It’s time to countdown to the weekend, and we’re sharing a few of our favorite events happening in and around Raleigh for your family to enjoy. There’s even a festival that just for mom and dad so call on your sitters and leave those kiddos at home! Don’t let the weekend pass you by without going to at least one or two these exciting events.
Weekend Events for Raleigh Area Families: Sept. 15th – 17th
Remember to visit our Community Events page to see more of what’s happening around town for families.
Sparkcon: “The Triangle’s Creativity Festival”
Thursday, September 14th – Sunday, September 17th. Downtown Raleigh
This festival is four days of fun and FREE creativity activities. This event showcases over 2,000 artists in 200 events. Interactive art, performances, vendors, food and much more.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – In Concert Featuring the NC Symphony
Friday, September 15th – Sunday, September 17th. Memorial Auditorium, Raleigh
Harry Potter fans will enjoy watching their favorite tale on the big screen while hearing the orchestra perform every note of this iconic movie. Purchase tickets online.
Family Game Night at Pullen Park
Friday, September 15th. 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Pullen Park, Raleigh
Time for a Family Game Night! This free event will give families a chance to test their knowledge and mental might with different trivia topics. Think quick on your feet because random challenges will be thrown your way. FREE event for ages 7+.
Saturday, September 16th. 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh
All those bug lovers out there can enjoy a full day of everything creepy crawly! This FREE festival features over 100 exhibits, crafts, games, activities, samples of buggy bits and opportunities to meet entomologists and scientists. In the evening take part in a nocturnal insect tour and street carnival.
Weekend Family-Friendly Tour at NCMA
Saturday, September 16th – Sunday, September 17th. 10:30 a.m. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh
FREE event. Explore works of art inspired by buildings and houses in the Museum collection.
Dog Day in the Park
Saturday, September 16th. 10:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m. Sugg Farm Park, Holly Springs
FREE family and pet-friendly event featuring live entertainment, local pet care businesses, adoption information, clinics, contests and more.
12th Annual Fall Harvest Celebration
Saturday, September 16th. 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, Raleigh
Family event featuring live music, dance, storytellers, corn grinding demonstrations and costumed tours, fun scavenger hunt, crafts and more. FREE event. (Mill Tours are $3-$5.)
Apex Music Festival
Saturday, September 16th. 3:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Downtown Apex
Formerly known as the Apex Jazz Music Festival this event hosts talented musicians from all over the Triangle area. Performances will take place in indoor and outdoor venues throughout Downtown Apex. The main stage will be set up inside the popular Beer & Wine Garden. Tickets can be purchased at the Festival Tickets Tent during the event. Cost: $10 (This is an adult focused fall festival that includes a pub-crawl experience. We recommend leaving your little ones at home.)
18th Annual Caniac Carnival
Sunday, September 17th. 10:00 a.m. PNC Arena, Raleigh
Calling all Hurricanes fans big and small! Enjoy a day filled with free interactive activities, an autograph session with the players, food trucks, 20+ inflatable rides, a free Hurricanes Red-White scrimmage, appearances by Story and the Pepsi Storm Squad and more.
Sunday, September 17th. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, New Hill
Help keep Harris Lake clean and lend a hand to collect trash and debris along the lake shore and New Hill Holleman Rd. The minimum age for shoreline cleanup is 6 years; minimum age for roadside cleanup is 10 years.
Nasher Free Family Day
Sunday, September 17th. 12:00 pm. – 4:00 p.m. Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham
Go back in time and explore The Medici’s Painter and A Portrait of Venice. Dress up like Medici in a portrait booth, interact with a musical petting zoo and make a map of your neighborhood inspired by Jacopo de’ Barbari.
Ready to take the kids to a visit to the farm filled with corn mazes, hayrides, and pumpkin pickin’? Check out our Fall Farm Fun in the Triangle post and start planning your weekend outing.