Weekend: Music, Mushrooms & Food Trucks


Cary, NC — Spring weather is officially here, and the calendar is stuffed with events this weekend to celebrate. Check out a sculpture tour, a wine festival, a children’s festival, a mushroom-growing class, a Civil War commemoration event and more–all right here in Cary.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cary Chamber members (and non-members too) can attend the Business of Women Luncheon at Prestonwood Country Club on Thursday at noon. The entrance fee of $15-20 includes lunch and a motivational speaker.

Participate in Cary Visual Art’s Walking Sculpture Tour on Thursday from 4-5 pm. Wear comfy shoes and meet at the Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Avenue, by 4 pm for the start of the tour.

More Thursday details on the calendar.

Friday, April 17, 2015

This year, Cary High School students will host a fun Improv Night monthly until May. The show starts at 7 pm on Friday evening at Cary High School; admission is only $2.

Friday night is a “night of music” in Cary. The Cary Children’s Concert Choir (C4) will perform at 7 pm at the Cary Arts Center. Meanwhile, at 8 pm at The Cary Theater, Six Strings Presents will showcase the music of Dana Cooper and Pierce Pettis.

Then, join BlackFinn Ameripub (in Park West Village) at 9 pm to hear the talented Erin Mason, a young soulful-country singer and songwriter, perform. There is no cover for this show.

More Friday details on the calendar.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Could you (or someone you know) use some help affording dental care? On Saturday, from 7 am-5 pm, Cary Family Dental on Kildaire Farm Road will provide free cleanings, extractions and fillings to patients on a first-come, first-served basis. Get there early; lines form quickly.

Don’t miss a free outdoor yoga class, complete with string quartet music, at Bond Park’s Community Center at 9 am on Saturday. Bring a towel or yoga mat and water.

This week at the Cary Downtown Farmers Market, enjoy live entertainment from the Triangle Mountain Dulcimer Association. Vendors start selling on Saturday at 8 am.

The Town of Morrisville will host a 150th Civil War Commemoration Event at the Town Hall Campus on Saturday from 9 am-5 pm. Guests can enjoy costumed demonstrations, crafts, music and presentations to celebrate Morrisville’s history.

The Great Grapes! Wine, Art & Food Festival will take place at Koka Booth Amphitheatre from 11 am-7 pm on Saturday. There will be lots of NC wines, crafts, music and eats.

For younger patrons who can’t have wine, there’s the annual Children’s Day Festival, which will take place from 11 am-5 pm at Bond Park on Saturday. This event is free, and there will be dance and musical performances, games, face painting and crafts.

Wake Robotics is hosting a JrExpo (for ages 6-12) on Saturday at the Herb Young Community Center from 4:005:30. It is free and open to the public.

Don’t forget about sports in Cary…the Cary Invasion basketball team will play at the Herb Young Community Center at 7 pm and the Carolina Railhawks will play at WakeMed Soccer Park at 7:30 pm.

More Saturday details on the calendar.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

The first Chatham Street Chowdown of the year is here. Visit W. Chatham Street in Downtown Cary between noon and 4:30 pm on Sunday for a food truck rodeo with 15 different vendors, wine and beer. Then, walk it off with a Greenway Walk at the Mills Park Track from 2-3 pm.

Here’s another neat event–Whisk, our favorite Cary cooking store, is holding a free Talking Mushrooms! event at Lucky 32 in Cary. From 2:30 pm-4 pm, mushroom pros Terry and Brenda Winebrenner will teach guests how to grow their own mushrooms.

More Sunday details on the calendar.

Across the Triangle

The Durham Bulls baseball team will take on Norfolk at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park in Durham on Friday, April 17, 2015 at 7:05 pm. Tickets start at $6.99.

And, while you’re in Durham, be sure to stop by the Art Institute to see the Art Educators Exhibit (featuring Green Hope’s very own art teacher), which will be taken down on Monday, April 20.

Enjoy a jam-packed day of great barbecue, local beer and bluegrass music at the annual ‘Cuegrass Festival in Downtown Raleigh on Saturday, April 18, 2015 from noon-6 pm. The streets around The Pit restaurant will be closed down to make room for bands, pig cookers and lots of local brews. Tickets are $5 at the gate.

Here’s another great event in Raleigh on Saturday–the 2015 City Livabilty Tour, a unique, curated tour of the sites that make Raleigh sustainable and dynamic conducted by WakeUP Wake County from 2 pm to 5 pm. The tour starts at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM).

Also on Saturday, in Apex, don’t miss a live jazz show featuring six different artists at the Halle Cultural Arts Center. Tickets are only $15 for adults and $12 for students under 18.


The calendar of events is edited by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Rogan Templer.