By Sarah Lindenfeld Hall, Go Ask Mom editor
Here's what's happening on the family fun front this weekend. As always, check WRAL.com's Out & About calendar for more and Go Ask Mom's Halloween and fall fun database for details about pumpkin patches, haunted trails and corn mazes.
The NC State opens Thursday, Oct. 17, and runs through Oct. 27 at the NC State Fairgrounds in west Raleigh. Before you go, especially if you've never been, check our guide.
Theatre Raleigh's family show "Around the World in 80 Days" continues this weekend at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts. The show about an eccentric millionaire and three companions who go on a globe-trotting musical adventure that involves hot air balloons, elephants, stolen diamonds and all kinds of disguises.
The Raleigh Children's Business Fair runs 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at North Hills. The fair features kidpreneurs who are selling their products and services.
And the NC State gymnastics team will hold its first Fall Festival Sneak Peek from 11:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, at Carmichael Gym on NC State's campus. There will be opportunities to meet the team, watch them practice and take part in some interactive games. Halloween costumes are encouraged. Light snacks will be provided.
UPDATE! Another Drag Queen Story Hour - and this time with a Halloween theme - is planned. It's 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, at Medicine Mama's Farmacy, 4701 Atlantic Ave. Seatings for the story hour are at 10 a.m., 11 a.m. and noon. Miss Gay North Carolina American 2018 - Shelita Bonet Hoyle - will read stories. There also will be other activities. Tickets, which are free, are required for this one because of seating capacity.
Disney's Aladdin continues at the Durham Performing Arts Center.
Historic Stagville will host Harvest, Forage, Feast from noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19. Tickets are $5 per person. Learn more about historic foodways for enslaved and free people throughout Stagville's history. There will be demonstrations and hands-on activities.
The Durham Medical Orchestra will perform a Concert for a Field of Dreams to benefit the Miracle League, which offers baseball programs for kids and adults with special needs. It's 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 20, at Durham Central Park. It's free, but bring lawn chairs or blankets. Wool E. Bull will be a special visitor.
North Carolina FC will face off against Saint Louis FC at 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19, at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Weaver Street Market will host Stories Under the Stars from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 18. It's free. The evening includes spooky music, ghost stories and a costume contest.
Lake Crabtree County Park hosts Creepy Crabtree from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 19. The free event lets visitors explore the "darker side of nature" with scavenger hunts, crafts and games. Costumes welcome.
The town will celebrate the grand opening of the new playground and community center at Joyner Park. It starts at 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 19.
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