Come Celebrate Spring at the Fourth Annual Festival for Wildlife!

Spring is on its way again and what better way to celebrate than at our Fourth Annual Festival for Wildlife!  This year’s festival will take place on Saturday, May 14th from 11 am to 6 pm at Leigh Farm Park in Durham.  There will be live animals, live music, food, crafts, games, displays, and plenty more to entertain you for the entire day!

Get a Festival Map and Schedule to see what’s happening when!

There is already an exciting line-up of exhibitors participating in the Festival. These include:

For a full list of exhibitors and details on their participation, click hereThese groups will have LIVE animals, displays, informational booths, and fun activities for children and adults alike!

Join us for the Paperhand Puppet Parade at 1:30 pm starting at the Honeybee Garden!  Dress up like an animal and join in the fun as we march around Leigh Farm Park and celebrate the wildlife around us!

In addition to all the animal fun, there will be live entertainment all day long!  There will be three stages this year, the Sweetgum Stage, the Creature Features Stage and the new Oak Forest Amphitheater.  Both stages will have music and/or events all day!

Sweetgum Stage Schedule: 

12:30 pm: Second Wind                                                

1:45 pm:  Too Much Fun

3:00 pm: Nikki Meets the Hibachi                        

4:15 pm: Jim Smith                                                          

Oak Forest Stage Schedule: 

11:30 am:  Lester Fricks

12:45 pm:  Off the Road Band

2:00 pm:  Cyril Lance

3:15 pm:   Ken Larson Trio

Creature Feature Stage: (live animal programs)

Griffin, the Black Vulture from Wildlife Rescue Center

11:45 Hawks & Falcons
12:15 Turtles
12:45 Owls
1:15    Amphibians
1:45    Vultures

2:15    Snakes
2:45    Hawks & Falcons
3:15    Turtles
3:45    Owls
4:15    Amphibians
4:45    Vultures
5:15    Snakes

Continue to check the website for updates on the Oak Forest Amphitheater schedule!

There will also be Historic Tours of Leigh Farm Park in the early afternoon.    Tours will be a 12 pm, 12:30 pm and 1 pm.  Interested in a tour? Meet at the Honeybee Garden (map) at least 5 minutes before the scheduled tour time to learn the history of the beautiful land that Piedmont Wildlife Center protects!

Tickets are on sale now! This year, for the first time, you can buy tickets online in advance for a discounted price.  Advance tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for teens, and children 12 and under get in FREE! Day-of prices are $10 for adults, $5 for teens, and again, FREE for children 12 and under.  Whichever way you pay, your ticket contribution will be put towards advancing Piedmont Wildlife Center’s mission of fostering healthy connections among people, wildlife and nature.

So invite your family, friends, and neighbors! Then grab a hat and some shades and come on down to Leigh Farm Park to support a great cause while having a hoot of a time!

To purchase tickets online, visit:

See you there!



Want to volunteer at the Festival? We need volunteers to help set up, clean up, and work the day of the Festival. There are plenty of ways you can help! For the full list of volunteer activities, please see the Festival Volunteer Interest Form. You can use the same form to sign up.