Weekend: Forbidden Broadway & Downtown Market

Cary, NC — Check the calendar and our Guide to Valentine’s Day for a list of events meant for families with young kids all the way to adult couples who need a romantic night out. We found a comedic Broadway show, a show just for kids, a gardening workshop, a flea market, an Invasion basketball game and much, much more. Check it out.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Stop by West Regional Library between 6 and 7 pm to learn about Reference USA, a powerful database for business and consumer research and a great resource for students and job seekers. Call the library to register for this free event.

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Forbidden Broadway is one of the most hilarious shows that comes to Cary. This year’s show will take place in the Cary Arts Center at 7:30 pm and will target theater favorites like Wicked, The Book of Mormon and more. Seasoned theater-goers or those new to Broadway will all enjoy non-stop laughs and family fun. Tickets ($26) are available on etix.

Down the road at The Cary Theater, don’t miss it as the Cary Players kick-off their first production of this year’s Valentine’s Day show, Crossing Delancey. Show dates, showtimes and tickets for this romantic comedy ($20) are available on etix.

More Friday details on the calendar.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

For a list of Valentine’s Day events (many start on Saturday), check our Guide to Valentine’s Day in Cary.

Take a free class at Garden Supply Co. at 10 am on Saturday morning to learn how to Attract Birds to Your Yard.

Ready to get a first look at downtown Cary’s new boutique hotel, The Mayton Inn? Your chance is Saturday afternoon at 2 pm – you’ll witness a ribbon cutting and then get to take tours of the beautiful property. Tours continue until 4 pm.

Then, at 3 pm at the Cary Arts Center, take a ride on a musical discovery with pianist Anatoly Larkin and learn how to use your artistic skills to create a new piece of music. Dr. Larkin’s shows are meant to engage young audience members, but parents will enjoy the show, too. Tickets are $8 on etix. This show is part of the arts center’s family series.

Last week, the Cary Invasion pro basketball team competed against the police department in a fun game to raise money for Dorcas Ministires. This Saturday, the fun continues in the Invasion’s home court (Herb Young Center in downtown Cary) as they take on Wilmington at 7 pm. Invasion games are always full of dancing, food and family fun – don’t miss it.

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Sunday, February 14, 2016

What better way to spend Valentine’s Day by taking a stroll through the Downtown Food & Flea market? You’ll find homemade snacks (like these colorful macaroons), eclectic jewelry and art and more from local artists and vendors while enjoying beer, live music and food from the Cousins Maine Lobster food truck.

You'll find these colorful macaroons at Downtown Food & Flea!

You’ll find these colorful macaroons at Downtown Food & Flea!

Want more inspiration for how to celebrate the day? Check our Valentine’s Day Guide.

More Sunday details on the calendar.

Across the Triangle

Chandeliers in trees, LED-lit hula hoop dances, projections on the side of buildings and more will all make-up Shimmer, a one-night only event featuring artists’ lighted works in 20 venues scattered throughout downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro this Friday, February 12 from 6-11 pm. You can find a list of all participating venues online.

The Hayti Heritage Film Festival is this week in Durham from Thursday, February 11 – Saturday, February 13, 2016. This annual film festival showcases diverse works by and about people of African descent. It includes both short and feature-length films from an international cast of directors, as well as classic feature films. Find the schedule of films online.

Stop by University Place in Chapel Hill on Saturday, February 13, 2016 for a Valentine Sweets & Treats Pop-Up Makers Market featuring hand-crafted goodies to give as Valentine’s gifts. Have a cup of coffee from Carrboro Coffee, and buy a bag of your favorite beans for yourself or a gift. Try samples and shop for delicious goods and gifts from Big Bundts, Carolina Caramel, Carrboro Coffee, Culler & Co. Cupcakes and other local favorites.

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