24 April Festivals in the Triangle


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BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo returns to Raleigh April 14-15.

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Durham Easter

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.


Frog Fest

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.


Raulston Blooms!

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.


Songbird Celebration

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.

 

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December 2019

Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about tummy time alternatives, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to...

Cost: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Take part in a class that teaches individualized ways to foster motor development for your child. Learn about carry positions, best positions for your baby, how to help your child learn to crawl,...

Cost: 24.00

Where:
Open Arts
1222 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC  27560
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Create artwork inspired by the Christmas tree. Ages 6-10. Register online. Choose course #126771.

Cost: $31/resident, $40/nonresident

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Embark on a wild ride with favorite Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and many others in this fun-filled getaway featuring unexpected hijinks and character interaction. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Geocaching is a treasure hunt where participants use GPS coordinates to track down hidden "caches." We will learn how to use traditional GPS units and the Geocaching App (by Groundspeak), then hike...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Holiday Gift Making for Friends They're back! Come learn how to sew the perfect sized scrunchie - an excellent holiday gift for friends. Choose from a variety of fabrics, colors, and...

Cost: $5.00

Where:
The Studio School of Durham
1201 W Woodcroft Pkwy
Durham, NC  27713
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Sponsor: The Studio School of Durham
Telephone: 984-377-4502
Contact Name: Danielle Sunde
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Favorite Christmas songs are presented in authentic Nashville country style with dazzling guitars and fiddles along with soaring harmonies. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $25/person

Where:
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
405 S. Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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The ensemble performs favorite holiday tunes as well as the soundtrack to "The Snowman" as it is shown on a large screen. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: See website for fees

Where:
Cary Arts Center
101 Dry Ave.
Cary, NC  27511
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Embark on a wild ride with favorite Disney characters Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and many others in this fun-filled getaway featuring unexpected hijinks and character interaction. Purchase tickets...

Cost: $15 and up

Where:
PNC Arena
1400 Edwards Mill Rd.
Raleigh, NC  27607
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Favorite Christmas songs are presented in authentic Nashville country style with dazzling guitars and fiddles along with soaring harmonies. Purchase tickets online. 

Cost: $25/person

Where:
Wake Forest Renaissance Centre
405 S. Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Ages 15 and older enjoy a night of dancing, refreshments, a winter wonderland photo booth and more. 

Cost: $3/person

Where:
Century Center
100 N. Greensboro St.
Carrboro, NC  27510
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Winter is a great time to explore nature at the park! Join a naturalist to learn how to identify tracks, explore conifers, and drink pine needle tea. Then observe snow and ice through hands-on...

Cost: For all ages; FREE. Registration is required for everyone

Where:
Crowder County Park
4709 Ten-Ten Rd
Apex, NC  27529
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Telephone: 919-662-2850

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Family members join teams to shoot foul shots for a chance to win a holiday ham. See website for age divisions and times. No registration necessary.

Cost: Free

Where:
Apex Community Center
73 Hunter St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Telephone: 919-249-3402
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Ages 11 and older with special needs enjoy a showing of "Home Alone." Register online. Choose course #128732.

Cost: $2/resident, $3/nonresident

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The Cary Theater
122 E. Chatham St.
Cary, NC  27511
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Please join Admissions, Division Directors and our Head of School as they talk about Duke School’s unique program, specifically for students entering 5th-8th grade for the 2020-21 school year....

Cost: $0

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Duke School
3716 Erwin Road
Durham, NC  27705
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Sponsor: Duke School
Telephone: 919-416-9420
Contact Name: Logan Blaylock

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See Happy Dan perform magic, comedy and more.

Cost: $5/person

Where:
Renaissance Centre
405 Brooks St.
Wake Forest, NC  27587
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Assist with our habitat box monitoring. Tasks will vary depending on what needs attention and may include: cleaning or repairing habitat boxes or installing new ones, monitoring our current boxes...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Enjoy a family-friendly movie and a slice or two of pizza. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Purchase tickets online.

Cost: $5/person. $2 for ages 2 and younger

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The Halle Cultural Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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Kids hike, make projects and engage in nature activities. Ages 5-8. Register online. Choose course #127199.

Cost: $9/resident, $12/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC  27518
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Cost: $16 per child

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
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Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Ages 11-17 create old-fashioned taffy and hard candy using ingredients like caramel, marshmallow and chocolate. Register online. Choose course #127044.

Cost: $18/resident, $23/nonresident

Where:
Herbert C. Young Community Center
101 Wilkinson Ave.
Cary, NC
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Register online. 

Cost: $15/resident, $19/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Kids spend a night out in nature making memories and new friends in an old-fashioned, camp-style program. Ages 8-12. Register online. 

Cost: $15/resident, $19/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Raleigh, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Traditional dance caller Connie Carringer teaches fun dances for the whole family: squares, circles, Appalachian and more accompanied by old-time, string band music performed by local musicians. No...

Cost: $2/person or $5/family

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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No Christmas season is complete without your family experiencing The Raleigh Boychoir’s shining “Carols of Christmas.” This year we are excited to invite community members to sing...

Cost: $10 Students, $15 Seniors, $20 Adults.

Where:
Edenton Street United Methodist
228 W Edenton Street
Raleigh, NC  27603
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Sponsor: Raleigh Boychoir
Telephone: (919)881-9259
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Give rugby a try. Take part in tag rugby pick-up games every Saturday morning at Baileywick Road Park, near the Second Shelter.  No experience necessary. All ages. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Baileywick Road Park
9501 Baileywick Rd
Second Shelter Field
Raleigh, NC  27615
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Sponsor: Raleigh Redhawks Rugby
Contact Name: denise travis
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Ages 5 and older move through yoga poses set to holiday music, decorate a special treat and drink hot chocolate. Registration required online. Choose course #127393. 

Cost: $19/child

Where:
Middle Creek Community Center
125 Middle Creek Ave.
Apex, NC  27539
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Ages 4-12 enjoy free arts and crafts. Registration not required. Children must have adult accompaniment. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Halle Cultural Arts Center
237 N. Salem St.
Apex, NC  27502
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One ticket admits the entire family to decorate a special gingerbread house. Supplies provided. Workshops available at 2 p.m. Allergy-free workshop available at 11 a.m. Registration required...

Cost: $40

Where:
Family Preschool
4907 Garrett Rd
Durham, NC  27707
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Sponsor: Family Preschool
Telephone: 919-402-1500
Contact Name: Sue Henson
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Harris Lake will welcome a special holiday visitor this December! Santa will take time out of his busy schedule to join us for a cup of hot cocoa and a ride on our wagon along the back roads of the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Harris Lake County Park
2112 County Park Dr.
New Hill, NC  27562
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Sponsor: Harris Lake County Park
Telephone: 919-387-4342
Contact Name: Joanne St. Clair
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Girls ages 5-12 take their favorite doll and have a creative time together preparing for the holidays. Register by emailing llpolkhouse2@gmail.com.

Cost: $22/attendee, $20/sister

Where:
Historic Polk House
537 N. Blount St.
Raleigh, NC  27604
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Telephone: 919-676-6368
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Discover what's happening in nature as the sun sets and listen to stories around a campfire. All ages with adult. Register online. Choose course #127675.

Cost: $18/resident, $24/nonresident

Where:
Stevens Nature Center/Hemlock Bluffs
2616 Kildaire Farm Rd.
Cary, NC
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Telephone: 919-387-5980
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Take part in this annual walk to celebrate the winter solstice. Take a handmade lantern (white lanterns/lights only, handmade is requested, no fire allowed). Participants will gather at the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Downtown Hillsborough
, NC  27278


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