Conventional wisdom advises that habits are ingrained after 21 days of repetition. If that theory holds true, then the eat~play~shop local habit requires time and effort to develop. Each month I’ll be sharing “21 Days” of some event or place in the Triangle, enabling (and I mean that in the most positive sense possible) your inner Localista to come out and play. This month it’s all about local festivals that celebrate arts, culture, food and beverage.
For the 40th year during a weekend in September (20-21), CenterFest will decorate the center of downtown Durham with arts. Presented by the Durham Arts Council, CenterFest is North Carolina’s longest running juried outdoor arts festival. It features 100+ fine artists and craftsmen from North Carolina (and other states) during a continuous visual and aural feast of music and entertainment spanning six stages in the Five Points and CCB Plaza areas.
During its lengthy tenure among Durham arts festivals, CenterFest has overcome a few challenges (like a change in venues and fiscal challenges resulting in a one year hiatus) to return bigger and better. Last year’s festival expanded to include an evening after party at the CenterFest Food and Beer Garden. Admission is typically a nominal $5 suggested donation at the gate which supports the festival and arts programs of the Durham Arts Council.