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Wallace: Carolina Strawberry Festival

What: Enjoy food and craft vendors, rides, performances by beach music bands, and plenty of berries at this festival.

When: May 3, 5 p.m.-11 p.m. and May 4, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.

Where: 100 NW Railroad Street, Wallace, NC 28466

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Kannapolis: Jiggy with the Piggy

What: Get down with the pig — that is, eat a whole bunch of barbecue. The weekend will include live music, an outdoor movie night, an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast, rides, and a delicious competition.

When: May 3-4

Where: 125 North Research Campus Drive, Kannapolis, NC, 28081

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Smithfield: Ham & Yam Festival

What: This festival features two quintessential Southern foods: country ham and sweet potatoes. Food vendors are required to feature one of the two on their menus, meaning that there are plenty of country ham biscuits and sweet potato funnel cakes to go around.

When: May 4

Where: 200 S. Front Street, Smithfield, NC 27577

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Wake Forest: Meet in the Street

What: Chow down on offerings from dozens of food trucks and enjoy music and fun at this festival. Oh, and keep an eye out for Our State — we’ll be there, too!

When: May 4

Where: Brooks Street, Wake Forest, NC 27587

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Raleigh: NC’s Newest Hall of Famers

What: The North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame will announce its 2019 induction class — which includes NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NCAA women’s basketball official Dee Kantner.

When: May 4

Where: Raleigh Convention Center, 500 South Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC 27601

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Hudson: NC Butterfly Festival

What: You’ll float like a butterfly at this spring festival. Run a 5K, enter your toddler into the “caterpillar crawl,” browse for items from arts and crafts vendors, listen to live music, and sip a frosty beverage in the beer garden.

When: May 3-4

Where: 550 Central Street, Hudson, NC 28638

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


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