May 2-685th N.C. Strawberry FestivalChadbournFive days of celebrating North Carolina’s official red berry in “The Strawberry Capital of the World.” The annual event features concerts, pageant, car show, parade, variety show, and strawberry auction. ncstrawberryfestival.comMay 3-7Ansel Adams: Masterworks North Carolina Museum of ArtRaleighThis exhibition focuses on a collection of 48 photographs by Adams, a selection he made late in his life to serve as a succinct representation of what he deemed the best work of his career, called “The Museum Set.” On Friday May 5, the museum will remain open until 9 p.m..May 633rd Annual Smithfield Ham & Yam FestivalSmithfield The Ham & Yam Festival features a barbecue cookoff, rubber duck race, 5K run and a full schedule of events that will attract thousands of people to downtown Smithfield. Craft and commercial vendors line the streets, food vendors offer a variety of fair foods featuring country ham and sweet potatoes. Local bands perform on three stages.May 4-7Shakori Hills Festival of Music & DancePittsboro Four days of music, art, dance and more. Four stages and more than 60 bands. Lots of food, craft beer (including Carolina Brewery & Grill and Fullsteam Brewery) and wine (SilkHope Winery).May 5-6Jiggy with the Piggy FestivalKannapolis Jiggy with the Piggy is a 36-year tradition that includes a Kansas City Barbeque Society Competition, rides, 5K Walk/Run, Arts & Craft Vendors, Concerts, Friday Night outdoors movie, an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast at Cannon Memorial YMCA, and People’s Choice BBQ and Wings Tasting.May 643rd Annual Wooden Boat ShowBeaufort The 43rd Annual Wooden Boat Show has received top honors from the Southeast Tourism Society as a “Top 20 Event for the Southeast” by celebrating traditional wooden boatbuilding and the sport of boat racing. Dozens of handcrafted wooden boats will be on display, along with nautical demonstrations and activities for children.
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