Weekend: Chili Dinner, Super Bowl & Circus Xtreme

Cary, NC — This weekend, the calendar is full of fun things to do in Cary and across the Triangle. We found a black history parade and a circus in Durham and Raleigh, a Mardi Gras party and chili dinner in Cary and more.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

The Lucy Daniels Center in Cary is hosting a free workshop at 9:30 am to help parents answer the question, “Is my child is ready for kindergarten?” This workshop is the first in a series of free workshops. No registration is required.

School Board Member Bill Fletcher will be at the Cary Chamber of Commerce for Parent Chats from 1-2 pm on Thursday.


Stop by the first Public Input Session for the Morrisville-Carpenter Road Improvements project this afternoon. Residents, property owners and others doing business in or traveling through Morrisville on this corridor can stop by Town Council Chambers anytime from 4-7 pm to talk with project staff and provide input on the project.

Help Carolina Office Xchange, your destination for new office furniture, celebrate their newly renovated showroom in Morrisville with cocktails, light hors d’oeuvres, raffle prizes, a photobooth and more from 5-8 pm.

More Thursday details on the calendar.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Stop by the Kirk of Kildaire Presbyterian Church for the Cary Rotary Club’s annual Chili Dinner that raises money for hunger relief. Each $8 ticket gets you an 8 oz. bowl of chili (vegetarian available), cheese, cornbread and pasta salad. You can stop by for lunch (12:00 – 2:00 pm) or dinner (5:00 – 7:30 pm). Kids six and under eat free with adult.

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, girls ages 4-12 and their dads can enjoy Cary’s annual Daddy Daughter Dance on Friday and Saturday evenings from 6 – 9 pm. The night includes music from a local DJ, entertainment, refreshments and a photograph to take home. It’s not too late to register – fees are $39 for each daddy-daughter pair.

Later, enjoy a fun Mardi Gras Kickoff that’s also a fundraiser for the Cary MacGregor Rotary Club at The Atrium from 6 – 11 pm. There will be food, drinks, dancing to live music and opportunities to win big raffle prizes. Tickets are $30.

More Friday details on the calendar.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Join Lauren at Garden Supply Company at 10 am as she walks you through the gardens and shows you beautiful plants with winter interest. Afterwards, enjoy some warm beverages inside. Call 919-460-7747 to register. This class is free.

African American History Comes Alive at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center from 2-4 pm on Saturday. Stop by this free event to learn about how the Family Search organization is working with the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History & Culture, the Afro-American Historical and Genealogy Society and the California African American Muesum to help index four million freed slaves records into an online searchable format.

More Saturday details on the calendar.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

It’s Superbowl Sunday, and lots of Cary bars and eateries are hosting special events. For example, there’s a pot-luck party at Fortnight Brewery from 5 pm onwards – bring your own football favorites to share at the pub-wide potluck table.

More Sunday details on the calendar.

Across the Triangle

The 2016 Krispy Kreme Challenge benefiting the North Carolina Children’s Hospital is this Saturday in Raleigh. Runners travel 2.5 miles through historic downtown Raleigh to the Krispy Kreme located at the intersection of Peace and Person Streets, where they attempt to consume one dozen original glazed doughnuts. To participate, check out the website.

Also in Raleigh this weekend is the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus XTREME at the PNC Arena.

The annual MLK/Black History Month Parade is in Durham on Saturday from noon – 2 pm. The parade will featuring marching bands, step teams, dance groups, school and church groups, cars, trucks, businesses, civic organization and more.

The calendar of events is edited by Jessica Patrick. Photo by Lucas Richarz.