N.C. Museum of Natural Science Junior Curators

Volunteers from the Museum will share artifacts and showcase a few live animals. Stop by to meet the animals and explore science and nature! 

Cause 4 Paws

Pet adoption event 3:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Arts and Crafts

Banjo Crafting

Make your own banjo! Banjos belong to a family of the earliest known instruments. Drums with strings stretched over them can be traced throughout the Far East, the Middle East and Africa almost from the beginning of human history. The modern banjo is frequently associated with country, folk, Irish/Scottish traditional, and bluegrass music.

African Mbira Instruments

Create a replica of this traditional African musical instrument which has been making music for over 1,300 years.


Weave a dreamcatcher using textiles, beads, and feathers to honor this traditional symbol of protection and unity in Native American cultures.


NC is home to gold and gemstone mines and has a rich history of panning for these precious natural resources.

Autumn Leaf Crowns

Welcome Autumn by making your own colorful leaf crown to wear as you enjoy the festival!

Fall Fairy Houses

Decorate a tiny house that a fairy would love to call home with paint, leaves, acorns, glitter, and more!

Foxfire Lanterns

Make your own glow-in-the-dark foxfire lantern to take home! Foxfire, sometimes called fairy fire, is produced by a bioluminescent fungi. First documented in 382 BC by Aristotle, it was discovered to be the cause of eerie glows coming from mines, used to illuminate needles of instruments on an early submarine, and has sparked many stories of Appalachia.

Pumpkin Decorating

Come grab a free pumpkin and make it as spooky or friendly as your creativity will let you.


Community Art Projects

Chalk Art

Noted local artist Jose Cruz will lead a colorful reimagination of asphalt.

Collaborative Painting w/Jane Cheek

This local artist will be facilitating a giant collaborative painting that will be fun for kids of all ages. Once complete, the artwork will be displayed at Read With Me and auctioned for charity.

Raleigh Rocks

Raleigh Rocks will host a community painting party at our booth for Roots Fest!  Come out and paint rocks to take and hide while listening to great bands!

Music Canvas

Create a unique piece of music themed, multi-media art.

Envelope Exchange

Connect with your community by leaving a work of art or encouraging note and take home one for yourself!

Peace Poles

Stop by this installation to add your artistic expression of positive messages for our community and world.

Weaving Wall

Using a variety of fabrics, collaborate to create a colorful piece of community textile art.



Read With Me

This new children’s book and art shop in downtown Raleigh will be sponsoring the Kids Zone and two storytimes on the Pogue Street Stage. Come and create a bookmark at their booth and listen to local authors read stories old and new!


An innovative company providing small group occupational therapy, Skill-by-Skill will be in the KidsZone with sensory bins and fall fine motor activities that are fun for all ages.

Young Living Oils

We all know that driving with children can be stressful, we will create a fun essential oil infused car clip to help make car trips more pleasant. Your children will use their senses while having fun with essential oil infused, non toxic, play dough. Information will be available on how to use essential oils with your entire family.

Garry Atkinson

Author/Illustrator will share an activity from his books and information about Fundo Press.



Moonwalk Rides

Bouncy Houses

Obstacle Courses

Hula Hoops

and more!