Annual Events

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


March 11.  North Carolina High School Basketball Championships, Dean Smith Center and Carmichael Arena,  Chapel Hill; North Carolina High School Athletic Association (919) 240-7401. NCHSAA  1A and 3A state championship basketball games (both men and women).  $10, $9 in advance


April is NC Beer Month.  Take a look at this event sampler.

Mystery Flight

April 8.  UNC’s Spring Football Game.  3 pm . Admission is free and several events are planned for fans of all ages. A Carolina Football Spring Game Fan Fest will be held in the Blue Zone parking lot prior to the game opening at 1:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. Fan Fest will include food trucks, interactive games for the kids, Chapel Hill Sportswear with all the latest Carolina gear, music and the chance for kids to run onto the field prior to the Spring Game! Visit Go Heels 

April 9. Bazaar Craft & Art Market features local food trucks, craft beer, cider, coffee & tea, over 30 local craft makers, plus music and hula hooping. Noon - 5pm at Carrboro Commons, 301 W. Main Street in Carrboro.

April 22. Tar Heel 10 Miler presented by CEP & Fleet Feet Sports 4 Mile Run.  Event starts at 7:15 AM on the UNC campus Proceeds benefit Lineberger Cancer Center and the Chapel Hill Carrboro YMCA. 

Tar Heel 10-Miler

April 22  Hillsborough Downtown Arts and Crafts Show, Alexander Dickson House Lawn, Hillsborough, (919) 643-2500. Also enjoy food, beer, wine, ice cream and music during the day. 10am - 4pm.  Rain date April 23.

April 22.  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) 962-3274. 

April 22-23 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)

Maple View Dairy Farm

April 29.  5th 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

April 29.  All that Jazz -14th Annual Burwell School Fundraising Party and Auction.  Tickets are on sale now for the Burwell School celebrating great American music and food, including delicious New Orleans cuisine from LaPlace Restaurant in Hillsborough and music from three jazz ensembles -- including The Jazztones.  Event is 5 pm – 9 pm.  Join auctioneers, Jeff Gravley (WRAL anchor-reporter) and John Egger, who'll lead the bidding on vacation retreats, jewelry, dinner parties, art, and some surprises. You are welcome to come dressed for the Jazz Age!  Individual tickets are $40. Call (919)732-7451 or email 319 N. Churton Street, Hillsborough.


May 6-8. VIETRI's Spring Warehouse Sale is Saturday, May 6 through Monday, May 8 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.

May 7.  Gala Brunch at Moorefields Noon – 3 pm.  New Orleans style brunch provided by LaPlace Louisiana Cookery, Bloody Mary and Mimosa Bar, Live music by JazzTones.  House Tours & Grounds Tours, Door Prizes and Classic Lawn Games. $60 per person. Moorefields Estate, 2201 Moorefields Road, Hillsborough, Call (919) 732-4941 for tickets.

Music on the Porch at Moorefields

May 14.  UNC Spring Commencement, Chapel Hill. UNC Office of Special Projects, (919) 962-0045.

May 20-21.  Hillsborough 2017 Spring Garden Tour, Hillsborough. Alliance for Historic Hillsborough, and the Hillsborough Garden Club.  Semi-annual event rain or shine features some of Hillsborough’s most inspirational gardens, plus many displays of art and informative sessions.  Tour theme is Town and Country held on Saturday, May 20, from 10 am – 4 pm and on Sunday, May 21, from Noon – 5 pm. Tickets $20 until May 1; $25 after May 1 available beginning January 1 at  and after April 1 at the Hillsborough Visitors Center, located at 150 E. King Street, Hillsborough, NC  27278. Take I-40, exit 261 or I-85, exit 164 and follow the visitor information signs.  Call (919) 732-7741. For more information please visit Hillsborough NC or Hillsborough Garden Club NC.

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