Annual Events

It's Spring, and the flowers are popping, the trees are blooming and there is plenty to celebrate in the communities of Orange County, NC. This is the time of year where we start ramping up our outdoor events. We celebrate our artists, our food and our farms. We come together to help our neighbors, to celebrate our cultural diversity, and just to celebrate the warmer weather and being outdoors. We hope you will join us!  Scroll down and plan your visit around these major events today!



March 25. Farm Fare 2018: Food & Farm Expo, 4-7 p.m., Come celebrate and experience our local farms, farm to fork restaurants, food artisans and farm related businesses at The Barn at Lloyd's Dairy, 226 North Lloyd's Dairy Road, Efland. Proceeds to benefit Orange County Schools Virtual Enterprise International programs. $35 per person until 4 p.m., March 19th, then price will be $45 per person.  Children 12 and under $10.


April is NC Beer Month.  Stay tuned for details and upcoming events.

April 8. Near & Far: A Local Celebration of Global Cultures! The event will be held on Sunday, April 8th from 2:00 - 5:00 pm on the plaza at 140 West Franklin Street.  Celebrate the global culture within Chapel Hill at this fun and funky street party! Homegrown cultural groups will offer activities for all ages. Plus, celebrate our vibrant community with heritage music, dance troupes, and spontaneous art performances that will make this afternoon unforgettable. Taste international food offerings from our Tasting Tent.

April 14.  UNC Science Expo, UNC  Campus, Cameron Ave near Old Well.  Chapel Hill,  11am - 4pm.  Explore laboratories and try your hand at various activities. The UNC Science Expo will include demonstrations, hands-on activities, lab tours, exhibits, and science talks from professors and students at UNC Chapel Hill. Bring your family, your friends, and your classmates to check out science on campus! Appropriate for all ages. The “Small Science” area provides a safe and interactive space for children ages 2 – 8 to explore, play, and build. Food Trucks. (919) 843-7959. 

April 21.  The 11th Annual Tar Heel 10 Miler and Fleet Feet 4 Mile Run. Run takes you on a beautiful tour of Chapel HillEvent starts at 7:15 AM on the UNC campus The Tar Heel 10 Miler benefits the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA’s We Build People Campaign.

April 21.  Art in the Heart of Hillsborough Arts Show.  Alexander Dickson House Lawn, Hillsborough, (919) 643-2500. This juried arts show is free and open to the public. Guests will enjoy over 40 art vendors, music, food, and drink.  10am - 4pm.  Rain date April 22. Contact Hillsborough Arts Council for details. 

April 22. Rodeo on Rosemary. 15 of the areas best food trucks coming to Rosemary Street on. Lots of family fun with games, music, mini golf and the Raleigh Rockers! Don't miss your chance for a fun family Sunday from 12 pm – 4 pm. Contact Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership for details

Rodeo on Rosemary

April 22. Arts on the Market. 2 pm – 5 pm. Arts on Market is a bi-annual celebration and shopping event featuring local and regional artists, artisans, bakers, and makers. Come to the Southern Village Green and enjoy an afternoon of art, entertainment, and shopping. Our vendors create Jewelry, Pottery, Paintings, Textiles, Accessories, Food, Home Accessories. Market Street, Chapel Hill.

April 28 (tentative). 6th Annual Color the Hill 4K Fun Run features 650 runners, 100s of spectators, 100s of volunteers,  3 local non-profits, 2 food trucks and more than 2 dozen sponsors.  Event is at 9:30 am at UNC Cross Country Course at Finley Fields, Old Mason Farm Road, Chapel Hill.  Free campus shuttle from the Dean Smith Center to the Fields.  All ages, skills, sizes and shapes are welcome. As you make your way through the course and encounter five color stations along the way: green, purple, yellow, pink, and blue, you are blitzed with non-toxic color by our volunteers. Color the Hill benefits three local non-profit organizations.  Academy of Information Technology- CHCCS, Be Loud! Sophie Foundation and SKJAJA FUND. For information call (919) 636-1553, email for details

April 28-29.  Piedmont Farm Tour.  Orange, Chatham, Person and Alamance counties; Tour various farms throughout the area from 2 pm – 6 pm, both days.  Carolina Farm Stewardship Association (919) 542-2402. Cost: $30 per car for ALL FARMS if purchased in advance, $35 per car for ALL FARMS if purchased during the tour, and $10 per car per farm the day of the tour. (All proceeds benefit CFSA)

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April 28-29. Chapel Hill Spring Garden Tour. Theme is Town & Gown Gardens ~ Synergy in Bloom. Saturday 10 am – 4 pm, Sunday, 11 am – 4 pm. Tour nine gardens – rain or shine. Tickets are on sale through April 29.  Tickets can be purchased in person from April 1, 2018 to noon on April 27, 2018 (cash/check) at these locations : NC Botanical Garden, (919) 962-0522; Southern Season,  (919) 929-7133 and Southern States Carrboro, (919) 942-3857. Advance tickets: $25 per ticket; On tour days: $35 per ticket. Youth 16 and under: FREE with ticketed adult. Presented by: The Chapel Hill Garden Club


May 5.  Annual Pops in the Park Concert, Cameron Park, downtown Hillsborough.  Sponsor:  Durham Symphony. William Henry Curry, Conductor  leads the popular Spring ‘Pops in the Park’ concert series celebrating our enduring tradition of bringing classical, Broadway, and Hollywood themed music to our communities. We share our love of music with this entertaining program of selections that represent “a bit of Americana”.  (919) 491-6576. Free. 3 pm. Free.

May 5.  17th Annual Burwell School Fundraising Party and Auction.  The Burwell School’s Spring Fling  will features food, live music and great auction items. Event is 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm.  Join auctioneers who'll lead the bidding on vacation retreats, jewelry, dinner parties, art, and some surprises. There will be many "silent auction" items sure to include a treasure you'll want to carry home with you. Ticket details to come. Call (919)732-7451 or email Burwell School, 319 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough,  

May 5,6 & 12 The 24th Annual Art in the Garden Sculpture Exhibition is a unique once yearly event and one of the finest outdoor sculpture exhibitions in the triangle region of North Carolina. The event is held at the private residence of artists Tinka Jordy and Mark Donley just six miles away from downtown Hillsborough.  Opening reception is May 5. Saturday hours 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday 12 pm – 5 pm.

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May 5-7. VIETRI's Spring Warehouse Sale is Saturday, May 5 through Monday, May 7 from 8 am - 4 pm daily.  Closeout prices on a vast selection of discontinued, slightly flawed, and unique sample products handcrafted in Italy are up to 80% off retail. There is new product daily and daily specials.  Early bird tickets are available.  Located at 343 Elizabeth Brady Road in Hillsborough, NC, the VIETRI Outlet Store can be reached by telephone at (919) 245-4181. Warehouse Sale Details


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