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CHAPEL HILL, N.C.,
March 5, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Spring is in the air and you know what that means: Azaleas, dogwoods and honeysuckle bloom in the warmer weather and, if you have a teenager, trips to college towns are part of the plan. Whether it's for a weekend, a college visit with your teenager or a spring break getaway, the
Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau says the greater
Chapel Hill, NC communities have tons of spring events to fill your travel calendar.
April rolls-in with an art sculpture tour, a scenic 10-mile running race through town and weekly outdoor music from some of
North Carolina's best bands. Live music creates the perfect atmosphere for kicking back, relaxing under the shady oaks and magnolias every week during Fridays on the Front Porch on the lawn of The Carolina Inn. Enjoy a picnic menu and drink specials every Friday from
5 p.m. –
8 p.m. from late April through early October.
For science lovers, explore laboratories and try your hand at some super cool activities during the UNC Science Expo on
April 13, part of the NC Science Festival. Forty small farms in central
North Carolina are part of the nation's largest sustainable farm tour. Come learn about the area's local and organic farm and food scene. Meet local farmers and tour their beautiful farms
April 27-28 on the Piedmont Farm Tour.
Hillsborough, NC starts its Last Fridays series on
April 26 through September. It's a monthly evening event of live music, food, arts, crafts, kid's activities and even an old fashioned pie contest.
Carrboro, next to
Chapel Hill, brings back its Jazz & More Brunch and evening After Hours on the Weaver Street Market Lawn where Dancing Bruce, hula hoops and local brews are part of the celebration.
This area in central
North Carolina has some of the best farmers markets in the state and when spring rolls around, there are six to choose from open four days a week; Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday.
You can celebrate 60 years of beautiful gardens in
Hillsborough during the Spring Garden tour May 11-12. The 31
st Annual Hillsborough Hogg Day (new name in 2013) is May 17-18. This community fair-type festival is fun for the whole family with live music, children's games and entertainment, an antique car display, arts and crafts, food trucks, and of course barbecue. Hogg Day is now named after
James Hogg, a merchant originally from
Scotland who came to
Hillsborough and was a patriot in the Revolution. This year enjoy the added bonus of living history activities.
Of course, the historic
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus is one of the most beautiful campuses in the country especially in the springtime.
For accommodations and a complete list of Spring 2013 events, visit
Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau