The season of outdoor festivals has arrived. This weekend offers opportunities for families in every corner of the Triangle to join the masses and celebrate the arrival of spring.
• Saturday is Apex’s annual Peakfest. About 15,000 people are expected to descend on Salem Street for live music, arts and crafts, kids’ games, food vendors, a BMX bike show and skateboard demonstrations. Events run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
This festival started as a tiny community day in a school parking lot. Now it is the largest public event in Apex.
• In Cary, Herbfest is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center. This sounds like a great event for parents who are interested in gardening.
The grownups can learn about starting an herb garden, shop for plants and other garden-themed items, participate in a silent auction and watch herb cooking demonstrations.
Meanwhile, the kids can make garden-themed crafts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and watch a presentation from “The Butterfly Lady,” also known as Suzanne Tilton, an educator who travels to schools and events to teach children about butterflies.
Tilton will do live butterfly releases at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. She also teaches about the butterfly life cycle by bringing live butterfly eggs, caterpillars and chyrsalises to her presentations.
• In Durham, Saturday is the Strawberry Festival sponsored by the Central Park School for Children. It will be held at the Durham Athletic Park from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and entry is free.
There will be live music and lots of activities for kids, including face painting, nail painting, hula hooping, play dough making and a cupcake walk. There will also be lots of snacks for sale, including strawberry shortcake and strawberry lemonade.
Families can also participate in the Strawberry Stroll, a one-mile walk through downtown Durham that leaves from the festival site. Kids can stop at businesses along the way to collect charms that will earn them a strawberry lemonade or peppermint lemonwhen they return to the festival.
Families can go at their own pace and start anytime between 10:30 a.m. and noon. There is a $10 per family fee to participate in the stroll.
To register for the stroll, go to www.cpscnc.org.
• In Smithfield, this weekend is the annual Ham and Yam Festival. From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, there will be carnival rides, food vendors, live entertainment on several stages, pig races and a petting zoo.
The festivities will be scattered throughout downtown Smithfield.
• And don’t forget the Bookmarked! event at the Raleigh North Hill Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. Children can hear stories read by “celebrity heroes,” including actor Ira David Wood II and a Durham police officer. There will be live music, games and crafts for kids too; it will benefit the Lucy Daniels Center.
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