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Weekend Plans: Wizard of Oz, food festivals, dance and more

A live performance of the Wizard of Oz soundtrack, Second Saturdays at the state's museums and historic sites, a dance matinee and inflatables at the mall. What to do this weekend.

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Sarah Lindenfeld Hall

Some family fun this weekend ...

Follow the yellow brick road over to Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary where the N.C. Symphony will perform the live soundtrack alongside the classic movie "Wizard of Oz." The concert starts at 8:30 p.m. Saturday (a little later than other Summerfest concerts). There will be some great giveaways, a costume contest, a picnic contest, an instrument zoo for the kids, and more. Get there early. Tickets are free for kids 12 and under; $25 in advance and $30 at at the door for lawn tickets; and $30 in advance and $35 at the door for table tickets.
It's the second Saturday of July, so that means the state's museums and historic sites will offer some special (and typically free) events as part of its Second Saturday series. In the Triangle, you'll find an afternoon of art from noon to 4 p.m. at the State Capitol in Raleigh; Tar Heels and Textiles with artist demonstrations and other activities at Bennett Place State Historic Site in Durham from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; costumed interpreters demonstrating trades such as spinning, weaving, blacksmithing, candle making and quilting at Bentonville Battlefield Historic Site in Four Oaks; a heritage food festival at Duke Homestead in Durham; and a music and food festival at Historic Stagville in Durham. Learn more about all of these events and more across the Triangle and the state by checking out the state's Second Saturday's website.
Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs offers its popular Family Bingo from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday. Cash prizes of up to $10. The cost is $1 per card at the door. No pre-registration required. Family Bingo runs on the second Fridays of March through October.
Saturday also is Kid's Day at the Raleigh City Museum. From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, the downtown Raleigh museum will offer a program to teach kids about the history of the American and Raleigh city flag. The program also will explore different parts of the flag and traditional flag patterns. Kids can create their own and take home a Raleigh City Flag coloring book. It's free.
Students involved in Sanford's Temple Summer Theatre Conservatory will perform in Disney's The Jungle Book Kids. The show runs Friday through Sunday and Aug. 6 through Aug. 8. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids under age 13.
Crabtree Valley Mall will present a sneak peek of the N.C. Theatre's production of Annie. The preview is 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. outside Hudson Belk at the Raleigh mall. Annie and Sandy will perform "Tomorrow" and "Maybe." There also will be a raffle for tickets to the show, which starts July 24 at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts in Raleigh.
Marbles Kids Museum kicks off its Family Fit Series with Summer's Hot Hockey's Cool at 2 p.m. Saturday. Kids can test their hockey skills with Carolina Hurricanes and Storm Squad members. Free with admission to the museum (which is $5). Future programs in the series include tips from the Capital Area Soccer League and the Cary YMCA Super Skippers.
The Argentina-based Brenda Angiel Aerial Dance Company will be at the Durham Performing Arts Center to perform on stage and in the air. The company is celebrating its North American premiere with tangos, waltzes and more. The Saturday matinee at 1 p.m. includes a kids party as part of the American Dance Festival's Children's Saturday Matinees. The next ADF matinee for kids is July 17. Tickets for this weekend's performances start at $22.
Triangle Town Center will kick off Kids Fest this Sunday with special performances, inflatables and other kids activities. The series will run the second and fourth Sunday of the month from July through September from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Triangle Town Commons. The events include performances by Flow Circus and Sam the Magic Man, along with Kids Karaoke, a trackless train, face painting, games and more.


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