May Family Events: Festivals, Concerts, Nature Events
Browse Carolina Parent’s editors’ picks of fun things to do in May, from strawberry festivals and celebrations of National Train Day to the annual Tour D’Coop, which is a fun and educational day about keeping hens and chickens.
Strawberry Festivals Serve Up a Berry Sweet Time
Celebrate nature’s gift of fresh, local strawberries at three festivals this month. Central Park School for Children in Durham hosts its annual Strawberry Festival May 3, noon-4 p.m., at Old North Durham Park. The event includes strawberry treats, strawberry nail painting, face painting and live music. Admission is free. Strawberry Shortcake visits Cary Downtown Farmers Market’s Strawberry Festival May 17, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., where berry lovers can sample treats and purchase buckets of the juicy fruit. ncagr.gov, cpscnc.org/strawberry and caryfarmersmarket.com.
All Aboard for National Train Day
Train enthusiasts around the nation celebrate National Train Day annually at hundreds of locations across the country. This year’s event takes place May 10. Families can visit the Amtrak Cary Station from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; the New Hope Valley Railroad and North Carolina Rail Museum in New Hill from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; the North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer City from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Amtrak Selma Station from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. to discover why trains matter to our towns and communities. Train rides, kids’ activities, games, food and a chance to win tickets on Amtrak round out the fun. Admission is free. nationaltrainday.com.
Cemetery Tour Highlights Residents From Generations Past
Learn about the lives of former Wake Forest residents at the self-guided Historic Wake Forest Cemetery Walking Tour on May 10, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Costumed docents will be stationed at family plots throughout the cemetery to share interesting stories about specific gravesites, as well as small artifacts and photographs of loved ones bearing their ancestral names. A special children’s handout highlights interesting artifacts on the grounds. Men in Confederate uniforms will talk about soldiers who served in the Civil War and representatives of the Wake Forest Junior ROTC will appear as color guard members in the opening ceremony. Admission is free. The rain date is May 17. wakeforestnc.gov/cemeterytour.aspx. (Photo at right courtesy of the Town of Wake Forest)
Hens Rule the Roost at Raleigh Tour D’Coop
Take the family for a fun and educational day at the 10th Annual Raleigh Tour D’Coop May 17, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn about keeping hens and chickens and enjoy photo opportunities with the animals. A coop carnival features food trucks, live music, games and more. Proceeds benefit Urban Ministries’ mission of helping the community with hunger, health care and homelessness. Visit tourdcoop.com for a listing of coops in Raleigh and Cary. An online donation of $10 for individuals and $20 for families serves as an admission ticket to the coops.
Summerfest Heats Up Cary
Pack a picnic and join the North Carolina Symphony for summer evenings filled with live music, instrument zoos and games at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Summerfest kicks off May 24 with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. On June 6, enjoy John Williams’ mesmerizing themes to Harry Potter, Star Wars and Superman. Acrobatic feats of wonder, including high-flying aerialists and daredevil cyclists, are set to classical masterpieces on June 14. Captain and Maria von Trapp’s great-grandchildren deliver their world-famous music when they wrap up Summerfest on July 12 (the North Carolina Symphony will not be performing at this concert). All performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Visit ncsymphony.org for details on all nine Summerfest shows and to purchase tickets. Kids 12 and younger are admitted free on the lawn.
Fit Family Challenge Events
The 34th Annual Meet in the Street Festival is May 3. Enjoy a day filled with food, live music, artisan booths, local acts such as Cirque De Vol and Flow Circus and more. This is a Carolina Parent Fit Family Challenge registration and participation event. Free. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Wake Forest along White, South Taylor and South Brooks streets. wakeforestnc.gov/meet-in-the-street.aspx.
Explore composting and planting at Fit Families in the Garden on May 17, where you’ll also discover the benefits of working in a garden. This is a Carolina Parent Fit Family Challenge registration and participation event. Free. 11 a.m.-2 p.m. McDonalds, 1830 Walnut St., Cary. carolinaparent.com/fitfamilychallenge.