October 4, 2019

Free Tacos for National Taco Day

Chronic Tacos, a California-inspired Mexican grill, is giving away one free taco to all lunch customers in celebration of National Taco Day. Get one free Chicken, Al Pastor, Carnitas or Beyond Beef taco with the code word announced on Chronic Tacos social media. Follow Chronic Tacos on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter and the code word will be mentioned a week in advance so make sure to keep an eye out! Friday, 11 am – 2 pm; locations here

Tacos N Taps Festival

Get ready to put on your party sombrero, eat some tacos, and enjoy some chilled tequila. This all-you-care-to-eat Beer and Tequila Festival offers up some of the Triangle’s Best Tacos and Mexican Food, the Triangle Area DJs, margaritas, piñata punching, contests and many other surprises. Your ticket gets you a souvenir glass, over 60+ craft beers, mezcals, margaritas, and tequilas. $30; Saturday, 1 – 5 pm; 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC 27518

Raleigh Tamale Festival

Catch authentic performances from local groups, games and inflatables for the kids, Latin dance lessons and local art exhibits along with informational and retail vendors. As for the tamales, there will be a food truck & amateur tamale competition to crown the ‘best tamale in Raleigh’ and, of course, a wide variety of tamales available to purchase representing many different Latin American countries! Food trucks that will be present are Beli’s Sazon, Poblanos Tacos, The Corner Venezuelan Food, La Republica, Crazy Tamales, Sweet Escape, Mexiarepa Grill, Charlie C’s hotdogs on wheels, Pupusas Y tacos Marina, TW’s Italian Ice, Holy Mole, and Tacos Mama Chava. Free; Saturday, 2 – 6 pm; 2105 Umstead Dr, Raleigh, NC 27603

Taste of China Food and Culture Festival

Authentic Chinese cuisine from different regions will light up your day and comfort your stomach. Enjoy continuous entertainment including the dragon and lion dances, martial arts demonstrations, folk and traditional dances, musical performances, children’s pavilion activities, Chinese culture and history booths and more. Visitors can also shop at souvenir, arts, and crafts booths. Free; Saturday, 11 am – 5:30 pm; Bicentennial Plaza, 1 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC 27601

2nd Annual Festa Italiana Raleigh

The 2nd Annual festival to celebrate Italian culture, food, music and heritage in the Triangle is here! Feast from food vendors including Holy Moly Cannoli, Kono Pizza, Jam Ice Cream, Sweet Cravings Cookie Company, Melina’s Pasta, Barone Meatball Co., TIAHA, Gnam Gnam Gelato, Gabi’s Grounds Coffee Shop, Valentino’s, Philly’s Cheesesteaks, Jay’s Italian Ice, Brovelli Oils and Vinegars, San Giuseppe Salami Company, Chez Moi Bakery, Stavi’s, Brooklyn Boys Pizza, Capri Flavors, Trash Talk, Mason’s Famous Lobster Rolls, Bakery La Dolce Vita, and Cara’s Cakery. There will also be dancing, music, and vendors to shop from. Saturday, 12 – 8 pm; 609 Tucker St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Root Cellar’s 8th Annual Porkapalooza

The Root Cellar Cafe & Catering in Chapel Hill will host its 8th Annual Porkapalooza dinner. This dinner will offer eight small plate courses and feature locally raised pork from Burnette Ranch in Pittsboro as well as beers from Mason Jar Lager Co. in Fuquay-Varina. Expect pork-centric dishes including: Twice fried ribs with sweet and spicy apricot glaze; Bacon-wrapped confit pork tenderloin skewers with bourbon soaked figs; Asian 5-spice pork belly with pickled carrots and radish, jalapenos and hoisin sauce on bib lettuce wraps; Southern BBQ egg rolls with sweet and sticky BBQ pork, red onions, collards, and bread and butter pickles, served with a southern coleslaw dip; Twisted Deviled Eggs with deviled ham and deviled egg salad, topped with sweet heat potato chips; Cornmeal-crusted pork schnitzel with fennel, apple and red onion salad, served with honey mustard vinaigrette; Chile-braised pork cheek tostadas, with fried sweet plantains, spicy pumpkin puree, cilantro, and micro greens; House-made corn dogs with maple whipped butter; and house-made pork rinds and several suckling pigs. $69; Saturday, 6:30pm; 750 Martin Luther King Junior Blvd, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance is celebrating 16 years! this 4-Day bi-annual music festival has over 50 performers on four stages that benefits the Shakori Hills Community Arts Center. The Arts Center provides free, or greatly reduced, music and arts programming to Chatham, Orange, and Durham counties. The Outpost provides programming for children 10 – 18 and the Kids Tent is for Seedlings and Sprouts. The Kids Tent is one of the most active parts of the festival with face-painting, yoga, arts and crafts, comedy and variety shows, and pumpkin carving. $36+; Friday – Sunday; 1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd, Pittsboro, NC 27312

CAM Raleigh First Friday

It is opening weekend for CAM’s Fall exhibitions including “¡Viva Viclas! The Art of the Lowrider Motorcycle.” The exhibition features 10 customized Lowrider Harley-Davidsons and twelve works of art celebrating and exploring themes in lowrider culture including heart, pride, respect, brotherhood, and family. Also on view at CAM this Fall: Maria Martinez-Cañas, Rosana Castrillo Diaz, Gonzalo Puch, and George Le Chevallier. Meet the vicla owners, curators and artists, create make and take art projects inspired by the exhibitions, DJ, dancing, and a few surprises. Friday, 6 – 10 pm; 409 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27603

Three-Year Dramiversary

Dram and Draught’s Three-Year Dramiversary party in Raleigh is to celebrate three years open in Downtown Raleigh and three months in their new space at One Glenwood. Since it’s their leather anniversary, they’re giving away a keepsake by hand-stamped leather coaster to the first twenty guests to arrive. This special keepsake will also be available for purchase from noon until two for those who can’t make the party right at noon. DJ Nyce will be back and is ready to take requests for your favorite songs! Come see him from 8 pm until midnight! Saturday, 12 – 2 pm; One Glenwood Ave, Raleigh, NC

By Whitney

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