Category Archives: Things to do in Raleigh

Top 30 North Carolina tourist attractions

The Triangle once again dominates the list of North Carolina’s most visited historic tourist attractions in 2016.  You don’t want to miss these!

In the top 30, four attractions are in Raleigh, with one each in Durham and Chapel Hill.

The top tourist attraction, for the third year in a row, is in Raleigh. The Biltmore in Asheville had long been at the top since the list began 13 years ago, but is no longer counted among the popular attractions because it stopped reporting attendance totals.

See:   https://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2017/03/07/top-30-north-carolina-tourist-attractions.html     for the slideshow.

The list is compiled by Carolina Publishing & Associates.

Where to see fireworks and celebrate the 4th of July in the Triangle

Happy Independence Day to everyone!

Nearly every town in the Triangle will have a Fourth of July celebration either over the weekend or next week. From Raleigh’s big downtown celebration – The ‘Works – to Durham fireworks at the Bulls game and Cary’s celebration with the N.C. Symphony, here’s your guide to fireworks, festivals and parades across Wake, Durham, Orange, Johnston and Chatham counties.

July 4

Apex – The annual Olde Fashioned Fourth of July runs 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with a Parade of Wheels at noon, which children 12 and under can take part in. Other activities include inflatables, karaoke and face painting. Pets are not allowed. Info: apexnc.org/532/Olde-Fashioned-Fourth-of-July.

Benson ––Benson’s July 4th Celebration takes place at Benson Singing Grove (400 E. Main St.) 5:30-9:30 p.m. There will be food, games, entertainment, live music, a raffle and fireworks. Info: 919-894-5117.

Brier Creek – The Show Us Your Stripes Block Party will take place 7 to 9 p.m. at the Brier Creek Commons Clock Tower Plaza, featuring games, bounce houses and face painting. Fireworks will start after dark. Info: shopbriercreekcommons.com/events.

Carrboro – The activities will commence at 9:30 a.m. on Weaver Street Market Lawn. A parade from Weaver Street Market to Town Hall will start at 10:50 a.m. There will be live music, a costume contest, inflatables, sack races, a water-balloon toss and bingo for seniors. Info: carrbororec.org/DocumentCenter/View/2750.

Cary – From 3 to 10 p.m., the town will have its celebration in Koka Booth Amphitheatre. There will be watermelon eating contests, a Ferris wheel, a scavenger hunt and music by the N.C. Symphony and the Cary Town Band. Fireworks will start after the symphony’s 7:30 p.m. performance. The event is free, save for some of the amusement rides and pub tables. Pets, hula hoops and weapons are prohibited. Info: boothamphitheatre.com.

Chapel Hill – Fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m. in Kenan Memorial Stadium on UNC’s campus. Gates open at 7 p.m. and other festivities include a watermelon eating contest, face painting, stiltwalkers and food trucks. The suggested donation to help offset costs is $1 for an individual and $5 for a family. No outside food or drink is allowed. Info: bit.ly/2seqxfb.

Cleveland – Celebrate Cleveland starts at 9 a.m. at 9046 Cleveland Road (JCC Cleveland Campus).

Clayton – Catch food vendors, raffles, basketball competitions, cornhole and inflatables at Municipal Park (325 McCullers Drive) starting at 4 p.m. Fireworks will start after dark. Live music, inflatables and rides will continue after the fireworks. Info: bit.ly/2tbFC5n.

Durham – Durham’s Independence Day Celebration, sponsored by Durham Parks and Recreation and the Durham Bulls, includes baseball, fireworks, food and fun. Fireworks happen after the game, and tickets to the game are strongly encouraged, as the gates will open during the 7th inning for general admission based on availability. Tailgating, alcohol in parking decks and watching from parking decks are prohibited. Areas where the game can be viewed outside the ballpark are Tobacco Road Sports Cafe, the grassy area behind Diamond 3, Ponysaurus and Burt’s Bees, outside of the North Deck. Info: durhamnc.gov/1008/Independence-Day-Celebration.

Additionally, the Children’s Independence Day Parade at Durham Central Park starts at 9:30 a.m. (prep), followed by fire truck tours and free popsicles. Info: bit.ly/2tN4ga6.

Kenly – The celebration starts at 8 p.m. at Kenly 95 Petro (923 Johnston Parkway). Info: 919-284-2116.

Knightdale – The band Chairman of the Board will headline the celebration, and there will be food trucks. The event begins at 5 p.m., with shuttles to the Knightdale Station Park beginning at 4. Fireworks start at 9:15 in Knightdale Station Park. Info: knightdalestation.com.

Pine Level – The celebration runs 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at Sam Godwin Recreation Park (U.S. 70-A). Info: 919-965-2284.

Raleigh – The ‘Works will have festivities from noon to 10 p.m. on Fayetteville Street and at Red Head Amphitheater. Fireworks will start around 9:30. Contests include patriotic pooch, watermelon seed spitting, ice cream eating and a hot dog eating. There will be a beer garden and live music including The Connells and DJ Dousro. Info: raleighconvention.com/works.

Selma – The 14th Annual All-American Festival takes place at Historic Selma Union Depot (500 Railroad St.) 5-10 p.m. Info: 919-975-1411.

Zebulon – There will be fireworks after the Carolina Mudcats game at Five County Stadium. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with the game starting at 7. A ticket is required for the game and fireworks. Tickets start at $10. Info: carolinamudcats.com.

July 5

Holly Springs – From 5 to 9:30 p.m. at Jefferson L. Sugg Farm at Bass Lake Park, there will be patriotic festivities including fireworks at 9:15, face painting, live music and inflatables. Friendly pets on leashes are welcome. Bringing fireworks, including sparklers, is prohibited. Info: hollyspringsnc.us/358/July-5th.

Things to Do This Memorial Day Weekend in Raleigh, N.C.

So much to do this coming weekend but let’s not forget to take time and remember those who have died in service of the United States of America.

The Raleigh area is a perfect place for visitors and locals for Memorial Day weekend. From a hot air balloon festival to baseball games, the destination is packing in the fun over the long weekend ahead.

WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest

Bring the family for a truly-unique event this Memorial Day weekend, Fri.-Mon. The WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest in the town of Fuquay-Varina (just a short drive from Raleigh) is an admission-free event that invites the public to enjoy dozens of hot air balloons as they fill the sky in celebration and remembrance. Events include a balloon flow, tethered hot air balloon rides benefiting charities, field games, a Merchant, Arts and Craft Village and more than 40 food vendors. Check out this guide (includes a schedule of events!) from WRAL Out and About for more details!

Show your patriotism

On Sun. evening starting at 7:30pm, the town of Cary‘s Koka Booth Amphitheatre will host the Triangle Wind Ensemble for American Celebration: The Best of Broadway, featuring its “big band,” vocal soloists and a salute to our veterans.

Join Veterans Freedom Park, also in Cary, on Mon. for a Memorial Day Observance, including a patriotic ceremony and celebration honoring veterans of all wars and conflicts, 2:30-3:30pm.

Get outside!

Ready to enjoy some fun in the sun? Take advantage of the warmer weather this Memorial Day weekend by enjoying activities such as kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and canoeing—check out our detailed guide to getting on the water at 11 different lakes and rivers (plus a blackwater swamp)!

Another way to take in the great outdoors is to hit the area’s scenic trails. Take a visual tour of some local favorites, here. With more than 170 miles of hiking and greenway trails, exploration always awaits.

Add some live music and delicious food to your outdoor excursion! Bond Park Boathouse in Cary is hosting musician Jared Place, Fully Loaded Fritters food truck and after-hours boat rentals on Fri., 5-8pm, for Bands, Bites and Boats at Bond Park. Half-price boat rentals will be available to those with a valid military I.D.

Memorial Day weekend baseball

Catch a Carolina Mudcats baseball game at Five County Stadium in Zebulon. The Mudcats play against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans each evening Fri.-Sun., then at 2pm on Mon. Catch Friday Night Fireworks at the Fri. game, and on Mon., the team is set to sport patriotic-themed jerseys. Hungry? The hot dogs are delicious and, of course, perfect for a baseball game!

Concerts

For a great way to kick off your Memorial Day weekend, head to the Midtown Beach Music Series this Thurs. evening, 6-9pm, to sing along with the Tams and shag dance the night away. Or bring a blanket, enjoy a frosty beverage and listen to the tunes from Muscadine Bloodline during the Live in the District Music Series in Morrisville, 6:30-9pm.

Another great way to kick off the weekend is with Franz Ferdinand at Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, 8pm!

Over the weekend, check out a variety of concerts, including the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Art in the Evening with Peter Lamb and the Wolves (Fri., 5:30pm), Maxwell at Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh (Fri., 7:30pm) and North Carolina Symphony Summerfest 2017: New World Symphony at Koka Booth (Sat., 7:30pm).

Animazement

A Raleigh event staple celebrating popular Japanese visual culture, Animazement takes over the Raleigh Convention Center all weekend. The convention attracts thousands of attendees and features a huge range of events, such as videos, cultural demos, fan and guest panels, J-pop/rock concerts, martial arts demos, craft classes, artists, vendors and more.

by: Kristen Baughman, Tabletop Media Group