Live & Local: Roots Fest is a totally free, totally awesome way to explore Hillsborough Street. Celebrating the roots of North Carolina’s robust arts and music scene, 2017’s Roots Fest is primed to be the best one yet. Between two music stages, they’ll be featuring a diverse array of local, kickass bands (think everything from Rock to Caribbean dance), with craft vendors, merchants, and community art projects lining the streets around them. Lonerider Brewing is also bringing their A-game with tons of beer tents. Everything is family, (kiddies even get their own Kids Zone, those lucky ducks) bike and dog-friendly. Oh, and there’s tons of free parking at NC State so getting there is a breeze. So mark your calendars for September 23 and get ready for this celebration of all things local — you won’t want to miss it!
Lonerider is bringing the goods with seasonal brews while Raleigh Brewing and Brueprint Brewing Co. will be sponsoring a Beer Zone so you can have your pick of primo local brews (or, hell, live a little and try 'em all!)
Roots Fest is all about the music so they’ve got not one, but TWO stages set up for live jams all day. They’re filling those stages with the best up-and-coming local bands to rep all of NC’s favorite genres. From blues to bluegrass and beyond, you’ll get to hear a kickass roster of diverse bands — get those dancin’ shoes ready! Ike Stubblefield (he’s played with with Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton and Al Green — just to name a few) is headlining the mainstage and bringing along some equally impressive friends for an exclusive, one-night-only performance.
There’s plenty of adult fun to be had but that doesn’t mean you’ve got to leave the kiddies at home! Local authors will lead storytimes, the NC Museum of Science will be showcasing animals, and there will be plenty of free, kid-friendly arts ‘n crafts projects to keep the little ones busy. Throw in family-friendly community art projects, games, and a bouncy house and you’ll have a very happy kiddo on your hands.
Want to try your hand at banjo making? Create your own dreamcatcher? Or make a glow-in-the-dark foxfire lantern? Roots Fest has you covered with tons of hands-on arts and crafts projects led by experts so you can get crafty with everything from glass blowing to African instrument making.
All coming from within a 40-mile radius, these artists are as local as local art gets. In addition to showing off their own art, they’ll be inviting you to create your own masterpieces and contribute to community art pieces.
Bring your appetite because Roots Fest is rounding up your favorite food trucks and vendors to satisfy every craving you’ve got. Nab yourself some authentic BBQ or indulge in some fried oreos. Liquid State, David Dumplings, and other Hillsborough Street favorites will be open for business, all with tons of extra picnic tables out front to hang out at.
What’s better than shopping local? Scoring a deal while shopping local, obviously. Vendors are primed and ready to offer you their best stuff at their best prices.