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Weekend Picks! April 24-27th


Weekend Picks ~ April 24-27th

The stage is set for the last weekend in April to go out with a bang. There is so much going on you will be hard pressed to pick where to go. It is going to be a gorgeous weekend to be outside and enjoy good food, local beer, and lots of music! Here are my weekend picks:

Thursday April 24th
The Grand Taste Experience at DPAC
TASTE 2014 is a five-day festival of food, wine & beer events, taking place between April 23 and 27,2014. The Grand Taste Experience will be held in the atrium of the DPAC and include fine wines, locally brewed beers, local spirits, coffee, and culinary creations from celebrated local chefs.

Friday April 25th
Art of Cool Music Festival (Fri & Sat) – Durham
The Art of Cool Festival is a two-day music festival with 2 outdoor stages, 6 indoor venues and over 20 world-class performances presented by the Artof Cool Project. The title sponsor of the Art of Cool Festival is the American Tobacco Campus.

Amateur Cookie Baking Contest – 9th Street Bakery in Durham
Friday night 5-8pm. $8 for audience members includes unlimited cookies, coffee, milk, and tea. If you would like to compete please email ninthstreetbakery@gmail.com. It is free to compete but you must register in advance and plan to bake at least 2 dozen cookies.

Front Porch Music Series at Carolina Inn – Chapel Hill
The Carolina Inn begins the 12th season of its popular end-of-the-workweek celebration called “Fridays on the Front Porch” on Friday, April 25 from 5-8 p.m. Along with live music, The Inn offers seasonal picnic offerings ($14 grill menu and $9 kids menu with gluten free options), various beverage selections and fun times under the shady oaks and magnolia trees. There is no cover charge or reservations for the event. Event Info

Wake Forest Spring Fling
The Wake Forest Elementary School Spring Fling and Food Truck Rodeo is scheduled April 25, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., with games, raffles, a silent auction and more. 136 W Sycamore Ave., Wake Forest, 27587. Art over at “The Wandering Sheppard” has all the event details on his blog here.

Gringo A Go Go Grand Opening Celebration
Gringo is a new Taqueria in downtown Raleigh. This Firday from 4 – 10 they celebrate their official grand opening!We will be having live music from the Dex Romweber Duo AND the and The Eddie Taylor Trio.There will be GREAT food and beer as well as various specials including:  Shrimp Cocktail,  Ceviche,  ShrimpTacos,  Burritos,  Margaritas, Cervezas, Light Snacks, and $2 beer bottles!

Saturday April 26th
Brewgaloo – Raleigh
Local Beer, Food Trucks  and music 2-10pm in Downtown Raleigh- City Plaza. No cover. Presented by Shop Local Raleigh. Enjoy over 46 NC breweries, 27 food trucks and 11 local bands. I suggest getting there early to avoid any lines. Going to be a great time!
3rd Annual Brewgaloo 

The Pitt BBQ Cuegrass Festival
Beer, Bluegrass and BBQ take over W. Davie Street in downtown Raleigh in Front of the Pitt BBQ.12-6pm. I suggest bringing a lawn chair and finding a spot to relax and enjoy an afternoon of great music and food.
Pitt BBQ 6th Annual Cuegrass 

E3 Field Day Event – Raleigh
E3 Project is excited to host the first ever Feel the Beat Field Day on April 26th, at Dorothea Dix Campus Field (Blair Drive, Raleigh). Join us for a day full of activities and surprises for kids and their families. This is a FREE event – we’ll have a ton of fun with a chance to learn cool stuff about healthy living (and snacking!) and having some classic field day laughs. Come out, bring a friend, bring your bikes, and reconnect your heart with healthy, active, AWESOME fun!
E3 Project’s Earth Day Field Day 

Piedmont Farm Tour – (Sat & Sun)
Learn about the Triangle’s local and organic farm & food scene. Meet local farmers & tour their farms! The tour is self-guided and farms and sites are located throughout the Triangle in Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Orange, and Person counties. Visit any farm in any order.And, don’t forget to take a cooler so that you can take home some of the farm fresh products for sale at many farms. 


Brunch at Piedmont followed by Coon Rock Farm Tour (Sat & Sun)
Start the morning off with a delicious brunch at Piedmont in Durham followed by a visit to Coon Rock Farm. This is a great way to spend the day, enjoy the Piedmont Farm Tour, and support CFSA! Shearing 30 sheep (Sat), Grilling CRF pastured pig brats, $5, Ice cream from Homeland Creamery, $2/cup (choc, strawberry, butter pecan).Tour the farm and picnic. Richard & Jamie will lead tours every 30 minutes – or guests can check out the farm on their own.

North Hills Midtown Park Opening (Sat & Sun)
A celebration of North Hill’s new Midtown Park, an open green space and outdoor amphitheater in North Hills! Bring the whole family to enjoy: Live music, Food tastings, Family-friendly activities, A spring fashion show (3:30pm and 5:30pm Sunday, April 27th).
Opening Celebration Event Info

Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival – Bond Park Cary
The Spring Daze Arts & Crafts Festival is 9am-5pm Saturday in Cary’s Bond Park. Event features artists living in North Carolina with many craftspeople living right here in Wake County. Festival attendees can enjoy the beauty of Fred G. Bond Metro Park and visit artists in several areas. Event Info

Corvette International Car Show – Lake Wheeler in Raleigh
The Corvettes International annual Car Show will take place this year at Lake Wheeler.  from 8am-3pm. Entries are accepted from 8:00 – noon. Trophies will be awarded at 3:00. Viewing of cars is free and open to the public. Event Info

Sunday April 27th
Mini-Food Truck Rodeo Benefit at Cary Creative Center
Food Truck Rodeo featuring four fabulous food trucks, vendors, and MORE!  This event benefits Cary Creative Center’s C3 Raise the Roof Campaign, a fundraising initiative to help C3 relocate. Event runs from 11am-3pm. 
Event Info

Pop-Up Sunday at Ornamentea – Downtown Raleigh
POP-UP Sunday is this Sunday from 12-5pm in the Ornamentea Parking Lot. The event provides local businesses, artists and the community a chance to mingle. This Sunday’s market will feature tons of local shops, vintage collectors, recycled art, food trucks, and crafty activities to enjoy. The Record Krate will be spinning vinyl records and taking requests. RA Jeffreys has donated lots of Aviator Beer-you can try all their flavors for a donation to the SPCA of Wake County. If you prefer wine or Italian Ice, we will have that on hand too! Always a fun time and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

Wake Forest Herbfest
The Annual Wake Forest Herbfest returns to Festival Park in downtown Wake Forest April 18-19-20 and April 25-26-27. After a long cold winter now is the time to start planning your summer garden and thinking ahead about the veggies and herbs you want to grow this season. The Herbfest is a great local source to help start your garden and it a fun way to spend the afternoon in downtown Wake Forest. Event Info

Durham Earth Day Celebration
Attend Durham’s 2014 Earth Day Festival at Durham Central Park and learn how you can help Durham save energy and reduce our carbon footprint. Carpool, walk, ride the bus, or bike to this free, fun-filled, earth friendly event. Activities for kids, mini-parade, music, and food trucks.

Picture of the Week – North Hills Midtown Park


Midtown Park at North Hills


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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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