Holly Springs began as a crossroads located near fresh water springs and an abundance of holly trees, where travelers would stop to quench their thirst. While that bit of history doesn’t continue today, residents and visitors do indulge in what’s flowing from the growing town’s popular craft breweries, including Carolina Brewing Company and Bombshell Beer Company, one of the first female-owned breweries in North Carolina.nFounded by pro BMX rider and competitor Daniel Dhers, Daniel Dhers Action Sports Complex is the largest family-oriented, year-round, action sports facility in the world with more than 37,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor riding terrain. The facility includes a beginner area, pump tracks, foam pit and viewing areas (instruction available, too!).
Visitors seeking adventure in the great outdoors should make a point to visit Bass Lake Park, which features a fully stocked 54-acre lake, perfect for any fishing enthusiast. For those craving an artistic experience, the Holly Springs Cultural Center in the heart of Holly Springs offers local theater, performances and visual arts, highlighted by the annual Community Arts Festival in late Jan. Of course, Holly Springs boasts the producers-only Holly Springs Farmers Market, which offers up fresh-off-the-farm produce and products (hint: great gifts to take home).
With festivals and events going on all year, you’ll find Holly Springs is a thriving destination no matter when you visit. Enjoy the aromas and flavors of the Chili Cook-off in Oct, join the annual HollyFest community celebration in the late fall and celebrate the season at the Happy Holly Days Christmas parade. In May, embrace your inner-outdoorsman at the Longleaf Festival, celebrating the area’s longleaf pine ecosystem. Visitors will also be delighted to find outstanding restaurants throughout Holly Springs, like a deep-dish slice at Acme Pizza Co., a fresh Japanese meal at Kobe Hibachi & Sushi or a juicy burger and pint of cold beer at Bass Lake Draft House. End your visit with a walk or run along Holly Springs’ greenway, which skirts Bass Lake and is home to many species of native plants and animals.
Holly Springs, N.C., is a beautiful town to visit in the Raleigh area, hosting numerous festivals and special events for visitors to attend. To make the most out of a trip to Holly Springs, experience some of these main events held each year.
At Bass Lake Park in early April, enjoy Holly Springs’ Easter celebration with a community yard sale in the morning, the Spring Fling event with games, inflatables and music and the Egg Hunt at noon. Buy some items from the Holly Springs locals, or simply take the kids for a day of fun at Spring Fling!
Holly Springs continues Independence Day festivities into the day after with the July 5th celebration. This family-friendly event includes face painting, food vendors, inflatables and rides, kids’ crafts, live music, skydiving demonstrations and ends with a fireworks show, so your Fourth of July holiday can last a while longer.
Bass Lake Day
Bass Lake Day is Holly Springs’ annual nature and environmental education festival, taking place early Oct. at Bass Lake Park. The festival features interactive exhibits on several topics like recycling and native wildlife, crafts and games, live animals and live music. Join Holly Springs residents for Bass Lake Day to have a great day of environmental learning.
HollyFest is a large Holly Springs community celebration in late Oct., with day-long activities for families. Take in live entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a children’s corner and Kids Zone with games, inflatables and rides, cornhole and a business expo. At night, the festival continues with a Haunted Hayride on Sugg Farm Park. Recommended for older kids and adults, this Halloween hayride includes zombies, scary clowns and more surprises for the ultimate fear factor.
Main Street Christmas
Christmas begins in Holly Springs with the Main Street Christmas celebration in early Dec. Visit Santa at Town Hall or listen to stories with Mrs. Claus at the Holly Springs Cultural Center. Hayrides, live entertainment, crafts and the annual tree lighting are also included. Don’t miss out on Christmas fun with Holly Springs!
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Updated: 15th December, 2018 8:11 AM.