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Weekend Picks: May 29th – June 1st

Apex Latino Arts Festival

Halle Cultural Arts Center ~ Apex, NC

Thursday May 29th

Oak City Seven Free Concert w/ Atlanta Rhythm Section
The Free Concert Series in downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza kicks off this Thursday 5-10:30pm with a lineup of live music headlined by the Atlanta Rhythm Section. The Chirba Chirba Food  truck will also be on hand to feed the hungry masses. Local brewers  selling their beer including White Street, Aviator, Big Boss, Triangle Brewing, and Lone Rider. 5-10:30pm Event Details

Music on the Back Porch atAmerican Tobacco Campus
The legendary Back Porch Music on the Lawn series returns Durham’s American Tobacco Campus May 15-September 7 with 8 free shows. This Thursday enjoy music by Mandolin Orange. Free Picnics and chairs welcome. Music starts at 6pm. Event Details

Friday May 30th

Durham Bulls Game w/ Fireworks!
The Durham Bulls take on Lehigh Valley Friday evening at 7:05. Make sure you stick around after the game for the Free Fireworks. The stadium was recently updated and now features more local beer and food options. The fireworks really are a nice show after the game! Event Details

Sol Tacos Food Truck at Big Boss Brewery
There is a new food truck in town. If you haven’t had a southern inspired gourmet taco from Sol Tacos yet you can find the truck this Friday at Big Boss Brewery starting at 5pm. My personal favorite is the buttermilk battered flounder fish taco for just $4. Tacos and beer go perfect together.

Blues on the Plaza at Northgate Mall
Free Blues Music show 6-9pm featuring Charlley Ward & friends including many of the Triangle’s best blues artists musicians. Food available for purchase from Papa Mojo’s Roadhouse, CJ’s Street food, and Iced Cupcakes; Beer available for purchase from Carolina Brewery. Event Details

Saturday May 31st

Saturdays at Saxapahaw
The Saxapahaw Rivermill weekly festivities include performances by top bands featuring bluegrass, back porch, blues, folk, gospel, latin, celtic, funk, roots, americana and old time music and a thriving Farmer’s Market with fresh local produce, cheese, eggs, baked goods, flowers, honey, organic meat, locally produced wine, hand made arts and crafts and more.  Saturday from 5pm-8pm. Admission is free though donations are appreciated. Event Details

Carolina Brewing Company Spring Bash
A family friendly event from 4-10pm at the brewery featuring live blues music, Food trucks, boucne house, corn hole  and $4 PINTS of CBC beer. Proceeds benefit the MS Society. Food trucks scheduled include Sol Tacos, Deli-icious, Jam Ice Cream, ans Valentinos. Event Details

Larkspur Garden Party
Great opportunity to visit a local private garden and browse works from local artists. The Alvarino Norwood family invites you  to visit their garden located off Atlantic Avenue in Raleigh this Saturday and Sunday. The garden is in full bloom and artists will be selling Saturday, May 31st from 10am until 6pm and Sunday, June 1st from 10am until 4pm. No early birds please. Event Details

Oxford Strawberry Jam Festival
Join the Granville Arts Council, Downtown Oxford Businesses, live bands and TONS of arts, crafts and food vendors for a jamming day kicking off the start of Summer. Event and Festivities will begin at 10 am and last through 4 pm. Keep an eye out for local food truck Not Just Icing serving their delicious cupcakes!  Event Details

Apex Latino Arts Festival
The Town of Apex will be captivated by the Latino Culinary Fest, dance, music, arts and crafts on Saturday May 31, 2014. Latino Art Exhibition at the Halle Cultural Arts Center, artisan bazaar, and a day full of family craft activities. Event Details

Sunday June 1st

Food Truck Rodeo in Carrboro benefiting Fix-a-Home
The community is invited to the food truck rodeo, 3-7 p.m., Sunday, June 1 at the Carrboro Town Commons. The rodeo will include the following food trucks: Parlez-Vous Crepe, Chirba Chirba Dumplings, Pie Pushers, Steel String Brewery, Captain Poncho’s Taco Truck, MaMa Duke’s, and Tar Heel Creamery. Event Details

Jazz Brunch at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro
Every Sunday in the Summer you can visit Weaver Street Market, grab some food, and find a spot on the lawn or under a tree and listen to music from 11am-1pm. This week music is provided by Bucket Brothers w/ Giffanzo & Pelli. Always a treat to visit downtown Carrboro in the Summer. Event Details

Mark Your Calendars ~ Upcoming June Events!

Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo –  June 8th
Find Over 50 of the Triangle’s most popular Food trucks in downtown Raleigh at the same time. Trucks line Fayetteville Street from the Capitol Building all the way to City Plaza. Serving from 1-6pm. Event Details

Txakolifest Wine & Food Event at Six Plates – June 14th
Two special sessions of wine and food at Six Plates featuring spritzy Basque wine, oysters, and pintxos (tapas). Six Plates teams up with the wine experts from Wine Authorities and several local chefs from several of the Triangles most celebrated restaurants for this special day of wine and food benefiting Urban Ministries of Durham. Event Details

New Belgium Tour De Fat – June 21st
Fun times, fun friends, fun bikes and fun beers. The Tour de Fat is back in Durham and better than ever! Bring a smile and your best costume, we’re about to have a good time. Event Details



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Weekend Picks! April 3-6th


Weekend Picks ~ April 4-6th

I know this week’s picks are coming out a little sooner than usual, but it is going to be a busy week and I wanted to share the news of some truly fantastic stuff coming up later this week. Of course today also marks the launch of NC Beer Month, starting off with “Casks on Fools” at Crank Arm Brewery today (4/1) at 3pm. To learn more bout local beer related activities in April visit my recent post here.

This weeks picks kick off with the Durham Bulls season opener on Thursday followed by a weekend featuring art, film, motorbikes, and a PopUp Ramen noodle bar! See all the details below and a great week!

Thursday April 3rd
Opening Day Game – Durham Bulls Baseball
The curtain will be lifted on the “new” Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Thursday, April 3 at 6:05pm when 605 West Apartments presents Opening Day. Gates open at 5:00pm for the game against division rival Gwinnett, giving fans plenty of time to enjoy pregame festivities that will feature a special entrance by Wool E. Bull, christening of new stadium video displays, full roster introductions, and National Anthem performed by the Duke Pitchforks.

Friday April 4th
First Friday Art Walk – Raleigh
First Friday is a free self-guided tour of downtown’s cutting edge cultural hot spots. Local art galleries, art studios, alternative art venues, and museums stay open late the first Friday of every month to welcome thousands of art-seeking enthusiasts downtown. The event runs from 6 pm-9 pm, but some venue hours may vary.  While downtown I also suggest stopping by the new Raleigh Wine Authorities to enjoy a glass of wine in their front sidewalk seating area to welcome the warmer weather that has finally arrived.

Gregario’s Cuba Steakhouse Grand Opening Celebration
Celebrate the grand opening of Gregario’s in Durham Friday 6-8 p.m.! This after-work event will include free food, festive music and $2 drink specials. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor patio seating just in time for spring!

Saturday April 5th
Full Frame & Food Trucks – Durham
Come out for a Food Truck Round Up at Durham Central Park and a FREE outdoor screening of one of the Full Frame Festival’s documentaries. Food trucks start at 5:30 and fim begins at 8:30. Food trucks scheduled include Iced Cupcakes, The Parlour, Pie Pushers, Sympathy for the Deli, Triangle Raw Foods, CJ’s Street Food.

Eurobike Show – Raleigh
From 9 AM to 3 PM, the Shops at Seaboard Station will welcome the fourth-annual Raleigh Eurobike, a celebration of the two-wheeled lifestyle and the machines that have become synonymous with style, performance and speed. From exotic Italians to the finest examples of German engineering to the British motorbikes that inspired a café racer revolution, Eurobike Raleigh will showcase some of the most exciting European motorcycles in central North Carolina.

Duke Garden Spring Plant Sale – Durham
Duke Gardens at Annual Spring Plant Sale is this Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon. You’ll find an array of plants ideal for this region, including Duke Gardens plants, trees, shrubs, vines, bulbs, decorative plant pots and lots of fantastic plants from specialty vendors. And you can get free gardening advice from our staff and master gardeners.

Rock & Shop Market – Durham
The Rock & Shop Market, an indoor fashion, art and music market featuring independent, emerging designers and bands from North Carolina, returns to Durham on Saturday, April 5th, 2014, from 11 to 6 p.m. Admission is $5


Sunday April 6th
The Lucky – PopUp Ramen Noodle Bar – Raleigh
Two foodie friends have teamed up to create The Lucky, a pop-up Japanese noodle restaurant. They will transform Cafe Helios for one night only into a popup ramen restaurant to serve delicious ramen, in the style of the Tokyo noodle bar.  Sunday April 6th starting 7pm until the noodles run out!

Triangle Tweed Ride – Raleigh
Part of Raleigh’s 10-day Oaks & Spokes Bicycling Festival! Registration opens at 1pm with crafts and mingling on the streets of City Market. Riders take to the streets in full fashion promptly at 2. We recommend laying out your duds and doing your nails the night before. To thoroughly enjoy the day, you’ll need to follow these simple guidelines: Bring $10 (cash only) to benefit Oaks and Spokes programming. Each participant of  will get 2 drink tickets.


First Sunday – Pittsboro
Pittsboro’s First Sunday is an artisan market featuring handmade crafts, music, and food every first Sunday of the month from March through December. Join us from 12-4 p.m. in Pittsboro’s historic downtown.

Picture of the Week – Wafflegato!


Jubala’s Wafflegato

Earlier this week I shared a post about Jubala Village Coffee celebrating their birthday by offering some special menu items this week. I made good on my promise and stopped by this morning for the famous Wafflegato. This is a shot of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a small wedge of waffle added to the mix. It is a delicious treat and it is my picture of the week! They will be serving this Tuesday only as part of their “Re-tweet” Tuesday special!


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This Weekend’s Picks! April 19-21, 2013


The warm weather of spring is upon us and outdoor events abound each weekend. See below for my top picks for things to do this weekend in the Triangle. Have a tip or suggestion for next week? Send me an email at TriangleExplorer@gmail.com.

Friday April 19th

Wake Forest Herb Festival
The Annual Wake Forest Herb Festival returns to Festival Park in downtown Wake Forest. The Herb Fest is recognized as the largest herb and perennial festival east of the Mississippi.  Organically grown herb plants and organic vegetables will be available for purchase at the Festival which also features live entertainment, local beer and educational seminars. A highlight of the festival for children is the daily “duck parade” held each day around 10:00am when a group ducks gathered up each morning waddle to their pond.

When: April 19, 20, 21 & April 26,27,28
Where:  Various locations throughout downtown Raleigh
More Info: website

Taste of Holly Springs at Carolina Brewing Company
In honor of North Carolina Beer Month Carolina Brewing Company will be having “A Taste of Holly Springs” at the brewery where they will be offering samples and selling CBC brews. They have also invited two new breweries that will be opening their doors in Holly Springs very soon. Bombshell Beer Company and Holly Springs Nano Brewing will be on hand pouring samples of their brews. Food trucks from Big Mike’s BBQ and Klausie’s Pizza will be on hand selling food .

When: Friday 4-9pm
Where: Carolina Brewery, 140 Thomas Mill Road, Holly Spings
More Info: website

Saturday April 20th

Cuegrass Festival
The Pit’s 5th Annual ‘Cuegrass Festival returns to the warehouse district of downtown Raleigh with a jam-packed day full of great ‘cue, local brews and toe-tappin’ bluegrass music! They”re closing down the streets around The Pit and firing up the pig cookers to serve plenty of our famous Eastern North Carolina-style barbecue and a selection of locally made beers.  Featuring live music from: The Moore Brothers, Justin Robinson & The Mary Annettes, Tonk, & Jupiter Coyote. Proceeds go to the BackPack Buddies Program, which is a partnership between the Junior League of Raleigh and InterFaith Food Shuttle.

When: Saturday 12-6pm
Where: West Davie Street, Downtown Raleigh  (Map)
Cost: $5
More Info: website

SPCA K9 3k Dog Walk in Raleigh
Join the SPCA for the K9-3K Dog Walk to raise money for homeless pets. On Saturday, April 20 the streets of downtown Raleigh will close to make way for the largest march of dogs in city history. The walk event is fun for families, individuals and of course dogs! Join thousands of people like you who care about animals and walk to save lives. The theme for this year’s event is from The Wizard of Oz! So grab Toto, and your friends, and help us give thousands of pets a home.

When: Saturday 10am-2pm
Where: Moore Square – Downtown Raleigh
More Info: website

Artist for Animals in Apex
Apex Arts Council will hold its Artists for Animals Faire this Saturday. They will have painters selling their work,  photographers, sculptors, poets, musicians, authors, dance, independent film, and perhaps even theater. The idea is to give anyone attending the event the chance to be exposed to as many art forms as possible. The event will be held at the Cloer Family Vineyards (www.CloerFamilyVineyards.com) in Apex, so you will also have the option of sampling the art of the vintner that day. Cloer has three pet beef cattle (Buttercup, Daisy, and M&M), a small flock of pet sheep, and some chickens on the property.

When: Saturday
Where: Cloer Family Vineyards, 8624 Castleberry Road, Apex
More Info: website

Sunday April 21st

Boston Memorial Run
Join the Tobacco Road Marathon, RunRaleigh Races, nOg Run Club, Raleigh Galloway, City of Oaks Marathon, NCRC, Big Boss Run Club, Blue Run Club, WFAR, Black Girls Run, WOB Run Club and many other local organizations this Sunday, April 21st for a Boston Memorial Run. They will be meeting at Tir na nOg for a 3 mile run through downtown Raleigh. Wear a race shirt in support of the runners and families. They will be collecting donations to send to those affected by bombing in Boston earlier this week. Tir na nOg will be donating 10% of all food sales. Please RSVP to this event on the facebook event.

When: Sunday 3pm
Where: Tir na nOg – Downtown Raleigh
More Info: Boston Memorial Run Facebook Event Page

Durham Earth Day Celebration
Celebrate Durham’s sense of community, raise awareness of current local and global environmental issues, actively engage in hands-on learning activities, and celebrate our environmental success. Festival goers will participate in “green” activities and demos; learn about many green practices and products at the Sustainability Expo and Earth Art Market; and enjoy great music, food and much more!

When: Sunday 12-5pm
Where: Durham Central Park, 201 Foster Street, Durham
More Info: website

Durham Bulls vs. Norfolk Tide Baseball Game
Nothing beats a baseball game in the spring. If you live in the Triangle you need to go to at least one Durham Bulls game for the experience.  Even if you aren’t a huge baseball fan it is still a great way to spend an evening.  Ticket prices are very affordable ranging from $7 to $9 and can easily be purchased the day of the game at the box office.  A popular option is to head to the game a little early and hang out at Tyler’s Taproom across the street to grab a few pre-game beers.

When: Sunday 5:05pm
Where: Durham Bulls Athletic Park, Downtown Durhma
More Info: website

New Business Suggestion  – The New Macaroni Food Truck!
You know I love local food trucks and I am super excited that just this week a new Food Truck came on the the scene. It is called “Mac-Ur-Roni” and features dishes made with…you guessed it Gourmet Mac and Cheese! They will be at Big Boss Brewery in Raleigh this Saturday from 2pm through the late evening. They are just getting up and running, but you can follow them on their website, facebook and twitter @MacUrRoniRDU to keep tabs on where they will be next.



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Durham Bulls 2010 Baseball Season Starts Today!


The Durham Bulls open their 2010 season with a “Spring Training Showdown” game against the Tampa Bay Ray’s today, Saturday April 3rd at one o’clock.  After today’s season opener they will hit the road for two weeks of away games in Virginia and Georgia before returning to Durham to play the Norfolk Tide at home on April 15th.


If you live in the Triangle you need to go to at least one Durham Bulls game for the experience.  Even if you aren’t a huge baseball fan it is still a great way to spend the afternoon.  Ticket prices are very affordable ranging from $7 to $9 and can easily be purchased the day of the game at the box office.  A popular option is to head to the game a little early and hang out at Tyler’s Taproom across the street to grab a few pre-game beers.


The games are fun to watch and they have min-events between innings with thing like fan summa wrestling and kids racing Wool E. Bull around the bases.  The food at the stadium is pretty good (my wife claims to have had the best bean burrito she ever had there) and not as expensive as pro-events.  Beers go for around $5 and $6 and hey even have some good NC Carolina beers on tap. 


During the summer home games on Friday nights include a free fireworks show after the game.  It’s actually a really good little show and worth sticking around a few extra minutes to see.  They also have a special fireworks show for the 4th of July celebration.  Those games are usually the most popular and probably the only time you really need to think about buying tickets in advance since they do sometimes sell out. 

I tend to favor evening games.  The temperatures during the spring games in manageable but it can get quite hot during the summer.  If I do catch a game during the warmer summer months I try to get tickets in a section that has a portion of the stadium roof overhead to provide some shade and protection from the sun.  You can view the stadium seating chart here


I’m looking forward to catching several games this season and I highly recommend you check one out if you get the chance.  You can view the full 2010 Durham Bulls schedule here.

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