If you celebrate Easter or are just looking for something fun to do on the weekend of March 30-April 1, we would like to invite you to participate in one of the great Easter egg hunts of Greater Raleigh! Sure, egg hunting is fun in your backyard with the family, but joining a large community egg hunt can only up the ante!
The Town of Cary will be hosting its 21st Annual Easter Egg Hunt at the Fred G. Bond Metro Park and Boathouse this year. There will be not one, not two, but three large egg hunts featuring multiple divisions for different age groups. Rise and shine for the 10 a.m. egg hunt on Saturday, April 7, or sleep in and enjoy the afternoon with a 1:30 p.m. hunt. Once you’ve gathered up as much candy and toy eggs as you can find, head over to the Sertoma Amphitheatre for a family-friendly concert by the Sandbox Band.
Rolesville’s 7th Annual Easter Egg in the Park Hunt will also take place on Saturday, with five different hunting sessions for children of different age ranges. There will be food vendors, games and plenty of Easter treats, so come with an appetite! The Garner Spring Eggstravaganza is celebrates the coming of spring with a traditional egg hunt, in addition to entertainment, live music, games, arts and crafts, and more! The Easter Bunny will be in attendance, so make sure to bring your camera!
The area’s largest Easter Egg Hunt will take place at the Raleigh Easter 2012 celebration at Halifax Mall, located across the street from the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences and the soon-to-open Nature Research Center. This free event will feature more than 40,000 eggs for kids to find, as well as games, music, balloons, inflatables and so much more. The festivities begin at 11 a.m. on April 7, so head out early so you’ll have the whole day to enjoy all the fun!
Christmas may not be until December, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until then to celebrate the holiday season. The 2011 WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, November 19th this year, and the whole family is invited.
The Raleigh Christmas Parade is approximately 1.4 miles, the largest of its kind between DC and Atlanta. This fun, spirited event is hosted by the Greater Raleigh Merchants Association and sponsored by WRAL News. Awards will be given to parade entries in four categories: best use of the imagination to depict the “Spirit of Raleigh,” outstanding showmanship and design concept, most entertaining, and people’s choice.
Parking can be hard to come by at some parades, but check out this parking map to plan ahead and make getting to the parade a breeze. After the event, spectators and participants alike are encouraged to dine, shop and enjoy downtown Raleigh. View this comprehensive list of downtown restaurants and check out all of the fun things to do in the area before you plan your trip, or download the visit Raleigh iPhone app to plan as you go.
The parade starts at 9:40 a.m., so plan to rise and shine and celebrate a wonderful upcoming Christmas and holiday season.
Greater Raleigh is proud to be a melting pot of many different cultures and ethnicities, and even more proud to host dozens of cultural festivals throughout each year in support of this diversity. No culture seems to be left uncelebrated within Wake County’s lines. On September 18th, La Fiesta del Pueblo will showcase the beautiful cultures of Latin America and the Caribbean, adding even more local flavor to the mix.
La Fiesta del Pueblo celebrates family, culture and the community through showcases of popular music and artists, art exhibits, traditional dance performances, folk musicians, and delicious cuisine. Come prepared to bite into mouthwatering papusas, paletas, churros, empanadas, and much more. Crafts by local artists will be on display for your enjoyment or purchase.
This is a very family-friendly event, so bring along the kids and let them explore in the children’s area. Here, they’ll find crafts, balloons, face-painting, inflatable rides, clowns and puppets to entertain and engage them in this wonderful cultural celebration. Bring the whole family and all of your friends without having to reach for your wallet; this festival has free admission.
Find La Fiesta in Moore Square Park between noon and 8 p.m. to celebrate the Latino community and learn more about just one of the many cultures that call Raleigh home.
Whether you’re an expert on Greek culture or your only understanding of it comes from My Big Fat Greek Wedding, you’re in for a real treat. The 30th Annual Greek Festival is taking place in the Exposition Center of the N.C. State Fairgrounds Sept. 16-18, and it’s going to be a great time.
Hosted by the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Raleigh, this festival is guaranteed to be as authentic as they come. For the completely affordable admission price of $3, you’ll get to taste handmade Greek food made from recipes that have been passed down for generations, listen to live Greek tunes, and watch traditional folk dance performances. The Church family has pulled from the artistic, historic and cultural richness of their Greek heritage to share it openly with you and your family or friends.
If the whole family is coming along, seniors and teens are admitted for only $2, and children under 13 are absolutely free. Proceeds will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Wake County. This is a great, low-cost opportunity to explore authentic Greek culture and, not to mention, eat some really tasty baklava.
What if you could fit the whole world in one building? You could explore every country and every culture in just a few days, and there would be no planes or trains involved. Plus, you’d have the widest variety of food, art and performances to enjoy, all within steps of each other. Sounds great, right?
Well, Raleigh may not have the whole world under one roof, but it will certainly feel that way Sept. 30th through Oct. 2nd, when more than 50 ethnicities and cultures will unite at the Raleigh Convention Center for the 26th Annual International Festival of Raleigh.
This three-day extravaganza will feature delicious international cuisine, cultural exhibits, ethnic crafts and lessons, as well as bazaars with varieties of international items for sale. There will also be two stages featuring dance performances and music from more than 30 different cultures. Bring the kids and let them get hands-on in Sophia’s Corner, a children’s area full of face-painting, storytelling, games and other fun activities.
Tickets for the International Festival are only $7 for adults, $6 for children ages 6-12 and seniors, and free for children 6 and under. You can purchase discounted tickets in advance on this website. This festival has become a key component of Greater Raleigh’s cultural and artistic offerings and is sure to be an entertaining and informative event in 2011!
Creative Geniuses can delight as one of their favorite Greater Raleigh festivals quickly approaches. That’s right–SPARKcon 2011 is almost here and will take place Sept. 15-18th. SPARKcon aims to ignite Raleigh as the creative hub of the South through a vibrant celebration of everything artistic and local.
When you think of a festival that celebrates local creativity, your first thought is probably of arts and crafts, live music and delicious festival food. While all of these wonderful things will be present, SPARKcon takes the celebration several steps further by including ideaSPARK, comedySPARK, bazaarSPARK, geekSPARK, poetrySPARK and many, many other SPARKs that cover a massive array of genres. No matter what you’re into, you’ll find something exceptionally interesting at this festival.
During these four days in September, Fayetteville Street, public spaces, stages and clubs will come alive with cultural richness. The festival has an open-source approach so that anyone in the community can get involved in the planning and execution of a SPARK. As a festival by the people, for the people, you’re sure to get a truly authentic dose of local creativity and flavor!
In 2010, more than 15,000 people attended the inaugural African American Cultural Festival of Raleigh and Wake County, and this year is expected to be even bigger and better. The African American Cultural Festival is a family friendly celebration of African-American arts and culture in downtown Raleigh. The 2011 festival takes place during Labor Day weekend.
During this event, the main stage of City Plaza will come alive with featured performances by legendary artists, and the Sheraton Raleigh Hotel will be home to an exhibition by black artists from across the state. Kids can take part in the fun too, by visiting the Family Village with crafts and entertainment geared towards children.
This year, the main stage will feature performances by Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Trouble Funk, African Children’s Choir, Troop 41, and many more. The Family Village stage will host performances by The African American Dance Ensemble, Kenya Safari Acrobats, and The Purple Charlotte Steppers, to name a few.
Come celebrate African-American arts and culture in the second year of this fun and engaging event. For more information, visit this site.
Do you have kids who love learning about creepy crawlies? Are you yourself intrigued by arthropods? On September 17th, the 2011 BugFest will be back at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and you’re invited!
Did you know that arthropods make up three-quarters of all animals on Earth? Even if you’re terrified of bugs, your fears will soon be turned to fascination as you learn all about them during fun, fact-filled presentations. There will be entertaining displays, exhibits and activities for all, both inside and outside of the museum.
You’ll also get to taste delectable dishes featuring creepy crawlers as a major ingredient, watch fun bug competitions like the cockroach races, and be filled with wonder by awesome demonstrations, such as a live bee-bearding and Jim Albert’s Flea Circus.
This free event is the largest of its kind in the entire country. Visit the BugFest website for more information about one of the most interesting and unique festivals around.
In the South, people tend to love their beer, their bourbon and their mouthwatering barbecue. When you combine these three staples of Southern culture, you get a triple threat that is worthy of some serious celebration. This year’s Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Fest is just the celebration that such a combination calls for, and trust us when we say that you won’t want to miss out.
Your admission to this festival, scheduled for August 5th – 6th, gets you a souvenir tasting glass so you can enjoy an all-you-care-to-taste sampling from a selection of 60 beers on tap and 40 bourbons. You’ll also have access to some of the best barbecue vendors when you get hungry, live music all day, and seminars in the Tasting Theater.
The main stage will be alive with contests throughout the day, including the BBQ Bean Eating Contest and the BBQ Babe Contest. As if this wasn’t already enough to entertain you for the whole weekend, there will be cool exhibits to browse, including Brewermania, hot sauces, barbecue accessories, and a cigar tent.
Ticket prices range from $25 to $200 for this jam-packed event. For festival information and rules about minors, designated drivers and more, visit this site.
For the 32nd year in a row, Artsplosure is celebrating excellence in the performing and visual arts and helping create and sustain a vibrant cultural environment in downtown Raleigh. If you’re into the art scene, or are an artist yourself, then join others in downtown Raleigh’s historic Moore Square and City Market on May 21-22.
Artsplosure will feature a large Art Market where local, regional and national artists alike will have their works of art on display. The kids can have fun in their own Kidsplosure section, complete with hands-on art and crafts. Plus, like all great festivals, there will be plenty of live music, entertainment and vendors.
Don’t let your craving for art and entertainment go unnourished. Join friends and family at this free event and help support a vibrant artistic culture in Greater Raleigh.