Discount to Festival for the Eno

Two-day festival in July offers music, local arts and crafts and beer garden 

Festival for the Eno is July 4 and 6 and will feature live music on three stages, arts and a beer garden. Photo courtesy of Eno River Association.

To celebrate the July Fourth holiday, Duke faculty and staff can enjoy live music, food and arts and crafts on the banks of the Eno River at a savings while supporting a local cause.

July 4 is the kick-off for the two-day Festival for the Eno, an event presented by the Eno River Association to protect and preserve the natural resources of the Eno River.  

Through 5 p.m. June 28, faculty and staff can purchase discounted tickets to the 34th annual festival through PERQS, the Duke employee discount program. The discount rate is $14 for the one-day pass and $24 for the two-day pass. Tickets for festival-goers ages 13 to 17 are $10. Kids 12 and under get in free.

"The Festival for the Eno is a great community event. It has something for folks of all ages," said Margaret Muir, nursing program manager at Duke Regional Hospital. "I always leave with a nice craft for our home which is uniquely original. It's a fun and a worthwhile event which supports our gorgeous river."

Muir, who has attended the festival about 15 times, will volunteer at the hospitality station this year with her 15-year-old daughter, Marie.

The festival, which is July 4 and 6, will feature live music on three stages with more than 50 performers, including headliner and American folk rock band, the Mountain Goats. Another music highlight this year includes a performance by Duke alums, Bombadil. There will be environmental education activities and more than 100 craft artists.

Food trucks, including Captain Poncho's Tacos, LIV'S, Parlez-Vous Crepes, Vegan Flava Cafe and Fetzko Coffees, will accompany the festival. New this year, to cool off, festival-goers can enjoy refreshments on the lawn at the SweetWater Brewing Company beer garden.

"The festival for the Eno is a fun way to bring attention to the river, and it's how we raise money for protecting the land along its banks," said Cynthia Satterfield, development director for the Eno River Association. "In fact, we just purchased four more acres for Eno River State Park this month. This year's Festival will help us raise the money we need to buy the next piece of land."