YES to a weekend without rain! Since Spring has finally decided to join us, there are plenty of events for you and your family to enjoy indoors and outdoors! My favs are below, but please check out even more within our Community Events Calendar.
If you’re a new or expecting mom remember to get your tickets to our Bloom Event on Saturday, May 12th from 9am-12pm at WakeMed North Women’s Hospital in Raleigh for a morning of pampering, fun, learning, giveaways and much more.
Weekend Roundup for Raleigh-Area Families: April 20th – 22nd
Friday, April 20th. 8:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Prairie Ridge Ecostation, Raleigh
It’s party for the stars during the NC Science Festival! Telescopes will be on site to take a closer look at the stars and planets. Learn about the constellations, get answers to your astronomy questions from local scientists. Families can enjoy having fun doing astronomy and night sky activities for all ages. This event is open to the public at no charge, so stop by for some starry fun. Don’t forget your flashlight — it’s going to be dark! Want to start the star party a little earlier? Check out the Star Party on the Tobacco Trail from 6:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m. at the American Tobacco Trail.
Friday, April 20th. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Downtown Durham
Kick off your weekend and explore Downtown Durham’s galleries, artist studios, shops, restaurants and more with a lineup ranging from a DIY Festival at The Scrap Exchange, music performances, art exhibits, storytelling and more. Some events run through April 21st.
Friday, April 20th – Saturday, April 21st. Duke Energy Center, Raleigh
Experience Qatar right here in Raleigh! Qatar has deep Arabic heritage and many exciting new ventures including hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup. This free traveling experience provides a small taste of the great things that Qatar has to offer. Families will have the chance to take part in a unique photo opportunity, soccer pitch, free food trucks, and performances by a Global Freestyle team. Free event.
Saturday, April 21st. 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. North Hills Commons, Raleigh
It’s the 11th season of this farmer’s market that provides local residents the opportunity to support North Carolina Farmers. Shop through local organic produce and meats, homemade baked goods, and handmade crafts. Look for fun activities for the kids, live music, health & wellness classes and more. This week Duck Donuts will be the featured Food Truck on site. The Midtown Farmers’ Market is open every Saturday from April through November.
Saturday, April 21st. 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Fred G. Bond Park, Cary
Bring your family to this children’s version of an international festival celebrating diversity within our community with performances, arts & crafts, food trucks, face painting, balloon twisting, etc.
Saturday, April 21st. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Jordan Lake State Park – White Oak Recreation Area
Free fishing event with more than a dozen hands-on activities where families can fish (loaner fishing rods and free bait are available), try paddling a canoe with Haw River Canoe and Kayak Co., learn about lures with the NCSU Student Fisheries Society and more.
Saturday, April 21st. 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Warehouse District, Downtown Raleigh
Pack up the kids, lawn chairs and family dog and head out to this family-friendly festival jam-packed with toe-tapping bluegrass music, delicious Eastern North Carolina BBQ from The Pit, locally-made beers, arts & crafts, a kids zone, silent auction, face painting and so much more!
Saturday, April 21st. 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. E. Carroll Joyner Park, Wake Forest
Celebrate Arbor Day with special activities, treats, and information related to trees. Urban Forestry Board members, Wake Forest town staff and volunteers will distribute hundreds of tree seedlings to area residents (while supplies last). Families will enjoy entertainment, giveaways, demonstrations, refreshments and activities centering on trees and their importance to our ecosystem.
Saturday, April 21st – Sunday, April 22nd. 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Historic Oak View Park, Raleigh
Animal lovers big and small can enjoy learning about Oak View’s resident goats and chickens. Kids can even make an origami goat or chicken bookmark to take home. Free event, no registration required.
Where are you headed this weekend? Did we miss one of your favorite events happening around the Raleigh-area? Share with us in the comments below.