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Celebrate Ciinco de Mayo with the Museum of the Albemarle
Saturday in Elizabeth City

Two looks at history preservation in Raleigh, a Cinco de Mayo celebration in Elizabeth City and performances of some of Mozart’s most popular music across the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun you’ll find this weekend with the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

The weekend gets off to a theatrical start Friday, when the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will present a dramatic production based on the real story of newly liberated slaves abandoned in Georgia during Gen. Sherman’s historic March to the Sea.

Saturday, discover how archaeologists, preservationists and curators work to save our state’s treasures at the N.C. Museum of History, and find out what it took to move a Civil War plantation several miles with a film screening of Moving Midway with a discussion after by the writer. In the west, motorcycles throughout history will be on display at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, while at the coast, the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will have food and craft vendors, dancing, cooking demonstrations, music and more to celebrate Cinco de Mayo and the opening of its new Al Norte al Norte photo exhibit.

Sunday will bring another exhibit opening, this one at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The exhibit focuses on the theme of motherhood in items from the museum’s permanent collection. Later in the day, the Museum of the Albemarle will take a fictionalized look at Elizabeth City as it hosts renowned local author William Dunstan for a fascinating lecture and book signing.

Throughout the weekend, the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville will present productions of William Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing on the Poe House back lawn, while the N.C. Symphony will play crowd favorites by Stauss and Mozart in Southern Pines, Raleigh, Wilmington and New Bern.

This weekend is also a great time to check out our traveling exhibit of treasures from Blackbeard’s flagship, currently on display at Aycock Birthplace in Fremont, and the Face to Face Civil War exhibit at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

Check out our calendar for more on these and other events, and a enjoy a great North Carolina weekend! If you’d like to receive our weekend event roundups in your email, you can sign up on our website.

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