15 Triangle Festivals Happening in June and July
Mark you calendar for summer fun at these family-friendly festivals
Don't miss the Carolina Hurricane Summerfest Celebration June 30 at PNC Arena in Raleigh.
Photo courtesy of Lauren Baxter, Carolina Hurricanes
June 16 – 330 E. Main St., downtown Durham. 1-10 p.m. Free. Take the family for an educational and uplifting event that celebrates the end of slavery 153 years ago. Enjoy live entertainment, food, vendors, a health fair and kids’ zone. spectacularmag.com.
Peak City Pig Fest
June 15-16 – Downtown Apex. June 15, 5-9 p.m.; June 16, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission; purchase barbecue plate tickets online, $10/person. Teams from across the country compete for prize money while cooking chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pork. On Saturday, the event features kids’ activities, pig races, live music and street vendors. peakcitypigfest.com.
June 16 – Morrisville Town Hall Campus, Town Hall Dr., Morrisville. 4-9 p.m. Free. Morrisville celebrates the spring season with live entertainment, carnival-style games, inflatables, craft vendors and food trucks. townofmorrisville.org.
June 16 – Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Enjoy games, crafts, family-friendly activities, local experts and food vendors at the sixth annual Pollinator Festival in honor of National Pollinator Week. wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree.
Primrose School of Cary Spring Fling Carnival
June 16 – Primrose School of Cary, 1500 Evans Rd., Durham. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. $5 and up. Crafts, face painting, games, food, a silent auction and more highlight this festival for all ages. primroseofcary.com.
Wake Forest Charity Car Show
June 16 – Downtown Wake Forest. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. See muscle cars, sports cars, pony cars, classic and antique autos, street rods and trucks. wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-charity-car-show.aspx.
Blueberry Day at the State Farmers Market
June 21 – Raleigh State Farmers Market, 1201– Agriculture St., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Enjoy a free blueberry dessert and fresh blueberries for sale from local growers. ncagr.gov/markets/facilities/markets/raleigh/promos.htm.
June 23 – Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Dr., Raleigh. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Let your dog run free at this pop-up event that features a specially crafted dog park. Enjoy games, food trucks, raffles and dog-related vendors. Registration required online. eventbrite.com.
Vollmer Farm Blueberry Festival
June 23 – Vollmer Farm, 677 NC Hwy 98 E., Bunn. 2-10 p.m. $15/person. Free for ages 12 and younger. Live music, pie-eating contests and food trucks highlight Vollmer Farms’ annual blueberry celebration. The Back 40 Playground features a giant jumping pillow, underground slide, goat walk, racer barrels and more. Purchase tickets online. facebook.com/thevollmerfarm.
June 30-July 1 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Kerr Scott Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. June 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; July 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12/adult, $5 ages 5-12. Free for ages 4 and younger. Explore the world of reptiles and exotic animals through presentations, raffles, vendors and more. Purchase tickets online. repticon.com/north-carolina/raleigh.
Carolina Hurricanes’ Summerfest Celebration
June 30 – PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Free. Enjoy an autograph session, inflatables, games, free giveaways, appearances by Stormy and the Pepsi Storm Squad, hockey games and more. nhl.com/hurricanes/fans/summerfest.
Festival for the Eno
July 4 and 7 – West Point on the Eno, 5101 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. See the website for fees and to purchase tickets. The 39th Festival for the Eno features more than 70 music performance on five stages, a juried craft show, interactive arts, environmental and backyard farming demonstrations, local food, and opportunities to paddle and play on the Eno River. All proceeds benefit the Eno River Association. enoriver.org/festival.
Pork, Pickles and Peanuts
July 14 – Duke Homestead, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd., Durham. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. North Carolina’s food heritage comes to life with cooking demonstrations, food competitions, live music, arts and crafts vendors, kids’ games, living history re-enactors and guided tours of the homestead. dukehomestead.org/special-events.php.
Family Day at Duke Homestead: Historic Games
July 16 – Duke Homestead, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd., Durham. Meet farm creatures and learn about the importance of animals and pollinators on farms, both historically and today. Visit with animals and enjoy interactive games, engaging crafts, imaginative face painting and more. nchistoricsites.org/duke
Brew ‘n’ Choo: Ice Cream Social
July 28 – New Hope Valley Railway, 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12-$14/person. Enjoy a DJ, contests, ice cream, train rides and G-scale garden trains on display. Purchase tickets online for 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m. or 3 p.m. train rides. triangletrain.com.