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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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