Photo of marchers in Cary, NC's centennial parade down Academy Street in 1971.

Overview of the year.

Join us in celebrating Cary's 150th anniversary this year. The details are developed with your health and safety in mind. Stay tuned for more information!

Past Events

 Fall 2021

Cary150 Time Capsule  

Downtown Park

Citizens will have the opportunity to submit their items for consideration into the Cary150 Time Capsule. This capsule will reflect our current community and the celebration year. It will be buried in the Downtown Park.

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 September 12

Kids Sing & Celebrate  

Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park (801 High House Rd, Cary, NC 27513)

You are invited to Cary’s Birthday Party! Kindervillage, in partnership with the Town of Cary, invites you and your family to a birthday party in celebration of the Cary150 year and KinderVillage’s 30th Anniversary! The program will include singing, dancing, and birthday treats! All are welcome with the program tailored for children under 7. Click the link to register!

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 Fall 2021

Visualizing Cary’s Past, Present, and Future  

Calling all artists! We are hosting an art contest and are looking for artists of all mediums, grades 6 – 10. If you like to create art, we encourage you to submit a piece centering around the theme of past, present or future of Cary to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Town of Cary. Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place winners, with the top prize being a brand-new Wacom tablet! All artworks will be showcased at an art exhibition. Come be a part of the fun and submit your work. Deadline for submittals: Oct 30, 2021. Click ‘more info’ to visit the contest website.

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 July 24 and July 31

Celebrate Cary  

Downtown Cary, Academy Street

It is Cary’s Birthday Year, and we are celebrating it in a big way! Please join us at 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 24 and Saturday, July 31, for a community street party. This party will have something for everyone!

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 July 24 - 31, 2021

Sesquicentennial Sweets  

Many of Cary’s bakeries and sweet shops are offering specially priced Sesquicentennial Sweets from July 24 through August 1. Participants can choose from cupcakes, turnovers, bread, teacakes, crepes, Whoopie Pies and more. Pick up a Bingo Card at any participating shop to track your treats and enter for a chance to win prizes. Bingo cards will be available for download from this site on July 21

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 April 9, 10, 17

We Are Cary: 150 Years Later  

Location: Projections on the Cary Arts Center

Celebrate Cary though a community art project led by internationally known artist Jan-Ru Wan. The goal is to demonstrate the resilience of our community during this unique time we’re living through.

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 On Demand

Virtual Celebration

Location: Cary's Facebook and Youtube Pages

On April 3, 2021, the Town of Cary celebrated our Town’s 150th Anniversary. In case you missed it live, you can still enjoy the virtual celebration that honors our past, highlight Cary’s best, and showcase everything we love about our community—followed by a virtual performance to our Town from Chatham Rabbits and Hiss Golden Messenger to commemorate the day.

Watch the celebration video on the Town of Cary’s Facebook page, or on Cary’s Youtube channel.

 June 2021

Cary at 150  

Filmmaker Hal Goodtree interviews local historians and citizens to illustrate Cary’s Past, Present, and Future in video.

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 March 30–April 3

Birthday Scavenger Hunt

Location: Throughout Cary's Parks

To celebrate the Sesquicentennial, we’re placing birthday cards with stickers throughout Cary’s parks March 30-April 2. If you find one this week, snap a photo with your sticker, share your pic on social media, and use #Cary150 & #HappyBirthdayCary

 Spring 2021

My Tree, Our Tree Pickup  

We want to help you plant a native tree in your yard! A provider of beauty, shade and wildlife habitat, your new tree will grow over time and add to the environmental health of our community by absorbing carbon dioxide and helping reduce flooding. Together, let’s add a tree to your yard and our community’s tree canopy. Each tree will include a tree stake to the commemorate the 150th year. All trees have been reserved. More opportunities will be available in the Fall 2021.

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Cary the Stories  

Come celebrate Cary’s 150th birthday and learn about its history. In this original play, written by Dr. Katherine Loflin, a new family moves to Cary and stops in at Ashworth’s for their famous hot dogs. The family discovers they share the same names as Cary’s founding family, Frank & Catherine Page, as Mr. Ashworth takes them through several centuries of life in Cary. The show highlights stories of Cary’s people and places across the centuries, as the town gradually moved from being the place in between to the place to be.

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 November 13, 2021

Gala, Masquerade 150

This event has been postponed.

As we are closing out the celebration year, the Masquerade 150 will be a high-end gala to benefit the Play It Forward and Oasis Nonprofits. Using the theme Past, Present, and Future, this event highlights the best of Cary through a spectacular event.

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