21 April Festivals in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill
Triangle towns feature spring festivities
BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo arrives at the Raleigh Convention Center April 2-3
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18th Annual Lebanese Festival
April 2 – Downtown Raleigh City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. 919-606-0647. Celebrate Lebanese culture with traditional food, music and dancing. tlacnc.org.
BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo
April 2-3 – Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $18/person. See spectacular Lego creations, unleash creative energy in building zones, hear guest speakers and shop vendors selling the latest Lego sets, mini-figures and accessories. Purchase tickets online. brickuniverse.org/raleigh.
April 2 – JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. $5/nonmember, $10/family. 919-513-7011. Garden and nature activities, artisans, food vendors and more take center stage at this annual festival. See this year’s entries for the Annual Birdhouse Competition, visit with chickens from Tour D’ Coop and more. jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1228.
Wake Forest Dirt Day
April 2 – Downtown Wake Forest, S. White St. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Celebrate spring and the great outdoors. Kids can play in a large sandbox, dig for fossils, paint with mud and make wheatgrass containers. Adults can take an outdoor Zumba class, learn about gardening and beekeeping, and more. wakeforestnc.gov/dirt-day.aspx.
Art in Bloom
April 7-10 – North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. See website for hours and to purchase tickets and read this post for details. $15/nonmember, $10/member. Floral designers from across North Carolina and beyond bring springtime into the N.C. Museum of Art by interpreting masterworks from the permanent collection in 56 breathtaking flower displays. Events for children include scavenger hunts, a parent-child floral workshop, origami demonstrations, tours and more. Certain events require separate tickets. ncartmuseum.org.
PHOTO OF LAST YEAR'S ART IN BLOOM COURTESY OF THE NORTH CAROLINA MUSEUM OF ART
North Carolina Science Festival
April 8-24 – Various locations across the Triangle and throughout North Carolina. This multi-day celebration highlights the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in North Carolina. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the festival engages a wide range of audiences while inspiring future generations. Some events require fees and/or registration. View the event schedule online. ncsciencefestival.org.
April 9 – Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Meet live reptiles and frogs, learn about the importance of clean water, and enjoy crafts, games and food trucks. Off-site parking at Middle Creek High School, 123 Middle Creek Park Ave., Apex, is required during the event. A free shuttle will be provided to and from the park. wakegov.com/parks/crowder/pages/frogfest.aspx.
East Meets West Festival
April 16 – Town Hall, Town Hall Dr., Morrisville. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Celebrate Morrisville, Wake County’s most diverse community, with a day of food, culture and music from around the world. eastmeetswestmorrisville.org.
2016 Walk/Run/Bike for Umstead
April 16 – William B. Umstead State Park, 6000 Reedy Creek Rd., Raleigh. 9 a.m. $40/ages 13 and older, $20/ages 12 and younger. Support the park and spend a day on the trails. Kids can enjoy face painting, live owls, a turtle trail activity and crafts. Register online. This is a Fit Family Challenge registration event. umsteadcoalition.org/walkrunbike.
Pinwheels for Prevention Family Fun Day
April 17 – Wheels Fun Park, 715 N. Hoover Rd., Durham. Noon-6 p.m. $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door. Take the family for skating, go karts, fire trucks, storytimes, a musical performance by Kidznotes and more. This Family Fun Day is sponsored by the Exchange Family Center to support its efforts in preventing child abuse and neglect. Purchase advance tickets online. exchangefamilycenter.org.
Touch a Truck 2016
April 17 – University Place, Chapel Hill. Check website for times. Children explore vehicles of all types — public service, emergency, utility, construction, landscaping, deliver trucks and more — in a safe and supervised environment. Children under age 2 are admitted free. This is a Carolina Parent Fit Family Challenge registration event. troop39nc.org.
Children’s Day Festival of Cary
April 23 – Bond Park, Sertoma Amphitheatre, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Take part in a global celebration where children come together to have fun and cherish diversity. The festival features international foods, craft activities, children’s dance groups and more. kids.ata-nc.org.
Garner Strawberry Festival
April 23 – Technology Dr. off Hwy. 42 W., Garner. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Strawberries take center stage at this festival featuring inflatables, arts and craft vendors, a classic car show, and music and dance groups. facebook.com/strawberry-festival-garner-NC-325267290877070.
Mebane Dogwood Festival
April 23 – Downtown Mebane. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Welcome spring in Mebane with live entertainment, vendors, kids’ activities and a car show. mbamebane.com/dogwood-festival.
Songbird Celebration Family Festival
April 23 – Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and the return of feathered friends with games, activities, storytelling, crafts and more. 919-870-4330. wakegov.com/parks/bluejay.
Artists for Animals Faire
April 24 – Downtown Apex. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. This arts celebration benefits three animal rescue groups. Shop for creations from local painters, photographers, sculptors and more. Face painting and live animals round out the fun. Cats and dogs will be available for adoption. apexartscouncil.org/artists4animals.php.
April 29 – Boys and Girls Club, 808 E. Pettigrew St., Durham. 3-6 p.m. Free. 919-413-7702. Hosted by the North Carolina Children’s Voice Center, this fair features live entertainment, face painting and free food. nccvc.org.
Durham Art Walk Spring Market
April 30-May 1 – Downtown Durham. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. April 30, 1-5 p.m. May 1. Free. This two-day event showcases artistic talent, live music, historic sites, food trucks and more. durhamartwalk.com.
New Hope Valley Railway Strawberry Festival
April 30 – New Hope Valley Railway, 3900 Bonsal Rd., New Hill. Trains depart at 11 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3 p.m. $10/adult, $7 ages 2-12. Enjoy fresh strawberries and travel through New Hill’s scenic woods in an open train. Purchase train tickets online. triangletrain.com.
One Tribe and Conscious Living Fest
April 30-May 1 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. $5/person. Free for ages 11 and younger. 919-247-3002. Explore the mind, body and Earth creators of natural and sustainable products, craft artisans, workshops, live music, food and more. Kids can enjoy an interactive area with outdoor activities, storytelling and a healing space. Purchase tickets online. onetribefestnc.com.
Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival and Earth Day Celebration
April 30 – Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Spring Daze features more than 180 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, festival food and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration. The Children’s Village offers interactive exhibits and hands-on crafts. townofcary.org.