Family-Friendly Festivals in April
Frogs take center stage at Frog Fest in Apex on April 8.
Photo courtesy of Crowder District Park
North Carolina State University College of Veterinary Medicine Annual Open House
April 1 – North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine, 1060 William Moore Dr., Raleigh. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Spend a day with animal friends and enjoy tours of the hospital, labs and grounds, animal care and dog agility demonstrations, and more. All ages. cvm.ncsu.edu/open-house.
April 1 – JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. $5/nonmember, $10/family. Free for members. Learn about bees and bugs, take part in hands-on learning activities and make garden crafts. View birdhouses from the 17th Annual Birdhouse Competition on display. Purchase tickets online. jcra.ncsu.edu/events/details.php?ID=1393.
Spring Pottery and Glass Festival
April 1 – Cedar Creek Gallery, 1150 Fleming Rd., Creedmoor. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Free. Enjoy pottery demonstrations, kiln openings, raku firings, glass blowing demonstrations, food trucks, live music and a raffle. cedargreekgallery.com.
Wake Forest Dirt Day
April 1 – Downtown Wake Forest. 10 a.m-3 p.m. Free. Celebrate spring and the great outdoors. Kids can play in an oversized sandbox, make wheatgrass containers for home windowsills, paint with mud, and peruse assorted fossils and animal skeletons. Adults can watch beekeeping demonstrations, learn about gardening and more. wakeforestnc.gov/dirt-day.aspx.
April Food’s Day Food Truck Rodeo
April 2 – Main Street in Downtown Garner, 111 W. Main St., Garner. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Garner’s food truck rodeo features local performers and a kids’ zone with crafts, games and more. downtowngarner.com/april-foods-day-food-truck-rodeo.
North Carolina Science Festival
April 7-23 – 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, lab tours, nature experiences, science talks, 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.
BrickUniverse LEGO Fan Expo
April 8-9 – Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. $15. View spectacular Lego creations and enjoy building zones to unleash creative energy. Enjoy guest speakers and vendors selling the latest Lego sets, mini-figures and accessories. Purchase tickets online. brickuniverse.org/raleigh.
Feed Durham Festival
April 8 – Storychurch, 100 Pleasant Dr., Durham. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Celebrate spring with inflatables, face painting, free hotdogs, egg hunts, games for adults and kids, and a rock climbing wall. Take a canned food donation for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. storychurch.org.
April 8 – 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.
April 8 – City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Free. Experience the Lebanese culture with authentic cuisine, belly dancing, traditional Dabke performances, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities and more. facebook.com/events/1823022547976858.
Live & Local: Spring Fest 2017
April 8 – Compiegne Park, 2200 Hillsborough St., Raleigh. Noon-8 p.m. Free. Usher in the arrival of spring with live entertainment, an artist village curated by Artsplosure and more. hillsboroughstreet.org/liveandlocal.
HOOPLA: Party in the Park
April 21 – North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 5 p.m. Free. See the new works of art in the museum’s park and enjoy food trucks, a local DJ and Cirque de Vol performers. ncartmuseum.org.
Southern Women’s Show
April 21-23 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. See website for hours and to purchase tickets. $6-$12. Explore the latest in fashion, lifestyle, health, beauty and more. Enjoy special guests, food vendors, prizes and more. southernshows.com/wra.
Children’s Day Festival of Cary
April 22 – Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park, 801 High House Rd. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Celebrate the diversity of all children with music, crafts and dancing. kids.ata-nc.org.
Garner Strawberry Festival
April 22 – Technology Drive off
Hwy. 42 W., Garner. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Inflatables, food trucks, craft vendors, kiddie rides, facepainting and a classic car show highlight this annual festival. facebook.com/gcccstrawberryfestival.org.
Mebane Dogwood Festival
April 22 – Downtown Mebane. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Mebane’s annual spring event showcases live entertainment, vendors, kids’ activities, a car show and more. mbamebane.com/dogwood-festival.
Spring Carnival for Children With Special Needs and Their Families
April 22 – Brooks Avenue Church of Christ, 700 Brooks Ave., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Children with special needs and their families enjoy rides, games, crafts, face painting, a petting zoo, local mascots and an appearance by the Spin Man. specialatbrooks.org.
Wake Forest Arbor Day
April 22 – E. Carroll Joyner Park, 701 Harris Rd., Wake Forest. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Receive a tree seedling and enjoy organizations that offer special activities, treats and information related to gardening and related topics. Children can build a birdhouse and take part in art activities. wakeforestnc.gov/arbor-day.aspx.
April 23 – Apex Community Park, 2200 Laura Duncan Rd., Apex. 1-4 p.m. Free. Children touch, climb on and ask questions about their favorite vehicles in a safe, environment. Adult supervision required. Families can enjoy a horn- and lights-free environment from 1-2 p.m. apexnc.org.
Durham Earth Day Festival
April 23 – Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Celebrate Earth Day with environmental education activities and more. durhamnc.gov/1003/earth-day-festival.
Jewish Food Festival
April 23 – Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Rd., Durham. 11 a.m. Free. Enjoy Jewish foods, including Ashkenazi (Eastern European), Sephardic (Mediterranean) and New York deli specialties. All ages. levinjcc.org/calendar/2017jewishfoodfestival.
Touch A Truck
April 23 – The Friday Conference Center, 100 Friday Center Dr., Chapel Hill. Noon-4 p.m. $6/person or $25/max. per family. Free for ages 1 and younger. Children explore all types of vehicles in a safe, supervised environment. Kid-friendly activities, entertainment, a silent auction and food trucks round out the fun. Proceeds benefit the North Carolina Children’s Hospital and Chapel Hill Boy Scout Troop 39. The severe weather date is April 30. touchatruckchapelhill.com.
Goodguys Giant Automotive Festival
April 28-30 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. See website for hours and fees. View more than 1,500 vehicles through 1972 on display and enjoy a demolition derby, vendors and more. Free activities for kids will also be available. good-guys.com.
April 29 – Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Celebrate International Migratory Bird Day and the return of feathered friends with storytelling, games, crafts and more. wakegov.com/parks/bluejay.
Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival and Earth Day Celebration
April 29 – 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, kids’ activities and the town’s annual Earth Day Celebration. townofcary.org.
Pinwheels for Prevention Family Fun Day
April 30 – Wheels Fun Park, 715 N. Hoover Rd., Durham. Noon-6 p.m. $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door. Take the family for batting cage rounds, roller-skating, mini golf, access to the fun gym and more. This Family Fun Day is hosted by the Exchange Family Center to support its efforts in preventing child abuse and neglect. Purchase tickets online. exchangefamilycenter.org/events/pinwheels-for-prevention.