Weekend: Train Day, Live Music & Strawberries


Cary, NC — The calendar is stuffed this weekend with Mother’s Day events, outdoor music, arts and crafts fairs, Frankie Yankovic Day, farmers markets and Cary’s annual Train Day.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Heart of Cary Association will meet Thursday morning (7:30 am) at the Matthews House in Downtown Cary. Join the organization to talk about past, present and future efforts to preserve, enhance and promote Downtown Cary.

Later on, Downtown Cary’s first Live at Lunch concert will take place from 11:30 am-1:30 pm in front of Fidelity Bank on W. Chatham Street. Pack your lunch (or buy one to-go) and relax at outdoor tables while you listen to a free show. This event will repeat every Thursday in May.

After work, kids and adults can enjoy live music, food and festivities (like face-painting and balloon art) at Park West Village in front of the movie theater. This is the kick-off of their free LIVE in the District Music series, which continues every Thursday until June 18, 2015.

Thursday evening, at 7 pm, The Cary Theater will screen a special documentary to honor Dr. Wang, a former member of Cary’s Polka Plus Band in recognition of Cary’s Frankie Yankovic Day (which takes place the following evening).

More Thursday details on the calendar.

Friday, May 8, 2015

Go strawberry picking this weekend! We just published a guide to strawberry picking in Cary, and some strawberry picking tips, this morning.

Join Rally Point Sport Grill in Cary on Friday evening for a Rock Your World free benefit concert to help two great causes. Festivities start at 5 pm and continue until 11 pm. Food, drinks, music and a huge silent auction are all part of the fun.

Celebrate Frankie Yankovic Day with a free outdoor Polka Plus concert in the Page-Walker gardens. A dance lesson begins at 7 pm; the show starts at 7:30. The streets in Downtown Cary will also be closed off for celebration, food and drink and merchants open late.

More Friday details on the calendar.

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Have you visited Cary’s many farmers markets yet? You have your choice of four on Saturday morning! The UNC Wellness Market, the Western Wake Farmers Market, the Downtown Cary Farmers Market and the Waverly Farmers Market are all great options for locally-sourced and made produce, crafts, baked goods and more.

Cary’s Train Day takes place on Saturday at the Downtown Cary Depot from 10 am-2 pm. Guests can greet the morning train with the Cary Town Band and enjoy crafts and food vendors.

It’s a big weekend for Rally Point–in addition to Friday’s benefit concert, they’ll host a Hunt for Hope scavenger hunt from 10:30 am-3 pm. Funds from the admission price ($25 for adults; kids are free) go to the research of breast cancer. There will be light lunch and an 80’s band.

If you’d like to see a concert on Saturday night, Cary has no shortage of them. Choose from The Malpass Brothers at the Cary Arts Center, an Opera in the Pines performance at Koka Booth Amphitheatre or Scott Ainslie and Walter Parks at The Cary Theater.

More Saturday details on the calendar.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother’s Day! Be sure to check our 2015 Mother’s Day Guide to find a list of celebrations and ideas of things to do in Cary.

Then, after brunch, from noon-4 pm, check out Downtown Cary’s Food & Flea for crafts, live music, food trucks, kids activities and more.

More Sunday details on the calendar.

Across the Triangle

Tickets are only $22 to see comedian Jim Breuer, one of Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time). The family-friendly show will take place on Friday, May 8, 2015 at the Carolina Theatre in Durham at 8 pm.

On Saturday, May 9, 2015, from 11 am-3 pm, Marbles Kids Museum will host a free bike rodeo; the Oaks and Spokes Festival. Kids can make their own bike swag and activate their bike safety smarts and should bring your own bike, trike, helmet and gear.

Did you miss Cary’s Herbfest last weekend? If so, check out the Mother’s Day Weekend Garden Art Show & Plant Swap in Chapel Hill on Saturday, May 9, 2015 and Sunday, May 10, 2015 from 11 am-5 pm. Free to the public and held at the Luna Lee Ray studio and gardens, this annual art show features a group of locally and nationally recognized artists offering art, garden art, metal, wood, ceramics, porcelain, paintings and jewelry.


The calendar of events is edited by Lindsey Chester. Photo by Massachusetts Office of Travel.


Event coverage on CaryCitizen is sponsored in part by the NC Symphony Summerfest Season at Koka Booth Amphitheatre.