May 2015 Festivals Feature Art, History, Culture, Food, Hens
May 2 – Music, food trucks, demonstrations, kids’ activities and more highlight this Salem Street festival. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Apex. apexpeakfest.com.
May 2 – Celebrate the arts with crafts, carnival games, storytelling, live turtles, food trucks and an instrument petting zoo. $7 adults, $3 kids. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Bynum Ballpark, 173 Bynum Hill Rd., Pittsboro. chathamarts.org.
Ham & Yam Festival
May 2 – Take the family for a day of food, live music, a barbeque cook-off, kids’ activities and more. Free. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Downtown Smithfield, 919-934-0887. hamandyam.com.
May 2 – Learn about the history and importance of the longleaf pine. Take a wagon ride to enjoy live animals, games, crafts, live entertainment and more in a unique area of the park. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-387-4342. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake.
Meet in the Street Festival
May 2 – Enjoy a day of food, artisan booths, live entertainment and children’s activities. This is a Fit Family Challenge registration and points event. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Wake Forest along White, South Taylor and South Brooks streets. wakeforestnc.gov/meet-in-the-street.aspx.
One Tribe Fest
May 2 – This community expo features local artisans, holistic healers, lectures and product demonstrations. Children can take part in outdoor activities in nature. Learn more at facebook.com/events/331292923737405. All ages. $5. Free for ages 12 and younger. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. N.C. State Fairgrounds, James Holshouser Building, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. onetribeexpo.com.
Out! Raleigh 2015
May 2 – This family-friendly festival showcases live music, kids’ activities, food vendors and more celebrating the LGBTQ community. Free. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Fayetteville Street, downtown Raleigh. 919-832-4484. outraleigh.org.
May 2 – Central Park School for Children’s annual fundraiser features live entertainment, face painting, children’s games and strawberry treats. Admission is free; activities charge a small fee. Noon-4 p.m. Old North Durham Park, 724 Foster St., Durham. 919-730-3645. cpscnc.org/SF5K.
May 3 – Carrboro comes alive with music, art, games, food and poetry for all ages. Free. 1-6 p.m. Carrboro Town Hals, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-918-7364. carrboroday.com.
Raleigh Community Animal Hospital Grand Opening
May 3 – Take the family for demonstrations, K-9 demos, a doggie salon, hospital tours, vaccine and microchip clinics, free food, raffles and more. A teddy bear stitch-up takes place from 3-5 p.m. All ages. Free. 1-5 p.m. Raleigh Community Animal Hospital, 1108 Dresser Ct., Raleigh. 919-948-4210. vetraleigh.com.
Front Porch Art Walk
May 9 – Stroll through the streets of Historic Mordecai and Oakwood in downtown Raleigh to see beautiful works of art from more than 30 artists for sale on front porches and in yards. All ages. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Begins at the intersection of N. Blount and Peace streets and continues down to Franklin and Pace streets. Event held rain or shine.
May 14 – Celebrate all things strawberry with games, free ice cream, an appearance by Suzy Strawberry and more. Free. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Raleigh Farmers Market, 1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh. 919-733-7417. ncagr.gov.
Artsplosure: The Raleigh Arts Festival
May 15-17 – Raleigh’s one-of-a-kind art festival features make-and-take crafts, a large-scale temporary art installation and variety of food and live entertainment. Free. See website for hours. Moore Square and Raleigh City Market area, Raleigh. 919-832-8699. artsplosure.org.
Got to Be NC Festival
May 15-17– Celebrate North Carolina’s culture, music and cuisine. Enjoy a tractor parade, racing pigs, heritage crafts, live animals and kids’ activities. Free admission; fee for some activities and areas. See website for hours. N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. gottobencfestival.com.
East Meets West Festival
May 16 – Wake County’s most diverse community celebrates the melding of cultures and features live music and dance performances, ethnic foods and more. All ages. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Town Hall Dr., Morrisville. eastmeetswestmorrisville.org.
Raleigh Tour D’Coop
May 16 – This annual garden tour educates visitors of all ages about keeping hens and delights them with garden ideas and inspiration. Proceeds benefit Urban Ministries of Wake County. See website for a detailed map. Purchase tickets online. $10/individual, $20/family. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Raleigh, tourdcoop.com.
Willow Oak Montessori Spring Festival and Fun Run
May 16 – Take the family for a bounce house, live music, festival booths, food trucks and a special student performance. All ages. $5/person. $10/child for unlimited bounce house. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Willow Oak Montessori Charter School, 50101 Governors Dr., Chapel Hill. 919-240-7787. willowoakmontessori.org.