Fun Family Festivals in April
Family fun festivals this April showcase pottery and glass, frogs, gardening, art, music, songbirds, crafts and more. Kids can enjoy a bike rodeo designed for them as well as festivals that feature hikes, games, crafts and other activities. Many festivals feature art, music and craft that are unique to the Triangle.
Cedar Creek Gallery Spring Pottery and Glass Festival
April 4-6 and 12-13 – Enjoy pottery; glass blowing and fiber demonstrations; kiln and raku firings; live music and more. All ages. Free. 6-10 p.m. April 4; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. April 5-6, 12-13. Cedar Creek Gallery, 1150 Fleming Rd., Creedmoor. 919-528-1041. cedarcreekgallery.com.
15th Annual Frog Fest
April 5 – This celebration in honor of frogs and reptiles features crafts, games, live music, food trucks and live specimens. All ages. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Crowder District Park, 4709 Ten-Ten Rd., Apex. 919-662-2850. wakegov.com/parks/crowder.
Raulston Blooms: A Garden Festival
April 5 – Enjoy gardening demonstrations, arts and craft vendors, face painting, a garden maze and local food trucks. View the birdhouse creations in the 14th Annual Birdhouse Competition. $10 family. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. J.C. Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd., Raleigh. ncsu.edu/jcraulstonarboretum.
Wake Forest Dirt Day
April 5 – The town’s inaugural event features a giant sandbox, vendors, gardening educators, a beekeeping demonstration, traveling performers and more. Free. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Downtown Wake Forest. facebook.com/wfdirtday/info.
April 12 – Kids take a bike and helmet for a check and fitting and ride a manned course. Enjoy face painting, raffles and local fire and police departments. Free. 9 a.m.-noon. Forestville Road Elementary School, 100 Lawson Ridge Rd., Knightdale. 919-266-8487. forestvillees.wcpss.net.
April 12 – The annual celebration of reading features local celebrity-hero readers, musicians, games and arts activities. All ages. Free. 10 a.m.-noon. Cary Performance Green, downtown Cary. lucysbookclub.org.
Durham Art Walk
April 13-14 – Enjoy the work of more than 200 artists, musical performances, food, activities and more. All ages. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Durham, 919-560-2787. durhamartwalk.com.
Live and Local on Hillsborough Street
April 12 – Live music and artists showcase the eclectic personality of Hillsborough Street in Raleigh. Free. Visit the website for a complete schedule. hillsboroughstreet.org/do/live-and-local-on-hillsborough-street.
April 12 – Learn about the history and importance of the Longleaf Pine through hikes, games, crafts and other activities. All ages. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Harris Lake County Park, 2112 County Park Dr., New Hill. 919-387-4342. wakegov.com/parks/harrislake/Pages/default.aspx.
April 12 – Take the family to enjoy bounce houses, live music, concessions, kids activities, face painting and more. This is a Carolina Parent Fit Family Challenge registration event. Free. 2-8 p.m. Park West Village, Village Market Place, Morrisville. parkwestvillage.net.
Art of Cool Music Festival
April 25-26 – Durham’s jazz festival features live music on two outdoor stages and six music venues. Purchase tickets online. All ages. $65-$120. Visit the website for a complete schedule. Downtown Durham. aocfestival.org.
April 26 – Mebane heralds spring’s arrival with live music, entertainment, vendors and more. Free. 9 a.m. Downtown Mebane, 919-304-3737. mbamebane.com/dogwood-festival.
April 26 – Enjoy a variety of bird-related activities in celebration of International Migratory Bird Day. All ages. Free. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Blue Jay Point County Park, 3200 Pleasant Union Church Rd., Raleigh. 919-870-4330. wakegovcom/parks/bluejay.
Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival and Earth Day Celebration
April 26 –Take the family to enjoy local artists, entertainment on four stages, games, a children’s village and more. Held in conjunction with Spring Daze, the Town of Cary’s Earth Day Celebration includes exhibits, hands-on activities and games that teach visitors how to preserve natural resources and protect the environment. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bond Park, 801 High House Rd., Cary. 919-469-4061. townofcary.org.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation Head Shaving Event
April 26 – Volunteers shave their heads in solidarity with kids who have cancer as part of an effort to raise money for conquering childhood cancers. Families can enjoy live music, kids activities and local celebrities. Free. Noon-5 p.m. West 94th Street Pub, Durham. stbaldricks.org.