Weekend Plans: Lazy Daze, back-to-school celebrations, more
Posted August 21, 2013
Updated August 22, 2013
Here we are … the last weekend before school begins for traditional calendar students, including my rising third grader. Of course, for everybody else, it’s just another weekend.
For many of us, the activities are ramping up with weekend games and practices and more. I’ll be spending a good bit of time on a soccer field this weekend.
But there’s plenty of family fun to be had. Here’s what’s happening. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About section for more activities. And if you're looking to end the summer on a sweet note, check our Summer Treats series.
Cary’s major Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, in downtown Cary. The festival features all sorts of arts, crafts, food, vendors, demonstrations and more. Across from the Cary Public Library, you’ll find Kid’s World with make and take activities and a stage. The Sandbox band is playing at 1 p.m. There’s also a chainsaw sculpting competition, a town crier and more. A tip on getting to the festival: Park at Cary Towne Center and hop on one of the free shuttle buses.
This looks like a fun night! Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary will host a Grease Sing-A-Long on Saturday. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. The movie starts around 8 p.m. Like the very popular Sound of Music Sing-A-Long, the event features a screening of the movie with subtitles so you can sing along. There’s a free goodie bag. Costumes are encouraged. There’s even a costume contest. Tickets are $12 for adults; $7 for kids ages 5 to 12; and free for kids 4 and under. Prices go up $3 on Saturday. Picnics, lawn chairs, blankets are encouraged.
Packapalooza, an all-day block party and street festival to celebrate the start of N.C. State's academic year, is 2 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, on Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. The event includes music, food, Howling Cow ice cream, a sports zone and much more. This is an event designed for all ages. Thanks to the Go Ask Mom Facebook fan for reminding me that I'd forgotten to mention this! Among the highlights: Scotty McCreery, country music star and N.C. State sophomore, will perform a song with Chancellor Randy Woodson and head football coach Dave Doeren between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Belltower Stage.
And another update thanks to a Go Ask Mom Facebook fan: The sixth annual Children's Good News Extravaganza is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. The free event includes games, inflatables,an illusion show, popcorn, snow cones and drinks, among other activities. I also know that Karen Muhammad from the Wake County Sheriff's Office, along with representatives from New York Life Insurance Company, will be offering free child IDs (they were at our event at North Hills on Wednesday). Karen tells me that they expect to be very busy! This is a very popular event drawing thousands. It is put together by the Child Evangelism Fellowship, a Bible centered, international, fellowship of Christians dedicated to the task of winning boys and girls to Christ, according to its website.
The Paperhand Puppet Intervention continues its big annual summer show called “Invisible Earth.” The show, with live music and puppets of all sizes, shapes and forms, is described as a “paradoxical pageant of hope, impending doom and planetary possibilities,” on Paperhand’s website. The show is at Forest Theatre on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill through Sept. 8. Shows are Friday, Saturday and Sunday and Labor Day. Tickets are a suggested donation of $12 for adults and $8 for kids at the door. Nobody is turned away for lack of funds. It moves over to the N.C. Museum of Art for shows Sept. 13, Sept. 14, and Sept. 15. Tickets at the art museum shows are $17 for adults, $8.50 for kids ages 7 to 12, and free for kids ages 6 and under.
Snow Camp Outdoor Theatre, will present “The Ugly Duckling” this weekend. It’s one of several shows at the theater, about 30 minutes west of Chapel Hill, this summer. It’s set for 10 a.m., Saturday. Tickets are $5. It's the final children's show of the summer season.
The Fair at St. Raphael Catholic Church on Falls of Neuse Road in north Raleigh is Friday evening and Saturday. Admission and parking is free. The fair, a long-time tradition for the church, includes a few fair rides, carnival games, food and more. This year, they'll have food trucks.
Crowder District Park in Apex will host a best dog trick contest from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday. Here's your chance to show off your dog. Categories include both puppy and adult. For all ages. It's free and pre-registration is not required.
The CaribMask Caribbean Carnival is 12:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, at the Raleigh City Plaza in downtown Raleigh. The event features Caribbean music, food, art and more. There will be a parade featuring colorful costumes and bands at 12:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Local Barnes & Noble stores will hold a book fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, to benefit Wake County libraries. Librarians will be on hand with library information and storytimes. Check Wake library’s website for details.
And Artspace will host a free Family Fun Day from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, at City Market in downtown Raleigh. The event is a culmination of its Summer Arts Program, but it also offers activities for the public too. Find artists’ demonstrations, music, face painting and art activities for all ages. Carnival treats will be available for purchase.
We have some back-to-school events:
Northgate Mall in Durham will host a free back-to-school celebration from noon to 4 p.m., Saturday. From noon to 2 p.m., enjoy some crafting with The Scrap Exchange. From 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., Raleigh-based magician Jeff Jones will take the stage and feature illusions, magic tricks and comedy. It’s all free. Find it in the “children’s alleyway” near Justice, Children’s Place and Claire’s.
In Raleigh, the Leesville school campus, 8401 Leesville Rd., will host a back-to-school safety day from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday. It’s sponsored by the Leesville Community Safety Task Force, the Raleigh Office of Transportation Planning and the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department. You’ll find a bike rodeo course, free bike inspection and tune up, traffic safety 101, bus stop safety, food trucks, Kona Ice, and more. Kids will get free reflective gear and a coloring book for participating at safety stations. You’ll also get an opportunity to review and comment on improvement plans for Leesville Park.
And Ackland Art Museum will host one of its regular Family Days on Sunday with a back-to-school theme. “Hooray! A Big Cheer for the New School Year!” features a pencil holder craft, stories about the first day of school and more. It’s from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, at the Chapel Hill museum. The activities are best for kids ages 4 to 12 and their adults. Storytimes are at 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. It all continues at Kidzu Children’s Museum where kids can make a pencil topper for the first day of school. It’s all free, including the activity at Kidzu, which is free on Sundays, and open to the public.