April 27, 2018

Cameron Crawl
Spring has sprung in Cameron Village! They’re celebrating the arrival of spring with our second annual Cameron Crawl! Enjoy music, shopping specials from their merchants, samples and snacks from their restaurants, and a $25 gift card when you spend $125. Skip the parking hassles and ride for free! Uber on over and save $5 each way when you use the codes CAMERONCRAWLTHURSDAY or CAMERONCRAWLFRIDAY. Friday, 4 -7 pm; 2034 Cameron St, Raleigh, NC 27605; 919.821.1350

Cary Downtown Dine Around
Chow down at 20 Restaurants including 12 Ethnic Cuisines. Downtown Cary has something for everyone’s taste and budget. Check out the unique menus and specials available during Downtown Dine Around. Through Sunday; Downtown Cary

Wine Sundae Weekend
Everyone is talking about how great Chatham Hill’s Sweet Carolina wines are over ice cream. Come in and choose your wine topping over a rich and creamy vanilla ice cream. $8/Wine Sundae, $10/Wine Tasting & Winery Tour; Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm, Sunday, 1-5 pm; 8245 Chapel Hill Rd, Cary, NC 27513; 919.380.7135

Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival
A destination staple celebrating 25 years, Spring Daze features more than 170 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages with music, storytelling and more. Enjoy food and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration under the shady canopy of Bond Park. This family-friendly event also offers fun, interactive activities and entertainment for the little ones. Free; Saturday; 801 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27513

N.C.’s largest craft beer festival features 100 breweries, 50 food trucks and takes over downtown Raleigh for two days! The festival, allows you to purchase either beer samples or full pints from breweries located across the state. On Friday, taste beers that wont’ be available on Saturday including sours and barrel aged beers. There will also be food trucks, DJ’s, and vendors $45/Friday, 6-10 pm, Free/Saturday, 2-10 pm; 400 Fayetteville St, Raleigh, NC 27601; 919.256.3640

MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music. One of the premier music festivals in the country, MerleFest is an annual homecoming for musicians and music fans. MerleFest is a celebration of ‘traditional plus’ music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts numerous artists, performing on 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs. $50+; Through Sunday; 1328 S Collegiate Dr, Wilkesboro, NC 28697

30th Dogwood Festival
The Dogwood Festival has been a reoccurring festival for downtown Mebane since 1988. They are kicking it off with a Golf Tournament and 5K Run in Mebane. Entertainment and vendors are set up on the downtown streets as night fall approaches. The festival welcomes festival goers on Saturday to come out and shop many vendors’ wears, crafts, and items. Live entertainment consisting of bands and performers from throughout our community are on multiple stages throughout the day. Full schedule here. Friday & Saturday; Mebane, NC

Fayetteville Dogwood Festival
The Spring Dogwood Festival is a Fayetteville community tradition! The 2018 festival brings free entertainment, and classic community favorites to Downtown Fayetteville. Join in a food & wine event, a corn hole tournament, BMX show, activities like rock climbing and bungee jumping, and tons of musical performances. $25-$45; Through Sunday; 335 Ray Ave, Fayetteville NC 28301

NC Pickle Festival
A lover of pickles, I have to post this festival up. Join in pickle eating contests, tour de pickle, a 5K race, chili cook off, car show and more. Friday & Saturday; 123 N. Center St, Mount Olive, NC 28365

Midtown Farmers’ Market
Visit this vibrant, thriving farmers market in the heart of Midtown Raleigh. You can buy local, family-farmed foods, grown in a manner that sustains the land and our health. Their market is dedicated to providing the community access to healthful food options, and educational opportunities to learn about sustainable farming methods and food systems. Saturday, 8 am – 12 pm; 4158 Main at North Hills St, Raleigh, NC 27609

Sunday Supper Durham
According to Catholic Charities, each year the City of Durham faces a one-million-pound shortage of food meant to serve the food insecure population. Join in support of the Catholic Charities planned $1.7 million Durham Community Food Pantry and End Hunger Durham to address food insecurity in the community. The meal will feature selections from some of the best of local Durham vendors is planned along with live music and a community table that will seat 750 people. Get a seat at the table, meet new friends, enjoy fantastic local food and drink, and hear great music. Sunday; 318 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701; 919.433.1566

By Whitney

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