May seems to be an exceptionally busy month and no wonder – when we have such an amazing community of entrepreneurs, artists, foodies, farmers, and musicians, there is always something to celebrate, including failure! Learning from your mistakes is a huge part of business success – hear some great stories at Fail Fest this Wednesday. And save time this weekend to visit both the Got to Be NC Festival highlighting some of the best of NC’s agricultural heritage, and Artsplosure, the downtown Raleigh arts festival featuring over 180 artisans in 10 different categories.

Fail Fest

Fail Fest: Wednesday, May 13th

Who wants to admit they messed up? It’s time to change that perception. Fail Fest celebrates the role failure plays in moving companies and communities forward. Held at the William Cozart Warehouse in the Warehouse District, this day-long conference event offers attendees the chance to hear stories of failure and how successful business men and women turned their sour experiences into helpful opportunities. Speakers include Jessie Williams, Owen Jordan, Sean Maroni, Paul Miller, Dawn Daria, and more. Arrive at 8:30 a.m. for a talk about helpful resources for entrepreneurs! The cost to attend this event is $25, but the wealth of knowledge you can learn from accepting your failures is priceless. Visit the Fail Fest website to learn more and reserve your ticket. Catered lunch included in registration cost.

NC Festival

Got To Be NC Festival: Friday, May 15th – Sunday, May 17th

Get ready for three great days of down-home celebration North Carolina-style at the 2015 Got to Be NC Festival held at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds in Raleigh. This three day event, a production of the NC Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, offers a wealth of opportunities to experience and appreciate local vendors, homegrown fare, and more. The many attractions of this event include:

  • Carnival rides and games: Purchase tickets or ride all day for $20!
  • Agri-Plaza and Kidz Corral: Meet animals of all sizes – from fuzzy chicks hatching on the spot to silly alpacas
  • Clicks of Confidence: Meet Lauryn Zapeda and her equestrian friend, Gringo, as they delight audiences with tricks Gringo has learned through positive reinforcement
  • Pig Races: Cheer on your favorite swine and see who will win the coveted Cheese Doodle
  • Pony Rides
  • Daily tractor parade
  • Antique Farm Equipment Display: Roam through the largest antique farm equipment display in the Southeast
  • BBQ Cook-off benefiting the Masonic Home for Children
  • Homegrown Fare: North Carolina food companies, breweries, and wineries will be supplying samples and selling some of the most delightful flavors North Carolina has to offer.
  • Deranged Delicacies: Dine on the weird, the odd, and the downright insane!
  • Live music
  • Lineman Rodeo
  • Auto shows
  • Fireworks (Friday and Saturday nights)
  • and much more!

Click here to visit the Got To Be NC Festival website and learn more! Admission: Free, varying cost for attractions.


Artsplosure – The Raleigh Arts Festival: Friday, May 15th – Sunday, May 17th

Artsplosure, celebrating its 36th anniversary, is one of the Southeast’s premier arts festivals attracting more than 80,000 people to downtown Raleigh during the third weekend in May every year. This event, peppered with art exhibits of all kinds, will be held on Fayetteville Street and Moore Square in downtown Raleigh. Every aspect of the festival is curated with an eye toward presenting quality art and a healthy dose of the unexpected, balancing critically acclaimed national artists with some of N.C.’s best performing and visual artists. You may expect to encounter:

  • Great music filling the streets
  • A larger-than-life chessboard
  • China Arts Festival
  • Community Birdhouse Project – artists will be invited to decorate birdhouses to be raffled off
  • Aerial acrobatics magic right in the middle of downtown
  • Moore Square Street Piano
  • “Sandy Feat” sand art by Ed Moore
  • and more!

Click here to visit the Artsplosure website and learn more!

“Artsplosure’s mission is to produce quality events that make the works of the most imaginative and celebrated artist accessible to the public – all in an effort to enrich the community and inspire greater love for the visual and performing arts.”

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