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A weekend of Civil War history in New Bern, a celebration of The Big Lebowski in Raleigh and a self-guided studio tour featuring traditional artists in Leicester are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are eight things on our weekend to-do list:

1. Experience the sights and sounds of the Civil War coming to life throughout the weekend in New Bern at Tryon Palace’s Civil War Living History Weekend.

 

 

2. Explore the literature of eastern North Carolina through story, song and poetry with writer Georgann Eubanks and state poet laureate Shelby Stephenson Thursday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

3. Learn how to make an apron 18th century style Friday at the President James K. Polk Historic Site in Pineville.

 

 

4. Join the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Saturday for its annual “Dude Abides” Big Lebowski Party, featuring food trucks, games and a screening of the cult classic film.

 

 

5. Watch traditional soap making demonstrations and learn how to make soap yourselfFriday at Horne Creek Living Historical Farm in Pinnacle.

 

 

6. Visit the Alternative Modernisms exhibition at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem before it closes Sunday.

 

 

7. See traditional and folk art being practiced first-hand during a studio tour in Leicester Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

8. Enjoy a performance by funk and R&B musician Tyrone Jefferson Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

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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Hands-on Native American pottery making in Mount Gilead, a 19th century children’s festival in Durham and a celebration of National Lighthouse Day in Edenton are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 16 things on our weekend agenda:

1. Celebrate National Lighthouse Day Friday with free tours, live music and kids’ activities at Historic Edenton‘s 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse.

 

 

2. Travel back in time with your kids at Durham‘s Duke Homestead, which will be offering 19th century games, music and a whole host of other activities as part of its annual Summer Children’s Festival Saturday.

 

 

3. Have lunch with pirates and see the Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit at the N.C. Maritime Museum during this weekend’s Beaufort Pirate Invasion.

 

 

4. Gather round the campfire at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville Thursday evening for someclassic mountain storytelling and s’mores.

 

 

5. See how the Pee Dee Native Americans used the clay around them and try your hand at making a small piece of pottery Saturday at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.

 

 

6. Meet North Carolina film legend Earl Owensby and see clips of some of his classic films Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Learn about the animals 18th century explorers would’ve encountered along the North Carolina frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

8. Join Alamance Battleground in Burlington for a gathering of the descendants of the men who fought there Saturday.

 

 

9. Check out one of the National Black Theatre Festival‘s many performances in Winston-Salem this weekend, including Mr. Joy, which will be offered at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary (SECCA) Thursday through Sunday.

 

 

10. Take your kids to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday to discover North Carolina’s deep roots in the history of soil conservation with hands-on activities.

 

 

11. Join the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City Friday as the U.S. Postal Service dedicates a new stamp honoring the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225th birthday.

 

 

12. Hear about the pivotal role African Americans played in World War I and how the war affected the cause of civil rights during a lecture Saturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

13. Watch the family favorite Big Hero 6 under the stars Friday at the N.C Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

14. See some of the western North Carolina’s best mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers and balladeers throughout the weekend in Asheville at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.

 

 

15. Introduce your kids to the math and science behind Civil War artillery fire at Fort Fisher’s Junior Reserves program Friday in Kure Beach.

 

 

16. Check out classic Corvettes, Firebirds and other GM cars Saturday at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s All GM Show in Spencer.

 

 

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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A Revolutionary War battle re-enactment in Sanford, a celebration of the Coast Guard’s birthday in Beaufort and a family campout in Raleigh are just of opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are nine events we have on our weekend agenda:

1. Blast into the past at the House in the Horseshoe’s annual battle re-enactment Saturday and Sunday in Sanford.

 

2. Celebrate the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225th birthday with a reception Friday and special tours of a 47-foot motor lifeboat Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

3. Watch the 2014 family favorite The Book of Lifeunder the stars at Raleigh‘s N.C. Museum of Art, and then camp out in the museum’s park.

4. Enjoy a classical music performance during the Eastern Music Festival’s closing weekend in Greensboro.

5. Tour the North Carolina State Highway Patrol: Service, Safety, Sacrifice exhibit at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh before it closes Sunday.

 

 

6. See Ford cars and trucks from throughout history at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s Annual All-Ford Show Saturday in Spencer.

 

 

7. Learn about colonial and Civil War life in the lower Cape Fear from costumed interpreters Saturday at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow.

 

 

8. Hear four authors discuss different aspects of the observance of Juneteenth, Saturday during a panel discussion at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville.

 

 

9. Learn more about North Carolina’s role as the capital of the Confederacy in the waning days of the Civil War during a lecture Saturday at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

Check out DCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! If you know someone who’d like to receive these emails, they can sign up on the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources website.

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Two movies under the stars in Raleigh, a celebration of old time music in West Jefferson and a new exhibit of historic bicycles in Spencer are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Here are seven things we have on our weekend agenda:

1. See a movie under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The museum will be showing two recent favorites this weekend: The Theory of Everything on Friday and Birdman on Saturday.

 

 

2. Enjoy the soothing sounds of traditional mountain music at the Ashe County Bluegrass and Old Time Fiddlers Convention in West Jefferson throughout the weekend.

 

 

3. Watch a performance of Shakespeare’s The Tempest at the Museum of the Cape Fear inFayetteville.

 

 

 

 

5. Dive deep into the life of controversial Civil War General Braxton Bragg during a lecture Saturday at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

6. Join Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead Saturday for a 5k run and walk to benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

 

 

7. Check out a new exhibit of historical bicycles open throughout the weekend at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer.

 

 

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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Schools across North Carolina and out and summer has been here officially for a week. There are so many great things to see and do over the coming season that we decided to put together a list of 10 things that are on our agenda for the summer:

1. Discover North Carolina’s rich history of film and television production at the N.C. Museum of History’s Starring, North Carolina! exhibit. The museum is running a Starring, North Carolina! summer special, with all tickets marked down 50%.
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2. Try to strike it rich by panning for gold at Reed Gold Mine in Midland.
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3. Take a look back at the Tar Heel vacations of yesteryear through photos and videos made available online by the State Archives. The Outer Banks History Center’s Flickr site, the Travel and Tourism Digital Collection and the State Archives’ Travel and Tourism Videos playlist are three great places to start your search.
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4. Stop by one of our historic sites or museums near your beach house or on the way to it.
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5. See a movie or concert under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.
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6. Attend a summer arts or music festival or watch an outdoor drama. The N.C. Arts Council has a great list of the not-to-miss events.
7. Add a North Carolina novel or work of non-fiction to your summer reading list.
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8. Check out I DO! Weddings in the Albemarle, 1831-2015, a new exhibit at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.
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9. Beat the heat and cool off in the air conditioning at one of our nine art and history museums across the state.
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10. Step aboard President Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train when it makes its only stop in the Southeast at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer August 29 and 30.
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Check out the summer section of our newly-redesigned website for more tips on experiencing authentic North Carolina arts, history and culture this summer. Happy exploring!

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A celebration of the State Capitol’s 175th birthday in Raleigh, a pirate-themed day of family fun in Southport and the chance to strike it rich in Midland are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 16 suggestions to help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Celebrate the State Capitol’s 175th birthday in Raleigh Saturday with music, food, living history demonstrations and kids’ activities during the day and a barbecue and bluegrass dinner in the evening.

 

 

 

 

3. Try to strike it rich Saturday at Reed Gold Mine’s pan-o-lympics in Midland.

 

 

4. Sail in a traditional wooden boat, cast a line with a cane pole, join in games or just relax and enjoy the music and spectacular view at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort‘s Maritime Day Saturday.

 

 

5. Discuss Thomas Wolfe’s short story “Boom Town” with a local author Thursday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

 

 

6. Enjoy pirate movies, crazy characters and a scavenger hunt around town as part of the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport‘s pirate-themed family day Saturday.

 

 

7. Catch a movie at museums across the state. The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem will be showing Double Indemnity Thursday, and inRaleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will have Blue Velvet on Friday, while the N.C. Museum of Art will screen The Imitation Game under the stars Saturday.

 

 

8. Dance along to the folk rock sound of Brandi Carlisle when she performs Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

9. Hear some of the best jazz music North Carolina has to offer during concerts at Tryon Palace in New Bern Friday and the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Sunday.

 

 

10. Learn about daily life aboard the Battleship North Carolina, now anchored in Wilmington, from volunteers stationed throughout the ship Saturday.

 

 

11. See fire trucks from throughout history at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer Saturday.

 

 

12. Celebrate 19th century farm life Saturday in Fremont, when Aycock Birthplace showcases historic beekeeping, gardening and farm equipment.

 

 

13. Dive deep into the history of gardens and make a garden-themed craft to take home Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

14. Join Vance Birthplace for a Civil War encampment complete with lectures, military drills and firing demonstrations Saturday and Sunday in Weaverville.

 

 

15. Listen to the North Carolina Symphony perform music by Rachmaninoff, Tchaikovsky and other Russian greats during two distinct concerts Friday and Saturday in Cary.

 

 

16. Marvel at performances by the world-renowned group Shen Wei Dance Arts in Durham Thursday, Friday and Saturday as part of American Dance Festival’s opening weekend.

 

 

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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A free concert by the N.C. Symphony in New Bern, a look at African Americans at the end of the Civil War in Durham and a city-wide paint-in in Elizabeth City are just a few of opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are 10 suggestions to help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Enjoy a free performance of the N.C. Symphony on Tryon Palace’s South Lawn Sunday in New Bern.

 

 

2. Learn about what life was like when African Americans found out about their freedom at the end of the Civil War during a living history program Saturday at Historic Stagvillle in Durham.

 

 

3. Paint alongside professional artists and enjoy a whole host of other activities at Elizabeth City‘s weeklong SPLASH paint-in and arts festival, which runs through Saturday.

 

 

4. See an exhibit showcasing the fashions of early 20th century boarders before it closesSaturday at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial in Asheville.

 

 

5. Join the N.C. Museum of Art for an outdoor screening of Star Trek Into Darkness Saturday in Raleigh.

 

 

6. Explore the Rachel Carson Reserve on a hike led by staff the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort Thursday.

 

 

7. Spend your Saturday in the N.C. Museum of History’s garden in Raleigh, and learn about North Carolina’s agricultural history on a special tour.

 

 

8. Hear classical favorites by Rossini, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and others during an outdoor concert performed by the N.C. Symphony Saturday in Cary.

 

 

9. Find a bargain on everything from books to furniture while helping to support Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson’s Gun Emplacement Fund at a while elephant sale Saturday in Winnabow.

 

 

10. Remember the service of our nation’s World War II veterans during a memorial service with men who served aboard the USS North Carolina Saturday on the ship’s deck in Wilmington.

 

 

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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