Things to Do: May 2023

1. Shop for Mother’s Day gifts, pet a llama, and enjoy two stages of entertainment in one fell swoop at Fest in the West. Grab lunch or dinner from a selection of food trucks, and wash it down with a beverage from the beer garden before listening to tunes by the Ashley LaRue Band and Jason Adamo Band. Compete in Hillbilly Horseshoes and a pie-eating contest, and be sure to drop the youngsters by the free kids corral. Saturday, May 6, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thomas Brooks Park, Cary.

Jason Adamo Band at the 2022 Maggy Party

2. Don’t miss the biggest community event in Apex, the 42nd annual PeakFest! Shop from hundreds of arts and crafts vendors ranging from jewelry to pottery as you mingle with 20,000 of your closest friends. Activities and inflatables for the kids, plus food trucks and live entertainment all day. Saturday, May 6, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Salem Street, Downtown Apex.

Downtown Apex

3. Get your garden on at perennial springtime favorite Herbfest. Learn how to start an herb garden, tour the Anne B. Kratzer Educational Garden, get a close-up look at the historic 1850s Page smokehouse, and shop from vendors offering home and garden items at the 12th annual event. Sunday, May 7, noon to 4 p.m. Page-Walker Arts & History Center.


4. Enjoy the sizzling sounds, hot rhythms, and cuisine of Spain, Latin America, and the Caribbean at the 19th Ritmo Latino Music, Dance, and Art Festival. The free family event showcases Latino culture with live music, vendors, artists, Latin foods, adult dance lessons, and children’s activities. May 13, noon to 6 p.m. Downtown Cary.

5. The Town of Morrisville will close a section of Town Hall Drive for an afternoon of family fun. SpringFest brings live music, food trucks, games, free giveaways, and more together for the popular spring celebration. Saturday, May 13, 4–8 p.m.

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