Streets to be closed for Cary's Lazy Daze festival
Some downtown Cary streets will be closed Saturday as an expected 50,000 people come to the town's annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival.Posted — Updated
The festival, which runs 9 a.m.-5 p.m., features about 385 vendors and visual and performing artists.
“Each year, Lazy Daze presents visual and performing arts of extraordinary caliber to a wide audience from the Triangle area and beyond,” festival coordinator Joy Ennis said in a release. “Explore the talents of vendors from across the country, and learn how to get involved with cultural arts and community programs here in your own backyard.”
This year's highlights include a grill-off between 10 chefs fixing steaks paired with a Beringer wine; an attempt to build the world's largest doll, at 20 feet tall; and the chance to buy a locker from the old Cary High and Elementary school, which is being renovated into a community arts center.
Proceeds go into a grant fund for local nonprofits arts organizations. Over 33 years, the program has distributed approximately $475,000 in grants.
The following streets will be closed, and residents will need a government-issued photo ID to access the areas by vehicle:
- North Academy Street from Chatham Street to Cedar Street
- South Academy Street from Chatham Street to Dry Avenue
- East and West Chatham Street from Walker Street to Harrison Avenue
- Webster Street
- Waldo Street to Walker Street
Free shuttles will run from the Sears store in Cary Towne Center, at Maynard Road and Walnut Street, to Cary Elementary School on Kildaire Farm Road. Shuttles run every 15 minutes from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Limited parking is available at the Cary Town Hall Parking Deck, next to the Herbert C. Young Community Center. Handicapped parking is available at Cary Town Hall, First United Methodist Church on Academy Street and Cary Elementary.
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