Happy weekend! Here’s what’s happening on the family fun front. And, as always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more weekend ideas for the kids and adults in your life. And check our fall fun and Halloween database for details on pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other fall-related events. Many pumpkin patches and corn mazes are open for the season.
We have festivals!
The third annual Triangle Oktoberfest is 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday, and 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. The event includes music, contests, games, a shaded Kidz Zone, stein hoist competitions and the popular wiener dog races. Friday tickets are $15 in advance, or $20 at the door. Saturday tickets are $20 in advance, or $25 at the door. The event supports local charities.
Ray Price Capital City BikeFest and Expo takes over downtown Raleigh this Friday through Sunday with lots of music, vendors, shows and motorcycles. It is free to the public. The festival’s website says kids, in particular, enjoy the festival’s stunt and thrill shows, which run all weekend. There’s also a Parade of Lights on Friday evening, featuring motorcycles with their lights on.
Mule Days in Benson runs Thursday through Sunday. There will be music, rodeos, a mule pulling contest, arts and crafts, vendors, street dances, carnival rides, parade and more. The parade is at 10 a.m, Saturday. Admission is free.
Durham’s Latino Festival and Soccer Challenge is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr. This year, the event includes a soccer tournament, along with food trucks, a family fun zone and a chance to meet and greet with the men’s soccer team from Duke. Admission is free.
The Carrboro Music Festival is Saturday and Sunday and showcases performers from across the Triangle. It’s free.
Historic Oak View County Park’s 34th annual Storytelling Festival is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at the Wake County park. It’s free. Storytellers include Donna Washington, Adam Booth and Regi Carpenter. The Sandbox Band will perform. There’s also a wagon shuttle planned, along with activity tents. Be sure to bring a blanket or chair.
In Durham, Historic Stagville’s Harvest Festival is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for kids and $16 for families. Kids 2 and under are free. The day includes historical demonstrations, crafts and activities focused on the work, food and harvest at the state historic site.
Galaxy Fun Park, a new north Raleigh family entertainment center, opens to the public on Friday. I’ll have much more information about this massive new venue on Friday.
Wake County Human Services and Safe Kids Wake County are holding car seat checks all week, including one from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Rex Hospital, 4420 Lake Boone Trail, Raleigh. Find out if your child’s seat is installed correctly and if they are sitting in the right kind of seat for their size and age.
The Triangle Independent School Consortium will hold an admission fair from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Hampton Inn at Crabtree, 3920 Arrow Dr., Raleigh. A second is planned next weekend in Durham.
We have five consignment sales across the region.
This weekend starts the annual Take a Child Outside Week. Local parks and other venues have plans to mark the week with special activities for kids and families.
And the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University will host one of its regular family days from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. Celebrate southern creativity and create art inspired by "Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art." Watch a local artist at work in the Great Hall and enjoy live music performances by youth bands from Girls Rock NC.