Guide: August & September Festivals in the Triangle
9 great festivals celebrating culture, food, and fun!
Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival
The Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is back this August in downtown Cary. After only taking its second hiatus in history, once for a hurricane and last year for Covid-19, the Town of Cary is ready to put on its 45th go-around. Spread across two days, this event will highlight the works of over 300 artists. Together with music, children’s activities, and food, Aug. 28 (9am-6pm) & 29 (12:30-5pm) will be jam-packed with fun! The event is free to the public, so bring the whole family.
Raleigh’s 5th Annual International Food Festival
On Aug. 28, expect food, desserts, dance performances, and live music at this event, running noon to 10pm. Countries from across the globe are represented at City Plaza in downtown Raleigh, and the event, which previously drew more than 17,000, is free to attend.
Sept. 4-6th: Labor Day Weekend
12th Annual African American Cultural Festival
Lining up with Labor Day Weekend, this 2-day event will land on Saturday, Sept. 4 and Sunday, Sept. 5. Celebrating African-American culture through art, music, food, and community, the event organizers aim to link up families with local vendors. Hours are from 1-7pm both days at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts parking lot. Another free event to add to your list!
County Line Country Fair
Practice your potato sack racing and hop on down to the Old Mill Farm of Durham. Reminiscent of an old timey carnival, this event will feature games of skill, fishing, cake walks, and of course several potato sack races. Prices range from $10 for general admission to $75 for Premium Family Admission. The former gets you in the gate and one game token, while the latter includes four tickets, ten game tokens, and four drink vouchers. The fair runs from the Sept. 4th-6th from 10am-8pm each day.
39th Annual Raleigh Greek Festival
Can you hear your stomach growling already? Known for its authentic Greek food, the Greek Festival has been a Raleigh staple for almost half a century. Food is not the only thing the event is serving up. Watch authentic Greek dancing and music while making your way through the vendor booths. Everything takes place at the Jim Graham Building at the NC State Fairgrounds. Things kick off Friday, Sept. 10 from 5-10pm and continue Sept. 11 & 12 from 11am-10pm and 11am-6pm respectively. Tickets are $4 for general admission, $3 for seniors & youths (ages 13-18), and free for 12 and under.
40th Annual Apex PeakFest
If you thought the Greek Festival has been going on for a long time, check out the PeakFest with a staggering 40 year run! Centered around arts and crafts, this event’s goal is to bring out families to have a fun-filled day. Additionally, you can find live music, entertainment for the kids, and food. From 9am-5pm on Sept. 11 in historic downtown Apex, you’ll find the festivities unfolding. Admission is free!
Downtown Raleigh & Virtual
What’s all the buzz about? BugFest, hosted by the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, is back this year but slightly different. Their “Plan Bee!” brings events to you virtually Monday-Thursday and will have two in-person family-friendly events over the weekend. Saturday’s free Pollination Celebration will take place at Prairie Ridge Ecostation from 9am-12pm, while the ticketed Bee Afternoon Tea will happen on Sunday at the museum from 4-6pm. Tickets for the tea range from $25 for members and $30 for non-members.
Farmers Fall Festival
Happening just a few days after the official start of fall, the Farmers Fall Festival will celebrate the kick-off of the harvest season. Live music, kids performances, games, interactive exhibits, arts & crafts, and of course food will all be a part of this crisp fall day event. Speaking of food, there will also be a pie eating contest! The street of West Chatham and the Ivey-Ellington grounds are the locations for the event taking place from 9am-3pm.
Festa Italiana Raleigh
One of the youngest festivals on the block, the Festa Italiana Raleigh is returning for its third year. Glenwood South will be taken over by the people, food, vendors, and music of Italy. Bring the kids because there will also be games specifically for them. The action happens from 11am-7pm.