17 family-friendly activities for weekend of Oct. 5 to Oct. 7

We have a busy fall weekend ahead of us. Here’s what’s happening on the family fun front. As always, check .

And if you’re ready for some fall activities, corn mazes and pumpkin patches are open, and many haunted trails and attractions will open this weekend for the season.


Theatre Raleigh will open “ a 55-minute play based on the classic story, on Friday. It’s best for kids in kindergarten to fifth grade. Shows run on select days through Oct. 21 at the Duke Energy Center for Performing Arts.

Raleigh Fire Department will be kicking off a week of fire prevention activities with a fire safety event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, at Pullen Park. A tent will be set up with three fire prevention activities. The tent will move to Nash Square, 200 S. McDowell St., in downtown Raleigh, from noon to 9 p.m., Sunday. I’ll have more about all of the city’s fire prevention week activities on Go Ask Mom on Thursday.

from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. The free event is set up like an old-time county fair with farm animals, agricultural displays, crafts, activities for kids and more.

The is 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, at The Commons at North Hills. The fair features the products and services of young entrepreneurs – ages 6 to 14.

at Hayes Barton Baptist Church runs through Saturday.

And . Performances are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Duke Energy Center. The symphony will perform the movie’s score as the movie plays on the big screen. Get there early to meet costumed Star Wars characters. Tickets start at $56.


, a licensed treatment facility helping substance abusers, is 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, at 1820 James St., Durham. The afternoon includes games, crafts and lots of food. Kids ages 5 to 12 are $10. Adults are $25.

is at Northgate Mall this weekend.

Chapel Hill

The is noon to 6 p.m., Sunday, in downtown Chapel Hill. The festival will feature more than 100 artisans from all over the South. Don’t miss the “interactive zone” with activities for kids courtesy of Kidzu Children’s Museum and Morehead Planetarium. There also will be live music and performances.

is 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, at Southern Village in Chapel Hill. The annual festival and fundraising walk features lots of family-friendly opportunities to help animals in need.


is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, at Bond Metro Park. Activities include a Skyhoundz Canine Frisbee Disc Competition, information from local dog rescue groups and other vendors, a dog wash courtesy of members of Cary Teen Council and more. Friendly, leashed dogs are welcome.

Cary also has a lot of soccer on the schedule. The is in town with a match at 5 p.m., Sunday, at WakeMed Soccer Park. Tickets are limited for that one. And , the professional men’s soccer team, has a match with the New York Red Bulls II at 7 p.m., Saturday.

Fuquay- Varina

is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, in downtown Fuquay. The annual event features entertainment, a free kids zone, art vendors and more.

Holly Springs

is 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, at Bass Lake Park. The annual nature and environmental education festival includes live music, interactive exhibits, crafts, games and opportunities to meet live animals such as hawks, snakes and owls.

New Hill

The will celebrate Halloween as it‘s celebrated around the world. The free festival is 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sunday, at the Wake County park.