May Activities in the Triangle Area

Meet in the Street

Where: Downtown Wake Forest

When: Sat, May 6, 10 am – 4 pm

Wake Forest’s premier arts and crafts, music and food festival will feature over 100 artisan booths, live music, dozens of food trucks and activities for the kids.

Fest In the West

Where: Thomas Brooks Park, Cary

When: Sat, May 6, 11 am – 5 pm

The free community festival brings a range of entertainment to Western Cary:

“You will find two stages of entertainment featuring some of the best talent in the Triangle. Food trucks will be in three areas, meaning you won’t have to walk far for lunch or dinner. Our Beer Garden is centrally located. We have a FREE Kids Corral with activities for families, not to mention an adorable Petting Zoo. Come for the music, compete in a contest, and purchase unique items in the Village of Arts and Crafts.”

Apex PeakFest

Where: Downtown Apex

When: Saturday, May 6

Downtown Apex’s main thoroughfare, Salem Street, will close down to cars and open up for the community. PeakFest is all about family, friends and fun. There will be activities, musical performances, arts and crafts, vendors and more!

Longleaf Film Festival

Where: North Carolina Museum of History, Raleigh

When: Friday, May 12; Sunday, May 13

The free-to-attend film festival highlights independent cinema that is connected to North Carolina through those involved making it, subject matter or filming location. The films range from a few minutes long to 1.5 hours. The event is sponsored by the North Carolina Museum of History and aims to draw more attention to the stories and films that bring the state together.

Got To Be NC Festival

Where: NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

When: Friday-Sunday, May 19-21

Got To Be NC Fest is a celebration of local farmers and will have a wide array of local vendors selling delicious food, drinks and more. There will also be activities representing the state’s heritage and history as well as arts vendors, exhibits and demonstrations.


Where: Downtown Raleigh

When: Saturday, May 20, 11 am – 7 pm; Sunday, May 21, 10 am – 6 pm

Artsplosure is THE arts festival in Raleigh. It’s the city’s long-running, yearly eruption of artistic creativity and energy, centered around Fayetteville Street. There will be free musical performances by a range of musicians and over 175 visual arts and crafts booths at the market, interactive art installations, all sorts of other performers and much more.


Where: Raleigh Convention Center

When: Friday – Sunday, May 26 – 28

Animazement is Raleigh’s premier Japanese animation and cultural convention. There will be live performances, artwork, dancing, videogames, vendors, food and much more.

NC Sugar Rush

Where: City Plaza, Fayetteville St, Raleigh

When: Sun, May 28, 1 – 5 pm

An array of local dessert vendors will take over Fayetteville street for 5 hours. If you love sweets this is a great time to try all sorts of creative and delicious treats. There will also be live performances and other activities.