101 North Carolina Festivals: April
Big Lick Bluegrass Festival
Sponsored by Union Power Cooperative
Oakboro | biglickbluegrass.com
The Big Lick Bluegrass Festival is held each April in Oakboro, North Carolina at Big Lick Festival Park. Music lineup includes: The Spinney Brothers (host band), Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, The Malpass Brothers, Steve Dilling and Sideline, Flatt Lonesome and more.
Grifton Shad Festival
Grifton | griftonshadfestival.com
Entering their 47th year, come out and enjoy five days of Down East Hospitality. Most events are held on the weekend.
Fayetteville Dogwood Festival
Fayetteville | faydogwoodfestival.com
The Fayetteville Dogwood Festival features entertainment of all genres, arts and craft vendors, street performances, and delicious food and beer.
Wilkesboro | merlefest.org
MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of Eddy Merle Watson as a fundraiser for Wilkes Community College and to celebrate ‘traditional plus’ music.
NC Pickle Festival
Mount Olive | ncpicklefest.org
Everyone's favorite pickle celebration in Mount Olive, North Carolina! Mark your calendars for the last weekend in April!
North Carolina Azalea Festival
Wilmington | ncazaleafestival.org
The North Carolina Azalea Festival is Wilmington’s annual community celebration and the largest festival of its kind in the state. Founded in 1948, the Azalea Festival has emerged as Wilmington’s premier event. Each April, a full week of natural beauty, big-name entertainment, festive galas, fun family events and Southern hospitality come together to showcase the charms of the Wilmington area. For community pride and springtime pageantry, the North Carolina Azalea Festival has no equal!
Greenville | piratefestnc.com
Swashbucklers of all ages will converge on the banks of the Tar River, a pirate's paradise located in Uptown Greenville on April 13-14th, 2018. Returning for its 12th year, the festival will kick off Friday, April 13th with a free concert, tons of costumed pirates, street food vendors and a carnival. On Saturday, the festival expands along Evans Street, taking over eight city blocks. Featuring fine arts for sale, live music stages, BMX, a beer and wine garden, sword fighting, mermaids, a pirate encampment and much more, there will be plenty of piratical happenings for the whole family.
Sponsored by Pee Dee Electric
Rockingham | bit.ly/rockingham-springfest
This event follows the Discovery Place KIDS – Run for the Ribbons 5k at 9:00am. This will be a full day of family fun. SpringFest will feature games and fun for all ages, including a helicopter, a Cruise In, face painters, merchandise vendors and entertainment by the national country music group Confederate Railroad.
Streetfest and Fireworks
Sponsored by Central EMC
Sanford | sanfordnc.net
This Downtown Sanford celebration features food, music, dancing, art and beer topped off with fireworks over Depot Park.
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