The town of Cary is prepping for its biggest festival of the year - the 41st annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, which runs Saturday and Sunday on the Town Hall campus.
The free festival runs 8:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, and 12:30 p.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday. The event features more than 300 artists, along with food vendors, the Sister Cities Beer Garden and lots of activities for kids and families.
Among the activities, artist Michael Layne, with help from community volunteers, will install his “Solar Wings,” an enlarged winged creature that uses renewable materials Saturday morning. During the festival, visitors can make their own small wing pair to add to the ground under the sculpture. When the festival ends, participants can take home their creation.
Some other activities for families to check out:
- Kid's World in the Page-Walker Gardens features make-and-take art activities and special kid's entertainment such as jugglers and storytellers.
- The Play Zone inside Herbert Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., will include giant board games, a traverse wall to climb, big wheels to ride on and basketball games.
- Multiple stages that include performances from local high school marching bands, Imagine Circus and other groups.
- A search for "Little Jerry," the Lazy Daze Man. Five Little Jerry dolls will be hiding around the festival. When you find him, take a selfie and upload it to the Lazy Daze Facebook page for a chance to win some prizes.
- Catch Cary's Town Crier, John Webster, who hails from Markham, Ontario, Canada, a Sister City for Cary. He'll be wearing official Town Crier regalia and has greeted patrons with his "Oyez" around the world as a goodwill ambassador for Markham.
As many as 60,000 people are expected this weekend in Cary, which means parking is limited. According to the town, the best way to get to Lazy Daze is by taking a free shuttle from the Cary Towne Center, 1105 Walnut St., or Green Hope High School, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Rd. Also, during Lazy Daze, all GoCary fixed routes are free to and from the festival. Buses and shuttles depart starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. The last buses and shuttles leave the festival at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Cary's Lazy Daze page has more details and the festival's full schedule.