Community Events

Scroll for May and June Triangle Community Events! Page last updated 05/14/2024.

Durham Farmer's Market

Saturdays through November | FREE |  501 Foster Street Durham, NC 27701

Located at the Pavilion at Durham Central Park. See a map & directions. Below are our hours:

  • Main Season Market: Saturdays from 8 am-12 pm (April – November)
  • Mid-Week Market: Open Wednesdays from 3-6 pm (April 17, 2024 – mid-October)
  • Winter Market Hours: Saturdays from 10 am-12 pm (December – March)
  • Thanksgiving Market: Tuesday before Thanksgiving.

During the main season, the Durham Craft Market sets up on the green space at Durham Central Park right next to the farmers’ market.  Art Market Durham is hosted by Cecy’s Gallery and sets up every Saturday at the intersection of Hunt Street and Foster Street, right next to the farmers’ market!  Though it may seem like one be market, it is actually three separate markets happening each weekend at the same time and place – the more the merrier!!!!  We love our neighbors and know that you will, too!  So be sure to explore all the offerings on Saturday and you will be amazed at what you will find!

54th Annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival

Saturday May 18th, 1pm – 7pm| FREE | Rock Quarry Park, 701 Stadium Drive, Durham

This family-oriented event is a celebration of African and African American history, culture, arts, and traditions.

Live Music
Family Fun Zone
Arts and Crafts
Community Resources
Ethnic Food
Local Talent
Seating will not be provided, please bring a lawn chair or blanket.

 

Got to Be NC Festival

Friday May 17th through Sunday May 19th| FREE | NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

North Carolina food companies, breweries and wineries will be sampling and selling some of the most delightful flavors North Carolina has to offer!  Visit website to see schedule of activities and events.

 

Artsplosure

Saturday May 18th 11am – 7pm, Sunday May 19th 10am – 6pm| FREE | Fayetteville Street, downtown Raleigh

The Raleigh Arts Festival returns on May 18-19, 2024 in the heart of downtown Raleigh.

Explore the eclectic, award-winning Art Market featuring over 175 juried fine artists and craftspeople exhibiting original works of art in 10 different categories. All will be available for purchase, including painting, photography, pottery, jewelry, woodwork, and more.

Watch live music performances on the main stage from emerging national and regional artists, bring the kids to enjoy free arts and crafts at Kidsplosure, and experience one-of-a-kind art installations on display throughout the Fayetteville Street footprint.

 

Wheels on Academy - Cary's 11th Annual Car Show

Saturday May 18th, 10am – 2pm| FREE | N. Academy Street in Downtown Cary

Spend a nice spring day seeing cars of yesteryear come alive and rule the roads alongside some of today’s modern hot rods and exotic cars. Find that special car that evokes memories of the past or dreams of the future. Academy Street will be full of entertainment, food, and fun for the entire family!

 

Durham Greek Festival

Saturday May 18th, 11am – 9pm and Sunday May 19th, 11am – 7pm| FREE | St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 NC Hwy 751, Durham

Experience the flavors, sounds, and traditions of Greece right here in North Carolina at the 2024 Durham Greek Festival. Enjoy delicious Greek food and pastries, a Greek Taverna, traditional music, folk dance performances, shopping, and church tours.

Come experience the kefi (joy) of this annual event that draws thousands in the Triangle area. Admission is FREE and there will be fun for all ages, RAIN OR SHINE! Celebrate food, wine, and life with the Greeks. Enjoy our legendary hospitality. Dance to our lively bouzouki music, shouting “Opa!”

 

Taste of Soul NC

Saturday May 25th, 3pm – 8pm| FREE | Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham

Eat from some of the best Food Trucks in the area, Shop Local Merchants, enjoy Kid games including a Bounce House & enjoy the DJ along with Live Performances.  Bring blankets and/or chairs to sit in the grassy area while you enjoy the live performances and watch kids play in the bounce house.

 

Durham Brick Convention Lego Event

Saturday June 1st and Sunday June 2nd, 11:30am – 6pm| Tickets Required | Durham Convention Center, 301 W Morgan St,  Durham

BRICK CONVENTION is the Greatest LEGO® Fan Event on Earth and brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO® building and experiences together in one activity- and entertainment-packed family event for children of all ages and builders of all skills and interests.

 

Walk for the Animals

Saturday June 1st, 9am -12:30pm | Tickets Required | Duke East Campus, 712 Broad St.,  Durham

Enjoy a day full of engaging, entertaining, and educational events. Pet contests, agility courses, games, and more.

The Walk is a yearly reminder that APS can only do our life-saving work thanks to the incredible community lifting us up with their energy, compassion, and commitment. Team up. Fundraise. Celebrate! Help raise funds for our furry friends. Walk together, one paw in front of the other.

 

20th Annual Beaver Queen Pageant

Saturday June 1st, 4pm – 7pm | Free entry, $5 per vote | Duke Park, Englewood Ave and Acadia St.,  Durham

The Beaver Queen Pageant is Durham’s own special mix of folly, pageantry, and humor. Contestants take on beaver personalities: Fur Pelton John, the Beave Whisperer, and Furrabella-Conchita Carramba. As with every Beauty Queen Pageant, the contestants introduce themselves in their wetlands ready wear, showcase their unique talent, and participate in an interview in their finest evening wear. 

The Beaver Queen Pageant serves as a fundraiser for the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association (ECWA).

 

Raleigh’s International Food Festival

Saturday June 1st, 11am – 8pm | FREE | City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville St, Raleigh

Celebrate Raleigh’s diverse community and welcoming spirit by trying food, beer and wine (plus listen to live music and see more entertainment) from around the world. Nearly 20,000 attendees are expected in downtown Raleigh‘s City Plaza for the event.

 

Handmade Market & Parade

Saturday June 1st, 12pm – 6pm | FREE | River Park, 228 S Churton St., Hillsborough

This curated, community art show takes place within the Weekend of Art in Hillsborough, alongside Hillsborough’s legendary Handmade Parade!  Handmade Market (previously Art in the Heart of Hillsborough) features original, handmade work 45+ local artists.
You’ll find artists, food & beverage vendors, exciting experiences.

 

PLAYlist Concert Series: The Magic of African Rhythm

Friday June 7th, 7:30pm | FREE | Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St, Durham

Meaningful stories are told in both authentic song and original dance choreography. In the midst of the drama, skilled dancers appear to fly, leaving onlookers in an awe of swirling raffia skirts and headdresses. Drums, dance, costumes, song and story carry audiences across the colorful spectrum of the entire continent.
Local food trucks will be on site, as well as craft beer and other vendors.

There’s lawn seating, so please bring a blanket or lawn chair. Picnics are welcome, but outside alcohol is not allowed.

NC Symphony on the Village Green

Friday June 14th, 8pm | FREE | Southern Village Green, 400 Market Street, Chapel Hill

We are thrilled to welcome The North Carolina Symphony to Southern Village. We encourage you bring your friends and family for what is sure to be one of your favorite nights of the year. Spots on the Village Green tend to fill up early in the day so please come early! Blankets, low beach chairs and coolers (no bottles) are welcome! No cover charge and plenty of parking is available. Picnics are encouraged!

Capital City Juneteenth Celebration 2024

Saturday June 15th, 12pm – 6pm | FREE | Harvey Hill at Dix Park, 693 Palmer Drive, Raleigh

Juneteenth (June 19th) is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the abolition of slavery in the United States.

Bring your lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy an afternoon of entertainment, family activities, vendors and food at the Capital City Juneteenth Celebration!

Cary Juneteenth Celebration 2024

Saturday June 15th, 1pm – 7pm | FREE | Downtown Cary Park, 327 S. Academy St., Cary

Celebrated annually, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger read federal orders in Galveston, Texas, that all previously enslaved Black people in the state were free. Today, Juneteenth commemorates African American freedom and emphasizes education and achievement. It is a day marked with celebrations and special gatherings.

Join us at the Park for a jubilant Juneteenth Celebration curated by Historian Darrell Stover! Get ready to groove to live music, indulge in delicious bites from food trucks, and explore vibrant vendors showcasing their work. It’s a day of unity, culture and joy for all!

Durham Juneteenth Celebration

Saturday June 15th, 1pm – 8pm | FREE | NCCU Latham Surface Lot, 705 E Lawson St, Durham

Officially sanctioned by the National Juneteenth Observance Foundation, this fun-filled, educational, and uplifting festival will feature national recording artists and local performers, food trucks, vendors, a health fair, a Kids zone, exhibitors, and more!

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Juneteenth

Sunday June 16th, 2pm | FREE | Hargraves Community Center, 216 North Roberson Street, Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s Juneteenth celebration returns to the Hargraves Community Center with food, fun, music, and more! Juneteenth, also known as Emancipation Day, commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the United States.

OFFICE:
3333 Durham-Chapel Hill Blvd. Suite A100, Durham, NC 27707

MAILING:
PO Box 3374, Durham,
NC 27702

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