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The annual state tree lighting in Raleigh, a new exhibit of Star Wars artifacts in Asheville and a colonial Christmas weekend at the coast are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.

Here 18 ideas for making the most of your weekend:

1. Celebrate a Colonial Christmas weekend with activities with open houses at Historic Edenton and Historic Bath, and the annual Candlelight celebration at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

2. Join Governor Pat McCrory for the annual State Tree Lighting on the grounds of the State Capitol in Raleigh, and then stop by the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences across the street for a special meet the animals program.

 

 

3. Visit a special exhibit of Star Wars artifacts at the Western Regional Archives in Asheville, and take your kids to a special Star Wars Lego class there Saturday.

 

 

4. Meet Santa by the sea Friday at the N.C. Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores and Saturday at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher in Kure Beach.

 

 

5. Marvel at the Executive Mansion’s elaborate Christmas decorations during its annual holiday open house in Raleigh throughout the weekend.

 

 

6. Step back in time to an 18th century Christmas at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson Sunday in Winnabow. You’ll find colonial refreshments, traditional games, special tours and an authentic period candlelit service.

 

 

7. Enjoy a concert of Duke Ellington’s “Nutcracker Suite” and other holiday favorites Thursday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

8. See what 18th century life was like along the North Carolina frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

9. Experience a Civil War Christmas Saturday by learning about the holiday traditions from the period at the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center in Kinston and seeing a period holiday brought to life at Bennett Place in Durham.

 

 

10. Find a gift for the art lover in your life at the Folk Art Center’s Guild Artist Holiday Sale Saturday in Asheville.

 

 

 

 

12. Explore the dramatic landscapes and diverse peoples that have shaped the South at a new exhibit of Southern paintings opening at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Friday.

 

 

13. Spend a festive Sunday afternoon at Duke Homestead in Durham as part of the site’s annual Victorian Family Christmas program.

 

 

14. Browse of the one largest selections of local pottery in mountains Friday and Saturday at Mud Dabbers of Brevard‘s holiday open house.

 

 

15. Listen to some of your favorite holiday tunes as performed by the North Carolina Symphony Thursday in Jacksonville and Saturday in Wilmington.

 

 

16. Get into the spirit of the season with holiday open houses Saturday at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras, Historic Halifax, House in the Horseshoe near Sanford and the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.

 

 

17. Watch the Geminid Meteor Shower Sunday night with N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences at Medoc Mountain State Park in Hollister.

 

 

18. Go on a candlelight tour to celebrate the holiday season. Aycock Birthplace in Fremont will offer tours Thursday, and both Duke Homestead and Bennett Place in Durham will offer tours Friday.

 

 

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 Mexican-American War militia muster in Pineville, a howling celebration of Halloween in Asheboro and the best of bluegrass music in Raleigh are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 11 things on our weekend agenda:

1. See the Mexican-American War come alive Saturday at the President James K. Polk Memorial in Pineville.
2. Have a howling good time at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro Saturday with games, face painting and hands-on activities while learning about North Carolina Red Wolves.
3. Enjoy a weekend out with Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
4. Hear bluegrass music’s brightest stars during this weekend’s World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh.
5. Explore the work of some of North Carolina’s most promising artists at the new Point and Counterpoint: N.C. Arts Council Fellows, 2014-2015 exhibit opening at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem Thursday.
6. Celebrate Thomas Wolfe’s birthday Saturday in Asheville with free tours of the Old Kentucky Home, now the Thomas Wolfe Memorial.
7. Learn how to care for your family’s heirlooms by getting advice from the House in the Horsehoe’s staff Saturday in Sanford.
8. Take a tour of Durham‘s 21c Museum Hotel–a combination boutique hotel, contemporary art museums and culture center–Thursday with the N.C. Museum of Art Contemporaries.
9. Hear the music of three great Russian composers as performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday in Southern Pines and Sunday in Wilmington.
10. Join Tar Heel artist Craig Richards for a painting workshop overlooking scenic Moore’s Knob Saturday at Hanging Rock Park in Danbury.
11. Explore the New Bern Academy Museum at Tryon Palace in New Bern for free Saturday as a number of local history organization present Civil War-related programming.
Check out DNCR’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 Natural and Cultural Resources website.

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A railroad festival in Old Fort, harvest festivals in New Bern and Durham and arts festivals in Raleigh and Charlotte are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are seven things on our weekend agenda:

1. Join the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort for a family festival focused on the history of railroads Saturday.

 

 

2. Celebrate the arrival of fall Saturday with harvest festivals at Tryon Palace in New Bern and Historic Stagville in Durham.

 

 

 

 

4. Meet artists Peter Oakley and Elizabeth Brim Friday at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The work of these two North Carolina sculptors is featured in the museum’s new Chisel and Forge exhibition.

 

 

5. Spend your Saturday morning taking a tour of Asheville‘s Riverside Cemetery focused on the characters in Thomas Wolfe’s novels and stories.

 

 

6. Discover why attracting pollinators has been key throughout history, get some gardening tips of your own and let your kids enjoy a related hands-on activity Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Sample local art, science, history and heritage at SPARKcon in Raleigh and the Cultural Free for All in Charlotte.

 

 

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 celebration of traditional American culture in Greensboro, an old-fashioned tobacco harvest festival in Durham and a walking tour of the famed Riverside Cemetery in Asheville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are 10 things on our weekend to-do list:

1. See some of the nation’s finest the nation’s finest traditional musicians, dancers and craftspeople at the National Folk Festival throughout the weekend in Greensboro, and don’t forget to visit the North Carolina Stage while you’re there.
2. Step back in time to North Carolina’s colonial era at the Museum of the Cape Fear’s annual Festival of Yesteryear Saturday in Fayetteville. Hands-on crafts, games, demonstrations of colonial life and performances by an interpreter portraying the Marquis de Lafayette will all be part of the fun.
3. Celebrate North Carolina farming culture and history with music, a tobacco looping contest and historic demonstrations at Duke Homestead’s Harvest and Hornworm Festival Saturday in Durham.
4. Marvel at the spectacle of Paper Puppet Intervention during a performance at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh throughout the weekend.
5. Discover how North Carolina saved the Constitution during a lecture Saturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.
6. Enjoy National Grandparents Day Sunday at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead or the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport. Both have activities planned to celebrate the special day.
7. Hear about how Alamance Battleground’s location along one of North Carolina’s oldest roads led to three battles being fought there during a lecture Saturday in Burlington.
8. Take a walking tour of Asheville‘s Riverside Cemetery led by staff from the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Saturday.
9. Make art with your kids while watching classic cartoons Saturday at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.
10. Do yoga with staff from Historic Edenton on the picturesque lawn of the 1767 Chowan County Courthouse Saturday morning.
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 celebration of Tar Heel food in Durham, a birthday bash for a pioneering archaeologist in Mount Gilead and a traditional sailboat race in Beaufort are just of the few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

To help you make the most of your limited time, here are 10 suggestions for things to check out this weekend:

1. Celebrate North Carolina’s food history and culture with a BBQ cook-off, mock Tobacco Queen pageant, pie competition and more Saturday at Duke Homestead in Durham.

 

 

2. Play games that were popular during the 1800s Saturday at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville.

 

 

3. Join Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead Saturday for games, kids’ activities and living history demonstrations in celebration of the birthday of one of North Carolina’s pioneering archaeologists.

 

 

4. See a race of traditionally-rigged sailboats Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum inBeaufort that will recall the historic voyages that carried the news of the signing of the Declaration of Independence to the Outer Banks.

 

 

5. Discover how plants have historically been used for medicine and hygiene Saturday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh and take home recipes to keep yourself and your home fresh throughout the summer.

 

 

6. Learn the story of the long leaf pine’s near-extinction and the effort to revive it in the Lower Cape Fear region Saturday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport.

 

 

7. Watch the family favorite How to Train Your Dragon 2 under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh Friday.

 

 

8. Break out your sunglasses and flip-flops and enjoy a day filled with beach-themed activities at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City Thursday.

 

 

9. Enjoy a vibrant concert of jazz tunes by the N.C. Symphony and the Hot Sardines Thursday in Cary.

 

 

10. Make art with your kids while watching classic cartoons Saturday at the Southeastern Center for the Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem.

 

 

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 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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