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Weekend Picks! April 3-6th

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Weekend Picks ~ April 4-6th

I know this week’s picks are coming out a little sooner than usual, but it is going to be a busy week and I wanted to share the news of some truly fantastic stuff coming up later this week. Of course today also marks the launch of NC Beer Month, starting off with “Casks on Fools” at Crank Arm Brewery today (4/1) at 3pm. To learn more bout local beer related activities in April visit my recent post here.

This weeks picks kick off with the Durham Bulls season opener on Thursday followed by a weekend featuring art, film, motorbikes, and a PopUp Ramen noodle bar! See all the details below and a great week!

Thursday April 3rd
Opening Day Game – Durham Bulls Baseball
The curtain will be lifted on the “new” Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Thursday, April 3 at 6:05pm when 605 West Apartments presents Opening Day. Gates open at 5:00pm for the game against division rival Gwinnett, giving fans plenty of time to enjoy pregame festivities that will feature a special entrance by Wool E. Bull, christening of new stadium video displays, full roster introductions, and National Anthem performed by the Duke Pitchforks.
www.DurhamBulls.com


Friday April 4th
First Friday Art Walk – 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.  While downtown I also suggest stopping by the new Raleigh Wine Authorities to enjoy a glass of wine in their front sidewalk seating area to welcome the warmer weather that has finally arrived.
http://www.godowntownraleigh.com/first-friday-raleigh

Gregario’s Cuba Steakhouse Grand Opening Celebration
Celebrate the grand opening of Gregario’s in Durham Friday 6-8 p.m.! This after-work event will include free food, festive music and $2 drink specials. Enjoy the beautiful outdoor patio seating just in time for spring!
http://www.gregoriassteakhouse.com


Saturday April 5th
Full Frame & Food Trucks – Durham
Come out for a Food Truck Round Up at Durham Central Park and a FREE outdoor screening of one of the Full Frame Festival’s documentaries. Food trucks start at 5:30 and fim begins at 8:30. Food trucks scheduled include Iced Cupcakes, The Parlour, Pie Pushers, Sympathy for the Deli, Triangle Raw Foods, CJ’s Street Food.
http://durhamcookery.com/latest-news

Eurobike Show – Raleigh
From 9 AM to 3 PM, the Shops at Seaboard Station will welcome the fourth-annual Raleigh Eurobike, a celebration of the two-wheeled lifestyle and the machines that have become synonymous with style, performance and speed. From exotic Italians to the finest examples of German engineering to the British motorbikes that inspired a café racer revolution, Eurobike Raleigh will showcase some of the most exciting European motorcycles in central North Carolina.
http://www.raleigheurobike.com

Duke Garden Spring Plant Sale – Durham
Duke Gardens at Annual Spring Plant Sale is this Saturday from 8 a.m.-noon. You’ll find an array of plants ideal for this region, including Duke Gardens plants, trees, shrubs, vines, bulbs, decorative plant pots and lots of fantastic plants from specialty vendors. And you can get free gardening advice from our staff and master gardeners.
https://gardens.duke.edu/events/plant-sales

Rock & Shop Market – Durham
The Rock & Shop Market, an indoor fashion, art and music market featuring independent, emerging designers and bands from North Carolina, returns to Durham on Saturday, April 5th, 2014, from 11 to 6 p.m. Admission is $5
https://www.facebook.com/rockandshopmarket

 

Sunday April 6th
The Lucky – PopUp Ramen Noodle Bar – Raleigh
Two foodie friends have teamed up to create The Lucky, a pop-up Japanese noodle restaurant. They will transform Cafe Helios for one night only into a popup ramen restaurant to serve delicious ramen, in the style of the Tokyo noodle bar.  Sunday April 6th starting 7pm until the noodles run out!
http://jupitersgrocery.com

Triangle Tweed Ride – Raleigh
Part of Raleigh’s 10-day Oaks & Spokes Bicycling Festival! Registration opens at 1pm with crafts and mingling on the streets of City Market. Riders take to the streets in full fashion promptly at 2. We recommend laying out your duds and doing your nails the night before. To thoroughly enjoy the day, you’ll need to follow these simple guidelines: Bring $10 (cash only) to benefit Oaks and Spokes programming. Each participant of  will get 2 drink tickets.

http://oaksandspokes.com/event/2014-triangle-tweed-ride/

First Sunday – Pittsboro
Pittsboro’s First Sunday is an artisan market featuring handmade crafts, music, and food every first Sunday of the month from March through December. Join us from 12-4 p.m. in Pittsboro’s historic downtown.
https://www.facebook.com/PittsboroFirstSunday


Picture of the Week – Wafflegato!

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Jubala’s Wafflegato

Earlier this week I shared a post about Jubala Village Coffee celebrating their birthday by offering some special menu items this week. I made good on my promise and stopped by this morning for the famous Wafflegato. This is a shot of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream with a small wedge of waffle added to the mix. It is a delicious treat and it is my picture of the week! They will be serving this Tuesday only as part of their “Re-tweet” Tuesday special!

 

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Weekend Picks! March 28-30th

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March 28-30th

 

As the last week of March wraps up I am looking forward to warmer weather, spending more time outside, and of course NC Beer Month kicking off in April. There are several cool things going on this weekend. For more suggestions about upcoming NC Beer Month related activities check out my recent post here. If beer is not your thing I have several other suggestions for the weekend below. Hope you have a great weekend. Here’s to warmer temps!


Friday March 28th
Jazz Trumpeter at Beyu Café in Durham Beyu Caffe is honored to present the city of Atlanta’s Jazz Hero of the national JJA Jazz Award, Danny Harper. Sure to be a fun evening of Jazz and good food & drink at Beyu. Located in the heart of downtown this is a great way to end an evening in Durham taking in some incredible jazz. Mr Harper will play two sets (8pm and 10pm). Tickets are $12 per show or $20 to attend both.
http://beyucaffe.com/events/atlanta-jazz-hero-danny-harper/

White Street “Koschei the Deathless” Bottle Release
White Street Brewery in Wake Forest is having their first bottle release as part of their new “Back Alley Series”. This Russian imperial stout is aged in bourbon barrels and bottled in 750ML cork & caged bottles at 13% ABV. Bottle sales begin at 2pm in the taproom ($13.99 each). Samples available for $2.
http://www.whitestreetbrewing.com/happenings/


Saturday March 29th
Fairview Garden  Flora & Food Trucks After a highly successful inaugural run, local retail garden center, Fairview Greenhouses & Garden Center, Inc. will host the second annual “Flora and Food Trucks” series this spring. The Flora and Food Trucks series promotes the idea that local food and local plants go hand in hand.  Event attendees will have the opportunity to attend classes on vegetable gardening, herbs, perennials and container gardening.The events are family friendly and admission is free.  The food trucks will be charging their regular prices for the food offered. This Saturday 11am-2pm they things off with American Meltdown, Chick-N-Que, Baguettaboutit, Sympathy for the Deli, Sweet Traditions by LeAne. http://www.fairviewgardencenter.com/2013/02/events/floraandfoodtrucks/

LoneRider Showdown
LoneRider is taking over Blount Street for another evening of great music, food and of course a ton of great beer. This is a ticketed event – follow the link for more details and ticket info.
http://loneridershowdown.com


Sunday March 30th
Serving Up Spring – A Pop-Up Brunch at HQ Raleigh Check out HQ Raleigh’s new space in downtown Raleigh and support a great cause! For $19 you can enjoy a PopUp brunch at HQ Raleigh this Sunday featuring crepes, chicken, pastries, coffee, a juice sampling from Raleigh Raw, and more delicious brunchy goodness! Each brunch ticket also includes free admission to to the Contemporary Art Museum, conveniently located right next door. Online registration required. Dine anytime between 10 AM and 2 PM. Proceeds benefit Activate Good’s Activate Schools program, empowering teens to lead and serve to make an impact. Tips humbly encouraged and contribute to funds raised. Register online at http://activategood.org/servingupspring.


Picture of the Week – Functional Art!

Bike Rack in front of Bad Daddy’s Burger – Raleigh

I grabbed this photo yesterday while visiting Tyler’s Taproom in Seaboard Station last night for the Raleigh Beer Guide Launch Party. Apparently this bike rack has been around for a while but it just caught my eye last night. You may have noticed that recently there are some creative looking bike racks poppin up around downtown. This is one of my favorites so far. As you can see, it is located right in front of Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar. Moments after I took this shot somebody came up and locked their bike to it. Functional art. I like it!

 

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Weekend Picks! Oct 18-20th

Weekend Picks October 18-20th

Weekend Picks October 18-20th

As we enter the third week of October one of the areas biggest annual event has come to town. The North Carolina State Fair kicked off this past Thursday and is one of my top picks for this weekend. If rides, petting zoos, and fried foods aren’t your thing, there are many other great events going on elsewhere in the Triangle this weekend worth checking out. Here are my top picks for this weekend!

Friday October 18th

North Carolina State Fair Kickoff Weekend!
The state fair has come to town and runs through Oct. 27th. There is something for everyone from the rides, fried food, animals, and live entertainment. Fireworks cap off each night too. Check the fair website for the full event schedule.
http://ncstatefair.org/2013/index.htm

Free Espresso Friday at Jubala Village Coffee – Raleigh
Did you know every Friday at Jubala Village Coffee in North Raleigh is “Free Espresso Friday”? Every Friday they buy 10 lbs of a “guest” espresso and give out free espresso shots until they run out. This Friday’s espresso is Counter Culture Coffee’s “La Golondrina”.
http://www.jubalavillagecoffee.com

Live Music at DeMarco’s – Donnie Howard Acoustic – Raleigh
Donnie Howard returns to the DeMarco’s Restaurant and Bar this Friday night at 8pm. Enjoy great pizza and Italian dishes along with a fantastic selection of wines and craft beers while listening to great live music.
http://www.demarcosnc.com

Saturday October 19th

Cooke Street Carnival – Downtown Raleigh
Cooke Street Carnival returns for a fifth year and this year they are having a block long cook-out. They will have bands and the art vendors like previous years, but this year they are focusing on food and drink with some of your favorite local food trucks, beer vendors, juices, vegan food, coffee, desserts, bread, a pickle eating contest and more.

This year they are partnering with Learning Together, a local non-profit children’s organization and inclusive daycare to help donate some supplies for the children and give the kids some fun activities at the carnival. Please bring some supplies to donate or you can donate money at the event. We will put a full list of needed supplies on our website.
http://cookestreetcarnival.com/

Bull City Coop Tour – Durham
The Third Annual Bull City Coop Tour gives visitors an up-close peek into the living quarters of some of Durham’s feathered residents.

Maps for the self-guided tour will be available at the Durham Farmers Market and Bull City Burger and Brewery for a suggested donation of $5.00 per adult and $20.00 per carload. Kids under 12 are free. No donation amount will be turned down. Tourists will visit each location at their leisure as long as it is within the time limit, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m on Saturday October 19th, 2013.
http://bullcitychickens.com/bull-city-coop-tour/

Chickensrock – Bull City Burger & Brewery – Durham
Following the Coop Tour, be sure to swing by Bull City Burger & Brewery for more fun at their “Chickenstock Festival” from 4-8pm. It is a free, fun and funky edu-party that brings the community together to learn about urban chicken-raising and sustainable living. The event will feature live music, vendors and awards for Durham’s top-rated roosts!
http://bullcitychickens.com/chickenstock-festival/

Raleigh Roundup “Bourbon & Bubbles” Benefit Event
The 2013 Raleigh Roundup will be held on Saturday, October 19th at Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh. Join us for this fundraiser to benefit the American Cancer Society. Event includes live music, plenty of food and drink, a live and silent auction, a raffle, and plenty more fun. The 2013 Raleigh Roundup will take place on Saturday, October 19 at Marbles Museum in Raleigh. Tickets are $150 (see website for details)
Event Website

Taylor’s Wine Shop BBQ Event to benefit YMCA
This Saturday (October 19th) from 11am – 2pm, you can buy a plate of our very own pitmaster, Bill Brown’s BBQ. Plates are $10 each and include slaw, potato salad and a roll. BBQ sandwiches, handmade desserts and BBQ by the pound will also be available. All proceeds will go to the Gail Cash Memorial Endowment Fund to benefit the AE Finley YMCA.
Event Website

Sunday October 20th

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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 several artist vendors, local Beer, Food Trucks. Always a fun time and a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon!
http://popupsunday.com/

“Surveying the Terrain” at CAM Raleigh – Downtown Raleigh
Raleigh’s Contemporary Art Museum has a new exhibit called “Surveying the Terrain” This exhibit explores how ten contemporary artists are using maps, mapping technologies, cartography, surveying, science and politics to create artworks. The exhibition focuses on the how the artists’ relationships to the Earth, the art they create, and our relationships to each other are condensed, extended, distorted and interpreted by beauty, politics, environmental degradation, poverty, surveillance, privacy and censorship. And do not miss Family Sundae from 12-3pm this Sunday: explore the Surveying the Terrain exhibition, visit the Creation Station for hands-on activities, meet our student docents and experience CAM Raleigh’s interactive Family Sundae Ice Cream Bar (patent pending). Family Sunday is FREE thanks to the generous support of the CAM Raleigh community.
http://camraleigh.org/exhibitions/

Bull City Racefest & Food Truck Rodeo – Durham
Over 5,800 runners will race in Durham’s Bull City Race Fest & Food Truck Rodeo Sunday. The family-friendly event will feature Food Truck Rodeo at the finish line by Diamond View Park. There will be live music on the course which highlights Downtown Durham, Trinity Park, Duke’s Campus, and Forest Hills. Check the race course on their website and go out and cheer on the runners – always fun to do (bring a cowbell!). Afterwards join the runners at the food truck rodeo!
http://www.bullcityracefest.com

Walking Dead – Watch Party at Motorco- Durham
Don’t have AMC but want to watch one of the most popular shows on tv? Afraid to watch a show about zombies alone? Then head over to the Garage Bar at Motorco in Durham and watch the show with friends while enjoying a beer or cocktail. They’ll show last week’s episode at 8pm followed by this week’s new episode at 8pm. All on the big screen!
http://motorcomusic.com/tv-nite-walking-dead-7


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