Artsplosure, the long-running spring festival in downtown Raleigh, is open Friday through Sunday with all kinds of art, music, performances, food and interactive activities.
The free festival stretches out across downtown. You'll find an art market, vendors, food and entertainment along Fayetteville Street. On Moore Square, there will be family-focused activities with Kidsplosure; more food; the popular Sandy Feat sand sculpture; and Art Putt, a nine-hole mini golf course that was unveiled during First Night on New Year's Eve.
Now a three-day festival, Artsplosure is open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday. Kidsplosure is open only on the weekend - 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, Sunday.
Some tips if you go with kids:
- If your kids need a break from checking out all of the artists and vendors, head down to Kidsplosure for lots of free activities that will keep them very busy. On Moore Square (across from Marbles Kids Museum), they can make woven mat drawings, funky Picasso portraits and masterpiece framing with postcards donated by the N.C. Museum Art.
- Stay for the Kidsplosure performances. They include Magical Poodles, a Shakespeare performances, a drum circle, a puppet show and talented local performers, including the popular Lang Sisters at 12:45 p.m., Sunday.
- Kids will enjoy Art Putt in Moore Square. The nine-hole course features the work of local artists or groups of artists. For Artplosure, students of the VEX Robotics Team at Southeast Raleigh Magnet High School have created large-scale replicas of two of Thomas Sayre’s iconic Raleigh sculptures. They'll both be featured in Art Putt. It's free to play.
- If you're not already, familiarize yourself with the parking options downtown - there are many! You also can hop on the R-Line, which will take you within a block of the festival and is free.
- To beat the crowds, especially in the art market, get there when it opens. Early mornings, especially 10 a.m., Sunday, can be a little less busy.
- Keep an eye on the sky. The forecast, at last check, has possible showers in the forecast.