24 April Festivals in the Triangle
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April 1 – Durham Central Park, 510 Foster St., Durham. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Celebrate Easter with bounce houses, face painting, live entertainment, food trucks, four egg hunts for ages 2-12 and a scavenger hunt for teens. Register online. durhameaster.com.
Farm Spring Fest With Goats at Spring Haven Farm
April 1 – Spring Haven Farm, 5306 Homer Ruffin Rd., Chapel Hill. 1-5 p.m. $12.50/person. Free for ages 3 and younger. Usher in the spring season with goats, baby pigs, horses and other farm animals. Dye Easter eggs and enjoy an egg hunt, face painting and rides on the Tractor Train Express. Purchase tickets online. eventbrite.com/e/farm-spring-fest-with-goats-tickets-43579749203.
North Carolina Science Festival
April 1-30 – Various locations across the Triangle and North Carolina. Discover 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. ncsciencefestival.org.
Discovering Magic in the Garden: Spring Family Festival
April 7 – North Carolina Botanical Garden, 100 Old Mason Farm Rd., Chapel Hill. 1-4 p.m. $5/person. Free for ages 2 and younger. Enjoy hands-on activities, nature play, bird games, flower art, gnome homebuilding, a scavenger hunt and more. Register online. ncbg.unc.edu/youth-family.
April 7 – Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Learn about frogs and the clean water that all living things need. Frog Fest features crafts, games, live music, food trucks, and a meet and greet with live frogs and reptiles. Parking is available at Middle Creek High School with a free shuttle to the park. All ages. wakegov.com/parks/crowder/pages/frogfest.aspx.
Parkwood Spring Fest
April 7 – Emerald Pond, 1603 Clermont Rd., Durham. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Take the family for an egg hunt, vendors, free food, games, a puppet show, storytime and more. Parking is available at the 4D Church lot on Clermont Road. parkwoodnc.org.
April 7 – JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5/nonmember, $10/family. Free for members. This annual garden festival showcases hands-on learning activities, educational demonstrations, artisans, food trucks and entries in the 18th Annual Birdhouse Competition. jcra.ncsu.edu.
Wake Forest Dirt Day
April 7 – Downtown Wake Forest. Free. Shake off the winter blues and enjoy beekeeping demonstrations, vendors, kids’ activities and more. wakeforestnc.gov/dirt-day.aspx.
Carrboro Open Streets
April 8 – Downtown Carrboro. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Bike, dance, climb a rock wall, enjoy yoga and more. All ages. www.ci.carrboro.nc.us/745/carrboro-open-streets (“www” is required in URL).
Near & Far Celebration
April 8 – 140 W. Franklin Plaza, downtown Chapel Hill. 2-5 p.m. Free. Chapel Hill honors its rich diversity in a street party showcasing traditional music and dance performances, authentic cuisine, crafts and more. All ages. plaza140westfranklin.squarespace.com/festivals.
Southern Women’s Show
April 13-15 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. See the website for hours and to purchase tickets. Fashion shows, top chefs and celebrity guests highlight this event that also offers women hundreds of boutiques filled with trendy fashions, beauty products and gourmet treats. southernshows.com/wra.
Pints for Paws
April 14 – Northgate Plaza, 1058 W. Club Blvd., Durham. Noon-4 p.m. Purchase tickets online, $10-$35. Free for ages 10 and younger. This family- and dog-friendly festival features food trucks, live music, doggie wading pools, adoptable dogs and more. Proceeds benefit Animal Protection Society of Durham. eventbrite.com.
BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo
April 14-15 – Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. Purchase tickets online for either the 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1-5 p.m. session on April 14 or 15. $15/person. Enjoy all things LEGO at this festival that offers huge LEGO displays, building zones, guest speakers, vendors and more. brickuniverse.org/raleigh.
Family Rube Goldberg Festival
April 15 – The Forge Initiative, 3300 Green Level Rd. W., Cary. 1:30-4:30 p.m. $20/family. Learn about chain reaction materials, mechanisms and movement by exploring Rube Goldberg contraptions. This event is part of the North Carolina Science Festival. theforgeinitiative.org/workshops/ccrfamilyfestival-04152018.
Pinwheels Family Fun Day
April 15 – Wheels Fun Park, 715 N. Hoover Rd., Durham. Noon-6 p.m. $15/person. Take the family for batting cage rounds, mini golf, skating, go-karts and more in support of the Exchange Family Center’s efforts to prevent child abuse. exchangefamilycenter.org/events/pinwheels.
Touch A Truck
April 15 – The Friday Center, 100 Friday Center Dr., Chapel Hill. Noon-4 p.m. $6/person, $25/family. Free for ages 1 and younger. Explore dozens of vehicles in a safe, supervised environment with local food trucks, kids’ activities and face painting. Proceeds benefit UNC Children’s Hospital and Boy Scout Troop 39. touchatruckchapelhill.com.
Wake Forest Arbor Day
April 21 – E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Rd., Wake Forest. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Receive a free tree seedling and enjoy organizations that offer special activities, treats and information related to gardening. Children can build a birdhouse and take part in other activities. wakeforestnc.gov/arbor-day.aspx.
Children’s Day Festival of Cary
April 21 – Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Enjoy music, crafts and international cuisine in an event that celebrates the Triangle’s children and their rich, diverse cultures. kids.ata-nc.org.
Durham Earth Day Festival
April 22 – Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Honor Mother Earth with music, food, educational activities and more. durhamnc.gov/1003/earth-day-festival.
Girls World Expo Raleigh
April 22 – Embassy Suites, 201 Harrison Oaks Blvd., Cary. Noon- 4 p.m. Free. Teen girls become empowered through demonstrations, science exhibits, guest speakers and more. Register online. girlsworldexpo.com/expos/raleigh.
Goodguys 4th North Carolina Nationals
April 27-29 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. See the website for fees and hours. Enjoy a demolition derby, dragster exhibition, vendors and kids’ activities. View more than 1,500 vehicles through 1972 on display. good-guys.com/ncn-2018.
Mebane Dogwood Festival
April 27-28 – Downtown Mebane. 6-10 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. The spring season comes alive in Mebane with live entertainment, vendors, a car show, kids’ activities and more. The rain date is April 29. mbamebane.com/dogwood-festival.
Garner Strawberry Festival
April 28 – Technology Dr., off Hwy. 42 W., Garner. 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Strawberries take center stage in a festival that also offers inflatables, food trucks, craft vendors, kiddie rides and a classic car show. greaterclevelandchamber.com/strawberry-festival1.html.
April 28 – Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Herald the return of feathered friends with game booths, activities, crafts and more. wakegov.com/parks/bluejay.
Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival and Earth Day Celebration
April 28 – 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, delicious festival food and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration. The Children’s Village at the Lazy Daze Playground offers interactive exhibits and hands-on crafts for kids. townofcary.org.