As we thaw out from winter, many of us are looking forward to enjoying the warmer spring weather and rediscover what we love so much about the Triangle. Spring in the Triangle is a wonderful time, we delight with the early blooms of daffodils and redbud which serve as reminders: Warmer temperatures are approaching.
Time to get our patios and decks ready, open up the garden sheds and start sprucing up the yard, and getting out on a few more walks as the weather warms up.
Before the heat of summer kicks it, make sure we take advantage of these glorious spring months. The Triangle offers a bounty of activities to enjoy that take us outside. Whether you are into new hikes or want to find a enjoyable spring festival, we have a list that highlights our favorites across the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area.
We always like to hear from our clients on activities they’ve found that marks the return of spring for them. If you are new to the area or looking for a new adventure, here is our list that includes some of our own favorites along with some of our clients favorites to enjoy “Spring in the Triangle.”
Saturday, April 28, 2018 Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival will host their 25th annual festival from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM at the Fred G. Bond Metro Park. The festival will feature over 170 North Carolinian artists, four stages of entertainment, and the delicious North Carolina food. North Carolina is home to a diverse arts community that includes clay, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and more.
Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Hillsborough
Saturday and Sunday, April 28 and April 29 from 2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, both days, the Piedmont Farm Tour is a great opportunity to meet your local farmers and see how they grow and harvest. This tour is for kids, foodies, gardners, and aspiring farmers. Each farm is unique and will offer you the opportunity to learn more about how and what goes to market. You will discover meats, dairy, fruits, and veggies that were grown with a lot of hard work and care.
On April 21, 2018 join thousands of runners in Chapel Hill for a great course around the UNC campus and historic neighborhoods. Depending on your running goal races start at 7:15 AM for the 4-miler, 8:00 AM for the 10-miler, and do both if you want the extra challenge! If you aren’t a runner try volunteering or cheering on the runners. It is always welcomed to give encouragement to those trying to cross the finish line.
While a visit to Duke Gardens is always beautiful, even in the dead of winter, this is the time to make sure you get there. Duke Gardens is a delight at each turn of the 55-acres botanic garden. Take a look at their map to see what’s in bloom. In March you’ll find tulips, magnolias, and gorgeous cherry trees in bloom.
From May 17, 2018 through May 20, 2018 Durham will be host to Moogfest. Many wonder, “What is Moogfest?” Moogfest is a multi-day festival centered around music, art, and technology. Robert Arthur Moog invented the Moog synthesizer and was a pioneer in the field of electronic music. Previous Moogfest festivals included panel discussion, Q&A with artists, art exhibitions, and workshops. The festival changes cities, so be sure to catch it while its local.
April 27, 2018 through April 29, 2018. The Art of Cool is a non-profit that seeks to preserve jazz, while building and uplifting the community spirit. The 2017 Art of Cool Festival held free programs at the American Tobacco Campus. Tickets to watch artists such as Common, Rakim, or George Clinton in previous years cost $65.
Beginning May 3, 2018 through May 6, 2018 over 50 bands will play during the family-friendly celebration. There is dance, art, and education during this four-day festival. There is great food and activities for children. Volunteer for 12 hours to earn a full four-day pass.
The Raleigh Arts Festival will be held May 19, 2018 - May 20, 2018. The festival has been in existence since the 1980 and seeks to share and inspire the community by making imaginative and celebrated art accessible to the public. There is an art market with over 180 artisans and stages that host performers. There are activities for everyone and this festival attracts over 80,000 attendees.
May 18, 2018 through May 20, 2018 the Raleigh State Fairgrounds will host the Got to be NC Festival. There are many family-friendly and free activities that strive to showcase North Carolina’s modern and historic agriculture. Gate admission and parking are free, and some of the events come with a charge, such as the Food and Wine Expo. There will be artists, gardeners giving seminars, concerts, and delicious NC food concessions. You can catch a tractor pull or tour the classic cars. A petting zoo, pig races, and beekeeping are all free exhibits for children to explore.
Try to enjoy the outdoor activities now before the heat and humidity set in and your desire to crank up the air conditioning is top of mind. Calling the Triangle home means you have a number of different options available to you to make the most of the spring months.
Below we've given a few links to other articles with ideas for you to enjoy this Spring.
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