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A great lineup of fun activities to enjoy as summer slowly starts to wind down.  Here are some of our favorite July events we are looking forward to enjoying.

Destination Sunfest – Celebrate Dix Park with their “Sun”-sational festival, Sunfest, on July 13th. An all-day family-friendly event, activities include live entertainment, food, and drinks, hayrides, arts and crafts, a Ferris wheel, carousel and more.  All activities are complimentary, but the park requests you RSVP for the day.  Be sure to visit the park throughout the summer to view the beautiful blooming sunflower fields.

Clem Bedwell Art Show – The Umstead is excited to announce the return of our next featured gallery artist, Clem Bedwell.  Join us on Thursday, July 18th for a welcome wine reception and gallery opening of his newest exhibit. Both an illustrator and artist, Clem explores landscapes creating spare statements of shape, space, light, and shadow. Working two- and three-dimensionally, he creates pieces that are both tactile and ephemeral, stating “I enjoy the process of creating something from nothing while working toward a painting with which I personally connect, and hopefully, one the viewer will as well.” Bedwell's work is currently featured on "The Art Tour" chef's tasting menu in Herons with his piece Under the Willows on display in the Private Dining Room. A complimentary event, kindly reserve your space at 919-447-4050.

One Giant Leap Festival – In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11’s moon landing, the North Carolina Museum of History is hosting its “One Giant Leap” Festival on July 20th.  This indoor and outdoor celebration will include demonstrations, hands-on activities, crafts, a virtual reality lab featuring space travel, and a bungee-jumping station for attendees to experience weightlessness as you would on the moon.  Demonstrations, expos, screenings, and more will also be available.

GalaxyCon Raleigh - Grab your superhero shirts and prepare for some pop culture references at this year’s GalaxyCon Raleigh the weekend of July 25th.  This four-day festival features celebrity guests such as Tim Curry, David Tennant, John Cleese, Ron Pearlman, cosplay costume contests, workshops, an exhibition hall and a lot more.  A family-friendly event, GalaxyCon will be held at the Raleigh Convention Center.

There are plenty of movies under the stars, summer concerts, and comedy shows to take advantage of too. For more information on these and other events in the Triangle, visit our friends at VisitRaleigh or speak with a member of The Concierge team at 919-447-4030.

Summer officially starts this month, and we couldn’t be more excited.  Here are a few ways we plan 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 springtime 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 is 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. 

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