Weekend Family Fun in Raleigh: St. Patricks Day Parade, Xtreme Cars, Reptile & Amphibian Day

Ready to wrangle up the family and have some fun this weekend? We’re sharing a couple of our favorite events popping up around the Triangle this weekend.  Check out the family fun and don’t forget to visit our Community Events calendar so you can stay in the know what’s happening throughout Raleigh and beyond.

Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival 

Saturday, March 11th.  10:00 a.m.  Downtown Raleigh

FREE event. Don your green and head out to Raleigh’s Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival.  Parade starts at Lane Street and Salisbury Street.  After the parade enjoy live music and vendors.


Reptile & Amphibian Day at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences - Raleigh Moms Blog

Reptile and Amphibian Day 

Saturday, March 11th. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.  NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh

FREE event. Celebrate the 23rd annual Reptile and Amphibian Day at the museum. This year’s theme is Sea Turtles! Families can enjoy live animals presentations, hands-on exhibits, crafts, activities and more. 




Weekend Family Friendly Tours:  Sports & Games

Saturday, March 11th & Sunday, March 12th.  10:30 a.m.  NC Museum of Art, Raleigh

FREE event. On your mark, get set, go! Learn about playful games and ancient competitions on view in art at the Museum. Half-hour tours are for kids ages 5-11 and their adult companions. Enjoy a lively discussion and activities in the galleries.

Carolina Collector Auto Fest & Xtreme Car & Truck Showdown

Friday, March 10th & Saturday, March 11th.  NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

Classic cars, extreme car showdowns and much more is in store at this auto fest. Xtreme Car & Truck Showdown is Sunday, March 12th. Cost: Kids 10 & under are FREE.  $5 for ages 11-15.  $10 Adult admission.

Family Orienteering at Harris Lake County Park

Sunday, March 12th. 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Harris Lake County Park, New Hill

Learn how to navigate using a compass. Families will take off on an orienteering course that takes them around the day-use area of the park.  This family activity is perfect for beginners. The parks staff will have compasses or you may bring your own. For all ages. Meet at the Cypress Shelter.  All participants must be registered through our online system.  Cost: $1 per person.  Register online. 





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