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SPARKcon 2019 SPARKcon, the totally-weird, totally-awesome creativity festival that takes over downtown Raleigh each Sept., is truly a grassroots event. The “for the people, by the people” approach uses an open-source planning process that allows more than 2,000 artists to be involved each year. Dance, fashion, music, film, food—if you can name it, you can find an event for it at the festival that spans nearly 15 city blocks. The festival has taken big steps to make it even more...

Fourth of July

Raleigh 4th of July Fireworks Display Having returned to West Raleigh in 2018, the city’s annual July Fourth fireworks are held near the Stadium and Arena Complex (Carter-Finley Stadium and PNC Arena area). With plenty of free parking available, this breathtaking show is a must-see. Thursday, parking lots open: 6 pm, fireworks: 9:34 pm; view from PNC Arena, Carter-Finley Stadium, and the North Carolina State Fairgrounds Cary Independence Eve Celebration The Cary Town Band celebrates and honors our nation’s veterans in this year’s Independence Eve Celebration at the Cary...

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Peak City Pig Fest Live music, a beer garden, a barbecue competition (sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society) and more make for one of Apex’s tastiest events of the year. Free; Friday & Saturday; 210 N. Salem St, Apex, NC 27502 321 at 321 (S Blount) – A Brunch Pop-Up 3…2…1…GO! Pop-up Brunch time! Mark your calenders for a special brunch pop-up just in time for Father’s Day weekend, benefiting 321 Coffee! The special menu will be feature food and...

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Meet in the Street Festival A day filled with food, fun and entertainment in historic downtown Wake Forest for more than 35 years running, Meet in the Street pulls together all-day live music plus an additional stage of entertainment with dancers, martial arts, magicians and more. Plenty of food trucks and a beer garden headed by Wake Forest’s own White Street Brewing Company are sure to keep festival-goers happy. Free; Saturday, 10 am-4 pm; 301 S. Brooks St, Wake Forest, NC 27587 5th Annual...

Thanksgiving Week & Black Friday

Tuesday: $1 Ice Cream and Tea for Rise Against Hunger Want to give back around Thanksgiving? We definitely do! Join at Milk Lab and just by simply enjoying a cup of rolled ice cream or tea we can make a difference to help end global hunger. All proceeds – including gratuities – will be donated to Rise Against Hunger. Limited to 1 product per person (Tea or Ice cream). Tuesday, 11:30 am – 10 pm; 6418 Tryon Rd, Cary, NC 27518 Free...

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International Festival of Raleigh Now in it’s 33rd year, this three-day event, a comprehensive platform for local ethnic communities and artists to present their culture, serves more than 25,000 attendees in downtown Raleigh each year. More than 70 ethnic groups participate to present a variety of arts, cuisine, dance, textile design and cultural expression from across the globe. Art exhibits, dance competitions, sidewalk cafés, main stages for music, vendor booths and more make for fun finds and discoveries. Friday –...

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North Carolina State Fair The largest annual event in the state, the North Carolina State Fair draws one million visitors through the gates each October, marking what many consider to be the unofficial beginning of the fall season. Eleven days of high-flying rides, deep-fried foods, live music, stunt shows and other entertainment (including nightly fireworks) has been a can’t-miss event for generations of families—the 2017 version of the North Carolina State Fair marked the 150th year of the event! Thursday...

What is the Best Coffee?

I am often asked, “What is the best coffee?” “What is the best way to make coffee?” Over the last 20 years coffee has risen from the modest improvement of the Second Wave (Starbucks, Caribou, Green Mountain, Peet’s) to the more significant era of improvement often referred to as Third Wave (Intelligentsia, Counter Culture, Stumptown, Blue Bottle). This new generation of coffee companies has facilitated consumer access to the best coffee in the world at affordable prices (As I write...

Raleigh Limo Bus For Raleigh Events

There are a lot of fun Raleigh events scheduled for the month of August. Summer is coming to a close, and it passed by pretty quickly. There’s no better time to get together with friends or your family to make some fun summer memories! Here are five of the events happening around Raleigh in August! They range from concerts to community festivals, so it will be easy to have a fun time at any of the following. If you’re traveling...