Soak up Spring at Festivals in Durham and Cary

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Spring is in full swing. Now is the time to enjoy the flowers, sunshine and local outdoor festivals. Two in April offer fine arts and crafts, live music and plenty of kid-friendly fun.

The Durham Art Walk Spring Market on April 28 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and April 29 from 1-5 p.m. offers dazzling examples of work from more than 200 artists. Unlike conventional studio tours, the art walk features visual and performing artists in both traditional and unexpected sites in the downtown area. Ceramics, jewelry, photography, paintings and more will be on display and available for purchase during the festival, which is presented by the Durham Arts Council.

A flurry of family-friendly activities are scheduled throughout the two-day event, including art projects relating to the “Alexander Calder and Contemporary Art: Form, Balance, Joy” exhibit at Duke University’s Nasher Museum of Art; the Hunt for Buck$, a scavenger hunt during which participants scan QR codes at various art walk sites to earn spendable bucks at affiliated locations; and a mini-golf course with holes that have been created with items from the Scrap Exchange.

The Durham Youth Symphony performs at the Golden Belt on Sunday afternoon and other musical performances take place throughout the weekend. Families can tour downtown Durham’s historic sites, dine in its restaurants, see roving performance artists throughout the area and purchase treats from kid-friendly food trucks.

Exhibit sites are within easy walking distance but a free shuttle service is also available. Admission is free. Learn more at www.durhamartwalk.com or call 919-560-2727.

The 19th annual Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival also takes place April 28 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Bond Park in Cary, where more than 180 artists showcase their creations. Families can enjoy live entertainment on four stages, as well as storytelling and other fun activities in the children’s village.

Cary’s annual Earth Day celebration is held in conjunction with Spring Daze. Through exhibits, hands-on activities and games, families learn about protecting the environment and preserving its natural resources. Bond Park is at 801 High House Rd., Cary. Call 919-469-4061 or visit www.townofcary.org for more information.

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