Weekend Plans: Got to Be NC, Artsplosure, Bimbe, DJ Lance Rock
Posted May 18
Updated May 20
Here’s what’s happening this weekend on the family fun front. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About calendar for more great ideas and our strawberry farm database if you’re looking for some fresh berries.
Got to Be NC Festival, a kind of mini N.C. State Fair but with free parking and admission, is at the State Fairgrounds this Friday through Sunday. You’ll find demonstrations, animals, tractor parades, rides, carnival games and much more. You also can take advantage of a ticket deal for State Fair tickets.
Moogfest is in Durham through Sunday, featuring a variety of art, music and technology. Among the free activities is a visit with DJ Lance Rock and other characters from the popular Nick Jr. show “Yo Gabba Gabba!.”
Artsplosure, the long-running spring festival in Raleigh, is Friday through Sunday. Kidsplosure runs just Saturday and Sunday on Moore Square. It’s free.
UPDATE: Note change in location: In Durham, the 47th annual Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival is noon to 8 p.m., Saturday, at Durham County Stadium Parking Lot, 750 Stadium Dr. (The festival was moved from Rocky Quarry Park because of muddy conditions there). The festival is one of the oldest cultural festivals and celebrations of music, art and dance in North Carolina. You’ll find a kids zone with activities just for kids and their families. It’s free and open to the public. Free parking will be available on the visitors side of the Durham County Stadium which can be accessed from Wisteria Avenue.
Cary’s annual free car show Wheels on Academy in downtown Cary is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, along Academy Street and around Town Hall campus. Judging begins at 9:30 a.m. and trophies will be awarded at 1:30 p.m. for the “Top 50” and “Mayor’s Award." For kids, there also will be crafts and a touch a truck event.
Cary author Leon Capetanos has a reading at 7 p.m., Friday, at the Barnes & Noble in Cary. The N.C. native is a successful screenwriter and director, who recently penned his first young adult book, “The Time Box,” a coming of age story about an ordinary boy who wants to matter in the big scheme of things.(Owl Canyon Press, $18.95). Capetanos is credited for writing screenplays for films such as “Moscow on the Hudson,” “Down and Out in Beverly Hills,” “Fletch Lives” and “Moon Over Parador,” and has worked with Robin Williams, Bette Midler, Chevy Chase and Richard Dreyfuss.
Cirque du Plaza returns at 140 West Franklin in Chapel Hill from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday. You’ll find face painters, balloon twisters, stilt walkers and more. It’s free!
Wake Forest’s Family Movie Nights at Joyner Park kick off with a screening at 8:30 p.m., Saturday. It’s free.
Artspace in City Market in downtown Raleigh will host a family fun day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday. The pre-jury exhibition preview is free and open to the public. Family activities include a building-wide Connect and Create series.
The seventh annual Longleaf Festival at Harris Lake County Park is 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at the park in New Hill in Wake County. Learn all about the longleaf pine at this beautiful park and take advantage of interactive exhibits, games, crafts, live animals, wagon rides to the longleaf forest and more. It’s free.
Parkside Town Commons in Cary will host its Fest in the West from noon to 6 p.m., Saturday. The afternoon includes a bounce house, pie eating contest, kids zone and more.
And Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham has one of its free family days from noon to 4 p.m., Sunday. A live performance from The LEAP Team from Arts in Action is set for 2:30 p.m. Visitors also can explore the galleries, take part in hands-on projects and more. Admission is free.