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Weekend Picks! April 10-13th

Carrboro Open Streets

Spring is always a happening time in the Triangle and this weekend is no different. This week’s picks start with notable local beer news on Thursday followed by some fun outdoor and music events happening over the weekend. No matter what you end up doing I hope this list of things to do in the Triangle helps you discover something new about the area and get out side to enjoy this great warmer weather!

Thursday April 10th

Sam’s Bottle Shop Grand Opening – Durham
The people behind Sam’s Quick Stop are opening up a huge craft beer bottle shop on NC 54 in Durham. Grand Opening is this Thursday. Read all about it here.

Brueprint Brewery Soft Opening – Apex
The Triangle’s newest brewery launches this Thursday with a soft opening starting at 5pm. This brewery is the first one in the area to be located in Apex. Check out their story and list of beers on their website.

Friday April 11th
RTP Food Truck Rodeo – Durham
Each Friday 11:30 am-1:30pm at 800 Park Office Drive in RTP. They typically have between 4-6 trucks.  Outdoor seating is provided and you’re welcome to bring picnic blankets, frisbees or hackysacks.

Nasher Museum Archibald Motley Exhibit – Durham
Archibald Motley includes 42 works from each period of Motley’s lifelong career, from 1919 to 1960. Motley’s scenes of life in the African-American community, often in his native Chicago, depict a parallel universe of labor and leisure. His portraits are voyeuristic but also genealogical examinations of race, gender and sexuality. 

Saturday April 12th
Historic Boylan Heights Home Tour & Tunes – Raleigh
Ten homes in historic Boylan Heights will open their doors to the public to celebrate the neighborhood’s historic and artistic character as area musicians perform in homes along the tour in a nod to the neighborhood’s longstanding musical tradition. Ticketed event ($10/$15)

Carrboro Open Streets
Enjoy a day of free activities with your family, friends and neighbors. Bike, walk, skate, dance and play in a traffic-free public space on West Weaver Street, closed to cars Saturday from 10 am to 2:00 pm. 

PopUp Market & Tea Cup Gin Jazz Music at Sola Coffee – Raleigh
Saturday morning Sola hosts 15 local artisans at their Spring PopUp Market. These events feature local artists and crafters selling unique locally made products. Market runs from 10am-2pm. Then Saturday evening Sola turns back the clock with some good old fashion jazz music with the band Tea Cup Gin. They play jazz and show tunes from early 20th century. Tea Cup Gin draws inspiration from performers such as Jelly Roll Morton, Fats Waller, and Billie Holiday. Music starts at 7:30pm. Food, beer, and coffee served all evening.

Sunday April 13th
Rock-n-Roll Raleigh Marathon & Half Marathon – Downtown Raleigh
On Sunday 12,500 runners will descend on downtown Raleigh. It is always fun to watch these races and cheer on the competitors, but this race will have some added entertainment with musical performances scheduled in the morning and afternoon at the Red Hat Amphitheater. Check the even website for the full music schedule and showtimes!





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This Weekend’s Picks! April 12-14, 2013


Warm weather has arrived in the Triangle and weekend activities are picking up! Here are my top picks for things to check out the weekend of April 12-14. Have a top or suggestion for next week? Just drop me a line at TriangleExplorer@gmail.com.

Friday April 12th

Flash Mob Food Truck Rodeo
The people behind the large food truck rodeos scheduled for downtown Raleigh later this summer are holding a  “Flash Mob Food Truck Rodeo” on Friday with a select number of trucks (Philly’s Cheese Steaks,  Hibachi Xpress, Captain Ponchos Tacos, Loco Pops all confirmed) to help gain awareness for the larger 35 truck events that start-up May 12th.

When: Friday 6-9pm
Where:  Mordecai Historic Park, Downtown Raleigh
More Info: website

Live Music! Reading Room Jazz Trio at Sola Coffee
If you are looking for some great live music, you don’t need to look any further than Sola Coffee in North Raleigh. They typically have live local music each Friday and Saturday night starting at 7:30pm. This Friday Sola is host to the Reading Room Jazz Trio (piano, upright bass, drums & vocals) playing Classic Jazz standards, pop favorites.

When: Friday 7:30pm
Where: Sola Coffee & Cafe, 7705 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh
More Info: website

Saturday April 13th

Carrboro Open Streets
Do you want to be part of a growing movement, and enjoy a day of free activities with your family, friends and neighbors?  Bike, walk, skate, dance and play in a traffic-free public space on West Weaver Street, closed to cars that day from 10 am to 2:00 pm. Activities on April 13 will include a rock climbing wall, a kids’ bike loop, beverages from the bike blender, games, booths, prizes and much more. Raffle tickets will be on sale for a chance to win a bike from Performance Bicycles.

When: Saturday 10am-2pm
Where: Durham West Weaver Street, Carrboro
More Info: website

Triangle’s Blue Loop Unveiling Event at NCMA w/ Food Trucks
Like tasty treats, live music, beautiful art and action-packed exercise? The come celebrate the unveiling of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina and the North Carolina Museum of Art’s (NCMA) Blue Loop – a mile-long trail in America’s largest museum art park. Celebration includes live bluegrass music, healthy treats from the Triangle’s favorite food trucks (Triangle Raw Foods, Loco Pops, Blue Sky Dining) and an inaugural walk around the loop. All attendees who walk the loop before 12:30 will get free admission to the NCMA’s “0 to 60” exhibit.

When: Saturday 10:30am
Where: NC Museum of Art – 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh
More Info: website

Durham Art Walk Spring Market
The Durham Art Walk Spring Market is a festive celebration of visual arts and fine crafts held in downtown Durham each April, featuring the work of over 200 talented artists in a few central locations. This event continues the revitalization of downtown Durham by bringing thousands of art lovers for a weekend of art and exploration of all that Durham has to offer including world-class restaurants, great shopping, innovative businesses and fascinating historic sites. Sites are within easy walking distance around downtown but there is also free shuttle service provided and visitors can take the Bull City Connector

When: Saturday April 13 10am-5pm & Sunday April 14th 1-5pm
Where: Various locations in Durham (map of venues)
More Info: website

Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store “A Royal Baby Shower”
You are cordially invited to a Royal Baby Shower to benefit Pittsboro’s Family Violence & Crisis Services. You’ll enjoy a fun event with prizes, a “Fascinator” contest with several categories, tea and English finger foods prepared by Chef Greg Lewis, owner of the Pittsboro Roadhouse and Catering by Design. Your cost of entry? A wrapped gift for baby or new mom.

When: Saturday 12-3pm
Where: Pittsboro Roadhouse & General Store – 39 West Street, Pittsboro
More Info: website

Sunday April 14th

Panel Discussion: Food Truck Rodeos: A Durham Phenomenon
Join NPR’s Frank Stasio as he moderates a panel including Only Burger’s Brian Bottger; Pie Pushers’ Becky Hacker; Monuts Donuts’ Lindsay Moriarty; and Ben Weber, who coordinates the Central Park Food Truck Rodeos. How did they get started? Has it turned out as expected? The panel will be followed by a question and answer session.

When: Sunday 1-4pm
Where: Southwest Regional Library – 3605 Shannon Road, Durham
More Info: website

Weekend “Must Visit”  Suggestion
Did you know every Friday at Jubala Village Coffee in North Raleigh is “Free Espresso Friday”? Every Friday they buy 10 lbs of a “guest” espresso and give out free shots of espresso until they run out.  Jubala is one of my favorite Triangle Coffee Shops in the Triangle and a must visit for any coffee lover. It is located in Lafayette Village off Falls of Neuse Road in North Raleigh just South of I-540.  See my post about Jubala from back in 2011 for pictures of the coffee shop. Don’t forget to try one of their awesome waffles!

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