Spring in North Carolina (80+ Great Events and Things to Do)

Last Updated on July 12, 2022

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Spring in North Carolina is packed with fun things to do throughout the state, including special holidays, local events, and festivals. This is also the time when much of the state reopens after colder months.

Plants and trees start to bloom at botanical gardens and elsewhere (hello, allergies!), the days get warmer, and people (like us!) start venturing outside more often.

There’s so much going on during spring in North Carolina, that we’ve organized activities by category.

Here’s what you’ll find in this guide:

  • Spring Holidays (Ordered by Date)
  • Events During Spring in North Carolina (Major Events and Things to Do Grouped by Category in ABC Order)
  • Spring Sports

Skip ahead to the section you’re seeking or keep reading for fun and important spring holidays.

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Spring in North Carolina (Specific Months)

Like everywhere else, spring in North Carolina officially runs from March 20 to June 20, but our guide focuses on the months of March to May. We’ve created some individual guides, which you’ll find here:

Holidays During Spring in North Carolina

These are major holidays recognized either statewide or in select communities during spring in North Carolina.

Spring Break

Spring in North Carolina
Topsail Beach.

Spring in North Carolina largely starts with Spring Break, even if it happens before the official start on March 20. Here are a few places and activities we think you should look into for Spring Break:

As you can see, the whole state is one amazing Spring Break destination.

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St Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is a festive occasion when everyone is encouraged to wear green and have a jolly day. These popular events are always on our minds when the holiday approaches.

Purim

Purim is the first of two Jewish holidays in this guide. Its official days of observance are March 16 to 17 but some events are celebrated on later days.

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Holi

Holi is a “Festival of Colors” that celebrates love, new life, and spring! In North Carolina, Holi Festivals and similarly themed events are bringing in visitors from all walks of life.

Here are a few happening throughout spring in North Carolina:

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Passover

In 2022, Passover is from April 15 to April 23. While it’s largely celebrated at home, here are some events commemorating this major Jewish holiday:

Please bear with us as we continue searching for Passover events this spring in North Carolina (and beyond!). If you know of one that we should add to this list, please let us know by email.

Easter Events

Easter is a special holiday that has evolved to mix religious traditions with family-friendly adventures. Sunrise services are held in churches throughout North Carolina.

A prominent one is the Salem Congregation, which will hold its 250th Eastern Sunrise Service in 2022.

Easter egg hunts are another holiday tradition, also held throughout the state. Here are a few locations holding them:

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Eid al-Fitr

Eid al-Fitr is an important Muslim holiday that marks the end of dawn-to-sunset fasting of Ramadan. It falls on May 2, 2022.

We are searching for events related to this momentous day, so stay tuned!

Memorial Day

Spring in North Carolina Memorial Day Observance Battleship NC Wilmington

Memorial Day Weekend is a time to remember those who have fallen protecting this wonderful nation.

It is also the unofficial beginning of summer. Since the holiday takes place in May, we’ll include it in this guide to spring in North Carolina.

Many of our towns and cities will host Memorial Day ceremonies. Here are a few select events happening over the holiday weekend:

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Spring in North Carolina (More Events)

With a few exceptions like the NC Azalea Festival, Piratefest, and the WNC Bigfoot Festival, these spring events have been grouped into categories.

Arts and Culture Festivals

The arts truly come alive during spring in North Carolina. Here are some fantastic events to check out!

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Botanical Gardens

Things to do with kids in Durham Sarah P Duke Gardens

A visit to one of our amazing botanical gardens is one of the best things to do during spring in North Carolina. This is THE time of year to visit these wonderfully manicured green spaces.

Elvis Tribute Festival

Elvis Presley may not be from North Carolina but he played here. In 1956, a very young Elvis performed in Lexington to a sold-out crowd.

The King was so beloved in Lexington that “Elvis 56,” the Broadway-style show, sold out 60 years later. In 2022, the people of Lexington (and North Carolina) will get even more Elvis from April 28 to May 1 with the first-ever NC Tribute Festival to “The King.”

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Farmer’s Markets

Carrboro NC Farmers Market Image

Everything is in bloom and the ground is starting to thaw, which makes a farmer’s market visit one of our favorite spring things to do in North Carolina.

Most have a limited winter market, so spring is when they really start to open up and come alive again. Pick up some local cheeses or a fresh bouquet and support your local North Carolina farmers.

North Carolina Farm Fresh, on behalf of the Department of Agriculture, put together this nice directory of our state’s farmer’s markets.

Food and Drink Festivals

Spring in North Carolina Barbecue Image

With the warmer weather, all of North Carolina’s cities and small towns start showcasing the piece of the state’s awesome food scene!

Regardless of which side you stand with, NC Barbecue is worth celebrating! Whether it’s Eastern-style or Lexington-style, barbecue dominates the lineup of food-forward events during spring in North Carolina:

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Film Festivals

Things to Do in North Carolina in April Full Frame Fest Durham NC

Film festivals are great ways to enjoy spring in North Carolina, especially on days when the weather doesn’t cooperate. Here are a couple that we’re keeping tabs on:

Last of the Mohicans 30th Anniversary and Reunion

Multiple spots in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina served as film locations for the award-winning Last of the Mohicans. A few prominent locations include Biltmore Estate in Asheville, Triple Falls in DuPont State Recreational Forest, and Lake James.

On May 14, the Historic Courthouse Square in Morganton will host a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the filming.

Live music, heritage craft vendors, reenactors, food trucks, a beer festival and more will be waiting.

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Music Festivals

Things to Do in North Carolina in April Merlefest Wilkesboro NC

Merlefest is one of the premier music festivals in the country, joined by a few more during spring in North Carolina:

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NC Azalea Festival

Speaking of azaleas, head down to Wilmington for a true celebration of the South with the NC Azalea Festival (April 6 to 10). It’s taken place every April for the past fifty years! Parades, festive galas, historic home tours, and lush gardens await.

Don’t miss out on the concert series either, as big names like Brantley Gilbert hit the stage. Watch as the Southern belles make their way to the annual garden party and enjoy the festivities!

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Piratefest

You scallywags aren’t going to want to miss the annual Piratefest from April 8 to 9! Hosted along the Tar River in Greenville, this year’s event will have live music, BMX, sword fighting, and plenty of vendors on hand.

Be there, or dare to walk the plank. Before or after the fun, you should grab some food and/or a pint at one of these awesome breweries and restaurants in Greenville.

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Spring Races

These races will keep your adrenaline pumping during spring in North Carolina:

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WNC Bigfoot Festival

Things to do in Marion NC big foot

Marion’s annual WNC Bigfoot Festival (May 13 to 14) is all about the legendary creature that may or may not wander the Northeast US and Marion’s surroundings. This fun festival includes Bigfoot-themed food and souvenirs and an indoor expo area.

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Spring Sports

We couldn’t share our favorite things to do during spring in North Carolina without featuring sports.

Baseball

Minor League Baseball North Carolina Image
Head to Kinston and watch the Down East Wood Ducks!

There’s no better way to celebrate spring than with the crack of the bat on opening day in April! Grab a hot dog and a beer over third base and cheer on one of North Carolina’s Minor League Baseball teams.

Whether you’re hanging with Wool E. Bull at DBAP in Durham, getting Knighted in Charlotte, or being a Tourist in Asheville, there’s always a game going on.

Another fun spring event happening in North Carolina is the ACC Baseball Championship. In 2022, it’s being held at BB&T Ballpark in Charlotte!

Basketball

Spring in North Carolina College Basketball Duke

Spring in North Carolina also means our basketball teams are gearing up for tournament runs and hopefully, the Charlotte Hornets are fighting for a playoff spot.

Before the NCAA Tourney begins, there are conference tournaments to settle.

From March 2 to 6, the Coliseum in Greensboro will host the ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament. Women’s games will start on Wednesday, March 2 and the championship will determine the ACC’s automatic entry to the NCAA tourney on Sunday, March 6.

The Men’s side of the ACC Tournament is in Brooklyn this year starting March 8. The ACC Men’s champion will hopefully come from North Carolina, though we’re not publicly picking any sides.

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Ready to Enjoy Spring in North Carolina?

Many of these events require tickets and reservations. If so, please contact them in advance to secure your spot.

We hope you’re able to enjoy at least a few of these events during spring in North Carolina! There’s so much to do throughout the state and we can’t wait to keep sharing it all with you.

What are your favorite events during this time of year? Is there anything we should add? Let us know in the comments or by email and we’ll be happy to take a look.

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