Festivals, art walks, and other regular events

Triangle ArtWorks strives to include all Triangle groups in this listing, but needs your help in keeping it complete and current.  Please inform us of any changes/additions at our email.

These entries are for convenience only and the information regarding each organization was provided by the organization or taken from their website.  Triangle ArtWorks makes NO endorsement or recommendation regarding any of the businesses or organizations listed.  Be sure to review their websites and other sources independently before you patronize them.


Cary Art Loop –  The Cary Art Loop is an art walk event held by participating galleries and venues in Cary from 6 pm to 9 pm on the final Friday of every month in Cary. The Cary Art Loop was founded by artists and artisans in Cary and the surrounding communities dedicated to supporting the Arts. Email. Website.

Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival – The Town of Cary’s Lazy Daze Festival takes place the 4th Saturday of August.  Four hundred artists from across the country are selected through juried process to showcase their works along the charming streets of downtown Cary.  For over 30 years art lovers from across the region and beyond and sought out unique works and also enjoyed outstanding local entertain from 3 stages.  Consistently ranked the highest one-day festival in the country, Lazy Daze is a great capstone to summer. Contact:  Joy Ennis, Festivals Coordinator, P.O. Box 8005, Cary, NC 27512, office: 316 N Academy Street (Cary Town Hall). 919-462-3864. Email. Website.

Marvelous Music Series and Sertoma Amphitheatre Series – The Town of Cary’s two music presenting series provide citizens the opportunity to experience a variety of music events throughout the year.  The Marvelous Music Series offers ticketed concerts of touring artists in varied musical forms from jazz to classical to world music.  The outdoor Sertoma Series takes place in the Sertoma Amphitheatre in Bond Park and provides free concerts primarily in spring and fall showcasing both local artists and family friendly events in a variety of musical forms.  Contact: Sarah Preston, Performing Arts Coordinator, , P.O. Box 8005, Cary, NC 27512, office:  316 N Academy St, (Cary Town Hall). 919-462-3969.  Email. Website.

Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival – The Town of Cary’s Spring Daze Festival takes place the last Saturday April in Bond Park.  Focusing on artists from Wake County, the festival also includes an area for outstanding North Carolina artists that are selected through a jury process.  Approximately 150 artists line the winding paths of Bond Park while it is decked out in spring splendor.  Spring Daze provides a wonderful showcase for the many fine artists we have here in our own backyards. Contact:  Joy Ennis, Festivals Coordinator, , P.O. Box 8005 , Cary, NC 27512, office: 316 N Academy Street (Cary Town Hall), 919-462-3864. Email. Website.

Chatham County

Shakori Hills – Family friendly festival of music, dance, art and education. 4 Days, 4 stages, and over 50 bands in beautiful, green Chatham County, Every April, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, Pittsboro, NC 27312. Website.

Chatham Arts – The Chatham Arts Council offers monthly film screenings at Fearrington Barn, a Spring Symphony Concert, a Fall Bluegrass Experience Concert and the ClydeFEST Kids Art Day in April.  PO Box 418, Pittsboro, NC 27312. 919-542-0394. Website.


Durham Art Walk Spring Market – The Durham Art Walk Spring Market celebrates the creative energy of our local artists, arts organizations and downtown entrepreneurs by placing local artists and performers in downtown spaces and businesses in a unique showcase weekend.  Unlike conventional studio tours, the Durham Art Walk Spring Market features visual and performing artists in both traditional and unexpected sites throughout downtown Durham. Sites are within easy walking distance around downtown but there is also free shuttle service provided. The event is free and open to the public.  Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701. 919-560-ARTS,  Website.

Durham Art Walk Holiday Market – The Durham Art Walk Holiday Market is a festive celebration of visual arts and fine crafts held in downtown Durham each November, featuring the work of over 200 talented artists in various large downtown venues including the Durham Armory, the Durham Arts Council, Golden Belt Arts and Vega Metals.  Like the Durham Art Walk Spring Market, this event aims to help revitalize downtown Durham by bringing thousands of art lovers for a weekend of art and exploration of all that Durham has to offer including world-class restaurants, great shopping, innovative businesses and fascinating historic sites. The event is free and open to the public. Rain or shine. Free shuttle service is provided.  919-560-ARTS. Website.

Durham Arts Council’s CenterFest – Held the third weekend in September in the heart of downtown Durham, CenterFest is the longest running street arts festival in the state and the largest in downtown Durham. Featuring 130 artists from 18 states, 63 performers on five stages, over 40 area nonprofits, kids’ activities and festive food, the festival offers something for everyone. Website.

Fuquay – Varina

Art After Dark – Art after Dark” is a regularly occurring monthly Art Walk on the second Friday of each month (April – Dec) beginning at 5:00p.m.in Fuquay-Varina. This free event is organized as a potluck of creativity, with local businesses, organizations, and artists are all encouraged to get involved to help us to promote and support the Arts in Fuquay-Varina. Fuquay-Varina Arts Council, PO Box 533, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526.919-399-3183. Website.

En Plein Air Paint Off –  En Plein Air Paint-off is an exciting outdoor event started sponsored by Fuquay-Varina Downtown as a way to support artists in our area and bring public art to our streets. At the event, which takes place the second weekend in April, our area’s most talented painters will compete, En Plein Air (in the open air). Website.

Johnston County

Mondo Roots Cultural Arts and Music Festival – Mondo Roots is Southeastern NC first Cultural Arts and Music Festival, annually in June. Held in Downtown Clayton NC, it is hosted by Earth Plow Productions and Clayton Visual Arts. It is a FREE event aimed at bringing multiple cultures, races and walks of life together to celebrate diversity and to make a stronger community.  Website

Rooted in the Arts – Plant and Art Faire.  –  Rooted in the Arts is an annual event held in May on the grounds of Artmosphere Community Arts Center in 40/42 area of Johnston County. The event showcases art vendors, a plant sale, activities for families, garden and and historic house tours and food and dessert trucks. Rooted for the Arts is a great fit for people looking for an intimate festival that has a heavy emphasis on artisans and plants/gardens with local music in the backdrop and a side of family fun. Website

Orange County/Chapel Hill

ConvergeNC – ConvergeNC is an annual, community-based music festival devoted to local and other Southern music. With support from UNC, Chapel Hill, and Carrboro, we feature a diversity of acts who represent the best of the area’s music landscape.  The festival seeks to enrich and complicate our ideas about Southern music and identity through performances that draw on traditional roots but also push in new directions. We invite all people throughout the Triangle and state to join us in celebrating the evolving sounds of our region. Website

Festifall Arts Festival – Chapel Hill’s Festifall Arts Festival is held annually on the first Sunday or October. The main focus of the event is the diverse artist market representing the vibrant art community in Chapel Hill and beyond.  Selected artists creating in all media will be a part of this well-publicized annual event celebrating the cultural arts held in downtown Chapel Hill.  The market presents a wonderful opportunity for the public to purchase unique gifts for others and conversation pieces for their own homes.  Local and visiting attendees are also entertained throughout the day as they discover local music, dance and food.  Interactive events and hands-on activities also enrich the experience. EmailWebsite.

Second Friday ArtWalk – Each second Friday of the month, Carrboro and Chapel Hill area galleries host the 2nd Friday Art Walk.  2nd Friday is a free festive evening of art, entertainment and hors d’oeuvres held to spotlight area art exhibit venues. A map is available on the website. Website.

Hillsborough Art Walk – The last Friday of each month from April to September, Hillsborough Art Walk is one of the longest running and successful arts events in the Triangle. Each month brings a different band to headline the gala event with a free performance on the lawn of the historic Old Courthouse. Website.

Orange County Artist Guild Studio Tour – The Studio Tour is a two-weekend event held annually in November. Members of the Orange County Artist Guild open their studios and homes to visitors. PO Box 216, Carrboro, NC 27510. Email. Website.


Artsplosure- The Raleigh Arts Festival – Artsplosure is one of the Southeast’s premier fine arts festivals and is an annual rite of spring for Triangle residents. Now in its fourth decade, Artsplosure is held in the third full weekend of May around the historic Moore Square and City Market area of downtown Raleigh. The event features a juried Art Market comprised of over 170 fine artists and craftspeople from across the state and country, Kidsplosure—activities, crafts, and entertainment for children and families, large scale temporary art installations, and live music on two stages featuring regional and nationally-recognized jazz, blues, and roots music performers. PO Box 391, Raleigh, NC 27602-0391. 919-832-8699.  Email. Website.

First Night Raleigh – First Night® Raleigh is a family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration of the arts in an alcohol-free environment. Held every December 31st in downtown Raleigh, the event features local and regional performing and visual artists.  Festivities begin in the afternoon with the Children’s Celebration.  The 6:00 People’s Procession moves thousands of participants southward down Fayetteville Street for the Early Countdown on City Plaza, followed by evening performances of music, dance, comedy, theatre, and interactive programs in over two dozen venues across downtown Raleigh. First Night® concludes at Midnight with music on the Main Stage, the famous Raleigh Acorn drop and a spectacular fireworks show.  Admission to First Night® Raleigh activities is by admission button only. Presented by Artsplosure. 313 S. Blount Street, Suite 200B, Raleigh, NC  27601. 919-832-8699. Email. Website.

International Festival – The International Festival  is an annual celebration that offers 3 days of international performances, food, games, art and cultural exhibits at the Raleigh Convention Center. Over 50 different groups from around the world participate to showcase their cuisine, traditional dance and music; share traditions, and celebrate the Triangle’s unique diversity. The Festival features traditional ethnic dances performed by artists in authentic dress, culinary offerings from around the globe, cultural and historical exhibits, and shopping for global arts and crafts, among other festivities. Presented by International Focus, Inc., 3700 National Drive, Suite 214; Raleigh, NC 27612. 919-782-0552. Website.

SPARKcon – SPARKcon is an interdisciplinary festival, conference and showcase of creativity, talent and ideas that happens each year during the third weekend of September in downtown Raleigh. SPARKcon is a “creative potluck” of SPARKs or creative themes such as art, music, film, fashion, etc. Each SPARK is put together by individuals who are deeply embedded in that specific local scene.  SPARKcon is a program of Visual Art Exchange, a Raleigh non-profit whose mission is to support emerging artists and connect the community to the arts. Using a combination of networking and open calls for participants, organizers create diverse and representative events to show off local talent and connect disparate creative scenes. SPARKcon grows every time a new person gets involved with a SPARK category, creating their own event, or joining in to help an existing one.  Website.

Wake Forest

Wake Forest Art After Hours – Every 2nd Friday of the month from 5-9PM. Businesses in the historic downtown stay open late, offering art receptions, live music and  free carriage rides, weather permitting.