Things to Do: April 2024

1. Celebrate creativity and cultivate community at the highly anticipated annual Spring Daze Arts + Crafts Festival. This free event — which features entertainment on three stages, activities for the kids, and plenty of good eats — honors 170 artists who call the state home. Saturday, April 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bond Park, Cary.

2. Prepare your taste buds to go south of the border — the Tacos ’N Taps Festival is back! And there’s several good reasons a countdown clock is running. More than 10 taco trucks, taquerias, and restaurants serving over 30 different types of tacos. 60-plus craft beers, mezcals, tequilas, ciders, and wine — with chilled mezcal and tequila bars. Entertainment from area bands. A hot pepper-eating contest. Dueling margarita bars. And lawn activities and dancing (plus much more) make this one hot festival! Saturday, April 6, noon to 5 p.m. $25 and up. Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary. cary.

3. Bring the kids out to celebrate a day that celebrates them. The Children’s Day Festival of Cary recognizes the area’s “colorful mosaic of cultures” through the lens of childhood with children’s performances, make-and-take crafts, activities, food, and fun — all in a child-friendly outdoor space. Saturday, April 20, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Downtown Cary Park.

4. Grab the napkins and head out for the 10th annual Peak City Pig Fest. Sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society, and sponsored by Bone Suckin’ Sauce®, cook teams will be cooking chicken, ribs, beef brisket, and pork for $12,000 in prize money. Be sure to catch the rib-eating contest between Apex’s fire and police departments. This one’s a cut above! Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13. Historic downtown Apex.

5. The 11th annual Celebration of Legends is back — and celebrating “Shiny Things.” For the young, or those young at heart, this fairy festival makes magic with eclectic entertainment (we’re talking original Viking warrior pipes and drums) and myriad talented artists and exhibitors. Try a mead, and don’t forget to bring your wand! Saturday, April 27, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday April 28, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. $15 and up (under 12 free). Sugg Farm, Holly Springs.

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