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Weekend Picks: July 29th – 31st


Dram & Draught Opens Friday at 5pm in Raleigh

Dram & Draught Grand Opening ~ Friday
Dram & Draught opens it doors to the public this Friday. Located on Hillsborough Street across the street from Char-Grill. The bar will feature whiskey, craft beer, cocktails and wine. Looks like it will also regularly host food trucks . The Chirba Chirba dumpling truck will be parked in their lot this Friday starting at 5pm.

Rooftop Social at Skyhouse Raleigh ~ Friday
Skyhouse Apartments on Blount Street is hosting a rooftop party tonight with music by Four Founders  to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County! Their will be silent auction items, a Dos Taquitos Xoco taco bar and Crank Arm Brewing Company providing beverages. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

Triangle Vegan Meetup at Trophy on Maywood ~ Friday
A Triangle Vegan Meetup will be held at Trophy Brewing on Maywood Friday from 6-8pm. In addition to beer, the featured food truck is Soomsoom Pita Pockets.

Cardinal Directions Beer Festival ~ Saturday
An afternoon filled with 20+ NC breweries pouring Saisons. Held at The Carrboro Town Commons. There will be food trucks, non-alcoholic beverage vendors and live music. The festival is open to the public and all are welcome! Tickets are $20 and include a festival glass and 5 sample pours, additional samples are available for $1 each. You can buy tickets here.

Chatham Street Chowdown ~ Sunday
Food truck rodeo in downtown Cary with over 25 trucks, live music, and local beer. While your there I recommend visiting Brew Coffee Bar and Bond Brothers Brewing. There are lots of cool things going on in downtown Cary these days and the food truck rodeo is a great excuse to go there and explore. View a list of the scheduled trucks here.



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Weekend Picks: July 22nd-24th


Quail Ridge Books Grand Opening ~ Saturday & Sunday
Quail Ridge Books is celebrating their grand opening in their new permanent North Hills location this weekend. The opening event will feature six prize drawings a day each for kids and adults. Awards include t-shirts, books and other fun gifts! Craft and book activity stations will be available all day both days. And tattoos – yup literary tattoos. For more information check them out on facebook.

Destination Dix ~ Saturday
The City of Raleigh is hosting a festival this weekend in the Dorothea Dix Park. Festivities will include live music, food trucks, and a beer garden. There will also be plenty for the kids to enjoy including a ferris wheel,  ethered hot air balloon rides, kids crafts and inflatables, a vision wall, lawn games and a Touch-a-Truck area. Shuttles to the festival are provided. You can get all the details here.

Big Lebowski at NCMA ~ Saturday
The North Carolina Museum of Art celebrates the Dude, the laziest man in L.A. County. The movie plays outside at 9pm. There will be a food truck roundup with 9 local trucks, games and prizes for costumes. The fun begins at 6:30pm. Tickets are $6. Details here.

Durham Bull Moon Ride ~ Saturday
A family-friendly, evening simultaneous 5K run and 12-mile bike run starting and ending with music, food, and entertainent at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park all to support Duham Habitat! A fun way to explore Durham! Ride is 7pm this Saturday. You can register here.


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Weekend Picks: July 1-4th


If you are sticking around the Triangle this holiday weekend there will be plenty for you to enjoy. If you are looking for a place to see fireworks this weekend check out my recent post here. Otherwise here are my top picks this weekend. Have a happy and safe 4th of July!

First Friday – Art, Music, Markets ~ Friday
Tonight is “First Friday” in downtown Raleigh. Visit the local art galleries and studios and hit up the Morning Times Market on Hargett Street. There will also be live music at Brew Coffee and the Two Roosters Ice Cream truck at Yellowdog Bread.

Festival for the Eno ~ Saturday & Monday
The Eno River Festival features over 65 performers on 4 stages, with a juried craft show with 8o vendors, and backyard chickens and bees, and food trucks. This is a ticketed event. For more details and purchase tickets vist their website here.

Block Party at Nickelpoint & Neuse River Brewery ~Sunday
Nuese River & Nickelpoint Brewing are throwing their First Annual Independence Block Party this Sunday from 2-10pm. They will close of the street and have live music all day, 4 food trucks (Cockadoodlemoo Truck, Flirting With Fire Mobile Wood Fired Pizza,Cousins Maine Lobster, Baozi), two dessert trucks ( Jay’s Italian Ice, Two Roosters Ice Cream), local vendors, and more!

More Weekend Exploring Ideas – Sunflowers & Farmers’ Markets
If you are looking to do some exploring I suggest paying a visit to the Raleigh sunflower fields located near the Wake / Johnston County Boarder. You can get a preview and directions from my recent post about the sunflowers here. The flowers usually begin to wilt by mid July so make sure you get out there soon!

The Durham Farmers Market runs weekly from 8am-12pm at Durham Central Park. This is by far my favorite market in the Triangle. There are lots of great local farmers, local artisans, and Hunt Street transforms into a mini food truck rodeo with 5-6 trucks serving breakfast and lunch items. A must visit with any out of town guests this holiday weekend.


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Weekend Picks: June 17th – 19th


Peter Lamb and the Wolves play Creekside Wind Down this Friday
(Photo courtesy Brad Habeeb Photography)

Below is a quick rundown of my top picks for the weekend. Whatever you end up doing I hope you stay cool!

Raleigh RunDown 1-miler – Friday
Looking to run your fastest mile ever? Then this is the race for you! The Raleigh RunDown is the fastest mile in North Carolina! This fast one mile course downhill along Centennial Parkway. The Raleigh RunDown is your chance for a PR! Resigstraition is jus

Creekside Wind Down at Triangle Town Center – Friday
This Summer Triangle Town Center Mall is hosting the Creekside Wind Down each Friday from 5:30-8:30PM for Creekside Wind Down. This family-friendly summer series will feature a live band every week, plus yard games, local brews and more! Located outside the food court near the fountain. This week’s band is Peter Lamb and the Wolves.

Triangle Community Band Festival – Saturday
The Triangle Community Band Festival starts at 4pm in Durham Central Park featuring. It will include performances from The Cary Town Band, Durham Community Concert Band, Holly Springs Community Band, Raleigh Concert Band, and the Village Band!  Each group will perform for a half hour and then we join together for a mass performance of Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Food and drinks available for purchase from local food trucks. Admission is FREE.

Outdoor Movie at North Carolina Museum of Art – Saturday
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of cult classic Labyrinth with a night of music and film! Cirque de Vol and the Labyrinth Bowie Cover Band perform, followed by a screening of Labyrinth. The event includes food trucks, face painting, and a Bowie tribute wall. Doors open (and activities start) at 6:30 pm, performances start at 7:30 pm, and the movie screens at 9 pm.Tickets: $10 NCMA members, $15 nonmembers

Durham Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday
This is Durham’s Annual Father’s Day Food Truck Rodeo. Over 50 local food trucks in Durham Central Park from 12-4pm this Sunday. Local beer will also be available for purchase. You can view the complete list of participating trucks here.

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Weekend Picks: May 6th-8th

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Sunday brunch at Piedmont in Durham

It’s May and are now well into festival season here in the Triangle. Below is a quick look at some events on my radar this weekend along with a few of my top picks for Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday.

Art of Cool Jazz Festival – Friday through Sunday
The Art of Cool Festival (AOCFEST) is a progressive jazz and alternative soul music festival located in downtown Durham. Three days of over 60 world-class performances & presenters at ten different venues across Durham. 

First Friday in Downtown Raleigh – Friday
First Friday is one of Raleigh’s most popular montly events. The First Friday of every month for enjoy a fun-filled introduction to Raleigh’s exciting art, music and dining scene.

Apex Peak Festival –Saturday
The Apex Peak Festival is a family friendly event in downtown Apex along Salem Street. Featuring live music, vendors, and activities for the kids from 9am-5pm.

Wake Forest Meet in the Street – Saturday
Meet in the Street offers a day filled with food, fun and entertainment, including live music, food trucks, a beer garden and children’s activities in downtown Wake Forest. Runs from 10am-5pm. Admission is free.

Derby Day at Duke Inn & Golf Club – Saturday
Join the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club for the 142nd Annual Kentucky Derby grand celebration, featuring pre-race festivities and victory exhilaration. Hats and gloves encouraged, this Derby-worthy atmosphere will stimulate your excitement and get you in the racing mood. Savor Triple Crown cocktails and trophy-winning fare for an award-winning day.

The Derby Day Brunch kicks off the day from 10:30 – 2 p.m. in Fairview Dining Room. Hats and Gloves Derby Afternoon Tea is held 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Dinner at Dusk three-course meal begins at 5:30 p.m. in Fairview Dining Room. The dinner is $35 per person. 142nd Run for the Roses starts at 6:34 p.m., airing in Bull Durham Bar,

Mother’s Day Brunch Suggestions – Sunday
Some of these places may already be booked up so please be sure to call ahead to make your reservations. I recommend the following places for brunch this Sunday:

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