Cary will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival over two days with nearly 400 vendors, including arts and crafts professionals.
“We’re really excited,” said Lyman Collins, the town’s cultural arts manager. “We really want to, and we hope that we get plenty of feedback. We want to hear how the two days works from people’s perspectives.”
Some favorites will return this year, such as the town crier, the Cary High School band and about 330 new and returning arts and craft vendors from across the country. That includes this year’s featured artist, Sarah Sheffield, of Cary, who designed the artwork on this year’s event poster.
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Collins said he thinks making the event two days this year may attract new artists because they won’t have to set up and pack up all in one day.
“Two days may broaden the appeal for some artists,” he said.
It also is the second time the long-running event will be held at the Cary Town Hall Campus because of downtown streetscape construction. The festival usually is along South Academy Street from East Chatham Street to Dry Avenue and Chatham Street from South Harrison Avenue to Walker Street.
The town received overwhelmingly positive comments about the Town Hall site after last year’s event, Collins said.
“They like the looser layout. They like that there was more shade,” he said.
This year, about 35 bands and entertainers will perform on five different stages. Kids World will be between Town Hall and the Cary Police Department with storytelling, games, magician and crafts.
The Markham County Band will join the Cary Town Band on the Publix Main Stage on the Cary Chamber of Commerce’s lawn at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The Markham County Band hails from one of Cary’s sister cities, Markham, Ontario, Canada.
“Because we have more days to provide entertainment, I think we’ve probably got a wider range of entertainment,” Collins said. “We also have been able to expand the food truck area a little bit, which I think will provide variety.”
There will be food trucks mixed in with the food vendors. The Sister Cities Beer Garden stage will be in the garden next to the Page-Walker Arts & History Center. It will feature music by the Little German Band on Saturday and Peak City Sound on Sunday.
There also is a satellite beer and wine location on North Academy Street near where it meets Chapel Hill Road. Alcohol is confined to the footprint of the entire festival. Proceeds support Sister Cities Association of Cary's cultural events and exchange program.
Here is what you need to know about getting to the Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival:
When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 27, and 12:30-5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 29. The event is held rain or shine.
Where: Cary Town Hall Campus, at 316 N. Academy St.
How to get there: Free shuttle starts at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. The last buses leave the festival at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday. They leave from Cary Towne Center, 1105 Walnut St., and Green Hope High, 2500 Upchurch Road. Follow signs for the shuttle. All fixed C-TRAN routes will be free on Saturday only. Fixed route service does not operate on Sundays.
Parking: Public parking in downtown Cary will be limited due to construction. The Cary Town Hall Parking Deck is reserved for vendors. Limited parking will be available at the church parking lot at the corner of Waldo and Walker streets, across from First United Methodist Church of Cary; in the church parking lot of First Baptist Church, which is accessible from South Academy Street or South Harrison Avenue; or in the parking lot behind the Cary Arts Center. This lot is accessible by Faculty Street. Limited handicapped accessible parking is in the Fire Department administration parking lot. Approach the lot via South Academy Street. Call 919-469-4061.
Street closings: The following will be closed in and around Cary Town Hall Campus from 5 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26 until 9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28. Residents who live in these areas will be required to show a government-issued photo ID to access these areas by vehicle.
▪ North Academy Street from Chapel Hill Road to Chatham Street
▪ Ambassador Loop
▪ Cary Street
▪ Wilkinson Avenue
▪ Adams Street from North Harrison Avenue to North Academy Street
▪ Chapel Hill Road eastbound lane from Harrison Avenue and East Durham Road
Southbound traffic on Academy Street remains closed from Chatham Street to Park Street. For pedestrian access, the sidewalk along Academy Street will be open on the east side from Dry Avenue to Waldo Street and on the west side from Waldo Street to Chatham Street.
Information: Go to www.townofcary.org and search “Lazy Daze” to find a map of the festival, or find the festival at Facebook.com/caryartdaze.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon