Family-Friendly Festivals in August

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Children watch their hornworms race at the Harvest and Hornworm Festival.

Cultural Arts Booking Fair

Aug. 12 – Wakefield High School, 2200 Wakefield Pines Dr., Raleigh. 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Mingle with more than 100 artists from the United Arts Council’s Artists in Schools program who will present and perform brief excerpts of programs throughout the day.

Gluten and Allergen Free Wellness Event

Aug. 12 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $10/adult. Free for ages 12 and younger. Learn about seasonal and food allergies, and enjoy guest speakers, exhibits, free samples and giveaways. Purchase tickets online.

Triangle Vegfest

Aug. 17 – Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Celebrate the benefits of a plant-based lifestyle with vendors, food trucks, food samples and live music.

Artspace’s Summer Celebration

Aug. 19 – Artspace, 201 E. Davie St., Raleigh. 12:30-3 p.m. Free. Celebrate the arts with treats, music, art and more. See a special exhibit highlighting the work of Artspace’s talented young artists.


Aug. 19 – Hillsborough St., downtown Raleigh. 2-10 p.m. Free. Take part in an all-day block party showcasing more than 325 booths and dozens of departments, student organizations and off-campus entities. Local music will play throughout the day, culminating in a concert by the Spin Doctors on the Belltower stage at 8:45 p.m.

Triangle Children’s Business Fair

Aug. 19 – Park West Village, 2016 Market Center Dr., Morrisville. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Shop at a children’s fair during which young entrepreneurs ages 6-14 sell their products or services. The entrepreneurs keep any profits from sales they make at the fair and can earn cash prizes in three categories: most original business idea, best presentation and creativity, and idea with the highest business potential.

Harvest and Hornworm Festival

Aug. 26 – Duke Homestead, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd., Durham. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Celebrate North Carolina’s farming culture and history with a looping contest, hornworm race, live music, arts and crafts vendors, hands-on history activities and more.


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