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Chapel Hill, Raleigh & Durham Festivals & Events -
and events further afield (North Carolina Day and Weekend Event Ideas)


2010

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January - December 2009

April
Weds., April 7 - Sun., April 11, 2010
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.

Weekends Sat. - Sun., April 10 - April 25, 2010
The North 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
(800) 755-8004.

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. **

This 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.
 
/www.tarheelclub.org/
919-779-6220
mchummel@mindspring.com

 

Sat., April 4, 2009
Orange County/Chapel Hill Egg Hunt Celebration

Ages 2-10.

NEW LOCATION for the 2010 Chapel Hill Egg Hunt:  Hank Anderson Park in Carrboro.

Festivities from 9:30 am - 12pm (rain or shine);  

Egg hunt begins at 10:30 am sharp.  

Egg hunts and prizes for three age categories.

http://townhall.townofchapelhill.org/parks_&_rec/community_events/
919-968-2784

 

Sat., March 27, 2010
Durham Easter Egg Hunts
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 www.durhamnc.gov/departments/parks.

 

Saturday, April 3, 2010
Preservation Society of Chapel Hill Easter Egg Hunt
Horace Williams House, 610 E. Rosemary St., Chapel Hill.  (919) 942-7818.
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 accepted.

 

Weds. - 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:  

"HATCHfest 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
NC Turkish Festival
Saturday, April 17 - 18, 2010, (Sat 11am - 9pm & Sun 12-8), Raleigh State Fairgrounds Exposition Center

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).

(919) 386-3464.

 

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 Day.

See Chapel Hill events scheduled for the week of Earth Day.

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.

 

Thurs. - Sun., April 21-24, 2010
7th Annual Spring Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music & Dance,
1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, 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/
(919) 542-8142

Fri. - 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!)

Trivia:  Did you know that North Carolina is the second largest producer of cucumbers for pickles in the United States?

Directions:  www.moachamber.com/Chamber.html  (The Mount Olive Area is in the coastal plain of North Carolina, between the Piedmont and the Atlantic Ocean.)
(919) 658-3113.

 

April 22, 2010 is Earth Day!
Sat - Sun, April 24 and 25, 2010
15th 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 $.

www.carolinafarmstewards.org
(919) 542-2402.

 

Sat. and Sun., April 17 and 18, 2010
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.

Bennett Place, 4409 Bennett Memorial Rd., Durham, NC 27705
www.ah.dcr.state.nc.us/sections/hs/bennett/bennett.htm
(919) 383-4345

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