As we reach the middle of summer in North Carolina, it is important to keep in mind all the activities that our state has to offer, ranging from food, arts and crafts, shopping, music, camping, and even fitness. Take a look at our guide to see the many festivals in our state this season.
Outer Banks Watermelon Festival (Aug. 4) – Kitty Hawk Kites in Nags Head hosts this festival featuring music lessons, watermelon bowling competitions, face painting and more.
Mountain Dance and Folk Festival (Aug. 4-6) – Appalachian ballad singers, string bands and square dance teams gather at this weekend-long festival.
Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival (Aug. 5-6) – Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheater welcomes this tasty food and drink festival.
Avery Fine Art Festival (Aug. 12-14) – The fine are and master crafts festival of Sugar Mountain, where you will find hand-crafted wares from almost 100 vendors, including photography, paintings, jewelry, sculpture and pottery.
NC State Bluegrass Festival (Aug. 18-20) – Marion turns into a music stage for a 2-day celebration of some of the best music of the genre.
Bull Durham Blues Festival (Aug. 26-27) – An homage to Durham’s musical heritage, this is one of North Carolina’s largest blues celebrations.
Lazy Daze (Aug. 27-28) – The festivities for this downtown Cary event include juried artists, performances, food, drink, music and more.
Washington Summer Festival (Aug. 27-28) – A free event featuring arts and crafts and live music.