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Weekend Picks: April 23-26th


I can’t believe April is already almost over.  Fortunately there is plenty to do this weekend to end the month with a bang. Saturday is a particularly busy day. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the weather cooperates. In the meantime see my rundown below of things to check out this weekend. Happy Exploring!

Thursday April 23rd

North Hills Beach Music Concert Series
The North Hills Beach Music series kicks off the 2015 season Thursday from 6-9pm with a live music by The Embers. This is a FREE concert series that takes place each Thursday on the courtyard at North Hills from April through the first week of August. It draws a big crowd so get there early! http://visitnorthhills.com/event/midtown-beach-music-series/

Friday April 24th

Art of Cool Project Festival
The Art of Cool Festival is a three-day music festival in Durham with two outdoor stages, five indoor venues and more than 30 world-class performances presented by Art of Cool. This is a ticketed event, but things launch Friday with a free Kick-Off Party from noon-5pm with live music and a food truck fest at Durham Central Park. This event is one of the premiere music events in the Triangle and I highly recommend checking out the group of great musicians it brings together for one special weekend in Durham.  http://aocfestival.org.

Front Porch Music Series at the Carolina Inn Chapel Hill
Fridays on the Front Porch features the music of some of North Carolina’s best bands for 27 consecutive Fridays from 5-8pm through late October. One of the area’s most popular musical groups, Big Fat Gap, starts things off this Friday. A new feature this year is the addition of food trucks. This Friday Chick-n-Que and the Chirba Chirba truck will be there to feed the crowd. http://www.carolinainn.com/about/chapel-hill-event-calendar

Live Music at Sola Coffee
Sola Coffee & Cafe remains one of my favorite places to see live music in North Raleigh. They schedule music almost every Friday & Saturday and have a great menu of food, coffee drinks, as well as craft beers and wine. This Friday they will have a cool indie folk duo based out of Montreal, Quebec called Bride & Groom playing guitar and cello. http://www.solacoffee.com/new-events/

Saturday April 25th

Brewgaloo NC Beer Festival
A huge celebration of North Carolina Beer is going down this Saturday 2-10pm all along Fayettville Street. The event will have over 300 beers on tap from 70 NC breweries, over 45 local food trucks, and live music from 17 bands. Drink ticket pre-sales are available at local stores, Ray Price Harley Davidson and Galatea Boutique or online at http://shoplocalraleigh.org/brewgaloo/. Tokens will be on a special sale of 5 tokens for $20 through April 24! Pre-sales will also be able to arrive early to get their tokens, wristband and cup on the day of the event.

Seeds Pie Social in Durham
On Saturday from 1-5pm visit the SEEDS’ garden at 706 Gilbert Street in Durham for the 7th annual DIG Pie Social. There will be games, face painting, activities, music, and of course pie! Suggested Donation = $10 for 4 tickets. With your tickets you can get pie slices, and participate in games and activities. https://www.facebook.com/events/684754264981286/

Midtown Music Fest at North Hills
Rescheduled to June 7th due to weather
North Hills has more live music on Satrday from 3-9pm as they celebrate everything Raleigh. Midtown Music Fest will feature local vendors from around the area, a spring fashion show, and Raleigh bands including The Jason Adamo Band, Four Founders and American Aquarium.

Mordecai Market
Craft market and plant sale from 10am-2pm at 1 Mimosa Lane in the Historic Mordecai neighborhood in downtown Raleigh. Craft and plant vendors, live music, and the Bull City Foods food truck! https://www.facebook.com/MordecaiMarket

Sunday April 26th

Pop-Up Sunday at Ornamentea
POP-UP Sunday is this Sunday from 12-5pm in the Ornamentea Parking Lot. This event is an open air market, chock full of vintage clothing and housewares, recycled local art, food trucks and more. POP-UP Sunday is a FREE pet and family friendly shopping experience in downtown Raleigh that partners with local businesses to raise awareness for needs in our community. Always a fun time and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Looking Ahead to Next Weekend:

Lobster Food Truck Debuts at Wake Forest May 2nd
Earlier this week local food truck blogger The Wandering Sheppard broke the news that the Triangle’s newest food truck, Cousins Maine Lobster, will make its first public appearance in Wake Forest at their annual “Meet in the Street” event on Saturday May 2nd. This is a new and exciting addition to the local food truck scene and I’m sure it will quickly become a fan favorite. To stay on top of all the breaking local food truck news and read in depth stories about the trucks and people behind them I recommend checking out The Wandering Sheppard’s blog. You can also follow him on facebook and twitter at @RUWandering.

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