A train festival in Spencer, free concerts of classical music in Chapel Hill and New Bern and gold panning in Old Fort are just a few of the opportunities for family fun offered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.
The fun starts Thursday afternoon with two great programs at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort. The first will teach kids about fishing and the maritime life that can be found along the Beaufort coast, while the second will be another installment of the museum’s successful Talkin’ Art program. The program lets visitors see maritime art as it is being made.
Friday, Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks will kick off its series of summer series of weekend musket demonstrations, while Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort will take part in the town-wide North Carolina Gold Festival featuring mining demonstrations, panning for gold and arts and crafts vendors.
Throughout the day Saturday, the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer will host its annual Museum in Motion Festival. The festival will include special activities for kids and families, lectures, train rides, special displays and more. Also Saturday, an exhibit of artifacts from Gone With the Wind will open Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit will makes its debut in Asheville and visitors will be able to tour President John F. Kennedy’s yacht with the Maritime Museum in Beaufort. The Maritime Museum in Southport will also host a sunset history cruise Saturday evening.
Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will kick off its free community concerts series with performances at Southern Village in Chapel Hill on Friday and Tryon Palace in New Bern on Sunday.