Annual Events

There is always something fun going on in Orange County. Plan your visit around these major events happening this summer!


Annual Fishing Rodeo

June 3.  Youth Fishing Rodeo (ages 3-15), Strayhorns Pond, Chapel Hill; Sponsored by the area’s Parks & Recreation Departments and the Orange County 4-H; (919) 245-2660.  9am – 12:30 pm.


4 july Fireworks

July 2nd Picnic in the Park in Downtown Hillsborough  (11 am – 3 pm). Celebrate the birth of our nation (event takes place on July 2) with a community picnic and live music from Music Makers Relief Foundation at this year’s annual Picnic in the Park event at the Eno River Farmers’ Market Pavilion in downtown Hillsborough. Food Trucks, Yard Games and Crafts, Live Music, Community Reading of Declaration of Independence, Nonprofit booths. 11 am – The Glorifying Vines Sisters, Noon – Harvey Dalton Arnold, 1 pm Thomas Rhyant’s Sam Cooke Revue and 2 pm Cool John Ferguson. This is a FREE event and is open to the public! The Farmers’ Market Pavilion at 144 E. Margaret Ln.  For more information, contact the Alliance for Historic Hillsborough at (919) 732-7741 or visit

Carrboro July 4th Celebration, Weaver Street Lawn (9:30 am – 11 am) and Carrboro Town Commons (10:30am – 3 pm); Carrboro Recreation & Parks Department, (919) 918-7364. People’s Parade at 10:50 am.

July 4th Efland Parade Lineup at 9:00 starts at 10:00.   Starts at Lloyds Carwash and ends at Ruritan club.

July 4th Caldwell Parade. 11 am. At about 10 a.m. we join the town marchers at the Caldwell Fire House.  The parade starts moving at 10:50 with veterans leading the parade.  We will stop at the NC 57 and Guess Rd. intersection to wait for the 11 a.m. official start.

Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration. On the lawns at the Horace Williams House, 610 E Rosemary St, Chapel Hill enjoy FREE ice cream, lemonade, flags and music. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets, family and friends. Check for times and detail information.

July 4th Fireworks.  Entertainment and fireworks in Kenan Stadium on the UNC Campus, Chapel Hill; Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Department (919) 968-2784. 7 p.m.


Paperhand Puppet Event

August 4-September 4  18th Annual Forest Theater Giant Puppet Pageant. Paperhand Puppet Intervention Shows Fri-Sun and Labor Day, Forest Theatre on the UNC Campus, (919) 923-1857. 

August 12. BikeFest 2017: The 21st Annual Rural Heritage Tour. The Tour with 850 riders begins at the Superior Courthouse in downtown Hillsborough, and offers a choice of several rides in rural Orange County: a 35-mile half metric, a 62-mile metric century, and a 100-mile English century. Rides split into age 17 and under and 18 and older). Also enjoy a 7-mile Family-oriented Historic District Fun Ride. Check-in opens at 6:30am and first ride at 7:30 am. Sponsor: Carolina Tarwheels Bicycle Club. (919) 383-9722. 

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