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A festive holiday kickoff in New Bern, holiday pops concerts in Raleigh and the chance to opt to go outside Black Friday at parks across the state are just a few of the fun experiences to be had this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are 8 things you should try this weekend:

1. Join REI and #OptOutside this Black Friday by visiting one of North Carolina’s state parksor recreational areas. A guided hike of the Nuwati Trail at Grandfather Mountain State Park in Banner Elk is just one the great programs you’ll find.

 

 

2. Ring in the holiday season at Tryon Palace in New Bern with special tours, music and movies throughout the weekend.

 

 

3. Start your Thanksgiving out right with a Thursday morning hike at Raven Rock State Park in Lillington.

 

 

4. Jam out to bluegrass, gospel and old time music at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort on Sunday.

 

 

5. Enjoy classic holiday tunes as performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday and Saturday in Raleigh.

 

6. Travel to the North Pole with a ride on the Polar Express, leaving from the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer on Friday through Sunday.

 

7. Jump start your genealogy project. Thanksgiving is great time to start, and the State Library’s RootsMOOC has tips to help you get your research off the ground.

 

 

8. Escape the cold and explore one of the special exhibits now on view at our Raleigh museums. North Carolina’s Favorite Son at the N.C. Museum of History, The Worlds of M.C. Escher at the N.C. Museum of Art and Extreme Mammals at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences are all getting rave reviews.

 

Note that most historic sites are closed Thursday and Friday for the holiday, and all of our museums are closed Thursday. State parks are open every day this week. Call ahead and before you visit as hours may vary.

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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A new exhibition of the work of M. C. Escher in Raleigh, a look at the benefits of bats in Asheboro and fall festivals across the state are just of the few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here are 14 things on our agenda this weekend:

 

1. Explore the intersection of art, science and imagination at the N.C. Museum of Art’s The Worlds of M. C. Escher exhibition, opening Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

2. Attend a fall festival. You’ll find one focused on the Civil War at Bentonville Battlefield in Four Oaks, a second with tractors, trains and old-time games at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer and a third with pumpkin carving and storytelling at Pettigrew State Park in Creswell.

 

 

3. Take an after-dark walking tour of Historic Bath focused on the town’s famous residents Friday and Saturday.

 

 

4. Enjoy music, food, cooking demonstrations and a variety of crafts and games at Horne Creek Farm’s Annual Cornshucking Frolic Saturday in Pinnacle.

 

 

5. Hang out with the bats at N.C. Zoo and learn why they’re so important with games and activities Saturday in Asheboro.

 

 

6. Celebrate International Archaeology Day Saturday with hands on activities and games at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead, and then come back in the evening for an astronomy program where you’ll see the Crescent Moon, Saturn and the constellation Cygnus.

 

 

7. Go on a free boat ride Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort’s Fall In-The-Water Meet Saturday.

 

 

8. Hear music from movies like Harry Potter, Titanic and Pirates of the Caribbean as performed by the N.C. Symphony at concerts in Fayetteville and Raleigh throughout the weekend.

 

 

9. Get a taste of what’s it like to work at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher Saturday with a behind-the-scenes tour and hands on activities in Kure Beach.

 

 

10. Encounter Halloween customs and traditions from the past during night tours of the 1897 Poe House at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville Friday and Saturday.

 

11. Discover the techniques shipbuilders used during the Civil War Saturday with historical demonstrations, lectures and crafts for kids at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston.

 

 

12. See a live performance of Verdi’s opera Otello broadcast to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Saturday in Winston-Salem.

 

 

13. Help Grandfather Mountain State Park in Banner Elk maintain its trails during a volunteer work day Saturday.

 

 

14. Bring your home movies to the State Archives in Raleigh for inspection and discussion, or stop by and watch the movies others bring in Saturday in celebration of Home Movie Day.

 

 

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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