Celebration of the Arts Festival
The 11th annual Celebration of the Arts Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, in downtown Fuquay-Varina. The Fuquay-Varina Downtown Association will accept applications for people selling art and crafts through Friday, April 11, at www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com. Booth fees are $85 to $100 through April 11; $100 to $120 after that. For details, go to www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com/events/celebration-of-the-arts.html.
En Plein Air Paint-Off
The third annual En Plein Air Paint-Off will be from 2:30-7 p.m. Friday, April 11, during Art After Dark in downtown Fuquay-Varina. Artists will paint the local landscape.
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A public auction of the paintings will be from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, June 7, on Vance Street. The top three winners’ paintings will be enlarged and placed on brick walls in the town’s historic district and added to the public art program organized by Fuquay-Varina Downtown and sponsored by Bob Barker, Inc. For more information, go to www.fuquay-varinadowntown.com.
Spring for the Arts
Downtown Fuquay-Varina galleries, artists, businesses and organizations will host art events and activities from 5-9 p.m. Friday, April 11. For details, go to www.fuquayvarinaartscouncil.wildapricot.org.
Cary Town Band concert
The Cary Town Band will play a free concert, “Dancing Around the World,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Cary Senior Center, 120 Maury Odell Place. For details, go to www.carytownband.org.
Holly Springs Community Band spring concert
The Holly Springs Community Band spring concert will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 11, at the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. Admission is free, but ticket reservations are required. Donations for the Holly Springs Food Cupboard will be collected. To reserve tickets, call 919-567-4000. For information about the band, go to www.hollyspringsband.net.
The Bookmarked! reading and music celebration will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 12, at the Cary Performance Green on the corner of Academy Street and Kildaire Farm Road. The event, which will feature readers, musicians, games and arts activities, will raise money for Dorcas Ministries, Lucy Daniels Center and Cary Creative Center. For details, go to www.lucydanielscenter.org.
Holly Springs Reader’s Theater Troupe auditions
The Holly Springs Reader’s Theater Troupe will host auditions for its production of two short stories, “Lost at C” and “Wanda Hickey’s Night of Golden Memories,” from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 12, in the Carolina Room of the Holly Springs Cultural Center, 300 W. Ballentine St. For details, call 919-567-4000.
Jazz pianist Lenore Raphael and trumpeter Dr. David Champouillon will perform in The Halle Cultural Arts Center’s JazzLive series at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Tickets cost $15 for adults, $12 for ages 16 and younger at www.etix.com.
Small Treasures Juried Exhibit
The sixth annual Small Treasures Juried Exhibit of the Cary Gallery of Artists will be open through April 19 at 200 S. Academy St. For details, go to www.carygalleryofartists.org.
Poetry open mic
The Turkish House will host an open mic night for poetry with tea at 7 p.m. Friday, April 25, at 303 E. Durham Road, suite F, Cary.
Thomas Pandolfi concert
Pianist Thomas Pandolfi will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at The Halle Cultural Arts Center, 237 N. Salem St., Apex. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $12 for students and seniors at www.etix.com.
Donna Bland will lead a two-day studio landscape painting workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, April 28, and Tuesday, April 29, at the Waverly Artists Group Studio and Gallery, 302 Colonades Way, suite 209, Cary. The class costs $136. To register, go to www.waverlyartistsgroup.com/#%21workshops/cmg2.
‘The Three Little Pigs’
Opera Carolina will perform “The Three Little Pigs” for kids at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave. This is a rescheduled performance from Saturday, Feb. 22, and tickets from the canceled show will be accepted. Tickets cost $8 at www.etix.com. For details, go to bit.ly/MNZJ0f.