 in advance. Kids 6 and under are free with a paid adult (limit two kids per adult ticket). Tickets go up to $20 at the door. Shows are Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Koka Booth Amphitheatre’s Movies by Moonlight series will feature “Rio,” a PG-rated animated movie, which my family really enjoys. The movie starts at dusk on Friday. Gates open at 7 p.m. Kids 12 and under are free. Everybody else pays just $3. Be sure to bring blankets or chairs for your group. Picnics also are welcome. They’re also encouraging Rio-style costumes such as glitter, feathers and beads. The first 100 people in the gate will get a bead necklace. And the Raleigh-Durham Caged Bird Society will be there with some real birds. These are fun events. I’m glad to see them on Fridays this year.
Three state historic sites in Durham will host scavenger hunts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The events all are free and are a great way to start conversations about North Carolina’s history. The sites - Historic Stagville, Bennett Place and Duke Homestead - also offer some beautiful spaces for kids to run. Read my earlier post for details.
Postpartum Education and Support’s annual Strollerthon is 9 a.m., Saturday, at Fred G. Bond Metro Park in Cary. The event raises money for the nonprofit’s critical programs - helping moms who suffer from postpartum depression and other perinatal mood disorders. Read this powerful post from Kerri Hall, a local mom and guest blogger, who writes more about the group’s importance and the event.
Prairie Ridge Ecostation in west Raleigh offers a great opportunity to get outside for some low-key activities. The spot, part of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences, will host its Gnomes & Fairies event from 9 a.m . to noon, Saturday. The morning includes a scavenger hunt, kite flying festival (bring your own or make one there), gnome and fairy home building and gnome hat and fairy wing making. There’s a 10:30 a.m. storytime and a parade of gnomes and fairies at 11:30 a.m. It’s all free. Be sure to click the link above for some important information about the roads in the area on Saturday.
Frog in My Pocket consignment sale in Apex opens to the public starting Friday. Read my earlier post for details.
Also in retail news, GreenPea Baby, which moved from Apex to Waverly Place in Cary this month, is in the midst of a grand opening celebration. The store is offering discounts and special events all week. Check the store's website for all of the details about this week’s events.
The Raleigh Tour d’Coop is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The tour takes visitors on a self-guided tour of urban chicken coops around Raleigh (and two in Cary). You’ll see some really creative, beautiful ways to keep chickens. This is a great event if you’re considering chickens for your home or more ideas if you have them already. My family doesn’t have chickens, but we’ve been a few times. My kids love seeing all the chickens up close. Tickets come with a donation of cash or five canned goods to Urban Ministries. A suggested family donation is $20, which will get you in to see all 21 coops.
It’s a busy weekend in Carrboro …
The Carrboro Farmers’ Market’s Strawberry Jamboree starts at 8 a.m., Saturday. There will be strawberry samples, recipes and more, along with a visit from Suzy the Strawberry at 9:30 a.m. and face painting.
The Tarradiddle Players will present “The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs,” at 11 a.m., Saturday, at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. The group, part of the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, will perform a rock musical version of the popular children’s book by Jon Scieszka. A family four pack is $28. The 55-minute show is great for grade schoolers.
La Leche League of Chapel Hill’s Rock the Baby will feature live music, silent auction and more. It’s 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, at Carrboro Town Commons.
It’s Hog Day in Hillsborough. The 31st annual event is Friday and Saturday, featuring BBQ, children’s activities and all the other usual festival suspects.
Mark Jacobson Toyota in Durham will host a car seat safety event on Saturday. Read my earlier post for details.
On Friday, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Spring Roll Cruiser Ride begins at 5:30 p.m. with the ride starting at 6:45 p.m. at Wallace Parking Deck in downtown Chapel Hill. There’s an eight-mile ride through Chapel Hill and Carrboro, along with a shorter route for families. Riders are encouraged to dress in their “wildest cycling clothes.” It’s part of CycleFest 2013.
And The Raleigh Little Theatre wraps up its run of The Brementown Musicians, part of its youth series. The show runs through Sunday at the Gaddy-Goodwin Teaching Theatre in Raleigh near Cameron Village. The musical tells the classic tale of a donkey who wants to become a famous musician. Tickets are $10 for ages 12 and under and $15 for adults and teens.