May Festivals Fill the Triangle
May 3 – Enjoy live music, food trucks and kids’ activities at this Salem Street festival. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Downtown Apex. apexpeakfest.com.
Ham & Yam Festival
May 3 – Take the family for a day of food, live music, barbeque cook-offs, kids activities and more. Free. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Downtown Smithfield. 919-934-0887. hamandyam.com.
May 4 – Celebrate what makes Carrboro unique. Enjoy live music, art, games, poetry, food and more. Free. 1-6 p.m. Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-918-7364. carrboroday.com.
Ritmo Latino Music, Art and Dance Festival
May 10 – Take the family for a showcase of Latino culture featuring live performances, vendors, artists, Latin foods and activities for children. Free. Noon- 5 p.m. Downtown Cary. 919-460-4963. diamanteinc.org.
Got to Be NC Festival
May 16-18 – Celebrate North Carolina’s culture, music and cuisine along with a carnival. Activities include a tractor parade, racing pigs, heritage crafts, live animals and children’s activities in the Kidz Zone. Free admission; fee for some activities and areas. Noon-10 p.m. May 16; 9 a.m.-10 p.m. May 17; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. May 18. Gate hours vary and are available on the website. N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. gottobencfestival.com.
Artsplosure: The Raleigh Arts Festival
May 17-18 – Raleigh’s celebration of the arts includes live performances, crafts, an art market, food vendors and works from visual artists. Free. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Moore Square and Raleigh City Market, 200 S. Blount St., Raleigh. 919-832-8699. artsplosure.org.
Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival
May 17 – Celebrate African and African-American history, culture, art and traditions. Enjoy national and local talent, ethnic food, arts and crafts, a kid’s area and community resources. Free. Noon-8 p.m. Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. durhamnc.gov.
East Meets West Festival
May 17 – Morrisville’s diverse cultures come together in a celebration that features food, music, kids activities and performances. Free. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Town Hall Dr., downtown Morrisville. eastmeetswestmorrisville.org.
Wheels on Academy Car Show
May 17 – Cars of yesteryear and modern hotrods rule the roads in downtown Cary. Take the family to enjoy live entertainment, food and more. Free. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. 919-469-4061. townofcary.org.