Treat Dad to his favorite pursuit, from fishing to collecting to napping. Check out these ideas for Father’s Day outings, or head out to these weekend festivals and events.
1. Juneteeth Festival
Celebrate Juneteenth, a family-friendly festival at the Historic Stagville site in Durham, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday, June 18. Learn from historic interpreters about the history of slavery in North Carolina and this festival. Enjoy cooking demonstrations, live music and crafts.
2. Pollinator Festival
Take part in games, crafts and other activities at the free, family-friendly Pollinator Festival in Morrisville, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, June 18, at Lake Crabtree County Park. Celebrate everything that pollinators (bees, butterflies, bats, birds and beetles) do for our planet. Local experts will be available to answer questions about pollination.
3. Hands-On History at Duke Homestead
Head to the Duke Homestead in Durham for free, history-themed activities and crafts, 10 a.m.-noon, Saturday, June 18.
4. Peak City Pig Fest
Head to Peak City Pig Fest June 17-18 in downtown Apex. Cook teams from across the U.S. will compete for prize money in this competition, which is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society.
5. “American Adventure” Exhibit
Go to the Grand Opening of the “American Adventure” exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh, Saturday, June 18. The exhibit, which revolves around the 1607 Jamestown settlement, invites visitors to explore a survival maze and enjoy hands-on activities and take-home crafts. Learn more, including opening hours, here.
6. Learn to Fish
Take your children, ages 6-12, to learn to fish to at Jordan Lake in Apex, 9:30-11 a.m., Saturday, June 18, during the C.A.S.T. program.
7. Flapjack Fundraiser
Savor a “Flapjack Fundraiser” at the Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill and Bar located at 501 E. Six Forks Road in Raleigh, 7-10 a.m., Saturday, June 18. All profits will go to support the Back Pack Buddies program that helps provide food to children over the summer. Tickets are available in advance by contacting Phyllis Thomas at 919-594-4312, or you can buy them at the door. The cost is $7 for adults and $3 for ages 5-10. One child under 5 eats free with each paying adult.
BY ODILE FREDERICKS