Festival for the Eno epitomizes the spirit of "find your folly." For 38 years, the fest has been bringing top notch music, food, artists and more to Durham, attracting thousands of adventure lovin' folks to support the Eno River. On July 1 and July 4, witness the magic in action as West Point on the Eno comes alive with live music, craft beer, food trucks, workshops and outdoor activities galore for all ages!
Music plays a huge role in the Festival for the Eno. Over 60 bands will show off their talent across four stages, with a special emphasis on the world music. Highlights this year include A.J. Ghent (songwriter and steel guitarist), Ruby Amanfu (Ghanaian-born singer based in Nashville praised by NPR and Rolling Stone) and Antibalas (Brooklyn-based afrobeat band)!
Fuel your fun with craft beer! SweetWater Brewing will pour their signature, tasty pints, and Bold Rock will offer its world-renowned cider. Soft drinks will also be available for purchase, including Durham's own Mati energy drinks, Whole Foods apple juice and Steaz Teas, plus craft coffee, herbal tea, bubble tea and more by Fetzko Coffee.
Food will not be in short supply at the fest! Over 20 vendors and food trucks will populate the outdoor food court, offering meals for all palates, like crêpes, vegan bites, Indian and homemade ice cream. Check out the full lineup of vendors and menus below, and commence mouthwatering!
- Vimala's Curryblossom Café (vegetarian, Indian-inspired street food and cold hibiscus tea)
- Liv's Food Truck (grilled chicken breast, Coastal Carolina crab cake sandwich, Chipotle black bean burger, Carolina Cuban, parmesan garlic tots, sweet potato fries)
- Vegan Flava Cafe (carrot tuna wraps, almond seafood salad wraps, vegetable wraps, walnut tacos, kale salad, waffles)
- Captain Ponchos Food Truck (tacos, burritos, sopes, fajitas, pupusas, quesadillas)
- Triangle Foods (beef and lamb gyros, chicken gyros, steak and pork gyros)
- Charlie’s Foods (funnel cakes, hot dogs, corn dogs)
- Jamaica Jamaica (rice, black beans, yellow fried plantains, stir-fried cabbage, Jerk chicken, veggie patties, beef patties, coco bread)
- Foxy Concessions (cotton candy, candy apples, shaved ice snow cones, frozen chocolate-coated bananas, nachos)
- Parlez-Vous Crêpes (sweet and savory crêpes)
- D & J Concessions (smoothies, lemonade, soft-serve ice cream, floats, milkshakes, turkey legs, roasted corn, cheesecake on a stick, key lime pie on a stick, blooming onions, fried veggies, fried candy bars, fried pickles)
- Dickey's Barbecue Pit (pulled pork sandwiches, beef brisket sandwiches, chicken, cole slaw, baked beans, and baked potato casserole)
- Orlando's Concessions (fried fish, grilled salmon, grilled crabcakes, fried shrimp, french fries, slaw)
- Locopops (handmade popsicles)
- Smitty’s Homemade Ice Cream (homemade ice cream and chocolate chip cookies)
Leave the festival with a new skill under your belt! Educators at West Point on the Eno will showcase a variety of talents for you to dabble with, from DIY cider making to clay pottery to dance to musical instruments to live, wild creature exhibits, plus a smattering of ways to live more sustainably help Eno River State Park prosper. Learning something has never been more fun!
The Eno River is stunning year-round, and festival-goers should make the most of it. Whether you hike the trails, wade in the river, take a quick paddle trip (kayaks provided!) or just find a nice spot to relax in the sun, we recommend you bask in the park's gorgeous natural area (and get your heart pumping too!).
Festival for the Eno is also a unique opportunity to browse and shop over 80 local craft vendors and artisans! Ranging from pottery to jewelry to henna art to dog treats, you're guaranteed to leave the festival with one-of-a-kind gifts and goods.
Festival for the Eno is the Eno River Association's biggest fundraiser. For nearly 50 years, it's been the org's job to keep natural areas of Durham and Orange County beautiful—something we can all get behind! If you're feeling generous, you can donate to them directly via their website, or volunteer at the festival! Volunteers are granted free access for tasks such as t-shirt sales, photography, running a pottery wheel and face painting, so you can stay active and connect with the community while giving a helping hand too—everyone wins!