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April 2022

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Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival

Sat. April 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Fred G. Metro Bond Park | Free
Nestled under the shady canopy of Bond Park awaits a festival budding with arts and crafts. The annual Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival gives a nod to the artistry and creativity in North Carolina, welcoming 170 local artists. The festival embodies the importance of sustainability through an Earth Day Celebration, encourages an active lifestyle with outdoor sporting activities, and brings the community together. To learn more, visit

Ritmo Latino Festival

Sat. May 7, 12-6:30 p.m. | Town Hall Campus | Free
The 18th Annual Ritmo Latino Festival is a family festival that showcases Latino music, dance, and arts. The festival includes live music, vendors, artists, Latin foods, dance lessons for adults, and activities for children. For more, visit

Cary Dog Days and Pet Expo

Sat. May 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. | Fred G. Metro Bond Park | Free
Join us in the spillway area of Bond Park at 801 High House Rd for an extravaganza that'll be fun for the whole family! Take in the scenery with your four-legged friends and enjoy food trucks, contests, pet goods and services, games and more! To learn more, visit

Wheels on Academy

Sat. May 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | Downtown Cary | Free
Join us at Cary's 9th Annual Car Show. Spend a nice spring day seeing cars of yesteryear come alive and rule the roads alongside some of today's modern hot rods and exotic cars. Find that special car that evokes memories of the past or dreams of the future. Academy Street will be full of entertainment, food, and fun for the entire family! For more and register for car entries, visit


Starting Monday, May 2, you can catch a ride around Bond Park in a driverless shuttle! We're partnering with the NC Department of Transportation to bring CASSI — that's Connected Autonomous Shuttle Supporting Innovation — to Cary for a three-month pilot project. The low-speed, all-electric vehicle will run a four-stop route that includes the Cary Senior Center, Sertoma Amphitheater, Bond Park Boathouse, and Bond Park Community Center. CASSI will operate weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will be free of charge to riders.

Explore Cary Greenways on Two Wheels

May 3-July 5 | Bond Park Boathouse
Rent a bicycle and explore Cary’s 90 miles of greenways! Cary will be conducting a docked bike rental pilot celebrating Bike Month in May and National Trails Day on June 4. Learn more at

Cary Find Your Greenway

May 20-June 4
Explore the greenways! Head out to one of the featured greenways, look for a greenway spot, scan the QR code and be entered to win a fun prize! Learn more at

We're Hiring

Are you awesome? We're hiring.  Become a part of the Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources team in one of our part-time or seasonal positions. Explore opportunities at

Cary It Green

Earth Day
April 30, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | Bond Park
Celebrate Earth Day with us at our Spring Daze festival and enjoy Q&A with environmental experts on important topics including compost, urban forests, greenways, water conservation, and more! Join us for free kids activities and take away tools and tips to grow greener at home. Bring your water bottle and refill it at the complementary water station to reduce single-use plastics. Learn more at

Iternational Compost Awareness Week
May 1-7
Cary composts! Turning food scraps into compost helps reduce landfill waste and creates a valuable soil amendment. When compost is added to farmland, gardens, and other landscapes it helps retain moisture and encourages healthier, happier plants. Dig deeper into composting this spring and:

  • Purchase a backyard compost bin to create your own organic compost from food waste at home through our annual online sale April 1 –May 6.
  • Bring your foods scraps to the food waste recycling drop-off at the Citizen's Convenience Center, 313 N Dixon Ave. Accepted items include raw and cooked meats, veggies, fruits, and more.
  • Register for our food waste webinar taking place on May 10 and receive a free kitchen caddy to help collect food scraps.
  • Visit the Compost Education Center in Bond Park and enjoy a self-guided tour.

To learn more about these exciting opportunities visit

Join Us in The Garden
Learn more about how our community supports farmers and regenerative agriculture at one of our many agricultural programs! Chat with staff experts, learn how to get involved, or sample some goodies from the garden at our free family-friendly events. For a full list of opportunities visit

A Landscaping Tip for Every Yard
Enhance your landscape by improving your soil, adding native trees and flowers, or maybe a rain garden! Get practical advice from local experts in Cary’s new “Rain It In" series, nine brief videos that share ways to beautify your yard and address stormwater runoff issues such as drainage and erosion. There’s a recommendation for every yard! View the short clips at

Cary Boards, Commission, and Committee Volunteer Opportunity

Are you a citizen of Cary and looking for ways you can make a difference in your community? The recruitment period to serve on a Cary Town Council appointed Board, Commission, or Committee is open now! Board members volunteer their time and expertise to assist Council in making informed decisions and policies for our community. Apply by June 30, 2022 to be considered for appointment.

Cultural Calendar

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May 1-31 | The Cary Theater

Sun May 1, 12-4 p.m. | Page-Walker Arts & History Center

Sabor y Cultura: Peru
Fri May 6, 6-9 p.m. | Page-Walker Arts & History Center

Marvelous Music Mainstage Series:
“No Fear and Blues Long Gone: Nina Simone” featuring Yolanda Rabun
(Rescheduled date)
Fri May 6, 7:30 p.m. | Cary Arts Center

Sat May 7, 7:30 p.m. and Sun May 8, 4 p.m. | The Cary Theater

Comedy Show with Tommy McNamara
Fri May 13, 8 p.m. | The Cary Theater

Prom Night Film Series
Fri May 20, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Sat May 21, 5 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
The Cary Theater

Share With Us!

Citizens and businesses are encouraged to share their budget priorities with Cary at any point in the year, and we’ll share what we hear with Town Council through quarterly reporting. Cary's fiscal year runs from July 1 through June 30. Let us hear from you!

Phone: (919) 469-4307
Twitter: @TownofCary with #TOCbudget
Public Speaks Out: Speak out at a Town Council meeting.
FY2023 Budget Public Hearings: May 26th and June 9th