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Weekend Plans: Grease Sing-A-Long, Fresh Beat Band, Lego Movie, more

As many of us wrap up summer vacation, we have a busy weekend with family-friendly movies, performances, festivals and more.

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Happy last weekend of summer break for many of us. Here’s your weekend family fun. As always, check WRAL.com’s Out & About section for more weekend ideas.
Grease Sing-A-Long is 8 p.m., Saturday, at Koka Booth Amphitheater. This really fun family event features the classic movie on the big screen with on-screen subtitles so you can sing along. Costumes are highly encouraged. There’s even a costume contest. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets start at $15 for adults; $7 for kids 5 to 12; and free for kids four and under. Prices increase on the day of the show. Four-packs are $50 and are not available on the day of the show. “You’re the one that I want!”
The Fresh Beat Band plays the Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh at 5 p.m., Sunday. The popular preschool music group from the hit Nickelodeon TV series features Kiki (Yvette Gonzalez-Nacer), Shout (Thomas Hobson), Marina (Tara Perry), and Twist (Jon Beavers).
Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival is 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, in downtown Cary. The giant event includes a Kid’s World with performances and activities designed for kids and families. Those activities include actual snow … a popular spot if it’s a typical hot August day. Find it in the Cary Post Office parking lot on Academy Street. There are other stages with entertainment, along with a variety of arts and crafts vendors.
Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site in Johnston County plans its annual summer living history program, “A Day in the Life of a Civil War Soldier.” The free program is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, and includes musket demonstrations, artillery firings and costumed living historians demonstrating how soldiers made meals, maintained their equipment and more.
The Paperhand Puppet Intervention continues the run of its 15th summer puppet show at the Forest Theater at UNC-Chapel Hill. The show, a tradition for many around here, will be performed on select days through Sept. 7 in Chapel Hill. It then moves over to the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh from Sept. 12 to Sept. 14. These are great shows, fantastic spectacles.
We have two consignment sales in Raleigh this week - the Divine Children’s Show and Wings.
The Durham Bulls, which is finishing up its season in the next week or so, has games Friday, Saturday and Sunday. They include fireworks after the Friday and Saturday games. Kids run the bases on Sunday.
CaribMask Caribbean Festival is 1 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, at City Plaza on Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh. The family-friendly event features dancing, masqueraders, exhibits, food, parade and more.
Kidzu Children’s Museum at Chapel Hill’s University Mall has started offering drop-off programs until they have a less temporary home there later this fall.
The N.C. Museum of Art’s outdoor concert series will screen the PG-rated “The Lego Movie” at 8:30 p.m., Saturday. Tickets are $5 and free for kids 6 and under.
Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's summer schedule, which includes weekday shows, wraps up on Sunday.
Hairspray is on stage at the Raleigh Little Theater on select dates through Sept. 7. Tickets are $22 to $24.
Artspace hosts its Family Fun Day from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday. The free event includes artists’ demonstrations, face painting, carnival treats, and art activities for all ages. Admission is free. There is a charge for some activities.
And Crowder District Park in Apex will hold its third annual Best Dog Trick and Costumes Contest from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. They’re looking for dogs with a special talent or fun costume. Preregistration is not required for the contest which has both youth and adult categories (for dogs and humans). It’s free.



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