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The Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival is this weekend; the main attraction for many will be the Marketplace event all day Saturday and Sunday.

Head to Gastonia’s Schiele Museum of Natural History and Planetarium, which just opened “The Solar System: A Journey of Exploration.”

Blowing Rock’s annual WinterFest celebration returns Jan. 21-25, with an array of events to pull non-skiers to the Western North Carolina mountains and keep busy those skiers who need a fun break from the slopes.

The greatest figure skaters in America will be competing for more than a week in Greensboro, starting Saturday.

The Pope House, the only historic house museum of an African-American family in North Carolina, was the residence of Dr. Manassas Pope, who ran for mayor of Raleigh in 1919.

The annual “Hog Butchering Day” is Saturday at Historic Brattonsville, in McConnells, S.C.

Durham’s Museum of Life + Science is where your family can enjoy “winter lite” and also bask in a heated glass pavilion filled with live butterflies.

Still hankering for holiday displays the last weekend before Christmas? Head about 75 minutes northwest of Charlotte to The Trail of Lights, in the little foothills town of Valdese.

One of the most unusual attractions in North Carolina is the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute, deep within the Pisgah National Forest, near Rosman.

The Museum of Life + Science, in Durham, is a day-long, indoor-outdoor adventure where inquisitive visitors of all ages can expect to do a lot of walking.

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