Pianos on the streets of downtown Raleigh. Classic cars in Hillsborough. A tractor parade at the N.C. State Fairgrounds. Chicken coops in Cary. Old-school hip hop music in Durham.
Its a big festival weekend across the Triangle, and theres likely something for every taste.
Artsplosure Raleighs annual celebration of music, crafts and art will fill downtown streets Saturday and Sunday.
Hillsborough Hogg Day named for patriot James Hogg but also featuring plenty hog of the barbecue variety started Friday night and continues Saturday.
Cant wait until October for the food and fun of the N.C. State Fair? A similar event, the Got to be NC Festival, is taking over the fairgrounds all weekend.
The Tour DCoop an annual tour of chicken coops and urban farms expands from Raleigh this year into Cary, where residents recently won the right to have backyard birds.
And the Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival will bring Naughty By Nature the hip hop group known for its 1990s hits O.P.P. and Hip Hop Hooray to the CCB Plaza in downtown Durham.
When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Downtown Raleigh, including Moore Square and City Plaza
Whats featured: The Raleigh Street Piano Project, where the public can play specially painted pianos across downtown; Go Roadshow!, a musical street show; live music, paintings, pottery, childrens activities.
Bimbé Cultural Arts Festival
When: Noon-8 p.m. Saturday
Where: CCB Plaza, 201 N. Corcoran St., downtown Durham
Whats featured: Music including a 6:30 p.m. show by Naughty By Nature, African American Dance Ensemble, games, food, face painting, crafts.
Details: www.DPRPlayMore.org and click on Special Events
Got to be NC Festival
When: 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday
Where: N.C. State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
Cost: Free general admission; $2 admission to NC Food, Wine & Beer Expo; rides require tickets.
Whats featured: Food, Wine & Beer Expo; antique tractors and daily tractor parade, food, classic cars, carnival rides, grandstand shows.
Hillsborough Hogg Day
When: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
Where: River Park at 140 E. Margaret Lane in downtown Hillsborough
Whats featured: Cooking competitions in pork, chicken and ribs; classic auto show, rides, games, food, music, crafts.
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday
Where: Across Raleigh and Cary
Cost: Five canned goods or cash donation to Urban Ministries of Wake County
Whats featured: Self-guided tour of more than 20 backyard chicken coops of all types.
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