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Weekend Picks: July 29th – 31st


Dram & Draught Opens Friday at 5pm in Raleigh

Dram & Draught Grand Opening ~ Friday
Dram & Draught opens it doors to the public this Friday. Located on Hillsborough Street across the street from Char-Grill. The bar will feature whiskey, craft beer, cocktails and wine. Looks like it will also regularly host food trucks . The Chirba Chirba dumpling truck will be parked in their lot this Friday starting at 5pm.

Rooftop Social at Skyhouse Raleigh ~ Friday
Skyhouse Apartments on Blount Street is hosting a rooftop party tonight with music by Four Founders  to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County! Their will be silent auction items, a Dos Taquitos Xoco taco bar and Crank Arm Brewing Company providing beverages. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here.

Triangle Vegan Meetup at Trophy on Maywood ~ Friday
A Triangle Vegan Meetup will be held at Trophy Brewing on Maywood Friday from 6-8pm. In addition to beer, the featured food truck is Soomsoom Pita Pockets.

Cardinal Directions Beer Festival ~ Saturday
An afternoon filled with 20+ NC breweries pouring Saisons. Held at The Carrboro Town Commons. There will be food trucks, non-alcoholic beverage vendors and live music. The festival is open to the public and all are welcome! Tickets are $20 and include a festival glass and 5 sample pours, additional samples are available for $1 each. You can buy tickets here.

Chatham Street Chowdown ~ Sunday
Food truck rodeo in downtown Cary with over 25 trucks, live music, and local beer. While your there I recommend visiting Brew Coffee Bar and Bond Brothers Brewing. There are lots of cool things going on in downtown Cary these days and the food truck rodeo is a great excuse to go there and explore. View a list of the scheduled trucks here.



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Weekend Picks! Nov. 22-24th

Videri Chocolate ~ Raleigh, NC

Videri Chocolate ~ Raleigh, NC

Holiday festivities begin in the Triangle this weekend with the Tree Lighting at North Hills and the Raleigh Christmas Parade downtown. See my recent post for a full list of holiday events going on now through December. Don’t worry though, there is plenty of other non-holiday stuff happening this weekend if you aren’t quite in the holiday spirit just yet! I’ll be taking a break from the blog next week to enjoy time with family and hope you all have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Here are my picks for the weekend:

Friday November 22nd

Coffee Brewing Demo & free tasting at Videri Chocolate
Stop by Videri Chocolate in the Raleigh Warehouse District this Friday between 6-8pm for a cool coffee brewing demonstration using the innovative Impress Coffee brewer. There will be free samples (tastings). You can also take a self guided tour of there chocolate making operations at Videri. Bonus: Make sure you stop by the bottle shop Tasty Beverage next door while you are down that way.

Jo Gore Performs at Sola Coffee & Cafe’– North Raleigh
This Friday Sola plays host to musical guest Jo Gore. I’ve seen Jo and her partner Bo perform as an acoustic duo several times. They are a truly amazing duo and are not to be missed. Music by Jo Gore along with dinner at Sola makes for the perfect Friday evening date night. Get there early for the best seating! Music starts around 7:30pm.

Saturday November 23rd

Raleigh Christmas Parade
Yes it’s still November, but the Raleigh Christmas Parade is not to be missed. Fantastic Floats, music, and entertainers cruise through downtown to huge crowds. My favorite spot to watch is on Fayetteville Street near the capital building.

Pipe-Band Pub-Night w/ Bag Pipers at Tir Na Nog
Yeah Bag Pipers! Join the members of the Wake & District Public Safety Pipes and Drums as they celebrate yet another tremendous year together. This year the “Pipe-Band Pub-Night” will feature performances by members of Wake and District, the NCSU Pipe Band and My Three Kilts. It will be an evening full of piping, drumming, dancing, singing and meriment. They will have special edition FOR OUR FALLEN t-shirts, hats and mason-jar pint glasses available for sale. A $4 cover charge is being requested with proceeds for our fallen; there will be a toast to our fallen at 10:00 pm.

North Hills Tree Lighting
Stop by North Hills this Saturday from 4-8pm for a day of Holiday activities. Vendor Village, Live Music, Train Rides, and Santa. The highlight of the night will be the lighting of the Christmas Tree. You may even see me out there playing my trombone!

Rent Party at The Cookery in Durham
Housing for New Hope’s Inaugural Rent Party will gather the community together for a night of live music and the city’s best culinary creations to raise funds to help families and individuals move from homelessness to home. All funds raised will help support security deposits, rent, utility deposits and associated costs of establishing sustainable housing for the homeless.

Sunday November 24th

Carrboro Film Festival
The idea behind the Carrboro Film Festival is to promote local area shorts films that are twenty minutes or less. The first year, the response was incredible, with nearly 100 entires. From those, a day filled with fabulous films was created, and that tradition has continued over the years. Saturday, November 23rd. at the ArtsCenter and the Century Center and Sunday, November 24th. at the Century Center! One day ticket is$10 and 2 day pass: $15

Sunday Night Swing Dancing – Raleigh Elks Lodge
The biggest weekly swing dance party in the Triangle. Celebrating 8 years of great Lindy, West Coast Swing and Slow Blues dancing. You can expect lots of friendly dancers who are supportive and welcoming to first time attendees. Cash bar, great air conditioning, set in a comfortable, smoke free atmosphere. No partner is necessary – all welcome.
See website for more info

Bonus Pick for Monday November 25th

“All Souls” Presented by NC Opera & CAM Raleigh
Falling somewhere between the categories of melodrama, radio play and opera, All Souls is a setting of nine excerpts from the novel All Souls Day. It will be performed by the New Music Raleigh chamber orchestra under conductor Timothy Myers and featuring Canadian vocalist Ashleigh Semkiw. Seating in this venue is limited, so get your tickets today! Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or over the phone at 919.792.3850. Performance is Monday, November 25 at 7:30 pm. CAM Raleigh @ 409 W. Martin Street, Raleigh, NC 27601.

For more information, visit http://www.ncopera.org/performances/all-souls

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2013 Triangle Christmas Parades, Tree Lightings, & Holiday Concerts!

Angus Barn Christmas Tree

The Angus Barn at Christmas ~ Raleigh, NC

I know it is still November but Christmas events like the 2013 Raleigh Christmas Parade and the North Hills Tree lighting are set to kick off this Saturday (Nov. 23rd). With that in mind I thought now would be a good time to share my annual list of events scheduled in the Triangle this holiday season. There is so much going on so if I missed anything please leave me a comment or shoot me and email and I will add it to the list. Thanks!


Tree Lightings

Holiday Concerts / Performances

Holiday Historic Home Tours

Other Holiday Events

Holiday Markets – Shop Local!
My Friend Kim over at TriangleLocalista.com has put together an awesome list of upcoming Holiday Markets.  To shop for locally made products from local artisans view her wonderful Triangle Holiday Markets post here.


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Raleigh Christmas Parade 2010!


The annual Raleigh Christmas Parade took over the streets downtown last Saturday. In the past I found it a little strange that the parade takes place in mid-November and before Thanksgiving, but the tradition has started to grow on me. The weather is a little nicer in November, and with the crush of holiday related responsibilities and travel that kick off after Turkey Day, it is no wonder some feel the need to get a head start on Christmas!


The crowd of spectators was the biggest I’ve seen it in years.  Somwhere between 50,000 to 60,000 people crowded along Hillsborough and Fayetteville street to take in the festivities.  There were plenty of great local High School Bands marching in the parade and filling the streets with Christmas Music along with floats from the local news stations and businesses.  Mayor Meeker and Govenor Perdue made appearances as well!


Of course that giant motorized shopping cart from the NC Department of Agriculture was in the parade too.  It seems to show up everywhere!  I wonder what you need to do to get a ride in that thing?


My favorite spot to perch for the parade is on the grounds around the Capital Building.  That way you can get a great view of the bands and flots working thier way down Hillsborough Street and making the tunr onto Salisbury.  It also seems to be a popular spot fo people with pets and strollers since you have more room to spread out and let the kids run around and bun off their nervous energy while they eagerly await the start of the parade.  You can view the rest of my photos froms 2010 Raleigh Christmas parade in my flickr photo album.

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