Weekend Events: Lantern Festival, Open Houses and More

Cary, NC – This weekend will bring a lot of family to town for many of us during Thanksgiving. So if you want to find something fun to do with your family or you want some time to yourself, here are some fun weekend events around Cary.

You can find a full list of events on our calendar. Also check out our Holiday Events story.

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The Mayton Inn is holding a Thanksgiving buffet, running from 11 AM to 4 PM. It’s a nice, easy way to enjoy the day.

There are not many events on Thursday because of Thanksgiving but you can always search on our calendar.


Friday, November 25, 2016

The Chinese Lantern Festival starts at Koka Booth Amphitheater. It runs until Sunday, January 15, 2017 and is even bigger than last year’s. The doors open at 6 PM.

Art Loop is all across Cary for Final Friday. You can see artworks by local creators and even get to meet them at their galleries and showings. There’s a complete list of galleries online, all opening at 6 PM.

The Ultimate Johnny Cash Tribute plays on Friday and Saturday this weekend at the Cary Theater. It will be performed by the Johnny Folsom 4 and include music from Carl Perkins, Merle Haggard, Loretta Lynn and Nobel Prize Laureate Bob Dylan, starting at 8 PM on both days.

For more Friday events, check out our calendar.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

The Pink Alli on Ledgestone Way will be having a holiday special. Starting at 10 AM, all items are discounted and all purchases come with a gift.

Warrior Tech is a new training facility in Morrisville on Aviation Parkway. They will be holding an open house to show off their unique obstacle course facility and will have trainers there to talk with interested visitors. The open house goes from 11 AM to 1 PM.

Crossroads Plaza is holding its Victorian Christmas event, with carolers, reindeer, Santa and a tree lighting. It all starts at 3:30 PM.

You can find more Saturday events on our calendar.


Sunday, November 27, 2016

Ten Thousand Villages on Kildaire Farm Road is holding a fundraising event where 15 percent of purchases will go to benefit Family Promise of Wake County, a group that helps local families facing homelessness. The fundraiser runs from 2 to 5 PM.

The Cary Theater is running the final movie in its “Gone But Not Forgotten” series to remember actors and directors who died this year. Playing at 2 PM, the final movie is L.A. Confidential, directed by the late Curtis Hanson.

And there are more Sunday events on our calendar.

Around The Triangle

The North Carolina Museum of Art is holding a free concert on Friday, November 25, 2016. Popular North Carolina band Peter Lamb and the Wolves will be performing, with the show starting at 5:30 PM.

Antiques Extravaganza of NC is all this weekend at Raleigh’s Exposition Center. More than 100 exhibitors will be showing antiques from around the country, including collectibles. It starts at 10 AM on Friday and Saturday and 11 AM on Sunday.

Smashfest is on Friday at the Scrap Exchange in Durham and gives people the opportunity to smash things apart and it’s totally free. There will also be beer and food trucks and it runs from 4 to 7 PM.


From the CaryCitizen calendar. Photos by Hal Goodtree and Peter Corbett.