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11 spring festivals to check out in the Triangle

Posted April 26
Updated May 4

— Spring in the Triangle is full of festivals. Here are the big ones.

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival (May 4-7) - A music lovers' paradise, the Shakori Hills Fest is a family-friendly celebration of music, dance, art and education. The festival spans over four days with over 60 bands performing on four stages at the Shakori Hills farm in Chatham County.

Oaks & Spokes Bicycle Festival (May 5-14) - Held over multiple days, Oaks & Spokes invites guests to explore a range of bike-centric events and activities. You can enjoy a bike-inspired art show, a scavenger hunt, a vintage bike show, bike-related films, various led bike tours, engaging kid’s activities and a block party.

SpringFest (May 13) - Hosted by the Town of Morrisville, SpringFest features entertainment, midway games and rides, live music and food trucks. Admission is free, but don't forget to bring money for food trucks and games.

Moogfest (May 18-21) - Taking over downtown Durham, Moogfest is a platform for conversation and experimentation. This mind-expanding festival attracts creative and technology enthusiasts for three days of cutting-edge music, educational workshops and more. Buy your tickets and create a schedule online.

Artsplosure 2015

Artsplosure (May 19-21) - Artsplosure is a celebration of artists, their works and the galleries that house them. The three-day extravaganza features professional and emerging artists displaying their pieces as well as a variety of other attractions like a student art exhibition, community projects, young musician workshops, aerial performers and sand art sculptures.

Got to Be NC Festival (May 19-21) - A mini state fair, this annual festival is a community celebration complete with livestock, fried food and family-friendly attractions. The three-day event features a homegrown food fair, carnival rides, live musical performances, pig races, hands-on farm activities for kids, barbecue from the region's top pitmasters, lumberjacks, car shows, displays of antique farming equipment and a fireworks spectacle.

Got to Be NC Festival 2012

Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival (May 20) - Dating back decades, the annual Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival in Durham, North Carolina, is a community staple that spotlights African and African-American cultures. The one-day engagement features live musical performances by jazz, neo-soul and R&B artists as well as history lessons, arts and crafts, informational booths, authentic cuisine and hands-on activities for children.

Fest in the West (May 20) - Everyone can attend this family-friendly celebrating west Cary at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. The free festival will feature an arts and crafts village, a kids zone, a non-profit circle, a beer garden, a food truck rodeo and a main stage with area musicians playing music all day. You can also check out artist demonstrations, try some local food, climb on the antique tractor or get a henna tattoo.

WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest (May 26-29) - This hot air balloon festival will be held at Fleming Park in Fuquay-Varina for the second year in a row. Expect lots of hot air balloon action, live music, vendors and food trucks.

Bull City Jazz Festival (June 10) - The first annual Bull City Jazz Festival is a multicultural event that will bring jazz lovers in Durham and surrounding areas together for a day of entertainment and fun at the Durham County Stadium. Tickets are $35.

Crispy pork belly bao from Baozi Food Truck

Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo (May 7 and June 11) - This food truck rodeo boasts over 50 vendors spread out over 11 city blocks along Fayetteville Street. Seating is available for 1,000 people on the sidewalks. Admission is free.

For more spring events, check the Out & About best bets calendar.

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