Triangle Festivals: Arts, Crafts, Ham, Herbs, Strawberries, Trains, N.C. Culture
Festivals in Triangle towns this spring celebrate art, crafts, fresh food, trains, spring, medieval history and more!
May 4 – Enjoy arts and crafts, food, music and kids activities at this Salem Street festival. All ages. Free. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Historic Downtown Apex, apexpeakfest.com.
May 4 – This celebration of books, music and the wonders of childhood features local celebrity-hero readers, top acts in family entertainment, games and arts activities. All ages. Free. 9 a.m.-noon. The Commons at North Hills, 4300 Six Forks Rd., Raleigh. lucysbookclub.org.
Ham & Yam Festival
May 4 – Enjoy food, live music, barbeque cook-offs, kids’ activities and more. American Idol contestant Casey James closes the festival with a free concert at 8:30 p.m. Free. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Downtown Smithfield, 919-934-0887. hamandyam.com.
May 4 – This family-friendly festival features a wide variety of herbs, crafts and garden products. Free. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Page-Walker Arts and History Center, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. 919-460-4963. townofcary.org.
May 4 – Central Park School for Children’s annual, child-centered Strawberry Festival features live entertainment, face painting, children’s games and treats made with strawberries. Proceeds support project-based learning and integrated arts at the school. Admission is free; activities charge a small fee. All ages. Free. 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Durham Athletic Park, 500 Corporation St., Durham. 919-730-3645. cpscnc.org/strawberry.
May 5 – Families enjoy live music, food, vendors, stories and interactive games. Take a chair or blanket. Farmer Foodshare’s Fourth Birthday celebration featuring local band Lost in the Trees takes place in the Cat’s Cradle parking lot. Free. 1-6 p.m. Carrboro Town Hall, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-918-7364. carrbororec.org.
Spring Family Festival: Medieval Fair
May 5 – Step back in time and experience medieval life through art activities, demonstrations, tours and more. Free. 1 p.m. N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. 919-664-6853. ncartmuseum.org/calendar.
Sixth Annual National Train Day
May 11 -– Celebrate National Train Day at local Amtrak stations. Enjoy games, activities, food and more. Events held at Cary Amtrak Station, 101 E. Cedar St., Cary, 10am-2pm; Durham Amtrak Station, 404 W. Chapel Hill St., Durham, 11am-4pm; and Selma Amtrak Station, 500 E. Railroad St., Selma, 10am-3pm. See website for other event locations. Free. 800-298-7246. nationaltrainday.com.
Ritmo Latino Music Arts and Dance Festival
May 11 – Take the family out for Latino performances, vendors, artists, foods, dance lessons for adults and activities for children. Free. Noon. Downtown Cary, 919-460-4963. diamanteinc.org.
Got to Be NC Festival
May 17-19 – Celebrate North Carolina’s culture, music and cuisine along with a carnival. Activities include a tractor parade, petting zoo, racing pigs, hands-on educational activities, and arts and crafts for kids in the Kidz Corral. Free admission; fee for some activities and areas. Noon-10 p.m. May 17; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. May 18; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May 19. Gate hours vary and are available on the website. N.C. State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh. gottobencfestival.com.
Hillsborough Hogg Day
May 17-18 – Enjoy family fun, food, live music, crafts, vendors, games and rides. Pig cooking starts Friday night. All ages. Free. 6-10 p.m. May 17; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. May 18. River Park, 106 E. Margaret Ln., Hillsborough. 919-732-8156. hillsboroughchamber.com/hog-day.
May 18-19 – Enjoy musical, theatric and dance performances. Make crafts and interact with a large-scale temporary art installation. This event also features live music, an art market, food vendors and works from more than 170 visual artists. Free. 11 a.m.-10 p.m. May 18; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. May 19. Moore Square, 200 S. Blount St., Raleigh. 919-832-8699. artsplosure.org.
Bimbe Cultural Arts Festival
May 18 – Experience a family-friendly celebration of African and African American history, culture, art and traditions. Enjoy live national and local talent, ethnic food, arts and crafts, an interactive kid’s area and community resources. Free. Noon-8 p.m. CCB Plaza, 201 N. Corcoran St., Durham. durhamnc.gov.
Rock the Baby
May 19 – Family-friendly festival featuring food, vendors, a silent auction, children’s games, a bouncy house and music by the Onyx Club Boys. Sponsored by La Leche League of Chapel Hill. Free. 2-5 p.m. Carrboro Town Commons, 301 W. Main St., Carrboro. 919-536-9357.
10th Annual Celebration of the Arts
June 1 – This arts and crafts festival showcases artisans, regional music acts, food and family activities. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Downtown Fuquay-Varina. fuquay-varinadowntown.com.