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Make plans to visit Chapel Hill & Orange County, NC to experience a variety of festivals and events highlighting gardens, culture, food, music, history, farms and more. The Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau shares ten multi-day events worth planning to trip to central North Carolina for during 2017. 

Piedmont Farm Tour, April 22-23. 22nd annual tour includes 35 farms opened to the public designed to connect farmers and consumers. www.carolinafarmstewards.org

Hillsborough Spring Garden Tour, May 20-21. Visit beautiful private and public gardens in town and the countryside around Historic Hillsborough, NC. www.hillsboroughgardenclubnc.com

The 16th Annual 10 By 10 in the Triangle, July 7-23.  An international festival of new, ten-minute plays. 10 Actors, 10 Directors, 10 Minutes at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC. www.artscenterlive.org

18th Annual Giant Puppet Pageant, August 4-September 4. Paperhand Puppet Intervention's summer festival extravaganza happens weekends in historic Forest Theatre on UNC-Chapel Hill campus. http://paperhand.org

35th Annual Hog Day, September 15-16.  Family-friendly festival with music, food, crafts, children's games, contests and lots of barbecue in downtown Hillsborough, NC's River Park.  www.hogday.org

Carrboro Music Festival, September 23-24. 20th annual Festival features all types of music by 180 acts performing at 25 indoor or outdoor venues throughout downtown Carrboro. www.carrboromusicfestival.com

8th Annual TerraVita Food & Drink Festival, October 18-21. 4-day renowned Chapel Hill food festival featuring chefs, food artisans and beverages dedicated to excellence and sustainability in the South. www.terravitafest.com

23rd Annual Orange County Open Studio Tour, November 4-5 & 11-12.  During the first two weekends each November, approximately 80 artists throughout the county open their studios to see where and how they work and view and purchase their art.  http://www.orangecountyartistsguild.com/

12th Annual Carrboro Film Festival, November, 18-19. Two-day festival featuring workshops and more than 40 films. www.carrborofilmfestival.com

20th Annual Twelve Days of Christmas, December 1-December 31. The Carolina Inn is festively adorned for the holidays with enchanting decorations based on the traditional song, The Twelve Days of Christmas. Self-guided tours, festive meals, holiday teas, music, dance, horse drawn carriage rides and a display of wonderful gingerbread houses. www.12daysevents.com

For more events and details about attractions and accommodations in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough, NC, visit www.visitchapelhill.org or call (919) 245-4320.

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