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December 2021 Weekend Events

January 7-9, 2022 Weekend Highlighted Event:

 Dogs and humans running the race Living Raleigh Durham January 7th 2022 Featured Event Mutts and Marshmallows8th Annual Mutts & Marshmallows 5K, 8K, and 1 Mile, WakeMed Soccer Park, Saturday, January 7th 8am-12pm

  • Both pups and owners are invited to run benefiting the Wake County SPCA! There is a 5K, 8K and 1 mile fun run to participate in!
  • Only $10/pup and everyone who finishes the race gets a great mug and all the hot chocolate they can drink! Yumm!
  • Sign up here for the Mutts & Marshmallows Race!
  • Hosts & Hasthags: #muttsandmarshmellows @fitandableproductions @spcaofwakecounty @FitandAble



December 31st-January 2nd, 2021 Weekend Highlighted Event:

 Acorn and confetti Living Raleigh Durham December 31 New Years Eve Featured EventWRAL First Night Raleigh, City Plaza, Downtown Raleigh, Friday, December 31st, 2pm-1am

  • Festivities begin with the early afternoon City Plaza outdoor musical performances and the Children’s Celebration at 2pm.
  • The night is capped off with music on the outdoor Main Stage, the famous Raleigh Acorn Drop, and a spectacular fireworks show.
  • Bonus this year is that the entire event outside and our new COVID safety measures.
  • Hosts: @firstnightraleigh @downtownraleighalliance @downtownraleigh

December 17-19, 2021 Weekend Highlighted Event:

Ugly Christmas sweater with beading for Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party by Southern Peak Brewery Living Raleigh Durham December 17-19 Featured Event5th Annual Tacky Christmas Sweater Party, Southern Peak Brewery, Saturday, December 18th, 6-10pm, Apex, NC

  • One of my favorite newer Christmas traditions, pulling out that ugly Christmas sweater for all to see! 
    • Southern Peak, an Apex neighborhood brewery and taproom, will be offering prizes for the best (tackiest) sweaters at 8:30pm, so come dressed ready to win! 
    • Food Trucks, live music, pints, and laughs--what's not to love!?
  • Hosts: @southernpeakbrewery 


December 10-12, 2021 Weekend Highlighted Event:

A Llama with a holiday scarf on from1870 Farm in Chapel Hill: Living Raleigh Durham December 10-12 Featured EventHoliday at the Farm, Selected Time Slots, Dec. 11-12 & Dec. 18-24th. 1870 Farm, Chapel Hill, NC

  • What's not to love about llamas in holiday scarfs, goats on Santa's naughty list, and ponies with reindeer antlers!? All of that in one place, of course!
  • Enjoy access to the 1870 farm, transformed into a festive winter wonderland complete with Santa, pony rides, hay rides, campfire s'mores, Frosty the Snowman, a huge hay field for kids to run wild in, and more!

December 3-5, 2021 Weekend Highlighted Event:

Patchwork Holiday Market in Durham: Living Raleigh Durham December 3-5 Featured EventThe Patchwork Holiday Market, Sunday, December 5th, 12-3pm, The Armory, Downtown Durham

  • My go-to holiday market is back and featuring over 55 local makers this year! 
    • From holiday scented candles to funny Schitt's Creek pop art to statement acrylic earrings to leather bags with hand stitching and so much more. These vendors are true artists and worth appreciation!
    • 220 Foster Street Durham, NC, US 27701
    • Hosts: @ThePatchworkMarket

November 26-28, 2021 Weekend Highlighted Event:

  • Wreath surrounding the shop small symbol: Living Raleigh Durham November 26-28 Featured Event Shop Small SaturdaySmall Business Saturday, Saturday, November 27th , Throughout the Raleigh Durham area
  • To find all the local shops, check out my directory list based on what city you're near!
  • #shopsmallsaturday #smallbusinesssaturday

November 19-21, 2021 Weekend Highlighted Event:

Downtown Raleigh Huge Christmas Tree All Lit up: Living Raleigh Durham November 12-14 Featured EventDowntown Raleigh Tree Lighting & Holiday Night Market, Friday, November 19, 5:30pm-8:00pm, Downtown Raleigh

  • It's time to get "lit" yall!
    • Enjoy Downtown Raleigh's annual tree lighting, holiday-themed activities, and holiday pop-up featuring tons of local artists & makers.
    • Take great photos and shop for everyone on your holiday list!
    • In front of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E South St Raleigh, NC, US 27601
    • Hosts & Collaborators: @downtownraleighalliance @DECRaleigh @trianglepopup @thebrewboxnc


November 12-14, 2021 Weekend Highlighted Event:

  • Dog on Santa's lap, Santa Paws benefiting Saving Grace Animal Rescue: Living Raleigh Durham November 12-14 Featured EventSanta Paws 2021, Saturday, November 13, 10am-2pm, Morrisville
    • Even dogs are motivated by gifts from Santa to be on their best behavior the weeks leading up to Christmas!
    • Santa will be visiting Grace Park Animal Hospital, eager to get photos with all the pups and to listen to all the dogs' must have toys this year.
    • All proceeds from this event will go directly to Saving Grace Animal Rescue to help all of the animals waiting for their forever homes this year!
    • 11010 Lake Grove Blvd, Morrisville, NC 27560-7386, United States
    • Hosts & Collaborators: @SGanimalsforadoptionNC  @bruce.murdoch @GraceParkAnimalHospital  

November 5-7, 2021 Weekend Highlighted Event:

  • Holiday Open House at The Cotton Company: Living Raleigh Durham November 5-7 Featured EventHoliday Open House at The Cotton Company, November 5-7, 10am-5pm, Wake Forest
    • The Cotton Company is a unique space featuring over 60 permanent vendor booths made of local makers and artisans! Look for handmade pottery, jewelry, candles, art, clothing, handbags and more!
    • What better way to get in the mood for holiday shopping then with complimentary refreshments, contests , Christmas tree trees, holiday music, games, and more! They even offer gift wrapping!
    • 306 S White St Wake Forest, NC, US 27587
    • Hosts & Collaborators: @thecottoncompanyofwakeforest 

October 29-31, 2021 Highlighted Event:

  • Trunk or Treat by WakeMed Cary: Living Raleigh Durham October 29-31, 2021 Featured Event: Trunk or Treat - Cary Hospital, Friday, October 29th, 5:30pm-8pm, Cary, FREE, Family Fun
    • From the same folks that have risking their lives and doing everything they can to offer their community safe treatments during a pandemic, they are now also giving us candy and throwing a fun outdoor party! Amazing!
    • Join these awesome heroes for a safe and fun trick-or-treat experience for kids while practicing safe, social distancing.
    • Kids can check out the fun Cary Fire Department Firetruck, dance to fun DJ music, scoop up some yummy candy and best of all--thank their local heroes in a safe and fun way!
    • 1900 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 27518
    • Hosts & Collaborators: @wakemedchildrens #wakemed 

October 22-24, 2021 Highlighted Event:

  • Living Raleigh Durham October 22-24, 2021 Events Featured Events: Barktoberfest 2021, a smiling german shepherd dressed up as a tigerBarktoberfest, Saturday, October 23rd, 3pm-6pm, Durham Central Park, FREE, Family & Dog Fun
    • Durham Parks and Recreation and Beyond Fences are joining forces once again to provide a fun-filled afternoon with your fur babies!
    • Dress up for your pup in a costume for a chance to win great prizes! 
    • Enjoy live music, photo booth, shopping pet supplies, and even contributing to their pet supplies collections
    • Beyond Fences is a non-profit helping build free fences for dogs living on chains; spay and neuter animals; offer free pet supplies and shelter interventions for underserved communities and more!
      • There's tons of your favorite local brands, companies, restaurants, breweries, organizations and more sponsoring this fun event. Doggo or not--you're welcome!
      • Hosts & Collaborators: @dprplaymore @durhamcentralpark @beyond_fences_durham #durhambarks

October 15-17, 2021 Highlighted Event:

  • Living Raleigh Durham October 15-17, 2021 Events Featured Events: Falling for Local, mums and hello fall signFalling for Local at Dorothea Dix Park, Saturday, October 16th, 11am-6pm, Downtown Raleigh, FREE, Family Fun
    • Enjoy live music from local talent and shopping with over 100 local & independent vendors
    • Sampling NC craft beer & ciders by the taste or the pint (21+ of age) Purchase wristbands here.
    • Bring the whole family for loads of fall fun too with hay rides, inflatables, lawn games, kids activities, photo ops, and a pumpkin patch with over 1000 pumpkins!
      • Hosts & Collaborators: #ShowSomeLocalLove #FallingForLocal @DixConservancy 

October 9-10, 2021 Highlighted Event:Living Raleigh Durham Weekend Events: October 8-10, 2021 Raleigh Arts Festival mural

     Artsplosure - The Raleigh Arts Festival, Downtown Raleigh, Family Fun

    • Featuring the work of over 175 artists showcasing art in ceramics, glass, fiber art, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, wood and more.
    • Enjoy live music on the Main Stage from emerging national and regional artists, bring the kids to enjoy free arts and crafts at Kidsplosure, and experience one-of-a-kind art installations on display throughout downtown Raleigh.
    • Instagram handle: @artsplosure #raleighartsfestival 

    October 1-3, 2021 Highlighted Event:

    • Living Raleigh Durham October 1-3, 2021 Events Featured Events: Cary Oktoberfest 2021, band playing7th Annual Triangle Oktoberfest! Cary, Family Fun
    • This authentic German festival focuses on family fun, traditional Bavarian food and German beers
      • Live entertainment will showcase live music, Wiener Dog Races, jump houses and face painting and more for the kids!
      • Instagram: @booth_amp @triangleoktoberfest 

    September 24-26, 2021


    Friday, September 24th

      • Fall Wreath Making Class, Zebulon Community Center, 10am-11am $10/pp, Adult Fun

      • 2nd Annual Fall Picnic in the Gardens, Clayton, Yellow House The Community Place Saturday & Sunday, $10/pp,  Adult Fun
        • What is more perfect than a crisp autumn evening listening to live music, laying on a blanket, eating, and sipping on great wine or craft beer? Everything but blanket is provided! 
        • Tickets are limited to 150, purchase here
        • Instagram Handle: @yellowhouseclayton
        • 121 East Main Street Clayton, 27520
        • Balloon Glow Tour, at Dorothea Dix Park, Downtown Raleigh, Friday & Saturday, 5-9pm, $10-20 per car, Family Fun
          • Food vendors, retail vendors and family activities with hot air balloon glow at dusk and tethered rides!
          • Tickets here
          • Instagram Handle: @balloonglowtour
          • Dorothea Dix Park, 1030 Richardson Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603, USA

        Saturday, September 25th:

        • 4th Annual Fall Festival, Cary Downtown Farmer's Market, 9am-3pm, FREE, Family Fun
          • Market vendors, live music stages, Beer & Cider Garden, Children's Village, pumpkin pie eating contest.
          • A few of the informational booths with be offering information about sustainable home and garden practices as well.
          • 135 W Chatham St Cary, NC, US 27511
          • Facebook handle: @CaryDowntownFarmersMarket 
        • FEATURED EVENT: BrickUniverse Raleigh LEGO Fan Expo, Saturday & Sunday 8-10:30am, 11am-1:30pm, 2-4:30pm, Raleigh Convention Center, Tickets $15/pp, Family Fun
          • From massive skyscrapers to intricate city layouts to special guests and merchants, BrickUniverse is fun for Lego fanatics to casual builders.
          • Tickets here
          • Instagram handle: @brickuniverseofficial
        • Norse Brewing Fall Artisan Market, 11am-4pm, $10/pp, Kids under 2 are Free, Family Fun
          • In the heart of downtown Wake Forest, enjoy local beer, food, and shopping from area small businesses offering handmade jewelry to hand bags to art to candles. 
          • Also cute adoptable dogs from Perfectly Imperfect Pups will be flopping around looking for head scratches and a new home.
          • Facebook & Instagram handle: @norsebrewingcompany
          • 203 Brooks Street Wake Forest, NC, US 27587
          • 3rd Annual Festa Italiana, Lazy Hound Farm, Raleigh, 11am-7pm, FREE, Family Fun
            •  Celebrate Italian Heritage and enjoy food, music, dance, beverage, genealogy, and more.
            • Did you know? Festa Italiana is a non-profit corporation and our Raleigh festival is the largest, most diverse, annual public celebration of all things Italian and Italian American in North Carolina?
            • Facebook handle: @festraleigh
            • 609 Tucker St, Raleigh, NC 27603

          September 17-19, 2021

 Things to do in Raleigh Durham this Weekend,  September 17-19, 2021, image featuring Scottish Highland Cow from Lazy Hound Farm

          Friday, September 17th

            • Brewgaloo Street Festival,  Friday & Saturday, Downtown Raleigh,  FREE, but Drink Tickets are separate, Adult Fun

              • North Carolina’s largest craft beer offering 2 days of over 110 craft breweries from around NC.  Featuring nearly 50 local food trucks, local vendors, and 2 separate stages for local bands.
              • There is no admission fee to enter the festival, but drink tickets can be purchased in advance or on-site 
              • Drink tickets and more information here
              •  Fairgrounds Southern Ideal Home Show, All Weekend, Raleigh, Tickets $10/each
                • Friday & Saturday, 10am-8pm & Sunday from 11am to 6pm
                • New ideas and practical advice with trusted, local experts to make your dream home a reality.
                • The Home Depot booth will be offering fun DIY projects--includes all the materials you can take home too!
                • Tickets here Use promo CHEAP for half off tickets
                • North Carolina State Fairgrounds Expo & Jim Graham Building 4285 Trinity Road, Raleigh

              Saturday, September 18th:

              • 11th Annual Durham Oktoberfest at Motorco1pm-10pm, Downtown Durham, Tickets by table, Adult Fun
                • Little German Band will be providing live music and dancing as you enjoy Oktoberfest beer and food specials
                • It's indoors, but they are offering the festival in the safest way possible
                • Tickets here
                • FEATURED EVENT: Painting with Goats, Lazy Hound Farm, East of Raleigh in Zebulon, Saturday & Sunday, $8/pp, Kids under 2 FREE, Family Fun
                  • Saturday 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm & Sunday 1pm-3pm and 4pm-5:30pm
                  • Admission includes a wood cut-out to paint for each child.  Painting is under the shelter with all the farm animals--how fun!
                  • Kids can also go through the animal barn, big sandbox and slide, playground and tractor train. 
                  • Hayrides are available too for an extra $5
                  • 207 Davis road Zebulon, NC, US 27591

                September 10-12, 2021

       Things to do in Raleigh Durham this Weekend,  September 10-12, 2021, image featuring half mast American flag in remembrance of 9/11

                Friday, September 10th

                • Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival, 6pm on both Friday & Saturday, Koka Booth in Cary,  Adults (21+) Fun, Tickets $39-65/pp
                  • This annual festival returns for it's 14th year with over 60 Beer choices, 40 kinds of bourbon, and a plethora of barbeque choices
                  • Plus who new eating and drinking Southern favorites could be for a good cause? A portion of event proceeds go to Spirit of Hope Children’s Foundation which helps promote educational opportunities for children with mental and physical disabilities. 
                  • Tickets here
                  • Koka Booth Amphitheatre 8003 Regency Pkwy Cary, NC 27518

                Saturday, September 11th:

                • Pop-Up for Pups, 11am-3pm, Raleigh, Big Boss Brewing Company, Adult Fun, Free

                  • Whether you have dogs or not, go for all the local artists, makers, pet-loving vendors, live music, food trucks, and of course, local adoption centers and rescues showcasing their adoptable pups! 
                  • If you have pups, bring them to socialize, engage in fun activities, and be your shopping buddy!
                  • 1249 Wicker Dr Raleigh, NC, US 27604

                Sunday, September 12th:

                • Cary 150: Kids Sing and Celebrate 12pm-3:30pm, Cary, Free, Family Fun

                  • Celebrating 150 years, the town of Cary invites kids of all ages to come and bring shakers, bells, sticks, scarves, and/or homemade instruments for a sing along with KinderVillage Music
                  • The is free, but they are asking for folks to register here.  
                  • Sertoma Amphitheatre at Bond Park,  801 High House Rd Cary, NC, US 27513
                • Handmade & Vintage Market at Barrel Culture Brewing & Blending, 12pm-5pm, RTP, Free, Adult Fun

                  • Enjoy a lazy Sunday by moseying around the booths of local artists & vintage shops; enjoy live music, nibbles from food trucks and of course, house beers.
                  • Recently rated as the one of the top 5 breweries in Raleigh, Barrel Culture takes pride in their 18 taps and stays fun with quirky beer names like "Gotta Stay Fly"  "Crispy Gentleman" & "Boy Howdy"
                  • Stay tuned for their Oktoberfest on the 25th as well! 
                  • 4913 S Alston Ave Durham, NC 27713

                September 3-6, Labor Day Weekend 2021

       Things to do in Raleigh Durham this Weekend,  September 3-6, 2021, image featuring Wallaby by WildTails

                Friday, September 3rd

                • Featured Event: Bull City Cider Wallaby Visit, 6:30-8:30pm, Downtown Durham, Family Fun, Adult Fun, Free
                  •  Raising awareness and collecting donations for displaced exotic animals like Bindi the Wallaby.
                    • The world does not need more Joe Exotics FYI.
                  • Wild Tails is committed to high quality care, training, and  advocacy of responsible captive husbandry of exotic species as a way to further conservation and species growth.
                  • Every  pint of "Off Main" Cider sold, Bull City will donate a $1 to the cause!
                  • 305 S Roxboro St. 
                • First Friday-Downtown Raleigh, 5-9pm, Various Locations in Downtown Raleigh, Family Fun, Adult Fun, Free
                  • Walk the streets and take advantage of all the art galleries, restaurants, markers, musicians, and more opening their doors/booths/hearts to the community.
                  • Plan your itinerary on their helpful online tool here!

                Saturday, September 4th:

                • Free Vinyasa Yoga at the Eno River Farmers Market, 9-9:45am, Downtown Hillsborough, Family Fun, Free

                  • All levels yoga are welcome for flow yoga offered by Monarch Movement Company
                  • Free, but let them know you're coming with registering here.
                  • 144 E Margaret Ln Hillsborough, NC   27278
                • Durham Craft Market,  8am-12pm, Downtown Durham, Free, Family Fun

                  • Check out a huge variety of high quality and affordable handmade arts and crafts by local artists and makers
                  • Every Saturday 8am-12pm April through November-- approximately 20-25 vendors will be showcasing their goods!
                  • Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St Durham, NC, US 27701

                Sunday, September 5th:

                • Board Games at IngenuiTea Taproom, 12pm-3:30pm, Cary, Free, Family Fun

                  • Spend a lazy Sunday afternoon with friends and family while enjoying fresh baked cookies and our signature kombucha and playing board games together!
                  • This is a reoccurring event, so check out their Eventbrite page for tickets and all dates.
                  • 305 Ashville Ave STE E Cary, North Carolina 27518

                Monday, September 6th:

                • County Line Country Fair Old Mill Farm, 10am-8pm, Saturday 4th through Monday 6th, Durham, $5/pp in advance and $10/pp at the door, Family Fun
                  • Kids of all ages will enjoy carnival games, live music, food, games of skill, fishing, and prizes galore!
                  • Old Mill Farm, 8913 NC-751, Durham, NC 27713
                  • Get tickets and see their full list of schedule of events here.



                  August 27-29, 2021

                  Things to do in Raleigh Durham this Weekend,  August 27-29, 2021, image feature Korean dish from featured food truck at the international food festival

                  Friday, August 27th:

                  • Garner Market Night, 6-10pm, Downtown Garner, Family Fun, Free
                    •  This is a family-friendly and dog-friendly event!
                    • Featuring over 50 local vendors from candle makers to vintage gifts to homemade pastries to local beer and wine to food trucks!
                    • Enjoy live music and a curated space just for kids and families to play by Paper & Stars Studio
                    • 120 E. Main St. Garner, NC, US 27529

                  Saturday, August 28th:

                  • 45th Annual Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, Saturday 9am-6pm & Sunday 12:30-5pm, Downtown Cary, Family Fun, Free

                    • Recognized as one of the top art festivals in the US--this year features from 16 states, and offers fun music and performers for all ages. 
                    • Food and beverage vendors throughout as well!
                    • 316 N. Academy Street Cary, NC, 27513
                  • FEATURED EVENT: Raleigh's International Food Festival 12pm-10pm, City Plaza, Downtown Raleigh, Free, Adult Fun, Family Fun
                    • Enjoy international food, desserts, beer, wine, and dance and musical performances from over 30 countries--representing South Korea, Lebanon, China, Colombian and more! 

                      • One featured food truck:  Bulkogi's Bibimbap aka the Korean BBQ (seen in featured image)
                    • The festival's goal is to serve as a platform to encourage cross-cultural exchange, respect and understanding in a diverse Raleigh.
                    • Plus the Kids’ Corner will have a tricycle race, NCFC and Courage soccer field, butterfly exhibit, games and fun for the attendees for all ages--offering prizes too!
                    • Parking is free on the streets on the weekend, but it's a pain to find, so I recommend the downtown parking decks:

                  • Chapel Hill Farmer's Market, 8am-12pm, Chapel Hill, Free, Family Fun

                    • All of their farmers and artisans live within 60 miles of Chapel Hill, NC and bring fresh quality produce, value-added farm products, and crafts to market year-round!
                    • From local coffee to handmade pottery to homemade bagels, there's something for everyone!
                    • 201 S. Estes Drive Chapel Hill, NC 27514

                  Sunday, August 29th:

                  • Therapeutic Goat Yoga 11am-12pm, Hux Family Farm, Durham, Tickets: $23/pp, Adult Fun Family Fun

                    • Enjoy a modified yoga (easier) class where you are surrounded by snuggly goats--lots of baby goats too!
                    • This is a reoccurring event, so check out their Eventbrite page for tickets and all dates. 
                    • Hux Family Farm 1923 Shaw Road Durham, NC 27704

                  August 20-22, 2021

                  Things to do in Raleigh Durham this Weekend,  August 13-15, 2021, image feature icecream cone

                  Friday, August 20th:

                  Saturday, August 21st:

                  • Triangle Pop-Up Market at Boxyard RTP, 11am-3pm, Boxyard RTP, Durham, NC, Free, Family Fun
                    • The market will feature handmade accessories, clothing, home goods, custom gifts and more by local artists & makers

                    • Plus enjoy live music while you eat, drink, and shop the new trendy spot: Boxyard RTP
                    • 900 Park Offices Drive Durham, NC, 27703

                      • Note: Boxyard RTP is following Durham County’s masking guidelines for indoor vendor spaces 
                  • Downtown Raleigh Murals and Public Art Walking Tour10:30-11:45am, Downtown Raleigh, Free, Suggested $15-20/pp, Family Fun

                    • This fun 1.5 hour tour will take you off the beaten path and shows you some of Raleigh’s best and most vibrant large scale art works! 
                    • Because of Covid, the tour will be 100% outside, no stops, but it's only an hour and half.
                    • Governor’s Mansion, 200 N Blount St., Raleigh, NC.
                    • Reserve your spot here, but bring cash for tips!

                  Sunday, August 22nd:

                  • FEATURED EVENT: The Black Farmer's Market - Raleigh, 1:30-4pm, Free, Family Fun
                    • A rain or shine! Enjoy food trucks, music, and produce, meats, crafts, and prepared foods from Black farmers and entrepreneurs
                    • Southeast Raleigh YMCA, 436 Rock Quarry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610-4144
                    • TRIVIA: Which fruit has 40% more lycopene (a powerful heart happy, cancer-fighting antioxidant) than raw tomatoes? (hint hint: it's the featured image)

                  August 13-15, 2021

                  Things to do in Raleigh Durham this Weekend,  August 13-15, 2021, image feature icecream cone

                  Friday, August 13th:

                  • Haunted Hillsborough, 8:30pm, Haints Misbehaving Ghost Tour, Family Fun $13.44-$16.12/pp
                    • Experience ghost tales, three haunted houses, plus spooky graveyards
                    • All their century-old stories have been researched and documented.
                    • Tickets available here
                  • Raleigh Haunted Footsteps Ghost Tour, 5pm-6:30pm, Downtown Raleigh, Family Fun, Tickets $14-17/pp
                    • This walking tour is great for families (recommended ages 8 and older) looking to experience the spookier side of downtown Raleigh!
                    • Listen to entertaining and educational ghost stories from the late 1700’s through the 20th century throughout the downtown area.
                    • Tickets here.

                  Saturday, August 14th:

                  • Haunted History Walking Tour, 5:30-7pm, Downtown Raleigh, Free, Suggested $15-20/pp, Family Fun
                    • This is more for the history buffs than the ghost hunters 
                    • Because of Covid, the tour will be 100% outside, no stops, but it's only an hour and half.
                    • Governor’s Mansion, 200 N Blount St., Raleigh, NC. Reserve your spot here Bring cash.
                  • Youth Yoga in the Park 9am-10am, Dix Park, Free, but must register, Kid Fun
                    • Beginner friendly kids yoga class-recommended for ages 7 thru 11. 
                    • Kids should bring a yoga mat and filled water bottle.
                    • Williams Field 1800 Umstead Drive Raleigh, NC 27603

                  • The Bull City Roundup Food Truck Rodeo & Vendor Market, 8pm-10pm, Downtown Durham, Free, Family Fun.  
                    • Sample some of the area’s best food, support local creatives/entrepreneurs, & enjoy live music! Open to all ages, but features  featuring a cigar lounge and bar for adults only.
                    • Suite Four, 506 Ramseur Street, #Ste 4 Durham, NC 27701

                  • Buy Black Market Pop-up 11am-7pm, Saturday & Sunday, NC State Fair Grounds Raleigh, Family Fun, Free
                    • Connect with 400 black business owners from every profession: Medical providers, insurance brokers, therapists, educators, event planners, artists, financial advisors, and more!
                    • Kerr Scott Building, Across from the Raleigh Flea Market, 4285 Trinity Road, Raleigh, NC 27607 

                  Saturday, August 15th:

                  • Ice Cream Festival, 9am-3pm, Phillips Farms of Cary, NC Free, Family Fun
                  • On top of the normal market vendors and farm fresh produce, homemade icrecream, live music, and more!
                  • 6701 Good Hope Church Rd Cary, NC, US 27519 

                  August 6-8, 2021

                  Things to do in Raleigh Durham this Weekend,  August 6-8, 2021, image features bees in beehive by bee downtown

                  Friday, August 6th:

                  • Dine Out @ First Friday, 7-10pm, Fayetteville St, Raleigh, 
                    • Enjoy an action-packed night with food specials, live music, and free art gallery tours all in one night
                    • Art galleries + studios are open late with rotating exhibits and streets are closed for extended outdoor dining
                    • Create your art gallery itinerary here.  
                  • Summer at the Springs: Foo Fighters Tribute Band: Joe Hero, 6-9pm, Holly Springs Cultural Center, Free, Family Fun
                    • Relax with the whole family on your favorite picnic blankets and lawn chairs. Grab dinner at our food truck rodeo and savor a beer from local breweries.
                    • 300 W Ballentine St Holly Springs, NC, US 27540
                  • FEATURED: Bee Downtown's Scavenger Hunt 5-7pm, North Hills, Raleigh, Family Fun, Free
                    • In honor of the 2 new beehives installed by Bee Downtown on top of the Bank of America Tower in North Hills, there's a special event that's all the buzz!
                    • The clues for the scavenger hunt will be posted on Bee Downtown’s (@beedowntown) and North Hill’s social media (@visitnorthhills). There will also be QR codes around North Hills that you can scan for the clues!
                    • Win from many North Hills retailers and restaurants
                    • 4321 Lassiter at North Hills, Raleigh, NC 27609

                  Saturday, August 7th:

                  • Bull City Reels on Wheels, 9pm-11pm, Durham County Memorial Stadium, Free but must receive spot, Family Fun
                    • Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) is bringing free movies to the big screen this summer.
                    • Saturday's movie is Mrs. Doubtfire (rated PG-13)
                    • Watch from the comfort of your vehicle or bring your own chairs and sit in front of your vehicle. Registered participants can also ride bikes, ride public transportation, or walk to the event.
                    • 750 Stadium Drive. Register here
                  • The NCMA Artist Market, 11am-3pm,  NC Museum of Art, RaleighFree, Family Fun
                    • The first Saturday of every month they are offering a new selection of local artists in the plaza and live music
                    • Visitors are welcome to browse the galleries, enjoy the museum park, and shop local! 
                    • 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

                  Sunday, August 8th:

                  July 30-August 1, 2021

                  Things to do in Raleigh Durham this Weekend, July 30-August 1st, 2021, image features sunflowers from hill ridge farms

                  All Weekend:

                  • GalaxyCon Raleigh, Thursday to Sunday, Raleigh Convention Center, $10-130/pp are still available, Family Fun, Adult Fun
                  • It's a 4-Day festival filled with celebrities, creators, voice actors, cosplayers, entertainers, fan groups, gamers, panelists, streamers, wrestlers, and more!
                  • This year's celebs range from Brendan Fraser from The Mummy and more to Giancarlo Esposito from The Mandalorian to William Shatner from Star Trek. 
                  • Tickets here! 

                  Friday, July 30th:

                  • Friday’s on the Front Porch, 5-9pm, The Carolina Inn, Chapel Hill, Free, Fun for All Ages
                    • Sip on crafted cocktails, listen to live music, and enjoy our featured food trucks.
                    • 211 Pittsboro St, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
                    • Durham Dark & Mysterious Ghost Walk, 7:30-9:15pm, Mellow Mushroom, Durham, Family Fun, Tickets $14-17/pp
                      • The 1.5 tour combines local ghost stories, folklore and local history throughout the Downtown Durham area.
                      • Wear comfy shoes and cape for a bravery for this 1.5-mile walking tour. Best for children 8 years & older.
                      • 410 Blackwell St, Durham, NC

                    Saturday, July 31st:

                    • Celebrate 150 Years of Cary, 4pm-10pm, Downtown Cary, Free, Fun for All Ages
                      • The last Saturday to celebrate! The Town of Cary welcomes you to celebrate with 150th birthday a Cary Arts Center presented light show, Carolina Circus acrobats, food trucks, vendors, kids’ crafts & activities, historical walking tours, and more!
                      • Academy Street, Downtown Cary
                    • FEATURED IMAGE: Sunflower Festival, 10am-8pm,  Hill Ridge Farms, Tickets range from Free to $14/pp, Family Fun
                      • Their annual festival runs until 8/22; Saturdays 10am-8pm & Sundays 10am-8pm
                      • How fun will those family photos be in front of sunflowers!?
                      • There are food trucks, covered wagon rides, splashpad, waterslide, barnyard animals, gem stone panning and more!
                      • 703 Tarboro Road Youngsville, NC 27596  
                    • The Glass Jug Beer Lab - Downtown Durham, 3pm-6pm, The Glass Jug Beer Lab, Tickets: $30/pp, Adult Fun (21+)
                      • What's more fun than the old favorite tie dye paired with craft beer!? The Glass Jug is a brand new taproom in Downtown Durham worth checking out.
                      • Price includes one shirt of any size and one draft beer while you're here. Kids are welcome to help their parents dye a shirt, but alcoholic beverages are for adults only.
                        • 539 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701

                    Sunday, August 1st:

                    • The Harlem Globetrotters, 3pm, PNC Arena, Raleigh Tickets $17-140/pp, Family Fun
                      •  You know them as the one-of-a-kind family entertainment offering high flying dunks, laughs and fun!
                      • Fun Fact: The Harlem Globetrotters were founded in 1926 and have preformed in 124 countries and territories!
                      • 1400 Edwards Mill Road Raleigh, NC 27607

                    July 23-25, 2021

                    Things to do in Raleigh Durham this Weekend, July 23-25th, 2021, image features christmas cookies


                    Friday, July 23rd:

                    • Christmas in July! Kids Night Out!, 6-8pm, Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios: Cary, Tickets $39, Drop off Event, Family Fun
                      • Drop off your kids ages 5-12 for baking Christmas-themed goodies. 
                      • 1128 Parkside Main St, Cary, NC 27519
                    • Dave Matthews Band Concert,  7:30-9:30pm, Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek, Tickets $64+, Adult Fun
                      • There's still tickets available--Lawn tickets are the best in my opinion. Use promo T4C10 at checkout for 10% off.
                      • Plan out your full venue experience here.

                    Saturday, July 24th:

                    • Christmas in July at the Durham Bulls, 6:35pm, Durham Bulls Ball Park, Tickets starting at $17/ea, Family Fun, Adult Fun
                      • Playing against our intrastate rival: the Charlotte Knights and include post game fireworks
                      • Wear your Christmas attire and ready for fun! 
                      • The park has some new guidelines, so check them out here.
                    • Celebrate 150 Years of Cary, 4pm-10pm, Downtown Cary, Free, Family Fun, Adult Fun
                      • Two Saturdays in a row, The Town of Cary welcomes you to celebrate with 150th birthday a Cary Arts Center presented light show, Carolina Circus acrobats, food trucks, vendors, kids’ crafts & activities, historical walking tours, and more!
                      • Academy Street, Downtown Cary
                    • Holly Springs Farmers Market, 8am-12pm, Free, Family Fun
                      • Theme is Christmas in July and they've got more than 30 farmers, local food vendors and kids activities.
                      • 300 W. Ballentine St. Holly Springs, NC, US 27540

                      • Christmas in July,  10am-2pm, Phillips Farms of Cary, NC Free, Family Fun
                      • On top of the normal market vendors and farm fresh produce, the Christmas theme is spreading cheer too a present stacking competition, Santa letter writing station, a visit Mr. and Mrs. Claus, and Christmas carolers!
                      • 6701 Good Hope Church Rd Cary, NC, US 27519 

                        • Sunflower Festival, 10am-8pm,  Hill Ridge Farms, Tickets range from Free to $14/pp, Family Fun
                          •  Their annual festival runs until 8/22; Saturdays 10am-8pm & Sundays 10am-8pm
                          • How fun will those family photos be in front of sunflowers!?
                          • There are food trucks, covered wagon rides, splashpad, waterslide, barnyard animals, gem stone panning and more!
                          • 703 Tarboro Road Youngsville, NC 27596 

                        Sunday, July 25th:

                        • The Black Farmer's Market - Raleigh, 1:30-4pm, Free, Family Fun
                          • A rain or shine, bi-monthly rotating between Durham and Raleigh event, with food trucks, music, and of course produce, meats, crafts, and prepared foods from Black farmers and entrepreneurs.
                          • Southeast Raleigh YMCA, 436 Rock Quarry Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610-4144

                        July 16-18, 2021

                        Things to do in Raleigh Durham this Weekend, July 16-18th, 2021, image features race participants running in flip flops

                        Friday, July 16th:

                        • Third Friday Art Walk  6-9pm, Triangle Downtown Durham at 14 different galleries, FREE, Family Fun, Adult Fun
                          • Enjoy a lovely summer's night walk, support local artists and musicians, and maybe you might find something to add to your collection!
                          • Check out their website for full details. 
                          • Rocks Glass Etching Class, 5pm, Mystic Farm and Distillery, $10/glass, Adult Fun
                            • How fun to etch your own rocks glass for the perfect and unique bourbon cocktail!? They will provide all the materials.
                            • Free distillery tour and live music provided as well. 
                            • FUN FACT: Mystic Distillery is the world’s largest solar powered bourbon distillery, and the largest solar powered distillery in North America!
                            • Bull City Reels on Wheels, 9pm-11pm, Durham County Memorial Stadium, Free but must receive tickets, Family Fun
                              • Durham Parks and Recreation (DPR) is bringing free movies to the big screen this summer. Saturday's movie is The Croods: A New Age (rated PG)
                              • Watch from the comfort of your vehicle or bring your own chairs and sit in front of your vehicle. Registered participants can also ride bikes, ride public transportation, or walk to the event.
                              • 750 Stadium Drive. Register here

                            Saturday, July 17th:

                            • Sunflower Festival Opening Weekend, 10am-8pm,  Hill Ridge Farms, Tickets range from Free to $14/pp, Family Fun
                              •  Their annual festival returns 7/17-8/22; Saturdays 10am-8pm & Sundays 10am-8pm
                              • How fun will those family photos be in front of sunflowers!
                              • There will be food trucks, covered wagon rides, splashpad, waterslide, barnyard animals, gem stone panning
                              • 703 Tarboro Road Youngsville, NC 27596 
                            • The Mill Market, 10am-2pm, Downtown Fuquay-Varina,  Free, Family Fun, Adult Fun
                              • The market will feature 25 local artisans plus $3 mimosas!
                              • 146 S. Main St. Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526; located in the historic district of Fuquay-Varina
                            • 7th Annual World's Largest Flip Flop 1K, 10:30am-1pm, Bond Brothers in Cary, Tickets: $15-20/pp
                              • Register with The nOg Run Club; only $20 (children 12 and under only $15) and receive a polyblend shirt
                              • Proceeds will be donated to the NC National Guard Survivors' Outreach Fund and for school supplies to Wake County foster children
                            • Book Harvest Block Party, 1-4pm, Tobacco District, Downtown Durham, Free, Family Fun
                              • Diamond View Park is celebrating their 10th Birthday by having a citywide celebration of kids and books!
                              • ALL attendees will receive culturally inclusive children's books to take home and keep, and the first 800 people in attendance get a special Book Harvest Birthday LocoPop!
                              • Parking: American Tobacco North Deck, 305 W Pettigrew St, Durham, NC 27701

                            Sunday, July 18th:

                            • *Sunday Funday* Dogwood Bar & Saving Grace, 2pm-5pm, Dogwood Bar & Eatery, Free, Family Fun, Adult Fun
                              • Cocktails AND Puppies AND Summer Pop Up Market?! Come on--this is me in event form! Meet adoptable pups and learn all about the Saving Grace organization
                              • Dogwood Bar is generously donating a portion of sales from the event to Saving Grace
                              • 610 Glenwood Ave. Raleigh, NC, US 27603

                            July 9-11, 2021

                            Things to do in Raleigh Durham this Weekend, July 9th-11th, 2021, image features Durham Bull String Art

                            All Weekend:

                            • Free Kids Martial Arts Workshop 10am-5pm Friday-Sunday, Premier Martial Arts Studio, Chapel Hill, FREE, Kid Fun
                              • For their Grand Opening of their new location, they are offering kids a free martial arts lesson and FREE uniform
                              • 221 S Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

                            Friday, July 9th:

                            • Sip and Paint Workshop / Party,  7-8:30pm, Triangle Cultural Art Gallery, $40/ticket, Family Fun, Adult Fun
                              • Select a West African Adinkra symbol like Wisdom, Perseverance, Unity, or Love and paint the symbol in your favorite colors.
                              • They also offer summer classes for kids. 
                              • 8320 Litchford Rd Suite #138, Raleigh, NC 27615

                            Saturday, July 10th:

                            • July Pop Up Market, 10am-3pm, The Shops at Vintage Village, Free, Family Fun, Adult Fun
                              • Celebrating their 1 year anniversary, this village of permanent shops and artisans and welcomes you. Featuring their staple vendors, plus 20+ outside vendors! For this special occasion, they are offering giveaways, live music , food vendors, and more! 
                              • 9300 Durant Rd, Raleigh, NC 27614-9631
                            • The Goonies, 9pm, North Carolina Museum of Art,  Tickets range from Free (Member)-$9.65 (Non-Member), Family Fun, Adult Fun
                              • Part of the Summer Movie Series, bring a blanket or camping chairs and rewatch this classic under the summer stars!
                              • North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607

                            Sunday, July 11th:

                            • Berry Festival, 9am-3pm, Phillips Farms of Cary, NC, Free, Family Fun
                              • Offering all things seasonal berries: from berry ice cream to berry inspired goods from vendors to berry cobbler, and much more! The festival feature local vendors, beer, food trucks, and live music as well!
                              • 6701 Good Hope Church Rd Cary, NC, US 27519
                            • Durham String Art, Classes at 2pm & 5pm,  Bull City Ciderworks - Durham, $35/each, Space is Limited, Adult Fun

                              •  They are offering a guided string art class featuring the awesome Bull/Durham flag combo design in the main picture! Tickets include all materials and one ticket for a cider or beer of your choice.
                              • 305 S Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27701-3628

                            July 2-5, 2021, Fourth of July Weekend

                            Things to do in Raleigh Durham this Weekend--4th of July, fireworks

                            Friday, July 2nd:

                            • First Friday Raleigh, 7:30-9:30pm, Downtown Raleigh, Free, Family Fun, Adult Fun, No Fireworks 
                              • New: create your own itinerary on their website and receive a custom map and schedule for the events you select
                              • Art galleries, studios are open late with rotating exhibits and artist talks. 

                            Saturday, July 3rd:

                            • Town of Wake Forest Firework's Spectacular, 7:30-9:30pm, Heritage High School, Free, Family Fun, Includes Fireworks 
                              • 1150 Forestville Road Wake Forest, NC
                              • Bring your own blanket, chairs, snacks and coolers (no alcohol though) and enjoy the fireworks show on the Husky Stadium football field or bleachers. 
                            • EnoFest, July 3rd-4th, West Point on the Eno City Park, Tickets range from $10-60, Family Fun, Adult Fun, No Fireworks
                              • West Point on the Eno - Durham City Park, 5101 N Roxboro Rd, Durham, NC 27704

                              • Includes 2 days of a full music line up from over 40 artists, a craft show, art showcases, and tons of food, craft beers, cider and more! 

                            Sunday, July 4th:

                            • Childrens' Independence Day Parade, 9:30-11:30am, Durham Central Park, Free, Family Fun, No Fireworks
                              • 501 Foster St, Durham, NC 27701 
                              • Bring bikes, trikes, wagons, and strollers (all welcome) at 9:30 a.m., to decorate at The Scrap Exchange. Then, parade through the park at 10:30am. Free popsicles, music from DJ Pittipat, fire truck tours.
                            • Town of Cary's July 4th Celebration, 3:30-9:30pm,  Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Free, Family Fun, Includes Fireworks

                              • 8003 Regency Parkway Cary, NC 27518
                              • From music bingo to food trucks to the NC Symphony to fireworks over the lake; check out the full schedule snd all the details on their website.  
                              • General Admission is Free, first come first serve but tickets for dedicated tables are available as well 
                            • The City of Raleigh's 4th of July Fireworks Display, 9:30pm, adjacent to Carter-Finley Stadium, Free, Family Fun, Includes Fireworks
                              • Free parking to view the fireworks will be available within PNC Arena lots, Carter-Finley Stadium lots and North Carolina State Fairgrounds along Trinity Rd.
                              • Fireworks will be launched from property owned by North Carolina State University along Trinity Road, which is adjacent to Carter-Finley Stadium.

                            Monday, July 5th:

                            June 25-27th, 2021

                            hands forming hear shape in front of rainbow flagAll Weekend:

                            • C3 "Keeping The Pride"  From a full vendor festival to Sunday brunch, check out the full line up of events Friday-Sunday at the Raleigh venue: 5299 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27616-2925; Tickets range from Free to $30. 

                            Friday, June 25th:

                            • Nerf Party hosted by The Little Gym Raleigh-Cary; 5-8pm; 958 High House, Cary. Unfortunately for kids ages 6 - 12 years only (sorry, adults), but the first 2 hours will be dedicated for gymnastics skills and drills and the last hour for an ultimate nerf toy battle. They offer kid drop off, so parents can go on a date whether kids tire themselves in the most "Nerf-tastic" way.Tickets range from $35-45. 
                            • Rock and Roll at the Chatham Hill Winery, 7:30pm-10:30pm; Enjoy delicious locally-made wine and live music from Wildflower and the Weeds. They offer plenty of reds and wines to choose from--go for dry wine, not a dry time! 

                            Saturday, June 26th:

                            • Triangle Beer Co. Grand Opening Party, 12pm-midnight; 16 beers to choose from, music line up all day, vendor market including a cigar rolling artisan! Follow their instagram @trianglebeerco for all the fun details.
                            • Tacos 'N Taps - Triangle, NC , 12-5pm, NC  Fairgrounds. 3 Types of tickets are offered, if you can get them! Triangle Area DJs, margaritas, contests and some other surprises. The festival will feature over 15 Taco Trucks, Taquerias, and Mexican Restaurants with Over 30 different types of tacos. 
                            • Woodworking Course - Cutting Board, a 4 hour course with limited space at the Maker's Space. How cool would it be to make your make your own cutting board?! The course will teach to you a miter saw, joiner, planer, table saw and sander while taking home your own cutting board. Get tickets here!
                            • Midtown Farmers' Market 2021 Season at North Hills in Raleigh. Reoccurring event, every Saturday from 8am-12pm, April to September, with over 30 local vendors. 

                            Sunday, June 27th:

                            June 18-20th, 2021

                            Image of Early Bird Donuts for National Donut DayJune 4-6th, 2021

                            Friday, June 4th:

                                • National Donut Day! Get your free donut at EARLY BIRD Donuts, a locally owned donut shop! Buy some coffee or something while you’re there too! 2816 ERWIN RD. SUITE 101 Durham, NC, US 27705 Open: 6am-2pm
                                • “Taste of Pimento Cheese” Festival kicks off tomorrow, and runs through Saturday, the 13th. Hosted by the Town of Cary and highlights 12 different pimento cheese types from local restaurants. They are doing things a little different year due to Covid, so make sure to check out the link for details.

                                  • First Friday at Lafayette Village, 5-8pm. A fun night of local small business owners, crafters & artists. If you haven’t been to Lafayette Village, you need to. It’s like stepping into a little French town. (I mean I assume, I’ve never been to France lol)  8450 Honeycutt Rd Raleigh, NC 27615

                              Saturday, June 5th:
                              • Run For Love 5K, 9am-12pm, Dorothea Dix Park. You get a medal and beer from Trophy Brewing on Maywood Ave. Proceeds go to benefit Pride Raleigh and The LGBT Center of RaleighSign up today!

                              Sunday, May 6th:

                            Hot Air Balloons May 28-31st

                            Memorial Day Weekend

                            • First Fruits Farm Memorial Balloon Festival in Louisburg, NC only 25 minutes NE of Wake Forest.

                              Friday, May 28th:

                              • The family-friendly WakeMed Movies By Moonlight summer series kicks off with a classic: Star Wars. Hosted by Booth Amphitheatre

                              Saturday, May 29th:
                              • OPENING WEEKEND! of Lazy Hound Farms both Saturday & Sunday perfect for the family-- with farm animals, hay rides, sunflowers & more. In Zebulon, a great SE suburb of Raleigh
                              • The trendy DT Durham space Studio Motif Durham is hosting a networking cookout. Free family event complete with music, games, networking, & vendors.

                              Sunday, May 30th:

                              • "Sundays at Sundown Music Series" Southern Village in Chapel Hill will be hosting live music again. Bring a picnic and blanket and enjoy!

                              Monday, May 31st:

                              • Memorial Day Remembrance event hosted by Town of Cary, NC at the gardens of the Page-Walker Arts and History Center

                              Check out and follow the individual social pages for further details for each event!