Hold onto some summertime magic with our guide to affordable family-friendly events happening throughout the Raleigh area in August. Don’t forget to bookmark our Community Calendar of Events to stay in the know of more family fun!
Guide to August Family Fun In & Around Raleigh
August 9th – 20th. PNC Arena, Raleigh
Family-friendly flying Big Top adventure with the UniverSoul Circus in their 24th season.
August 10th. Gates open at 7:00 pm. Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary
Time to grab your lawn chair, blankets & picnic baskets to enjoy an outdoor movie on the lawn. The movie starts at 8:30 p.m. Costs: $5 (Kids 12 years & under are free.)
August 10th & 13th. Durham Bull Athletic Park, Durham
Have fun at a Bulls games with a few of these exciting events. Join the Durham Bulls as they celebrate Hispanic Heritage Night on Thursday, August 10th. The team will transform into Los Toros de Durham and will wear special jerseys for the night’s contest. A celebration of Dads and Daughters is scheduled for Sunday, August 13th with in-game elements for fans to enjoy. Visit their website to learn more.
August 12th. 10:00 & 1:00 p.m. NC Museum of Art, Raleigh
The theme of this Gallery tour and studio workshop series is Textile Exploration. Explore fabrics and threads in the new African art galleries. Create your own experimental textile using techniques of weaving, embroidery and more. Register in advance. Cost: $5 for Members, $8 for Non-Members. For families with children ages 5 – 11 years.
August 12th. 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. NC Museum of Natural Science, Raleigh
Many children of diverse backgrounds with aspirations to pursue STEM fields rarely meet professionals working in these fields that look like them. This Opportunity Fair brings an assortment of nearly 20 private and non-profit organizations together to provide information and opportunities for students in grades 5th–12th as they prepare to return to school.
August 13th. 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. White Oak Parking Area on the American Tobacco Trail, Apex
Go on a high-tech treasure hunt with the family. Learn about geocaching and go off on your own geocaching adventure on the trail. Bring your own GPS unit, a smartphone with a geocaching app or borrow a unit from the park. Register early.
August 15th. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh
Come out and play for kids 7 years and younger. Visit the Nature Playspace and enjoy items such as fort-building equipment, puppets and costumes, bubbles, giant blocks and more.
August 15th. 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Nasher Museum of Art, Durham
Bring the family to a drop-in creative workshop making beautiful watercolor overlays. For ages 5-10 years. Free event with admission. (Kids 15 years and under are free.)
August 16th. 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Dorothea Dix Park Big Field, Raleigh
Free event. Come and enjoy amazing activities and fun games featuring nature’s essential element: WATER! For ages 2 years and up. Under 16 years must be accompanied by an adult.
August 18th. 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. JC Raulston Arboretum, Raleigh
Bring your little ones for an outdoor of garden fun with stories and crafts. For ages 3 years – 5 years. Cost: Free for Members, $5 per child for Non-Members. Register in advance.
August 19th. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh
Celebrate starting school with radical recess, practice lunch line, hopping on a school bus, discovery school zone and more.
August 19th. 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Park West Village, Morrisville
Young entrepreneurs throughout the Triangle showcase their product or service during this annual event. Booths will be set up for visitors to interact with each business.
August 19th. 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. State Farmer’s Market, Raleigh
Celebrate and learn more about the Honeybee with educational & interactive activities, honey samples, face painting, vendors and more.
August 19th. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The Halle Cultural Arts Center, Apex
Every first and third Saturday kids can enjoy a free morning of “super” fun arts & crafts. For ages 4 – 12 years. No registration required. Parents or adults must accompany children.
August 20th & 21st. 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Marbles Kids Museum, Raleigh
Celebrate the Solar Eclipse with stomp rockets, solar prints, space-themed activities, movies and more.
August 20th. 2:00 p.m. Five County Stadium, Zebulon
Come watch the Mudcats play and enjoy the night run by the Muddy Buddies Kids Club.
August 21st. 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Museum of Life & Science, Durham
With your museum admission enjoy a day of activities focused on the solar eclipse. View the partial solar eclipse, learn the science behind the eclipse with hands-on activities, participate in citizen science projects and more.
August 21st. 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Historic Yates Mill County Park, Raleigh
Free family program. On August 21, something is going to happen in the United States that has not happened since 1918. On that date, a total solar eclipse will be visible all the way from the east coast to the west coast. Day will turn into night as the moon passes directly between the earth and the sun, casting a shadow on the United States that will track from Oregon to South Carolina. Discover solar eclipse fun facts, pick up a pair of eclipse viewing glasses (while supplies last), and head out to the park’s open field to view the eclipse directly. Registration is not required.
August 26th. Starts at 4:00 p.m. Dorothea Dix Park – Harvey Hill Park, Raleigh
Come to this annual kid-friendly soap box derby, offbeat parade, silly costumes and more. Don’t forget to check out Y’all at Dix Park concert & events.
August 26th – 27th. Downtown Cary
Arts, entertainment, activities, vendors, a kids world, a play zone, food & beverages and so much more. Spend your weekend celebrating local cultural arts at Town of Cary’s 41st annual Lazy Daze festival.
August 27th. 3:00 – 9:00 p.m. City Plaza, Downtown Raleigh
Free event showcasing the culturally rich experience of the International Festival held October 20th – 22nd. Families can enjoy food vendors, bazaars, and folkloric dancers from around the world.
August 30th. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Waverly Place, Cary
Grab your favorite lawn chair or picnic blanket and enjoy a free concert with The Embers. Beverages and hand-held food stations will be open to purchase. The toddler and big kid playground will be open, splash pad will be open from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Take a stroll through the shops, enjoy the concert and more. Plan a girlfriend’s outing or a date night during Waverly Wine Walks on August 25th, September 29th & October 27th.