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Hands-on Native American pottery making in Mount Gilead, a 19th century children’s festival in Durham and a celebration of National Lighthouse Day in Edenton are just a few of the opportunities for fun and discovery you’ll find this weekend across North Carolina.

Here are 16 things on our weekend agenda:

1. Celebrate National Lighthouse Day Friday with free tours, live music and kids’ activities at Historic Edenton‘s 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse.

 

 

2. Travel back in time with your kids at Durham‘s Duke Homestead, which will be offering 19th century games, music and a whole host of other activities as part of its annual Summer Children’s Festival Saturday.

 

 

3. Have lunch with pirates and see the Queen Anne’s Revenge exhibit at the N.C. Maritime Museum during this weekend’s Beaufort Pirate Invasion.

 

 

4. Gather round the campfire at Vance Birthplace in Weaverville Thursday evening for someclassic mountain storytelling and s’mores.

 

 

5. See how the Pee Dee Native Americans used the clay around them and try your hand at making a small piece of pottery Saturday at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.

 

 

6. Meet North Carolina film legend Earl Owensby and see clips of some of his classic films Friday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

 

 

7. Learn about the animals 18th century explorers would’ve encountered along the North Carolina frontier Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville.

 

 

8. Join Alamance Battleground in Burlington for a gathering of the descendants of the men who fought there Saturday.

 

 

9. Check out one of the National Black Theatre Festival‘s many performances in Winston-Salem this weekend, including Mr. Joy, which will be offered at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary (SECCA) Thursday through Sunday.

 

 

10. Take your kids to the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh Saturday to discover North Carolina’s deep roots in the history of soil conservation with hands-on activities.

 

 

11. Join the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City Friday as the U.S. Postal Service dedicates a new stamp honoring the U.S. Coast Guard’s 225th birthday.

 

 

12. Hear about the pivotal role African Americans played in World War I and how the war affected the cause of civil rights during a lecture Saturday at Tryon Palace in New Bern.

 

 

13. Watch the family favorite Big Hero 6 under the stars Friday at the N.C Museum of Art in Raleigh.

 

 

14. See some of the western North Carolina’s best mountain fiddlers, banjo pickers, dulcimer sweepers, dancers and balladeers throughout the weekend in Asheville at the Mountain Dance and Folk Festival.

 

 

15. Introduce your kids to the math and science behind Civil War artillery fire at Fort Fisher’s Junior Reserves program Friday in Kure Beach.

 

 

16. Check out classic Corvettes, Firebirds and other GM cars Saturday at the N.C. Transportation Museum’s All GM Show in Spencer.

 

 

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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See how beer was made during the 18th century Saturday at Fort Dobbs in Statesville

An exploration of 18th century beer in Statesville, a look at the view 20 feet from stardom in Raleigh and a lively concert of indie folk tunes in Winston-Salem 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 fun starts Thursday at the coast, where the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras will help kids make sandcastle-themed crafts and host a talk on the Life-Saving Service with author Chip Marshall, as staff from the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh read kids a tall tale after taking a short tour of one of the museum’s wonderful galleries.

Friday, the fun continues at the coast, where the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort will offer another of its popular cruises aboard a Duke University research vessel exploring marine life, while the Museum of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City will celebrate with U.S. Coast Guard’s birthday with an art making session for families inspired by the military branch. Back in the Triangle, the N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will show the space thriller Gravity under the stars.

Saturday, Statesville‘s Fort Dobbs will turn into a brewery from the past with interpreters making beer using 18th century techniques and explaining how different varieties of the beverage were made, while Fort Fisher in Kure Beach presents hands-on activities and lectures focused on understanding the archaeology of the site’s Civil War past.

In Raleigh, the N.C. Museum of History will offer tours of its outdoor agricultural exhibit and invites the little buccaneers in your family to set sail for the museum for a morning of pirate-themed tales and crafts. Across town, the N.C. Museum of Art will host interactive tours for families followed by studio time where kids and parents can work together to make colorful pieces of art before screening the critically-acclaimed documentary 20 Feet From Stardomand hosting Lisa Fischer, one of the luminaries from the film for a concert.

Music will also fill the air outside the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem as it hosts Hiss Golden Messenger and William Tyler for what is sure to be a fantastic concert of modern folk music.

Throughout the weekend, knights and dragons will take center stage at Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo as it offers performances of the classic story of Don Quixote adapted for kids.

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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Try your hand a historic cloth making at the Polk Historic Site in Pineville

Try your hand at historic cloth making at the Polk Historic Site in Pineville

Native American-themed stargazing, a classical take on the divas of Broadway and a Civil War living history program are just a few of fun things you’ll find this weekend at the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.

Start your weekend off tomorrow with a screening of the film Marina Abramovic, The Artist is Present at the Southeastern Eastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA) in Winston-Salem. Also tomorrow, the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh will host a lecture on the Arab Spring, while Historic Bath will present the movie Mansfield Park and Tryon Palace in New Bern hosts a lecture on Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation.

Friday, Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead will kick off its astronomy series, while the N.C. Symphony will salute the divas of Broadway in a concert in Raleigh featuring a few of the stars from the hit musical Wicked.

The weekend wraps up Saturday with a living history program marking the 148th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Fisher in Kure Beach and the opening of a Scotty McCreery exhibit at the Museum of Albermarle in Elizabeth City. The President James K. Polk State Historic Site in Pineville will also offer visitors the chance to try historic cloth making techniques, while the N.C. Symphony will perform a second wicked divas concert.

UPDATE — the Thursday night programs at the N.C. Museum of History and SECCA have been cancelled because of weather conditions

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Journey back in time to the Civil War homefront
Saturday at Bentonville Battlefield

With nearly 20 events from the N.C. Maritime Museum in the east to Horne Creek Farm in the west, the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources offers you and your family plenty of ways to experience North Carolina arts, history and culture.

Begin your weekend early tonight with a contemporary concert at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art in Winston-Salem, or a screening of the film The Man from Snowy River at Historic Bath.

Friday morning, take a guided kayak tour of saltwater marshes and sand bars with the staff of the N.C. Maritime Museum in Beaufort, or learn about how you can preserve the historical items your family owns at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. In the afternoon, head to Elizabeth City to decorate a pumpkin with your kids at the Museum of the Albemarle. Things get spookier Friday night, with Halloween-themed tours of the Poe House at the Museum of the Cape Fear in Fayetteville, walk-throughs of  the truly frightful haunted Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington and a murder mystery dinner at the Maritime Museum in Southport.

Saturday, the team of the Queen Anne’s Revenge shipwreck project will host Blackbeard-themed games, entertainment and educational activities at the Maritime Museum in Beaufort, while the Horne Creek Living Historical Farm in Pinnacle will present its annual fall festival complete with cloggers, apple cider and living history demonstrations. Visitors can also transport themselves back to the Civil War homefront at Bentonville Battefield in Four Oaks, experience the coast’s colonial past first-hand at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson in Winnabow or bring their old home movies to the State Archives in Raleigh for viewing. The day will round out with an antique auto show at the N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer, a classic radio-themed theater performance at Tryon Palace in New Bern and a “Sleepover Under the Stars” at Town Creek Indian Mound in Mount Gilead.

The N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will host a community celebration in conjunction with the opening of its new Still-Life Masterpieces exhibition Sunday. Also Sunday, Historic Stagville in Durham will present a lecture on African-American genealogy and Rob Christensen, the political columnist at the News & Observer, will give a talk on famous Tar Heel political commercials at the N.C. Museum of History.

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