2017-04-19 / News

‘Festival for the Eno’ to be held July 1 and 4

Live music, crafts, food and drink, and fun on the river headline the Independence Day weekend celebration

Durham — The Eno River Association recently announced that the 38th annual Festival for the Eno will be held on July 1 and 4 at West Point on the Eno City Park. This Durham tradition will feature live music with over 65 artists on four stages, a juried craft show spotlighting over 90 local artisans, food trucks and area food vendors, a beer garden, educational workshops and plenty of family fun on the river.

Presented by the Eno River Association, the festival showcases the nature, culture and history of the Eno River Basin and annually raises tens of thousands of dollars for the purchase and protection of land along the Eno River.

A 38-year-old Independence Day weekend celebration, the festival provides safe, diverse, and fun entertainment for all ages and brings tens of thousands of people each year to the lush green banks of the Eno River.

“There is nothing else quite like the Festival for the Eno”, said event organizer Greg Bell. “It was modeled on Pete Seegar’s Clearwater Festival, and a note of congratulations from Seegar to our founders on the success of the first festival for the Eno hung on my wall for years. It’s so much more than a good cause; the festival for the Eno should be on every triangle resident’s bucket list.”

The Festival for the Eno is a recognized showcase for blues, bluegrass, old time, gospel, rock, world music and more. Four music stages and other venues offer an eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional music, storytelling, poetry, dance, puppetry and demonstrations.

This year’s event is anchored by performances by Afro-Beat legends Antibalas, Ruby Amanfu & Steelism, the African American Dance Ensemble, Dialli Cissokho & Kaira Ba, The Gospel Jubilators, A.J. Ghent and Orquesta Gardel among over 65 contemporary and traditional musical artists. For a complete list of performers, visit www.EnoFest.org.

The festival also features a juried arts show featuring 80 of North Carolina’s finest artisans offering fabulous work in clay, metal, jewelry, fabric, fiber, wood basketry, glass and more.

In addition to music and crafts, the Festival for the Eno offers food from local restaurants and popular food trucks and a craft beer garden. Environmental activities and exhibits including the award-winning “Trash-Free” program, backyard bees and chickens, Sustainable Home and Garden Expo, High Strung Hands-On Music, a mist tent, canoe and kayak rentals and demos, rain barrel painting, Hands-On Clay, E.E.E.K.! Eno Environmental Education for Kids, dance workshops, face-painting, clean energy demonstrations, non-profit displays, all on the shaded banks of the beautiful Eno River.

“We are also excited to be expanding our demonstrations this year, offering dance workshops throughout each day and presenting a celebration of North Carolina textile heritage called ‘From Farm to Tablecloth,’ in which attendees can process fiber through the steps that take it from a raw commodity to a finished piece,” said Bell.

Advance tickets for the 38th annual Festival for the Eno are $30 for a twoday pass and $18 for a single day pass. Teens (ages 13-17) pay $11 for a single day pass and children 12 and under are admitted free. Tickets are available at https://www.enofest.org/tickets or at more than 25 local ticket outlets.

For tickets and more information or participating artists and activities, visit www.EnoFest.org.

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