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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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Chapel Hill Durham Raleigh Festivals & Events January - December 2010

May
Sat., May 1, 2010
10th Annual Rainbow of Heroes Walk to Benefit the Duke University Hospital Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Center
Duke Center for Living, Saturday, May 1, 2010, registration 9am - 10am.
Rainbow of Heroes is a walk commemorating and celebrating all the Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplant patients and their families.  Participants walk 5200 yards around the track at the Duke Center for Living. Balloons are carried in honor or memory of patients who have been through or are currently in the program. As a finale to the walk, there will be a giant balloon release, creating a rainbow-colored skyline in honor of all these brave heroes.  During the day there are various activities and carnival type games for kids of all age. Many of the area mascots stop by to visit.  A light breakfast and full lunch is provided for all participants. Walkers raise money from various sponsors and compete for top fundraising prizes. Over $540,000 has been raised over the past seven years.  Come out and support this great cause.  more>

 

Sat., May 1, 2010
8th Annual DISCOVERING MAGIC in the GARDEN at the North Carolina Botanical Gardens Totten Center
Saturday, May 1, 2010, 10:00 am.
A day of activities for families...storytelling, treasure hunt, cloud-watching, a parade of fairies and wizards, and more.  If it rains, bring your umbrella!  Admission fee.  Call 919-962-0522 to pre-register.

From the website:

Discovering Magic in the Garden?
a magical May Day celebration! May 1, 2010 from 2 to 4 pm
This family-friendly event has become a spring tradition here at the Garden. We invite all families with children to join us for an afternoon of magical activities designed to encourage young and old to discover the wonders of nature and the natural urge to be stewards of all gardens, wild and cultivated. Come in your most magical costume! Please do call to register so we will have enough materials and helpers on hand. Fee: $10/family ($5 Garden members)

http://ncbg.unc.edu/pages/24/

Directions.

 

Sat., May 1, 2010
30th Annual Peakfest in Apex, NC  Enjoy festivities in downtown Apex celebrating the "Peak of Good Living."   Food, arts and crafts, children's activities, musical entertainment and more.  (Festival is held each year on the first Saturday in May.)  From the website:  "This festival has grown from a small community day in a school parking lot to an event which draws hundreds of vendors and over 25,000 people to the streets of downtown Apex. Every year, the Apex Festival Commission plans a bigger and more exciting day.  Children enjoy the KidsZone area with rides and games, and artists and crafters provide lots of shopping opportunities. Festival food like cotton candy, hoagies, and ice cream is sure to please, but you must try some of the international fare like Thai chicken, Chinese noodles and Greek gyros. Local talent and family entertainment provide dance, song and comedy on the stages."  For more information or to request a vendor application call the Apex Festival Commission at 919 249-3402 or visit www.apexpeakfest.com.

Visit www.apexnc.org for more information.

 

Sun., May 2, 2010
Carrboro Day 2010
Carrboro Town Hall & Commons, Sunday, May 2, 2010, 1 - 7pm.
Enjoy live music and lots of family festivities all day long!  Activities include Mother Goose story telling, Family Crafts, Poetry Reading, Family Games, Family Picnic Dinner (BYOP) and more! Also scheduled are numerous outdoors/nature-based activities at Bolin Creek and Wilson Park (including a Bird Walk, Geo-Hike, Wildflower Walk, Carrboro History & Culture Walk), and more. more>

http://www.carrboroday.com/

http://www.townofcarrboro.org/

 

April 30 - May 2, 2010
21st Annual Haw River Festival & Weekend in Saxapahaw

Saturday, May 9, 2009 1 - 6 p.m. at the old Bynum Bridge on the Haw River, in Bynum, Chatham County.   Musicians, artists, giant puppets, and environmental and river activities will be at the historic Bynum Bridge in Bynum, N.C. on May 12th for the 18th annual celebration of the River!  Admission fee $.  Bynum is off Hwy 15-501 about 12 miles south of Chapel Hill and 4 miles north of Pittsboro. Take Bynum Road to the old Bynum Bridge and follow signs for parking.

From the Haw River Festival website page: 

Haw River Festival & Weekend in Saxapahaw, April 30 - May 2, 2010
Friday, April 30, 6:30 pm First Annual Haw River Film Festival. The 2010 film festival will showcase independent films and filmmakers with an environmental and regionally historic focus. This event will include an amazing meal by the Saxapahaw General Store -- dining under the stars in one of Saxapahaw's most quaint outdoor courtyards. Suggested donation: $15. Schedule and film synopsis coming soon. Please contact Germane at germane@hawriver.org or Cameron at saxgenstore@gmail.com for more information.

Saturday, May 1 2010

All Day, Saxapahaw Open House, tours of new mill construction

10 am Poker Paddle with Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co.

1 to 8 pm, Haw River Festival River fun, kid's activities & guided canoe rides, nature walks, rain garden plant sale, river monitoring, canoe raffle, farmer's market, craft sales, live art auction and much more! Live Music includes Orquesta GarDel, Mosadi Music, John Howie, Django Haskins, Jimmy Magoo, Louise Kessel, D-Town Brass Band, Cynthia Crossen & Festival Jam.

8 pm Dance Party at the Paperhand Puppet Studio

Please contact Germane at germane@hawriver.org or Heather at heather@barnstarvintage.com for more information.

Sunday, May 2 2010

8 am, Peddle & Paddle with Haw River Canoe & Kayak Co. Contact info@hawrivercanoe.com to register.

11 am, History of the Haw River brunch & lecture, with Mayor of Carrboro Mark Chilton, at the River Landing Inn. Learn more about the history of the Haw River Valley and how it relates to Saxapahaw and the mill industry. A tasty brunch will be provided with coffee, tea and other organic refreshments. Suggested donation: $15. Event is limited to 30 participants. Please contact Germane at germane@hawriver.org or Matt Diehl at matt@riverlandinginn.com to reserve a spot.

See 2010 Haw River Festival Flyer:  http://www.pdfdownload.org/pdf2html/pdf2html.php?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.hawriver.org%2Flibrary%2Fpublications%2FHRF%202010%20Flyer.pdf&images=yes

Saxapahaw is located ~10 miles west of Chapel Hill.  For directions and info about events to www.HawRiver.org

or www.RiverMillVillage.com

 

Sunday, May 9, 2010 is Mother's Day - Happy Mother's Day!
Sat. & Sun, May 8 & 9, 2010 (also May 15 & 16)
King Henry Renaissance Faire presented by the Historical Enrichment Society, (further afield)
Duke Circle Park, Rocky Mount, NC

Step back in time and history to the Medieval/Renaissance era.  Enjoy sweet spring pleasures as lords and ladies, Knights in armor, King Henry VIII and his Royal Court and more await you at this magical village.  Four unique ays filled with the enchantment of days gone by ... Join the festivities and celebrate the Merry Month of May as they gather at the castles walls and meet a host of historical characters.  Admission: $15 Adult; $7 Ages 5-12 & Seniors 65+  Tikets available online or Ticketweb.com or Call: 1-866-468-7630

Celebrate the Merry Month of May at the Faire, featuring:

Knights on Horseback Jousting
Knightings (Your good deeds eary you a title)
Join the Mischievous merriment of Fairies, Elves and Fantasy Characters
Dragon Egg Hunt for Kids - Daily
7 Staging Areas of Entertainment
Singing, Dancing, Storytelling, Puppetry, Music & Matic
Unique Arts & Crafts of the Era
Royal Court Pageantry
Sword Fighting
Medieval Games & Foods
Biergarten with 16th Century Libations
Highland Games Each Day

www.ncrenfaire.com

and www.ncrenfaire.org

Contact: Donna Verner-Sheaves
(919) 755-8004

 

Sat., May 8, 2010
2nd Saturday Hillsborough Guided Walking Tour, 10am & 2pm, The Alexander Dickson House, 150 E. King St. Explore Hillsborough's history on a 90 minute guided walking tour through its historic district. The tour features historic buildings and homes, churches, gardens, and cemeteries. $5.
www.historichillsborough.org

(919) 732-7741

 

Sat. and Sun., May 15 and 16, 2010
Artsplosure Spring Festival, Raleigh, NC
Annual festival held during the third weekend of May in the Moore Square Park area of downtown Raleigh features an art market in the streets, music on two stages, and "kidsplosure" interactive visual art projects with numerous free "make-and-take" activities (sculpture, painting and drawing) for young children and their parents.  A Kidsplosure Stage presents entertainers geared specifically for children and families.  Free. Click here for more information or call (919)  832-8699 or the information line at (919) 990-1158.
www.artsplosure.org

 

Sat. & Sun, May 15 & 16, 2010 (also May 8 & 9)
King Henry Renaissance Faire presented by the Historical Enrichment Society, (further afield)
Duke Circle Park, Rocky Mount, NC

Step back in time and history to the Medieval/Renaissance era.  Enjoy sweet spring pleasures as lords and ladies, Knights in armor, King Henry VIII and his Royal Court and more await you at this magical village.  Four unique ays filled with the enchantment of days gone by ... Join the festivities and celebrate the Merry Month of May as they gather at the castles walls and meet a host of historical characters.  Admission: $15 Adult; $7 Ages 5-12 & Seniors 65+  Tikets available online or Ticketweb.com or Call: 1-866-468-7630

Celebrate the Merry Month of May at the Faire, featuring:

Knights on Horseback Jousting
Knightings (Your good deeds eary you a title)
Join the Mischievous merriment of Fairies, Elves and Fantasy Characters
Dragon Egg Hunt for Kids - Daily
7 Staging Areas of Entertainment
Singing, Dancing, Storytelling, Puppetry, Music & Matic
Unique Arts & Crafts of the Era
Royal Court Pageantry
Sword Fighting
Medieval Games & Foods
Biergarten with 16th Century Libations
Highland Games Each Day

www.ncrenfaire.com

and www.ncrenfaire.org

Contact: Donna Verner-Sheaves
(919) 755-8004

 

Sat. and Sun., May 15 and 16, 2010 - Further afield in Charlotte, NC
drumSTRONG, in Weddington, NC (just outside of Charlotte, NC)
Misty Meadows Farm, Charlotte, NC
Festivities begin Saturday, May 15th at 12:00 pm; drumming begins at 2:00 pm, May 15th and continues into the afternoon on Sunday, May 16th. rain or SHINE.

The annual, weekend-long drumSTRONG drum-a-thon festival raises funds for cancer initiatives both in NC and nationally, and is fun for the whole family.  Featuring musical groups performing throughout the weekend, and non-stop drumming jam sessions and lots of activities for kids - a wonderful time in a beautiful farm setting for a great, united cause:  BEAT cancer!

www.drumstrong.org

 

Sat.,  May 22, 2010
Taste of Durham Festival, Durham, NC
The Imperial Center, Emperor Blvd, Durham NC.
Sat. May 22, 2010. Annual Street Festival features restaurant food sampling, international wine tasting, Triangle celebrity chef demonstrations, international dance & entertainment, arts and performer stages, kids corner, Triangle Idol karaoke contest, special festivities showcasing international cultures.
www.tasteofdurham.org/
(919) 572-6551.

 

Sat. and Sun., May 29-30, 2010
Orange Street ArtsFest, Wilmington, NC (much further afield - make it a fun Spring beach weekend!)
Downtown Wilmington, 2nd & Orange Streets
120 S. 2nd St., Wilmington, NC 28401.
Saturday, May 29, 2010 (10am - 6pm) - Sunday, May 30, 2010 (10am - 5pm)
Annual Street Festival features music and arts displayed by artisans and artists.
For more information call 910-251-1788.

 

Sat. and Sun., May 29-30, 2010

Brevard, NC Go Nuts! White Squirrel Festival (further afield in Brevard, NC - near Asheville in the mountains)

Note from the CHillKids.com Editor: Brevard is known for its beautiful, and extraordinarily rare WHITE SQUIRRELS!  We'll blog about this soon; we're going to take a trip there to see if we can spot one and take some photos.  More soon ...

From the website: Get Ready To Go Nuts! The 6th Annual White Squirrel Festival will be here before you know it! This year's dates are Saturday and Sunday May 29th & 30th, 2010 in downtown Brevard, North Carolina. The Southeast Tourism Society has chosen the White Squirrel Festival and the Squirrel Box Derby as a Top 20 Event for the month of May 2010!  This year's event promises to be even bigger and better than ever, considering we had 25,000 attendance in 2008 ? Jupiter Coyote headlines on Saturday night and Steep Canyon Rangers on Sunday night! The third running of the hugely popular Squirrel Box Derby will happen again... a derby race down jailhouse hill in downtown Brevard. Also back this year is the Annual 5K/10K White Squirrel Race sponsored by The Rotary Club of Brevard. So there's something for everyone. Over sixteen musical acts over two days and it's all free! Find out why the White Squirrel Festival was voted "Best Spring Music Festival in Western North Carolina" in a reader news poll conducted by the Asheville Citizen Times. Invite your friends, relatives, and any other critters you can round up. This will be a fun weekend!

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