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.”
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.