HollyFest, the town’s fall festival that typically attracts 10,000-15,000 people to Sugg Farm, has been canceled this year due to the likelihood for continued COVID-19 mass gathering restrictions. But while the festival is canceled, Holly Springs Parks & Recreation staff are creating a variety of events that allow for social distancing and other COVID-19 safety precautions.
“While we are disappointed that we will not be able to hold a large community festival this year, we are looking forward to being able to host other new smaller events that allow for social distancing and follow recommended safety practices,” said Holly Springs Parks & Recreation Director LeeAnn Plumer. “We look forward to celebrating HollyFest 2021.”
While additional events are being planned, currently scheduled events include:
Friday, Sept. 4
Gates open at 6 p.m., Concert begins at 7 p.m.
Enjoy live music again with a drive-in concert! We’ll stream the music on stage right to your vehicle radio (or any FM radio you bring). Vehicles will be parked so you can comfortably see the stage. Tickets are sold per vehicle, and you can bring as many people as you have seat belts. Audience members must be in a vehicle to gain entrance to the concert. Join us for a live (socially distant) performance!
Beatlesque, a four-piece Beatles tribute band, returns to Holly Springs by popular demand. The band strives to replicate the sound and look of The Beatles to the closest detail while performing music from the entire Beatles catalog. In costume and in character, these fab four enjoy the challenge and thrill of recreating the music that we all know and love.
Tickets and additional details.
Dog Day at the Holly Springs Farmers Market
Saturday, Sept. 12, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
West Ballentine Street around Cultural Center
Your family and pets are invited to join us for Dog Day at the Market! Enjoy special dog-loving inspired booths. Local area rescues, businesses and vendors specializing in pet services will be present to provide a great opportunity for enjoying this autumn morning. Details
Teddy Bear Picnic
Saturday, Sept. 12, 4-6 p.m.
Holly Springs Cultural Center
Advance registration required
Bring a blanket or chairs, and join us on the Cultural Center lawn for a socially distanced bear building and picnic event. We will provide you with all the materials to build your very own furry friend (unstuffed teddy bear and fiber filling). After putting our bears together, light refreshments will be provided as well as music for a dance party with your new friend. Each registered participant is allowed to bring one adult to the event with them. Register online. Activity code: 4324506
Picnic & Paint
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 6-7 p.m.
Holly Springs Cultural Center lawn
Join us for a fun picnic and painting event on the lawn of the Cultural Center. We’ll be painting a pair of canvases based on "Owl Moon." This event is meant for pairs of people - parent/child, grandparent/grandchild, couple, etc. - to attend and paint together. Each person will paint one of the canvases which then can be hung as a pair on a wall. Bring your own picnic or purchase dinner from the food trucks that will be on the other side of the Cultural Center for the evening farmers market. The $40 registration fee covers both participants. An additional $10 supply fee (per pair) is payable directly to the instructor who will bring all the necessary supplies. Registration code number is 4360301; register online.
Saturday, Oct. 10, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Artists must reserve space in advance
Artists ages 6-adult are invited to decorate 8x8’ squares. The squares must be reserved in advance and will be socially distanced from each other. Photos of completed artwork will be placed on Facebook for public voting on age group winners in three categories. Details and registration.
Holly Springs Parks & Recreation is planning additional activities for later this fall including socially distanced Halloween events with a haunted trail, a drive-in movie series and an artisan market. More details will be announced soon.