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An Olympics of Native American games in Mount Gilead, a family festival celebrating gold in Old Fort and free concerts by the North Carolina Symphony around the state are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find across North Carolina this weekend.

Here are nine suggestions to help you make the most of your limited time:

1. Try your hand at a whole host of traditional Native American games Saturday at Town Creek Indian Mound’s first annual Archaeolympic Games in Mount Gilead.

 

 

2. Hear some of the best light classical pieces of music as performed by the N.C. Symphony at free concerts in Tarboro Thursday, Chapel Hill Friday and Jacksonville Sunday.

 

 

3. Enjoy music by some of the state’s best old-time musicians at the Mount Airy Bluegrass and Old-Time Fiddlers’ Convention Friday and Saturday in Mount Airy.

 

 

4. Celebrate North Carolina’s rich history of gold mining Friday and Saturday at the Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort with mining demonstrations, gold panning, gem stone screenings, the chance to meet renowned gold experts, children’s games, prizes, music and food.

 

 

5. Bring a blanket to Vance Birthplace in Weaverville for an evening of campfire storytelling Thursday.

 

 

6. Watch a movie under the stars at the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh. The museum will be showing Dazed and Confused Friday and the sing-along version of Frozen Saturday.

 

 

7. Explore the North Carolina History Center at Tryon Palace with your kids after dark Thursday in New Bern.

 

 

8. Check out a new small case exhibit highlighting the history of funk music in North Carolina, opening at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday.

 

 

9. Join the North Carolina Symphony for a concert of the hits from the 80s Saturday in Cary.

 

 

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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