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January - December 2009

Featured Fun Family Outing - Ongoing July-September:

Duke Gardens Host of Annual Waterlily Competition

Visit Duke Gardens and see some of the most beautiful Waterlillies in the world!  Duke Gardens is hosting the International Waterlily and Water Gardening Society's annual Waterlily Competition this Summer.  Waterlily entries represent some of  the most beautiful Waterlilies from around the country and around the world, including Waterlilies from exotic locations including Thailand and Cyprus.  You can see the Waterlilies in the Fish Pool at the bottom courtyard of the historic Duke Gardens terraces from mid-June through September.  Note down your favorites and cast your vote in the "People's Choice" category for the contest in person at the Duke Gardens, or online from July through September. 

Learn more about the Duke Gardens Water Gardens and Waterlillies at


Fri.-Sun., July 3, 4, and 5, 2009
30th Annual Festival for the Eno River
Friday, July 3 and Saturday, 10am - 6 pm ;
Sunday, July 5, 2009, Noon - 6:00pm.
Don't miss the 30th Annual Festival for the Eno River!  
Wonderful festival on the banks of the Eno River features live music on five stages; Storytelling; Canoe and Raft rentals; Hands-On-Clay; Dance; Critters; Craft Demonstrations; River Activities; Working Grist Mill; Crafts Artisans, children's area and otter stage, nature demonstrations and other activities for kids and adults.  Tickets on sale May 1; Earlybird Discounts through June 1.  Admission fee.  Kids 12 and under admitted free!  Seniors (over 65) admitted free.

West Point on the Eno, Durham City Park (Parking at Durham County Stadium)


UPDATE:  See James Hill Photography photos from the 2009 Eno River Festival
Editor's note:  These photos are great - kudos to lo local photographer James Hill!    They really capture the feel of the Eno River Festival.  We especially love the photos of the bands (Albannach!) and the children playing in the river.  (I also love the other photography on his main SmugMug page.)  We look forward to the Eno River Festival every year - it is truly a highlight of the year for us and our children.
Sat., July 4, 2009
Carrboro Family Fourth of July Celebration
Saturday, July 4, 2009, 9:30am - 3:00pm at Carrboro Town Hall and Weaver St. Market.
Celebrate the 4th of July in Carrboro with musical performances, a parade, exhibits, games and food.  From the website:  "This annual event features Uncle Sam on Stilts, Balloon Sculpture Artists, Roaming Magicians, Face Painters, lots of games, food, and plenty of activities for everyone to enjoy! The Main stage always features nationally recognized musical talent, as well as local talent. Of course the Kids Fun Zone and Fun Zone Stage Stage will be back and better than ever! So come celebrate the birth of our nation! Make Uncle Sam proud! Put on your red, white, and blue. Wear a birthday hat, play a game, dance to the music, relax under the historic elm, and enjoy the best of this small town tradition."

(919) 918-7364.


Sat., July 4, 2009
Old-Fashioned Fourth of July Concert and Ice Cream Social at the Horace Williams House, Chapel Hill
Saturday, July 4, 2009, 2:00pm - 4:00pm.
Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and enjoy a performance by the Village Band and an ice cream social.  Free and open to the public.

Horace Williams House,
610 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill, NC  27514.
(919) 942-7818.


Sat., July 4, 2009
Chapel Hill 4th of July Celebration
Saturday, July 4, 2009, 7 - 10pm
Community celebration with fireworks, live music, food, and fun!  Free entertainment and fireworks display in the University of North Carolina's Kenan Memorial Stadium.  Performers on stage from 7pm to 9:25pm.  Fireworks scheduled to begin at 9:30pm.  Recommended parking is in the Craig, Dogwood and Cardinal Parking Decks off of Manning Drive.  Disability parking available in the Bell Tower Lot.  Gates 5 and 6 on Kenan Statium's South side will be open with seating available on the South side only.  Lower and upper levels will be open.  Alcohol prohibited - no coolers, outside containers or food items allowed. ***** Note for families with babies and young children: Since the Chapel Hill fireworks are fired in the stadium, surrounded entirely by stadium seats, which produce echoes and amplify the firework booms, they are extremely loud.  We found them to be much louder than any fireworks display we have ever attended (since we previously had attended open air fireworks displays, not in a stadium).  We rarely editorialize, but we thought we would mention that the stadium fireworks display may be too loud especially for babies and young children's sensitive ears.

Kenan Stadium, UNC.
(919) 968-2784.


Sat., July 4, 2009
The Capitol's July Fourth Celebration, Raleigh, NC
Downtown, Raleigh, NC, N.C. Museum of History, the State Capitol grounds and Bicentennial Plaza, outside the museum.
Saturday, July 4, 2009, 11am-3pm
Live entertainment, food.  All events are free.
(919) 733-4994


Sat., July 4, 2009
Fourth of July Celebration at the Fairgrounds, Raleigh, NC
Saturday, July 4, 2009, 2:30pm - 10pm
Exhibits, carnival games, rides, bouncy house, activities and fireworks.
Raleigh Parks and Recreation's Arts Program
(919) 831-6854.


Sat., July 4, 2009
Cary Fourth of July Celebration at Koka Booth Amphitheater, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC 27511
Saturday, July 4, 2009, 5 - 7:30 pm
Fourth of July gathering with fireworks display; live musical entertainment.  Fireworks rain or shine beginning at night fall.

(919) 462-2052.


Sat., July 4, 2009
Haywood Hall House and Gardens July Fourth Celebration, Raleigh, NC
Saturday, July 4, 2009, 10:30am - 2:30pm. 
PLEASE CALL FIRST -- we could not find updated information regarding 2009 hours.
Music, refreshments, games and other family activities.  From the website: The Fourth of July Festival at Haywood Hall is a day for all visitors ? from small children to great grandparents - to celebrate our country's heritage as they enjoy the beauty of Eliza Haywood's garden.  The house is open for tours with games, music and refreshments, all outdoors in the garden. Children are treated to ice cream and other sweet surprises. There is a hat making table, a go-fishing game and lots of other activities for the young at heart. Chairs are scattered on the lawn as live musicians perform throughout the afternoon."
(919) 832-8357.
  (PLEASE CALL FIRST -- we could not find updated information regarding 2009 hours.)


Sat., July 4, 2009
Joel Lane Old Fashioned Fourth of July, Raleigh, NC - COLONIAL Re-Enactments, Period Dress & Crafts, Free Lemonade & cookies!
Saturday, July 4, 2009, 10am - 4pm

728 W. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC  (The Joel Lane Museum House is located two blocks south of Hillsborough Street at the corner of Saint Mary's and West Hargett Streets near downtown Raleigh.)
Enjoy live music, old-time games and crafts for the children, re-enactors demonstrating colonial work, and costumed docents ready to answer your questions in the museum buildings. Free lemonade and cookies. Donations requested.

(919) 833-3431.


Thurs. - Sun., July 9-12- 2009
54th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games (much further afield)
MacRae Meadows on Grandfather Mountain near Linville, (Avery County), NC.  (Grandfather Mountain is located on US Highway 221, two miles north of Linville, NC and one mile south of the Blue Ridge Parkway (milepost 305).
Thursday through Sunday, July 9-12, 2009. The Grandfather Mountain Scottish Highland Games are sponsored by more than 120 Scottish clans and societies, and have become known as "The Gathering" of Scots in the New World because the event attracts the participation of more Scottish family lines than any other games in America; and the spectacular mountain setting (on the highest peak in the Blue Ridge Mountain Range - 6,000 feet elevation) is reminiscent of Scotland.  Parade of Tartans, sheep herding by Scottish border collies, hammer throw, Caber toss (the Caber is a telephone-pole-size log that Scottish athletes toss end-over-end in this heavy-weight Scottish event) Children under five are free.

Pets are not allowed.

See Children's Events at the Grandfather Mountain Highland Games

Tickets are available at the field on the day of the event, or secure ordering is available on-line at  Click here for more information.  Also visit for additional photographs and information.
(828) 733-1333. 

Sat., July 11, 2009
2nd Saturday Hillsborough Guided Walking Tour
Saturday, July 11, 2009, 10am & 2pm
The Alexander Dickson House, 150 E. King St., Hillsborough, NC.
Explore Hillsborough's history on a 90 minute guided walking tour through it's historic district. The tour features historic buildings and homes, churches, gardens, and cemeteries.  Admission.
(919) 732-774.


Sat., July 11, 2009
Saturdays in Saxaphaw Outdoor Music Concerts  
1616 Jordan Drive, Saxapahaw, NC 27340.  (Further afield - @ 1/2 hour from Chapel Hill/Carrboro locations.)
Sat., July 11, 2009, 6pm - 8pm.

Outdoor Concerts will take place from 6pm - 8pm every Saturday evening featuring an array of acclaimed bands and performers. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy some great music by the River.
(336) 376-3122.


Sat., July 18, 2009
Saturdays in Saxaphaw Outdoor Music Concerts  
1616 Jordan Drive, Saxapahaw, NC 27340.  (Further afield - @ 1/2 hour from Chapel Hill/Carrboro locations.)
Sat., July 18, 2009, 6pm - 8pm.

Outdoor Concerts will take place from 6pm - 8pm every Saturday evening featuring an array of acclaimed bands and performers. Bring a blanket or a chair and enjoy some great music by the River.
(336) 376-3122.


Mon., July 20 - Mon. July 27, 2009
Kids Exchange Consignment Sale & Parents Fair - "Clean your closets and fill your pockets with $$$."  The Triangle's Premier Consignment Sale!  (Fall & Winter clothing, toys, baby gear and more)
NC State Fairgrounds, Jim Graham Building.
Giant consignment fair offers gently used kids' & maternity clothes, baby equipment, furniture, toys and much more.
To consign, register online; if no internet access:  (205) 824-8245.
This event will takes place again in January 2009 (Spring & Summer clothes).


Sat., July 25, 2009 
Saturdays in Saxapahaw at the Saxapahaw Rivermill  (@ 15 minutes from Chapel Hill)
(Ongoing each Saturday, 5:00pm - 8:00pm).
Featuring live music, farmers' market, games and activities for kids, and lots of fun for the whole family.
(336) 376-3122

Fri., July 31, 2009 
Last Friday in Hillsborough
Friday, July 31, 2009, 6-9pm.
Last Friday is an evening of events on the last Friday of each month from April through September in Hillsborough's downtown historic district. A band is featured on the old courthouse lawn plus visual arts, dance, and literature. Businesses, galleries, studios, restaurants, and museums and historic sites remain open and offer special programs. Artists, food vendors, musicians, and craftspeople set up their wares on the sidewalks. Sponsored by the Hillsborough Arts Council
(919) 732-7741


Burwell School Annual Dog Day Afternoon - Burwell School Dog Day Afternoon - Cutest Puppy Contest and Live Music, 319 Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC 27514

We don't know yet whether this event will take place this year (2009) - to be announced.

Description from prior years:
Come join dog owners, dog lovers, and dog businesses from all over the Triangle for this celebration of our beloved pets. Dogs of all shapes, sizes, and ages are welcome! This free event will include live music, demonstrations, vendors, and contests for the cutest puppy (1 year old and under), best dressed dog, and look-a-like. (Registration fee for contest participation.) Dogs must be leashed.

The historic Burwell School (circa 1821) is the site of the Reverend and Mrs. Burwell's School for Young Ladies, an 1821 two-story frame house, with an 1840 brick music building, an 1840 brick necessary house, and surrounded by lovely formal gardens.
(919) 732-7451.


Fri., Sat. & Sun., July 24, July 25 & July 26, 2009
BeleChere Festival - 31st Annual! - The Southeast's Largest Free Street Festival in Asheville, NC (much further afield) 
Friday, July 24 through  Sunday, July 26 2009
Live entertainment, artwork, food, carnival with kids' activities, and more.  Lots of great bands/live music and fun for the whole family. 

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