Cary Cheap Thrills: 7/22/16 to 7/28/16

Cary, NC – This week enjoy concerts, family activities, films and an educational wildlife program in Cary: all free. Here’s a roundup of free events from Friday, July 22 to Thursday, July 28.

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Starlight Concert Series

Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden, 119 Ambassador Loop

Friday, July 22, 7 PM

Starlight Concert Series has been taking place on select Fridays since May, and this Friday is a make-up date for a show in May that had to be canceled. So get ready for Polka Night with the Polka Plus Band. After this Friday, there’s just one more concert, which will be on Friday, July 29. You can bring food and lawn chairs. No alcoholic beverages or pets.

Family Summer Camp

Bass Pro Shops, 801 Bass Pro Ln.

Saturday, July 23, and Sunday, July 24

Through Sunday, July 24, Bass Pro Shops has been offering family activities every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. This is the last weekend to participate. Check Bass Pro Shops’ website for the times for each events, but in general the activities start at noon and continue through the afternoon. They include workshops on archery, camping, gardening, fishing and more, as well as crafts, a Daisy BB shooting range and a casting challenge.

White Oak Trail

Wake County Wildlife

West Regional Library, 4000 Louis Stephens Dr.

Monday, July 25, 7 PM

Both West Regional Library and Cary Community Library host a range of free programs for kids, teens and adults. This wildlife program, aimed at adults, will teach participants to identify different species in Wake County and to understand their role in the environment. Visit Wake County Public Library’s website and search on events to see all that’s offered at the libraries. Some popular events require advance registration and they do fill up, so make sure to look ahead in the calendar.

Films at The Cary Theater

122 East Chatham St.

Tuesday, July 26, and Thursday, July 28, 7 PM

The Cary Theater is a multi-use cultural facility with a focus on digital arts, including film, and youth and amateur theater and music. It’s in the heart of downtown Cary and is owned by the Town of Cary. As part of its programming it sometimes presents free films. There are two free film events this week.

On Tuesday, Rough Cuts Review will be shown. It’s an open screen night for North Carolina filmmakers. Joseph Partin, Film and English Professor at Guilford Technical Community College, will lead discussions about the films. Go to The Cary Theater’s website to reserve your free ticket.

And on Thursday “In Pursuit of Silence,” directed by Patrick Shen, will return to Cary as part of Full Frame Road Show. This is its first time back in the Triangle after its sold-out screening at Full Frame 2016. Go to The Cary Theater’s website to learn how to reserve your free tickets. Reservations will start on Monday, July 25.


Wind Down Wednesdays

Waverly Place, 2001 Kildaire Farm Rd.

Wednesday, July 27, 6 PM to 9 PM

Every Wednesday this summer Waverly Place has been the place to spend your evening. The highlight is the live music — this week The Soul Psychedelique will be sharing their high-energy rock/dance music. This is the last Wind Down Wednesday concert of the summer until the grand finale with The Embers on August 31. Kids can play on the two playgrounds and cool off at the splash pad. The shops and restaurants will be open, and many will be offering Wind Down Wednesday specials. Bring a lawn chair and relax. No outside alcohol, glass containers or coolers are allowed.

Story by Jody Mace from Triangle on the Cheap. Photos by Jessica Patrick and Hal Goodtree.