Spring is officially here which means we can stretch out our legs and get moving! Everyone loves being outdoors during the months of April and May due to the lovely weather and beautiful scenes nature has created for us to enjoy. Raleigh, Durham and its surrounding areas are EXCELLENT cities that offer a variety of outdoor events and activities that people of all ages and interests can enjoy. Below, I have compiled a list of some upcoming outdoor events that need to be on your calendar.
1 – Downtown Farmers Market
Located in Downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza, The Downtown Farmers Market produced by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, brings the highest quality of locally sourced products and only the finest and freshest produce local growers and food artisans have to offer. You can also find hand crafted cheeses, beautiful plants and herbs as well as a wide variety of specialty foods and items.
The Market is only open on Wednesday’s from 11 am – 2 pm from April 19th through October 11th so be sure to stop by!
Official Website: http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/farmers-market
2 – Herbfest
This is a free, family-friendly event that will take place come rain or shine in Wake Forest. Herbfest is the annual fundraiser for the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment, a non-profit organization that brings arts education and public art projects to local schools and our communities. Each year the event features a variety of vendors appealing to those that are interested in hobbies such as gardening, cooking and a healthy lifestyle. Did I mention that Herbfest offers the largest selection of herbs to be found in one singular place? Each year there is a featured herb and this year it is one of my absolute favorites… CILANTRO! Each day there will be dishes highlighting the herb and even better, Herbfest promises to have the most abundant supply of Cilantro that they have ever had!
Herbfest dates are April 22-23-24 & April 29-30-May 1 Located @ 525 S. White Street in historic downtown Wake Forest
3- Movie By Moonlight
Love movie night? Why not catch one in a park? Throughout the summer, Dorothea Dix Park hosts a once a month Movie By Moonlight event where you can bring a blanket or some lawn chairs , your OWN snacks to snack on and enjoy a film while breathing in fresh air with the twinkling night sky above you.
The next Movie by Moonlight will be held May the 4th starting @8:30 pm but be sure to get there early as space fills up quickly!! ( movie hint: may the fourth be with you)
Official Website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/explore-dorothea-dix-park-movie-by-moonlight-tickets-33505774674
Mayor Nancy Mcfarlane has just made it official that the weekend of the early 20’s In April will always be known as Brewgaloo due to the festivals huge economic impact and its way of bringing people together. I mean of course it does! Who doesn’t love a great beer on a nice day?! This year the event should be nothing short of spectacular. Brewgaloo is the largest North Carolina Craft beer festival “that celebrates all things local.” There is no admission fee and it is open to the public. There will be over 75 NC brewers, Food Trucks, dozens of local vendors and bands to entertain. See the official website for pricing and pre-purchased ticket info for special events.
Brewgaloo will be held Saturday, April 22nd from 2 pm – 10 pm
Official Website: https://www.ncbeerguys.com/north_carolina_beer_event_info/brewgaloo-2017/