The annual “Meet in the Street” festival showcases more than 200 local arts and crafts vendors, abundant food and White Street Brewing’s beer garden. Live music will feature four bands, including local Wake Forest teenage act URMOM and Nashville folk-rock band, Arts Fishing Club. And, for the first time, the festival is introducing a new Young Entrepreneurs Fair for children ages 9 through 14 to sell their homemade items—including handmade birdhouses and jewelry, and homemade dog treats. What once started as 25 vendors on one street 37 years ago has turned into an entertaining day for everyone.
Though primarily known as a community arts and crafts festival, this event also features food, fun and entertainment. More than 35,000 people across the Triangle attend the festival, which has expanded into a larger footprint this year to accommodate food trucks, samplings from local restaurants (including Blistered Pig, Peak City Grill, Provincial) and live entertainment. Funds raised at the event are returned back to the community through civic and nonprofit grants.
Attendees of this season-inspired festival enjoy a small town feel and family atmosphere on Town Hall Drive. Raleigh party band, SwivelHip, will perform along with several community dance groups; a wide range of family-friendly activities, including obstacle courses, slides and bounce houses and paid ticket games like field goal kicks, ring toss and basketball challenge, will keep kids entertained. And, of course, there will be plenty of food, including pitmaster Ed Mitchell’s brand new food truck, Q on Wheels.
The 8th annual festival celebrates the local longleaf pine ecosystem with interactive exhibits, nature-inspired activities, children’s crafts and games, entertainment, live animals and food trucks. Take a ride on the Longleaf Express, a free (but limited ticket) tour, through the 60-acre longleaf forest with NC Forest Service staff as your guide. Also, participate in the scavenger hunt and walk through the nearby woods to find the hidden items—a great way to spend the day outdoors.
This weekend-long event combines adventure, fun and fundraising for an important cause—Project Uplift USA, a veteran service nonprofit. Each day of the festival at around 6:30 p.m. you can witness the stunning site of a mass hot air balloon ascension. Other activities and entertainment include tethered balloon rides, pilot meet-and-greet, live music, plenty of food, a craft beer, cider and wine garden, arts and crafts village and family fun zone.