Looking for fun things to do in Raleigh this summer? Summer is the perfect time to experience all the richness Raleigh, N.C. has to offer. Don’t miss out on these ten festivals, events, and activities that will keep you entertained throughout the warmer months.
Raleigh Supercon (July 14-16)
The Raleigh Supercon is a three-day festival for fans of pop culture, superheroes, science fiction, fantasy, anime, cartoons and video games. Meet your favorite celebrity guests, writers, voice actors, industry guests and more. Your ticket will give you access to the exhibition hall, panels, Q&A’s, films and shorts, costume and cosplay contests, parties, anime viewing, workshops, video gaming, board gaming and other event highlights. Dress up in costume or come as you are!
Movies In The Garden (July 20-Aug 10)
Torn between a movie or a night under the stars? Do both and head to the Stephenson Amphitheatre for free outdoor movies in the garden on Thursdays in July and August! The movies shown are all rated G, PG, and PG-13. This summer look forward to watching La La Land on July 20th, Cinderella on July 27th, The Sound Of Music on August 3rd, and Hidden Figures on August 10th. All movies start at 8:30 p.m. so bring a blanket, chair, or cushion and grab a spot! If you’re hungry or thirsty, food trucks and concession stands will be on hand starting at 7 p.m. Raleigh Brewing provides cold adult beverages for sale to keep you refreshed all evening long.
Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival (July 28-29)
Beer sipping, bourbon tasting, music listening and barbecue eating—what more could you ask for? Don’t miss the two-day Beer, Bourbon and BBQ Festival at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre. Purchasing admission gets you a sampling glass you can use to indulge in an all-you-care-to-taste sampling of beer and bourbon. Get your fill of some of the best barbecue in town as you enjoy seminars in the tasting theater and live music all day.
NC Japan Summer Festival (July 29)
Infuse your summer with a taste of Japanese culture at the 12th annual N.C. Japan Summer Festival. The festival brings traditional foods, culture, and games to the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Choose from over twenty types of delicious hot and cold Japanese festival foods, including favorites like yakisoba, takoyaki, dango, kakigori and matcha. Wash all of that deliciousness down with a cold Japanese beer on tap. Try your hand at origami, calligraphy, and bonsai as you listen to musical performances and watch traditional Obon dancing and martial arts demonstrations. There is truly something for everyone to check out at this fun-packed festival!
First Fridays (Aug 4)
First Friday is one of Raleigh’s most popular evening escapes. On the first Friday of every month head downtown for a fun-filled introduction to the city’s exciting art, music, and dining scene. Browse local art galleries, art studios, alternative art venues, and museums well into the night and take advantage of specials offered by participating restaurants and retailers, which are marked by First Friday Flags.
Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo (Aug 6)
Time to wrangle up your appetite because the Raleigh Food Truck Rodeo is coming to town! This free community event features a half-mile of over 50 food trucks and restaurants spread out over 11 city blocks. Sink your teeth into buttery lobster rolls, wood-fired pizzas, drool-worthy barbecue sandwiches, over-the-top ice cream concoctions and so much more. Seating will line the sidewalks to accommodate the 1,000-plus people who will be there.
The music scene in Raleigh is legendary, and in the summer months, it gets even better with dozens of outdoor concerts. From beach music to rock and everything in between, there’s a concert in a park or outdoor amphitheater for you. Seaboard Station holds “Music on the Porch,” a free music concert every Friday night in the summer. Cary’s Sertoma Amphitheatre Series is free and open to the public and features an intimate venue perfect for theatrical and musical performances. Check out all of the best places to see outdoor concerts in the Triangle.
Local farmers’ markets offer fresh produce, flowers, artisan cheese, meat and eggs, local honey, and fresh-baked goods. There are a number of farmers’ markets in town, from Apex Farmers’ Market, which offers live music and fun events every Saturday, to Raleigh City Farmers’ Market, which is dedicated to growing a healthier, happier Raleigh.
What’s summer without America’s favorite pastime? Catching a baseball game in Raleigh is easy thanks to the Carolina Mudcats having a full schedule in July with five home series on the calendar at Five County Stadium in Zebulon. Every Friday the Mudcats’ home game has fireworks afterward, so make sure to stay through the last inning! Over in Holly Springs, the Coastal Plain League is gearing up to host the 19th annual All-Star Weekend (July 9th – 10th) for the first time in the town’s North Main Athletic Complex. The two-day event includes a Fan Fest, Home Run Derby, Mascot Kickball Game, luncheon, Major League scout day, and the main event – the 2017 CPL All-Star Game!
Raleigh is full of natural beauty, and its lakes are the perfect spot to relax and take advantage of warm weather. If you want to get a bit of exercise while enjoying the views, head to the nearest body of water for kayaking, canoeing, sailing, or fishing. Lake Crabtree County Park has a 520-acre lake that is ideal for watersports, and it offers a variety of boats for rent. Lake Wheeler Park is the perfect spot to go tubing and water skiing, and you can also rent Jon boats, rowboats, canoes, kayaks, and pedal boats.
We hope you have a fun-filled summer and get to experience many of the unique events Raleigh has to offer! If you find yourself in Midtown Raleigh, be sure to stop by and say hello! We’d love to hear about your adventures and show you around. You can also schedule a tour online or give us a call at (919) 439-4787.
Hope to see you soon!