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May is a great time to be in Raleigh! The weather isn’t quite too humid yet, but it has warmed up enough to stay outdoors all day and into the night. So while we want to spend each weekend hanging by the pool, you will also find us locals around town enjoying a lot of the following:

We are extending NC Beer Month into May with a five course beer dinner featuring Neuse River Brewing Company on May 4th. This amazing brewery located at Five Points in Raleigh concentrates on Belgian style ales and IPAS while bridging the gap between traditional styled ales and contemporary concepts. They also focus on sustainable practices and utilize local ingredients whenever possible, including those from their own herb garden. This five course dinner features six of their beers and is $85 plus tax and gratuity. Tickets can be purchased at 919-447-4050, more information available here.

Out! Raleigh festival is back on Saturday May 6th for their 7th year in a row. Beginning at 11:00 am, the festival is held in Raleigh’s City Plaza on Fayetteville street downtown and features live music, local vendors and artists, amazing food, a beer garden, and kid friendly activities. Proceeds from the festival go to support the LGBT Center of Raleigh and their more than 20 community programs. More information is available here.

The Food Truck Rodeo is back on Sunday, May 7th and this is a local favorite! A half a mile of food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks, this event features more than 50 food trucks total. It is free to attend and begins at 12:00 pm. Due to how busy the event is organizers request that pets are kept at home, more information can be found here. And be on the lookout for the lobster roll truck, it will be the one with the longest line and for good reason.

Another way we are extending beer month into May is with the release of Bond Brothers Beer Company’s first Barrel Aged Sour beer “Disenchangtment” on the 13th. I had a preview tasting and it is perfect for sour lovers and haters alike. A perfect combination of their Blonde Sour and a hint of the Red Sour that have both been aged in Hungarian and French Oak Wine Barrels straight from the Yadkin Valley. The event begins at 9:00 am, with brunch menus and food trucks on site. Visit them here.

The weekend of May 19th through 21st is the Raleigh art festival Artsplosure, its 37th year in action. Over 170 artists and craftspeople will be exhibiting original works of art. From paintings, photography, jewelry, woodwork, and more, there will be live music, art installations, food trucks (in case you miss the Food Truck Rodeo) and performing and visual arts. There will also be a kidsplosure section with kid friendly activities too. It is a great way to see how the triangle celebrates the spring. More information available here.

You know we love our North Carolina beer, but we also love wine! And we are looking forward to hosting the Chateau Montelena Winery for a special wine dinner on May 23rd. This winery was the basis for the 2008 movie Bottle Shock, this winery put Napa Valley on the map when they won the 1976 “Tasting of Paris” competition. In addition to their Riesling, Chardonnay, and Zinfandel, the dinner will feature three different vintages of their estate Cabernet Sauvignon, years 2003, 2009, and 2013, with the 2009 being hailed as one of the best vintages for Napa Valley. Tickets are $185 plus tax and gratuity for this four course dinner and can be purchased at 919-447-4050.

A great way to celebrate Memorial Day Weekend is at the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest May 26th through 29th. Food vendors, Beer and Wine, Arts and Crafts, and a kids area filled with games and rides, there is something for everyone. You can even take a hot air balloon ride! Tethered rides are also available. Then as the sun begins to set, watch the hot air balloons take flight into the sky. Details available here.

For parking information and directions, speak with our Concierge at 919-447-4030 or by email at concierge@theumstead.com. You can also find information on our great city at visitraleigh.com for parking information, maps, and more of the #localswelove.

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