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Weekend Picks: April 17-19th


Shakori Hills Music Festival ~ Pittsboro, NC

As we enter the third weekend of April outdoor events and festivals are in full swing. There is a lot going on this weekend with everything from an Herb Festival in Wake Forest to a Food Truck Rodeo in Cary. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for next weekend when local favorite Brewgaloo returns to downtown Raleigh with tons of local brewers and food trucks on Saturday April 25th!

Friday April 17th

Wake Forest Herbfest (Friday-Sunday)
This annual event returns to Festival Park in downtown Wake Forest April 17-18-19 and April 24-25-26. Organic Herbs, Heirloom tomatoes and vegetables; Two consecutive weekends. The Herbfest is a great local source to help start your garden and it a fun way to spend the afternoon in downtown Wake Forest. http://www.herbfest.net/

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival (Thursday-Sunday)
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! http://shakorihillsgrassroots.org/

Saturday April 18th

Cuegrass Festival Downtown Raleigh
The 7th Annual Cuegrass Festival returns to the Warehouse district in downtown Raleigh on Saturday April 18th 12-6pm. In past years a nice crowd has gathered along Davie street outside The Pit BBQ for the jam-packed day of great ‘cue, local brews and toe-tappin’ bluegrass music! It only costs $5 at the gate to enter (food & beer additional). http://www.cuegrass.com/

Counter Culture 20th Anniversary Party in Durham
Counter Culture is a local coffee roaster based out of Durham. This Saturday they are throwing a party to celebrate their 20th Anniversary. The celebration will be held in Durham Central Park from 3-7pm with live music, lots of great coffee, tasty food from some of their local partners, and fun stuff for kids.  https://www.facebook.com/events/874555325950088/

Sunday April 19th

Chatham Street “Chowdown” Food Truck Rodeo in Cary
This will be the 2nd official “Food Truck Chowdown” hosted by the town of Cary. The fun goes down this Sunday from 12-4:30pm on W. Chatham Street in downtown Cary between Academy Street and Harrison Avenue. 17 local trucks are scheduled to feed the hungry crowd. While your there I recommend walking over to the new Pharmacy Craft Beer Bottle Shop. https://www.facebook.com/pharmbottlebev



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Weekend Picks: April 10th-12th

Looks like another packed weekend ahead. Here are a few of my top picks for things to do around the Triangle!

Friday April 10th

Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Durham
This event runs Thursday through Sunday. Annual international event dedicated to the theatrical exhibition of non-fiction cinema. Each spring Full Frame welcomes filmmakers and film lovers from around the world to Durham for a four-day, morning to midnight array of over 100 films as well as discussions, panels, and southern hospitality. http://www.fullframefest.org/

Live Music at “Live & Local” Chapel Hill
The Live & Local Music and Art Series beginning Friday April 10 runs every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. from April 10- June 19, so start planning your attendance today.

Art in the Evening at NCMA w/ Tea Cup Gin
The perfect start to your weekend. Share small plates with friends. Wander the galleries. Relax with a glass of wine and live music from local bands. The lobby-turned-lounge in West Building is a great place to gather with friends before enjoying a special exhibition or classic film. Small plates and beverages, including wine, beer, and nonalcoholic options, are available for purchase. 5:30pm.

Saturday April 11th

Second Saturday in Downtown Raleigh
A monthly celebration of local food and community Through monthly exhibitions, showcases, events and demos inspired by a monthly theme, participants will explore ways new ways to engage with and support local food.

Hillsborough Street Music Festival with NOLA’s Rebirth Brass Band
FREE  family-friendly event  2-9:00 p.m. More than 15 performances featured on three stages.Bouncy houses, food trucks, environmental workshops and over 60 vendors are just a few of the featured attractions. Headlining band is the Rebirth Brass Band out of New Orleans! http://www.hillsboroughstreet.org/earthday2015

SolaPopUp Market
Local designers and artists are selling their handcrafted wares. 9am-1pm

Sunday April 12th

EuroBike Show
Sunday from 11am-3pm The Shops at Seaboard Station in Raleigh will fill its parking lot with hundreds of motorcycles from brands such as Ducati, BMW, MV Agusta and Triumph as well as current-model and vintage café racers and scooters from around the world.. Open to Public & FREE. Also attending are local food trucks Porchetta and Chirba Chirba! https://www.facebook.com/events/1556933794547992/

Carrboro Open Streets
The event is held annually in April on Weaver Street.  The community is invited to dance, do yoga, ride their bikes, climb a rock wall, make smoothies on a bike blender, and participate in many other activities in a public space that not many ever thought of as a place to partake in recreation.

Rock-n-Roll Raleigh Marathon & Half Marathon
Head downtown on Sunday to cheer on the thousands of Runners racing through the streets of downtown downtown Raleigh! The race kicks off at 7am. Here is a link to the official course. http://runrocknroll.competitor.com/


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Weekend Picks: April 3rd-5th


This weekend is going to be absolutely beautiful! Here are some fun things to do this to get outside and enjoy the incredible weather. Remember, in addition to these fun events most of the local farmers’ markets start their regular hours this weekend. My two favorite local markets are the Durham Farmers’ Market and the Carrboro Farmers’ Market. Happy Exploring!

Friday April 3rd

Live Music at Gizmo Brew Works
April is NC Beer Month and there is no better way to celebrate than to visit a local brewery and catch some live music over a few beers. On Friday from 7-10pm enjoy Erin Mason perform soulful country and folk-pop and grab dinner from BO’s kitchen (Korean Street Food) food truck. https://www.facebook.com/GizmoBrewWorks

First Friday 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. I recommend stopping by Brushstroke Studio which will feature photos by Felicia Perry. The Baguettaboutit Food Truck will be parked at the studio and free beer from Nickelpoint Brewery will be available. 6-9pm. Other places to visit are the market that takes over Hargett Street in front of Raleigh Times and Brew Coffee Bar at Seaboard Station which will feature live music.

Saturday April 4th

Slingshot Coffee Weekend Coffee Service
Slingshot Coffee will be serving pour over coffee and their cold brew coffee at their headquarters in downtown Raleigh this weekend. Join them this spring & summer  Saturdays and Sundays from 8a-2p for chill vibes on the patio, delicious drinks and tasty treats. https://www.facebook.com/SlingshotCoffeeCompany/

Cedar Creek Gallery Glass & Potter Festival
The glass and potter festival at Cedar Creek in Creedmoor runs Friday-Sunday. Includes demos, workshops, local vendors and daily food trucks. http://www.cedarcreekgallery.com/47thSpringFestival2015

Beer Olympics at Raleigh Brewing Company
Six local breweries compete in events including feats of knowledge and strength. Food trucks onsite as well. https://www.facebook.com/events/1404305033212330/

Deep River Brewing Company 2nd Anniversary Saturday:
Deep River turns 2! Celebration featuring 15+ employee made casks on tap starting at 2pm. For $15 you get a custom sampling glass and unlimited samples of the casks. The first 100 customers of the day get a free anniversary glass with purchase, Jared Place hits the outdoor stage 2-5pm, E-Train & the Rusted Rails takes the outdoor stage from 6-9p, CJ’s Street Food and MacUrRoni will be there all day serving asian fusion tacos and mac n cheese! https://www.facebook.com/events/416160961877734/

Sunday April 5th

Pittsboro First Sunday
Pittsboro’s First Sunday is an artisan market featuring handmade crafts, music, and food every first Sunday of the month from March through December. Sunday 12-4 p.m. in Pittsboro’s historic downtown.

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Weekend Picks: March 27-29th

Go Ape Canopy Tour in North Raleigh

Go Ape Canopy Tour in North Raleigh
(Photo courtesy Go Ape)

This weekend looks to be a little cooler, but it should be dry and sunny and there are still plenty of ways to get out and enjoy the day. I’m maintaining an updated list of upcoming spring events here for April & May. In the meantime here are a few quick picks of things to check out the weekend. Happy exploring!

Friday March 27th

Final Friday Clothing Swap at Gather in Cary
In anticipation of warmer weather and lighter layers, Gather is hosting a clothing swap. The American Meltdown food truck will be serving up food and they’ll have wine, treats and music to groove to. Bring your clothes, your friends and lets swap! See you there! 6-9pm. Admission is free with the donation of clothing or $5 at the door.

Live Music at Sola Coffee w/ the Andy Hawks Trio
Live jazz music, great food, coffee, and beer. Great opportunity to listen to live music in North Raleigh. Music starts 7:30pm. No Cover. http://www.solacoffee.com/

Saturday March 28th

Go Ape Tree Canopy Tour Grand Opening in Raleigh
Grand Opening of Go Ape Tree Canopy Tour. It’s a course made up of numerous rope ladders, 42 exciting crossings along with 2 Tarzan swings and 5 zip lines.. The ribbon cutting ceremony is at 9:30. Live music from 11 -3 and the D’Burritos truck will be selling tasty food. Contests and giveaways! Blue Jay Point Park in 3200 Pleasant Union Church Road in Raleigh. https://www.facebook.com/goapebluejaypoint

Tour De Brew – Raleigh
6 breweries, 3 bike rides, live music, family-friendly activities. All for the cause of clean water in Africa! More details and registration at www.tourdebrew.org.

Lego Convention
The name says it all. Huge Lego event at the Convention Center in downtown Raleigh. Saturday and Sunday 10:30am-4pm. Ticketed event. http://www.brickuniverse.org/

Dino Egg Hunt at Museum of Life & Science in Durham
Kids can look for five different dino eggs around the museum’s outdoor campus.  Take photos with their resident dino and dig up some real fossils. The Museum’s Dinosaur Trail will be full of activity, adventure and prehistoric dinosaur excitement. Ticketed Event. http://lifeandscience.org/calendar/event-details/?id=2560

Live Music at Sola Coffee with The Harmaleighs
The Harmaleighs are a folk duo that calls Nashville, Tennessee home. They found a mutual love for folk/Americana and started creating music together. Music starts at 7:30pm. No cover.  https://www.facebook.com/TheHarmaleighs

Sunday March 29th

Cardinal Direction Beerfest
Steel String Brewery of Carrboro and Beer Study in Chapel Hill join forces to host a  Beerfest on Sunday featuring 12 North Carolina breweries showcasing their Saisons and other fine beers. Ticketed event.  https://www.facebook.com/events/330037867197154/

Wake Forest Food Truck Rodeo
This Sunday with about 15 trucks 12-4pm at The Renaissance Center located at 405 S Brooks St. in historic downtown Wake Forest. Check out The Wandering Sheppard’s Food Truck Blog for a comprehensive look at this weekend’s food truck events. https://www.facebook.com/wakeforestfoodtruckrodeo

The Onyx Club Boys at Honeysuckle Tea house in Chapel Hill
Gypsy Jazz music at the AMAZING Honeysuckle Tea House in rural Chapel Hill. This unique tea house is situated on a large plot rural plot surrounded by gardens and provides and open air environment to enjoy tea & coffee drinks and listen to music. Check out their website for pics. It really is a hidden gem. Music on Sunday is 4-6pm. https://www.honeysuckleteahouse.com/

Looking Ahead & Other News

Burger Bach in Durham Now Open
A New Zealand inspired pub featuring an extensive burger menu just opened ion Ninth Street in Durham. Check out this great preview by Bites of Bull City for more information and pictures of the restaurant.

518 West in Downtown Raleigh to close in April
The 518 West Italian Cafe in downtown Raleigh has announced they are closing the restaurant on April 5th. You can read more about their announcement over at the News & Observer.

NC Beer Month Coming in April
A month full on NC beer events. For a full schedule of activities visit http://www.ncbeermonth.com/

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Weekend Picks: March 6-8th

Brushstroke Studio & Gallery

Brushstroke Studio & Gallery ~ 520 N. West Street, Raleigh

With spring just around the corner the weekend calendar is beginning to fill up with events around the Triangle. Here are a few things I think are worth checking out this weekend. Happy exploring!

Friday March 6th

First Friday Art 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. I suggest checking out Artspace, and CAM Raleigh. I also recommend stopping by Brushstroke Studio which will feature photos by Felicia Perry. The American Meltdown Food Truck will be parked at the studio and free beer from Raleigh Brewing will be available. 6-9pm.

Live Music at Sola Coffee
World class guitar duo Bo Lankenau and Russ Corvey return to Sola Friday night 7:30-9:30pm! No Cover.

Saturday March 7th

The Cookery Public House
Sympathy for the Deli will have a special barbecue buffet in the Front Room, along with snacks on the truck. Parlour ice cream truck be serving ice cream! The Duke vs. UNC basketball game on the 15 foot HD big screen, great beer, wine and cocktails. 6-11pm

Nog Run Club Run Green 8K and Kilt Run
7th annual running of the St. Paddy’s Run Green 8K with attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the Largest Kilt Run with a short 200 meter run prior to the 8K! 2pm downtwown Raleigh.

Patchwork Mini Market at Fullsteam Brewery
New monthly market with makers and vintage vendors. The market will be held the first Saturday of the each month from 12-4 PM at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham.

Sunday March 8th

Durham Food Truck Rodeo
50+ Trucks at Durham Central Park 12-4pm. Live music by PitchBlak Brass Band

Big Boss Run Club
All runners welcome. Meet at the brewery 1pm for group run with 3 & 5 mile options. Afterward enjoy a pint at the brewery and food truck Taco Grande.

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