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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...

Weekend

Got to Be NC Festival Putting the best of N.C. food and beverage on display, the Got to Be NC Festival offers tons of eating opportunities, live music, a huge collection of antique tractors, a carnival for children and more activities (plus free parking and admission) at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. Free; Friday, noon-10 pm, Saturday, 9 am-10 pm, Sunday, 9 am-8 pm; 1025 Blue Ridge Rd, Raleigh, NC 27607 Artsplosure One of the Southeast’s premier arts festivals, Artsplosure –...

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Tuesday: Bimbé Weekday Event: Community Block Party Enjoy free music, community performances, and games for all ages. K97.5 will be airing live from the event with host Brian Dawson! Free; Monday, 6 pm; 401 N Driver St, Durham, NC 27701 Wednesday: Durham Bulls: Bark in the Park It’s never a ruff night when the ballpark is full of pooches! Treat your furry friends to a tail-wagging good time at the DBAP! Wednesday, 7:05; 409 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701 Thursday:...

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Thursday: Live in the District Park West Village, a 100-acre mixed-use development in Morrisville, is hosting a live music series every Thursday night through June 13. Live in the District will bring the best artists from around the Triangle to perform in an outdoor venue perfect for relaxing with the whole family. Free; Thursday, 6:30 – 9 pm; 3400 Village Market Place, Morrisville, NC 27560 Thrive NC This two-day event features 50 of the area’s top chefs and restaurants, where...

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Monday: Durham Bulls: Bark in the Park Head to the ballpark with your furry friend. Nothing like starting off your week with a night full of pooches! It will be a good time for everyone. Monday, 7:05 pm; 409 Blackwell St, Durham, NC 27701 Tuesday: VIPink Shoppers Crawl Sparkle and shine on the pink carpet! Sip and shop trunk shows, enjoy instagram pics and when you spend $150, you get a $25 Cameron Village gift card. Tuesday, 4 – 7;...

Weekend

Raleigh Beer Week Love beer? This is your week! Join in a week long celebration featuring 40 venues and everything that makes Raleigh’s beer scene great. Sunday through October 6th; Downtown Raleigh The Iron Chef Challenge returns to Midtown Farmers Market Top local chefs from five North Hills restaurants: 41Hundred, Kings Dining,Viva Chicken, Mura, and Vivace will compete for the title of “Iron Chef.” Watch chefs create culinary masterpieces using limited resources, secret ingredients and fresh market finds. The 1st Dish is judged by 3 local foodies and...

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...

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Monday: Stump! Trivia Kings Dining & Entertainment offers Stump! Trivia every Monday night in the Lounge! Come see why they were voted “Best Trivia in the Triangle” by the readers of the INDYWeek! Join your host, Trivia Jockey Jason, as he offers up fun and challenging trivia questions for players of all levels. All you need is a group of 2-6 players and they have prizes for the top teams, including $50 for first place. Free; Monday, 7 pm; 141 Park...