Who doesn’t love an outdoor concert?
Apex Movies and Music in the Park
Nature Park Amphitheatre
2600 Evans Road, Apex NC 27502
May 21st-September 29th
Free Outdoor Concert and Movie Series at Apex Nature Park Amphitheatre and Apex Historic Depot. Music starts at 7 p.m. and movies begin at dusk. Bring your own chair or blanket and picnic dinner, but leave pets and alcohol at home. View the online schedule for dates and movies or call 919-249-1120.
Midtown Beach Music Series
Thursdays through August 17, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
North Hills Common, 4158 Main at North Hills Street, Raleigh
Y’all at Dix Park
Three Saturdays: June 24, July 22, August 26, 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Dorothea Dix Park, 2105 Umstead Drive, Raleigh
Sunday in the Park
Sundays from June 4th to August 6th, in Dorothea Dix Park and Fred Fletcher Park, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Food trucks on site. It’s ok to bring beer and wine
Varied musical styles
Wind Down Wednesdays
Wednesdays, June 7th through July 26th, with season finale August 30
Waverly Place, 575 New Waverly Place, Cary
Starlight Concert Series
Select Fridays, June 2nd through August 4th
Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary
Sertoma Concert Series
Selected Saturdays, April 14th through August 12th, various starting times
Bond Park, 801 High House Road, Cary
Rock the Park Movie and Concert Series
Select Saturdays from June 10 to August 19, 6 p.m.
Various Durham parks
Music on Main
Saturdays, April 16th through May 28th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Streets at Southpoint, 6910 Fayetteville Road, Durham
Blues/Music on the Plaza
Fridays, April 29th, through May 27th, 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Northgate Mall, 1058 West Club Blvd, Durham
Brightleaf Summer Concert Series
Alternate Fridays through September 15th
Brightleaf Square, 905 West Main Street, Durham
Back Porch Music on the Lawn
Select Thursdays May 12th to September 14th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
American Tobacco Amphitheater, 300 Blackwell Street, American Tobacco, Durham
Sunday Music Series
Sundays through September 17th, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Market Street at Southern Village, 600 Market Street, Chapel Hill
Fridays on the Front Porch
Fridays, April 29th through October 13th, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Carolina Inn, 211 Pittboro Street, on the UNC campus in Chapel Hill
Meadowmont Music Series
The first Friday of the month, May through October, 6 p.m. Also one concert Saturday, September 16th, 6:30 p.m.
Meadowmont, 301 Barn Lane, Chapel Hill
Wine Down Wednesdays
Every Wednesday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Live music, samples, and free gelato for the kids
La Vita Dolce at Southern Village, 610 Market St, Chapel Hill
Sunday Jazz Brunch
Sundays, through October 15th, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Weaver Street Market Carrboro, 101 East Weaver Street, Carrboro
Thursdays in June (picking up again in August), 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Weaver Street Market Carrboro, 101 East Weaver Street, Carrboro
Friday Night on White
2nd Friday of the month, April through September
South White Street, Wake Forest
Live in the District
Thursdays, through June 8th, 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Village Market Place, Morrisville
Acoustic Nights in the District
Fridays and Saturdays, June 16th through October 28th, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
On stage in front of Stone Theatre – Park West 14, 3400 Market Center Drive, Morrisville
One of Triangle’s most interesting and fun events, the Raleigh Flea Market is a weekend adventure not to be missed. Located at the Historic State Fairgrounds at 1025 Blue Ridge Road, the flea market is a great place to find both practical and unpractical things. Whether you love bargain hunting or people watching, you’re sure to have a unique experience every time. Better yet, it is easy and convenient to find, located close to the NC Museum of Art only 15-20 minutes from downtown Raleigh.
The Stewart family started the Raleigh Flea Market back in 1971. Though it started out small, it has gradually turned into an epic fiasco of over 600 vendors selling just about everything including collectibles, antiques, clothing, furniture, homemade treats, jewelry, artwork, food, and so much more. There is even an archaeologist who has been selling arrowheads and other items there for over 30 years. When you visit the flea market, you will notice that such long-standing vendors have prime spots close to the entrance while newer sellers are located further back.
Thanks to its size, and awesome diversity, the Raleigh Flea Market gets tens of thousands of shoppers every weekend. That might have something to do with its ranking as the 9th best flea market in the United States by CNN.
If you love shopping for incredible items at incredible prices, and like a funky and alternative atmosphere, be sure to check out the Raleigh Flea Market. It is open every Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. year-round, and with free parking there’s no reason to not see it for yourself!
For those of us lucky enough to live close to Downtown Raleigh, there is an abundance of exciting restaurants and cafés available to us. One such place is the award winning coffee shop Café Helios. Café Helios is located on one of the ‘hippest’ streets in Raleigh at 413 Glenwood Avenue, fitting in perfectly with the cozy and alternative feel that many of the street’s shops have to offer.
When you walk in, the first thing you’ll notice is the open space and brightness that shines in from the huge set of windows that is the front wall. The décor of the place is incredibly appropriate, with a raised booth in the back, a bar by the kitchen that lest you eavesdrop on the cooks, and many tables laid out in an orderly fashion. Yet another cozy bar is located to the right, looking out onto the large closed-in patio. If you do make the wise choice to relax outside, there is a bunch of shaded tables by a beautiful ivy-covered wall.
While the general aesthetic of a coffee shop is incredibly important, take one look at the Café Helios’s menu and you will discover that it is not just a coffee shop. Of course, the usual bakery treats are available such as muffins and croissants, but Café Helios offers a variety of dishes that you would expect at a sit-down restaurant. The delicious breakfast menu is comprised of a variety of egg dishes among others, and you cannot go wrong with the scrumptious sides if you are not feeling up for a full meal. One of my favorites is the sweet potato hash browns. For about $3.00 you get a small plate of grated sweet potatoes cooked to perfection, and just enough pepper to give it a delicately spicy kick.
Café Helios offers hip feng shui with a killer menu, easily making it one of the best “alternative” coffee shops in the area. Of course, Starbucks is just around the corner, but you will be pleasantly surprised by Café Helios’s warm atmosphere and top-notch food.
Raleigh is one of the hottest places in North Carolina when it comes to live entertainment and music. From tons of exciting downtown music venues such as Neptunes to the PNC Arena that hosts big acts, the city has a major up-and-coming music scene. Especially in the past few years, Raleigh has revamped its musical prowess with the Hopscotch Music Festival.
Starting in 2010, this exciting festival hosts hundreds of bands that play at makeshift stages and established venues around the city. The Hopscotch festival in Raleigh may not have the same star-struck headliners as Bonnaroo, Coachella, and Sasquatch, but it has been modeled in the same fashion. It offers the excitement and fun that comes with the major music festivals while throwing in a touch of authentic locality to the mix.
Though the bands may not be the most famous, there has never been a lack of incredible music at Hopscotch. This year, the lineup is incredibly diverse with everything from electronic musicians to rappers and folk bands. Some notable artists include XXYYXX and rapper Big Boi. Hopscotch also hosts a ton of local and regional acts from Raleigh, Carrboro, Greensboro and other areas nearby.
If you want to see some incredible music, discover local musicians, and support the community, then come out to the Hopscotch music festival this year! The festival runs from September 5th to the 7th, and tickets are incredibly cheap. Check out the official website for the full lineup, volunteer information, and ticket prices at http://hopscotchmusicfest.com/bands/2013/.
Located in downtown Raleigh at 11 W Jones Street, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is definitely one of the coolest museums in the Triangle. Established in 1879, it is the oldest established museum in North Carolina. Oh, and don’t worry about finding it because there is a massive 3-story globe that has been built into its side. Free to the general public, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is sure to be a good time for kids and adults alike. After all, it was the most popular historic museum in North Carolina in 2012.
This huge museum is four stories high with a plethora of displays revealing ancient artifacts, ecosystems, and massive dinosaur skeletons just to name a few. The general layout and displays of the museum is as follows:
• North Carolina’s Natural Treasures
• Coastal North Carolina
• HD films in the massive Daily Planet theater (the inside of the globe)
• Mountains to the Sea
• Nature’ Explorers
• The Discovery Room
• Prehistoric North Carolina
• Tropical Connections
• Windows on the World (live demonstrations)
• Museum Birthday Parties held on weekends
• Arthropod Zoo
• Living Conservatory
• Naturalist Center
• Acro Café
This museum is one that you will not want to miss, especially with a fun list of events coming up this summer. These include an interactive Lemur display, science with ice cream, an exciting fusion of science and art with Dinosaurs in Motion and much more! Visit the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences website at http://naturalsciences.org/ to learn more.