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Weekend Plans: Festivals, carousel rides, fall fun, lemurs, alpacas, Extreme Mammals!

Posted September 23, 2015
Updated September 24, 2015

The Chavis Park carousel, built around 1916, opened at Chavis Park in 1937. It will reopen to the public after a massive renovation on April 20.

It’s another busy weekend. Check Go Ask Mom’s Halloween and fall fun database for the pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more across the region. Many of them are opening up this weekend. But a note: We're supposed to get some rainy weather this weekend, so call ahead to make sure they're still open. And, as always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more activities around the area.

We also have the National At-Home Dad Convention in Raleigh Friday through Sunday. And Take a Child Outside Week events run Thursday through Sept. 31 and include a special event at Prairie Ridge Ecostation in west Raleigh on Saturday morning.

Here's the rest of your weekend family fun!

The Wake County Storytelling Festival is 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, at Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. The free, long-running festival features storytelling, a wagon shuttle and other activities, including some performances from the Sandbox band.

Most people know about Pullen Park's carousel. But Raleigh has two. This Saturday, you can ride Chavis Park's carsousel for free as part of Chavis Park Celebrates from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday. It marks the 77th anniversary of John Chavis Memorial Park. The day includes a performance from the Shaw University marching band, an attempt to break the world’s record for the longest soul train line and more. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., there will be inflatables, a treasure hunt and prizes and giveaways. This is a great opportunity to check out an historic Raleigh park (that’s in line to get some big improvements).

The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences will open its newest special exhibit "Extreme Mammals" on Saturday. The exhibit examines the biggest, smallest and most amazing animals that have ever lived. It includes a 15-foot-high model of extinct Indricotherium, the largest land mammal known to date. Tickets are $15 for adults; $13 for seniors, students and military with IDs; and $10 for kids ages 3 to 10. Admission is free for museum members. It runs through March 27. On Saturday, the museum will offer some special events from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to mark the grand opening.

We have several consignment sales in the region, including the Divine Children’s Show, which is open through Thursday.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission will host Wildlife Expos across the state, including one in Raleigh and another in Fayetteville, on Saturday. The free event include demonstrations and hands-on activities related to hunting, fishing and other outdoors activities.

The 8th annual Panther Creek Invitational at Panther Creek High School in Cary will feature a dozen marching bands. Gates open at 2 p.m., Saturday, for the show, which starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 adults and $5 ages 4-10. It’s free for ages 4 and younger.

The N.C. Botanical Garden in Chapel Hill will host WonderFest: Music and Magic in the Garden from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday. Visitors are invited to wear a “magical costume” and enjoy hands-on nature activities in the Children’s Wonder Garden, bluegrass music and food trucks. You’re also welcome to bring a trash-free picnic. Pre-registration is required for this one. The cost is $20 per family.

The second annual sculpture scavenger hunt, hosted by Cary Visual Art and Natural Math, is 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, at Cary Town Hall. Tickets aren’t required, but organizers need people to RSVP to ensure there are enough supplies. Participants will discover a unique approach to connecting art and math. All ages will complete age-specific math activities while enjoying outdoor sculpture in downtown Cary.

The DogGoneFast Flyball Club Flyball Tournament is 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sunday, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. “Dogs and people alike,” according to a description, “go wild over this relay race with four dogs per team” that involves a spring-loaded box with a tennis ball. This is a lot of fun to watch!

Lemurpalooza, a chance to see the lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center at your own pace, is Saturday evening. Tickets are $50 per car.

National Alpaca Farm Days at Alpaca Dreams in Louisburg is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. The farm will be open for free. Visitors can meet 14 alpacas, including one born in March. Learn more about alpacas and llamas. You also can browse their gift shop. (If you go, be sure to leave your pets at home).

At 2 p.m., Saturday, children's book author Joan Holub will be wrapping up a big week of author visits at Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh. Holub has a new book called "The Knights Before Christmas."

On Sunday, I’ll be at the Triangle Heart Walk, which starts at 12:30 p.m. at the PNC Center in Raleigh. WRAL and Go Ask Mom will be offering some fun activities for walkers and their families and friends. Hope to see you there!

And we have festivals!

La Fiesta del Pueblo is noon to 7 p.m., Sunday, on Fayetteville Street in Raleigh. The event includes music, dance, children’s activities and more that celebrate different parts of Latin America.

The Durham Latino Festival is noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, at Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. The free event includes hands-on activities for kids.

The Ray Price Capital City Bikefest is Friday through Sunday at the Raleigh dealership and along Fayetteville Street. More than 125,000 people attended last year. It’s free and designed as a family-friendly event. (It's also good to know that it's downtown in case you're headed there for something else and need to work around any closed roads).

The Carrboro Music Festival is both Saturday and Sunday at venues across Carrboro.

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