63rd Annual North Carolina Azalea Festival
in Wilmington, NC(further afield)
Wednesday, April 7 - Sunday, April 11, 2007 Features arts, music, parade, street fair, circus, celebrities, home
and garden tours, concerts, and more. Events take place in historic
downtown Wilmington and at area beaches. Click
here for schedule of events.
Sat. - Sun., April 10 - April 25, 2010
Carolina Renaissance Faire - New Location since 2009 (prior years were at
the State Fairgrounds - NEW LOCATION in WAKE FOREST, NC since 2009)
13239 Capital Blvd, Wake Forest, NC 27587
Bring the whole family and come join in a wonderful "environmental
theater" celebration of medieval life and times at the North Carolina
Renaissance Faire! Walk into the gates and enter a medieval or
renaissance village and become a part of it for the day. Meat lords
and ladies, knights and maidens, pirates, fairies, or royalty; play games,
and enjoy live music, dancing, storytelling, puppetry, magic, sword
fighting, and jousting. (Watch the knights on horseback as the jester
gallops alongside on a little pony!) There is always something new to
discover as you step back in time at the North Carolina Renaissance Faire!
Tickets: $12 adults; $6 Kids 5-12; Seniors FREE: Kids under 5 years old
FREE. See the North Carolina
Renaissance Faire website for more information. Weekends April 10
- April 25, 10am - 6:30pm. www.ncrenfaire.com
Find 16th Century Men's, Women's and Children's clothing; capes & Cloaks,
costume patterns and more at
www.tudorshoppe.com, the official costume supplier of the North Carolina
Renaissance Faire. Children love to dress up; the North Carolina
Renaissance Faire is a great opportunity to become a knight or princess or
magician or fair maiden!
Sat. - Sun., April 9- April 11, 2010
36th Annual Capital Area Gem Festival sponsored by the Tar Heel Gem and
Mineral Club. Scott Bldg., State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Rd., Raleigh, NC
Friday 5 to 9 p.m.
Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
** Free admission. **
show is sponsored by the Tar Heel Gem & Mineral Club and includes 29
dealers plus Club areas of demonstration, silent auction, geodes and
hospitality. Finished jewelry, rough minerals, fossils, geodes, related
books and tools on display and for sale. Familiarize your children with
the Lapidary Arts. FREE admission. Grab bags with rocks and minerals,
some containing a faceted gem, available for kids. The club will sell
and cut geodes and offer an on-going Silent Auction with new items every
hour. One large area is set up to demonstrate faceting, cabachons,
Opals, chainmaking, wirewrap, and gem trees.
Saturday, April 4th 10:30am
Easter Hunts in Durham for kids 12 are scheduled for Saturday, March 27 at
10:30 am, at Campus Hills Park and at West Point on the Eno Park, 5101 N.
Roxboro Road. For more information about age ranges visit
Saturday, April 3, 2010
Society of Chapel Hill Easter Egg Hunt Horace Williams House, 610 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill. (919)
For children ages 8 and under; 10am sharp. Bring a basket or bag for
gathering eggs! Children will be divided into age groups to search in
separate areas for 1,000 eggs stuffed with candy. There will also be
ten special prize eggs to be redeemed for special prizes such as stuffed
animals. Also planned for the event are games, contests, spelling
bees, egg races, and "bowling for bunnies" events. Free; donations
Sat., April 15-18, 2010
HatchFest 2010 in Asheville, NC (much further afield) Interested in the
Arts, Film, Fashion, Design? This festival provides a wide array of
opportunities to learn from and observe masters in the field in an
entertaining festival setting in beautiful Asheville, NC. Take a trip
to the mountains; visit the Biltmore; attend HATCHfest.
Description from the HATCHfest website:
is the first international mentoring festival for the creative and media
arts communities. This festival is a celebration that springs naturally
from the HATCH mission: To provide mentorship, education, inspiration
and recognition to the next generation of creative innovators. Each
HATCHfest brings together luminaries in the arts and entertainment world
to serve as mentors to groundbreaking new creative talent. The magic of
HATCHfest comes to life when this unique community of creative minds
from many disciplines including film, music, journalism, architecture,
photography, graphic design, fashion design, technology and fine art,
engage in the spirit of mentoring, networking and play."
Editor's note:Okay, so with a
bunch of little kids (and children in school as well) this event is not
for us, but we can at least dream, right? HATCHfest sounds like a
very creative and inspirational event for people who have the logistical
flexibility and ability to attend :)
Sat., April 17 - 18, 2010
Festival Saturday, April 17 - 18, 2010, (Sat 11am - 9pm & Sun 12-8), Raleigh State Fairgrounds
Enjoy Turkish Folk Dances, Turkish Cuisine, kids' entertainment, cooking
classes, dress like sultans, water marbling, calligraphy, Turkish bazaar.
Admission: $3; Seniors/students $2; Kids under 10 Free. (Look for ad
in Chapel Hill News for coupon for One Free Admission).
Sat., April 18 - Sat., April 26, 2010
Earth Week In
Chapel Hill Saturday, April 17, thru Saturday April 24, 2010
Chapel Hill's Parks and Recreation Department will partner with many local
organizations to promote a full week of great activities celebrating Earth
Commencing with the Earth Action Day celebration on April 18th (Saturday,
April 18, 2009, 12pm-5pm
UNC's Morehead Planetarium), other interesting and informative activities
include, Earth Day with the University's Institute for the Environment,
Green Home tours at Briar Chapel, storytelling with the Chapel Hill Library,
Morehead Planetarium's ?Our Vanishing Nights Film?, and Chapel Hill-Carrboro
City School's Earth and Sky Celebration.
Sun., April 21-24, 2010
Annual Spring Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance,
Silk Hope, NC (near Pittsboro)
Just down the road from Pittsboro, Chapel Hill, Carrboro, etc. Within an
hour's drive of Raleigh, Durham and Greensboro Thursday - Sunday,
April 21-24, 2010 (Gates open at 10am on Thursday; 9am Friday - Sunday). An all-ages family-friendly event featuring great music (blues,
bluegrass, african, reggae, country, latin, native american, roots rock,
zydeco), on-site camping, foods, arts, crafts, dance, workshops, poetry
slam, kids area (face painting, bubbles, drawing crafts, puppets, "Earth"
ball, parachute games, make your own jewelry, clown, Mother Goose story
telling and more!), dance tent.Weekend and day tickets available,
click here for ticket information.
Shakori Hills Farm, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, Silk Hope, NC (18 miles
southwest of Chapel Hill in Chatham County, North Carolina). http://www.shakorihills.org/
Sat., April 23-25, 2010
24th Annual North Carolina Pickle Festival in Mount Olive (further afield - about a two hour drive from Chapel Hill; 90 minutes
from Raleigh) Friday - Saturday,
April 23-25, 2009 A family-friendly festival celebrating the pickle and featuring music,
classic cars, bikes, games, food, carnival rides, a 5K run,
Downtown, from 8am - 6pm, there will be Carnival Rides, Pig and Duck Races,
Free Mt. Olive Pickles, and the special Children's Area, which will include
Pony Rides, the Pickle Derby, balloons, Paint a Pickle, Push a Pickle,
decorate your own hat, Cuke Toss, face painting, fingernail painting/hair
spray, Put the Feet on Pickle Pete, make your own bracelet or necklace, and
a petting zoo! Also guess the number of pickles in the pickle jar
(winner receives a prize!)
you know that North Carolina is the second largest producer of cucumbers
for pickles in the United States?
www.moachamber.com/Chamber.html (The Mount Olive Area is in
the coastal plain of North Carolina, between the Piedmont and the
April 22, 2010 is Earth Day!
Sun, April 24 and 25, 2010
Annual CFSA Piedmont Farm Tour
(Carolina Farm Stewardship Association)
Sat - Sun, April 24 and 25, 2010, 1-6pm. Learn more about organic produce and pasture-raised livestock!
Enjoy educational and entertaining tours of small family farms raising a
wide range of flora and fauna including flowers, organic fruits and
vegetables, free-range chickens and pasture-raised cows. Also
demonstrations such as yarn spinning; sample ice cream at Maple View Farm.
Purchase a "support local farms" button and visit any of 30 or so farms on
the tour located in Alamance, Orange, Durham, Chatham and Lee counties.
Admission fee $.
145th Anniversary of the Largest Troop Surrender of the Civil War at Bennett
Place State Historic Site in Durham, NC.
Saturday and Sunday, April 17 and 18, 2010 10 am - 4 pm.
Surrender Reenactment and 141st Anniversary Commemoration. In April,
1865, Confederate General Johnston surrendered to Union General Sherman at
the Bennett Farm near the Durham Station, the largest troop surrender of the
Civil War. Visit Bennett Place and meet the generals who convened here and
signed the papers, which made them prominent figures in history.
Re-enactors will describe military life and
the activities of the common soldier. Various domestic skills will be
presented to evoke the home life of James and Nancy Bennett. Costumed
interpreters will portray the Bennett family, and a surrender negotiation
vignette between Gen. Joseph E. Johnston and Gen. William T. Sherman will be
performed throughout the day. Living History interpreters demonstrate
soldier life and home front activities. A memorial ceremony will be held at
the Unity Monument on Sunday. Living history programs will be held
throughout the weekend. Donations gratefully accepted. FREE.
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