may 2016 calendar
photograph by Adam Bain


“Scenic Perspectives” • Lenoir • May 1-June 30
Award-winning photographer Daniel Amick of Winston-Salem will display his landscape photos at Caldwell Memorial Hospital’s Art in Healing Gallery.

Learn more: (828) 754-2486 or

CaroMont Health Criterium • Belmont • May 1
Every year, Belmont’s downtown transforms into a bicycle lover’s paradise. A day of fast-paced bicycle racing ensues, featuring events for both amateurs and professionals. There’s even a kids’ ride on the closed course.

Learn more: (704) 901-2065 or

Cedar Mountain Arts Tour • Brevard • May 5, 12, 19, 26
Watch Cedar Mountain Artisans’ metalworking or pottery demonstrations, tour the Blue Moon Gallery, and have a pint at The Canteen pub.

Learn more: (828) 884-3443 or

Downtown Asheville Art District First Friday Gallery Walk • Asheville • May 6
More than 23 art galleries make up the Downtown Asheville Art District. The walking tour winds through studios and galleries featuring Asheville-made paintings, metalwork, jewelry, photography, and more.

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Art in the Park • Blowing Rock • May 7
Ninety local and regional artists and craftspeople showcase their jewelry, pottery, fiber art, glass, photography, paintings, and more.

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Naturalist Niche: Treemendous • Chimney Rock • May 7
North Carolina is home to spectacular old-growth forests. Explore Chimney Rock State Park’s centuries-old canopies that are otherwise inaccessible to the public.

Learn more: (800) 277-9611 or

Whole Bloomin’ Thing Spring Festival • Waynesville • May 7
This annual festival, held in the Historic Frog Level section of Waynesville, celebrates the start of the growing season with beautiful floral displays, berry bushes, and potted ornamental plants.

Learn more: (828) 734-7723 or

DuPont State Recreational Forest Tour de Falls • Hendersonville • May 7-8
Take a guided bus tour through DuPont State Recreational Forest, stopping to see spectacular waterfalls and wildlife that are usually off-limits to the public.

Learn more: (828) 877-6527 or

10 Sacred Threads Traveling Art Quilt Exhibition • Hayesville • May 10-22
Quilters from all over the United States and Canada look to inspire healing and strength through the more than 40 artistic quilts that will be on display.

Learn more: (678) 549-3900 or

LEAF Festival • Black Mountain • May 12-15
Six stages, eight family adventure villages, lake activities, and healing arts workshops combine music with other forms of expression for a family-friendly festival on Lake Eden, site of the old Historic Black Mountain College.

Learn more: (828) 686-8742 or

Springtime in the Carolinas Quilt Show • Spindale • May 12-14
Quilters from the Rutherford Quilt Guild display traditional and modern works, including an exhibit from a recent challenge: “Log Cabin Quilts.” Proceeds support the guild’s nonprofit charity efforts.

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Naturalist Weekend • Linville • May 13-15
For one weekend, park admission to Grandfather Mountain will also include nature programs like bird counts, wildflower walks, wildlife workshops, and guided hikes.

Learn more: (828) 733-4326 or

Elkin Roots Music Fest • Elkin • May 14
This event, sponsored by the Elkin Valley Fiddlers, brings together old-time, bluegrass, gospel, blues, and folk music on one stage in a celebration of North Carolina’s roots. Performers include the Jeff Little Trio, Presley Barker, and more.

Learn more: (336) 835-2025 or

Ashe Community Singers Concert • West Jefferson • May 14
Visit the Ashe Civic Center for a free community chorus concert featuring classical, contemporary, and popular music.

Learn more: (336) 846-2787 or

Empty Bowls Fundraiser • Sparta • May 16
This annual fundraiser supports a hunger-free community by donating its proceeds to the Solid Rock Food Closet. A $30 donation will get you a handmade bowl from a local potter and a meal to put in it.

Learn more: (336) 372-5473 or

Black Mountain Garden Show and Sale • Black Mountain • May 21
Get your plant fix at this garden show and sale, held on the historic property of the Monte Vista Hotel. Free gardening workshops and food are also available at the hotel.

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Yadkin Valley Wine Festival • Elkin • May 21
This festival features Yadkin Valley’s best wines, music, food, and crafts in a family-friendly setting. Music by Taylor Vaden, a tribute to Elvis, will cap off a day of exploring and tasting what Yadkin Valley has to offer.

Learn more: (336) 526-1111 or

Carolina Donut Festival • Marion • May 21
There’s a first time for everything, including the Carolina Donut Festival, sponsored by Mr. Bob’s Donuts. The first run of this festival features a DJ, inflatables, doughnut-eating contests, and doughnut-themed games like bobbing for doughnuts and a doughnut toss.

Learn more: (828) 659-7132 or

Gazers of the Galaxies • Brevard • May 21
The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute is partnering with the Pisgah Field School to bring a one-of-a-kind stargazing experience to the Cradle of Forestry Historic Site. Come discover what makes the universe so beautiful.

Learn more: (828) 884-3443 or

Writers on the Rock • Chimney Rock • May 22
Experience the beauty of steep hills and jaw-dropping views while learning about the images that inspired authors Marci Spencer, Tim Barnwell, Timothy Spira, and more. Select works by these authors will be on sale at the event.

Learn more: (800) 277-9611 or

Falconry: The Sport of Kings • Brevard • May 26
Learn about the history of the sport of falconry and other birds of prey before getting up close and personal with some fine-feathered hunters.

Learn more: (828) 884-3443 or

Memorial Day Trout Tournament • Cherokee • May 27-29
Spend the weekend fishing for tagged rainbow, brook, golden, and brown trout in Cherokee’s freestone streams, stocked for the occasion. Redeem the colored tags for cash prizes ranging from $20-$500.

Learn more: (800) 438-1601 or

Memorial Day Weekend Family Fun • Chimney Rock • May 28-30
Meet some of Grady the Groundhog’s woodland friends — maybe a red-tailed hawk or a great horned owl — during a climb on the state park’s climbing tower.

Learn more: (800) 277-9611 or


Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour • Chapel Hill • April 30-May 1
Presented by the Chapel Hill Garden Club, this tour explores seven private gardens that have evolved over the past century. Plein air artists, musicians, and vendors will be in several of the gardens.

Learn more: (919) 962-0522 or

Tour de Food • Charlotte • May 1, 7, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, 29
Explore Uptown and NoDa with a tour of farm-to-table restaurants, wine, pastries, and more. Meet the chefs and artisans who create this delicious food, and learn about the city’s history and architecture.

Learn more: (336) 406-6294 or

Made 4 the Market • Greensboro • May 1
View and purchase jewelry, pottery, fiber art, woodwork, and artisanal food from more than 90 North Carolina art vendors at the Greensboro Farmers Curb Market.

Learn more: (336) 373-2402 or

Wells Fargo Championship • Charlotte • May 2-8
Watch top professional golfers from around the world compete at the Quail Hollow Club, or simply enjoy the club and the gorgeous homes that surround the course.

Learn more: (800) 945-0777 or

42nd Street • Durham • May 3-8
Head to the Durham Performing Arts Center to see this Broadway musical-comedy classic about a starry-eyed dancer who moves to New York City in the 1930s and catches her big break.

(919) 680-2787 or

Jiggy With the Piggy • Kannapolis • May 3, 6-7
More than 40 barbecue enthusiasts from across the country compete to cook the best barbecue. The festival also features artisans, concerts, a movie, and a Piggy 5K, held on May 3.

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Live at Lunch Concert Series • Cary • May 5, 12, 19, 26
Pack a lunch or stop by one of the many restaurants in downtown Cary, and enjoy live, local music in the summer sun. This series takes place every Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the Ivey-Ellington House lawn.

Learn more: (919) 462-3864 or

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver’s Bluegrass Festival • Denton • May 5-7
Traditional bluegrass music, hosted by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, along with The Boxcars, Lonesome River Band, and more, takes the stage at Denton FarmPark.

Learn more: (336) 859-2755 or

Spring Folly • Kernersville • May 6-8
This annual festival is a family-friendly event with bluegrass and Top 40 performances on two stages, rides, and a petting zoo. Area organizations like gymnastics, dance, aerobics, and karate studios will also perform.

Learn more: (336) 993-4521 or

Ham & Yam Festival • Smithfield • May 7
To celebrate Smithfield’s sweet and salty heritage, downtown will be filled with craft and food vendors, local bands and dance groups, a barbecue cook-off, a 5K run, and more.

Learn more: (919) 934-0887 or

Cameron Spring Antiques Fair • Cameron • May 7
With more than 300 dealers displaying antiques and collectibles in the village shops along Carthage Street in the historic district of Cameron, you can surely find what you’re looking for.

Learn more: (910) 245-3055,

Carthage Buggy Festival • Carthage • May 7
Commemorating the famous Tyson & Jones Buggy Company that produced carriages from the mid-1800s to the 1920s, this annual festival pairs classic buggy cars with live bands and clogging. Mr. and Ms. Buggy Festival, nominated by children at Carthage Elementary School, will be crowned Saturday.

Learn more: (910) 947-2331 or

Celebrate the Old North State! • High Point • May 9-15
Take a journey through North Carolina history and culture via historic architecture, art, and garden tours; concerts; and food in High Point.

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Adult Workshop at GreenHill: The Art of Papermaking • Greensboro • May 12
Join artist Gibby Waitzkin in a workshop on the process of papermaking. In three hours, participants will learn screen pouring, composition and layout, and embedding botanicals. Cost is $35 per person.

Learn more: (336) 333-7460,

Lone Star and Laundry and Bourbon • Wadesboro • May 13-22
Featuring two comedic one-act plays written by James McClure, this show, performed at the historic Ansonia Theatre, transports you back to 1972, when a former high school hero returns from the Vietnam War to find that all he has left are memories of his glory days, and his 1959 pink Thunderbird.

(704) 694-4950 or

Front Porch Art Walk and Sale • Raleigh • May 14
Homeowners and local art venues in the historic Oakwood/Mordecai neighborhood host more than 45 local artists on their historic front porches. See ceramics, photography, glass, jewelry, paintings, fiber art, sculptures, and more. Rain date is May 15.

Learn more: (206) 409-4005.

Bethabara Highland Games • Winston-Salem • May 14
Connect with North Carolina’s rich Scots-Irish heritage at the annual Bethabara Highland Games. Relax with your family and enjoy musical entertainment and friendly competition.

Learn more: (336) 924-8191 or

Heroes Helping Heroes Pedal & Jam • King • May 14
Bike to benefit the Seeds of Hope summer camp and mentor programs, which support orphans and vulnerable children. After the ride, kick back and enjoy live local music.

(336) 972-5266 or

Triad Dog Games • Winston-Salem • May 14-15
Bring your family (human and canine) to participate or watch as local dogs compete in various events, including dock jumping, flyball, and the Skyhoundz Disc-Dogathon.

Learn more: (336) 306-6861 or

Antique Motorcycle Club of America Southern National Meet • Denton • May 20-21
Antique bikes, parts, and more will be on display. Great food and a variety of games will top off the event.

Learn more: (417) 838-4777 or

Got to Be NC Festival • Raleigh • May 20-22
This annual festival showcases homegrown culinary creations, NC cattle and farm animals, lumberjack competitions, auto and truck shows, and barbecue.

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Beer, Wine, Shine, & Dine Tour • Johnson County • May 21
Wine, dine, and sip North Carolina moonshine in one of the state’s fastest-growing beverage scenes. Two wineries, two breweries, and one moonshine distillery are on the trail. Participants will visit one of each on the tour.

Learn more: (919) 585-4498 or

Memorial Day Observance • Cary • May 31
This observance honors service members who have died serving their country. The ceremony takes place at Veterans Freedom Park.

Learn more: (919) 462-3864 or


Mother’s Day Workshop: Jewelry • Greenville • May 1
Parents and children work together to create pendants or earrings in this two-hour jewelry-making workshop. Keep your creations or give them as a gift to Mom on Mother’s Day.

Learn more: (252) 551-6947 or

NC Symphony: Beethoven’s Violin Concerto • Wilmington • May 1
Hear the brilliance of Beethoven at the Humanities & Fine Arts Center in historic downtown Wilmington.

Learn more: (910) 362-7999,

Wilmington Wine & Food Festival • Wilmington • May 5-8
Top area chefs and notable winemakers from around the world celebrate great wine and food while raising money for local charities. Experience Wilmington’s local flavors, and learn about North Carolina’s wines and cuisine.

Learn more: (910) 385-9463 or

The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts Presents Jason Coleman • Rocky Mount • May 6
Jason Coleman channels the “piano magic” of his grandfather, the esteemed Floyd Cramer, who performed with Elvis Presley, Patsy Cline, and other country music stars. Witness Cramer’s “slip note” piano style, evident today in Coleman’s work.

Learn more: (252) 985-5197 or

Hatteras Storytelling Festival • Hatteras • May 6-7
Enjoy a weekend full of “yarn tellin’ and foot stompin’ ” at this festival, which celebrates storytelling and music. Donald Davis is the featured storyteller this year.

Learn more: (252) 986-2109 or

BBQ Festival on the Neuse • Kinston • May 6-7
This event features cook-offs, vendors, a classic car show, amusement rides, beer, wine, and entertainment, all to honor the great North Carolina barbecue tradition.

Learn more: (252) 560-2693 or

Annual Enfield Fishing Creek Paddle • Enfield • May 7
What better way to enjoy Enfield’s historic homes and vast farmland than in a kayak floating leisurely down Fishing Creek? Lunch and T-shirts at Jennie’s Beans & Buns Coffee Lounge in downtown Enfield cap off a few hours of relaxation on the water.

Learn more: (252) 445-2234 or

Wooden Boat Show • Beaufort • May 7
Satisfy your curiosity about North Carolina’s history of nautical travel. The North Carolina Maritime Museum’s annual boat show features a variety of wooden boats, historic vessels, nautical artwork, and skill demonstrations and displays from another time.

Learn more: (252) 728-7317 or

Jacksonville Jamboree • Jacksonville • May 7
Food, marketplace vendors, live music, an annual talent competition, and a children’s play area help make this spring festival fun for the whole family.

Learn more: (910) 938-5312 or

Run With George 10-Miler and 5K • New Bern • May 7
Part of a weekend-long festival celebrating the 225th anniversary of President George Washington’s visit to New Bern in his 1791 “Southern Tour,” a 10-mile race and a 5K take participants through historic downtown New Bern and the waterfront.

Learn more: (252) 617-0798 or

Kenly 95 East Coast Truckers Jamboree and Truck Show • Kenly • May 12-14
Carolina sunshine, 200 “tricked-out” trucks, live music, and great food — that’s the Kenly 95 East Coast Jamboree and Truck Show.

Learn more: (919) 284-5121 or

44th Annual Hang Gliding Spectacular • Nags Head • May 13-16
In a celebration of flight that would make Orville and Wilbur proud, more than 60 participants convene at the longest-running hang-gliding competition in the world. From May 13-16, head to the dunes of Jockey’s Ridge State Park to watch pilots compete in several events that test their skills in the sky, such as duration and spot landing.

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Arboretum Plant Sale • Greenville • May 14
Master gardeners will be available to answer questions as you stroll through the arboretum or purchase plants. Or, bring your own plants and garden items to participate in the free plant swap.

Learn more: (252) 902-1709.

Coastal Gardening Festival • Kill Devil Hills • May 14
Learn the ABCs of gardening from more than 50 vendors offering a variety of price-friendly plants, garden art, and handcrafted goods.

Learn more: (252) 473-4290 or

“Wade in the Water: A Tribute to Wilmington” • Wilmington • May 15
The Wilmington Choral Society celebrates its 65th anniversary with a tribute to its coastal home. The concert explores the close connection between the Wilmington Choral Society and Wilmington’s rich coastal history.

Learn more: (910) 362-7999 or

North Carolina Potato Festival • Elizabeth City • May 20-22
At this weekend-long festival, there will be live music on two stages and a street fair with arts, crafts, food, games, rides, and fireworks — all to celebrate the great North Carolina spud. Get your starch fix at northeastern North Carolina’s largest family festival.

Learn more: (252) 338-4104 or

“Kings of Q” BBQ Cook-off and Festival • Ayden • May 20-21
Enjoy live music, rides, crafts, vendors, a car cruise, and, of course, North Carolina barbecue at the two-day inaugural Kings of Q festival in downtown Ayden.

Learn more: (252) 367-7749 or

Carolina Beach Street Arts Festival • Carolina Beach • May 21
More than 100 visual, culinary, and performing artists display their work along Cape Fear Boulevard at this all-day street festival, which promotes the arts through demonstrations and hands-on programs.

Learn more: (610) 909-7643 or

Roanoke Canal Half Marathon & 8K • Roanoke Rapids • May 21
Run along the historic paths of the Roanoke Canal Trail, enjoying scenic views of Roanoke Rapids Lake, the historic bulkhead, the aqueduct, and the Roanoke River.

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Historic Wilmington Foundation’s Shrimparoo Friend-raiser • Wilmington • May 26
Join the Historic Wilmington Foundation at Elijah’s Restaurant for fresh shrimp, cold local beer, and live music by Stray Local on the deck. HWF members who bring a new member get in free.

Learn more: (910) 762-2511 or

Aurora Fossil Festival • Aurora • May 27-29
Thousands of fossils have been discovered in this small town, including megalodon teeth and part of a whale skeleton. Events at the festival include displays, lectures, educational activities, and a live fossil auction to benefit the museum.

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BathFest and the First Port Celebration • Bath • May 28
Head to Bath Creek for an outdoor festival in the “First Town, First Port” of North Carolina, which turns 311 years old this year. Check out art and craft vendors, performances, free house tours, and other activities that celebrate the town’s heritage.

Learn more: (252) 923-3971 or

Orange Street ArtsFest • Wilmington • May 28-29
More than 80 artists make this event in historic downtown Wilmington the largest springtime arts festival in the Port City. In addition to vendors and artist exhibits, there will be live entertainment and $550 in prize money.

Learn more: (910) 341-7860 or

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