Here is just a sampling of the family-friendly events happening in the Triangle this weekend.
▪ The circus is coming to town. Running through Aug. 20 in a big-top tent in the PNC Arena’s East Lot, the diverse-by-definition Universoul Circus brings 24 shows to Raleigh during its tenure here. Its performers include motocross bikes, Guinean contortionists, Chinese aerialists and Caribbean dancers – and that’s just the human acts. Tickets range from $16 to $40. Visit universoulcircus.com for show times.
▪ Check out the N.C. Museum of Art’s new, expanded African art galleries Saturday. Then apply techniques like weaving and embroidery and create some art of your own as part of Family Fun Saturdays: Textile Explorations. Designed for children ages 5-11, the event starts at 10 a.m. and costs $5 for museum members or $8 for nonmembers. Get your tickets at http://tinyurl.com/ycxkmjd9.
▪ The Chinese city Xiangyang and Raleigh are sister cities, and on Saturday, the Xiangyang Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Triangle Youth Philharmonic Orchestra perform a joint concert at N.C. State University’s Stewart Theatre. The concert is 2 to 5 p.m. and is free, but an online RSVP is required at http://tinyurl.com/y93wxsg7.
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▪ On Sunday, check out the New Hope Valley Railway’s Garden Railroad Festival. Joe Austin, a member of the N.C. Garden Railroad Society, will be on hand with his model Thomas the Tank Engine locomotives Thomas, Percy, James and Toby. They will be set up and running on New Hope Valley’s outdoor model railway. New Hope Valley Railway is located south of Apex and operates actual trains too. On Sunday, their diesel trains depart at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., while model trains will operate in the garden railroad throughout the ride day. Train tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for seniors 60 and older, $7 for children 2-12 and free for those under 2. Visit triangletrain.com.