Raleigh, NC – There are a lot of outdoor events this weekend that are great for families!
Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival (Bond Park, Buehler Shelter, Cary) – More than 170 North Carolina artists will be on hand at Saturday’s Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival at Cary’s Bond Park. From 9 am to 5 pm, there will be food, vendors, Earth Day celebrations and live music.
Raulston Blooms! Spring Garden Festival (JC Raulston Arboretum, 4415 Beryl Rd, Raleigh) – After a two year break, JC Raulston Arboretum at NC State University is bringing back its springtime garden festival and plant sale on Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm There will also be a birdhouse competition for four age groups (4 to 16 years old), hands on activities for children and adults and a family scavenger hunt. There will be food trucks and Howling Cow ice cream on site.
HerbFest Wake Forest (HerbFest Wake Forest, 525 S. White Street, Wake Forest) – The 23rd annual Wake Forest HerbFest will be held two consecutive weekends, April 29-May 1 and again May 6-8 in downtown Wake Forest. The annual event will feature a wide variety of vendors from gardening to home goods. There will also be food trucks and a large selection of organic herbs.
Spring Carnival at Asbury (Asbury Church, 6612 Creedmoor Road, Raleigh) – This family-friendly carnival is Saturday at Asbury Church in Raleigh from 10 am to 1 pm Admission is free and there will be b games, food, vendors and bounce houses.
Flart Market (Artpost Supplies & Studios, 718 Iredell Street, Durham) – This market features live music and performances from local artists, food trucks and more than 60 local vendors. It is happening Saturday at Artpost Supplies in Durham.
The Kick Back Sneaker Expo (The Raleigh Convention Center, 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh) – This buy, sell and trade sneaker expo will be held Sunday at the Raleigh Convention Center from noon to 5 pm There will be 100 plus vendors with more than 50,000 pairs of sneakers.
Artist Celebration Event: Reckoning & Resilience (Duke University – Nasher Museum of Art, 2001 Dr. Campus, Durham) – The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University will host this “Mingle with the Artists” event from 1 to 4 pm on Sunday. This will be an outdoor party featuring Grammy Award-winning producer 9th Wonder and friends. Indoor art-making activities will relate to the Reckoning and Resilience exhibition: North Carolina Art Now. Assorted sandwiches and beverages from the Nasher Museum Cafe will be available for purchase. Cash bar. Free and open to all!
Triangle Race for the Cure (Frontier RTP, 800 Park Offices Drive, Durham) – Join Susan G. Komen in Research Triangle Park on Saturday for this 26th annual race. In addition to the timed 5K, there will be untimed run / walks and a survivor and thrive celebration.
Racing for Rescues (Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh) – Help raise money for stray and abandoned cats and dogs during this event on Sunday at Dix Park. There are 5K races for runners with and without dogs. There will also be adoptable dogs, raffle prizes and a vendor village. You can also participate virtually from April 29 to May 1.
Angels Among Us 5K & Walk of Hope (Duke Medical Center Campus, Erwin Road & Flowers Drive, Durham) – This 29th annual event will be held raise funds to support brain tumor research at Duke. The event will include a 5K, silent auction, Kids’ Zone and live entertainment on Saturday from 8 to noon at Duke Medical Center’s campus.
Beyond The Book, A Children’s Book & Art Festival (Moore Square Park, 200 South Blount Street, Raleigh) – This free outdoor family festival will include author and illustrator workshops, interactive performances, collaborative art installations, creative crafts, talented vendors, artisan food and inspiring entertainment. The event is Saturday in Moore Square Park from 10 am to 3 pm
Durham Symphony Orchestra offers Free “Pops in the Park” Concert (Piney Wood Park, 400 E. Woodcroft Parkway, Durham) – On May 1, the Durham Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Maestro William Henry Curry, will hold a free Pops in the Park concert featuring music by Tchaikovsky and Duke Ellington as well as selections from John Williams’ Star Wars and Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story.The concert will be held at Piney Wood Park in Durham at 3 pm In addition to the concert, there will also be an Instrument Petting Zoo at 2 pm The zoo will allow budding musicians of all ages to try a variety of stringed instruments.
Kindergarten Celebration Presented by The Guides (Camp Kanata YMCA, 13524 Camp Kanata Rd, Wake Forest) – Before your kindergartner turns the tassel, join us at the Kindergarten Celebration at YMCA Camp Kanata, hosted by Y Guides, on Sunday from 1 to 4 pm There will be an afternoon of arts & crafts, water activities on the lake, including canoes, and outdoor games, like gaga ball, tetherball and pick-up sports. This event is free and open to the public.
Party for the Planet (North Carolina Museum of Life and Science, 433 W. Murray Ave., Durham) – On Saturday, the Museum of Life and Science will hold an environmental education event encouraging the community to learn about the natural world. “Party for the Planet” will include workshops throughout the day on a variety of conservation topics from composting to species survival. The event is from 10 am to 3 pm and is included with museum admission.
Antonia y los Alebrijes (City of Raleigh Museum, 220 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh) – Día del niño, or Children’s Day, is an annual celebration held on April 30 throughout Mexico. It is a day when children are celebrated. The Friends of COR Museum has partnered with the Mexican Consulate to host the Mexican theater troupe of Osiris Cambrani on Saturday. Enjoy this glimpse into Mexican Children’s Day traditions on Saturday starting at 10 am