May 5 is another one of those amazing days in Durham. Not only is it Cinco de Mayo, a great excuse to drink a margarita or visit a taqueria, but is also the annual Museum of Life and Science’s Magic Wings Festival and the official Kick-Off to Beaver Queen season.
Museum of Life and Science’s Magic Wings Festival
As most Durham families are well aware, The Museum of Life and Science is another one of those great treasures of Durham. We’ve taken many an out-of-town guest to check out the butterfly house and giant cockroaches.
On Saturday, May 5 from 10am–5pm, the museum is hosting its annual Magic Wings Festival. There will be dancing, arts, gardening, entomology, live music, a bug safari hunt, butterfly crafts and more. The new café will also be open (serving stir-fried insects).
“Visitors can live life as a Leafcutter Ant and carry leaves on their back to the colony, explore the woodlands with entomologists to see where bugs hideout, listen to music from around the globe, or celebrate Cinco de Mayo by making traditional paper flowers,” says Nancy Dragotta-Muhl, event coordinator at the museum.
The fine folks at the Museum of Life and Science are also providing a family four pack for Carpe Durham to give away. To enter just leave a comment below with what you love about the Museum of Life and Science or tweet with hashtag #MagicWingsFestival before 5pm on May 2. A winner will be drawn at random.
A complete schedule for the Magic Wings Festival can be found on the museum’s site.
The Museum of Life and Science
433 W. Murray Avenue
Beaver Queen Kick-Off
The annual Beaver Queen pageant is quite the spectacle and one of those events where you find yourself shaking your head saying “only in Durham.” The actual Beaver Queen pageant will take place on June 2 and merits a write-up of its on. The kick-off event gives just a taste of what you can expect at the actual pageant. There will be music (the Blue-tailed Skinks and the Bulltown Strutters), dancing, food trucks, raffles and a first glimpse at this year’s Beaver contestants. Not to pick favorites, but our money is already on Bailar Beaver who is hosting a scavenger hunt around Durham earlier in the day. All proceeds from all Beaver Queen events go toward protecting and restoring Ellerbe Creek. Starts at 7 pm. More information can be found on the Casbah’s site.
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