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A scavenger hunt in Southport, an ice cream social in Old Fort and concerts of patriotic music throughout the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

To help you make the most of your limited time, here are 14 suggestions for things to check out this weekend:

1. Hear the Declaration of Independence be read by an interpreter portraying John Penn and celebrate the holiday with games, crafts and living history demonstrations Saturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

2. Get the most of Southport‘s widely-acclaimed Fourth of July celebration by completing a scavenger hunt offered by the N.C. Maritime Museum there.

 

 

3. Enjoy the Fourth of the July at the State Capitol in Raleigh with musical performances, military displays, a naturalization ceremony and kids’ activities.

 

 

4. Join Manteo‘s Roanoke Island Festival Park in celebrating America’s 239th birthday with fireworks and a concert by the Second Marine Aircraft Wing Band.

 

 

5. Watch a patriotic fireworks display over downtown Wilmington Saturday evening from the deck of the mighty Battleship North Carolina.

 

 

6. Honor America’s birthday at the Red, White and Bluegrass music festival in Morganton.

 

 

7. Sample some ice cream while soaking in the smooth sounds of a local bluegrass group Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort.

 

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8. Gather around the fire and hear stories told in the traditional mountain style, Thursday at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville.

 

 

9. Recall the great music of the Carter Family and their frequent collaborator Lesley Riddle throughout the weekend at Riddlefest in Burnsville.

 

 

10. Learn about the history of Chicamacomico Station and the U.S. Lifesaving Service during a film screening Thursday at the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

 

 

11. Listen to patriotic tunes performed by the N.C. Symphony at concerts throughout the weekend in Wilmington, Garner and Cary.

 

 

12. Celebrate Independence Day with music, special tours and a fireworks display Saturday at Historic Halifax, the site of America’s first official cry for independence.

 

 

13. Discover the history behind the Medal of Honor and meet recipients of the award from the Wilmington area 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!

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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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Enjoy live traditional, bluegrass and gospel music Saturday at
Horne Creek Farm’s cornshucking frolic in Pinnacle.

An old-time celebration of fall in Pinnacle, hand-dipped candle making in Creswell and concerts of music from Oscar-winning movies across the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend kicks off Thursday when the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem debuts a small new exhibit showcasing the work of local kids, and the N.C. Maritime Museum in Southport hosts a 1950s-style sock hop featuring stories and images from Hurricane Hazel.

The fun continues Friday, when visitors to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh can learn the basics of digital photo restoration from renowned local photographer Dr. Brenda Scott, and the N.C. Museum of Art screens the 50s film noir On Dangerous Ground across town.

Saturday promises opportunities to get your culture on across the state. In the west, Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe Memorial will host an 8k road race to help support the site, while Horne Creek Farm in Pinnacle will put on its annual cornshucking frolic, featuring music, food, kids’ activities and the chance for visitors to try heritage skills like basket weaving and blacksmithing.

In the piedmont, the N.C. Museum of History will host noted Civil War historian Chris Fonville for a talk on the sinking of the ironclad CSS Albermarle, while Historic Halifax will show the family favorite Hook in conjunction with the Queen Anne’s Revenge traveling exhibit it currently has on display. In Mount Gilead, Town Creek Indian Mound will celebrate International Archaeology Day with hands-on archaeology activities for kids and families, crafts and Native American games. Back in Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of Art will offer gallery tours and studio time for families around the theme of unusual landscapes and have a pop-up art cart in its galleries to help kids make mini collage portraits. Also in Raleigh, the State Archives will participate in Home Movie Day by screening films from members of the public and offering prizes for attendees.

At the coast, Creswell’s Somerset Place will have costumed historic interpreters on hand to help visitors make hand-dipped candles and learn the history behind the craft, while the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will host a gathering of traditionally-made boats, complete with free rides for the public and a pig pickin’. The Maritime Museum in Southport will also offer bike tours highlighting the history of its hometown.

The weekend wraps up Sunday at the N.C. Museum of Art with a concert of 17th century music from the Low Countries to celebrate the recent opening of its Small Treasures exhibition.

Throughout the weekend, the N.C. Symphony will play music from Star Trek, West Side Story and other classic movies in New Bern, Raleigh, Fayetteville, Southern Pines and Wilmington , while the 1897 Poe House at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will be decorated for Halloween-themed tours.

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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Musket fire will fill the air at House in the Horseshoe’s annual battle re-enactment Saturday and Sunday.

NOTE: The Saturday event at the State Capitol has been moved to 10 a.m. More details are on this page.

Revolutionary War musket fire in Sanford, a celebration of Lebanese-American culture in Raleigh and special Civil War-themed tours of the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources this weekend.

The weekend kicks off Thursday with a program highlighting famous and infamous women from North Carolina history hosted by the N.C. Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh and a riveting lecture on the World War II action that took place off the North Carolina coast at the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras.

Friday, the fun continues with another round of the Museum of Cape Fear’s popular Arsenal Park tours in Fayetteville and a screening of the Academy Award-winning drama 12 Years a Slave under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh.

Saturday, the food and culture of Lebanon will come alive during a family festival at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh, right after World War I re-enactors join Gov. Pat McCrory and other officials in kicking of North Carolina commemoration of the centennial of World War I at the State Capitol across the street. Down the road at the N.C. Museum of Art, traditional Chinese music will accompany demonstrations of calligraphy and origami by visiting Chinese high school students, before folk legend Judy Collins performs on the outdoor stage.

Throughout the weekend, the Museum of Art will offer friendly-family tours of its galleries and park, while musket fire and a burning cart light up House in the Horseshoe’s annual Revolutionary War battle re-enactment in Sanford.

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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