Raleigh, family weekend ideas in Durham :: WRAL.com
Raleigh, North Carolina – We have some great ideas for family fun this weekend, including outdoor festivals.
BrickUniverse Raleigh LEGO fan expo (The Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh) – This seventh annual fan convention features professional LEGO artists, hundreds of LEGO creations and multiple vendors. It will be held Saturday and Sunday at the Raleigh Convention Center. Wearing a mask will be compulsory regardless of the vaccination status. In addition, the construction zones are replaced with more practical and accessible only LEGO screens. Capacity is also limited, with sessions being sold at specific times each day.
Raleigh Balloon Glow (Dorothea Dix Park, 101 Blair Drive, Raleigh) – This three-night event features hot air balloons that glow at dusk, tethered balloon rides, food vendors, arts and crafts vendors, and activities for kids. It will take place at Big Field at Dix Park at 101 Blair Drive. Entrance to this event is charged per vehicle and tickets must be reserved in advance in order to access the event. No tickets will be sold at the gates for this event. Captive hot air balloon flights sold separately from event admission tickets.
Farmers Fall Festival (Ivey Ellington House, 135 West Chatham Street, Cary) – Come celebrate the fall harvest with the farmers at Cary Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday. There will be live music, vendors, food trucks and a pie eating contest.
Festa Italiana (Glenwood South, Raleigh) – Celebrate Italian heritage on Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Glenwood South in Raleigh. There will be food, music, vendors and children’s games at this street festival. Free entry. The festival will have all-site disinfection stations and social distancing for vendor tents and food truck lines. Customers are requested to wear masks when and where appropriate.
Oktoberfest (Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Rd, Raleigh) – Celebrate Oktoberfest at Lafayette Village in North Raleigh on Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. There will be food, music and shopping.
Family Health and Fitness Day (North Carolina Museum of Art Park, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh) – The North Carolina Museum of Art will host this day of family fun, featuring a pop-up market, music from a family DJ and more entertainment from noon to 4 p.m.
Mindful Museum: Family Growga Live (North Carolina Art Museum Park, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh) – Experience movement and mindfulness in the North Carolina Museum of Art Park with this Growga class celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. The class, scheduled for Saturday morning, incorporates yoga, art and mindfulness techniques such as deep breathing and relaxation. The instructor teaches in English and Spanish. Bring your own mat and get ready to move, play and learn what makes National Hispanic Heritage Month special! Ideal for ages 6 and up. Tickets cost $ 6 for museum members and $ 8 for non-members.
The Dude Perfect (PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh) – On their second live tour, fans will get to experience the Dudes up close as they bring the action straight into the audience with insane stunts, competitive battles and more. Masks are required at the entrance, through the city of Raleigh. There is no vaccination or testing requirement for this event.
The Durham Bulls’ last home games of the season – The Durham Bulls will close the season with their last home games of the year. There will be fireworks displays on Friday and Saturday nights, as well as a fan appreciation on Sunday.
Bark in the Park – NCFC vs. North Texas SC (WakeMed Soccer Park, 101 Soccer Park Dr, Cary) – WakeMed Soccer Park and the North Carolina Football Club will host their first Bark in the Park event on Sunday starting at 2 p.m. Tickets must be purchased for yourself and your dog.
Benson Mule Days (Downtown Benson, Main Street, Benson) – The Town of Benson will host its annual Mule Days event Thursday through Sunday. Activities include live music, mule competitions and a parade.
The Oak City Art Tour aboard the Great Raleigh Trolley (The Great Raleigh Trolley, 1610 Automotive Way, Raleigh) – This colorful, hour-long tour is designed to show off the incredible public art works of the Town of Oaks. Enjoy art from the comfort of the Great Raleigh Trolley on Saturday afternoon. This tour is perfect for all ages and includes a short intermission at Sir Walter Coffee for drinks, snacks, and bathroom breaks.