With Spring comes lots of great outdoor events around Raleigh, N.C.! And those not only include signature events in downtown Raleigh like beer festivals World Beer Festival Raleigh and Brewgaloo in April and Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival in May, but also fun springtime festivals in Raleigh's surrounding towns. Apex, Cary, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs, Wake Forest, Wendell and other Raleigh area towns offer up opportunities to get outside and take in some of the best of the towns—a good number of the events are great opps to try local beers and food trucks, hear some of the best live music around and shop for local art, crafts and eatables. Plan ahead to hit these festivals and events this spring!
Sat., March 25, in downtown Wendell
Watch pro BMXers catch air in Wendell on the town's Main St. If you're looking for a high-energy, fast-paced day out, you'll find it here. Biker enthusiasts can catch pros showcasing their talents with high-altitude tricks, plus meet them to get riding and safety tips.
Sat., April 1, in downtown Cary at Bond Brothers Beer Company
In its second year, this festival is already a local favorite and also a great way to kick off Beer Month (you'll want to read more about that here!). Held at Bond Brothers Beer Company, which was just named one of America's best new breweries by BeerAdvocate, the festival features food trucks, local artists, a free concert featuring the Mountain Goats and, of course, Bond Brothers' delicious beer.
Sat., April 8, in Cary at Koka Booth Amphitheatre
What's not to like? Two of our favorite things in one festival at the beautiful Koka Booth Amphitheatre make for a perfect way to spend a day in Cary. Grab your souvenir glass and get to tasting with a selection of 75+ international beers and wines, and make a dent in the two tons of griddled-on-site gourmet bacon from 10 vendors across the country! 120 Minutes Band and Captain and the Keels will provide the live music, and you won't want to miss out on the bacon eating contest!
Fri.-Sun., April 21-23, and Fri.-Sun., April 28-30, in downtown Wake Forest
Those who love to cook will love this one! Stroll through Wake Forest's charming White St. and shop organic, non-GMO herbs and vegetables, plus heirloom tomatoes and peppers and beautiful perennials. This year's "Herb of the Year" is cilantro—grab up some of the freshest around to make the mint and cilantro chutney that Raleigh passionate mind and chef Cheetie Kumar just shared with us!
Sat., April 22, in Cary at Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Hundreds of wines from more than 22 wineries will be on hand at one of the region's biggest N.C. wine festivals, where you can taste and sample the rich heritage of N.C. vines. And it wouldn't be complete without live music, food and arts and crafts to shop. Tip: Take lawn chairs and blankets to relax, with a view of both the music stage and the venue's gorgeous Symphony Lake.
Sun., April 23, in Cary at Koka Booth Amphitheatre
This free concert and festival, presented by Town of Cary and the North Carolina Symphony, showcases the talents of band, chorus and visual arts students from Cary high schools. Relaxation and music with friends and family on the Koka Booth lawn make for a great spring day.
Sat., April 29, in Cary at Bond Park
A destination staple in its 24th year, Spring Daze features more than 170 N.C. artists, entertainment on four stages with music, storytelling and more, food and Cary's annual Earth Day Celebration under the shady canopy of Bond Park. Bring the kids! This family-friendly event also offers fun, interactive activities and entertainment for the little ones.
Sat., May 6, in downtown Wake Forest; pictured in header
A full day of art, food and music in downtown Wake Forest is on the books. 200+ artisan booths featuring handcrafted arts and crafts highlight the family-friendly festival, along with multiple entertainment venues and a beer garden. Tip: You can't miss White Street Brewing Company when you're downtown—stop in to try their Kölsch-style Ale, which won a Gold Medal in the World Beer Cup!
Sat., May 6, in downtown Apex
Salem St. in historic downtown Apex comes alive during this time-honored arts and crafts festival. What started as a small community day in a school parking lot has grown into a 22,000-attendee event, featuring live music all day, artists, entertainment for kids, fair-themed food and more.
Fri.-Mon., May 26-29, in Fuquay-Varina at Fleming Loop Park
This festival takes over Fleming Loop Park for Memorial Day weekend, offering a truly-unique, family-oriented and free weekend of events, highlighted by more than 30 hot air balloons filling the skies of Fuquay-Varina each day and evening. Local musicians will take the stage, field games will be offered for kids and dozens of food vendors will be on hand serving N.C. State Fair-inspired eats.
Sat., May 20, in Holly Springs at Harris Lake County Park
Outdoor enthusiasts will love this free festival, celebrating the longleaf pine ecosystem. Get a ticket to ride the Longleaf Express through a beautiful, 60-acre longleaf forest. For kids (and adults!), live reptiles and amphibians, games and crafts are on the schedule, plus live music and food trucks.
Sat., May 13, in downtown Wendell
Wendell celebrates the arts with this day-long outdoor gala of visual, fine and performing arts. Join the fun and spend the day meeting artists, then take in live music at J. Ashley Wall Town Square. After the music, hit the auction to view the art and make a bid!
Spring Daze photo: Selena N. B. H.