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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: June 17th – 19th


Peter Lamb and the Wolves play Creekside Wind Down this Friday
(Photo courtesy Brad Habeeb Photography)

Below is a quick rundown of my top picks for the weekend. Whatever you end up doing I hope you stay cool!

Raleigh RunDown 1-miler – Friday
Looking to run your fastest mile ever? Then this is the race for you! The Raleigh RunDown is the fastest mile in North Carolina! This fast one mile course downhill along Centennial Parkway. The Raleigh RunDown is your chance for a PR! Resigstraition is jus

Creekside Wind Down at Triangle Town Center – Friday
This Summer Triangle Town Center Mall is hosting the Creekside Wind Down each Friday from 5:30-8:30PM for Creekside Wind Down. This family-friendly summer series will feature a live band every week, plus yard games, local brews and more! Located outside the food court near the fountain. This week’s band is Peter Lamb and the Wolves.

Triangle Community Band Festival – Saturday
The Triangle Community Band Festival starts at 4pm in Durham Central Park featuring. It will include performances from The Cary Town Band, Durham Community Concert Band, Holly Springs Community Band, Raleigh Concert Band, and the Village Band!  Each group will perform for a half hour and then we join together for a mass performance of Sousa’s “The Stars and Stripes Forever.” Food and drinks available for purchase from local food trucks. Admission is FREE.

Outdoor Movie at North Carolina Museum of Art – Saturday
Celebrate the 30th anniversary of cult classic Labyrinth with a night of music and film! Cirque de Vol and the Labyrinth Bowie Cover Band perform, followed by a screening of Labyrinth. The event includes food trucks, face painting, and a Bowie tribute wall. Doors open (and activities start) at 6:30 pm, performances start at 7:30 pm, and the movie screens at 9 pm.Tickets: $10 NCMA members, $15 nonmembers

Durham Food Truck Rodeo – Sunday
This is Durham’s Annual Father’s Day Food Truck Rodeo. Over 50 local food trucks in Durham Central Park from 12-4pm this Sunday. Local beer will also be available for purchase. You can view the complete list of participating trucks here.

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Weekend Picks: May 6th-8th

Piedmont Durham 19

Sunday brunch at Piedmont in Durham

It’s May and are now well into festival season here in the Triangle. Below is a quick look at some events on my radar this weekend along with a few of my top picks for Mother’s Day brunch on Sunday.

Art of Cool Jazz Festival – Friday through Sunday
The Art of Cool Festival (AOCFEST) is a progressive jazz and alternative soul music festival located in downtown Durham. Three days of over 60 world-class performances & presenters at ten different venues across Durham. 

First Friday in Downtown Raleigh – Friday
First Friday is one of Raleigh’s most popular montly events. The First Friday of every month for enjoy a fun-filled introduction to Raleigh’s exciting art, music and dining scene.

Apex Peak Festival –Saturday
The Apex Peak Festival is a family friendly event in downtown Apex along Salem Street. Featuring live music, vendors, and activities for the kids from 9am-5pm.

Wake Forest Meet in the Street – Saturday
Meet in the Street offers a day filled with food, fun and entertainment, including live music, food trucks, a beer garden and children’s activities in downtown Wake Forest. Runs from 10am-5pm. Admission is free.

Derby Day at Duke Inn & Golf Club – Saturday
Join the Washington Duke Inn & Golf Club for the 142nd Annual Kentucky Derby grand celebration, featuring pre-race festivities and victory exhilaration. Hats and gloves encouraged, this Derby-worthy atmosphere will stimulate your excitement and get you in the racing mood. Savor Triple Crown cocktails and trophy-winning fare for an award-winning day.

The Derby Day Brunch kicks off the day from 10:30 – 2 p.m. in Fairview Dining Room. Hats and Gloves Derby Afternoon Tea is held 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. Dinner at Dusk three-course meal begins at 5:30 p.m. in Fairview Dining Room. The dinner is $35 per person. 142nd Run for the Roses starts at 6:34 p.m., airing in Bull Durham Bar,

Mother’s Day Brunch Suggestions – Sunday
Some of these places may already be booked up so please be sure to call ahead to make your reservations. I recommend the following places for brunch this Sunday:

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Weekend Picks: April 1st – 3rd

Cedar Creek
This weekend marks the start of April and North Carolina Beer Month so there are plenty of craft beer related activities to check out in the next few days. Another favorite of mine this time of year is the Cedar Creek Pottery & Glass Festival in nearby Creedmoor. Also, happy to pass along that new Cocoa Cinnamon location in Durham is now open on Sundays and the Honeysuckle Tea House in Chapel Hill is now open for the 2016 season. Here are the rest of my top picks for the weekend:

Friday – April 1st

Casks on Fools at Crank Arm Brewery
At least 20 breweries are joining with Crank Arm to celebrate the kick off of NC Beer Month by bringing a signature cask. Portion of proceeds goes to NC Brewers Guild & NC Chapter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Cedar Creek Glass & Pottery Festival
The glass and potter festival at Cedar Creek in Creedmoor runs Friday-Sunday. Includes demos, workshops, local vendors and daily food trucks.

Saturday – April 2nd

Bond Brothers Beer Grand Opening in Cary
Celebrate the grand opening of the highly anticipated new brewery in Downtown Cary. Festivities include live music from local touring artists, Chatham County Line and Diamond Creek! Local food truck favorites attending include: The Humble Pig, Pie Pushers, Chirba Chirba, Heavy Metal Grillers, CJ’s Street Food, and Sweet Traditions. There will be new releases of Bond Brothers beer, special collaboration beers, plus raffles and more!

LoneRider Beer Showdown
Lonerider Brewing Company presents a day of beer, bands and other great entertainment with a portion of proceeds going to benefit the Lung Cancer Initiative NC.

Tour De Brew
What better way to solve a world crisis (lack of clean water) than spending a day with friends exploring new breweries, joining one of the bike rides, or just hanging out at the Tour de Brew party?

Sunday – April 3rd

Free Coffee from Allegro Coffee Bus
Keep an eye out for the Allegro Coffee Bus this at the Durham Whole Foods. The bus is a restored vintage 1951 bus that’s been outfitted as a mobile coffee bar and they will be in Durham Sunday from 2-5pm giving out free coffee and tea drinks.

Bonus: Fariview Garden Garden Center – FREE Classes

Fairview Garden Center, one of the largest garden centers in the Triangle, will be hosting a series of free classes throughout the months of March, April and May with the goal of empowering local community members to take charge of their family’s nutrition and learn to enjoy the act of gardening.

Do you really know where our food comes from? Are you inspired by your neighbor’s garden and want to start your own? This series will cover these topics and more. All classes will be taught by Fairview’s owner and certified horticulturist, Brad Rollins and his wife Heather every Saturday at the garden center located at 8422 Holly Springs Road in Raleigh. Saturday classes are followed by a mini food truck rodeo featuring two local, gourmet food trucks each day. Classes are free to attend and are open to the general public.

Upcoming classes include:

March 31 – Greenhouse Safari for the Kids
April 2 – Easy Edibles
April 17 and May 14 – Container Gardening
May 7 – Big Color, Easy Plants
May 21 – Organic Gardening

To see the full list of upcoming events or to register for free, visit http://fairviewgardencenter.com/about/classes-events/.

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Weekend Picks: March 11th-13th


Looking for something to do this weekend? There are plenty of fun events going on the next few days, from parades and live music to checking out the new PICNIC in Durham for some whole hog barbecue. Here are my top picks for the weekend of March 11th through the 13th. I’ve also included a few tips for places to grab a slice of pie on Monday 3.14 – also known as “Pi Day”.

Friday – March 11th

Art in the Evening at NC Museum of Art
Sidecar Social Club returns to the NC Museum of Art for a night of jazz music and art. The museum’s “Art in the Evening” series is free and open to the public. Music begins around 5:30pm and goes until 8pm. If you need dinner plans check out the Iris restaurant inside the museum. Reservations encouraged.

Saturday – March 12th

Raleigh St. Patrick’s Day Parade
The parade kicks off at 10am, starting at Lane Street and making its way down Wilmington, Fayetteville and Salisbury Streets (parade route). There will also be lots of activities for the kids along with live music and dancing on two stages located in City Plaza and Martin Street (music schedule). For more information visit http://www.raleighstpats.org

Sunday – March 13th

PICNIC welcomes John Shelton Reed
PICNIC, North Carolina’s newest whole hog barbecue joint, welcomes John Shelton Reed on March 13th to celebrate BARBECUE: A Savor the South Cookbook. Guests are invited to meet John Shelton Reed at PICNIC in Durham on Sunday, March 13th from 2pm to 4pm. PICNIC’s barbecue – and all the fixin’s – will be served, as well as snacks, desserts, and wine and beer on draft. (A cash bar will be open as well.) Flyleaf Books will be on-hand selling signed copies of BARBECUE for $20. Tickets for $30 may be purchased at http://peatix.com/event/149864/view.

Durham Food Truck Rodeo
50+ food trucks, local craft beer and live music in Durham Central Park from 12-4pm. For a full list of trucks visit the event website here. As always, get there early to avoid the lines.

Bonus: Monday March 14th is “Pi Day”
Pi (Greek letter “π”) is the symbol used in mathematics to represent a constant — the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is approximately 3.14159. In Celebration of Pi Day on Monday 3.14 Bean Traders and Scratch  in Durham will both offer pie by the slice for $3.14 all day. Also, the East Durham Pie Company  and The Parlour in Durham will team up to offer ice cream and pie (also for $3.14 a slice) from 3:14pm to 10pm. If you are looking for pizza pie check out the 12″ pie special for $5 at Farina in Raleigh’s Lafayette Village.




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