Here's a list Raleigh-Durham's annual springtime festivals
1150 Fleming Rd. , Creedmoor , NC 27522
From Glass blowing to pottery throwing, the Spring Pottery and Glass Festival is the place to see glass and ceramic artisans at work, as well as to shop for vases, ceramic dishes, ornaments and other treasures. Admission is free. For more information, call (919) 528-1041.
Carolina Theatre, Durham Convention Center , and other nearby venues
The Full Frame Documentary Film Festival is a nationally-recognized festival that attracts crowds from all over the world. Festival activities include documentary film screenings, panel discussions, and parties! Passes and tickets for the Full Frame Festival usually sell-out well in advance, but last-minute festival goers can "stand-by" for admission to Full Frame Festival events. For more information about the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival, call (919) 687-4100.
Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park , Cary
Show off your grape stomping skills, watch cooking demonstrations, listen to live music (mostly local jazz and blues bands) and enjoy wine tastings at the Great Grapes! Wine, Arts, Food & Music Festival. Tickets cost $16-$20 and usually sell out, so advance purchase is recommended. For more information, call 1-800-830-3976.
Festival Park in downtown Wake Forest and other nearby venues.
If you want to learn about culinary and medicinal herbs, or buy plants for your very own herb garden, HerbFest is the place to be. HerbFest is a weeklong festival that takes place in late April (it usually begins the third weekend in April and runs through the fourth weekend). For more information, call 1-800-937-3993.
Shakori Hills Farm 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road , Pittsboro
If hippies, the 1960's, tie dye, serious partying (camping and alcohol are both allowed at this festival) and music, especially "world beat" and bluegrass music, appeal to you, you'll have a great time at Shakori Hills. The four day festival has four stages of live music and entertainment that run almost 24 hours a day (starting at 10:00 a.m. and going into the wee hours of the morning--almost 'til dawn on some nights). Shakori Hills Festival also has family-friendly events, but keep a close eye on your kids, lest they run off and join a commune! Festival passes will set you back about $100 and include camping fees. Individual day tickets are also available, and can be purchased at the festival box office. For more information about Shakori Hills Festival of Music and Dance, call (919) 542-8142Bond Park, Cary
801 High House Road, Cary
This one-day festival usually takes place on the 4th Saturday in April
The Town of Cary 's Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival is the town's Earth Day celebration as well as a place where kids can enjoy the "Lazy Daze" playground and adults can learn about local civic groups, shop for art, enjoy art exhibits, or just go for a hike on one of the park's trails. Admission is free.
Bryan Farms, Garner NC 1832 New Bethel Church Rd. , Garner
Parrotheads, take note: the Triangle Beach Music Festival is the place to be if you want to listen to beach music and show off your early season tan! Tickets cost $30 at the festival box office. For more information, call (919) 291-3355.
State Fairgrounds, Raleigh NC
1025 Blue Ridge Road , Raleigh
Turkish and Islamic arts and culture are what the Turkish Festival is all about. This festival prides itself on being a welcoming, family-friendly event that showcases Turkish cuisine, crafts and culture. Tickets are $3.00 for adults, $2.00 for kids. For more information, call the Divan Cultural Center at (919) 386-3464.