Mark your calendars: Here are the Spring Arts Festivals in Triangle

When the sun warms up and the breeze turns gentle, Triangle residents have a wealth of festivals designed to lure us outside. Here are the ones scheduled at press time.

March 2: KoreaFest

Where: NC State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

Tickets: $15-$30

The 3rd annual KoreaFest is hosted by the Global Korean Wave Federation. There will be a K-Pop dance contest as well as a singing contest. Korean merchandise, food, painting and instruments are all pat of a full day of celebrating Korean heritage. Korean Celebrities and guest speakers will also be in attendance. nckoreafest.com

March 16: St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Wearin’ ‘O the Green Festival

Where: Downtown Raleigh

Time: 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


The green sea of a parade kicks off at 10 a.m. with nonprofit and other groups marching through the streets of downtown Raleigh. When the parade is over, the festival begins. The festival is held at City Plaza. There will be live music, dancing and children’s activities such as crafts and rides on Leprechaun Lane. raleighstpats.org

April 4-7: Full Frame Documentary Film Festival

Where: Downtown Durham

Time: Varies

Cost: Ticket packages range from $25 to $100. Festival passes are selling out but at press time $30 rush passes and $325 fanatic passes were still available.

More than 100 films will be shown from morning to midnight with panel conversations with the film makers. fullframefest.org.

April 6: Dreamville Festival

Where: Dorothea Dix Park

Tickets: $119 and up

The concert series festival organized by J. Cole was rescheduled from September because of Hurricane Florence. J. Cole will perform, along with other artists. dreamvillefest.com/

April 7: Carrboro Open Streets

Where: Weaver Street, Carborro

Time: Noon-4 p.m.


Carrboro Open Streets is a platform to encourage community building through open activity in Weaver Street, which will be blocked off during the event. Participants are invited to come to do activities they normally wouldn’t do in an open road like yoga, bike blender, dance or other outdoor exercises. ci.carboro.nc.us

April 26-27: Brewgaloo

Where: Fayettville Street, Raleigh

Time: 2-10 p.m.

Tickets: Ticket prices vary for Friday and Saturday

North Carolina breweries, food trucks and bands all come together for this two-part event. Friday night is the event for ticket-holders, but Saturday’s event is free. Saturday will have over 100 breweries and 50 food trucks with drink tickets available for purchase. shoplocalraleigh.org/brewgaloo/

April 27: Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival

Where: Fred G. Bond Metro Park, Cary

Time: 9 a.m. -5 p.m.


Artists who make candles, furniture, jewelry, soap and wood are among the showcased. All artists and food vendors are either nonprofits or commercial food operations partnered with nonprofits. townofcary.org

May 4: Apex PeakFest

Where: Salem Street, Apex

Time: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Live music, fair food and entertainment for all ages at the 39th annual event. apexpeakfest.com

May 4: Meet in the Street Festival

Where: South White Street, Wake Forest

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.


Three streets will be blocked so festival goers can enjoy arts, crafts, food trucks and live music. Download the Town of Wake Forest app to access information about each vendor. wakeforestchamber.org.

May 4: Out! Raleigh 2019

Where: Fayetteville Street, Downtown Raleigh

Time: 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


The 8th annual event rasies money to support the LGBT Center of Raleigh. Look for a beer garden, a KidsZone, food and local artists. outraleigh.org

May 17-19: Got to Be NC Festival

Where: North Carolina State Fairgrounds

Time: Varies based on the day.

$3 adult admission

Carnival rides and games as well as North Carolinian food vendors and activities such as the Masonic Carolina Pig Jig. Breweries, wineries, a trick pony show and a cooking show are among the attractions. gottobencfestival.com.

May 18-19: Artsplosure

Where: Downtown Raleigh, Fayetteville Street

Time: 11a.m.-6 p.m.


Raleigh’s premiere art festival with more than 170 painters, potters, jewelers, photographers and more. Performances will be throughout the day, as well as food trucks. Visit www.artsplosure.org for more information.

A hot air ballon rises through the air for the Freedom Balloon Fest in Fuquay-Varina, Friday, May 27, 2016. The town approved an agreement Oct. 3, 2016, that will bring the multi-day event back to Fuquay-Varina through 2021. Kendall Bagley newsobserver.com

May 24-27: Freedom Balloon Fest

Where: Fuquay-Varina

Time: Varies based on the day.


Project Uplift USA presents the Freedom Balloon Fest for Memorial Day, honoring military members and their families. Hot air balloon festivities like rides, competitions and glow events are scheduled. There also will be food, beer and wine vendors as well as live music. freedomballoonfest.com

May 26: NC Sugar Rush

Where: Downtown Raleigh, City Market

Time: 1-5 p.m.


This is Raleigh’s all dessert food truck rodeo with more than 20 vendors. Come hungry for Italian ice, cheesecake, pies, cotton candy and more. ncsugarrush.com

June 14-15: Peak City Pig Fest

Where: Downtown Apex

Time: Varies based on the day.


The Bone Suckin’ Sauce Peak City Pig Fest is a festival and barbecue cooking competition with 48 teams competing in chicken, ribs, brisket and pork. There will be rib-eating contests, pig races and live music. All proceeds go toward various charities of the Apex Sunrise Rotary Foundation. peakcitypigfest.com