May 11, 2018

Mother’s Day at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
They will be opening early to celebrate moms with a three-course brunch menu featuring delicious classics like Fleming’s Signature Surf & Turf Eggs Benedict and Cinnamon Apple Brioche French Toast. For those looking to enjoy their dinner favorites, the main menu will also be available all day along with a children’s menu. $47+; Sunday, 10 am; reservations here

Light the Woods with Sound
Head to Dix Park for a first-of-its-kind sound and light show in the beautiful oak trees of Flowers Field! Watch as musicians produce beautiful music and neon lights dance in the trees. Local visual and neon artist Nate Scheafer created 384 neon light tubes which will hang in the trees of Dix Park. Connected to a theremin, an electronic musical instrument controlled without physical contact, artists will perform songs and musical interpretations that will Light The Woods with Sound. Each night will feature different performers, different musical themes and different experiences – no two nights will be the same! Bring your family and friends, a blanket or chairs, a picnic basket, BYOB (beer/wine only), or purchase from the food trucks and beer vendors on site. Leashed, well-behaved dogs are welcome. Free; Friday, 7 pm, Saturday, 7 pm, Sunday, 8 pm; 2105 Umstead Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603; Register here.

Triangle Craft Beer Fest
Show your NC pride by going to the Triangle Craft Beer Fest. With over 30+ of your favorite local breweries in one spot, you’ll taste beer you won’t be able to get anywhere else! Perfect for craft beer lovers in North Carolina! Enjoy live music, chow down with food trucks and shop local vendors! $40, $60/VIP (early entrance, 12 – 2 pm); Saturday, 2 – 6 pm; Wake Med Soccer Park, 201 Soccer Park Dr, Cary, NC 27511

Beer & Bark Bonanza
Cause for Paws of NC is partnering with Raleigh’s newest brewery, 1323 R&D, and Fuzzy’s Empanadas to bring you this spring fundraising festival. Bring your own pup–or come in search of a new furry family member–all while enjoying fun music, lots of local vendors, a silent auction, beer from R&D, and freshly handcrafted empanadas made with locally sourced ingredients. Vendors include Bull City Boutique, Custom Tags and Design, Crazy About Vinyl, GerDan Chocolates, LuLaRoe, Norwex, Paparazzi Accessories, Sally Daisy Ink, Sit Means Sit Dog Training, The Monogrammed Hound, The Pampered Boutique, and Trice’s Sweet Treats. A portion of vendor and beer sales benefit Cause for Paws, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that works with animal shelters around the state to bring unwanted dogs into its foster based rescue group until they are adopted. Guests are also welcome to make tax-deductible donations to support rescue efforts. Free; Saturday, 1 – 5 pm; 1323 R&D, 1323 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27603

Thrive NC Festival
North Carolina’s top name chefs, Ashley Christensen and Vivian Howard, are the headliners next month at a new foodie festival designed to link the state’s culinary talent with food challenges facing their neighbors. Enjoy two nights of live music and mouth-watering samples from dozens of top restaurants at Raleigh’s City Market. During the day, stakeholders will discuss pressing issues of food and economy, including childhood obesity and nutrition, access to fresh and healthy food and ongoing food insecurity. $30; Thursday, 306 Parham St, Raleigh, NC

Cupcakes & Wine
This Chatham Hill Winery will have you sampling from the Oak Cask with every winery tour and tasting. They will also have Wine & Cupcake Flights  because they have partnered with Queen Street Cakes and paired the perfect wine to go with them. $30; Saturday & Sunday; 8245 Chapel Hill Rd, Cary, NC 27513

Spring Art Market
Spring Shopping + Mother’s Day! Join in for the spring market featuring Artspace artists and artists from our community. Shop local and support your art community. There will be over 40 artists, yummy treats, drinks, and music. Free; Saturday, 11 am – 5 pm; 201 E Davie St, Raleigh, NC 27601-1734; 919.821.2787

Downtown Cary Food & Flea
The Downtown Cary Food & Flea is an artisan & vintage market that is one-of-a-kind! They have live music, local arts, shopping, food trucks and local craft beer. They are as local as you can get. Join them the 2nd Sunday of the month. Sunday, 12 – 4 pm; 100 W. Chatham St, Cary, NC 27511

Spring Into the Arts Walk 2018
Wendell celebrates the arts with this day-long outdoor gala of arts. Join the fun and spend the day meeting artists, watching a sidewalk chalk artist work, and paintings be judged, followed by an artists’ reception and public viewing at 5 pm at Wine and Beer 101 on N. Main St. Beer and wine will be available for purchase, plus light snacks. After winners are announced, take part in an hour-long silent auction to take some art home for yourself or friends and family. Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; 15 E. Fourth St, Wendell, NC 27591; 919.365.4448

Friday Night on White
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and join downtown Wake Forest for another incredible season of Friday Night on White. Presented by White Street Brewing Co., Friday Night on White takes place along South White Street on the second Friday of each month from April through September. In addition to checkin gout a local band, several downtown merchants offer a variety of special discounts, programs, and activities. Friday, 6 – 9 pm; South White St, Wake Forest, NC 27587

Cape Fear Bluegrass Festival
Spring time in Wilmington makes you want to get out and celebrate. Bluegrass music seems to go hand in hand with the warmer weather. In addition to the music, enjoy NC Style BBQ, wood smoked long and slow until it pulls away perfectly, along with a craft brew. Saturday, 11 am; 4601 Blue Clay Rd, Wilmington, NC; RSVP here.

37th Annual Mayfest
Celebrate the quaint historic downtown of Pilot Mountain during its annual Mayfest. The festival includes handcrafted arts and crafts, plants and flowers, commercial/retail booths, fun games and activities for kids, great local musicians and performers with yummy festival food! The shops and restaurants on Main St. add to the shopping and dining pleasures of the annual Mayfest event. Friday-Sunday; 124 W Main St, Pilot Mountain, NC 27041

Race City Festival
This outdoor festival has local merchants, NASCAR displays/souvenirs, food trucks, a beer garden, live music and other entertainment. Free; Saturday, 9 am-5 pm; Main Street and Broad Street, Downtown Historic Mooresville, NC

Ritmo Latino Festival
Ritmo Latin’o Festival provides a place for you to explore, interact with, and experience the Hispanic/Latino culture. This outdoor, cultural community festival, is held every May in Cary, NC, showcasing the sizzling sounds, hot rhythms, and delicious cuisines of Spain, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Free; Saturday, 12 – 6 pm; 316 N Academy St, Cary, NC 27513

By Whitney

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