Summer Festivals in the Triangle
Step back in time at Duke Homestead's Pork, Pickles and Peanuts event July 22.
Photo courtesy of Durward Rogers
Blueberry Day at the State Farmers Market
June 15 – Raleigh State Farmers Market, 1201 Agriculture St., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Enjoy samples of blueberry desserts and fresh blueberries for sale. ncagr.gov.
Peak City Pig Fest
June 16-17 – Downtown Apex. June 16, 5-9 p.m.; June 17, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission; purchase barbecue plate tickets online, $10/person. Teams from across the country compete for prize money while cooking chicken, ribs, beef brisket and pork. On Saturday, the event features kids’ activities, pig races, live music and street vendors. peakcitypigfest.com.
Juneteenth at Stagville
June 17 – Historic Stagville, 5828 Old Oxford Hwy., Durham. 9 a.m. Free. Live performers, vendors, storytellers, crafts and food highlight Historic Stagville’s celebration of emancipation. stagville.org.
June 17 – Downtown Durham, 330 E. Main St., Durham. 1-10 p.m. Free. Celebrate the end of slavery 152 years ago with live entertainment, food, vendors, a health fair, kids’ zone and more. spectacularmag.com.
June 17 – Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Take the family for the fifth annual Pollinator Festival, in honor of National Pollinator Week, with games, crafts, prizes local experts and food vendors. wakegov.com/parks/lakecrabtree.
Wake Forest Charity Car Show
June 17 – Downtown Wake Forest, S. White St. 9 a.m. Free. See muscle cars, sports cars, pony cars, classic and antique autos, street rods and trucks. The event also features a take-apart Model T assembly demonstration, the Leith Kia Monster Truck, and the Wake Forest Fire Department’s Jaws of Life demonstration. wakeforestnc.gov/wake-forest-charity-car-show.aspx.
Carolina Hurricanes’ Summerfest Celebration
July 1 – PNC Arena, 1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-2:30 pm. Free. Enjoy an autograph session, inflatables, games, free giveaways, guest speakers from the Hurricanes, appearances by Stormy and the Pepsi Storm Squad, discounted concessions, hockey games and more. nhl.com/hurricanes/fans/summerfest.
Festival for the Eno
July 1 and 4 – West Point on the Eno, 5101 N. Roxboro Rd., Durham. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. See website for fees. The 38th annual Festival for the Eno features more than 65 music performances, a juried craft show, interactive arts, environmental and backyard farming demonstrations, local food, and opportunities to paddle and play on the Eno River. Proceeds benefit the Eno River Association. enoriver.org/festival.
Pork, Pickles and Peanuts
July 22 – Duke Homestead, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd., Durham.10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. North Carolina’s food history and heritage comes to life with a barbecue cook-off, juried pie competition, cooking demonstrations, and local arts and crafts vendors. Kids’ games and activities, and living history demonstrations round out the fun. dukehomestead.org/special-events.php.