October brings to mind festivals – Oktoberfests for many folks, though those aren’t necessarily the best places to bring kids. No worries, though, as there are plenty of kid-friendly festivals all over the Triangle this weekend.
• The Fox 50 Family Fest and Great American Tobacco Duck Race take over the American Tobacco Campus Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Among the many events, Noah’s Landing brings its animals for three shows during the day, while NC Near Space Research will launch a balloon at 1 that will reach a 25-mile altitude – near space, indeed. The duck race, with proceeds benefiting local museums and schools, starts at 3:30. For more information on this free event, seefox50familyfest.com
• Or go to Bass Lake Park in Holly Springs Saturday for its annual Bass Lake Day. This festival has activities like face painting, live music and games, but also lets kids take a closer look at hawks, snakes, turtles and other wild animals. This free festival runs from 2 to 6 p.m. Call 919- 557-2906 with questions.
• From noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, check out Festifall in downtown Chapel Hill. With three stages and a block of West Franklin Street shut down, there’s a ton to do – including activities from Kidzu Children’s Museum and a showcase of North Carolina-themed Lego creations. See
for more information on this free festival.
• Or take your family – and the family dog – to Durham’s free Woofstock event. From noon to 5 p.m. Sunday at Southern Boundaries Park, Skyhoundz disc dogs will show off their aerial skills, and there will also be caricatures, a canine food drive, and rabies and microchip clinics. Go to
and search “woofstock” for more info, or contact Michelle Burger at 919-560-4355.
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