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The summer season is upon us and brings with it new summer menus in Herons, beautiful sunflowers at Dorthea Dix park, and of course, July 4th celebrations. But there are plenty more fun things to do in our great city this July:

World Beer Festival Raleigh: With plenty of local breweries in the area, we get our fill of NC beer. But if you are curious about beer the world over, then head to the NC State Fairgrounds on July 7th for the World of Beer Festival. Over 250 craft and specialty beers will be available, with unlimited 4oz tastings included in with all tickets. More information can be found here.

Bastille Day: Viva la France! Celebrate Bastille day on July 14th at Lafayette Village. From 12pm to 4pm enjoy French-inspired music, food, aerial demos, crafts, face painting and more. Many of the local shops will also feature French themed food and drinks. Details can be found by visiting their website here.

Umstead Uncorked: Join us for our next Umstead Uncorked wine tasting as we spend the Summer in Riesling! Traditionally considered only a sweet wine, this fragrant and expressive grape captures the terroir and brings out the uniqueness of location making it highly transparent in taste. Rediscover this versatile wine with us on July 18th. Ticket information is available here.

Raleigh Supercon: Marvel comes to Raleigh at this year’s Supercon convention! Held in downtown Raleigh July 27th through 29th, this festival is perfect for fans of pop culture, superheroes, science fiction, and more. Special guests include Alice Cooper, Karen Gillan of Guardians of the Galaxy, Ralph Macchio from The Karate Kid, William Shatner, Dave Bautista and more. Tickets can be found here, but hurry, they are going fast!

Beer Bourbon and BBQ: Comic books aren’t your cup of tea? Then how about Bourbon and BBQ instead? Held at the Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, this annual event over 40 bourbons, 60 beers, and a lot of BBQ. Live music and seminars are also available, tickets can be purchased here.

You are Here at NCMA: This is the final month to go see the North Carolina Museum of Art’s exhibit, You Are Here. These large-scale light works, sound installations, and videos are incredible to see and experience and engage all the senses. Be sure to see it before it leaves on July 22nd. Details available here.

Looking for more? Visit our friends at Visit Raleigh or speak with a member of our Concierge team at 919-447-4050.

Happy 4th of July! We’re ready for cook outs, car rides, and firework celebrations of America’s 242nd birthday. If you’re ready to celebrate too, we know just where to send you:

Morrisville Fireworks Display: Have other plans for July 4th? Then head over to Morrisville for their annual celebration on July 3rd. Held at Morrisville Community park, they plan to kick things off at 6:00 pm with live music and plenty of food trucks to keep you full. Fireworks will begin at dark, feel free to bring your own blankets, chairs, and coolers, but they ask you leave any alcohol and glassware at home. Admission is free, for directions and parking information, visit their website here.

Apex Olde Fashioned Fourth of July: There are plenty of daytime events to enjoy on July 4th, including the Apex Olde Fashioned Fourth of July, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. Held in downtown Apex, this event is perfect for the kids, with inflatables, a giant slide, carnival games, climbing wall, and more. Kids under 12 may participate in the Uncle Sam’s Parade of Wheels down Salem street, where you can decorate your bike, wagon, tricycle, and any other non-motorized vehicle to celebrate the day. Finish the festivities with the Apex Fire Department’s Splash Down. Food vendors will be onsite, for more information, visit their website here.

Joel Lane Museum House Independence Day: If you plan to spend July 4th closer to Raleigh, then be sure to check out the “Birthplace of Raleigh” at the Joel Lane Museum House Independence Day celebration. Beginning at 11:00 am, visitors can tour the house staffed by costumed docents and learn more about life in the 18th century. Participate in hands-on activities such as making rag dolls or writing with a quill pen. There will be old-fashioned crafts and games available as well. Admission is free though donations are welcome, more information can be found here.

Town of Cary’s July 4th Celebration: For a full evening of fun and fireworks, visit Kokabooth Amphitheater in Cary as they celebrate the 4th in a big way. Beginning at 3:00 pm, there will be rides and games, a scavenger hunt, magicians, face painters, and a 50-foot Ferris Wheel to enjoy. With the North Carolina Symphony performing at 7:30 pm, followed by the grand firework finale at 9:00 pm, this is truly a show. Admission is free, though pub tables are available to rent for a fee. Details can be found here.

Raleigh 4th of July Fireworks Display: Returning to the NC State Fairgrounds this year, with the launch taking place from the Varsity Lot. Gates open at 6:00 pm, with the fireworks beginning at 9:30 pm. Admission is free and guests are encouraged to bring their own chairs, blankets, and picnics to enjoy. More information is available here.

For more activities in the area or fun July 4th celebrations, visit our friends at VisitRaleigh or speak with our Concierge at 919-447-4030.

Warmer weather and longer days means more time to enjoy our beautiful city! Here is what we are most excited to do during June:

Restaurant week: The week of June 4th to 10th restaurants around the Triangle will be celebrating Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants offer special, three-course prix fix menus for both lunch and dinner and is a great way to get out and try a few new spots. This year we are hitting a few fan favorites, including Dashi, Mateo, and Guglhupf Bakery, Café, and Restaurant in Durham, along with Coquette, Garland, and Café Luna in Raleigh. For a full list of participating restaurants and menus, click here.

Wine dinner in Herons: We are excited to welcome Alexana Winery to Herons on Thursday, June 7th for a special wine dinner. This incredible winery is a reflection of Oregon’s cool climate and produces wines known for their elegance, balance and character. Alexana also custom blends our unique Umstead Cuveé Pinot Noir, designed to highlight the unique flavors of Chef Steven Greene’s cuisine. Enjoy a welcome drink in the Sunroom with Head Winemaker, Bryan Weil, before joining him in the private dining room for a 5-course dinner with wine pairings from Alexana. Tickets are $150 plus tax and gratuity and can be purchased at 919-447-4050.

Pimento Cheese Festival: Pimento Cheese? Yes, please! Downtown Cary will play host to a Pimento Cheese Festival on Saturday, June 9th where food trucks will line up on Academy Street to serve samples and dishes alongside their regular menus. There will also be live music, local breweries, and of course, a pimento cheese sculpting contest. More details are available here.

Raleigh International Food Festival: If pimento cheese isn’t your thing, or if you want to continue eating your way through the weekend, then explore the world of food at Raleigh’s International Food Festival also on Saturday, June 9th. Held in City Plaza, there will be food stalls from Jamaica, Hungary, Venezuela, Lebanon, Germany, and more! There will also be international wine from countries including France, Spa, and Chile along with beer from Germany, Poland, Russia, and India. This family friendly event features international dance performances, bands, and kids activities too. For more information, visit their website here.

Food Truck Rodeo: In case you haven’t had enough food, get to downtown Raleigh on Sunday, June 10th for another Food Truck Rodeo. With more than 50 food trucks from across North Carolina, this regular event spreads out over 11 city blocks along Fayetteville Street. Admission is free and more information can be found here.

Outdoor Movies- Now that summer is here, it’s time to sit under the stars and enjoy a few outdoor movies. Each weekend around the triangle, enjoy movies both old and new outdoors. Our favorites spots to enjoy are the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh, Koka Booth Amphitheater in Cary, and Raleigh’s Little Theater in Raleigh. Bring your own blankets, chairs, and picnic baskets or enjoy various concessions at each location. For a full list of locations and movies, check out Visit Raleigh here.

Looking for more? Visit our friends at Visit Raleigh or speak with a member of our Concierge Team at 919-447-4030.

 

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