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A family festival all about paleontology in Raleigh, a military timeline in Statesville and a look at the Nazi POWs in North Carolina in New Bern 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 are 12 things on our weekend to-do list:

1. Experience PaleoPalooza, the nation’s largest event dedicated to paleontology, Saturday at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh.

 

 

2. Watch and discuss the PBS documentary “Slavery by Another Name” Saturday at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia.

 

 

3. Meet interpreters portraying soldiers from throughout North Carolina’s storied military history Saturday and Sunday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

4. Get your groove on with jazz musicians Bill Myers and Dick Knight at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh on Sunday as they perform parts of songs they recorded with James Brown.

 

 

5. Learn about the more than 10,000 German prisoners of war who were interned in North Carolina during World War II during a lively lecture and presentation at Tryon Palace in New Bern on Sunday.

 

 

6. Express your creativity and make art with artists featured in the Point and Counterpoint exhibition at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art Saturday in Winston-Salem.

 

 

7. Spend an evening under the stars with educators from the Morehead Planetarium on Saturday at Jordan Lake State Recreation Area in Apex.

 

 

8. Enjoy a concert of popular pieces of light classical music performed by the N.C. Symphony Friday in Raleigh or Saturday in Southern Pines.

 

 

9. Honor the freedom seekers who traveled along the Underground Railroad with food, music, art and historic interpretation Saturday in Halifax.

 

 

10. Explore The Worlds of M.C. Escher at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh during special interactive tours for families Saturday and Sunday.

 

 

11. Hike through the fall foliage and learn about the science behind this natural phenomenon Saturday at the Falls Lake State Recreation Area in Wake Forest.

 

 

12. Learn how to care for your family’s precious objects Friday at the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City.

 

 

Check out DNCR’s calendar for more information on these and other events, and enjoy a great North Carolina weekend!

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