Celebrate the 25th year of Cary’s Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday, April 28th, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High Horse Road, Cary.
This free festival features over 170 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, delicious festival food, and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration.
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There will be free shuttles from Cary’s Town Hall Campus (316 N. Academy St.) and Green Hope High School (2500 Carpenter Upchurch Rd.). Shuttles run from 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. to Bond Park.
Here are some of the highlights:
See a list of all the 2018 Spring Daze artists, organized by media.
- Folk Art
- Mixed Media
Children’s Village Activities
- Become part of the performing arts by joining the Atlas International School to make maracas out of toilet paper rolls and beans
- SCOTS will get you moving with a children’s castle and mini-golf strip
- Test your fine art skills with Kids Together as you make paper tree collages
- The Girl Scouts of the North Carolina Coastal Pines Council will be assisting in making a classic Girl Scout craft
- Get your face painted with Paint Savvy (fees apply)
- Get to know your community Chick-fil-A as they lead you through a kid-friendly activity
Big BirdsEnvironmental artist Bryant Holsenbeck has been working with students at two West Cary Schools, Mills Park Middle School and Green Hope High School, to complete an environmental artist residency project entitled Big Birds. Holsenbeck has guided students in a process to create four large birds from primarily recycled materials while engaging students in lessons about the environment, the social practice of artists working in communities, Earth Day, and Cary conservation practices. The birds will be completed at the festival with assistance from guests.
Project Linus LogoThe Project Linus Chapter of Wake County, NC was started in 1996 by Susie Holmes. Over 36,000 blankets have been delivered to many local groups and agencies that help seriously ill or traumatized children who need a hug from a blanket. Guests of the festival will have the opportunity to decorate a quilt square with springtime drawings or messages of inspiration. The decorated quilt squares will then be assembled onsite by Project Linus and festival volunteers. At the conclusion of the festival, all of the quilts made will be donated to Project Linus to be distributed to local organizations in need.
Shrub ArtFloraFFiti is a public art place making project that has been developed by Cary Visual Art and Cary High School students working with artist Carter Hubbard. During the past few months, Carter has been working with students to develop this project for mulched areas in the vicinity of the Bond Park Boathouse. This spring, words will emerge from seeds that the students planted in March and students will perform text during intervals at the Festival. Listen for announcements from the Boathouse stage for performance times.
Fit CaryFit Cary
April is Fit Cary Month. The Town challenges you to Get Fit, Be Fit, and Stay Fit – and we’re glad to help you along the way!
WakeMed Wellness Challenge
WakeMedDo you know what it takes to live a fit and healthy lifestyle? Your passport to wellness awaits you at Spring Daze. Travel the festival with your very own WakeMed Wellness Entry Bib – available at the Spring Daze festival entrances or at any Wellness Station. Each station includes fun activities suitable for all ages. After successfully completing each activity, tear off a number from your Entry Bib to be entered for grand prizes Enter at all 5 stops to increase your chances to win a grand prize. Grand prize winners will be drawn at the end of the day.
Cary It GreenCelebrate Earth Day the Cary way! Join us for free trees, a compost bin giveaway, recycling tips, garden ideas, greenway maps and much more. So take a stroll down Earth Day Lane and enjoy family-friendly booths, Q&A with experts, and exciting giveaways all about living green in Cary.
Kids Doing Mini GolfThe SportsZone at Spring Daze is a dedicated space where kids and families can kick, hit, swing, run, shoot, and throw their way to better health with their favorite local teams and organizations. The SportsZone is free to all as part of the Wellness Challenge in Spring Daze.
More Things to Do In the Park
Fred G. Bond Metro Park, at 310 acres, is one of the largest municipal parks in Wake County. Visitors may enjoy picnics, play ball on the athletic fields, see a performance in the amphitheater, walk along the trails, or play on the Lazy Daze Playground. Visit the new Bond Park Boathouse and enjoy the atmosphere on the covered porch or rest awhile in one of the rocking chairs overlooking the lake. Rent a paddle boat or canoe, or take a hike on one of the many natural trails in the park.
Cultural Arts Row
Cultural Arts Row is a place where community-based cultural groups can distribute literature and information about their organization and sell raffle tickets or fundraising items. For Cary citizens, Cultural Arts Row is the place to find out about all of the great arts and cultural activities and opportunities in town.
- Carolina Kettle Corn, partnered with the Miracle League of the Triangle
- Ben & Jerry’s, partnered with the Center for Volunteer Caregiving
- Bradford’s Ordinary Fire Co.
- Cary Lions Club
- La Farm Bakery, partnered with Kids Together
- Andia’s Homemade Ice Cream, partnered with Gigi’s Playhouse
- Annelore’s German Bakery, partnered with the Sister Cities Association of Cary
- Chick fil-a: Waverly Place
- Corner Boys BBQ, partnered with the MLK Jr. Task Force of Cary
- Covenant Christian Church
- Genesis United Methodist Church
- Gripps Grill, partnered with Children’s Flight of Hope
- Sherri’s Crab Cakes, partnered with the American Cancer Society
- Tazza Kitchen, partnered with Step Up Durham