Carolina Calendar: April 2017


Blowing Rock Trout Derby • Blowing Rock • April 1
Celebrate the opening of trout season: Trout caught in any Watauga County body of water can be judged in this competition. Broyhill Lake will be an especially good stop for kids — some fish will be tagged with prizes.

Learn more: (828) 295-5222 or

Grand Opening of The American Museum of the House Cat • Sylva • April 1
This unique new museum will exhibit hundreds of items related to the house cat. The collection was created over the past 30 years, and will be both educational and entertaining. Donations help support Catman2, a cats-only shelter.

Learn more: (828) 293-7754 or

The Nile Project • Boone • April 4
Performing at The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, this band features artists from 11 different countries along the Nile River in an effort to create music that inspires, educates, and brings awareness to the Nile River Basin and the importance of sustainability.

Learn more: (800) 841-2787 or

Frances Jensen • Asheville • April 6
Esteemed neurologist Frances Jensen will speak about adolescent brain development and risk-taking behaviors. Her talk will help parents develop strategies to start conversations about substance abuse with their teens, and will help teens understand their own development.

Learn more: (828) 254-6345 or

Spring Exhibition Celebration • Boone • April 7
Six new art exhibitions will be showcased at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts; meet the artists and enjoy refreshments.

Learn more: (828) 262-3017 or

Potters of Madison County • Marshall • April 8
In its seventh year, this market will feature the work of Potters of Madison County members and a guest list that includes some of the best potters in the Southeast. Meet the artists and browse their work to add to your own collection.

Learn more: (828) 775-6075 or

Habitat HAMMER 5K/10K • Elkin • April 8
Benefiting the Upper Yadkin Valley Habitat for Humanity, this family- and walker-friendly 5K/10K will take participants through the streets and trails of Elkin.

Learn more: (336) 526-2277 or

Chamber Classics IV • Hickory • April 8
This concert at Drendel Auditorium will feature The Tesla Quartet, the second-place winner at the 2016 Banff International String Quartet Competition.

Learn more: (828) 324-8603 or

Downtown Statesville Wine Walk • Statesville • April 8
More than 70 different wines will be available to try, along with samples from participating restaurants, as you walk down the street and explore the shops in historic downtown.

Learn more: (704) 878-3436 or

Easter Egg Hunt at Biltmore • Asheville • April 16
The Easter Bunny makes his appearance on the Biltmore Estate’s front lawn on Easter Sunday; three egg hunts throughout the day will provide ample opportunity to fill up baskets.

Learn more: (800) 411-3812 or

Savor Blowing Rock • Blowing Rock • April 20-23
Head downtown and enjoy wine, craft beers, shopping, food, music, and the blooms of the season at this four-day festival, which celebrates all of the tastes of spring.

Learn more: (828) 295-7851 or

Cherry Blossom Festival • Cherryville • April 21-22
This annual festival attracts huge crowds to downtown. Enjoy food, local vendors, entertainment, carnival rides, kids’ activities, a 5K, and a band.

Learn more: (704) 435-3451 or

Greening Up the Mountains • Sylva • April 22
Celebrate spring’s arrival in the mountains at this free street festival downtown, which will feature three different stages for live music.

Learn more: (828) 631-4587 or

MerleFest • Wilkesboro • April 27-30 (Our State will be here!)
APR 27-30 This annual music festival has grown in size, popularity, and acclaim since its debut in 1988. This year it will feature artists such as The Avett Brothers, the Zac Brown Band, James Taylor, and many more.

Learn more: (800) 343-7857 or

Spring Art Crawl • Statesville • April 28
Walk between locations at this free event downtown, which will showcase more than 75 artists at 30-plus galleries. Enjoy live music, food, and drinks; meet the artists; and browse through shops.

Learn more: (704) 878-3436 or

Nationalistic Fervor • Hendersonville • April 29
The Hendersonville Symphony will perform masterpieces like Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. In addition, the symphony’s 2017 Young Artist Competition winner will perform a classic concerto.

Learn more: (828) 697-5884 or

Foothills Merry-Go-Round Festival • Shelby • April 29-30
Balloon artists, face painting, amusement rides, a carousel, and more will provide entertainment for all ages at this annual festival in Shelby City Park. A variety of vendors will be on hand to satisfy food cravings.

Learn more: (704) 484-6811 or


Earth, Wind & Fire • Durham • April 1
Famous for their classic sound that combines pop, R&B, soul, disco, and funk, Earth, Wind & Fire will perform hits like “Shining Star,” “September,” and “Got to Get You Into My Life.”

(919) 680-2787 or

Dissolving the Black Square: George le Chevallier’s Shibui • Yadkinville • April 1-29
This art exhibition showcases the artist’s wit and humor in lively paintings that bring a pop of color to the gallery’s walls.

Learn more: (336) 679-2941 or

My Fair Lady • Chapel Hill • April 5-29
In this Tony Award-winning musical comedy, Eliza Doolittle, a rough-around-the-edges girl, seizes the opportunity to reinvent herself, breaking barriers and changing the lives of everyone she meets along the way.

Learn more: (919) 962-7529 or

Firefest • Star • April 7-9
This two-day festival will celebrate the role of fire in the creation of art, with workshops, live music, an iron pour, large sculpture firing, and a glassblowing demonstrations.

Learn more: (910) 428-9001 or

Ciener Botanical Garden’s Spectacular Spring Tulip Bloom • Kernersville • April 8
Celebrate spring’s arrival by strolling through the garden and enjoying more than 24,000 tulips in bloom.

Learn more: (336) 996-7888 or

Weymouth Center Dirt Gardeners Annual Plant Sale • Southern Pines • April 8
Get tips from experienced gardeners at this annual plant sale. Browse a wide variety of flowers, plants, and herbs that are known to do well in the Sandhills, and take part in a garden “white elephant” sale.

Learn more: (910) 692-6261 or

Beach Fest • Selma • April 8
Jim Quick and Coastline, The Embers, Band of Oz, and Hip Pocket perform at this beach music celebration. Bring your dancing shoes and enjoy food and drink vendors when it’s time to rest your feet.

Learn more: (919) 750-5464 or

Southern Pines Garden Club Home and Garden Tour • Southern Pines • April 8
This 69th annual tour will explore some of the beautiful homes and gardens of its club members. The proceeds from the event fund scholarships for local horticultural students and preservation projects.

Learn more: (910) 690-1440 or

The Annual Victorian Lawn Party • Matthews • April 8
Play early 20th-century games, watch woodworking, and take part in a cake walk and a maypole dance. Kids can make toys and stationery; adults can tour the historic Reid House and see a variety of antique cars.

Learn more: (704) 708-4996 or

Carrboro Open Streets • Carrboro • April 9
Carrboro closes Weaver Street and invites people to reclaim the public space. Take part in activities such as rock climbing, yoga in the streets, and more.

Learn more: (919) 918-7392 or

Duke Symphony Orchestra: Shakespearean Transformations • Durham • April 12
The orchestra will play Purcell’s suite for strings, “The Gordian Knot Untied,” Bernstein’s Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, and Grieg’s Piano Concerto, among other works.

Learn more: (919) 660-3333 or

UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Spring Plant Sale • Charlotte • April 14-15
Peruse a wide selection of native azaleas, wildflowers, perennials, trees, shrubs, carnivorous plants, and more for your garden and yard.

Learn more: (704) 687-0721 or

Charlotte Folk Gathering Concert and Jams • Charlotte • April 14
This concert features the South Carolina Broadcasters, a foot-stomping bluegrass band that will captivate listeners with extraordinary harmonies and instrumentals.

Learn more: (704) 563-7080 or

Clenny Creek Day • Carthage • April 15
This fund-raiser hosted by the Moore County Historical Association will help maintain and renovate the historic Bryant House and McLendon Cabin, the oldest home on its original foundation in Moore County. There will be live music, historical reenactors, and more.

Learn more: (910) 692-2051 or

Earth Day • Kernersville • April 20
This celebration will feature eco-friendly products and services, live demos, T-shirt and tree seedling giveaways, and arts and crafts created with reused materials.

Learn more: (336) 996-7888 or

Annual Herb Festival • Greensboro • April 20
Hundreds of plants will be up for sale at the North Carolina Unit of the Herb Society of America’s annual herb sale, which also features special vendors, gardening tips, and more.

Learn more: (336) 643-6736 or

Peter and the Starcatcher • Yadkinville • April 20-23
A dozen actors play more than 100 characters in this whimsical, grown-up prequel to Peter Pan, which is sure to amuse both children and adults.

Learn more: (336) 679-2941 or

20 Years of Art-o-mat • Winston-Salem • April 20-August 26
In the city that’s home to the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, old cigarette vending machines have found new, innovative life as Art-o-mats — dispensers of tiny art. The Art-o-mat has become a fixture at art venues, breweries, and coffee shops across the U.S., but it was Winston-Salem artist Clark Whittington who first created one in 1997. For their 20th anniversary, the machines, miniature artwork, and more will be on display at a retrospective exhibit at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art from April 20 through August 26.

Learn more: (336) 725-1904 or

Balsam Range • Cary • April 21
Bluegrass and acoustic group Balsam Range will perform their unique blend of jazz, country, gospel, swing, and old-time music. Founded in Haywood County, the group won both Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards.

Learn more: (919) 462-2055 or

Borromeo String Quartet • Greensboro • April 21
This established string quartet has been lauded for their visionary performances, and has been the ensemble in residence at the New England Conservatory for 22 years. They’ll perform works by Bach and Beethoven at Christ United Methodist Church.

Learn more: (336) 638-7624 or

Rock Legends • Clayton • April 22
Through preshow request cards, the audience determines the set list at this tribute concert. Billy McGuigan and Tara Vaughan are backed by the All Star Band, and perform music from the ’50s through the ’80s.

Learn more: (919) 553-1737 or

Selma in the Spring and Historical Homes Tour • Selma • April 22-23
At this spring festival, people in period costumes will take to the streets. On the annual homes and gardens tour, artists will be stationed at each of the historic homes.

Learn more: (919) 333-4899 or

Piedmont Farm Tour • Several Counties • April 22-23
See how crops are grown, how baby barn animals are raised, how fresh ingredients are made into tasty food and beer, and much more when the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association and Weaver Street Market host this 22nd annual self-guided tour of more than 35 scenic and sustainable farms in Orange, Chatham, Alamance, and Person counties.

Learn more: (919) 542-2402 or

Parallel Play • Hillsborough • April 24-May 21
A variety of different media is featured at this exhibit, including paintings by Ellie Reinhold, sculptures by Jason Smith, and pottery by Evelyn Ward.

Learn more: (919) 732-5001 or

Mr. Joy • Chapel Hill • April 26-30
In this inspiring play, customers take notice when a Chinese immigrant’s shoe repair shop curiously doesn’t open one morning, and they eventually realize what the shop owner has meant to their Harlem community.

Learn more: (919) 962-7529 or

Salisbury Confederate Prison Symposium • Salisbury • April 28-30
Explore the history behind North Carolina’s military prison during the Civil War. A banquet, lectures, displays, memorial services, and a tour of the prison site are included at this 20th annual symposium.

Learn more: (704) 637-6411.

Arts and Craft Beer • Winston-Salem • April 28
Art demonstrations and art making are combined with unlimited tastings of North Carolina’s best craft beer (while supplies last) at this annual event. Proceeds will benefit the Sawtooth School for Visual Art’s scholarship fund.

Learn more: (336) 723-7395 or

Spring Daze • Cary • April 29 (Our State will be here!)
This annual festival celebrates the arts and crafts community. It will feature more than 170 artists, entertainment on four stages, and tasty food.

Learn more: (919) 319-4560 or


Fremont Daffodil Festival • Fremont • April 1
Shop handmade crafts, dance to live music by The Embers, and snack on state fair-worthy food, such as funnel cakes, grilled turkey legs, and barbecue, at this annual spring festival, which celebrates the yellow blooms.

Learn more: (919) 242-4573 or

Herb and Garden Fair • Wilmington • April 1-2
Browse herb and plant vendors and local artisans at this 25th annual fair, which is the longest-running and largest plant sale in the area. There will also be food, kids’ activities, and hikes in the Abbey Nature Preserve.

Learn more: (910) 686-9518 or

Venomous Snakes and Spiders of North Carolina • Jacksonville • April 2
This spring nature program invites children and adults to learn about the distinguishing characteristics of different species of snakes and spiders. Live examples will be on hand.

Learn more: (910) 347-5332 or

Azalea Festival • Wilmington • April 5-9 (Our State will be here!)
This annual festival features street fairs, arts and crafts and food vendors, live entertainment, parades, and more.

Learn more: (910) 794-4650 or

Historic Homes and Gardens Tour • New Bern • April 7-8
Get a behind-the-scenes look at homes and gardens in the historic district, while learning about original architecture, renovations, and furnishings during this tour, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

Learn more: (252) 638-8558 or

Eggstravaganza! • Scotland Neck • April 8
At Sylvan Heights Bird Park, kids will enjoy bird-centered stories, crafts, educational activities, and an Easter egg hunt in the park.

Learn more: (252) 826-3186 or

Tenore • Washington • April 9
Tenore is a classic tenor pop trio known for its members’ powerful vocals and charisma. Unlike other tenor groups, Tenore regularly invites audiences to sing along with them, creating a unique concert experience.

Learn more: (252) 946-6738 or

The Raleigh Ringers • Lumberton • April 9
An internationally acclaimed, advanced community handbell choir, The Raleigh Ringers have been performing unique interpretations of popular music since their founding in 1990.

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Southport Spring Festival • Southport • April 14-15
More than 150 crafters, plus local food vendors, will be on hand at this spring celebration, which will have kids’ activities, a raffle, entertainment, and a 5K on the Southport waterfront.

Learn more: (910) 279-4616 or

Historic Edenton Pilgrimage of Historic Homes • Edenton • April 21-22
Five public buildings, all more than 100 years old, will be featured on this tour, which also includes 18 private homes and plantations. Head downtown for the 250th birthday celebration of the Historic Chowan County Courthouse to enjoy carriage rides, history reenactments, boat tours, food, and live music.

Learn more: (252) 482-7800 or

Oriental In-Water Boat Show & Nautical Flea Market • Oriental • April 21-23
This annual boat show is one of the largest and most successful in-water shows between Annapolis, Maryland, and Savannah, Georgia. Check out the wooden boat exhibit, which features classic sailboats, rowboats, canoes, and more.

Learn more: (252) 249-0228 or

Tiny House NC Street Festival • Pink Hill • April 21-23
This street festival will have tiny houses to tour, plus the opportunity to meet state and regional builders. It will also feature a vendor marketplace and food trucks.

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Homes and Gardens Tour • Bath • April 22
About a dozen beautiful homes and gardens, as well as Bath’s historic houses, will be open for tours during this annual event hosted by the Historic Bath Garden Club.

Learn more: (252) 964-3441.

Oak Island Lighthouse Run • Oak Island • April 22
The 19th annual Lighthouse Run will feature a half marathon, 10K, 5K, and a one-mile fun run. The course will run along the scenic North Carolina coast.

Learn more: (910) 457-5787 or

Howell Woodstock • Four Oaks • April 22
Each year the Howell Woods Environmental Learning Center celebrates environmental education with live music, hayrides, recreational activities, and local food vendors. The day ends with a campfire, s’mores, and astrology activities.

Learn more: (919) 938-0115 or

Jasper String Quartet • Wilmington • April 23
Powerful and compelling performers, the Jasper String Quartet won Chamber Music America’s prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award in 2012, and is the professional quartet in residence at Temple University’s Center for Gifted Young Musicians.

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Wine and Food Festival • Beaufort • April 26-30
Get in touch with your inner foodie and wine connoisseur at this annual five-day festival, which features tastings, dinners, seminars, auctions, and more.

Learn more: (252) 515-0708 or

The Carolina Klezmer Project • New Bern • April 27
Klezmer is the traditional Jewish music of Eastern Europe. At a concert performance by this six-member band, you’ll hear and celebrate the waltzes, horas, freilakhs, shers, and tzardisas associated with this music tradition.

Learn more: (252) 638-7351 or

Bye Bye Birdie • Kinston • April 28-30
Put on a happy face and go see this classic musical comedy, which centers on the Elvis-like teen idol Conrad Birdie and his final publicity stunt before he enters the Army.

Learn more: (919) 429-9278 or

Reelin’ for Research • Morehead City • April 28-29
This is one of the largest offshore fishing tournaments on the East Coast. All proceeds benefit the UNC Children’s Hospital and childhood cancer research.

Learn more: (336) 340-2121 or

Duck and Wine Festival • Duck • April 29
A variety of local restaurants will showcase their culinary talents by presenting specially created dishes featuring duck, which attendees can sample with a wine pairing.

Learn more: (252) 216-8908 or

Ocracoke Island Runfest Weekend • Ocracoke • April 29-30
Run through historic neighborhoods and alongside the Ocracoke Harbor. Take your pick from a 5K, 10K, half marathon, or family fun run.

Learn more: (252) 207-1305 or

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