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Summer officially starts this month, and we couldn’t be more excited.  Here are a few ways we plane to start our summer right!

Triangle Restaurant Week: The Triangle is filled with culinary experiences and celebrated chefs, including recent James Beard Winner for Best Chef Ashley Christensen, not to mention James Beard Semifinalists Scott Crawford, Cheetie Kumar, Oscar Diaz, and our own Executive Chef Steven Greene.  We also have numerous unique food options and restaurants worth exploring and what better way to do so than at Restaurant Week.  From June 3rd to 9th various restaurants will be offering prix fix menus and other special tastings to satiate your palate.  Rediscover old favorites or explore one you’ve been waiting to try; more information on restaurant week can be found here.

International Food Festival: Already familiar with Raleigh’s food scene? Then take a culinary trip around the world at the International Food Festival on June 8th. Featuring dance performances, bands, and of course food from all over the globe, this family friendly event is complimentary to all and begins at 12:00 pm. For additional festival details, visit their website here.

Summer Outdoor Movies: We are enjoying all those summer nights with the abundance of outdoor movies available in Raleigh.  Head over to the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh or Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary and enjoy the movies under the moonlit sky.  Here is what’s coming in June:

  • NCMA: The Princess Bride, Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Koka Booth Amphitheater: Hotel Transylvania 3, Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Wreck-It Ralph: Ralph Breaks the Internet.

Edmunds Oast Guest Chef Dinner: We are excited to welcome Edmunds Oast Brewery to The Umstead for a Guest Chef Beer Dinner on June 14th!  This phenomenal brewery will be bringing a selection of beers to pair with each of the 5 courses created in collaboration between Chef Bob Cook of Edmunds Oast and our own Chef Steven Greene.  Not yet available in North Carolina, Edmunds Oast Brewery was named one of USA Today’s 10 Best.  Join us on the terrace for this unique beer dinner, tickets available at 919-447-4050.

The Audubon Experience: Too hot to be outdoors?  Then head inside the North Carolina Museum of Art for the Audubon Experience exhibit.  Correlating with the ongoing Birds of America gallery, this temporary presentation showcases four different large-scale Audubon folios where visitors can educate themselves on the artist life of this incredible naturalist.  Available through September of this year, more information can be found by visiting the North Carolina Museum of Art here.

Looking for more ways to enjoy our beautiful city?  Speak with a member of our concierge team at 919-447-4030 or stop by their desk for additional suggestions and arrangements.

Summer is upon us as we head into May, enjoying the last bit of spring time weather before the heat sets in.  The flowers are in bloom and the pollen has subsided, making for the perfect place to visit.  Here are just a few ways of how we plan to spend our month:

Carolina Hurricanes and the NHL Playoffs: For the first time in a decade, Raleigh’s only professional sports team, the Carolina Hurricanes, has made the Stanley Cup playoffs! Our fans have come out of the shadows and taken to PNC Arena to cheer the team on, and boy are they cheering.  Get tickets fast for upcoming games, they are selling out quick.  If you can’t attend, head downtown to Glenwood South any game night for fellow fan camaraderie as the Carolina Ale House hosts watch parties in the street. 

En Plein Air: It’s time to paint the town, the town of Cary that is, at the 6th annual En Plein Air event.  Saturday, May 4th, artists will be painting downtown Cary’s history, culture, and scenic views live, followed by an art auction and gala in the evening.  Music from the Mint Julep Quintet and refreshments will be available. En Plein Air is free to the public with more information available here.

Thrive, NC: Held in downtown Raleigh’s City Market on May 9th and 10th, Thrive NC is a phenomenal food festival that aims to improve access to healthy and nutritious food for all in the Triangle. Bringing together more than 60 of the area’s best restaurants, this festival features food and drive samples, demos from our amazing chefs, and live entertainment and music.  This year’s chefs include James Beard 2019 winner Ashley Christensen, Vansana Nolintha of Brewery Bhavana, and our own James Beard 2019 Semifinalist Chef Steven Greene.  Tickets are $30 with proceeds benefitting non-profits in our area, tickets can be purchased here.

Mother's Day and Graduation Weekend: The weekend of May 12th marks a momentous occasion as we celebrate our area’s graduates.  We also look to applaud all the mother’s in our lives with Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 13th and show our gratitude for all they do and have done.  For last minute gifts, visit our Gift Shop for an array of options, including Belgium chocolates from Neuhaus, jewelry from renowned designers such as Alexis Bittar, artwork and more.  Umstead Gift Cards are also available at The Concierge Desk.

Artsplosure: the Raleigh Arts Festival is back for the 40th annual Artplosure event! The Art Market serves as the festival’s centerpiece and hosts nearly 180 visual artists not only from North Carolina but from across the nation as well.  Original artwork of ceramics, fiber art, glass, jewelry, metal, painting, photography, wood and more will be available for purchase throughout the event in addition to the interactive artist events, live music, and large scale performances including a large scale sculptural work from Australian environmental artist Amanda Parer entitled What’s That?  Food trucks will also be available.  For a full list of Artsplosure artists and details, visit their website here.

Looking for more? Speak with a member of our Concierge team at 919-447-4030 for suggestions on how to enjoy your visit to Raleigh. 

April showers bring May flowers, but after all the rain we had last season, the flowers are already in bloom! Enjoy the outdoors this month at some of our favorite festivals and events, listed below:

Beer and Bacon Festival: All month-long North Carolina is celebrating Beer Month and what better way to enjoy it than at the Beer and Bacon festival on April 6th? This annual festival features loads of local restaurants and food trucks with delicious bacon dishes and more than 75 craft beers, wines, spirits, and ciders to taste. More details and tickets options available here.

NCToycon: Not a beer enthusiast? Take a trip to Marbles Kids Museum on April 6th for North Carolina TOYCON. This toy and action figure focused convention brings the best toy dealers in the state along with some of the top experts in the hobby leading information panels. Perfect for both the young and the young at heart, guests can enjoy not only the convention, but also the museum itself in addition to the premier of DC’s newest super hero movie, Shazam! Tickets and information can be found here.

Monet Impressions: Prefer to enjoy the outdoors inside? Then enjoy Monet’s beautiful gardens in an interpretive piece performed by the Carolina Ballet. This beautiful homage to the great French painter begins with a story of his life in the first act, followed by a sweeping impressionistic second act based on his gorgeous outdoor landscapes. Performances take place April 11th through 14th, with seating charts and tickets available here.

Live & Local- Spring Fest: Celebrate the art, music, food and beer of North Carolina April 13th at Live & Local. Presented by Artsplosure, this food truck rodeo of a festival features an afternoon of performances, art markets, and crafts perfect for the whole family. Parking information and event details are available here.

Art in the Garden: Experience the annual arts festival of visual artists, food trucks, and live entertainment on April 27th in the historic Raleigh Rose Garden. Benefitting Raleigh Little Theatre, the beautiful rose garden will be in bloom, serving as the perfect backdrop to this lovely event. Event line up and details available here.

Looking for more? Visit our friends at VisitRaleigh or speak with our Concierge Team at 919-447-4030.

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