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Weekend Picks! Nov. 1st-3rd


Weekend Picks! Nov. 1st-3rd

I’ve been busy preparing for my first marathon so this week’s list of picks isn’t as comprehensive as in the past, but I still think I’ve picked some great stuff going on each day nonetheless. I’ll admit I added the City of Oaks Marathon as the lone event Sunday because I want everyone to come out and watch me run – just kidding! This will be my first marathon, but I really didn’t include it because I’m running it. In fact I happen to think being a spectator at a road race is actually a lot of fun and the cheering and encouragement from people along the course is really appreciated by the tired runners. No matter how you choose to spend it, I hope you have a great weekend!

Friday November 1st

Music & Coffee at Oak City Roasters – Downtown Raleigh
Jacob Dixon and Candice Young are the headlining musicians for November’s First Friday celebration at Oak City Roasters tonight. Oak City recently opened their new roastery location in the Boylean Heights Area of downtown Raleigh right next to the Boylean Street Brew Pub. Stop by tonight for an evening of great music and coffee and check out their new place!

“Last Waltz” Outsiders Art Gallery Closing Sendoff! – Durham
Outsiders Art Gallery is closing and they want to go out with a last hurrah! So, on November 1, they are having their “Last Waltz” which will include an auction of one piece per artist that they’ve shown over the last four years. Please join them a night of art, a food truck mash-up with Only Burger, Pie Pushers & Ko Kyu and music performed by Matt Phillips and the Philharmonic, Katharine Whalen, The Blue Tailed Skinks, The Bulltown Strutters and special guests. $10 suggested donation at the door.

Baguettaboutit Grand Opening Celebration – Raleigh
Another Triangle Food truck has opened a brick & mortar restaurant (don’t worry they will still do the food truck too!). Check out the Grand Opening Celebration of their Baguettaboutit’s new brick and mortar location Friday from 5-8pm. The event will feature several food trucks in the parking lot out front including American Meltdown, Captain Poncho’s Tacos, and Red Hot & Blue, Chick-N-Que and Sweet Traditions Cupcakes.

Saturday November 2nd

Pop-Up Market at Sola Coffee & Cafe’ – North Raleigh
Sola Coffee & Café in North Raleigh is hosting their first Pop-Up Market this Saturday from 10am-2pm. At least 12 vendors will be set up in the parking lot outside selling and array of art, jewelry, vintage clothing and other handmade items. While you’re there I recommend popping inside for one of their great lattes made with locally roasted Counter Culture Coffee and trying one of their new gluten free scones.

Whisk Grand Opening Celebration – Cary
To help kick off the opening of this locally owned & operated store and in anticipation of the upcoming holiday baking season the folks at Whisk are holding a Grand Opening Event all weekend long (Nov. 1st-3rd) . The event will feature a series of free in-store cooking demonstrations and special discounts on cookware & bakeware. I’m a huge local coffee fan (surprise!) so I am hoping to stop by Saturday for the free coffee cupping being hosted by local roaster Muddy Dog Coffee. For a full list of their cooking demonstrations see the link below.

Oktoberfest at West 94th Street Pub – Durham
Celebrate Oktoberfest at West 94th Street Pub in Durham this Saturday from 2-6pm. They will hold the event in the parking lot in front of the pub and will have live music, German Style food and local beer from LoneRider, Triangle Brewery, White Street Brewery, and Foothills Brewery. The event is a benefit for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC. Tickets are $5 per sample station of $15 to sample all stations. If you donate 5 canned food items you can sample all the stations for just $10.

Sunday November 3rd

City of Oaks Marathon – Raleigh
Come on out and cheer on the runners of the half and full marathon this weekend! Bring a cowbell! This is a great way to spend Sunday morning outside on what is forecasted to be a beautiful day! I’ll be out there running my first marathon so keep an eye out for a guy wearing maroon Virginia Tech Hokies visor! If you snap a picture of me in the race feel free to tag me in it on instagram so we can all have a good laugh at how funny I look running!


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Weekend Picks! Oct 11-13th

Weekend picks

October 11-13th

The second weekend of October continues to be packed with a variety of things to do. Live music, Porsche exhibit at NCMA, food trucks, and competitive badminton top my picks for things to check out. There truly is something for everyone going on this weekend! Enjoy!

Friday October 11th

Live Bluegrass Music at Sola Coffee – North Raleigh
Sola Coffee regularly hosts live music each Friday & Saturday around 7:00pm. This Friday they play host to local bluegrass band Ravenridge. While you’re there check out Sola’s new dinner menu featuring pizzas, cheese plates, bruschetta, and new wine & beer selctions in addition to their great coffee!

Deep River Brewery & D’Burritos Food Truck – Clayton
Have you been to Deep River Brewery in Clayton yet? I samples a few of their beers at a recent event and they are fantastic. This Friday the Brewery is open and the taps will be flowing. D’Burritos, a relatively new food truck featuring tex-mex dishes will be at the brewery selling food to feed the hungry local beer fans!

North Hills Friday Night Tribute Music Series – Raleigh
Midtown Events is hosting the last Friday Night Tribute band block party of the season this Friday night from 7-9pm on Park Street at North Hills. This Friday enjoy the tunes of the 1980’s tribute band The Breakfast Club!

Saturday October 12th

NCMA Porsche by Design Exhibit Opens – Raleigh
Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed marks the North Carolina Museum of Art’s first design exhibition, exploring the history and development of the Porsche lineage from the 1930s to the present day. Featuring 22 automobiles, Porsche by Design presents cars owned by Ralph Lauren, Steve McQueen, & Janis Joplin, as well as the one-of-a-kind Panamericana concept car on loan from the Porsche Museum in Suttgart, Germany. The exhibit opens this Saturday October 12th and runs through January 20, 2014.
Exhibit Website

Live Music at Uncorked – Donnie Howard Acoustic – Raleigh
Donnie Howard returns to the Uncorked Wine Bar in Falls River this Saturday night at 6pm. Enjoy craft beers and a wide variety of wines while listening to his great acoustic performance. Donnie will be joined by Chuck Brown on percussion.

Pop A Top: A Food Truck Rodeo – Raleigh
Rebus Works is hosting Pop A Top: A Food Truck Rodeo that will pair up seven food trucks with seven New Belgium canned beers. Pop A Top will include a Food Truck Rodeo, DJ, local art and craft vendors and New Belgium Brewing Company will have a “do it yourself” koozie silk-screening table manned by Oak City Collective.  There are a total of seven pairings and all the trucks will offer a $4 sample dish to go along with the $4 beers.

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival – Silk Hope
A music lovers’ paradise, Shakori Hills is a family-friendly celebration of Music, dance, art, & education. 4, days, 4 stages, & over 60 bands in beautiful Chatham County. Make sure you stop by the Coffee Barn for some Larry’s Beans Coffee! Festival runs Oct 10-13th!

NC Adidas Badminton Open
Looking to enjoy something a little different this weekend? Badminton is an incredibly popular sport outside of the united states, but you have a unique opportunity to watch a host of competitive Badminton matches this weekend at the NC Adidas Open being held at NC State Oct 11-13th. Local resident Leon Grodski de Barrera of CocoaCinnamon  in Durham will be competing in a match this Saturday at 9am. You can view the full tournament schedule here.

Sunday October 13th

Massive Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo – Downtown Raleigh
Downtown Raleigh is set to host another huge Food Truck Rodeo this Sunday from 12-5pm. There will be over 50 food trucks lined up and running several blocks along end Fayetteville Street. There will also be beer and coffee for sale and seating. There is sure to be a crowd, so get there early and avoid the long lines!

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Weekend Picks! Sept 27-29th


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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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!

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.

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Weekend Picks! May 24-26th


Jazz & More Brunch Sundays at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro

Holiday weekends are usually a little slower in the Triangle event wise, but you can still find some fun things to check out this weekend. This weekend there are some great live music performances to check out. Here my top picks for things to do this Memorial Day Weekend. Enjoy!

Friday May 24th

Live Music! Chris Titchner 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 Chris Titchner (Acoustic Guitar &  lyric-driven tunes).

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

Saturday May 25th

2nd Sip… Wine, Beer and Music Fest at “Sip…a Wine Store”
Join Sip…a wine store for their 2nd annual Wine, Beer and Music Festival. Each Festival event highlights a winery or wine region, a brewery, a local musician or band, and an event inspired special. This year’s Festivals promise to be even bigger and better with added events and the Huble Pig Food Truck. Music/Beer/Wine.

Tickets are $5.  Children, DDs are free. Wine and beer sold separately.

When: Saturday 4-8pm
Where: Sip…a wine store, 1059 Darrington Drive, Cary
More Info: website

Caged Bird Society 25th Annual Pet Bird Fair and Show
If you like birds this event is for you. The pet bird fair at the NC State fairgrounds this weekend will feature a large bird display area, birds from around the world , raffle, food & drink, and a large Selection of vendors.

When: Saturday 9am-5pm
Where: Kerr Scott Building at NC State Fairground
More Info: website

Sunday May 26th

Live Jazz & More Brunch at Weaver Street Market – Carrboro
Each Sunday during the summer you can enjoy a fun Sunday morning sitting in the shade taking in some free tunes at the Weaver Street Market in Carrboro. Free music every Sunday from 11-1. This weeks featured musicians are  Dana & Susan Robinson. Bring a blanket or chairs and relax.

When: Sunday 11am-1pm
Where: Lawn in front of Weaver Street Market in Carrboro
More Info: website

Wake Forest Six Sundays Music Series
Bring the kids, friends, a picnic, and a blanket! Town of Wake Forest, the Six Sundays in Spring concert series returns for 2013 on consecutive Sundays from April 28 through June 2. This week’s headlining musician is Ghezzi. These FREE concerts are held at E. Carroll Joyner Park Amphitheater. Opening bands starting at 3 pm, with the main acts starting at 5 pm and ending at 7 pm. Food vendors will there include VFW food trailer, the Lemon TreeSweet Traditions by LeAne (cupcakes) and Lumpy’s Ice Cream!

When: Sunday 5-7pm
Where: E. Carrol Joyner Park,  701 Harris Road, Wake Forest
More Info: website

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This Weekend’s Picks! April 5-7, 2013

April 5-6 events

Following a relatively quiet Easter weekend this first weekend in April is packed with events! Everything from art walks and grand openings to film festivals and food trucks.  See below for my top picks of things to check out this weekend. Have a tip or suggestion for next week? Send me an email at TriangleExplorer@gmail.com.

Friday April 5th

First Friday Art Walk in Downtown 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.  For detailed venue information, click here.

When: Friday 6-9pm
Where:  Various locations throughout downtown Raleigh
More Info: website

Grand Opening Celebration of Coffee Bar at Videri Chocolate
Stop by Videri Chocolate in Raleigh’s downtown Warehouse District to join them in celebrating the grand opening of their new coffee counter serving Stumptown Coffee. Espresso drinks and hot chocolate served all night. Free Trophy Brewing beer will be served along with a showcase of local artwork by Sean Martin. They will also have some First Friday specials on chocolate & Coffee

When: Friday 6-9pm
Where: Videri Chocolate, 327 W. Davie Street, Raleigh
More Info: website

Sola Coffee 1st Anniversary Celebration
Sola Coffee Celebrates their one year anniversary all weekend long! Featuring coffee tastings, live music, and a drawing for free mini donuts for a year.

Friday @ Sola
– “Tasting a World of Coffee” Free Coffee Tasting ~ 1-3 pm
– Live Music by Dublin Down (Celtic Music) ~ 7:30 pm

Saturday @ Sola
– Live Music w/ Gabe Trace (Jazz Pianist) ~ 10:15 am
– Live Music w/ Mac Brown (Acoustic Covers) ~ 11:30 am
– Live Music w/ Smith & Leonhardt (Acoustic Covers) ~ 7:30 pm
– NCAA Michigan v. Syracuse Game (In TV Meeting Room)
– Drawing for Hot Mini Donuts for a year (2 winners) ~ 8:30 pm

When: All Day Friday & Saturday
Where: Sola Coffee & Cafe, 7705 Lead Mine Road, Raleigh
More Info: website

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham
Annual international Film Festival dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema. Each spring Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to historic downtown Durham, North Carolina for a four-day, morning to midnight array of over 100 films as well as discussions, panels, and southern hospitality. Set within a four-block radius, the intimate festival landscape fosters community and conversation between filmmakers, film professionals and the public.

When: April 4-7th
Where: Various locations in Durham (list of venues)
More Info: website

Saturday April 6th

Rock & Shop Market
The Rock & Shop Market is a hip shopping event that features over 75 juried emerging artisans & makers from the Southeast and beyond. These artisans sell their wares alongside bands, djs and food trucks. The market, started in 2004, attracts thousands of shoppers per event.

When: Saturday 11am-7pm
Where: Durham Armory, 220 Foster Street, Durham
More Info: website

Free Full Frame Film Screening w/Food Trucks in Durham Central Park
Grab a blanket and head out to Durham Central Park to watch a free screening of  the documentary “Trash Dance,” a story about “a choreographer that finds beauty and grace in garbage trucks, and against the odds, rallies reluctant city trash collectors to perform an extraordinary dance spectacle. On an abandoned airport runway, two dozen sanitation workers—and their trucks—inspire an audience of thousands.” Several food truck will also be on hand to sell food to the crowds.

When: Saturday 6pm (Food Trucks) 8:30 (Film Begins)
Where: Durham Central Park
More Info: website

Sunday April 7th

Wild Food & Herb Market in Carrboro
The Wild Food + Herb Market is a monthly outdoor market featuring foragers, herbalists, wild food cultivators and local nature educators. The Market is the first of its kind in the United States. This market is a great place to buy, sell, trade and gather with others interested in wild foods and herbs.

When: Sunday 1-4pm
Where: 301 West Main Street, Carrboro
More Info: website

My New Business “Must Visit” Suggestion
My weekend “must visit” for those of you visiting Durham this weekend is the The Parlour. They make INCREDIBLE  ice cream by hand & support local producers whenever possible. They started out as a food truck selling ice cream from a cool little bus and recently opened their brick and mortar location at 117 Market Street in Durham (Across from the Bull Statue). In addition to regular ice cream, they make sorbets and coconut-based vegan flavors. Their downtown location also sells house made pastries and sodas, and select espresso drinks.


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