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Fun-Filled Summer in Downtown Cary Rolls On with Park After Dark

Post Date:06/11/2019 3:35 PM
  • Cary’s Park After Dark series returns for the season on Wednesday, June 12 with music and food trucks at the Downtown Park.
  • Other festivities include concerts in the Downtown Park, BEYOND: The Film Festival, and Lazy Daze.
  • To find a full list of Town events happening in Cary, visit

Cary, NC – Get ready for a summer full of food, fun, film, music and more in Downtown Cary! And don’t forget to catch a movie at The Cary Theater; check out a class or performance at the Cary Arts Center; enjoy open gym hours at Herbert C. Young Community Center; or browse the latest exhibition the at the Page-Walker Arts & History Center. To find a full list of Town events happening in Cary, visit

Park After Dark
Wednesday, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11 | 7-9 p.m. | Downtown Park

Enjoy a fun night out in the Downtown Park with your significant other, a group of friends, or just fly solo. Each Park After Dark features unique food from local vendors and entertainment!

Starlight Concert Series
Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m., June 28 at 7 p.m., July 26 at 6:30 p.m., August 2 at 7 p.m. | Page-Walker Arts & History Center

This lively series of free concerts features musical styles from near and far. Concerts take place in the beautiful gardens of the Page-Walker Arts & History Center. Bring your chair or blanket, visit our food truck or bring a picnic dinner, and enjoy music by starlight!

June 15 | 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Downtown Park

Reflect and rejoice with us at Cary’s first Juneteenth event commemorating the end of slavery. We’ve planned special activities for the whole family designed to engage, educate, and connect with food vendors, art vendors and performances.

Cary Downtown Farmers Market
Saturdays | 8 a.m.-12 p.m. | Ivey-Ellington House

A brimming market full of fresh local produce, new vendors, and special seasonal events. 

BEYOND: The Film Festival
June 19-23 | The Cary Theater

Featuring screenplay and short film competitions that are far beyond ordinary, this four-day festival takes place right here in Downtown Cary. New for 2019! A Smartphone filmmaking workshop, “Make  Your Own Zombie Film,” and a screening of the Final Cuts from our Rough Cuts Review program.

Yoga Day
Thursday, June 20 | Various Locations throughout Cary

We’ll have a full day of free yoga classes throughout Cary, with two opportunities to participate right in Downtown Cary! Join us for Gentle Yoga at 5:30 p.m. at the Cary Arts Center and Twilight Yoga at 7:15 p.m. at Page-Walker.

Playtime in the Park
Thursday, June 20, July 25, August 8, September 26 | 10 a.m.-12 p.m. | Downtown Park

Kids can explore the Downtown Park while enjoying fun activities everyone will like! Enjoy giant checkers, giant jenga, bubbles, and special art activities in the Downtown Park. All other permanent games (ping pong, bocce ball, chess) will continue to be available.

Baristas and Bakers
Saturday, June 22, July 27, August 10, September 7, October 19 | 8 a.m.-11 a.m. | Downtown Park

Sip, snack, and small talk with local baristas and bakers. Every month, a different Cary-area coffee and baked goods shop will set up inside the Downtown Park for visitors to purchase featured, seasonal, and favorite morning blends and pastries. 

Six String Presents an Evening with Shawn Mullins
Friday, June 28 | 8 p.m. | Cary Arts Center

With a series of indie record releases, critical breakthroughs with songs like “Lullaby” and “Critical Wreck,” Shawn Mullins has been a force in the industry for over two decades. His song titled “It All Comes Down to Love,” sums up the common theme and guiding force in his recent music.

Cary Live
Saturday, June 29, July 20, September 21 | 7 p.m. | Downtown Park

Enjoy the Downtown Park while listening to some of the best bands around! Come out for a free concert with food and drinks from local vendors. 

Independence Eve Celebration with Applause! Cary Youth Theatre and Cary Town Band
Wednesday, July 3 | 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Cary Arts Center

Kick off your annual July 4th festivities with a patriotic musical tribute brought to you by the Applause! Cary Youth Theatre and the Cary Town Band.

Downtown Chowdown
Sunday, July 14 | 12:30-5 p.m. | Downtown Cary

Enjoy a food-filled afternoon along Academy Street in Downtown Cary. Taste some of the best food in the Triangle, enjoy cool beverages from craft beer and wine vendors, and relax to the music of great local performers.

43rd Annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival
August 24, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and August 25, 12:30-5 p.m. | Town Hall Campus

Join us at the 43rd annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival! The last lazy days of summer beckon us as we celebrate the coming of fall by joining our friends and neighbors in a celebration of art, music, and food!

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