Here are 10 multi-day events worth planning to trip to central North Carolina for during 2017.
1.) Piedmont Farm Tour, April 22-23. 22nd annual tour includes 35 farms opened to the public designed to connect farmers and consumers. www.carolinafarmstewards.org
2.) Hillsborough Spring Garden Tour, May 20-21. Visit beautiful private and public gardens in town and the countryside around Historic Hillsborough, NC. www.hillsboroughgardenclubnc.com
3.) The 16th Annual 10 By 10 in the Triangle, July 7-23. An international festival of new, ten-minute plays. 10 Actors, 10 Directors, 10 Minutes at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC. www.artscenterlive.org
4.) 18th Annual Giant Puppet Pageant, August 4-September 4. Paperhand Puppet Intervention’s summer festival extravaganza happens weekends in historic Forest Theatre on UNC-Chapel Hill campus. http://paperhand.org
5.) 35th Annual Hog Day, September 15-16. Family-friendly festival with music, food, crafts, children’s games, contests and lots of barbecue in downtown Hillsborough, NC’s River Park. www.hogday.org
6.) Carrboro Music Festival, September 23-24. 20th annual Festival features all types of music by 180 acts performing at 25 indoor or outdoor venues throughout downtown Carrboro. www.carrboromusicfestival.com
7.) 8th Annual TerraVita Food & Drink Festival, October 18-21. 4-day renowned Chapel Hill food festival featuring chefs, food artisans and beverages dedicated to excellence and sustainability in the South. www.terravitafest.com
8.) 23rd Annual Orange County Open Studio Tour, November 4-5 & 11-12. During the first two weekends each November, approximately 80 artists throughout the county open their studios to see where and how they work and view and purchase their art. http://www.orangecountyartistsguild.com/
9.) 12th Annual Carrboro Film Festival, November, 18-19. Two-day festival featuring workshops and more than 40 films. www.carrborofilmfestival.com
10.) 20th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas, December 1-December 31. The Carolina Inn is festively adorned for the holidays with enchanting decorations based on the traditional song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Self-guided tours, festive meals, holiday teas, music, dance, horse drawn carriage rides and a display of wonderful gingerbread houses. www.12daysevents.com
For more events and details about attractions and accommodations in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough, NC, visit www.visitchapelhill.org or call (919) 245-4320.