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Weekend Plans: Comics Fest, Tomato Day, soccer, dance, more

Posted July 6

Along the tracks in southwestern Wake County.

Happy weekend! Here’s what’s happening on the family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar and our #100thingsWRAL list of summer fun.

Go Ask Mom will host a big event from 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, at the Midtown Farmers’ Market in North Hills. We’ll have a free fitness class and music class, along with stories, hula hooping, music from Brooke Hatala and much more. Plus, you can shop for some yummy fresh produce and other other goodies.

We have a lot of sports. Oak City Futbol Club, the semi-professional women’s soccer team, has games Saturday and Sunday at WRAL Soccer Center. The Carolina RailHawks play Saturday evening. The Durham Bulls also are in town. (If you’re a breastfeeding mom, the Durham Bulls has a great new addition for fans).

The Durham Comics Fest runs through Sunday at various locations around Durham. The main event is Saturday at the Southwest Regional Library and features a comic book swap from 11 a.m. to noon; a local artists' alley from 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and featured artist presentations starting at 1 p.m. It's free.

The Carrboro Farmers’ Market will host Tomato Day starting at 8:30 a.m., Saturday. The market has more than 70 different tomato varieties. Try some and chat with tomato expert Craig LeHoullier. More than 20 local restaurants and businesses also have donated prizes for a Tomato Day raffle. Customers will get free raffle tickets with every purchase on Tomato Day.

The Carolina Hurricanes' Summerfest Celebration starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, at PNC Arena, with a variety of free activities, including more than 20 inflatables.

Hubbard Street Dance from Chicago will perform this weekend’s American Dance Festival show for kids. The one-hour show starts at 1 p.m., Saturday, at the Durham Performing Arts Center and is followed by a free party in the lobby with live music, face painting, snacks and other activities. Tickets are $16.

Check out American Adventure, the new exhibit at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh. Tickets are $5 for this interactive exhibit that includes a short zip line and rock climbing wall.

And, you can search for Waldo at participating stores and shops around Raleigh. This is a fun, very informal activity that you can easily fit into your normal weekend errands!

Duke Homestead’s Pork, Pickles and Peanuts is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at the historic site in Durham. The day includes a BBQ and pie contest, along with demonstrations, costumed interpreters, historic music and more. It’s free.

Raleigh Little Theatre opens its summer movie series with the PG-rated “Victor Victoria.” Gates open at 8 a.m. The movie starts at 9 p.m. The series includes “The Peanuts Movie” on July 24 and “Cinderella,” the live action version, on July 31. It’s free. Concessions will be available for purchase.

The N.C. Museum of History has a fun little drop-in activity from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. Visitors can watch bead artist Eric Ennis as he works and then they can make a simple bead pin of their own.

Finally, Sunday is New Hope Valley Railway’s Military Appreciation Day. Up to four free tickets are being offered for the diesel locomotive to active duty, reserve, National Guard, veterans and retired military personnel, according to the historic railway’s website. The free tickets are for the diesel train excursions only and depart at 11 a.m. and 1:45 pm on Sunday. To get free tickets for yourself and up to three family members, present military identification at the ticket booth located near the parking lot before crossing the pedestrian bridge to the rail yard. Free tickets can only be picked up in person at the ticket booth. These rides are expected to sell out. The railway’s website has much more information. The railways features hour-long, open-air train rides through southwestern Wake County.

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