After surviving the winter (especially this years which seemed harsher than most), Spring is welcomed with open arms here in the Raleigh area. There seems to be something fun going on for the family just about every weekend, if not every day and the warm weather has everyone smiling and getting out more. So we’ve rounded up some of our favorite things to look forward to in Raleigh this month. Think gardens, farmers markets, festivals and more-happy spring!
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Featured Spring Event
We couldn’t be happier that Bloom – An Event for New & Expecting Moms is back for the 3rd year in a row! This popular RMB event sponsored by WakeMed North Women’s Hospital and Davis Family Chiropractic is a celebration of motherhood and is bringing local moms together on Saturday, May 12th from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM at WakeMed North Women’s Hospital. Pampering, giveaways, cravings bites, education, swag and more are in store for moms. (This is a kid-free event, with the exception of young nurslings.) Learn more and get your Bloom tickets here today.
Here is a list of April events happening in and around the Raleigh area. Know of an event that we forgot? Leave it in the comments and we will be sure to add it to the list!
April 1st – 30th – NC Science Festival for the 8th year is bringing a full month of hands-on events and activities all focused on science. Special events are planned all across the state including right here in the Triangle for all ages. Visit their website to learn more.
April 6th – First Friday in Downtown Raleigh showcases the vibrant art and creative community in downtown Raleigh on the first Friday of every month from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM. The free public event features a variety of local art galleries and studios, museums and exhibitors that stay open late, put on special events and often offer refreshments. Retailers and restaurants participate by showcasing art, music or offering a First Friday special. Stay tuned for a more in-depth post on how to get the most out of First Friday!
April 7th – Celebrate the opening of You Are Here at the NC Museum of Art with the Pop-Up Art: Catch the Light event for all ages. Families can build a contemporary light catcher during this free hands-on activity.
Starting April 6th – Pandas are coming to the giant screen at Marbles IMAX for all ages. Families can enjoy Pandas 3D, a beautiful documentary, showcasing the journey of one special panda’s adventurous journey and the lengths scientists go to conserve this special species. After the movie visit Marbles Kids Museum for a Panda Scavenger Hunt and crafts.
April 7th – Raulston Blooms! 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at the JC Raulston Arboretum. Fun for the whole family! Learn, shop for your garden, get great ideas, and enjoy gourmet treats while supporting the JC Roulston Arboretum. The arboretum is rolling out the red carpet for members, home gardeners, families, and children by offering a day that’s packed with garden and nature activities, shopping, and outdoor fun.
April 8th – Spring Fling Adult Egg Hunt at Dorothea Dix Park, 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Leave the kiddos at home and enjoy an afternoon of inflatable bounce houses, lawn games, food trucks and a special egg hunt with over 10,000 eggs. These special eggs are stuffed with prizes and candy from local businesses. Free event for adults (21+). Register in advance.
April 13th – 15th – Grab your besties and head out to the Southern Women’s Show at the NC State Fairgrounds for a weekend of boutique shopping, fashions shows, workshops, celebrity meet & greets, gourmet food sampling, health & beauty trends and more.
April 14th – 15th – Calling all Lego fans! BrickUniverse Raleigh is bringing the ultimate Lego experience to the Raleigh Convention Center. Families will enjoy interactive exhibits, meet master Lego artists, view amazing Lego displays and more. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.
April 14th –Midtown Farmers Market opens back up! General hours are Saturdays 8-Noon. This market is incredibly family friendly, often with music or activities for kids in the green space and a great selection of fresh produce, meats, cheese and baked goods.
April 14th – Junior League of Raleigh’s Touch a Truck Fundraiser 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, benefiting Backpack Buddies. Perfect for kids of all ages and interests, the Junior League of Raleigh’s Touch-A-Truck® fundraising event is sure to be a load of fun. From emergency trucks, construction equipment, big rigs and mobile machinery, we’re bringing out vehicles large and small for your little ones to touch, climb on and explore. Children will also have the opportunity to meet and speak with Wake County’s finest including first responders, truck operators, area builders and community helpers. Is your kiddo sensitive to lights and loud noises? Come to our quiet hour from 10 to 11 a.m. to enjoy the event without horns, sirens and flashing lights. $5 in advance, $6 at event.
April 14th & 21st – You are invited to the Storybook Ball hosted by Wake County Public Libraries. Local branches will close for an evening (6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) of dancing, crafting, stories and more. Children 3 years and older can come dressed as their favorite storybook character or in their royal best. (Visit these branches for more information – Eva Perry Regional, North Regional, Northeast Regional, West Regional, and Cameron Village.)
April 21st –French Market and Seafood Festival in Lafayette Village for a total immersion into New Orleans. Enjoy the jazzy sounds as you stroll through the Village for a French Quarter inspired experience and enjoy shopping in the Village shops. Get a glimpse of the artists in action as they paint, draw, and design masterpieces in the corridors of the Village. Of course it wouldn’t be New Orleans without tasty seafood, from crawfish to shrimp, the food will be plentiful. Check this out for a fun-filled day of music, art, food and shopping.
April 21st – 22nd – North Carolina Statewide Star Party (a signature NC Science Festival event) is back for the sixth year in a row throughout the Triangle. This year’s theme is “Anyone Out There?”. Local sites will offer hands-on activities for families to explore whether there is life elsewhere in the universe, how we might find it, and what it might look like. Visit here to find a party location.
April 22nd –Durham Earth Day Festival. Noon-5:00 PM at Durham Central Park. Rain or shine, enjoy a day filled with an eclectic mix of music, food, hands-on environmental education activities and much more.
April 28th – Letters are coming to life at Pullen Park during the annual Letterland event. Letterland turns letters into colorful characters each with their own personality and story for preschool and school-age children. Bring your littles and visit the park meeting Letterland friends, searching for letters with a Letterland passport book, playing games, enjoying face painting and more!
April 28th – Spring Daze Arts and Crafts Festival in Cary 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM at Bond Park in Cary. Celebrate 25 years of Spring Daze in Fred G. Bond Metro Park, Cary’s 310-acre urban park. Nestled under the shady canopy of Bond Park, Spring Daze features over 170 North Carolina artists, entertainment on four stages, delicious festival food, and Cary’s annual Earth Day Celebration. Spring Daze features the best of North Carolina’s diverse arts and crafts community.
April 28th – 29th – Tour local and sustainable farms during the annual Piedmont Farm Tours from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. each day. Purchase your button for your car, gather your friends and take a tour throughout 45 farms in the area. Visit here to learn more.
April 28th – Triangle SciTech Expo at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences is an annual event with over fifty hands-on activities, games, crafts and exhibits for kids of all ages who love science and technology.
Another idea-get outdoors! April is a great time to take advantage of being outside when it’s not too hot or too cold. Take this opportunity to explore some of the beautiful outdoor spaces for kids and families around town such as Oak View Historic County Park, Prairie Ridge EcoStation or Yates Mill Park . Or grab the kids, head to the country and go strawberry picking somewhere like DJs Berry Patch!