Festivals Across the Triangle: June 2019

Check out fun family festivals happening across the Triangle this month
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Photo courtesy of La Vita Dolce Cafe
The School’s Out Gelato Party is June 13 at La Vita Dolce Cafe in Chapel Hill.

Fairy & Dragon Festival

June 1-2 – Learning Express Toys, 4209 Lassiter Mill Rd., Raleigh. 4-6 p.m. $10/child. Learning Express transforms into a land of magic and make-believe with face painting, fairy hair, and mystical crafts and games. Ages 3 and older. Registration is required online.

National Trails Day 

June 1 – Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Celebrate National Trails Day and 40 years of Cary greenways. Enjoy 16-mile and 6.5 mile bike rides, a Walk ‘n Roll event, food trucks, inflatables and more.

Tour D’Coop

June 1 – Backyards across Apex, Cary and Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $15-$30/car. Take the family for a tour of backyard chicken coops and visit neighborhood chickens, bees and gardens. Proceeds benefit Urban Ministries of Wake County. Purchase tickets online.

Great Durham Odyssey

June 2 – The Durham Hotel, 315 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Form a team of 4-6 members and compete in a multi-faceted series of challenges centered around the City of Durham. Team members under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Register online.


June 2 – Southern Village Green, 620 Market St., Chapel Hill. 4-8 p.m. Free. This community gathering recognizes the impact of neighbors helping neighbors fight hunger through PORCH. Live music and kids’ activities round out the event.

Raleigh DIY/Punk Rock Flea Market

June 2 – Rebus Works, 301-2 Kinsey St., Raleigh. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Vendors, a record swap, food trucks, live music and punk rock karaoke await creative-loving families.

Day of Guatemala

June 8 – Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, 1924 Capital Blvd., Raleigh. 4:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Pay homage to Guatemala through Marimba music, food and games.

Juneteenth at Stagville

June 8 – Stagville State Historic Site, 5828 Old Oxford Highway, Durham. Noon-5 p.m. Free; donations welcome. Celebrate the end of slavery at Historic Stagville with guided tours, historical re-enactments and more.

Kids Obstacle Challenge

June 8-9 – Sugg Farm, 2401 Grigsby Ave., Holly Springs. 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. $36-$60. Kids Obstacle Challenge is an adventure and obstacle course race series for kids ages 5-16 featuring more than a dozen fun and challenging obstacles and mud. Register online.

Pimento Cheese Festival

June 8 – Downtown Cary. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Take the family for all things pimento, including a pimento cheese-sculpting contest.

Raleigh International Food Festival

June 8 – City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh. Noon-10 p.m. Free. Raleigh’s diverse community welcomes all ages to enjoy dance performances, bands and food from around the world.

School’s Out Gelato Party

June 13 – La Vita Dolce Cafe, 610 Market St., Chapel Hill. 2:45-5:30 p.m. Free to attend; $5 for gelato bar. Savor gelato and enjoy games, music and more. This event takes place one day prior to the last day of school for students in the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School district and is open to the public.

Blackberry Festival

June 15 – Well Fed Community Garden, 1321 Athens Dr., Raleigh. 4-8 p.m. $20 for adults, $10 ages 11 and younger. Take the family for blackberries, a pizza dinner, food from the garden, live music and more. Purchase tickets online.

Juneteenth in Cary

June 15 – Downtown Park, 319 S. Academy St., Cary. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. The Town of Cary’s inaugural Juneteenth event offers special activities for families.

Pollinator Festival

June 15 – Lake Crabtree County Park, 1400 Aviation Pkwy., Morrisville. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Celebrate National Pollinator Week with games, crafts and other fun activities. Win prizes, talk with local experts and enjoy food vendors.

Quilt-In at the Museum

June 15 – North Carolina Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Noon-4 p.m. Free. Learn the art of quilting through demonstrations and hand-on activities. Register online.

Triangle Community Band Festival

June 15 – Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. 5:30-7 p.m. Free. Enjoy music from five community bands and a variety of food trucks. All ages.

Wake Forest Charity Car Show

June 15 – Downtown Wake Forest. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Take the family to see vehicles of all makes and models.

Farm Animal Festival 

June 22 – Duke Homestead State Historic Site, 2828 Duke Homestead Rd., Durham. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Young homesteaders learn about the importance of animals and pollinators on farms, both historically and today. Visit with animals and enjoy interactive games, engaging crafts, imaginative face painting, and more.

Vollmer Farm Blueberry Festival

June 22 – Vollmer Farm, 677 NC Hwy 98 East, Bunn. 2-10 p.m. $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door. Free for ages 12 and younger. Vollmer Farms’ annual nod to the blueberry features pie-eating contests, food trucks and the Back-40 Country Playground. Purchase tickets online.

Toy Show Live

June 22-23 – Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $12/person. Free for ages 2 and younger. The magic of toys comes alive through interactive attractions, vendors, toy experiences and more. Purchase tickets online.

Durham Refugee Day

June 23 – Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham. 3-6 p.m. Free. Celebrate the contributions and cultures of refugee and immigrant communities with live music, kids activities and food vendors.

Juneteenth in Wake Forest

June 23 – East End Community, Wake Forest. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Sixteen vendors offer African clothing, jewelry, beauty products, bullying awareness and education, and much more. A Freedom March beings at 11 a.m.

SouthEast Crab Feast – Raleigh

June 29 – Lake Wheeler Park, 6404 Lake Wheeler Rd., Raleigh. Noon-7 p.m. $10-$30. Fresh crabs and live music highlight this day-long festival. Purchase tickets online.

Southern Slime Smash

June 29 – Kerr Scott Building, North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. $20-$70 per person. Slime takes center stage at this festival that also showcases live demos, Instagram slime stars, slime making booths and more. Free for kids 2 and younger. Purchase tickets online.

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