Spring brings fun to the Carolinas!

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Spring brings fun to the Carolinas!

 

Spring weather usually comes early to the Carolinas, bringing us all out of hibernation and ready to get out and go! Here are some ideas for you.

March

Hickory Motor Speedway gets back in gear March 19, March 26, and April 2 (nine race dates in all).

Work up an appetite in the Upstate during Greenville’s Small Plate Crawl March 22-24.

April

For a chance to sample over 250 craft and specialty beers from around the world, visit Raleigh on April 2 for the World Beer Festival.

On April 7, get wrapped up in Graham, NC’s Uncle Eli’s 85th Annual Quilting Party for a display of quilts of every kind as well as a special exhibition of antique ladies bonnets.

The Spring Skunk Music Fest comes to Greer SC April 7-9.

The world’s largest automotive extravaganza, the Pennzoil Charlotte AutoFairreturns this spring, April 7-10, bringing thousands of hot rods, muscle cars, exotic sports cars and classic automobiles to Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC.

The RiverRun International Film Festival, based in Winston-Salem, NC, is one of the premier film festivals in the southeastern United States.  The festival dates are April 7-17.

The Stone Soup Story Telling Festival will tell the tale in Woodruff, SC April 14-17.

Celebrate one of the most beloved blooms in the Carolinas at the Pickens Azalea Festival in Upstate SC April 15-16.

Go to Chapel Hill on April 15th for ConvergeNC, to celebrate our place and time. Festivities begin at 6:00 pm with food, festivity, and some of the area’s best music.

The 8th Annual Spring Kiln Openings and Studio Tours of the Seagrove, NC Potters will take place April 16-17. Fifty-three shops will host kiln openings, studio tours, demonstrations and special events.

You could also choose to get your kilt on at the Rural Hill Scottish Festival and Loch Norman Highland Games April 16-17 in Huntersville, NC.  Events include Scottish athletic events, piping and drumming competition, highland dancing, sheep herding, and Celtic entertainment.

Mebane, NC will once again welcome spring by hosting its annual Dogwood Festival April 22-23.

Bring your cameras and pucker up for the North Carolina Pickle Festival April 22-23 in Mt. Olive.

For local craft brews, check out Brewgaloo on April 23, in Raleigh.

Also on April 23, go fly a kite at Spartanburg Soaring! with professional kite flyers who will perform amazing aerial maneuvers and members of the Spartanburg Soaring! Kite Club.

Charlotte’s Food and Wine Weekend in support of nourishing youth will host events April 27-April 30.

Since 1988, people from all over the country have gathered in Wilkesboro, NC forMerleFest. This year it will be held April 28-May 1 with a line-up including Jason Isbell, Old Crow Medicine Show, Steep Canyon Rangers and hundreds of other performers.

May

The Wells Fargo Championship PGA Golf Tournament will take place at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte May 2-8.

Don’t miss out on the sweetness you’ll find at the Cleveland Strawberry FestivalMay 13-14 in Shelby, NC.

Artisphere promises fine art, music, food and fun in Greenville, SC May 13-15.

The Clemson Festival of Arts takes place May 21st on College Ave. in Clemson, SC.

On Memorial Day Weekend, May 27-30, enjoy beautiful hot air balloons, food, crafts and festivities at Fleming Loop Park in Fuquay-Varina during WRAL Freedom BalloonFest.

The 16th Annual North Carolina Wine Festival will be the toast of Tanglewood Park in Clemmons on May 28th.

The Long Creek Music Festival along the banks of the Chattooga River in Upstate SC will take place May 27-29. Festival camping included with purchase of pass.

There are hundreds more festivals and events going on in the Carolinas this spring. For more, take a look here for North Carolina and here for Upstate South Carolina.

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