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Lazy Daze Takes Over Cary’s Town Hall Campus for Two Days

The 41st edition of the arts and crafts festival is August 26-27

Post Date:08/22/2017 10:31 AM
  • Town of Cary’s biggest festival welcomes people near and far for a weekend of art, music and fun from 8:45 a.m.-6 p.m. on August 26 and 12:30-5 p.m. on August 27.
  • Event has more than 300 artists from 16 states and nearly 30 food vendors and the Sister Cities Beer Garden.
  • Admission is free, as are shuttle buses from Cary Towne Center and Green Hope High School and all GoCary fixed routes.

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Cary, N.C. – Come out and see what all the excitement is about! The Town of Cary welcomes all citizens to join an expected 50-60,000 people in downtown Cary for the 41st Annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival on August 26-27 on the Town Hall Campus. The fun starts with opening ceremonies on Saturday at 8:45 a.m. and the celebration of art, music and food for the whole family continues until 6 p.m. On Sunday, the fun starts at 12:30 p.m. and goes until 5 p.m. The free event, which features more than 300 artists from 16 states, will be held rain or shine and includes visual and performing arts experiences along with food vendors, local civic organizations and Town staff.

“Over the past 40 years, Lazy Daze has become one of the South’s premier arts and crafts festivals,” said Adam Bell, Cary festival and events supervisor. “The reason is easy – the tremendous community of artists, volunteers, food vendors, civic organizations and more who come together for two days and allow the Town of Cary to showcase such a wide array of extraordinary artists in our beautiful downtown location. It’s also a chance for us to support our local nonprofits through a Town of Cary program funded by the festival. We want all citizens to come out and join in this one-of-a-kind experience.”

The featured artist for the 41st Lazy Daze festival will be Eric McRay, a contemporary modernist whose art overflows with bright colors, expressive styles and energized designs. The name of his artwork is “The Cary Collection.” Artist Michael Layne, with help from community volunteers, will install his “Solar Wings,” an enlarged winged creature featuring the use of renewable materials on the morning of August 26. Throughout the festival, citizens will have the opportunity to participate by making a small wing pair to add to the ground beneath the sculpture. Once the festival is over, participants are encouraged to retrieve their creation as a memento of Lazy Daze.

Food and drinks are always a reason to come out to Lazy Daze. More than 25 food vendors will provide a variety of offerings in various locations throughout the festival. The Sister Cities Beer Garden, this year located in Town Hall’s spacious central courtyard, will have Jordan Lake Brewing Co., R.A. Jeffrey’s Distributing Co., and Triangle Wine Co., serving up their wares. The young and young-at-heart can get creative in Kid’s World, in the Page-Walker Gardens, with make-and-take art activities and special kid’s entertainment (jugglers, storytellers, etc.). Also, the Play Zone inside Herbert Young Community Center, 101 Wilkinson Ave., offers a respite from the heat with giant board games, a traverse wall to climb, big wheels to ride on and basketball games.

A unique blend of sounds will float through the air at the festival, and you’ll never be far from live entertainment and music with one of the four stages set up throughout Town Hall Campus:

  • The Publix Main Stage, will host the opening ceremonies, the Jerry Miller Awards and various local and regional bands. Included will be performances by the Cary and Green Hope High School marching bands, the Cary Town Band, Caique Vidal, Marcus Anderson, Big Love and plenty more.
  • The Stanley Martin Homes Stage is located near the food court. You can indulge your foodie instincts with a variety of performers, including Mo’ Jazz, MikeMickXer, Peter Lamb Trio and others.
  • For the kids, the Kids World Stage in the Page-Walker gardens, offers music, storytellers and performers that that will put a smile on everyone’s faces.
  • At the Sister Cities Beer Garden Stage in the Town Hall Courtyard, the Monika Jaymes Band and Peak City Sound will perform.

And don’t forget, try to “Find Little Jerry” at five locations throughout the festival; Our Town! featuring the services provided by the Town of Cary that make it such a great place to live; the Artists Guild demonstrations; cultural arts organizations will be distributing information and selling raffle tickets; Town Crier John Webster and his wife, Mary, will greet all with “Oyez! Oyez!” to add fun and history; and The Cary Roadshow, which turns Town Council Chambers into a temporary version of The Cary Theater and will show Daffy Duck’s movie “Fantastic Island” and shorts from the North Carolina School of Arts at various times.

With the large number of people expected to attend, parking is limited and available in public spaces and lots throughout downtown Cary, as well as at the church parking lot at the corner of Waldo Street and Walker Street. Accessible parking is in the Fire Department administration parking lot. The best way to get to Lazy Daze is our free shuttles from the Cary Towne Center, 1105 Walnut St., or Green Hope High School, 2500 Carpenter Upchurch Rd. Additionally, during Lazy Daze, ride all GoCary fixed routes for free to and from the festival. Buses and shuttles depart starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday and noon on Sunday. The last buses and shuttles leave the festival at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday.

To accommodate the festival, many roads around Town Hall Campus will be closed or altered from 5 p.m. on Friday to 9 p.m. on Sunday:

  • Wilkinson Avenue will be closed;
  • Academy Street from Chapel Hill Road to Ambassador Loop will be closed;
  • Ambassador Loop will be closed
  • East Adams Street will be closed to through traffic;
  • The one way on East Durham Road will be closed to accommodate shuttles;
  • The turning lane on east bound Chapel Hill Road/Academy Street will turn into the east bound lane.

Remember, while we love them, pets are not allowed at Lazy Daze. Be sure to make other arrangements for your furry friends and provide plenty of water and shade for them while you’re away enjoying the Festival. For more information, including the complete entertainment schedule, vendor map and concession offerings, go to Lazy Daze at or call (919) 319-4560. Be sure to like the Town of Cary’s Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival on Facebook at For more fun in Cary, follow us on Twitter @TOC_fun and search our calendar at


Primary Contacts

Adam Bell, Festival and Events Supervisor, (919) 319-4560

Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager, (919) 462-3861

Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240


Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival

Festival Map

Getting to the Festival

Arts and Crafts Vendors

Food and Beverage Vendors

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