Festivals Across the Triangle: April 2019

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Cary’s Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival and Earth Day Celebration takes place on April 27.

North Carolina Science Festival

April 1-30 – Various locations across the Triangle and throughout North Carolina. Some events charge a fee and/or require registration. Discover the educational, cultural and financial impact of science in North Carolina. Through hands-on activities, science talks, lab tours, nature experiences, exhibits and performances, the festival engages a wide range of public audiences while inspiring future generations.

Piedmont Earth Skills Gathering

April 4-7 – Shakori Hills, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro. See the website for hours and to purchase tickets. $30-$85/person. Free for ages 8 and younger. Learn the arts of matchless fire making, hide tanning, knife honing, stone tool creation and use, ancient weaponry, basket making and more. Gather around the fires in the evening for storytelling, dancing and traditional music.

Asbury Preschool Spring Carnival

April 6 – Asbury Church, 6612 Creedmoor Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. See a variety of emergency vehicles and enjoy bounce houses, face painting, chalk art, an ice cream truck and a bubble DJ.

Cary Road Race

April 6 – Downtown Park, 319 S. Academy St., Cary. 8:30 a.m. $25-$35/person. Lace up your shoes and run in a 5K, 5-miler or 1-mile fun run. Register online.

Frog Fest

April 6 – 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. See live frogs and reptiles, and enjoy games, live music, food trucks and more. Parking is available at Middle Creek High School with a free shuttle to the park.

Raulston Blooms!

April 6 – JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $5/person, $10/family. Learn about gardening, enjoy nature activities and gourmet treats, and view all of the entries in the 19th Annual Birdhouse Competition.

Wake Forest Dirt Day

April 6 – Downtown Wake Forest. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. 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 learn about the newest techniques in gardening and composting.

Carrboro Open Streets

April 7 – Downtown Carrboro. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Bike, climb a rock wall and dance on a street closed to vehicle traffic.

Southern Women’s Show

April 12-14 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. See the website for hours. $10-$12/person. Discover hundreds of boutiques filled with the latest fashions, trendy jewelry, gourmet treats, and health and beauty products. Enjoy fashion shows, top chefs and celebrity guests. All ages. Purchase tickets online.

Great Grapes! Wine & Food Festival

April 13 – Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. $25-$45/person. Sample the rich heritage of North Carolina’s vines. Enjoy live music, festival food, arts and crafts activities, and a kids area to round out the fun.

Cary’s Downtown Chowdown

April 14 – Downtown Cary. 12:30-5 p.m. Free. Cary’s popular food truck rally also features music from local performers.

Children’s Day Festival of Cary

April 20 – Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park, 801 High House Rd. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Celebrate the diversity of Cary’s children through music, crafts, dancing and more. Enjoy stage performances, international food, games and crafts.

Historic Games Day

April 20 – Duke Homestead, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd., Durham. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Discover life on a 19th-century farm and play historic games — from parlor games to town ball — and make a toy of your own.

Goodguys 5th North Carolina Nationals

April 26-28 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. See the website for hours and to purchase tickets. $10-$22/person. More than 1,500 cars — including hot rods, classic cars, custom cars and trucks through 1987 — make their appearance at this car show that also showcases a demolition derby, exhibits, live entertainment, kids activities and prizes.

Mebane Dogwood Festival

April 26-27 – Downtown Mebane. 10 a.m-5 p.m. Free. Celebrate the arrival of spring and Mebane’s blooming dogwood trees with live entertainment, vendors, kids activities, a car show and more.

Garner Strawberry Festival

April 27 – Technology Dr., Garner. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Strawberries take center stage at this seasonal event that features a variety of attractions, including inflatables, food trucks, craft vendors, kiddie rides, face painting, a classic car show and more.

Songbird Celebration

April 27 – Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Welcome the return of feathered friends with crafts, activities and more.

SPCA of Wake County Dog Walk and Woofstock

April 27 – Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy., Cary.
9 a.m.-1 p.m. $35/adult, $20 ages 14 and younger. Dogs and their owners take part in a benefit event for the area’s homeless pets. Register online.

Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival and Earth Day Celebration

April 27 – Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. Spring Daze features more than 170 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, delicious festival food and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration. The Children’s Village at the Lazy Daze Playground offers interactive exhibits and hands-on crafts for kids.

Durham Earth Day Festival

April 28 – Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. Noon-5 p.m. Free. Honor Mother Earth with environmental education activities, music, food and more.

Pinwheels for Prevention Family Fun Day

April 28 – Wheels Fun Park, 715 N. Hoover Rd., Durham. Noon-6 p.m. $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door. Help prevent child abuse with the Exchange Family Center. Event admission includes batting cage rounds, mini golf, a trip through the maze, a go-kart ride and more.


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