This weekend is the International Festival, a yearly celebration of the many countries that have contributed to the Triangle’s melting pot.
Today through Sunday, the downtown Raleigh Convention Center will be filled with music, food and exhibits from countries in every part of the globe.
On the main stage, you can see dance performances from more than 30 different cultures, including Lebanese belly dancers and Korean percussionists.
At the sidewalk cafes, you can buy snacks from dozens of countries. The French cafe selling crepes filled with jam and Nutella is always a kid-pleaser.
If you want to learn to make some of these treats yourself, there will be hourly cooking demonstrations where you can learn to make Peruvian ceviche, Italian mozzarella, French profiteroles and much more.
In the biergarten, you can listen to live performances from international performers. They include a band that plays traditional Irish pub music and an eclectic group that describes itself as “rooted in Gypsy/Jewish tradition and enriched by Latin, jazz and tango cultures.”
If all that isn’t enough to keep your kids happy, try Sophia’s Corner, an area designed specifically for the little ones. There will be games, face-painting, storytelling and other activities designed to engage children.
The International Festival runs 4:30-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-7 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets are free for kids 6 and under. On Saturday and Sunday, they are $8 for adults and $6 for children 7-12.
Get all the details and the full schedule at internationalfestival.org.
Family Fest in Raleigh and Durham
Also this weekend is the Fox 50 Family Fest, which is at Raleigh’s Pullen Park on Saturday and at Durham’s American Tobacco Campus on Sunday.
Look for live music from Sandbox band, face painting, balloon animals, live animals, juggling, a bounce house and rock wall, science experiments from Mad Science Triangle and a baby crawling contest. There will also be visits from characters such as Wool E. Bull, Stormy and Ronald McDonald.
Events run 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Pullen, and noon-3 p.m. Sunday in Durham.
For more information, go to fox50.com/community/family-fest.
Send Family Picks suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org