Thousands of people will gather at Bond Park this year to see the works of nearly 200 local and state artists at one of Cary’s largest annual arts and crafts festivals.
The 23rd annual Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival will kick off at 9 a.m. on Saturday, April 30. Spring Daze features 175 North Carolina artists who have been selected to show off and sell their wares, as well as entertainment, food and more.
Lyman Collins, Cary’s cultural arts manager, said he is most excited about involving students from Cary High School in this year’s festivities. Eighteen art students submitted designs to be selected as this year’s Spring Daze poster.
“We selected one student, (senior Emily Pittman), but we are actually going to have all the student entries on display at Spring Daze,” Collins said. “It was a wonderful way for us to work directly with the schools and young artists.”
There will be five stages for entertainment, including a designated stage for child performers and one for storytellers. Spring Daze also features a variety of local and regional musicians and bands.
Every year there also is a temporary art installation. This year, Paperhand Puppet Intervention, a puppet theater company based out of Saxapahaw, is creating a festival playhouse for adults and children out of recycled materials.
The festival started on Town Hall campus but moved to Bond Park in the early 2000s, when Town Hall was under construction. It ended up being a beneficial move for the event and for area residents, offering a contrast to the downtown Lazy Daze event.
Lazy Daze will be highlighted during Spring Daze when this year’s Lazy Daze featured artwork is unveiled at 12:30 p.m. It was created by Sarah Sheffield, Cary’s first cultural arts supervisor.
Cultural Arts Row also gives area cultural arts organizations an opportunity to provide information about themselves and their upcoming events. About 20 groups are expected to be there Saturday, including The Cary Players, Cary Visual Art and Friends of the Page-Walker Hotel.
“And of course we’ve got great art,” Collins said.
Here’s what else you need to know.
When: Saturday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary
Details: Search “Spring Daze” at www.townofcary.org.
Parking: Parking is available inside Bond Park at the Bond Park Community Center, Cary Senior Center or the Ropes Course parking area. You also may park in limited areas at Genesis United Methodist Church. A shuttle to the festival entrance is provided from the parking areas inside the Bond Park. No parking for the festival at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
Shuttles: Shuttles start at 8:30 a.m. with the last one leaving Bond Park at 5:30 p.m. One shuttle leaves every 15 to 20 minutes from Town Hall Parking Deck on Wilkinson Avenue. The second shuttle leaves every 30 minutes from Green Hope High School, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Road.
Bus: C-Tran offers free rides on all fixed routes to and from the festival. C-Tran service runs every half hour leaving between 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and hourly in-between those times from the train station on Academy Street.
Good to know: No dogs, roller skates, skateboards, bicycles or alcoholic beverages are allowed.
Kathryn Trogdon: 919-460-2608: @KTrogdon