This year, let the Lazy Daze festival give a whole new meaning to family arts and crafts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 Events for August, the 35th Annual Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival has proven to be one of the best family-friendly events in Greater Raleigh and the region.
On August 27th from 9 am to 5 pm, downtown Cary will come alive with arts and crafts vendors, multiple stages of non-stop entertainment, delicious festival food, and civic groups. Entertainers include local high school bands, International Ballet Company, Fire Cracker Jazz Band, and many more.
Even the youngest of children can enjoy Lazy Daze by visiting the Kid’s World section of the event. This interactive area allows children of all ages to create art through hands-on activities and then take it home. The misting tent for cooling off and great food are special perks of Kid’s World.
The Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is completely free, right down to the parking. For more information about parking, vendors and the artists that will be at the festival, visit the detailed Lazy Daze website.
In order to spark the creative spirit of the Triangle, a group of volunteers dedicated to showcasing local talent and nurturing a creative ecosystem have come together to bring us the fifth annual SPARKcon. SPARKcon is a program of Raleigh’s Visual Art Exchange that showcases the creativity, talent and ideas of the Triangle through different SPARKS, which will take place from Sept. 16th to 19th.
During this weekend of creative celebration, you can attend events such as a fashion show from fashionSPARK, any number of concerts as part of musicSPARK, speakers from ideaSPARK and so much more. For a full list of the many SPARKS with organized events, visit this site.
This is one of the most unique events in the Triangle, as anyone in the local community can volunteer to organize their own SPARK with other participants. As an open-source, “for the people, by the people” event, it is a wonderful example of residents coming together to better the Triangle. With so many different events to attend, it’s guaranteed that you’ll find something that really sparks your interest to visit.
Imagine a fun-filled weekend of live music, art markets, performance arts and art exhibitions. Sound like a good time? Fortunately, you can experience all of this and so much more during Raleigh’s very own Artsplosure 2010.
During the weekend of May 15th to 16th, the historic Moore Square and City Market area of downtown Raleigh will transform into a gathering place for visual artists, performers and musicians as they display their talent. Designed to bring artists and the community together to improve the cultural environment and improve quality of life, Artsplosure is the perfect weekend treat for you and yours.
If you’re looking for a new brilliant piece of art to grace your home, then visit the art market, where you’ll find plenty of original pieces to choose from. Or you can venture over to City Plaza and explore the luminarium that will be premiering there. The kids can even enjoy their own Kidsplosure activities throughout the weekend, including fun hands-on activities and stage performances.
No matter the Artsplosure events and activities that you decide to enjoy, you’re sure to have a blast!
(photo courtesy of http://www.sparkcon.com/gallery)
With three nationally accredited universities, numerous artistic locals, and a vast array of cultural centers, it is no wonder the Triangle has been named “The Creative Hub of the South”. However, there has been seldom opportunity for all of these cultural aspects to come together until now. Introducing SPARKcon 2009, an effort to bring together all of the creativity in the Triangle in one festival. SPARKcon describes itself as: “A 100% volunteer effort organized with an “Open Source” approach, SPARKcon is a “creative potluck” of SPARKs or creative themes such as art, music, film, fashion, etc. Each SPARK is put together by individuals who are deeply embedded in that specific local scene. Using a combination of networking and open calls for participants, organizers create diverse and representative events to show off local talent and connect disparate creative scenes” (SPARKcon.com).
SPARKcon was first created in 2006 when a group of Triangle residents came together to try and mesh the abundance of creative individuals in the region. Starting with almost no monetary assistance or managerial services, this community-minded group began SPARKcon by displaying local artists in a weekend showcase and setting up small, helpful workshops. Their humble beginnings have paid off however with September 2009 marking SPARKcon’s fourth official year in the Triangle. This year’s festival is slated for September 17th-19th will feature many of the Triangle’s cultural gems, including the 11th annual Street Painting Festival and an Experimental Video Lounge. Check out their website for more details about this year’s participants and other information. This is one Spark the Triangle does not want to see put out!