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Durham: Donate to Durham

What: Following the massive explosion in downtown Durham last week, which destroyed coffee shop Kaffeinate and killed owner Kong Lee, the community is coming together to help. In addition to a fund-raiser for the Lee family, consider supporting the workers who are suddenly without income.

To Donate: Visit gofundme.com/lee-family-support or gofundme.com/durham-restaurant-workers-fund.


Raleigh: French Market and Seafood Festival

What: Eat tasty Cajun seafood like crawfish and shrimp, listen to jazz music, and watch artists in action at this New Orleans-inspired festival.

When: April 20, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

Where: Lafayette Village, 8450 Honeycutt Road, Raleigh, NC 27615

For more information, visit lafayettevillageraleigh.com/seafoodfestival.


Marion: Sweet Treats of the Carolinas

What: Find dozens of cupcakes, doughnuts, cookies, and other pastries at this festival. Kids can play games to work off their sugar rush while adults listen to live music and browse 150 other vendor booths.

When: April 20, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Where: Main Street, Marion, North Carolina 28752

For more information, visit facebook.com/events/sweet-treats-of-the-carolinas-festival.


Jamesville: NC Herring Festival

What: Celebrate the arrival of spring and the tradition of herring fishing. For the festival’s 70th year, march in a parade, listen to live music, eat delicious food, and watch fireworks.

When: April 19-20

Where: Downtown Jamesville, NC

For more information, visit ncherringfestival.net.


Asheville: Easter at the Biltmore

What: Kids can hunt for colorful eggs, enjoy a magic show, and meet the Easter Bunny on the enormous front lawn of the Biltmore Estate.

When: April 21, 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Where: One Lodge Street, Asheville, NC 28803

For more information, visit biltmore.com/events/easter-egg-hunt.


Southport: Southport Spring Festival

What: Before indulging in festival food, shop for plants, and listening to live music, take part in an early morning 5K. Or, you know, just eat the food. That works, too.

When: April 19-20

Where: Franklin Square Park, 130 East West Street, Southport, NC 28461

For more information, visit downtownsouthport.com/springfestival.


For our full list of April events, check out our Carolina Calendar.

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