This weekend: From one extreme to the other

Banff Mountain Film Festival: "Cold"This weekend, there’s a walk for non-walkers, a 100-miler in 100 days, and the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour, two days of film-watching guaranteed to get you up and moving.


We’re always on the lookout for good reasons to walk for people who don’t like to walk. Such as Sunday’s African-American Historic Downtown Walking Tour of Tryon Palace in New Bern. This ramble through New Bern’s Historic District will cover 16 blocks (a little over a mile, by our reckoning) and 300 years of African-American history in New Bern. It’s estimated to take an hour and a half; lots of short walks with pauses in between to learn.

Banff Mountain Film Festival: "Sfinga"

Logistics: $6 for adults, $3 for students, preregistration is required, by calling 252-639-3500. Departs at 2 p.m. from the Waystation Lobby. More about Tryon Palace here.

Weekend forecast: High of 73, scattered thunderstorms.


Have you been looking for a good reason to visit the Charlotte suburb of Pineville — twice? We can think of no better reason than the Pineview 100 Miler, which kicks off Saturday and ends June 25.

Now, the mathematically astute among you may have picked up on the fact that’s 100 days,

Banff Mountain Film Festival: "What Happened on Pam Island?"

which is the theme of the Pineview 100 Miler: You don’t have to walk, run or bike 100 miles all on Saturday, you have 100 days — until June 25 — to make that magic happen. It’s the Pineville Parks and Rec’s effort to jumpstart your activity level by achieving this reasonable goal. Sign up online for $5 (another $15 gets you a “fashionable moisture wicking t-shirt) download the official activity log and get going. And show up for the kick-off this Saturday and conclusion June 25, of course.

Logistics: Sign up online, for $5, here. Saturday’s kickoff is at 9 a.m. at Lake Park with a 5K.

Weekend forecast: High of 75, with isolated thunderstorms.


Banff Mountain Film Festival: "Towers of the Ennedi" (photo by Jimmy Chin)

You probably don’t need a good reason to visit Brevard, gateway to the Pisgah National Forest, DuPont State Forest and assorted other outdoor attractions. But here’s one anyway: the Banff Mountain Film Festival. Brevard College hosts the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour Friday and Saturday at the school’s Porter Center for Performing Arts. Check out some of the best outdoors films to emerge in the past year, films likely to inspire you to stay an extra day and explore.

Logistics: Tickets are $10 per night, available online.

Weekend forecast: High of 72 with a 40 percent chance of precip.

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Those are GGNC’s thoughts for an active weekend. Find out other ways you can get out this weekend by browsing our super calendar, a collection of events calendars from throughout the state, below.

Comprehensive calendar for the Cape Fear/Wilmington/southern N.C. coast searchable by date and event name.

Coastal Guide
Comprehensive calendar including nature programs from a variety of costal conservation and research agencies that offer nature programs. Covers the entire coast.

Crystal Cost Tourism Authority
Comprehensive calendar focusing on the Crystal Coast. Good source for programs offered by N.C. Coastal Federation, Cape Lookout National Park, N.C. National Estuarine Research Reserve and other costal conservation and research agencies that offer nature programs.
Comprehensive calendar including programs for the Outer Banks and Crystal Coast.

North Carolina Coast Host
Comprehensive calendar for the entire coast that lets you search for events by day, by region, by county, by city or by event (based on key word).

This Week Magazine
Primary focus is the Crystal Coast (North Carolina’s coastal midsection).


Asheville Citizen-Times
From the main page, click on “Outdoors,” then WNC Outdoors calendar.

Blue Ridge Outdoors
Searchable calendar lets you extend your reach to events throughout the mid-Atlantic and Southeast (or you can just limit it to North Carolina). Also lets you search a boatload of categories, ranging from Hiking, Mountain Biking and Climbing to Trail Running, Triathlon and Road Walking.

The Mountain Times
From the main page, click on “Calendars,” then Main Events.

Todd’s Calendar



Charlotte Observer events calendar
Comprehensive calendar searchable by category, including Nature, Recreation, Recreation & Wellness, Running

Charlotte Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.

Comprehensive calendar includes a Sports & Recreation category.

Piedmont Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.

Comprehensive calendar searchable by category, including: Birding, Boating, Cycling, Nature, Rec & Wellness, Recreation, Running, Swimming, Tennis, Yoga.

Carolina Parent
Comprehensive calendar concentrating on things the family can do together.


Office of Environmental Education
One calendar for the numerous Environmental Education Centers statewide.

North Carolina State Parks
Lets you search for programs at the state’s parks, recreation areas and natural areas by location, by month, by topic. To reach the calendar from the home page, click on “Education,” then “Fun & Free Programs at Parks.”

National Forests in North Carolina
From the home page, click on Carolina Connections for news updates on the state’s four national forests as well as hints on recreational opportunities and a detailed rundown of recreation areas and the amenities at each.

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