May 18, 2018

Since its inception in 1980, the spring festival has entertained and inspired hundreds of thousands of people, introducing them to underrepresented artists and performances. The festival features dozens of events, such as the Art Market with more than 170 visual arts and crafts exhibitors from across North Carolina and the nation; Kidsplosure, showcasing multiple interactive educational activities and entertainment for children; large-scale, interactive visual art installations; aerialists and/or other unique variety performers; The Student Art Exhibition, showcasing two- and three-dimensional artwork of Wake County public and private middle and high school students; performances by legends and rising stars from the national and regional Jazz, Blues, and Alternative music scenes, the majority of whom have never appeared in Raleigh, and emerging local and regional performers deserving of wider acclaim. Free; Friday, 11 am – 8:30 pm, Saturday, 10 am – 9:30 pm, Sunday, 10 am – 7 pm; Downtown Raleigh, NC

Light the Woods with Sound
Get to Dix Park for a first-of-its-kind sound and light show in the beautiful oak trees of Flowers Field! On Friday, check out the jam session: “Mystery Mashup” and “All the Beats” are the musical themes for this evening. Bring your hula hoop and join the fun. Napoli Wood Fired Pizzeria and Favor Desserts are the food truck tonight. On Saturday, the concert is “Pyschadelic”. Rare Earth Farms Food Truck, Bruster’s Apex and Gizmo Brew Works will be serving up the goods. On Sunday, join in “Playshops”, a chance to meet the artist, ask behind-the-scene questions, and experiment with the cutting edge technology that makes this installation so unique (8 pm). Free (but register);  Friday-Sunday, 7 – 10 pm; Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603

Cary Music & Arts Festival
This concert and festival showcases the talents of band, chorus and visual arts students from Cary high schools. Expect jazz bands, symphonic bands and more! Relaxation and music with friends and family on the Koka Booth lawn make for a great spring day. Free; Sunday, 4 pm; Cary at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary, NC 27518; 919.462.2025

Moogfest is the synthesis of music, art and technology. Since 2004, Moogfest has brought together artists, futurist thinkers, inventors, entrepreneurs, designers, engineers, scientists and musicians. By day, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. By night, Moogfest presents cutting-edge music in venues throughout the city. This mind-expanding conference has performing artists include early pioneers in electronic music, alongside pop and avant-garde experimentalists of today. $110; Through Sunday; Durham, NC

Beer & Bacon Fest
Two amazing things come together in one festival at the beautiful Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Grab your souvenir glass and taste 75+ international beers and wines. Then, make a dent in the two tons of griddled-on-site gourmet bacon from 10 vendors across the country! The Main Stage will host live music all day, plus fun foodie exhibits will be on-site to add to the festivities. $39-$79; Saturday; Cary at Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Pkwy, Cary, NC 27518; 919.462.2025

SpringFest turns Morrisville’s Town Hall Dr. into a carnival! The event includes entertainment, midway games, rides, live music and local-favorite food trucks. Free, $1/game, $20/25 game package; Saturday, 4-9 pm; 100 Town Hall Dr, Morrisville, NC 27560; 919.463.7110

Longleaf Festival
Outdoor enthusiasts will love this festival celebrating the longleaf pine ecosystem. Get a ticket to ride the Longleaf Express through a beautiful, 60-acre longleaf forest. Check out live birds of prey, reptiles and amphibians, plus games, food trucks, and crafts. Free; Saturday, 10 am-2 pm; 2112 County Park Dr, New Hill, NC 27562; 919.387.4344

RoseFest in Pink Hill
Located in eastern North Carolina, Pink Hill is a small town with more than 2,500 blooming, pink roses, white picket fences, and just one stoplight. Sandwiched between Raleigh and Jacksonville, the town is quickly becoming a destination for those wanting the benefits of the city with the tranquility of a more rural setting. Celebrate RoseFest in the beautiful downtown Pink Hill, NC. Saturday, 10 am-10 pm; 301 S. Pine St, Pink Hill, NC 28572

Got to be N.C. Festival
Join in three great days of down-home celebration North Carolina-style at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Enjoy fireworks, a carnival, homegrown marketplace, music, and more. Free; Friday-Sunday; 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

Montford Music and Arts Festival
In its 15th year, visit with 100 vendors and check out a music stage that’s stretched along Montford Avenue between Chestnut and Waneta. Vendors include artists/crafters, an eclectic mix of food trucks and more. Free; Saturday, 10 am-7 pm; Montford Ave, Asheville, NC

Durham Blues and Brews Festival
The Exchange Club of Greater Durham presents The Durham Blues and Brews Festival! Enjoy the Best Blues Bands and the Best NC Craft Beers- all to benefit local Charities and Programs. $40, $50/door; Saturday, 5 – 10 pm; 502 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

Sunrise Yoga on the Patio
Join in sunrise yoga on the Starbucks patio in Cameron Village. You could win one month of unlimited Core Power yoga and a Starbucks gift card. Saturday, 6 am; 500 Oberlin Rd, Raleigh, NC 27605

Sundays are for the Girls

During this event enjoy a yoga Class with Emily Wallace with line music. After your class, feast on an omelette Station, sip at the MY Mimosa Bar, enter raffle Prizes and get beautified at the braid Bar by Parlor Blow Dry Bar, express manicures from Paintbase, and hydration station facials by Trellis Beauty. Bring your own mat! $40; Sunday, 11 am – 12 pm; 101 Park at North Hills St, 7th Floor, Raleigh, NC 27609

6th White Party
6th Annual White Party benefits the LGBT Center of Raleigh. This years entertainer is a World Famous Britney Spears female impersonator Derrick Barry who was featured on Rupauls Drag Race Season 8. $4/College student with valid ID, $7/members; Friday; 330 W Hargett St, Raleigh, NC

Great Gatsby Ball
After a highly successful first year, The Great Gatsby Ball returns to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences for Casino Night 2018 to help benefit homelessness prevention and outreach. Join in Vegas-style tables – Blackjack, Poker, Craps, Roulette and more. Top prizes include a brand-new Apple iPhone X and a Louis Vuitton® Speedy 30 Bag. Step off the gaming floor and onto the Gatsby Dance Dome in the museum’s Daily Planet Theater. The Dress Code is Cocktail Attire. Go all out for a chance at the costume grand prize! No jeans please. $130; Saturday; 121 W. Jones St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Scrappy Hour
The Scrap Exchange is launching new creative classes for adults in the Design Center in conjunction with 3rd Friday openings in the Cameron Gallery (6-9 pm). Inspired by the “Wine and Design” concept, the new “Scrappy Hour” classes are designed as a fun way to create unique DIY projects in a social setting. Craft along with your favorite BYOB beverage (beer or wine only). The Scrap staff will provide snacks, materials and loads of creative inspiration. $25; Friday, 6:30 pm; 2050 Chapel Hill Rd, Durham, NC 27707; 919.688.6960

Empanada Extravaganza
It’s time to chow down! Each food truck will feature their style of Empanada (s) in which you can vote for day of the event! Featured trucks include Cilantro Mexican Cuisine, LLC; Morfa Empanadas; Qspresso Food Truck; Route Bistro LLC; Spanglish; The Corner Venezuela; and Chez Moi Bakery. Sunday, 1 – 4 pm; 502 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

By Whitney

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