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.
Festifall returns to the west end of Franklin street for the 42nd year this October 5th. The main focus of Festifall continues to be the diverse arts scene and community in Chapel Hill (and beyond). Presented by the town, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, and the Orange County Visitors Bureau the annual event transforms Franklin Street into a diverse artist market, with live entertainment on three stages, hands-on activities and always appealing Chapel Hill food.
Over 15,000 attend the festival to explore the community for the afternoon. Special attractions at the 2013 Festifall included “Art on the Move” pop up exhibition organized by the Ackland Art Museum in conjunction with several partners. Poetry Fox, a human size fox, was on site last year too with type writer at hand (make that at paw) to compose a personalized poem upon request. Activities for the kids included an instrument zoo with hands on classical music demonstrations from NC Symphony musicians and staff. Speaking of music, performers at last year’s event included representation across diverse genres from bands like Tea Cup Gin, Hindugrass, A Mad Affair and The Cane Creek Cloggers.