One of the best times of the year, in Chatham Park, comes with the return of warmer temperatures and its famous Carolina blue spring skies. As soon as the first flowers peek their heads from the ground, residents emerge from the nests of their homes to enjoy all the balmy day offerings that the quaint Town of Pittsboro, NC presents. Here are a list of some of our favorite springtime activities around Chatham Park.
Pittsboro First Sunday
Pittsboro leaps into action at the start of the spring season with the return of First Sundays, hosted by the Pittsboro Business Association. This Artisan Fair and Market is a family-friendly event that should become a regular addition to everyone’s calendar. Local vendors fill their booths with art, jewelry, soaps, pottery, and more. There are also a variety of food trucks to choose from, when the shopping bags are full, to wrap up the afternoon with a delicious regional treat. The Artisan Fair and Market will be open the first Sunday of each month in downtown Pittsboro from noon to 4pm, March to December.
Local Farmers Markets
Shopping local is so simple in Pittsboro as there are farmers’ markets available several days per week. There are endless opportunities to grab some baked goods, jams, jellies, fresh fruits, vegetables, plants, and more.
YMCA Leprechaun Dash
As old man winter takes his leave, Chatham County welcomes a very special Leprechaun! The inaugural Chatham County YMCA Leprechaun Dash will take place on the morning of March 12th. The paved course, with a downhill finish, will have options for all levels of participants, with both 5k and 10k distances. Walkers, runners, and baby strollers/joggers are all welcome. Prizes will be awarded to those with the most Leprechaun spirit, but the real winners will be the children of Chatham County who will be the beneficiaries of this fun for the whole family fundraiser. The course will start at the YMCA and traverse right through Chatham Park, the proud signature sponsor. After logging your distance for the day, take a quick cooldown walk to any of Pittsboro’s nearby restaurants or breweries.
Found It! Chatham Rabbit Hunt
Found It! is back for its second year, on April 9th, in downtown Pittsboro. Hillsboro Street will hide six newly embellished rabbit sculptures for participants to track down in a selfie scavenger hunt. The first 25 people to return to Pittsboro’s Welcome Center, with their mission and photos complete, will win a voucher to participating downtown businesses. Have your cameras ready at 10:30am!
Hosted by the Chatham Arts Council, ClydeFEST is an annual kids event that celebrates local folk artist, Clyde Jones. This old-school carnival includes arts and crafts activities for all ages, food trucks, information booths, and live performances. For the first time in two years, ClydeFEST will be returning to Bynum Ball Park to celebrate its 20th anniversary on April 30th from 11am to 4pm. Admission is free.
PBO Farm & Art Dinner
Main Street Pittsboro will roll out the tables and chairs to create one giant farm table on May 1st as the annual PBO Farm & Art Dinner returns to Hillsboro Street. Guests will enjoy farm to fork dishes while listening to local music – a true celebration of the local agriculture and artistry that makes Pittsboro so unique.
Maple View Ice Cream Truck
Are you a lover of ice cream? The Maple View Mobile Ice Cream Truck will tap into the local fruit harvest of blueberries, blackberries, and more to add to its traditional menu which features over twenty different flavors. Maple View Mobile is locally owned, distributing ice cream and yogurts from Pittsboro’s Simply Natural Creamery right to your Chatham Park doorstep.
Carolina Tiger Rescue
What better way to celebrate the Year of the Tiger than a visit to the Carolina Tiger Rescue? The tiger population is the focus of conservationists worldwide this year as 2022 marks the completion of a twelve-year initiative to double wild tiger populations. This initiative was kicked off with the last Year of the Tiger in 2010 and, while populations are on the rise, there is still much more work ahead. The Pittsboro- based tiger rescue has many ways for its neighbors to join the effort.
Bynum Music Series
Bynum’s General Store, on Bynum Road in Pittsboro, has brought back its Bynum Music Series, started in 2001 to help sustain the history of this retired cotton mill. Upcoming shows are on the books for March 19th (Tim Smith, William Nesmith, Junkman Jack Gorham), April 2nd (Abigail Dowd, Lyn Koonce, Eric Bannan), and April 16th (Joe Newberry, April Verch). Check out Bynum Front Porch for the latest updates.
Spring is alive and well in the Town of Pittsboro and the residents of Chatham Park are fortunate to have endless options to enjoy this amazing time of year right in their own backyard. Come visit both today and find the perfect place to put down your roots!