Just in time for spring, the N.C. Museum of Art will host a four-day festival of art and flowers this weekend that will feature some spectacular floral arrangements by world-class floral designers.
Art in Bloom runs Thursday to Sunday at the Raleigh museum. During the event, 45 arrangements that are inspired by pieces in the museum's permanent collection will be on display. The festival also includes other activities, including a big slate of family programs.
Tickets are $15 ($10 for museum members) and free for kids 6 and under. Tickets are required to participate in the family activities. During the festival, Art in Bloom tickets will be required for admission to the museum's West Building. Visitors can still enter the East Building and Museum Park for free. Proceeds from the event will support museum programming and exhibitions and benefit the N.C. Museum of Art Foundation.
Here's the schedule of family activities. The museum's website has many more events, including wine tastings and demonstrations. This event could be fun for families and fun for couples and friends on a night out.
Family Activities during Art in Bloom (All activities are free with Art in Bloom admission. Meet at Art in Bloom ticket desk.)
10:30 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, A Walk in the Park. Explore the Museum’s pond to understand how plants and thoughtful design come together to manage water flow and ensure sustainability for the Museum and Park. Recommended for children age 5 and older with an adult.
1 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, A World of Many Ecosystems. This extended tour of the Museum Park leads to an old-growth forest near the I-440 bridge. Explore art in the park and uncover some botanical treasures as we pass through different ecosystems. Recommended for children age 10 and older with an adult.
10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Origami and Paper Flower Art. Fold, crease, and transform paper into water lilies and other sculptural flowers.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Scavenger Hunt. Follow the clues to find fragrant flowers and artful treasures in the galleries.
11:30 a.m., Saturday and Sunday, Stories in the Garden. Hear children’s books about magical and colorful gardens inspired by famous artists.