21 Family-Friendly Festivals in May
Head out to one of the many family-friendly festivals taking place this month
The Strawberry Festival in Durham benefits Central Park School for Children.
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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance
May 3-6 – Shakori Hills Farm, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro. See website for hours and to purchase tickets. $22-$144. Rural Chatham County hosts this four-day festival featuring live music and dance performances on four stages; programs and workshops in the fields of sustainability, food, healing arts and more; and kids’ activities. shakorihillsgrassroots.org.
May 5 – Downtown Apex. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Enjoy artisan booths, live music, kids’ entertainment and carnival food. apexpeakfest.com.
Canine Field Day
May 5 – Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Take Fido for games, activities, competitions, pet-friendly vendors and food trucks. durhamnc.gov/2700/canine-field-day.
Carrboro Elementary School Fair
May 5 – Carrboro Elementary School, 400 Shelton St., Carrboro. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Games, a silent auction, carnival food, an archery competition, face painting and more highlight the school’s annual fundraiser. ces.chccs.k12.nc.us.
Discovering Magic in the Garden
May 5 – North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 1-4 p.m. $5/person. Free for ages 2 and younger. Celebrate spring and the garden’s natural wonders with hands-on activities, nature play, games and crafts, flower art, and fairy and gnome homebuilding. Register online. ncbg.unc.edu.
Fest in the West
May 5 – USA Baseball National Training Complex, 7445 Green Hope School Rd., Cary. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Celebrate Cary’s rural roots with artisans, live music, an interactive Kid Zone, pie eating and horseshoes contests, face painting and more. festinthewest.com.
Ham & Yam Festival
May 5 – Downtown Smithfield. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. This annual festival features craft and food vendors, country ham and sweet potatoes, local bands and dance groups, a barbecue cook-off and more. hamandyam.com.
May 5 – Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Herbs take center stage at this festival that features cooking and gardening demonstrations, vendors and an herb craft for kids. Butterfly releases take place at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. townofcary.org/recreation-enjoyment/events/special-events/herbfest.
Meet in the Street
May 5 – Downtown Wake Forest. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Meet in the Street showcases artisan booths, entertainment venues, food trucks, live music and children’s activities along South Taylor, South Brooks and South White streets. wakeforestnc.gov/meet-in-the-street.aspx.
May 5 – Old North Durham Park, 724 Foster St., Durham. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Enjoy all things strawberry at this annual festival benefitting Central Park School for Children. cpscnc.org/strawberry.
One Tribe Fest
May 5-6 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Blvd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. May 5; 11 a.m.-6 p.m. May 6. $5/person. Free for ages 12 and younger. Experience the dynamic energy of live music, vendors, yoga, holistic healers and wellness coaches. Kids can enjoy outdoor activities and a healing space. onetribefestnc.com.
May 6 – Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 1-5 p.m. Free. Celebrate the unique qualities that make Carrboro special with field games, crafts, family activities, poetry readings and more. carrboroday.com/301/carrboro-day.
Ritmo Latino Festival
May 12 –Town Hall Campus, 316 N. Academy St., Cary. Noon-6:30 p.m. Free. Celebrate Latino culture through music, cuisine, visual arts and more. townofcary.org.
May 12 – Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Rd., Holly Springs. 1-4 p.m. Free. Enjoy carnival games, crafts, live animals and live music. Meet tortoises and other reptiles, and talk to biologists and wildlife rehabilitators. hollyspringsnc.us/361/turtlefest.
Got To Be NC Festival
May 18-20 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. See the website for hours and fees. Take the family for North Carolina-style fun with carnival rides, food vendors, pony rides, evening fireworks and more. Festival admission is free; some events and activities require a fee. gottobencfestival.com.
Barnyard Birthday Bash
May 19 – Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Help the park’s beloved goats celebrate their birthdays with games, activities and cake. facebook.com/events/536433876733170.
Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival
May 19 – Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. Noon-8 p.m. Free. A tradition in Durham for 47 years, this festival celebrates African and African-American history, culture, arts and traditions. durhamnc.gov/999/bimbe-cultural-arts-festival.
Great Grapes Wine & Food Festival
May 19 – Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $33 and up. Taste the rich heritage of North Carolina’s vines. Live music, festival food, arts and crafts, and a kids’ area round out the fun. Free for ages 12 and younger. Purchase tickets online. boothamphitheatre.com.
May 19 – Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Celebrate the longleaf pine ecosystem with exhibits, games, crafts, live animals, food trucks and more. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake.
May 19 – Morrisville Town Hall Campus, Town Hall Dr., Morrisville. 4-9 p.m. Free. Morrisville celebrates the spring season with live entertainment, carnival-style games, live performances, inflatables, craft vendors and food trucks. townofmorrisville.org.
Wheels on Academy Car Show and Touch a Truck
May 19 – Downtown Park and South Academy St., Cary. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. See the cars of yesteryear along with modern hot rods and exotic cars. Children can explore favorite vehicles and heavy machinery. townofcary.org.