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Weekend Picks! Sept 27-29th

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Weekend Picks for Sept 27-29th

As the we come to the end of September we are neck deep in incredible local festivals here in the Triangle. This weekend has something for everybody – from bluegrass to wrestling, to food trucks. Check out my weekend roundup of things to do in Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill below for more information about this weekends top picks. The weather should be excellent this weekend so get outside and enjoy!

Friday September 27th

Wide Open Bluegrass Festival (Day 1) – Raleigh
There are two parts to the Bluegrass Festival. The first part is a ticketed event with headlining acts on the Convention Center and Ampitheater (view lineup here). The other half of Wide Open Bluegrass is a FREE street festival noon until 11:00PM Friday and Saturday. With three music stages, a youth talent stage, the North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship, Dance Tent, and many more things to see, do and eat! For the FREE Street Fest band schedule check the link provided below.
http://www.wideopenbluegrass.com/music-schedule

Music on the Streets w/ The Bulltown Strutters – Carrboro
The “Music on the Streets” program is offered during the week leading up to the Carrboro Music Festival. This will be a week of free concerts in various locations throughout town. The concerts will have a “front porch” feel to them. People will be encouraged to hang out on the lawn, parking lot, and front porch to hear local bands perform. Each night will feature a different style of music from Jazz to Rock. On Friday, my band The Bulltown Strutters will be performing this Friday from 6-8pm in the Modern Fossil Parking Lot.
http://www.carrboromusicfestival.com/

Live Music at Sola Coffee w/ Chris Hendricks – North Raleigh
Sola Coffee regularly hosts live music each Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm. This Friday they play host to Chris Hendricks. I’ve had the honor of hearing Chris play before and he is a talent not to be missed.
http://solacoffee.com/

Meals on Wheels Food Truck Rodeo – Carrboro
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels is having their second annual Food Truck Rodeo fundraiser on Friday. Come join them at the Carrboro Farmers Market location between 4:00-8:00 for some excellent food from  ten local food trucks! Steel String Brewery will also be there selling their locally crafted BEER!  There will be a silent auction, music, and bake sale and 10% of  food truck proceeds will be donated to Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels to help feed our homebound neighbors!
http://www.chcmow.org/food-truck-rodeo-sept-27th-2013/

Saturday September 28th

Carrboro Music Festival (Day 1)
Carrboro’s weekend  long, free festival featuring over 180 performing acts at 25 indoor and outdoor venues. In the space of a few hours within downtown Carrboro, a listener can hear Bluegrass, Folk, Jazz, Country, Rock & Roll, Classical, and World Music. This is Carrboro’s effort to showcase Triangle area performers and the varied musical styles they represent.
http://www.carrboromusicfestival.com/

Wide Open Bluegrass Festival (Day 2) – Raleigh
There are two parts to the Bluegrass Festival. The first part is a ticketed event with headlining acts on the Convention Center and Ampitheater (view lineup here). The other half of Wide Open Bluegrass is a FREE street festival noon until 11:00PM Friday and Saturday. With three music stages, a youth talent stage, the North Carolina Whole Hog Barbecue State Championship, Dance Tent, and many more things to see, do and eat! For the FREE Street Fest band schedule check the link provided below.
http://www.wideopenbluegrass.com/music-schedule

Food Truck Rodeo with Gouge Wrestling – Raleigh
Enjoy a night of beer, body slams, and food! GOUGE will present a night of highly entertaining sports entertainment featuring brawlers, luchadors, nice guys, vampires, cowboys, Roman conquerors, nerds, grapplers, sheiks, and Amish ruffians! Hank Sinatra will play in the ring at 6pm with wrestling to follow! Not a rasslin fan? Check out the great food from 7 local food trucks, locally brewed cold beer and a nice spring evening outdoors and some really cool art at Rebus as well.
https://www.facebook.com/events/267049096718513/

Tir Na Nog Irish Festival – Raleigh
Raleigh’s Irish Music Festival for 2013 is scheduled for Saturday, September 28 in downtown Raleigh at Moore Square, adjacent to the 200 block of S. Blount Street. The festival is free. It begins at 11AM and runs through 7PM. It will feature a diverse variety of entertainment for the whole family. Irish musicians, Irish bands, and Irish dancers will perform throughout the day. Children’s entertainment, and a wide variety of food and refreshments will be available as well.
https://www.facebook.com/events/354123411381955/

Fresh Roots Festival – Hillsborough
Kick off the fall season with the second annual Fresh Roots Festival featuring live music by yepROC Records artists. Join us Saturday, September 28for a celebration of Downtown Hillsborough shopping, dining, art, music and more!
http://www.freshrootsfestivals.org/

Rocktoberfest at Guglhupf – Durham
Now in its 4th year, Guglhupf’s family-friendly “Oktoberfest-with-a-twist” features live music, delicious German street food and specialty beer on tap! Originating in Munich, Germany in the early 1800’s, Oktoberfest is now celebrated around the world.
http://www.guglhupf.com/special_events/

Cask & Keg Fundraiser, Deep River Brewing Co. – Clayton
The great people at Deep River Brewing are coming together with the community for a fundraiser event to benefit an employee who was recently hurt in a car accident. This Saturday from 1-9pm the brewery will be hosting a KEG AND CASK TAPPING EVENT. They will have one-off casks on the bar and a variety of kegs donated by local breweries. Plus live music from the Carolina Island Boys 6-9pm. 100% of the proceeds from the casks and kegs will go to the employee to help them cover some of their basic expenses while they are out of work.
https://www.facebook.com/events/214969938664621/?ref=22

Sunday September 29th

Last Weekend of Raleigh Flea Market Before State Fair!
Seems like every year I forget about this. The Raleigh Flea Market closes after the last weekend of September to make way for the State Fair when it comes to town in October. Don’t worry, the flea market will come back in November, but get out there this weekend if you want to enjoy the market on a nice warm fall day. It is going to be beautiful this weekend!
http://www.raleighfleamarket.net/

Carrboro Music Festival (Day 2)
Carrboro’s weekend  long, free festival featuring over 180 performing acts at 25 indoor and outdoor venues. In the space of a few hours within downtown Carrboro, a listener can hear Bluegrass, Folk, Jazz, Country, Rock & Roll, Classical, and World Music.
http://www.carrboromusicfestival.com/

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What’s happening this week? December 3-9, 2012

There are some exciting events going on this week. With the holidays quickly approaching several of theses events are not only fun, but involve helping those in need. Below is a quick summary of events I think are worth highlighting for the week of December 3rd through the 9th. If you have event suggestions send me an email at TriangleExplorer@gmail.com and I will try to include it in my next weekly event roundup.

Sip a Wine Store Customer Appreciation Night – Wednesday December 5th 7-9pm
Join the folks at Sip…a wine store and five other local retailers as they thank their customers for their support. The Huble Pig food truck will be there selling food, Kyle Cobie will be providing music on guitar, and their will be sampling of wine and beer. Glass and bottle specials will be offered all night.

Raleigh Jingle Ball – Thursday December 6th 6:30-10:30pm
The 19th Annual Jingle Ball will take place at Marbles Kids Museum in downtown Raleigh this Thursday. Attendees are in for a night of food, drinks and fun while helping to brighten the holidays for Wake County children in need.  Guests are asked to bring an unwrapped toy for a child (newborn to age 12) valued at $20 or a $30 donation by cash or check . All toys will be donated to the Salvation Army’s Christmas Cheer Program. An invitation is NOT required to attend the Jingle Ball; anyone 21 years or older is welcome. Dress for this event is cocktail attire. Ladies, wear your cute holiday dress you have been dying to wear. Men, dress with slacks, sweaters or even your most festive holiday tie. No jeans, please!

First Friday Art Walk – Friday December 7th 6-9pm
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.  For detailed venue information, click here.

Sola “Help for the Holidays” Live Music Food Bank Benefit – Saturday December 8th 3-9pm
Come celebrate the holidays, be entertained, and help a great cause at the same time!  Sola Coffee Cafe has teamed up with Jamie Purnell and the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC to bring this day of merriment to assist those in need.  Sola will be collecting canned goods and donations throughout the day.  There will be music, fun, and surprises for folks of all ages.  The musical talents of: The Jo Gore Duo, James Olin Oden, and many more will be featured!

Guglhupf Winter Market – Saturday December 8th 10am-4pm
The patio at Guglhupf comes alive on December 8th for our 4th annual Weihnachtsmarkt (Winter Market). The event, now in its fourth year, will include artists (courtesty of Outsiders Arts & Collectibles), food and live music. In addition, Lakewood Avenue Children’s School will host a book drive for Book Harvest, happymess Studio will host a craft table for children and Cassandra from Character Paints will be doing face painting! Live music provided by The Lester Fricks Band, The Bull Town Strutters and more.

On December 8th the folks at Lonerider will be having a dock release for “The Beer with No Name” & debuting their brand new tasting area! Being strong is not a choice, it’s a requirement, and giving up your name is one of the strongest things you can do. The Beer With No Name is still their holiday ale, a Belgian style Dubbel brewed with a rare Belgian yeast strain, caramelized beet sugar and festive holiday spices. Expect hints of dark fruit, sweet cinnamon-apple and a warming finish. So, why do they call this “The Beer With No Name”? And yes it used to be “Belle Starr“. More information on that coming soon….

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