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Your guide to Cary’s Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival

Kids play in the snow area during last year’s Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts festival. This year’s Lazy Daze festival is Saturday around Cary’s Town Hall Campus at 316 N. Academy St.
Kids play in the snow area during last year’s Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts festival. This year’s Lazy Daze festival is Saturday around Cary’s Town Hall Campus at 316 N. Academy St. NEWS & OBSERVER FILE PHOTO

The 39th annual Lazy Daze Arts and Crafts Festival is Saturday, and it has a new, temporary home on Town Hall campus on North Academy Street.

Here’s what you need to know about one of Cary’s biggest events.

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 22. The event is held rain or shine.

Where: Cary Town Hall Campus, at 316 Academy St.

Cost: Free

How to get there: Free shuttle starts at 8:30 a.m. The last buses leave the festival at 5:30 p.m. They leave from Cary Towne Center, 1105 Walnut St., and Green Hope High, 2500 Upchurch Road. All fixed C-TRAN routes will be free on the day of the event.

Parking: Limited parking available in the parking lot for First United Methodist Church of Cary at Waldo and Walker streets. There will be no public parking on Town Hall Campus. The Cary Town Hall Parking Deck is reserved for festival vendors only. Handicapped parking is available at Cary Town Hall near the railroad tracks.

Road closings: The following streets around Town Hall Campus will close at 5 p.m., Friday, Aug. 21, through 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 22: North Academy Street from Chapel Hill Road to Chatham Street; Ambassador Loop; Cary Street; Wilkinson Avenue; and Adams Street from North Harrison Avenue to North Academy Street. Residents who live in this area will need to show an photo ID to access the areas.

What you’ll find: There will be 400 vendors – food, arts, crafts and more. Plus, there will be the town crier, the Cary High School band and more than 325 new and returning arts and craft vendors from across the country. That includes this year’s featured artist, Donald L. Hamilton Jr., of Cary, who designed the artwork on this year’s event poster. Look for 30 bands and entertainers to perform on five different stages, plus artist demonstrations.

Kid’s stuff: Kid’s World will be between Town Hall and the Cary Police Department with storytelling, games, puppets, magicians and crafts.

Adult beverages: The Beer Garden stage will be in the garden next to the Page-Walker Arts & History Center garden. A nearby stage will feature music by the Little German Band. Alcohol is confined to the footprint of the entire festival.

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.

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