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It’s May! While April certainly brought it’s showers, it also brought out the flowers, but May is bring with it steady warm weather and a lot of outdoor events to enjoy. Here are some of our favorite events we are looking forward to attending:

First Friday: To kick start our month, we are heading downtown on May 5th for First Friday to enjoy the local galleries, studios, museums, and music. Most are open later than normal and offer complimentary showings of their current exhibits. We are particularly excited to stop by CAM Raleigh to see Margaret Bowland’s exhibit, “Painting the Roses Red,” and The Mahler for Elizabeth Bradfords exhibit, “Entanglements” which is showing in congruence with our own exhibit of hers, “Time Out of Time.” For more information on First Friday, visit their website here.

Out! Raleigh 2018: The 8th annual Out! Raleigh Festival will be held downtown on Saturday, May 6th from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. This inclusive and family- friendly event supports the LGBT Center of Raleigh and includes live entertainment, food trucks and vendors such as our friends at Brewery Bhavana and La Farm Bakery, as well as artists, a kidszone and beer garden. More information can be found here.

Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo: Who doesn’t love a good food truck rodeo? And Raleigh does them so well. Come rain or shine, this ½ mile rodeo spreads over 11 city blocks of downtown Raleigh and includes over 50 of your favorites. For a full lineup and more details, visit their website here.

Sleeping Beauty: The North Carolina Ballet begins their rendition of Sleeping Beauty on May 17th. One of the great Russian ballets, along with Swan Lake and The Nutcracker, this performance featuring live music from The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. For tickets and show times, visit their website here.

Beer and Bacon Festival: if you did not get enough beer during North Carolina Beer Month, the annual Beer and Bacon festival is taking place on Saturday, May 19th from 12:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Kokabooth Amphitheater. There will be over 75 craft beers, 15 restaurants, 10 bacons from across the USA and live music. Tickets available here.

Artsplosure: Artsplosure brings its 37th anniversary of The Raleigh Arts Festival on Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th. Filled with more than 170 visual arts and crafts exhibitors, this art-infused festival also includes aerialists, live music, and interactive educational activities for children. For more information, visit their website here.

Umstead Uncorked Wine Tasting: Join us in the Fireplace Lounge on Wednesday, May 23rd for another Umstead Uncorked Wine Tasting featuring New Zealand. New Zealand’s vineyards lay in the southernmost part of the world, and thus are the first to see sunlight each day. Its Sauvignon Blanc took the world by storm in the 1980’s, with new varietals continuing to push the envelope today. Explore this isolated region with Sommelier, Robert Basantsov, as we taste our way through this exciting country. Event begins at 6:00 pm and is held in the Fireplace Lounge. Tickets are $40 all-inclusive and can be purchased at 919-447-4050. For more Umstead events, visit our event calendar here.

For more events and activities, visit our friends at VisitRaleigh, or speak with our Concierge at 919.447.4030.

Spring has finally sprung at The Umstead! April has arrived, and with it brings North Carolina Beer Month. But that’s not all the month has to offer, as we enjoy the outdoors and warm weather at these events:

Trophy Brewing Co. Beer Dinner: Kicking us off with North Carolina Beer Month is a four course dinner with Trophy Brewing Co. Join us April 5th on the lakeside terrace where we will mingle and dine with the creators of this unique brewery. Reception begins at 6:30 pm, followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $90 plus tax and gratuity and are available at 919-447-4050. 

You are Here: Light, Color, and Sound Experiences: There is already a lot of buzz about the upcoming exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of Art, and we can’t wait to go. Opening on April 7th, this exhibit features immersive art installations with large-scale light works, sound installations, video works, and mixed-media room size environments. Interactive, and awe-inspiring, You are Here will be available for viewing until July 22nd. For tickets and more information, visit their website here.

Art Lecture and Gallery Opening: Continuing on in the theme of art, The Umstead’s newest gallery artist, Elizabeth Bradford, will be giving an Art + Nature lecture on April 18th, prior to the official opening of her new exhibit, “Time Out of Time.” Join us for wine and hors d’ oeuvres as we learn about her incredible process. Event is complimentary, kindly RSVP at 919-447-4050. More information is available here.

Untapped Beer Tasting: In honor of NC Beer Month, on Thursday, April 19th we will be hosting a special Umstead Untapped Beer Tasting featuring local Cary, NC brewery, Bond Brothers Beer Company.  Recently named the best new brewery in the country by USA Today, and a recipient of the silver medal at the Great American Beer Festival, this event will be led by Head of Blending and certified cicerone, Sean McKinney.  Tickets are $40 all inclusive and can be purchased at 919-447-4050.

Brewery Bhavana Dinner in Herons: closing out a month of beer events, The Umstead is celebrating Brewery Bhavana's one year anniversary with a beer dinner in Herons on April 24th! Nationally recognized, Bhavana has been recently named one of America's best new restaurants by Bon Appetit Magazine and a James Beard semifinalist for Best New Restaurant in the Country. Inspired by the brewery, Herons Restaurant will be offering a 5 course dinner created by two-time James Beard semifinalist, Chef Steven Greene, paired perfectly with Brewery Bhavana's creations. Reception begins at 6:30 pm followed by dinner at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $150 plus tax and gratuity and can be purchased at 919-447-4050. More details are available here.

The Music of Star Wars: The North Carolina Symphony will be holding an encore performance of John Williams Oscar nominated scores. This live performance includes the best of Star Wars, including the main theme, along with other classics such as the theme to Jurassic Park, E.T: Adventures on Earth, and Raiders of the Lost Ark. Tickets are available here.

Brewgaloo: The annual Brewgaloo Craft Beer Festival returns on Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th. An open street festival, there will be live music, food trucks, locals vendors, and over 100 North Carolina Breweries. You must be 21 and older to attend, and there is no admission to enter the festival. Beer tickets are available for samples and full pints, and can be purchased here.

For more information on the happenings in North Carolina, visit our friends at VisitRaleigh.

Hello March! Spring is springing all around us, and we are excited to enjoy the budding flowers and warmer weather approaching. We plan to make the most of the extra hour of daylight this month at these fun events:

St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival: Celebrate Irish and Celtic traditions Raleigh’s annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival on March 17th. The parade begins at 10:00 am, followed by the festival in City Plaza after. With live music, dancing, vendors and activities, there is plenty for the whole family to enjoy. Details can be found here.

Umstead Uncorked: Join us in the Fireplace Lounge on March 21st for an Umstead Uncorked Wine Tasting featuring Pinot Noir. Thought to be more than 2000 years old, Pinot Noir is considered one of the "founder varieties." In this tasting we will be exploring this diverse grape in addition to new, upcoming regions.  Event begins at 6:00 pm, tickets are $40 all-inclusive and can be purchased at 919-447-4050.

Art in Bloom: The North Carolina Art Museum’s annual Art in Bloom weekend begins Thursday, March 22nd. This beautiful display features more than 50 artful floral arrangements inspired by the unique pieces in their collection. Be sure to pick up a scavenger hunt card for clues to find fragrant flowers and hidden treasures throughout the galleries. Then, visit Herons for lunch and enjoy an Art in Bloom inspired dessert created by Pastry Chef, Jonathan Fisher. Tickets are available here.

Easter Egg Hunt: Who says kids get to have all the fun? Visit Dorothea Dix on March 25th for a kid-free Easter Egg hunt. Event includes lawn games, inflatables, and over 10,000 eggs to hunt. Bring a picnic basket or enjoy one of the food trucks onsite. Details are available here.

Looking for more? Visit our friends at Visit Raleigh for more events, activities, and incredible Raleigh destinations.

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