RALEIGH, N.C. — The OUT! Raleigh festival, “All Families Matter,” will be held on May 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., on City Plaza and Fayetteville St., between City Plaza and Martin St.

The event celebrates the LGBT community and its allies. Organizers said bringing awareness to the importance of family diversity, while fostering a sense of inclusiveness in the community, is the main goal.

Vendors will be on hand showcasing their products and services, while others will sell food and beverages throughout the day.

A KidsZone will be on hand to provide entertainment for the younger attendees. Included will be the Marbles Kids Museum, Cirque de Vol, Tanglewood Puppets, inflatable playground, Studio Joyeux, and interactive fun with BASF SE.

Parking is available near the festival site. Locations are detailed online.

info: lgbtcenterofraleigh.com. outraleigh.org.

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