Since 1966, the Eno River Association has protected more than 7,000 acres along the river. To raise money for river conservation, the association presents Durham’s most popular summer event, the Festival for the Eno.
Many come for the music and dance, which features local and regional performers on four festival stages. Visitors also can purchase visual art and crafts from local artists, sample food from local restaurants and vendors, and sip some cold beer.
This year’s festival will be held Saturday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 4 at West Point on the Eno park. Here is a brief look at some of the performers, artists, events, and things to know for the festival:
▪ PERFORMANCES: The festival has four stages – Grove, Meadow, River and Chimney. Among the performers are the African American Dance Ensemble, Orquesta GarDel, Jamie Anderson, Tea Cup Gin, and others.
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▪ ARTISTS: Vendors will have works in clay, jewelry, musical instruments, textiles, and other media for sale.
▪ FOOD AND DRINK: Vegan Flava Cafe, Jamaica Jamaica, Dickey’s Barbecue Pit and Locopops are among the local vendors who will be selling food. The Sweetwater Beer Garden will be open each day of the festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the McCown Mangum House.
▪ GETTING THERE: Parking in Riverview Shopping Center across the street from the park will likely get you towed. You can park your car at the parking lot at Durham County Stadium, 2700 N. Duke St., and ride a free (air-conditioned) bus to the festival. The shuttle will run each day to and from the stadium parking lot and festival from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
▪ TICKETS: One-day passes are $18 in advance, $23 at the gate. Two-day passes are $30, $35 at the gate. For a list of vendors selling advance tickets, or to purchase online, visit www.enofest.org/tickets/.
▪ CONSERVATION: The festival is trash-free. Volunteers will be on hand to help visitors place items in proper receptacles for composting and recycling.
GO and DO
WHAT: Festival for the Eno
WHEN: Saturday, July 1, and Tuesday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m
WHERE: West Point on the Eno Park, 5101 N. Roxboro St.
ADMISSION: For ticket information and outlets, visit https://www.enofest.org/tickets/