Is it just us or is summer flying by too quickly? Thankfully there are still a lot of fun festivals and activities before the school year routine starts again. Here are some ideas for things to do in August.
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Experience an August Chapel Hill tradition: The Paperhand Puppet Show
The Paperhand Puppet Invention returns to the Forest Theatre in Chapel Hill for its 20th annual giant puppet show, “We Are Here.” These shows are always beautiful and entertaining for audience members of all ages.
Every weekend from August 2 to September 29 (September 6-8 in Raleigh)
Celebrate culture through music, dancing, art, and of course, food!
14th Annual NC Japan Summer Festival
Saturday August 3 at the NC State Fairgrounds
Escape the heat for the this indoor festival celebrating Japanese culture. This year there will be more food and a larger Community Market.
6th Annual Festival Latinoamericano
Sunday August 25 on W. Weaver Street in Carrboro
This free and family-friendly outdoor festival celebrates traditional and contemporary Latin American culture.
Enjoy more delicious food and treats!
National S’mores Day in S’Morrisville
Saturday August 10 at Morrisville Community Park (and three other parks)
Celebrate the favorite campfire treat with music, games, and of course, lots of s’mores.
Sunday August 18 at the Durham Armory
In addition to food samples and cooking demonstrations, there will be live music and a kids’ activity area.
Experience history coming alive
Vintage Baseball Game
Saturday August 3 at Durham Bulls Athletic Park
Watch baseball as it was played in the 1860s with historic uniforms, equipment, music, children’s games and old-fashioned concessions.
Reenactment of the Battle at the House in the Horseshoe
Saturday and Sunday August 3 & 4 in Sanford
In addition to the reenactment of the Revolutionary War skirmish, there will be activities, demonstrations, historical sutlers, and food vendors.
Harvest and Hornworm Festival
Saturday August 24 at Duke Homestead
Celebrate North Carolina farming culture with live music, local arts and crafts, and hands-on history.
Go for a long bike ride or a very short run
Carolina Tarwheels BikeFest
Saturday August 10 in Hillsborough
Race routes range from 35 miles to 100 miles, but there is also a Free Fun Ride, a seven-mile tour of historic Hillsborough sights.
The Point 262
Saturday August 24 at Fullsteam Brewery
This year the one-one hundredth marathon will have an El Kiddo registration so kids can join the fun.
Have a roaring-good time watching the Perseid Meteor Shower
Wild Under the Stars
Monday, August 12 at the Conservators Center in Burlington
Listen to howls, roars, and calls of jungle cats and other animals as you watch the meteor shower in one of the darkest locations in the Triangle. You can even camp overnight!
Do you need a night out but can’t find a sitter? Your kids a can have fun at these Parents’ Night Out events
- Friday, August 2 5:30-9:30pm at Marbles in Raleigh (ages 3-10)
- Friday, August 2 6-8pm at Wytha Balance Yoga in Durham (ages 6-10)
- Friday, August 9 6-9pm at Kidzu in Chapel Hill (ages 3-9)
- Friday, August 9 6-10pm at Tumble Gym in Chapel Hill (potty-trained to 12)
- Friday, August 9 6:30-8pm at the Durham Arts Council Clay Studio (ages 6-12)
- Saturday, August 10 5:30-9pm at the Levin JCC in Durham (ages 3-10)
- Friday, August 16 6-9pm at the Triangle Rock Club in Durham (ages 5-12)
- Friday, August 23 6-9pm at Kidzu in Chapel Hill (ages 3-9)
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