10 family-friendly events to check out this weekend in the Triangle
Posted October 21, 2021 8:00 a.m. EDT
Raleigh, N.C. — Befor we get to the family picks this weekend, make sure to vote for your favorites in this year's WRAL Voters' Choice Awards! The top five finalists have been announced and you have until Nov. 21 to submit your picks. There are lots of family categories - best camp, youth sports league, family dining, school administrator and much more!
Now, here are our picks for family fun this weekend in the Triangle!
N.C. State Fair - The N.C. State Fair wraps up this weekend. We have a guide to the new food, rides and policies. Some of our contributors have also been recently so they have some tips for attending this year.
Bubble Palooza (Unity of the Triangle , 5570 Munford Rd, Raleigh) - Unity of the Triangle church hosts this event on Saturday. It will feature morning and afternoon sessions with a bubble magic show and other bubble fun for all ages. There will be a bagged lunch, kid Zumba and dancing. Registration is required.
Cary Town Band: "It's Dr. Seuss" (Cary Arts Center , 316 N. Academy St., Cary) - Cary Town Band will be performing "It's Dr. Seuss" at Cary Arts Center Theatre on Friday at 7:30 p.m. Masks are required indoors for everyone, regardless of vaccination status. Proof of vaccination is not required to attend the event.
Paint pumpkins (Millbrook Exchange Park, 1905 Spring Forest Road, Raleigh) - Head to the park on Friday or Saturday morning for this event, which includes a mini-pumpkin and a variety of decorating supplies. The event is outdoors and is $6 per child. If there is inclement weather it will move indoors. Everyone over the age of 5 is required to wear a mask if it does move indoors. Get details and register online.
Learn about spiders (Thomas G. Crowder Woodland Center, 5611 Jaguar Park Drive, Raleigh) - Curious about spiders? Raleigh Parks is hosting an event on Sunday to help your children ages 4 to 6 years old learn about spiders. There will be some hands-on crafts and activities to learn more about what makes these tiny, eight-legged creatures so special. You will also spend some time exploring Lake Johnson Park looking for spiders in their native habitat. Adults must accompany participants, but do not need to register or get tickets. Only register your children. Admission is $3.
Festifall Arts Market & More (Downtown Chapel Hill, East & West Franklin St, Chapel Hill) - This annual celebration will take place as pop-up block parties at three different locations in downtown Chapel Hill this October. The second event is Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m. at 140 West Plaza. It is a twilight street market featuring arts and craft vendors, music, performances and more.
The Streetery (Geer and Foster Streets, 400 Foster Street, Durham) - Head to Geer and Foster streets for this outdoor event on Saturday from noon to 9 p.m. Some streets will be blocked off so you can dine outdoors and enjoy music from local artists.
Barktoberfest (The Pavilion at Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St, Durham) - Durham Parks and Recreation and Beyond Fences are joining forces to provide this fun-filled afternoon featuring a dog costume contest, games, a beer garden, pet-friendly organizations and vendors, food vendors and more at Durham Central Park on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m.
Cinema in the Square (Moore Square, 226 E Martin Street, Raleigh) - Every Friday in October enjoy movie-musical fun in Moore Square. There will be pre-show entertainment on theme with each movie before a full-length screening outside under the stars. The series is free and open to the public and food will be available for purchase on-site. This week's movie is "Pitch Perfect." Pre-show fun starts at 6 p.m. with the movie at 7 p.m.
Pups & Pints in the Park (Waverly Place , 307 Colonades Way, Cary) - Head to Waverly Place on Saturday for this event that will include adoptable pets from Second Chance Pet Adoptions. From 1 to 4 p.m, enjoy live music and a pet costume contest. Adults can enjoy drinks from Bombshell Beer Company. All proceeds from the event will benefit Second Chance Pet Adoptions.
6th Annual Zombiepalooza (The Cary Theater, 122 E Chatham Street, Cary) - The 6th annual Zombiepalooza, Cary's locally produced zombie-themed short film screening celebration, will be held Friday starting at 7 p.m. at Cary Theatre. Hand sanitizer is this year's required attraction, so keep your eyes peeled for at least one visible in every film. The annual costume competition will take place as well, so come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume. Admission is free.