Haw River Annual Community Festival :: Bynum Beach Rd., Bynum NC :: 919-542-5790Music, art, chalk drawing on the bridge, hiking along the river, free short canoe rides for kids 12 and under (1 to 4 pm at Bynum Beach), nature walk, native plants sales, environmental awareness displays and activities, canoe raffle (drawing at 5 pm), good food--you’ll find it all at the Haw River Festival in Bynum in mid-May! Enjoy the silent art auction, including Clyde Jones art (closes at 4 pm); kids’ art and nature activities; “paint-your-own” Clyde critter; crafts for sale; and a great lineup of music and entertainment. Suggested donation: $5 adults, $3 under 14 (babies free). Bynum is off Hwy 15-501 about 12 miles south of Chapel Hill and 4 miles north of Pittsboro. Take Bynum Road to the old Bynum Bridge and follow signs for parking.
Bull Durham Blues Festival :: 804 Old Fayetteville St., Durham, North Carolina 27707 :: 919-683-1709Celebrating the rich history of southern blues in North Carolina, the Bull Durham Blues Festival is a three-day celebration of blues legends and newcomers. The event is the largest blues festival in North Carolina, drawing in crowds from over 175 North Carolina cities, 25 states and 5 countries. Hosted at the historic Durham Athletic Park, the early September festival is a superb way to unwind in the evening, with music staring at 6pm, and ending at 11pm.
CenterFest Arts Festival :: Downtown Durham, North Carolina :: 919.560.2722In its 36th year, the CenterFest Arts Festival has become the largest arts and community street festival in Durham, North Carolina. The event features over 150 artists and street performers, a plethora of food and great music. The mid-September event also provides many educational activities for children of all ages. The festival is located in Durham Central Park, where many art galleries, new restaurants and a farmers market are located. The city of Durham usually expects between 20,000 to 30,000 visitors to attend this event put on by the non-profit Durham Arts Council.
Old Fashioned Farmer’s Day :: Silk Hope, NC ::For over twenty years the good folks of the Silk Hope Ruritan Club have sponsored the Silk Hope Old Fashioned Farmers Day each Labor Day weekend, Thursday night through Sunday. See molasses made, see antique farming equipment like grain thrashers and steam tractors working in a re-creation of years gone by. Enjoy steam cranked ice cream and join in a barbecue lunch. A highlight of the occasion is a fully operating steam powered saw mill. This event takes the whole community to put on. They do it to preserve their memories and to share their heritage with you. So drive on out to Silk Hope and join in the home grown fun.
Tupelo’s :: 101 North Churton Street, Hillsborough, NC :: 919-643-7722Tupelo's is a great restaurant for an evening when there is a chill in the air. Their hot sweet cornbread and a cup of coffee is true comfort food. Their cajun menu will spice up the evening and warm up in a totally different way. And be sure to ask what's for dessert. Warm evenings are great for sitting outside at the sidewalk tables right on Hillsborough's main street. If you linger past 9:00 you may hear some jazz drift up the street from the Blue Bayou Club. A good evening all around.
Harvest Moon Paddle, Haw River/Saxapahaw Lake :: Haw River/Saxapahaw Lake :: 336-260-64657 pm to 10 PM - Participants must arrive at our meeting location by 6:00 p.m. Nothing can be more beautiful than a full moon rising above a Piedmont lake. There is just something magical about moonbeams and sharing the experience of looking at the moon with someone special, even if that someone special is just you. Participants arrive early enough in the evening to practice paddling, enjoy a beautiful sunset and adjust their eyes to the night sky. As the moonlight gets brighter, we will paddle around the lake to enjoy the night sounds. Eventually, we will “raft-up” and lay back to fully take in our surroundings. Full Moon Paddles are held on the Haw River upstream of the dam at Saxapahaw, NC. Participants must arrive at our meeting location by 6:00 p.m. if they want canoe instruction. The trip will begin at 7:00 p.m. and conclude by 10:00 p.m. What We Provide: A canoe or kayak, PFD (Personal Floatation Device), paddle and at least one experienced guide/naturalist are provided. Your Responsibility: Guests are responsible for transportation to and from our meeting location, foot wear that can get dirty and/or wet, dry clothes to leave in your vehicle, appropriate clothing for the season, hat, insect repellant, water bottle and flashlight. A camera and binoculars are recommended, but optional. The flashlight is essential for sure footing at the end of the trip. The trip fee is $25.00 per person. If you bring a canoe or kayak, the trip fee is $20 per person. You must be registered and paid in full before being allowed to go on the trip. You will be required to read and sign a liability waiver and pay attention to the safety briefing presented before the trip begins. To register, please call 336-260-6465. When your registration has been confirmed, send payment to The Haw River Canoe & Kayak Company, P.O. Box 22, Saxapahaw, NC 27340. Registrations are filled on a first come, first serve basis when payment is received.