Festivals Across the Triangle: May 2019

See what's happening throughout the month
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Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

May 2-5 – Shakori Hills, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro. See the website for hours and to purchase tickets. Take the family for live music, artisans, food vendors, storytelling, face painting, a climbing wall and more. Ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Apex PeakFest

May 4 – Downtown Apex. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Free. The Town of Apex lives up to its motto, “The Peak of Good Living,” in this annual festival featuring artisans, live performances, kids entertainment and carnival food.

Canine Field Day

May 4 – Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Take Fido to enjoy games, activities, competitions,
pet-friendly vendors and food trucks.

CPSC Strawberry Festival

May 4 – Old North Durham Park, 724 Foster St., Durham. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Enjoy all things strawberry in a benefit event for Central Park School for Children.

Fest in the West 

May 4 – USA Baseball National Training Complex, 7445 Green Hope School Rd., Cary. 11 am.-5 p.m. Free. Western Cary’s signature festival showcases a food truck rodeo, an arts and crafts village, a petting zoo, kids activities and more.

Friends of Page-Walker Herbfest

May 4 – Page-Walker Arts & History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. Learn about gardening and cooking with herbs, and shop for garden-related items. Kids can enjoy an herb craft and butterfly releases.

Ham & Yam Festival

May 4 – Downtown Smithfield. 9 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Free. Smithfield’s biggest festival of the year pays homage to Southern culture with pig races, live music, cuisine and more.

Meet in the Street 

May 4 – Downtown Wake Forest. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Free. Enjoy artisan booths, multiple entertainment venues, food trucks, live music, children’s activities and much more.

Raleigh Touch-A-Truck

May 4 – Spring Hill Lot, 701 Barbour Dr., Raleigh. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. $6 advance tickets online, $7 at the door. Climb aboard a fire truck, police vehicle, ambulance, city bus, dump truck and more. Enjoy a bounce house, face painting, food trucks and raffles. A quiet hour for guests with sensory sensitivities is 9-10 a.m.

Durham Greek Festival

May 4-5 – Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 Hwy. 751, Durham. 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Free. Opa! Enjoy the best of Greece with authentic cuisine, dance performances, artisans, children’s activities and more.

Carrboro Day

May 5 – Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 1-5 p.m. Free. Celebrate the unique qualities that make Carrboro special. Enjoy stories and photos, poetry readings, music and dancing, interactive field games, crafts and family activities.

Durham Touch-a-Truck 

May 5 – Duke University, 302 Science Dr., Durham. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $5/person. Free for ages 2 and younger. Explore vehicles from law enforcement, fire departments, public works, emergency medical services, construction machinery, farm equipment and more. Enjoy face painting, a bounce house, games and a performance by the Bouncing Bulldogs.

Bull City Mini Golf Opening

May 11 – American Tobacco Campus, Blackwell St., Durham. All ages. 10 a.m.-midnight. Tickets are $7/person. Take part in the grand opening of community-designed mini golf holes and enjoy frozen beverages. View murals created by local artists.

Festival of Flowers

May 11 – Belle Vie Farm, 3100 Damascus Church Rd., Chapel Hill. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Romp through the forest, take a canoe ride, pick wildflowers and plant seeds. Craft flower crowns, bouquets, seed bombs and earth art.

Ritmo Latino Festival

May 11 – Downtown Cary. Noon-6 p.m. Free. Celebrate Latino culture through music, dance, visual arts and more. Enjoy craft vendors, traditional food and kids activities.


May 11 – Bass Lake Park, 900 Bass Lake Rd., Holly Springs. 1-4 p.m. Free. Carnival games, crafts, live animals and live music highlight this annual festival. Meet tortoises and other reptiles, and talk to biologists and wildlife rehabilitators.

Got To Be NC Festival

May 17-19 – North Carolina State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. Check the website for hours, fees and to purchase tickets. This celebrated Raleigh festival features animals, homegrown food, entertainment, music, antique farm equipment, carnival rides and more.

Barnyard Birthday Bash

May 18 – Historic Oak View County Park, 4028 Carya Dr., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-noon. Free. Celebrate the birthdays of the park’s beloved goats. The event features outdoor games, goody bags, birthday cake and ice cream.

Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival

May 18 – Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Dr., Durham. Noon-8 p.m. Free. Durham welcomes families to enjoy African American history and culture.

Longleaf Festival

May 18 – Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 10 am.-2 p.m. Free. Learn about the longleaf pine and its special significance to North Carolina’s past, present and future. Enjoy hands-on activities; take a wagon ride to the 60-acre longleaf forest; and enjoy games, crafts, live animals, food trucks and special surprises as part of the festival and the park’s 20th anniversary celebration.

Morrisville Springfest

May 18 – Morrisville Town Hall Campus, 100 Town Hall Dr., Morrisville. 4-9 p.m. Free; game tickets are $1 each. Morrisville ushers in the spring season with live entertainment, carnival-style games, inflatables, craft vendors and food trucks.

Wheels on Academy Car Show and Touch‑A‑Truck

May 18 – Downtown Park and South Academy St., Cary. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. See cars of yesteryear come alive and rule the roads alongside some of today’s modern hot rods and exotic cars. Explore vehicles and heavy machinery coinciding with the town’s Touch-A-Truck event, and meet the personnel who protect and build the Cary community.

Artsplosure: The Raleigh Arts Festival

May 18-19 – Downtown Raleigh. Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m-6 p.m. Free. Enjoy more than 170 visual arts and crafts exhibitors from across the state, multiple interactive activities and entertainment for children in Kidsplosure.

Mud Day

May 18 – Walnut Creek Wetland Park, 950 Peterson St., Raleigh. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Play in the mud and enjoy games, crafts, live animal exhibits, food trucks and more. Dress to get messy. Registration encouraged. Choose event #236849.

Apex Touch-A-Truck

May 19 – Apex Community Park, 2200 Laura Duncan Rd., Apex. 1-4 p.m. Free. Get in the driver’s seat and learn all about the vehicles used in construction, landscaping, transporation and more. All ages with adult. A quiet hour for guests with sensory sensitivities is 1-2 p.m.

Girls World Expo Raleigh

May 19 – Hilton North Raleigh, 3415 Wake Forest Rd., Raleigh. Noon-4 p.m. Free. This empowerment workshop for teenage girls includes workshops, science exhibits, guest speakers, a fashion show and much more. Register online.

Animazement 2019

May 23-26 – Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S. Salisbury St., Raleigh. See the website for hours and to purchase tickets. $65/person. Raleigh’s premier Japanese animation and culture convention features educational panels, merchandise, unique artwork and more. Purchase tickets online.

NC Sugar Rush

May 26 – City Market, 214 E. Martin St., Raleigh. 1-5 p.m. Free. Enjoy sweet treats from more than 20 vendors in downtown Raleigh. Pets welcome.


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