“Like a giant backyard barbecue for the creative class: it’s homey and raucous, full of music, dancing, crafts and sweaty kids slurping giant glasses of lemonade.”

                                -The New York Times
 

The Festival for the Eno is a celebration that brings the community together through music, art, food, and mutual love and respect for the Eno River! Held annually by the Eno River Association in Durham, the festival raises awareness and funds to protect and preserve the wildlife and natural areas in the Eno River Basin. 

 

This Independence Day weekend marks the event’s 40th anniversary and takes place over the course of two days - Thursday July 4th and Saturday July 6th from 10am to 6pm.
 

So what draws more than 20,000 people to the banks of the Eno for the festival each year? It is one of the premier art and folk festivals in the Southeast. This year alone there are over 70 bands located across 5 stages playing a mix of contemporary and traditional music, 80 regional craft and artisan booths, and 20 local food trucks and vendors attending the event.

 

There are also hands-on activities for the whole family to enjoy like learning to “throw” a pot on a potter’s wheel, face painting, canoeing and kayaking, weaving, gardening, Old Time and ukulele jam sessions, and much more! 
 

For more info, check out the festival’s website here