The peak of good fun
The annual PeakFest is Apex’s time to shine. It has live music all day (including the Ghosts of the Old North State, the Fantastic Shakers and Peak City Sound), artists of every kind, fun stuff for the kids, “fair style” food, interesting vendors and more.
9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; along Salem Street in downtown Apex; Free; apexpeakfest.com
Ham, yams, barbecue
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The 31st annual Ham & Yam Festival has the Tennessee-based Dave Matthews Tribute Band headlining (8 p.m.) after a day of other live entertainment (music and dance), a barbecue cook-off, a rubber duck race, pig races, street vendors and a “What’s that Yam Thing?” contest.
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; along Front Street in downtown Smithfield; Free; hamandyam.com
Spring art walk
The Durham Art Walk Spring Market spreads out over 22 venues across downtown Durham and features the work of more than 250 artists. The self-guided tour of galleries, studios and exhibits will also feature live entertainment and fun family activities. Rain or shine!
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Sunday; Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., Durham; Free; durhamartwalk.com
The family-friendly Out! Raleigh festival celebrates the LGBT community. There’s a KidsZone (with face paining, inflatables, Cirque de Vol, Tanglewood Puppets and more), plus live entertainment by The Kinsey Sicks, Pam Saulsby Trio, Triangle Gay Men’s Chorus and more. The Raleigh Little Theatre cast of “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” will also perform scenes from the play.
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; along Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh; Free; outraleigh.org
Food trucks for blocks
The Downtown Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo will have more than 50 food trucks from across the state spread out over a half mile. You can get everything from Korean barbecue and grilled cheese to Maine lobster and crepes. They’ll also set up seating to accommodate 1,000 people along the sidewalks. Just leave Fido at home.
1-6 p.m. Sunday; along Fayetteville Street in downtown Raleigh; Free; downtownraleighfoodtruckrodeo.com