Annual Events

APEX

  • Farmer’s Market: Every Saturday, April – November, 9am-2pm, Chamber of Commerce parking lot.
  • Peakfest: Arts & Crafts, music, food, local vendors, 1st Saturday in May.
  • Apex Latino Arts Festival: Food, dance, music, arts, and more, 1st Friday – Saturday in June.
  • Peak City Pig Fest: KCBS-sanctioned Barbecue cook-off, Friday and Saturday, June 21-22.
  • Olde Fashioned 4th of July: Family fun festival, 9am-1pm, Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels at 12PM.
  • Apex Jazz Festival: Awesome jazz music, shopping, food, and more. Third Saturday in September.
  • Apex Harvest Festival: New Event! Saturday, October 5.
  • Christmas on Salem Street: Tree lighting and sleigh rides on Friday, December 6, Pancake breakfast, pictures with Santa & Parade, Saturday December 7, and Historic Home Tours on Sunday, December 8.

CARY

  • Cary Road Race: 5K and 10K runs. Registration funds projects and youth events in Cary. April.
  • Easter Events: Easter Egg Hunt and Eggstravaganza plus breakfast with Easter Bunny in Fred G. Bond Metro Park. March.
  • Independence Day Events: Performances, fishing, parades, and fireworks at Bond Park and Sertoma Ampitheatre, Fireworks at Koka Booth Ampitheatre.
  • Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival: In the heart of historic downtown Cary: music, local vendors, and delicious food, late August.
  • Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival: Hosted in Fred G. Bond Metro Park: music, local vendors and civic groups educating the community, late April.
  • Cary Christmas Parade: Parade through downtown cary showcasing local businesses, groups, and high school marching bands, mid December.
  • African American Cultural Festival: Hosted in mid-February, this celebration highlights music and dance as well as rich cultural aspects of African and African-American life.
  • Cary Cup Table Tennis Championships: Hosted in Fred G. Bond Metro Park, this event draws table tennis fans from all across the globe. Supported by Butterfly. Mid-April.

RALEIGH

  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival: Celebrate Ireland and Irish heritage in style with a parade, vendor booths selling Irish jewelry, souvenirs, food, and live entertainment as well as kid’s activities, March.
  • World Beer Festival: Hosted in April (Raleigh) and October (Durham), the World Beer Festival attracts beer afficionados to enjoy live music by local bands while sampling a vast selection of over three-hundred beers from more than one-hundred breweries. Of course, food is also a must.
  • Artsplosure: Indeed an explosion of art and culture, also known as the Raleigh Arts Festival in Moore Square and the City Plaza. A two-day festival features astounding visual art and crafts from local artists, delicious food and entertainment from musicians and performers, May.
  • World Bluegrass Festival: A week-long event in September that features over sixty bluegrass bands, International Bluegrass Music Awards, and a four-day conference.
  • Independent Hopscotch Music Festival: A showcase for the music community of the Triangle, Hopscotch is an internationally-respected festival that draws renowned artsits annually such as the Roots, Yo La Tengo, and more. Held in early September over the span of three days at clubs and venues throughout Raleigh.
  • North Carolina State Fair: The NC State Fair draws hundreds of thousands of attendees throughout its two week October span, famous for tractor pulls, amazing rides and agricultural exhibitions and competitions, as well as exotic and novelty food.
  • First Night Raleigh: Certainly a unique New Year’s Eve celebration, First Night brings locals and visitors to party and welcome the new year through live music, dance, film, and togetherness to watch the acorn drop for a family-oriented party.

HOLLY SPRINGS

  • HollyFest: Celebration on the last Saturday in October. Festivities include free children’s rides, music, food, arts & crafts, and a 5K race. Hosted by Parks and Recreation department, 10am to 4pm in Womble Park.
  • Main Street Christmas: Another project of Parks and Recreation, residents flock to the Town Hall to vist Santa, enjoy hayrides around downtown and listen to church carolers. Mrs. Claus reads stories to the children and at the end of the evening, the Christmas tree is lit. Downtown businesses offer hot chocolate and live nativity scenes. The event runs from 6pm to 8pm, the Friday before the Happy Holly Days Parade.
  • Happy Holly Days Parade: A long-running local favorite centered around a parade down Main Street. It highlights high school bands, Town officials, community groups and a popular favorite, members of the Holly Springs School of Dance. The parade begins at 11 AM on the second Saturday in December.
  • The Public Is Invited: Citizens of Holly Springs are invited to attend special events, such as building dedications, milestones, unveilings of historical markers, roads, parks or ceremonies. There is a list on the Holly Springs Town Calendar. View Town Calendar

FUQUAY-VARINA

  • Easter Egg Hunt: Each year, the Easter Bunny brings over 12,000 filled eggs to South Park for the annual Easter Egg Hunt. The event is normally scheduled on Saturday one week before Easter. Children under ten are encouraged to participate and there are three hunting areas for different age groups.
  • Movies in the Park: In July, Fuquay-Varina’s Parks & Recreation pairs with Cornerstone Family Church to provide Movies in the Park. These family-friendly shows are free and a schedule of dates and times is released in June.
  • Celebrate Fuquay-Varina: Celebrate is one of the most successful festivals in the area. It is a delightful mix of live entertainment, youth activities, classic car shows, excellent food and arts and crafts. Celebrate Fuquay-Varina is great for family togetherness, and best of all – it’s free! The festival is held on the first Saturday in June. The festivities begin early on Thursday night with a concert. The Saturday events are held from 10 AM to 4 PM. Visit the celebration website here: www.celebratefv.com.
  • Independence Day Celebration: On July 3rd, citizens of Fuquay-Varina gather to celebrate Independence Day in style. This event showcases local and diverse food vendors, musical acts, free inflatables for kids, and an awesome fireworks show. Gates to the festivities open at 6:00 PM.

WAKE FOREST

  • Meet in the Street: Wake Forest’s Meet in the Street is the most popular annual event. It is held on the first Saturday in May  from 10 AM to 6 PM on South Taylor Street, Brooks Street, and South White Street. Meet in the Street is presented by WakeMed, boasting many different attractions such as handmade arts and crafts, artistan’s booths, local food, live music, beer garden, and children’s activities.
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