Where: Dorothea Dix Park
When: Saturday and Sunday, April 2, 3
The brainchild of rapper and NC native J. Cole, Dreamville Fest brings talent from Cole’s record label and beyond to perform in Dorothea Dix Park. The two-day event features a number of rappers and singers for one of Raleigh’s biggest musical events.
Where: Locations throughout Downtown Durham
When: Thursday to Sunday, April 7-10
Full Frame is an international film festival that takes place in Downtown Durham and focuses on nonfiction cinema. It is packed with screenings, discussion panels and more. The festival aims to promote conversations between filmmakers, film professionals and the public.
Where: Academy Street in Downtown Cary
When: Sunday, April 10 12:30-5 pm
Academy Street will be filled with food trucks selling delicious cuisine and refreshing drinks plus live music and space to lounge on the grass.
Where: Fayetteville Street, Downtown Raleigh
When: Saturday, April 16
Acclaimed barbeque restaurant The Pit is hosting its 12th celebration of bluegrass and BBQ. Their will be live music, kids activities, drinks and plenty of delicious food. The festival itself is free to attend and proceeds from food and drink sales will go to charity SAFEchild.
Where: Downtown Raleigh
When: Friday and Saturday, April 22, 23
April is North Carolina Craft Beer Month and Brewgaloo is the largest NC Craft beer festival. The two-day event features food trucks, live music, vendors and of course lots and lots of local beer. The first day is a smaller ticketed event and the second is free and spread around Downtown Raleigh’s Fayetteville Street.
Where: Downtown Hillsborough
When: Friday and Saturday, April 29, 30
“The Handmade Parade is a biannual Hillsborough tradition and grassroots, community celebration! This Mardi Gras-style street parade is fueled by the community and includes painted faces, wild costumes, puppets (small & massive), stilt-walkers, marching bands, and much more!” Anyone and everyone is invited to join in the parade, whether you have a spectacular costume or a paper bag in this celebration of art. There will also be a market of handmade goods.
Where: Bond Park, Cary
When: Saturday, April 30, 9 am–5 pm
Spring Daze brings together 170 local artists, delicious food and live entertainment from around the state and beyond. The event features four performance stages and Cary’s Earth Day celebration.
Where: Downtown Durham
When: Every Thursday
Participating restaurants and bars will offer specials on small plates and bar parings to encourage residents to get back into the Downtown Durham restaurant scene. The crawl was recently started to help restaurants struggling to get through the pandemic and hopefully get business back to normal. Check out the site for a list of participating restaurants and a map.