There’s plenty to see in the Triangle this weekend!
Festivals and gastronomy
Raleigh International Food Festival (Raleigh City Plaza, 400 Fayetteville St., Raleigh) – 30 countries will be represented at this 6th annual festival in downtown Raleigh on Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. There will be food, desserts, wine, beer, dancing and music. FREE ENTRANCE.
NC Summertime Beer Fest (Clouds Brewing Taproom, 1233 Front St., Raleigh) – Clouds Brewing is celebrating summer by pouring the best of NC Session IPAs, fruit beers, sours and seltzers with over 25 hand-picked selections from area breweries Saturday from 3-7 p.m. The Greek Goat food truck will be on site.
Pay-What-You-Can Food Truck Rodeo (One Seat at the Table, 300 West Hargett St., Raleigh) – This fun community day will consist of delicious meals, refreshments and desserts from a variety of food trucks from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot at the corner of West Hargett and South Harrington streets across from A Place at the Table. .
Fenton Grand Opening Celebration (Fenton, 855 Cary Towne Blvd., Cary) – Celebrate Fenton’s grand opening on Saturday and Sunday with an evening hot air balloon ride, mascots, scavenger hunts, music, food, giveaways and more.
Bubbles and Chest (Smoky Hollow, 421 N Harrington St., Raleigh) – On Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., chefs, pit-masters, winegrowers, sommeliers and brewers combine sparkling bubbles with different cooking techniques and accompaniments around everyone’s favourite: beef brisket.
Fortnight 8th Anniversary Celebration (Fortnight Brewing Company, 1006 Southwest Maynard Road, Cary) – Help celebrate eight years of the brewing fortnight on Saturday with food trucks from 12pm-6pm and live music from 4pm-7pm
Pop Up Picnic and Wine at The Meadows (The Meadows at Firefly Farm Preserve, 5581 Harward Lane, Raleigh) – Sip and savor local wine and charcuterie and live music while picnicking on 150 acres of nature preserve in the heart of Raleigh on Sundays.
Rex Hospital Open (The Country Club at Wakefield Plantation, 2201 Wakefield Plantation Drive, Raleigh) – There will be free face painting and an inflatable slide on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. and various games set up for children. There will be live music and food trucks Jam Ice Cream, Cousins Maine Lobster and Tacos Las Gringas will be on site from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.
Chapel Hill Pride Walk (West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill) – On Saturday, come decked out in color and strut alongside artists and other revelers to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community at 140 West Franklin Plaza for a social gathering with music and activities.
Markets and shopping
The NCMA Market (North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh) – Join NCMA on the first Saturday of every month with a new selection of local artists in the plaza and live music from 11am-3pm Browse the galleries, enjoy the museum grounds, and shop local!
Moore Square Market (Moore Square Park, 200 South Blount St., Raleigh) – Pick up your local produce and treats, catch up with friends and listen to live music at Moore Square Market on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Art-n-Soul Market (Mystic Farm & Distillery, 1212 North Mineral Springs Road, Durham) – On Sundays, Mystic Farm & Distillery hosts this market featuring some of the best local artisans, food trucks and live music.
The Man Expo (Jim Graham Building, NC State Fairgrounds, 1025 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh) – Exhibitors help guests learn about the latest in hunting, fishing, home improvement, finance, marine life and more. The event runs all weekend.
On the scene
Hamilton (Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham) – The hit Broadway show is back on stage until June 5.
Darren Brand (Goodnight’s Comedy Club, 861 W. Morgan St., Raleigh) – From his humble beginnings as the “funny guy on campus” at North Carolina A&T State University, Darren Brand has been gaining ground in the comedy world on Freestyle Funny Comedy Show. To see Friday and Saturday evening.
Wonderbop (Boxyard RTP, 900 Park Offices Drive, Durham) – It’s the first Saturday of the month at Boxyard, and that means it’s Wonderbop time! This monthly event is designed to elevate RTP and draw inspiration from live music, DJing, spoken word and more. It operates from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Summerfest: Beethoven’s 9th (Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary) – Pack your picnic, lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy some great music under the stars Saturday night at 8 p.m.