Weekend Plans: State Fair, Harry Potter, Diwali, International Festival, more
Posted October 12
Updated October 14
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. All of the corn mazes, pumpkin patches and haunted trails are open, including the Museum of Life and Science’s Pumpkin Patch Express and New Hope Valley Railway’s Track or Treat train.
The N.C. State Fair opens Thursday and runs through Oct. 23. There are still opportunities (through 11:59 p.m., Thursday) to take advantage of discounted tickets that support local schools (if your local school is in Wake County). Also, if you’re going with kids, be sure to check out our guide for families heading to the fair and details about the schedule at the popular UNC-TV pavilion next to Dorton Arena.
The original eight Harry Potter movies are on the really big screen at Marbles Kids Museum’s IMAX theater and the IMAX theater at The Streets at Southpoint.
The 31st annual International Festival in Raleigh is at the Raleigh Convention Center starting Friday. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday. Tickets are $10 to $15. You’ll find food, crafts, music, dance and more from countries around the world. That includes special activities for kids.
Anybody can join the Hillsborough Handmade Parade, which begins at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, at 101 E. Orange St. The Mardi Gras-style street parade is “created by the community” and includes costumes, giant puppets, marching bands and more. Check the website for more information about how you can participate (it’s free) - or just watch.
Cary Diwali starts at 10 a.m. and ends after the fireworks at 8:30 p.m., Saturday, at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Admission is free. Parking is $5 per car. The annual event celebrates the most widely celebrated religious and cultural event in India and marks the victory of good over evil, light over dark, and the beginning of the New Year, according to the town of Cary. You’ll find music, performances, food and much more.
Fuquay-Varina Fire Department will host an open house at fire station No. 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. At the open house, parents and children can learn about fire safety by visiting displays, demonstrations, viewing safety videos, touring the station, and taking a peek inside all the fire equipment on display. Kids will also enjoy games, activities, a bouncy house and giant slide, face painting and visits from Sparky the Fire Dog, Pluggie the Hydrant, and Smoky the Bear.
WakeMed Children’s in Raleigh hosts its Operation Pumpkin from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Carve a pumpkin with the help of a pediatric surgeon. Pumpkins are free - while supplies last.
The Pullen Park Pumpkin Patch Bash is 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, at the park near downtown Raleigh. (This event was rescheduled from last weekend). Visitors can pick a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, watch a magician and balloon artist and try a variety of carnival games and crafts. Pumpkins will be available for purchase while supplies last. Starting at 7 p.m., the park will screen a family-friendly movie. Registration isn't required for this event. Just show up.
Cameron Village Regional Library will reopen after shutting down a few months ago for a renovation. On Saturday, there will be some special activities from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., including a family storytime at 10:30 a.m.; a baby storytime at 11:30 a.m.; and a drop-in caterpillar craft. Teens can learn about the library’s Teen Scene, join the Teen Leadership Corps and enter to win Beats headphones.
We have consignment sales in Durham, Mebane and Fayetteville this week.
SnickerDoodles, the new drop-in play space in north Raleigh, will have special weekend hours. The spot, which is usually open weekdays, will be open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Play is free. There’s a small charge for arts projects. You also can purchase items from the coffee shop.
Stone's Education Superstore will have special activities from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Clay Rice, a nationally known silhouette artist and children's author, will make silhouettes (by appointment) for families. (He sold out last year, but appointments are still available at last check). There also will be representatives from toy companies to demo games and toys, along with dice tournaments, a marble run design and more. Everything in the store will be 20 percent off.