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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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2nd Annual Cuegrass Festival Even Bigger Than The First!


This  past weekend marked the second Cuegrass Festival with the The Pitt closing down W. Davie Street in Downtown Raleigh to celebrate the best in BBQ, beer, and of course Bluegrass music.   I arrived at a little after 11:30 to meet up with some friends and there was already a nice crowd gathered.  I quickly decided to jump in the beer line to wet my whistle before the lines grew too big.  I discovered they had changed the beer tent set-up and had a very efficient system in place to ensure parched festival goers could get their favorite  beverage without enduring much of a wait.  I was happy to see they featured North Carolina beers from LoneRider, Mother Earth, Carolina Brewing Company and Big Boss. 

The BBQ was provided in an efficient manner as well.  They had sectioned off a large parking lot area off to the side where they had several “pig cookers” smoking away and the staff  prepared the food and shuttled it over to the Cue’ tent were it was quickly distributed to hunger patrons. The layout of the festival is pretty simple.   People bring chairs and blankets and line up along Daive Street wherever they can and settle in for a great day of music and food. 

Cuegrass 6

The music was non-stop with a series of local and regional bluegrass acts jamming bluegrass tunes from the Stage on W. Davie Street including music by Southern Culture on the Skids, Old Habits, Jackass Flats and Sons of Ralph Duo.  My favorite is Old Habits, which was featured on television last year when Ed Mitchell, the Pit Master, took on and defeated Bobby Flay on “Throw Down with Bobby Flay” on the Food Network.  At one point Ed jumped up on Stage and thanked everyone for coming out and hinted that the festival has gotten so big that next year it may move to Fayetteville Street!


Here is my favorite shot of the day. Ed checking out a smokey pig cooker.  He gave a big thumbs up to the crowd after this pic was taken letting everyone know that he liked what he saw.  To check out all of my pictures from the 2010 Cuegrass festival check out my flickr photo album.


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2nd Annual Cuegrass Festival Returns to The Pit ~ April 17, 2010

The word on the street is that the second annual ‘Cuegrass Festival will occur on the afternoon of Saturday April 17th on the street outside The Pit at 328 W. Davie Street in downtown Raleigh.

Last year’s  Festival was  comprised of beers from LoneRider and Aviator breweries, three NC bands (Old Habits, Filmore Valley Boys and Town Mountain) as well as The Pit’s famous bbq and the “Pigs on Parade” silent auction (which features piggy banks from local artists sold to raise money for Feed the Farm, a local non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to N.C. farmers in need).

The Cuegrass Festival is a family-friendly event.  People of all ages make up the crowd and many bring lawn chairs and blankets to set up in front of the stage to relax with their kids and listen to an afternoon of great music.  You can heck the event website for more information.

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